June Summer Fun

5 Oct

We have really been enjoying our time home with Jonathan this past month. We love when school lets out and we get to see him every night! We have taken full advantage and have been fishing a few times, swinging a lot, and enjoying some much needed family time. Here’s a few photos from our last big catch. Tucker has so much fun fishing and it’s a nice relaxing break to the day. I’m so glad we all have something we enjoy doing together!Image

Crickets are not even a little scary to this guy. He sticks his hand right in and pulls one out to use as bate. Love his courage! (mainly because his momma doesn’t have to get them out 🙂 Image

For mothers day my boys gave me a picnic table for our back yard – Jonathan asked Tucker what he thought they should get me and he immediately said “I think she would like a picnic table!” To which Jonathan said ok, lets do it!ImageDaddy’s Big Helper for our new picnic table! He worked hard helping daddy build it. Jonathan even used an old pallet to make a kids table with the left over wood. So we got two for one! I LOVE our table and we use it ALL THE TIME!

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This sweet boy has LOVED riding down the sloped drive – like for HOURS!Image

We had such a FUN night with our life group class a few weeks ago at the redbird’s game. I can’t believe how much it rained and how COLD it was! The Donahues moved a few months after this, so we are so glad we have lots of great memories with these sweet friends!Image

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We loaded up on several gallons of strawberries this season to make preserves, freeze for smoothies, and for desserts throughout the year – we waited for a while the last time we went to Toone to get the strawberries so we played while we waited!

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It’s been a full June with tons of canning, catching up, enjoying Jonathan being out of school, weddings, surgeries, and more. It’s been a crazy few months around here! Maybe I’ll catch up with my blogging now…PROBABLY NOT!

My Boys, I Love You!

1 Sep

Dear Tucker & Jace,

I love you boys so very much and I just want to share a little of my heart with you today. In my opinion, today’s society is out of control. Everyone is worried about themselves, number one. I don’t want you to grow up this way. I want us to learn to serve others, each other, and most importantly, The Lord. I’m thankful for role models in my life who serve others selflessly. I want so badly for you to learn to serve our Lord in this journey of life. I pray that He will be your sustainer, I pray that He will be enough.  I want you to see that I serve you because I love you, and I also serve your daddy because I love him, but mostly I serve you all because I love Jesus.  I want you to have that desire to be a Godly young man, and I hope eventually a Godly husband and father. I know we haven’t reached the years of middle and high school, but I want us to be close, especially then. I desire a relationship with you – a good one, and I’m willing to work for it. I love staying home and being your mom.  I want to look back at these days and be so thrilled of the time that we have had together, see how you grew both spiritually and physically, and see the handprint of God throughout the entire process.

I also want you to learn that we have to make sacrifices in order to do things in life. We have to give up one thing for another. Your daddy and I chose to give up my working out of the home to raise you boys. It was a sacrifice that I was MORE than willing to make and so thankful that I made it. We looked at the numbers on the paper before we made the leap, and we knew that we would be $400 short each month, but we also had a peace that surpassed all understanding that the Lord would provide and take care of our family. And HE has. We have not missed our bills, we have not gone hungry, and we have a home to call our own (and the banks :). Realize that The Lord is our strength and He will guide our paths if we allow him. I don’t know where we will be in ten years, but I pray that wherever it is, we will be serving the Lord together and loving each other more each and every day. I’m thankful for a close knit family, and also for a life group that we can live life with. We have made friends that I pray will be in our lives for years to come – people that we love like our family, who encourage us, pray for us, and we also encourage and pray for.

If I cannot teach you anything else in this life, boys, I want you to know that Jesus is enough. He will sustain you. He will answer your prayers – maybe not in the way you thought, but he will still answer. He will listen to your cries, your desires, and your dreams. We love you more than you will know until you have your own children one day, and that will be an even scarier day than it is now, but He can and will deliver us through.

