Happy to finally be posting some new pictures! Unfortunately for our youngest child (or maybe fortunately who knows) we do not take near as many pictures as we did with Lilly. But every now and then we get the camera out and start clicking. Hopefully the weather will finally turn normal soon and we can get outside more often...
The other night we were playing with the kids after dinner and Lilly wanted to have a parade. Paul had an off site meeting that day at the zoo so he had brought home a bunch of animal masks. After Lilly instructed each of us on which mask we should wear and what noises we were to make to properly represent, we lined up and began our parade through the house - Lilly, Mommy, Daddy, Luke...
As we came through the kitchen and back up to the dining room I noticed the blinds were open so anyone outside would have a clear view through our house to see our make shift parade. Then for a minute I imagined myself outside - looking in on our little family. This thought overwhelmed me to the point of tears almost - as most thoughts about my children and family tend to do. How blessed we are to have 2 beautiful, healthy, funny, imaginative children! And how blessed I am to have a husband who wants to be and is an awesome father. And how blessed we all are to have moments like these to cherish and nourish our souls! Like I said - overwhelming.
This year, as part of my quiet time, I am trying to journal. I really love the idea of journaling, and have thought a lot about doing it the past year or so but just didn't know how to start. A friend suggested I start by just writing down my prayers so that's what I've been doing. So far I am loving it and it is adding so much to my spiritual growth! I just looked back at what I wrote the other night after our parade and it pretty much sums up the above. I love to "pray scripture" when it comes to intercessory prayer (praying for other people) - especially for my family. Here's what I wrote the other night, and a few others that I like to pray for my babies.
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. (Ephesians 1:16-19 NLT)
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23 NLT)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good
of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
(Romans 8:28 NLT)
One other thing... I loved this recent blog post by Jen Hatmaker about raising brave kids in a broken world and wanted to share: Brave Moms Raise Brave Kids
First, I need to do a better job of Blogging regularly. I will work on that. Second, and more important, I just turned on the Fiesta Bowl and see our old friend Ron Cherry as the head referee! If you don't know the famous ACC ref Ron Cherry just check out this video and you will understand my excitement. Hope we get some good one liners tonight!
“So it is with voting. There are losses. We mourn. But not as those who have no hope. We vote and we lose, or we vote and we win. In either case, we win or lose as if we were not winning or losing. Our expectations and frustrations are modest. The best this world can offer is short and small. The worst it can offer has been predicted in the book of Revelation. And no vote will hold it back.” (Piper)
Last month we visited my grandmother just before her 95th birthday and took Luke and Lilly for the first time. She has had dementia for years so she doesn't really talk or seem to know who we are, but it was still really special. She was so happy to see us and just kept smiling big and clapping her hands together. I have such wonderful memories of growing up with my grandparents as I'm sure most people do. Here are a few of my favorites...
- My "Grandmommy" was an incredible cook (pretty much goes with the title I think). She made 3 meals a day from scratch including some of the best biscuits and cookies you've ever tasted. My favorite meal was her quail pot pie made from my Papa's latest hunt. And she would always make me saltine crackers with cream cheese on them for a snack. Sometimes I make them now, but they're never quite as good...
- My Papa used to give me a salt shaker and tell me to go out in the backyard and chase the bluejays. He said if I could sprinkle salt on their tail, I could catch one. I'm sure he got a kick out of watching me chase them for hours. He always said bluejays were so mean, they must go to hell and back on the weekends.
- My grandparents lived in Orangeburg, SC which is south of Columbia. It is about as hot and humid as it gets, but the azaleas and spanish moss make up for it. They had this back door with these glass panes that you could turn a handle and make them go up sort of like blinds. I can still hear the way that door sounded when it closed.
I could go on and on, but I'll stop before my heart hurts too much more. Here are some pictures from our visit. They were taken with my cell phone so the quality is not the best, but at least we have them!
I don't know about you, but I have really been enjoying this summer. The weather has been incredible with the exception of that one really hot week, and we were at the beach so we didn't get most of it anyway. Our back yard has been the perfect place to hang out all summer. We just plop down in some chairs and let the kids go to town in the sprinkler and water table.
We also had some of the neighborhood kids over for a game night complete with kick ball, dodge ball, water balloon toss, hot dogs and popsicles. I think Paul and I enjoyed dodge ball more than the kids :)
Sweet Luke (aka Lukie-pookie, aka Luka-Puka, aka Luka Marooka, aka Jawbone) turned 1 on April 14th. We went with a Winnie the Pooh theme since he had so much fun meeting the characters in Disney World. It was a beautiful day, and we had a great time. As you can see from the pictures, a little (I mean tiny) bit of black icing goes a LONG way!