Monday, May 23, 2016

Silly kids!

I woke up to the sound of little feet running outside my bedroom at 1 am this morning.  When I went to investigate, I was expecting to see Callie... But I was not expecting to see both Callie and Julius running around the dark house in the middle of the night.  I'm not sure who woke up whom, but I quickly put them both back in their beds and sternly told them to not get out of bed during the night again.  (Julius is still in a crib because I had hoped that would prevent him from roaming the house.  Ha!)  Hoping they don't do that again... Never a dull moment around here!

1. We love going to shady parks these days.  I prefer shady parks when it's sunny and hot, and sunny parks in the winter. ;)

3. The kids love to have a mattress on the floor to jump on.  When the twins come over (as if we didn't before), we definitely have a loud houseful!

4. Brody, I love your sweet smile!

5. This girl loves to wear dress-up clothes, no matter whose house we are playing at.  Callie, you're such a little princess!

8. Mother's Day cards... I love them...

11. Cole LOVES to play basketball! He wants to go shoot the ball on the hoop on our street every day, and he loves to play at the local rec center.

12. I have thoroughly enjoyed some one-on-one time with Chase lately (which we never get to do)!  We had "muffins with mom" at his preschool last week.  And we actually had an entire morning together recently (Cole was in school, Callie had a sleep-over with Mimi, and our two foster sons were with a sitter), and it was awesome!  We ran errands, walked at the park, had a dr appt, and had a yummy lunch out (with a milkshake)!  So fun!

14. A little nervous about a pony ride at a friend's birthday party...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mother's Day

It's hard to remember what life was like before I became a mom.  It definitely feels like a lifetime ago when I worked a full-time, paying job, when I could go to the gym after work every day, when Jamie and I could sit in front of the TV watching old "Friends" episodes while eating dinner. ;) While that sounds relaxing right now, I wouldn't trade or change anything about this wild ride of motherhood!  I LOVE my 3 babies (and foster babies) SO much, even on the days they drive me crazy!

Mother's Day this year was wonderful.  Jamie was sweet and tried to let me sit and drink my coffee as he worked on getting the kids breakfast.  This is the first year that I think Cole is old enough to really know what's going on and be excited to celebrate.  He brought home cards and such that he made at school and hid them, and then he was excited to say "Happy Mother's Day" as soon as I woke up.  The kids brought me cards and things they made, and it was endearing to see their excitement.  Then we enjoyed church, had our normal lunch and nap/quiet time, and then headed to my parents for the rest of the day.  The kids loved playing cornhole and croquet in their shady backyard.  Oh, and my dad served a yummy shrimp boil for dinner.  Delicious!  Thanks, Daddy!

To my Mom and Nana and Mother-in-law and sister: Happy Mother's Day!  You are loved and treasured beyond measure! What you have done and continue to do has a tremendous impact on the lives of your kids and grandkids!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


~ "Ministry is always inconvenient."  Love this quote from one of Weirsbe's "Be" books (studying books of the Bible).  I need to be reminded of this often since I tend to get lulled into complacency!
~ Sometime recently I was talking to Callie about animals, and that subject somehow morphed into the eggs we eat.  When I asked her where the eggs come from, instead of saying "chickens" like I expected, she replied "from the 'fridgerater."  Ha!  You're right, Callie!
~ Our boys seem to have loads of self-confidence so far.  Chase cracked us up saying, "I'm super smart."  And Cole recently said, "This is easy.  I'm really good at math."  I hope they continue to have confidence as they grow, but maybe some humility too. ;)
~ Chase was hilarious last week as he ran from tree to tree at the park, hugging them all (I'm assuming to see if his fingers would touch, maybe to find the biggest tree?)  So cute!  He marches to his own drumbeat and does his own thing.  And I love that he's perfectly content doing that!
~ Chase is the burping king in our house.  Anytime anyone burps, he seems to feel the need to do his continual burping for a minute or two, just to show he can do so longer than anyone else here.  Ha!
~ Our oldest foster son Big Boy loves the word "no."  He says it ALL the time.  Chase's new thing is to then ask him "Do you mean yes?" ;)

1. Chase did 4 weeks of t-ball (after doing basketball) at the local rec center.  I think he enjoyed running around and playing with the other kids.

