Wednesday, November 1, 2017

It's November!  The start of the month that holds my favorite holiday.  Thanksgiving is my favorite.  A time to focus on all that we have...not all that we need....or should I say, want.  I'm thinking of my children in particular.  Teaching them the importance of gratitude and contentment is a deep desire in my mommy heart.  I feel very strongly that when we do not really grasp those two concepts and truly live with an attitude of thanksgiving, it becomes really difficult to have a spirit of joy. As Christians, we are given the gift of eternal life...the gift of mercy and grace that is new every morning...the gift of being a disciple of Christ.  As Americans, we are given the gift of freedom...the gift of living in a country that is a blessed land...blessed in ways that most of the world can only dream of.  And as members of our own families, we are given the gift of acceptance and love....the gift of belonging...the gift of knowing those people will always be there for you.  These are the things I want to focus on.  On the days that I'm not content....the days where I'm not a very joyful mom....the days that are just hard.  It only takes a moment of realigning my thoughts to remember all that I have to be grateful for.  To be reminded to not focus on myself, but on God...and on others.  Happy month of Thanksgiving to you!

Party fun!

costume day at Preschool!

field trip fun
trick or treating...
with 14 friends is the best :)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The one we didn't know we needed...

Today my baby turns 4.  my littlest one who makes every day an adventure.  There are many times when I look at him and am overwhelmed by God's amazing greatness.  If there is ever a moment when I doubt God's power or his ability to do the impossible....I just look at Luke Vernon....and there it is.  A living, breathing gift of God's goodness and grace.  And also a very clear reminder of how desperately I need him to guide me in raising this little spark plug.  He knows no stranger....which can make for some pretty awkward moments in public places....he loves to make people laugh....which makes for some pretty interesting moments in school.....he loves to be just like his brothers....which makes for some really entertaining moments as he attempts just to keep up....he is so sincere and just beginning to grasp what it really means to love Jesus and how much Jesus loves him. He is learning to pray and understanding how to bring his concerns to God.  What a joy to watch it come together in his mind.  Earlier this week I was struggling to get through a migraine and by the end of the day, sitting at football practice, I just needed to hold my head in my hands for a moment.  As soon as he saw it, he came running over, put his little hand on my shoulder, squeezed his little eyes shut, and proclaimed...(right there among all the other weary parents...remember he knows no strangers :) )...."Dear Jesus! please help mommy's head get better!!  AMEN!"  and then ran back off to play like nothing had just happened.  And that is my Luke in a nutshell.  I cannot wait to see what God is going to do with his life.  I'm just so glad I've got a front row seat to watch it happen.  Happy birthday my sweet boy!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I'm not sure how it can be.  10 years ago I became a mom.  After days of labor and an emergent delivery, God blessed us with a son.  Nothing could have prepared me for the intense love that overtook me when I first held him in my arms.  He was perfect in every way....entering such an imperfect world, with such imperfect parents......who were relying and trusting in our perfect heavenly Father to guide us through parenthood.  What a journey it is.  Nothing has brought me more joy than watching our children grow.  There have been so many happy moments....and a few hard and challenging ones.  But through it all I have watched my tiny little first born baby, transform into a young man who I am so proud to call my son.  He loves Jesus...with a kind heart that cares for others in a way that goes far beyond his 10 years.  He loves his family and expresses his love freely...everyday...and holds so tightly to all the things that make us his family....our traditions, our quirks, our way of life.  He longs to please and works so hard to do his absolute best.  My heart soars when I think about what God has in store for him. 
Happy 10th birthday Jack.  
I love you more than words could ever say!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

beginning again

A new school year is underway and these first three weeks have gone great.  Smooth transitions and smiling faces at pick up make things much easier for mom :)  

all ready for 4th and 2nd grade

pre-K 3 for this guy

flag football is underway

few things make him happier than riding in the tractor with dad during corn harvest
growing so fast and filling my heart with so much pride and joy. 

Thank you God for these amazing lives you've entrusted to us.  I pray they would show your love and kindness in all that they do and say throughout this school year.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

13 years

We are in a stretch of many days that feel like this....
So we took a fun family day yesterday to do this....
a day at my favorite place with my favorite people...

especially this guy
today marks 13 years of this crazy and wild ride called marriage.  I'm not sure how that much time has passed.  I'm not sure how our boys are growing up so fast, turning into such wonderful young men.  I'm not sure how our twenties seem like so long ago.  I'm not sure how we are going to make it though the teenage years.....yikes.  But I am sure, that we serve a good and gracious God, blessing us in ways far beyond what we ever could have imagined.  and I'm sure that he knew exactly what he was doing when he joined our lives together 13 years ago.   And I'm sure that I love you more and more as each year passes.  Happy Anniversary my love!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We've been enjoying wonderful weeks full of sweet summertime fun!  

Chase's all star team finished up their season with a championship win!  Such a proud day for coach Dad.  Great job Nanticoke All Stars!!

We checked another thing off our summer to do list by taking the older boys to their first O's game.  It could not have been a more perfect night.

visit from Ohio family!  

my freezer is now stocked full of our garden's sweet corn.  

State Fair fun!

Tons of fun of the river with Virginia cousins and Luke's new best buddy, Scout! :)

love these kids so much!

yum.  summer produce is the best.  

Only two and a half more weeks until I send my kiddos back to school.  Football practice began last night for the older boys and I'm starting to get that itch for fall as I always do. 
What a great summer it has been!!  

Friday, July 7, 2017

slow down summer!

How is June already behind us?!  so much happening and the weeks just seem to fly by.  As I'm organizing my calendar for this month and next it looks like we may be able to slow down a bit.  We're looking forward to wrapping up baseball, visits from family, state fair fun, and many more pool days!

Jack's all star team wrapped up their season last weekend and came in as runner up in the District 3 tournament.

Words cannot express how proud I am of #15.  He was the youngest player on the team and one of only 2 players who doesn't play on a year round travel team.  He was challenged and stretched as he  was put in a new position and learned how to support his team even when he wasn't on the field.  It broke my heart at times to see him struggle.  But once he overcame the struggle and embraced the challenge, my heart was so full of pride as I watched him give 100 percent in every single game.  And he did phenomenal.  proving to himself that he was on that team for a reason.  A learning experience for all of us.  valuable life lessons learned.  and a job very well done by my first born.  

also, he wrote me this birthday note.  Which is just the greatest....

Chase has 2 more All Star tournaments and it is something to behold to watch this kid on the field.  He is all in.  enjoying every moment.  spitting on his batting gloves.  shooting for the fences.  all in.  it's priceless.

and this guy is just along for the ride.  what a trooper on these weekends full of baseball.

also, he has learned how to swim.  and currently has a very deep love for his goggles!

also, he had another dentist appointment.  If you follow my blog you will recall the disastrous first visit.  Amazing what 6 months and the promise of a giant chocolate covered donut will do.  He did great!

and the garden...loaves of zucchini bread, canning pickles, and freezing green beans are what's happening in my kitchen right now.  

Happy July!