As our ten year high school reunions are approaching, I’m reminded of how much life has changed for the better in these last ten years. I was so thrilled to marry your daddy, and I honestly thought that there was no way I could ever love him more, but man was I wrong. I’m so thankful for the relationship we share, the love that we have for each other, and the partnership we have in raising you boys. I’m thankful for his manly ways of doing things and letting you two be boys! I don’t mind you going out and getting filthy, smelling like dogs, or filling your pockets with rocks. I’m thankful that you are learning to work hard, fix things, and respect women. I love that you bring me flowers out of the goodness of your heart and come in just to tell me you love me and you need a hug. I love that you run to me when you have a boo boo that needs to be kissed, or a finger that needs a bandaid. Daddies are gruff with their little boys, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I know that he is training you up to be a Godly young man who will be able to go out and raise your own family one day. I’m thankful for the legacy that went before him, that he was taught a hard work ethic and a love for the Lord at his home.

I’m blessed beyond measure and so thankful or the opportunity to be called “mom” from you two amazing little boys.  I just want to soak it all in and sometimes pause life right where it is, but I know it is fleeting ever so quickly and I cannot imagine my life without you all in it. I pray that day never comes. I pray that you bring in Godly young women to raise your children, who love you more than words, but who love the Lord even more. I pray for their families – that they are Godly, and serve the Lord, and have a legacy of loving the Lord in their family as well.

Boys, God gave us the awesome responsibility to raise you as children of the Lord, borrowed for such a short time, and I am in awe of this gift. I’m unworthy of it, but I believe that’s why He gave us His Word – so that we could reflect on it daily, become sustained through Him, and rely on His direction in our lives daily.

Thank you Lord for the chance to be mom to my two boys – Tucker Wiley and Jace Edwin, I love you more than words!

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Tucker’s Marriage Plans…

19 May

This was too cute not to share…and I want to make sure to remember it!

Tucker was sitting at the kitchen table the other day eating left over oatmeal from breakfast. I was washing dishes and we were just talking about whatever was on his mind. He announces a few minutes in, “Mommy, I wonder who Jace is going to marry.”

I said, “Jace, what about you?”

He responded, “Oh, I’m going to marry Emmaline.” Just as matter of fact as it could be. I told him I had to get this on video, so I asked him again…I can’t seem to get it uploaded but I’m going to share it here:

Tucker: I’m going to marry Emmaline

Me: Why?

Tucker: Because I LOVE her

Me: Why do you love her?

Tucker: Because I play with her.

Me: Oh, ok, well then what are you going to do?

Tucker: I’m going to marry her, and we are going to pick a house, and I’m going to paint it

Me: What color?

Tucker: Blue! Then i’m going to get the furniture and build it, and then I’m going to put it inside. And I think we are going to name our baby Moses, but I’m not sure.

Me:I said: really?

Tucker: Well, yeah, I think we are!

Me: I sure do love you!

Tucker: I sure do love you too mommy!

Haha! So this is a CRAZY conversation, but I love his sweet innocence and love for his friend Emmaline. I honestly think it would be absolutely precious if they got married, but you know what, that’s a long time from now!

So he is marrying Emmaline, they are going to buy a house and paint it blue, make their own furniture, and name their baby Moses (he thinks, but he’s not sure).

I SURE DO LOVE HIM!!

 

 

A terrible fall…and Lavender to the rescue!

5 May

 

I have had the same bottle of lavender for about 2 years. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t use it very often – pretty much just for epsom salt baths after I had both babies. Well, we have had two incidences in the last few weeks that have SOLD me on lavender and it’s many AMAZING qualities! Tucker fell a few weeks back and hit the corner of a side table. It was black and swollen within a minute. I mean bigger than I’ve ever seen (and since he was screaming uncontrollably and we weren’t at home, I didn’t get a picture of a before). I had thieves on hand, so I immediately put it on it, but knew it wasn’t really what I needed, so we left and headed home. It was black by the time we left, and when we arrived home it was very puffy and swollen. I applied lavender and then layered with Melaleuca and sent him on to bed. When he woke up the next morning this is what I saw… It was still red, but the black from the bruising had left all but above the eye.