2. Callie Marie wants to be dressed up ALL the time!

3. It was a dress-up, jump-on-the-couch cushions kind of day. ;)

4. They ADORE their daddy!  (Callie doesn't want Daddy to go to work lately.  She cries many mornings because she wants him to stay home and be with her.  She's VERY dramatic and prone to tantrums lately!)

5. Chase with his certificate for playing sports at the rec center... Notice his chin bandage?  Like his brother did 2 years ago, he slipped in the bathtub and busted his chin open.  :(
Unlike his brother, though, we didn't take a trip to the ER.  Butterfly strips to the rescue...

6. We recently had a fabulous time at a friend's backyard party. Thank, Kathy and Zach, for hosting. Hot dogs + lots of playing with friends +  an outdoor movie + great weather = awesome!

7. Jamie and I were adventurous enough to take all 5 kids to a Grasshoppers game last weekend.  No major meltdowns, so I'd call it successful. ;)  The kids had a grand time!

10. This is the face she has when she says "cheese" lately!

11. Cole, you're getting so big!  (He got this hat at school when learning about protecting your skin from sun damage.  So he wants to wear it every day now. ;)

12. I LOVE reading what Cole writes at school.  He is very self-confident... and hilarious!  See if you can read it. ;)

14. Chase did awesome singing with his Pre-K class yesterday at their "Spring Sing" program!  The theme was "Around the World," and each class sang songs from different countries.  (Chase's class had Ireland.)

15. My sweet boy with his drum.

16. Thursdays are always a little more crazy and fun around here because my mom brings Brody and Blake over after our moms' Bible study (for the rest of the afternoon).  Love those boys!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Not always sunshine

This has been a week of struggling for me.  Children haven't been good listeners, and there have been lots of fights and tantrums.  Life is always crazy with 5 kids now, but some days seem to fall apart quickly.  I have not been patient when I need to be, I have scolded when I should have listened, and my thoughts have been very grumpy and selfish.  Oh, how great my need for my Savior!

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal." Isaiah 26:3-4

Song by Lauren Daigle: (Loyal)
"I've tried to win this war, I confess.
My hands are weary, I need Your rest.
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight.
No matter what I face, You're by my side."

Quote by Oswald Chambers:
"Land that knows nothing by sunshine becomes a desert.  Clouds, storms, and darkness must have their place if there is to be fertility and fruitfulness."

God has put these verses/quotes in my life in the past couple of days to remind me to fix my eyes on Him, not on my self and my circumstances.  He is a good, good Father!

Oh, and I have to mention that I'm SO THANKFUL too for wonderful friends who have been praying for me and my entire family!  No one said that parenting or fostering would be easy, but I know it's God's path for us. :)

2. We had a blast at the zoo on a very busy day during spring break.  My friend Jenn came with her 2 kids and was gracious enough to help me watch my 4 (my mom was gracious enough to keep Chubby Bunny).  Thanks, y'all!  It's always fun to go with friends.

3. Cole with best buddy Joshua...

5. Enjoying a picnic lunch...

7. I think the kids liked riding the bus from one parking lot to another as much as they enjoyed seeing the animals. ;)

8. Also during spring break, Poppy took the boys to the beach for a quick, but fun trip.

9. This girl wants to wear her "princess shoes" (with a little heel!) all the time!  And she wants to wear dresses ALL the time!

10. Chase looked so handsome and smiled so nicely for his preschool pictures.  Oh, the cuteness!!!

15. Chick Fil A seemed like a logical choice for dinner on a recent cold Saturday after we'd been inside all day with our rowdy kids.  Chick Fil A to the rescue! ;)

17. This silly boy cracked himself up as he pretended to sleep and snore on a bench.  Ha!