Friday, December 31, 2010

colossians 3:17
"whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus."
we plan to this year-
WELCOME 2011!!!!

you have my heart! i am so much more in love with you today than i have ever been. i admire the man you are. i plan on holding your hand & kissing you for no reason for the rest of my life. may our days continue to be filled with laughter & the small stuff.

the mama-
may you always be the daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, He created you to be!

i adore you. you make me laugh at just the right time.
you are responsible, caring & so thoughtful. i love the way you hug & kiss me even if it is not "cool." i want that forever. my first baby boy!
beau bears-
could you be any cuter? your smile lights my day. squinted eyes smile! a beau trademark! i wish i had your prayerful heart. so pure, so constant. i love you-

oh are it! you are kind & have a sense of style i have never seen. kookie & krazy for sure. xoxoxo

libby claire-
sweet girl. you had me chasing you from day one. i long for the day i can never meet a stranger like you. you captivate everyone you meet. when i put chapstick on & you rub my lips with yours- that is worth freezing-

finn finn-
my little precious one. you are so sweet. you are curious & so loving. your laugh is contagious & that thumb sucking...geeesshhhh. you couldn't get any cuter!
quit growing!


isaiah 9:6
"for unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given;
& the government will be upon His shoulders.
and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Price of Peace."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

merry CHRISTmas!

we have entered the ecard era-
merry CHRISTmas
matt, elizabeth, mac, beau, maggie, libby claire & finn

merry CHRISTmas!

Friday, December 10, 2010

"i will have fries with that!"

we were asked to send in some photos of our libby claire to a company that is doing some fundraising for ronald mcdonald house. they will be on the collection canisters-

Thursday, December 9, 2010

christmas cactus

"i will have fries with that"
libby claire is our little RMH model! she was asked to be in some photos for a company doing fundraising for the ronald mcdonald house. she will be on the collection canisters.

bloom under stress

2 years ago a friend brought us a Christmas cactus for Christmas. they had just been blessed with their new addition. the adoption process was complete & they were to spend their first Christmas as mommy & daddy. it had tiny blooms on it & i couldn't wait to see it burst forth with the beautiful pink blossoms. it was something i cherished having given to me. i would anticipate the blooms every year. prepare for them, see the buds form, then the delicate flowers drip out of the ends of the dark green cactus leaf.

last year our cactus did not bloom. it had stayed in the same spot. i thought i had watered it not to much but enough. the sun was the same, temperature same, i was not sure what was going on. i missed seeing it bloom.

this fall i did a bit of reading up on these cactus plants.

they bloom best under stress!

i moved my plant in the closet for a few days. i completely stopped watering it. no water for months. i then pulled it out and placed it on matt's desk in the front of the house with bright sunlight. within a few days the tiny little buds began to push to the tips of the cactus leaf. they turned light pink & continued to grow. i now have a plant full of blooms ready to burst forth just in time for Christ birth.

i can relate to the Christmas cactus. we have gone through our time in the dark, closed in closet. left parched & dry. but how wonderful when i could finally see the buds. my dear friend who gave me the Christmas cactus was able to bloom during her battle with breast cancer. what is your stress?

the most important question is are you like the Christmas cactus? able to bloom under stress or do you wither away & die. refusing to bloom?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

baby steps!

finn was three days from turning 10 months old & has taken baby steps. he will take 3-4 steps by himself. while unloading the dishwasher i let him play with the plastic pitcher. he found a way to push it around & walk behind it. we now get it out & he will walk all over.

finn"ise" the menace

look what i found?
finn got busted. i was cooking dinner the other night. i went into the half bath downstairs to find finn playing with the plant in the toilet. notice the dirt on his chest...
he was so proud-

our little (Dennis) finn the menace-

Thursday, November 25, 2010


this thanksgiving we went to my mom's house. we had cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends from near & far. the amazing guests we had were my grandparents. they traveled with my aunt & uncle from southern florida. a trip that matt & i make & know how long & hard it is.

i look at my grandfather & grandmother with kind eyes. it seems like yesterday i would go and stay with them durnig the summer.

