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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Roller Coaster & Harleys

Luke rode his first Harley Davidson this past week when we were at Downtown Disney. He had fun! Also, can you spot Mitch on the roller coaster (top back with hand in the air on outside end)? I can't believe that I managed to take this photo at just the right moment!


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Family, spiders, and faces






Just wanted to post a few more pictures of our vacation thus far. As I type, Mitch and I are in Orlando (going to SeaWorld tomorrow). The original plan was to let both boys stay at their aunt's house but we decided to bring the youngest one with us as not to 'cause distress on anyone (me included!). Look at that spider hanging in its web outside my sister's house in her backyard! WOW!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Heidi & Brian

My cousin, Brian, and his sweet wife, Heidi, have spent the past three days with us....we've had a blast! Heidi is a hoot, just like her husband. She fits right into the family. We've gone to the springs to swim with Angela and her kids, eaten, rented movies, eaten some more, and spent good quality family time together. Family is the best.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Sweet smiles

I love capturing their smile. Joy is written all over their face. O, what abundant gladness it brings to my own heart....I'm smiling, too.



Friday, September 22, 2006

Oh my goodness...can he be more adorable?!?!?!?



Yes, that's my baby!
He loves the camera!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

5:53 a.m.

It's 5:53 a.m. as I begin typing this. No, I'm not up this early to read my Bible, although that is exactly what I need at this moment. The reason I'm up is because Luke is up. He's been up for four hours so I've been up for four hours. I think it's due to teething but he relaxes and falls asleep in my arms when I go into his room to calm him but starts screaming the minute I put him down. I've tried everything....ambasol on the gums, singing, nursing, rocking, walking around....he's fine when in my arms but doesn't want to go to sleep. He's mad at me now....I can hear his angry cry from his room next door. He shares a room with Andrew so I asked Mitch to put Andrew in our bed (since I'm obviously not occupying the space) so Luke could scream and not bother Andrew's sleep. So, I am really typing this post to take up some time and allow me to vent. I need something to do between calming sessions! In the meantime, here are a few pictures of the boys over the past few days (awake and happy)

Andrew loves to practice the breaststroke in the tub. He had so much fun in the deep water!



Luke is going to be a good student one day. He loves his little library of books.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Back home

I'm back home from my weekend in Atlanta. The conference was refreshing but I'm pooped! I took Luke with me and glad I did...he cut his first tooth and began crawling all within a matter of three days. He didn't feel so well the first night of the conference and I asked my brother, Stuart, to come be with me while the others in my group carried on. Luke pretty much lost his appetite and....well, let's just say that I barely brought enough diapers for the weekend! I saw MANY friends at the conference whom I hadn't seen in a while, like April and Christi (pictured). Wish I had taken a picture of the others, like Becky, Shannon, Susan, Suzie, Thalia, Rebecca, Christy, and Diane. I can't wait to go back next year!


Friday, September 15, 2006

Out-of-town

I'm leaving to go out of town today....heading to Atlanta for a three day women's conference. Yeah! The blogging will be light; probably nothing at all until I return. Pray for the boys!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Feeling better

This is my gum chewing, flip flop wearing, juicy cup drinking little guy. He's feeling better, thanks to the stinky antibiotics that we have to endure for another nine days. He's already back in school, being that he's no longer contagious. What a cute fellow!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Again

Andrew has strep throat....again! This is the second time this year. I'm just glad it's not allergies. At least this time there's no vomiting....just coughing and a rash. Antibiotics are wonderful, although they smell.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Mary's reception & water balloons

We went to Atlanta this past weekend to celebrate the new marriage of my college roommate, Mary, and husband Darien. It also seemed like a mini college alumni reunion. Pictured here are many of my close friends from my college days. Now we're all married and carry the title of Mommy. Boy, we're old!



While we were in Atlanta, we decided to save the money by not staying in a hotel but rather stayed overnight with our sweet friends, Amy and Sam and their five kiddos. We had such fun chatting about football, crafts, kids, and theology until 2:00 in the morning (I hope I don't fall asleep during Mitch's sermon tomorrow!). Today we went out in their front yard and enjoyed the weather by throwing water balloons at each other. Mallary and Samuel are teaching the art of the overhand throw to Andrew in this picture. In the bottom picture you can see Andrew getting ready to use his overhand to soak his daddy!



