Sunday, September 23, 2012

Zoo Trip

We went to the zoo during the kids fall break. Everybody enjoyed the trip.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beau Got a Haircut

Beau finally got a haircut, it was badly needed but he really likes his hair longer especially in the front. It is fun to watch him start to care about how he looks although he thinks making a funny face just as I take a picture is the most hilarious thing to do, like father like son I guess.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I Like Me

This blog is mostly about the kids and life and what's happening at any given moment. But this blog has also become my way of remembering. I go back and read old posts I have written and remember how it was or what I need to work to regain, or I'm thankful that we are no longer at that point in our lives. This post is for me, I need to remember where I am right now, because I like me.
So many times in my life I think, "who am I?" I know who I am to my husband and kids and other family but who am I to me, so this is a compiliation of who I am right now, because I need to remember sometimes I like me, and I am trying hard to be who God wants me to be and that is enough. So this list is just for me, please remember that as you read it, I'm not doing this for anyone else but I want to come back in a month from now when I'm having a hard day (like yesterday was) or a year from now when I'm in a slump and remember, I like me.

Who I Am

1. I am a child of God.
2. I am a wife.
3. I am a mother.
4. I am a daughter.
5. I am a sister.
6. I am a friend.
7. I am a confidant.
8. I am a coach.
9. I am an educator.
10. I am an athlete.
11. I am a runner.
12. I am strong, mentally, physically, and always working to be spiritually.
13. I am a leader.
14. I am a follower.
15. I am a volunteer.
16. I am a business woman.
17. I am a chauffeur.
18. I am a student.
19.  I am a hand to hold.
20. I am a shoulder to cry on.
21. I am a comforter.
22. I am goal oriented.
23. I am a dreamer.
24. I am a realist.
25. I am love.

A few times writing this list I had to backspace because I was going to put I am not, but that's why I wrote this it isn't about what I can't do or what I'm not doing or who I want to be, it is who I am now. It is believing in myself just the way I am, because my God believes in me that way, my husband believes in me just how I am and that is enough. I like me, I've written that a lot because it is something I am working on. I am prone to negative self talk (just ask my mom, it's her least favorite quality of mine), but I am trying to think and therefore become. I like me, I like who I am, I like who I'm with, and I like who I want to be. Please pray for me as I continue this journey of life, pray that I always remember to like me just where I am. I'm praying for you and I like you. May God bless us all on this journey of life.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Table

About six years ago we took a trip to Connecticut. During that trip Ben asked his beloved grandfather if we could explore his barn attic. So Ben and I ventured into the barn attic and found an old table in two pieces top and bottom. It was beautiful and had so much potential. So we went back in the house and asked his grandparents if there was a story behind it and if we could take it home and restore it. They couldn't remember where it came from and gave us a hard time about turning our exploration into salvaging but let us take it home. The table has always been something we both loved and coming from his grandparents whom we love dearly has always been something we cherish. We moved from Kentucky to Montana with the table still in two pieces having no time to use it or put it together. In montana we had so many projects the table agains sat untouched. But then we put it together and used it as a workplace in our bedroom. It was covered with a tablecloth because it's top was an eyesore but the structure was beautiful. After Memere passed away we became more determined to finish the table and we cherished it even more. Memere had joked with us when we asked for it that if she weren't careful the whole family would come over and clean out her attic and who knows what else. She loved so deeply we miss her greatly. But now another move later we finally have restored the table to its glory and I know Memere would approve and I can't wait to show Pepere when he comes to visit. It now proudly displays my Thirty-One products and as I say here typing thinking of Memere it seems more than appropriate because Memere exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman and that is the foundation of my company. Thank you Memere and Pepere for your legacy and for our table that is much more to us than a wood project.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Anna's a Catcher

I am coaching Anna's softball team. She said she would try catching because we have a team full of girls who haven't played. She did a fantastic job behind the plate and our pitcher can really zing the ball. Guess I have to get serious about finding her a catchers mitt. We lost our first game but won our second and we all learned a lot today.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Owen All the Time

Owen found all of this at Luke's soccer practice last Monday.
I don't know if I've even had a more peaceful hour.
Luke played soccer.
Owen ran, fell, ran, pushed his tractor, climbed the hill,
pushed his tractor, ran, rolled, laughed.

One of the greatest hours watching Owen ever.
Just looking at these pictures overflows my whole being with joy.

Luke's Birthday Party

Luke decided at the last minute he wanted a star wars cake.
He made a cake in the shape of star and added some light sabers.
It worked.
He loved his cake and his party.

 Memere and Pappa Lloyd send him a Ninjago, he was a little excited.
Ok a lot, he loved it.
Luke has always had the best reactions.

I'm not a great bithday party thrower, but I did put together a scavenger hunt.
It was raining, so Anna braved the rain to follow the boys, and I stayed on the porch.
They brought their light sabers to act out the part of jedis on a quest.
They had to find the clues in order hidden all around the yard,
they had a lot of fun doing it and their prize in the end was a candy light saber, a.k.a. push pop.

Owen was a little excited when Luke blew out his candles.