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By the end of the day here’s what it looked like after several applications of lavender. I was so thankful to have this on hand!

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Ok, so fast forward to two weeks ago…We went for our normal morning walk. I run a stretch about 50 yards from one road to another. Once I started running, within about 10 yards the front wheel of my stroller flew off and my stroller flipped (with BOTH babies in it), and I fell on top. Tucker was not strapped in, and it threw him out, but he was standing up looking at me when I stood up, but Jace on the other hand was strapped in. I threw the stroller back correctly and he was bleeding everywhere. I was so upset and trying to figure out how to get back home. The stroller was broken and thankfully this nice man stopped to get help me out. He had to bend my stroller frame back to even get the wheel back on. He fixed it so we could stroll back home.

Poor Jace hit his head, nose, above his nose, and also his chin and hands. He was so bloody and swollen. We were able to make it back home within 10 minutes and I immediately put lavender on him. The picture below is about 5 minutes after I added the lavender – the swelling was almost completely gone already. I applied several times a day for about 3 days and the scrapes were gone. I couldn’t believe how quickly it healed. He now has two “scars” right above his lip, but he has healed quickly from it and I’m still applying lavender and frankincense about 1-2 times a day to help with the scarring.

Day 1:

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Lavender is one of my new favorite oils and I’m learning so quickly that it’s not one I want to ever be without. I carry it in my purse or diaper bag at all times.

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He is Risen!

2 May

Happy Easter! So thankful for the empty tomb. I can’t even put into words how thankful I am for the cross. I can’t imagine living a life with no hope, no future, and no peace. Our easter was a very full day with church and family, we had a great time celebrating our Risen King!

A little Easter fun…

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Jace Loved this little work truck with tools. The boys have been playing with it all week!Image

This little guy was posing silly for the camera. Such a ham!Image

Rolling our dough with Gaga – little helper boy!Image

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We left from church and went out to my Aunt and Uncle’s to celebrate with the Gilland’s. They had an easter egg hunt for the kids and we all spent the afternoon outside fellowshipping. We had a great time getting to catch up – our time is few and far between now that Grandmother and Popa are gone. We were constantly getting together now, but when we do it’s a much needed time spent together. This mama forgot to get a basket for Tucker to egg hunt with, so we used a bag, and I also forgot shoes, so we had to run to dollar general to get shoes…that’s why they are so lovely 🙂

We ate dinner at the Golding’s on Sunday night and the boys had another easter egg hunt. Mrs. Pam was so sweet and went and got them toys to fill their eggs. Tucker had the best time finding all the eggs because he could go at his own pace. Jace just played with the eggs and loved every second of it. I’m pretty sure they have been his favorite toys this week!

We are a little late, but since we were out of town last week, we missed getting to do the resurrection rolls, but I love what it represents, and it’s such a great way to display the empty tomb, so we did them Sunday night before bed. No reason the easter celebration has to be over because it’s a week late 🙂 I’m so grateful for the empty tomb! He Has RISEN!!

Working hard on getting them rolled…

 

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Proud of the finished product – they were separated because some were rolled in butter, a few were not…ready for the oven!

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Dallas Trip!

29 Apr

This past week we went to Dallas – for the week – just Jonathan and myself…like this has NEVER happened before! When Tucker was one, Jonathan and I went for a long weekend – a full two days away, but I’ve never left Jace and Tucker doesn’t even remember us being gone. So when Jonathan had a week of training in Dallas and wanted me to come, we figured out how to make it work! It has been SO MUCH FUN! We have visited family, had three date nights, he has had school, and I have shopped til I dropped. I made a list of about 20 things I really wanted to do while I was here, and I had over half my list completed on Monday. I apparently have low expectations about what I can actually accomplish in one day – I know this is because it is MUCH harder to get anything done when you are toting around kiddos. The boys stayed with our parents while we were gone and had a great time as well. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

On Sunday we had lunch with Uncle Gerald, Aunt Shirley, Aunt Kathy, and Uncle Kenneth. We also visited Aunt Bartie at her home. She is 106 and can carry on a conversation just like we can. It’s amazing to hear her. I just love getting to visit with her. Sunday night we ate dinner with Jonathan’s Aunt Cynthia, Cousin William and wife Veronica, and his cousin Douglas. We had such a fun time visiting with them and getting to meet their newest member David. He was born last month and we got to meet him for the first time and see Abashai and Eva as well. They are so precious!

