Sunday, April 20, 2014

Our family pictures on Easter afternoon

Our children with all of our nieces and nephews
Our family
Ben, Kim, Zoe, Clay, Megan (Kids, age 10)
Mom and Dad with all of the children (I accidentally erased my only picture of Mimi and Papa with the children!! And my sister-in-law's Mom, Gigi, is also not pictured!)
Rick and Chelle with the kids (ages 12, 11, 8)
My darlings

Lydie, age 7

Josh, age 11

Jack, age 13
We had a sweet afternoon at our house with 15 of our favorite people.  Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins all came over to celebrate with us on this special day!  These family gatherings are some of our most cherished memories together!  I am so thankful for God's work in our family!  He is risen!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter at our house:: Celebrating new life!

"For anyone who says yes to Jesus
For anyone who believes what Jesus said...
Then God will give them this wonderful gift:
To be born into NEW life
To be who they really are
Who God always made them to be-
Their own true selves-
God's dear Child." 
~excerpt from The Jesus Storybook Bible~

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break Staycation

We crawled across the finish line of winter quarter and into spring break.  Wow, it has been a busy, cold winter!  As always, and even more so, I am so eager for spring.  I struggle to enjoy the season of winter every year!  We had some beautiful moments, though.

I had a list "a mile long" of neglected projects and fun ideas, too.  Unfortunately, Jack got strep throat mid-week.  So we had some fun times but some things had to be cancelled.  The home time was disappointing for the children, but such a blessing to me!  When you are a teacher who LOVES homemaking, you can hardly ever get enough time at home.  So I was secretly excited, but hated that it had to be at the expense of Jack being sick and the children's foiled plans!

Anna, Greyce, and Lydie had a lemonade stand!
It was so adorable!
This is what made me giddy...my completed projects list!
Organized, cleaned closets....CHECK!
Organized pantry....CHECK!
Organized and clean frig....CHECK!
House deep cleaned....CHECK!
Put away winter clothes that were too small....CHECK!
Spring clothes that were too small were taken to charity or consignment....CHECK!
New spring clothes were bought....CHECK!
Lydie's Easter dress was bought and sent to monogram....CHECK!
Car was washed, organized, restocked with essentials....CHECK!
Framed some favorite photos to add to some rooms....CHECK!
Basement was organized....CHECK!
Laundry all caught up and put away....CHECK!
Goals were made for house projects this summer....CHECK!
And finally I am so thrilled to have....PAINTED MY POWDER ROOM!
BEFORE
AFTER
Thankfully my sweet children made some fun memories, too!  We used a gift certificate Joshua won as a door prize a while back and went to play mini golf.  Also, our cousins came and spent the day and the girls made a lemonade stand.  This project was darling!  We rented a few movies and the kids played all kinds of games.  We saw grandparents on both sides for lunches.  And we met cousins and went to a new movie and the dollar theatre.  The children really wanted to have friends over, but it didn't work out. I think they still had fun.

It feels so amazing to begin spring organized, without so many things I need to attend to.  I am hoping to enjoy my family, friends, students, and our new church this spring.  I am looking forward to these last eight weeks of school, our Easter party, and warm weather!
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everyone!"
William Shakespeare

Monday, March 17, 2014

Revisiting resolutions...progress in February

1. Read a chapter daily in the Bible and another book from my book list, at least. I am doing awful with quiet times!  Prayer and the Word...going to improve, by God's grace!
2. Use my camera often. Blog at least once a week. Much improvement in February.
3. Go on some type of date, even for coffee, with my husband once a month, at least. Yes, I think we have been on a date.  I think I'll plan another one now!
4. Take one of the children somewhere special once a month. Each child gets four special dates.  Joshua and I went to the mall and for dessert.  Lydie and I are going to the SEC gymnastics meet on Saturday.  And Andy and Jack just got concert tickets.  We've finally begun to enjoy some one-one-one time together!
5. Follow my fitness plan. (Use my fitband to follow plan. 40 week challenge) Again, I am most pleased with this area. I have lost 26 pounds since December 26th.  I am exercising each week six times and eating healthy/drinking water.  It has been a huge time commitment to exercise this much, but it will be worth it!  I hope to start the next school year at my ideal weight.
6. Be intentional with extended family relationships. We have had wonderful time with both sides of our family- cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  And soon it will be Easter and then birthday season begins!  There will be many family get-togethers!
7. Spend more "fun time" with friends. Join a Bible study. I had a fun night with friends over spring break, and love working with my close friends every day.  I also have a secret trip planned.  I will not be joining a Bible study until the school year is over.
8. Try 4 big art projects this year.  This area will be neglected until I get to my ideal weight, probably.
9. Complete at least 5 house projects.
-Paint powder room Check!
-Hang chandelier in kitchen and Lydie's room
-Hallway collage
-Master bedroom makeover
-Hang more pictures in basement
*Maybe...paint kitchen cabinets* *
10. Complete all papers for level 1 classical education certification. I am working on it!

AREAS THAT NEED MORE CONSISTENCY IN MARCH:
-DAILY Bible reading

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Colonial day in fifth grade::Joshua


Days like these make me feel so thankful for our wonderful school!  I could have never provided these wonderful experiences at home!  Josh loves history more this year than ever before!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Refreshment

Andy and I had an extraordinary weekend together.  The children spent Friday night with their cousins at Mimi and Papa's house.  We decided to stay home, avoiding the Valentine crowds, and cook our own meal.  We had a delicious meal together with candlelight and wine.  I am so thankful for this special evening together, really enjoying one another romantically.  We need this type of time together as often as possible.  It was pure bliss.  We recounted that this was our 21st Valentine together.  Not all Valentines have found us in such a sweet place in our relationship.  But by the power of Christ alone, our marriage has been and continues to be strong and true and I am looking forward to moving forward together.

Saturday night my sweet teacher-friend had us over, along with three other couples, for a Valentine meal and "The Newlywed Game".  She and her husband served us all night long.  Her entire family is such an example of godly servanthood!  We had such a great time with friends!  And then the newlywed game was hysterical.  Haven't laughed that much in a long time!  It was such a delight to see my closest friends' husbands getting to know one another and laughing together.  They all got along well and seem to have a fun night together!  Andy and I put on our game face for the newlywed game, but came up short.  Our sweet friends won the grand prize- a $50 Bonefish Grill gift card!  So generous and fun!

Last night I came home thinking about how lonely I was just a year and a half ago.  I felt completely misplaced when we left Atlanta for the farm.  And here I am, surrounded by a group of amazing, godly, FUN friends!  This is a good reminder that I can never know what a difference a year will make and to press on through adversity! Praise God!  I am so thankful!

"Love is the greatest refreshment in life."
Pablo Picasso

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Special Valentine: Don't want to forget!

My 13 year old melted my heart on Friday at school.  When the bell rings to dismiss him for the day, he always come down to my classroom.  This day I was in a friend's room with a couple of teachers.  We were talking, along with a girl from his class.  He walked in with a smile on his face.  He said hi to the girl from his class.  Then he said, "Mom, happy Valentine's day!  I bought this for you!"  It was a Diet Coke from the vending machine.  Melted.my.heart.
Here he is, that morning, with a little gift from us.  Sweet, sweet boy.