Wednesday, July 11, 2012

beach boys

Jacob 4 & 1/2  and Ben 2 & 1/2

missin the little days

Jacob 10 & 1/2 and Ben 8 & 1/2

lovin the bigger days too

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

beach boys

morning back tickles
toes in the sand
granny & poppy
lazy river
late night swims
crab legs 
nose in a few books
sleeping in
19th floor
perfect fire work viewing
morning walks
apples to apples
sunblock galore
dunkin donut dates
lots of cuddles
miss martha
hot hot sand

karen kingsbury
turtle man
pajama wearing
ice cream sandwiches
shuffle board

Friday, May 18, 2012

Five Friday Favs

listening to 4 school age boys
play & SING LOUD 
ring around the rosey
with the 3 year old
outside in the cul de sac

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surprise guests for dinner
we eat simple around here
pancakes, bacon, & fruit 
for all!

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sweet mini conversation w/ b
b: "Mom, say 'hey there cutie'."
me: "hey there cutie!"
b: "What's up gorgeous?"
yep, he melted me!

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sweet thought teacher appreciation gifts
crayon crafts, flowers, gift cards, creative
~ generous ~

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windows open all week

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

spring time

* * * celebrating * * * 

* * * crafting * * * 

 * * * gifting * * * 

* * * decorating * * *

 * * * treats * * * 

* * * picture taking * * * 

* * * car washing * * * 

here's hoping they'll return for car washing fun this weekend
as the yellow polka dots reappeared!

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 16, 2012

while taking the boys pictures
after church Easter

i noticed BOTH of their zippers were down!!
o dear
i have NO idea how long they went around like this
i just hope it happened after church!

Friday, April 6, 2012

five friday favs

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yes i'm trying

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finger nail polish
my fav is essie
just wish it wasn't so expensive
the $3 coupon made it a steal

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nightly uno games on my bed with the boys
uno, then devotions, then up to bed they go!
precious time

Friday, March 16, 2012

an answer to my "whys"

i'm learning a lot these days about struggles, pain, joy, exchange, God's love & more

let me start first with the confusion i have in finding a church to plant, worship, grow, serve, etc. in.  i LOVE LOVE LOVE Hope however we just haven't found our niche.  i've taken the boys to a few other churches that i really like, we have friends at each one, and they each have choices for myself & the boys.
then i come back to hope.  i think that is truly where we need to dig our feet . . . doing it is hard.

timely that i returned to hope last week for the series "empty"

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i've found my self asking "why" a lot over the past 2 years.  why would God allow my man to leave our marriage.  why am i without my best friend, Godly husband, ministry partner, etc.

i've loved the points the Lord has brought to my attention through the sermons these past 2 weeks.

* God's present in our sufferings. Job
* it's up to me to how to respond to these sufferings 1 Peter 1:7
* knowing the fellowship of His sufferings Phil 3:10
* every place of suffering is a place of exchange ~ if we are close to him isaiah 53:5
* my pain could make me a better friend to Jesus!  NEVER have i thought of it like this. (LOVE THIS ONE!)
* beauty has nothing to do with what i look like but who I am
* He who has not suffered, what does he know?

and the biggie that struck me ~

"The losses I've experienced 
may be the most powerful tools 
Jesus uses to make me beautiful"

i no longer need an answer to all my "whys".  instead i pray that i choose to rest in the ways God can use the mess & bless it.  i like that answer way better than blaming Satan.