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On Monday I went to the apple store to take a one on one class, and also to Ikea. I LOVE that place! When Jonathan got out of class we went to Cabela’s and then ate at Benihana’s and it was so yummy!

Cool display when you walk in Cabela’s. I’ve never actually been in one, it was a neat place!

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On Tuesday I went back to the apple store to learn about aperture, and also met Aunt Cynthia, Katie, Aunt Kathy, Al and Christy, and baby Luke to shop a little and also to eat lunch. We had a great time! Tuesday night Jonathan and I found a few western stores and also walked around the historic part of downtown Dallas. We ate at a place called Vila Brazil in Irving and it was DELICIOUS! It was like a Texas De Brazil but 1/2 the cost and it was so yummy! I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.  We topped off the evening with a little Marble Slab. Great end to the day 🙂

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Wednesday was a bit of a relaxed day.  I hung around the hotel in the morning and worked on preparing for my young living meeting I’m teaching on Saturday. I also met Jonathan for lunch and then went to the cutest little shopping center on the square. It had some great little shops and was absolutely adorable!  We went out to the Byrd’s in Van Alstyne that night for dinner and had a great time visiting with everyone.

Thursday I shopped a little around the hotel, ate lunch with Jonathan, and then went back to the hotel to work on easter baskets and also start packing back up for Friday. Thursday night we went to dinner at Saltgrass Steak House. It was AWESOME! We really lucked out on the places we ate during the week. They were all fantastic and I would highly recommend each one of them.

Friday we headed home once Jonathan got out of class at 11. We had such a fun trip. It was a long time away from the boys, but I feel recharged and ready to jump back in. I love my boys and missed them so much! I am so glad Jonathan and I had this time together – it was great for us and great for me. The Lord provides little windows of time to help us rejuvenate sometimes, and I’m so thankful when those come. I’m also thankful for our parents taking care of the boys while we were gone. They were more than happy to keep them, but I also know that’s a big deal. I don’t take it lightly and I’m so thankful they were willing to let us go!

And here are a few of the boys while we were gone. They had a great time!

Tucker – time to warm up his biscuit at Gaga and Papaw’s. This boy loves home made biscuits!Image

Precious little boy!

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Silly Tucker and Mimi

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I love this picture of Tucker and his animals. Sweet boy smiles!Image

 

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Outside playing!

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A little play dough fun – this boy LOVES him some play dough.

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Cow even got in on the fun

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I love this little sleepy morning face

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Every little boy should play in a muddy ditch, right?

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March and April

23 Apr

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This boy loves driving cars…Hoping that doesn’t mean there’s nascar driving in my future20140423-144154.jpg

 

I know it’s a mess, but this is one of my favorite memories right now…Sundays are pizza night at our house. Tucker looks forward to it all week. We eat in the den (A VERY RARE TREAT) and sit and watch a movie together as a family. I love spending time with these guys. They are so precious to me and I want to cherish every second.20140423-144233.jpg

 

Eating outside on our “new” picnic table. I bought it at a garage sale and Tucker wants to eat out here every chance we get. It’s been so fun to do this for lunches as much as possible. I see this being one of the best $2 investments I’ve ever made!20140423-144315.jpg

 

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Last Friday night we got home LATE from Dallas and I didn’t have any food at home, so we made an early Saturday morning run to the grocery for the essentials for the weekend. I let them stay in PJ’s and Jace drove in the car with Tucker for the first time – they had the best time “driving” together :).20140423-144406.jpg

 

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