Friday, September 08, 2006

Close & In Your Face!

I couldn't resist.....I love taking pics from weird angles of funny faces.


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sin...ugh

I hate my sin. My sin was never REAL to me until about ten years ago. That sounds weird, I know. Something happened in my walk with Christ. It deepened and I saw how dirty I was. I also saw, and still see, how redeemed I am. Sin is ugly. Nothing about sin is pretty. Everything about Jesus is. I feel empty because my time is filled with other things rather than meeting with Christ. Yet, He delights in me. He rejoices over me. Zephaniah 3:17:

"The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing."


I shake my head in disbelief. How could I sin against the Father? Why am I not consumed with Him like He is with me? Why am I so eager to please myself and others moreso than pleasing Him? The Gospel is true. I need reminding of it everyday. I need to repeat the questions/answers in my head like I do with my son: "Who made you? GOD! Why did God make you? For HIS glory!". Oh, thank you for the cross, Jesus. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. I cling to your cross.

I'm glad He exposes my dirt. I'm desperate for a Savior. Good news...there is one and His name is Jesus.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Missing Dad

Today marks six years. It's been six years since my father passed away. He was young; only 59. Each time a huge event happens in the world, I relate it in time to my father's death: the shuttle returning to earth and burning up, September 11, the birth of my children, and so forth. Every detail of THAT horrible day stands out in my mind. I remember the phone call at 1:00 a.m. I remember all the emotions; screaming, crying, pounding the bed, hugging my husband. I remember being surrounded by family that week. Time can take away some of the pain and freshness of losing him but there are still so many things about him that will never be forgotten.

* Daddy's voice was low. I loved listening to him sing in those deep bass tones.
* When a little girl, he would sometimes wake me up in the mornings by rubbing his prickly whisker-face on my cheeks.
* He loved to listen to the "old men" of music, as I referred to them: Elvis, Sinatra, Glen Campbell, and more.
* I remember his pale white skin.....reminds me of my own! He would burn in the sun just like me.
* I remember his laugh. He smoked a good bit of his life so he had a raspy laugh. He quit smoking later in life but the raspiness stayed with him.
* I remember his love for sports...sometimes his love kept him in his recliner so I would often serve him his supper on a UGA dinner tray.
* He loved being a salesman. THE DEALMAKER - #1!
* He LOVED the Georgia Bulldogs. He had several coke bottles commemorating the UGA 1980 football championship sitting around the house. Sic 'em Dawgs! I enjoyed listening to him tease his brother, Uncle David, during football season since because, for some odd reason, David turned out to be a Gator fan - despite having grown up in South Carolina and Georgia. What a weirdo! Just teasing, Uncle David!

The list goes on.....I think I'll stop here and thank God for the 25 years I was able to enjoy with my father.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day

We've had a fun Labor Day! MeMe and Pop came over for lunch and stayed for a while afterwards so we could enjoy each other's company. After naps, we all went to the park to play tennis, feed the ducks, take a walk, play on the playground (our first merry-go-round experience...they loved it!) and later see a weird mural on the park wall. Hope you had a good time today as well.




I can't believe....

I can't believe he's dead.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Box Tops

Do you ever wonder why that little picture is on a lot of the products/items you purchase at the grocery store? It looks like this:



Well, that little picture (called a BOX TOP) is worth $.10. Registered
schools can mail as many box tops back to General Mills so they will, in turn, mail a check directly back to your school. We, Westminster Christian, participate in this program and are trying to raise cash through the box top program so we can purchase specific items for our playground, art program, and more. So, if you would like to help our school out, and you don't mind cutting box tops off of particpating products, you can mail them to me and I'll make sure they are bundled and turned in for the cash (I'm the coordinator). Go look in your pantry now...you might be surprised to find you already have many participating items with box tops on them.

You may email me for my mailing address. For my email address, just click on my name in the right hand margin and then you'll see the link for my email address. I just don't want to put my mailing address on the Internet for all the world to see. Thanks!