Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday ramblings...

This morning much of my family scattered.  Matthew had to work and Marc had to go to the office to prepare for some big things coming up at work.  Malachi and Myles went with Marc with hopes of me being able to get some things done around the house!  Rainy Saturdays are hard when you have little boys! :) 
Madeline was working on her school work and had just taken a break to go outside with Mariah.  I was busy in the house when I heard the warning siren go off! 

                                                         "Weather watching"

Severe storms and tornadoes all around us, but thankful we only had strong winds and rain.  Another storm is supposed to come through during the night tonight.  I guess we will be securing the animals this evening, and I probably won't get much sleep! From what I've seen on the internet there has been some damage in our state.  Praying tonight's storm doesn't bring more!

~Until next time

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Myles and Pooh

 “Some people care too much. I think it's called love.”  
    A.A. Milne-- Winnie-the-Pooh

I cherish the time I spend reading to my children.  One of my very favorites is Winnie-the-Pooh.  I usually read it to them by themselves when they are in kindergarten-first grade.  Myles got his very own hard back copy of it for Christmas.

“If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever.”


Sunday, January 15, 2017

This and that...

 We are well into the new year!  We, as a family, always sit down and write out our goals.  We usually have an evening during our family worship time that we share with each other so that we can hold each other accountable.  I've never liked the word "resolution".  It just seems like I'm doomed to  fail if I call them my "resolutions". :)  I like "goals" better.  Seems more attainable.  I guess I'm just mental that way.  A few of my personal goals were to eat healthier, cut out sugar and to drink more water!  I don't have a hard time eating healthy, but I just like to have sugar too! :)  One of the easiest things that we do every day is to drink a smoothie.  It is so easy to get things in that way!  My little guys even love their smoothies!  (Vitamix is a must have!   It makes it so much more palatable!)

Exercise is the easiest part for me.  I've been a pretty serious runner for over two decades now.  This year I want to try to mix in something different.  We are blessed to live out in the country, so I have beautiful views while I run!

This is a front porch view one evening at our house.


These sweet little babies were born election night.  We will keep the girl on the right, but getting ready to sell the little male on the left.  We have to come up with a name for her so we can register her.  Our dairy goats always have a plant/flower/herb name.  Suggestions?  Her mother's name is "Pollard's Plantation Poppy".  The baby takes on the name of the farm they are born on, so her name will be "Pecan Pastures......"  We just need a third name for her.  It will be what she is called.  Feel free to leave a comment and help us name her! :)

This little angel spent several days with us while her daddy was traveling this week!  He has to work out of town again this week, but she and her mommy will travel with him.  We are going to miss her!

Well, another one of my goals was to start getting in the bed at a decent time!  I guess I should head that way!

~Until next time.....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mariah Noel!

Happy Birthday to our New Year's baby!  Fourteen years ago today, on a very cold wintery night we drove 45 minutes in the rain to the hospital to meet my midwife.  I had been laboring all day at home determined to stay with Matthew on his birthday.  As things progressed that evening, I tucked them into bed and left them with my mom.  Mariah didn't make it before midnight to share a birthday with her brother, but was determined to have her own! :)  She was the first baby born at our hospital and the second in the county!

Mariah is my high energy, "get it done" girl!  As she gets older, she is becoming such a help to me! She sees things like I do.  We both share a "minimalist" personality, and like to clean up and throw out! :)

Her birthday fell on a Sunday, so it wasn't a typical birthday.  It was a yucky rainy day, and we spent the better part of it at church.  When we got home that evening I fixed her an Oreo milkshake! (She is like her mama in that regard too!)

Matthew and Madeline gave her some new boots, and we gave her a video camera.  She has wanted one forever!  McKenzie stopped by that evening to give her a present.  Us girls are planning a girls' night out next week to celebrate her birthday.!  I love that all of my girls enjoy spending time together.  I've always told them when you have each other, you have built in best friends!

I love you "Lou"! I pray that this is a year of much spiritual growth and blessing in your life!
"Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper."
Psalm 1:1-3

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy Birthday, Matthew!!!

21 years.... Where have the years gone!?!  Matthew was born on a Sunday around lunchtime after a long, drawn out labor.  That evening I laid in my hospital bed "ringing in the new year", with my bundle of newborn sweetness and couldn't believe I had a baby boy!  I don't know why, but I just couldn't imagine having a boy!  He was such an easy baby, and has been nothing but a joy to raise.  The biggest "trouble" he has ever caused us is that he isn't the neatest guy in the world!  Hey.... I'll take it! :)

Watching Matthew go from that slightly awkward young teenage boy starting his first job at a local feed and seed store, to a very capable young man has been so neat to see.  He now works two jobs and goes to school full time.  He will finish his first degree this spring and hopes to start working as an aircraft mechanic at the local air force base.  He will continue on to pursue a degree in Aviation Management.  Not sure what that is exactly, except his professors have told him he needs to strive to be the "boss" in his field. :) I am very excited to see what the Lord has in store for him!  He has been a light in some very spiritually dark places.  He has never waivered in his faith, and is always willing to stand alone.  What I have loved even more is that he has concern for a lost and dying world around him.  He has a more reserved personality, but doesn't hesitate to share his faith and is often putting gospel tracts around town or school.
My prayer for Matthew as he embarks on the adult world is that he will always stand strong and be willing to be different!
"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas with Family

Christmas Eve McKenzie, Daniel and Elizabeth came over.  My dad spent the day and evening with us too!  The kids all did their exchanging of gifts.  It is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.  They all put so much thought into their presents for each other.