Monday, November 22, 2010

my mint nutty buddy

beau went to the grocery store with me the other afternoon. for a treat he got to pick out the dessert we were going to have after dinner that night...big deal dessert is at our house. great motivation tool & always keeps behavior in check during the week. he chose a variety box of nutty buddy ice cream cones. score-it even had the mint chocolate covered ones...but only three in the box. after dinner maggie went to the freezer & picked her fudge filled nutty buddy, libs got the same. i think it was more the purple writing on the wrapper than it was the fudge filling, girls! i followed by getting myself a mint chocolate dipped one. beau perked up at the table & mac was already getting out of his seat. it really was a mad dash to the freezer for a mint cone. mac got one & beau got one- there were no more mint cones left. matt of course went to the freezer pouting because he knew he got a plain vanilla nutty buddy. upon his return to the table we had all opened and begun to enjoy the joy of eating of our chosen dessert. i know matt loves mint ice cream anything. i could tell, not to mention his complaints about getting shafted out of his favorite dessert that he really wanted a mint one-not plain vanilla. so what does a good wife do? what does a good christian wife do? what does a Godly woman do?

i offered my mint chocolate dipped cone over to my husband. i totally was expecting him to refuse & go ahead and let me enjoy my already opened dessert, but NO, he took it right out of my hands. then on top of that he relished every last bite even saying how amazing it was. in my face. i was left with the stinking vanilla cone.

while watching this unfold i could not really tell where my heart was. on one hand i knew i should have openly & freely given it to matt. i mean i offered it. i could have very well have kept my mouth shut & savored every bite of my mint cone. after all, i got it first. better yet, our boys could have given their father their cone. he should be in charge...getting what he wants. our boys didn't buy them. i kept saying in my mind that i should be able to give & give happily. it is just a little ice cream cone. i can even go out and buy more tomorrow if i want one that bad. how ridiculous that i am still thinking he should have refused or even why am i going round
& round over a silly ice cream cone. that was not Godly. secretly i pouted while i finished my plain jane cone-

once the kiddos all got put in bed i began to think on that scenario of the mint chocolate dipped cone. it all flooded me as i was writing. matt's best friend chris passed on thursday of last week. hard weekend...amanda chris's wife asked me to embody chris in writing. mighty task. i was humbled & honored to be asked. as i wrote words about this blameless godly man i was thrown back to my dessert. my choice at the table. i offered & gave my prized ice cream cone. it looked and seemed to be sincere but in my heart i really wanted to keep it. i was convicted about how many times i have offered, given, followed through only because i needed to or it would be the right thing to do. or even the times i offered only hoping & wishing the other person would refuse.

what kind of person does that? as my heart wrote words to sum up the life & ministry of chris brown i learned something so amazing. from now on i will spend my days in service. chris was a servant. whole hearted, giving freely, never asking because it was the right thing to do. i will take form chris a true selflessness. a sacrifice, yes, but such a heart reward. he was Christ like in everyway.

today i look at what happened around our dinner table with a new frame of mind. yes, i wanted my mint nutty buddy. i shopped for it, paid for it, unloaded it out of the grocery bag, planned on eating it for dessert, even got up & got it for myself. i unwrapped it...i wanted it. but looking across the table i saw matt who wanted it also. he needed it more than i did. he looked sad with his little plain vanilla nutty buddy. i gave mine to him.

plain & simple, I GAVE.

& i plan to do it more often & a lot more of it...freely & expecting nothing!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

new chef in town

i have a little chef in my kitchen-

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

seriously beautiful!

i had to take this picture the other day.these are the trees over our house. they are amazing. the color is unreal!

brotherly love

"we shared the same last name & same color eyes.
we fought like tigers over that old red bike.
i battin' first & you can't use my glove.
it wouldn't take long till push came to shove.
but we looked out for each other with
brotherly love-
there's one bond that brothers know,
and it gets stronger as they grow.
a love that time & miles can't get between.
we disagreed but in the end,
there will never be two closer friends.
and brotherly love is something we all need."
keith whitley

daddy & mama

sometimes the daddy & the mama don't make it on the blog- so here we are.
(yes, we were getting kids out of the car)

and had to throw this one in there too-

amazing girl!

chorus concert

the boys school had a chorus concert to show parents what they are learning. i was able to make it to beau's concert. he did a great job.
i promise i took more pictures but this was my favorite of beau...priceless!

two little peas again

our two peas again

free to be 3!

i wish i had more pictures to post from libby claire's BIG day. it was a whirlwind~
she enjoyed a day full of celebrating! we started the morning off with doughnut holes with candles. she got a jumpie full of balls, a radioflyer roller coaster, fancy nancy, buzz & jessie!
she was so busy i hardly could get a picture in. so these will have to do-
happy 3rd birthday libby claire!
what girl doesn't want a rainbow of bead necklaces!

our fancy nancy in her jumpie!

she calls her presents "prizes"
i just love that-

wedding fun!

matt's cousin will go married the other weekend. it was a beautiful wedding & the reception was a blast. it was our big kids first wedding they have been to. i had to post a few of the pictures from the reception.

maggie got to play with her cousin cabble. the girls were so cute dancing.

matt & the groom-

as you can see from the picture below, they had a so much fun.

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