                                      Madeline and Matthew being goofy. :)

We ate pizza, a big healthy salad! and lots of sweets that the girls were busy making all day.  We made ambrosia, several kinds of Christmas cookies and key lime pies!

The two "littles" pooped out of the party!
When everyone had gone home or had gone to bed, I finally got the stockings filled!  I remember my mom spending so much time filling stockings for all of the grandchildren.  She had so much fun doing it.  I told McKenzie once she had children I wasn't filling one for her or Daniel anymore.  Well.... as Christmas approached, I just couldn't NOT do stockings for them! 
Our kids got up and opened their stockings early.

Madeline didn't like that Marc and I didn't have stockings filled, so she did them.  She is always such a thoughtful girl and loves the "extras'! :)

We finished up with stockings and then the kids got their chores done.  We were waiting for Daniel and McKenzie to have Christmas with Elizabeth at home, and then they were going to pick up grandpa and come back over.

Mimi filled Elizabeth's first stocking!  I had so much fun getting little hair bows, headbands, baby toothbrushes and my favorite board books!

Winnie The Pooh!  My absolute favorite early childhood book to read aloud to my little ones.  I remember the year that Mariah got hers for Christmas!  Let the reading begin!!!

I found the coolest sewing kits for these two.  I got a quilt kit for McKenzie and a pillow kit for Mariah.  The fabric was beautiful!  Can't wait to see their projects!

He wanted a remote control helicopter.  I think everyone has had fun with this!

His favorite present this year was probably his gun holster.  Turning 21 means getting your carrying permit!

Every year the littlest ones have that one present that is their favorite.  Once they open it, they would be content to be finished! :)

They are truly adults now!  An Instant Pot for Christmas! :)  (They did get some fun stuff too though.)

Sweet Lil'  Lizzy opening up her presents!  She was more interested in watching everyone around her.

The weather was amazing Christmas day!  We wore shorts!  Some of us went out for a run!

After we had opened presents just us girls took off and went to McKenzie and Daniel's land that they will start building on soon!  We romped and looked at the creek that runs through their property.

I love these girls!

Well, that was a peek into our Christmas!  It was lots of fun and good memories were made.  I'm always a little sad when it is over thinking of another one of my kids' Christmases is over, but relieved at the same time.  The busyness of the season gets tiring after a while!

~Until next time....

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Season

Another Christmas season has come and gone.  Each year I strive to be less "busy" doing things I don't want to do, and focus on the most important parts of the season.  While it wasn't as perfect as I had hoped... I do have some sweet memories from this month!

 I start the Christmas season off each year with Black Friday shopping with all of my girls.  It isn't so much about buying stuff and getting great deals as it is just a fun day together!   I also take each child out Christmas shopping by themselves.  Matthew actually drove me this year! :)

Madeline is always so good about doing the "extras" with the boys. I'm at a stage in my life right now that I don't always have time to do those things. I love that she is always willing to do them!  She made a whole wheat ginger bread man for them to decorate!

They had fun decorating and eating!

 Marc and I took the boys out one evening and we went to Bass Pro to see Santa!


Macheus was so nervous about seeing him, but no tears!

We have never told our kids that Santa comes to our house.  We tell them the story of St. Nick and that the idea of Santa Claus came from that.  I've never thought there was anything "evil" about letting a child go have their picture taken with the "big fat man in the red suit"! :)  Even our three year old can tell you the true meaning of Christmas! :)

This Santa was so sweet!  He talked to each one of the boys and told them he loved them.  Myles turned around and told him he loved him too.  So sweet....

They have tons of free activities for the kids!  It was a full evening for sure!


I know the years of Malachi wanting to do all of this are coming to an end.  :(

Marc spent one day taking treats around town with the kids.

They met a World War 2 Veteran and an old missionary!  Kind of sobering to think of two people that probably sacrificed so much and now sitting in a nursing home. :(

 Myles' night out to eat and Christmas shopping with me was full of laughter!

His choice for dinner?  Chick- fil -A of course!

I took him to look at lights on the way home.  There is a huge display in our small town and it has the music synchronized to the lights.  He had the window down and then decided we should ride home with  them down and Christmas music playing!  I had the heat pouring out on me! :)

I have had many nativity sets over the years!  I have always let my kids play with them, so I have multiple pieces that they set up.  Myles had so much fun over Christmas playing with them.

Well, by biggest "boy" is home from work. I think that will be it for this post!  I will post the rest of my Christmas pictures next time!  Headed to bed!