Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Embracing the Mess & the Camera

Some days, I want to step over the toys instead of pick them up, I want to shop online for new clothes instead of actually washing the dirty ones we already have, and I want to watch all of my recordings just waiting so patiently in the DVR instead of watching Dora & Peppa Pig.  I just get tired, and all I want to do is sit around the house in my pajamas.  (Is that normal?  Yes? No?  I don't know.)  Then, the mommy in me gets to thinking, and I realize how thankful I am for the two little girls who scatter those toys and make those messes.  

I remember telling my mom once, after a particular hectic morning (you know, running late for work, getting girlies dressed while they're still asleep, dragging them out of bed kicking and fussing), "I get so tired of the morning chaos and drama!" Her reply was something like, "If you didn't have chaos, you probably wouldn't have a husband or kids."  I thought about that the rest of the day...and I still think about it.  

(Showing off the space where she lost her second tooth)

Sharing a home with my girls and my husband is a blessing, and I will take the messes any day as long as my favorite peeps come with them.  So, dried Play-Doh, broken crayons, unshelved books, dirty dishes, stained clothes, and rebellious toys, I will endure you yet {I may even welcome you} because your presence also means that two little girls are probably up to their cute noses in joy.  Here's to a few more years together...which will no doubt fly by much too quickly!

"In raising children, all you can do is your best...we take care of the possible 
and leave the impossible to God."
~ Ruth Bell Graham

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Leaves, Lollipops, and a Little Thanksliving

As another weekend and another month come to a close, 
I'm excited for a few reflections and another Thanksliving with Leslie at Top of the Page.  (I am also super excited for Christmas music and movies on the horizon, but I will save that for another post.)

At this time of the year, I am thankful for the beauty and brilliance of fall.  My girls are thankful for the mountains of leaves that grace our space.

Personally, I am more thankful for the rich colors.  I am thankful for this lovely, peaceful road to our home.  We have taken many walks up and down this drive through all the seasons.  I have strolled newborn girlies up this drive and watched as they learned to walk up it.  Now they race.  

On a side note, I am not so thankful for these little guys...well, at least not for the ones that settle right in my path and try to bring me down.  I knew it was coming, and I seriously almost hit the ground the other day after slipping on these bad boys.  But, thankfully, my elbow caught the side of my truck, and I managed to stay on my feet...sort of...gracefulness is not one of my strengths.  

I am really thankful that this little toothie decided to quit hanging out, and this brave girlie finally pulled it herself.  Her second baby tooth gone...she is officially growing up way too fast.  

I am deeply thankful for every priceless second with my loved ones.  Especially my Pappy who's been sick and is fighting hard.  I LOVE how he smiles when he sees the little ones.  He lights up, and my heart rejoices.

I mean, does it get much better than that?  A little supergirl dressed in pink was there to save the day and bring happiness to all those around her.  And to collect apples in her Halloween bucket from the kind nurses.  

Then she flew rode along with mom and dad to a Trunk or Treat where she and batgirl scored all kinds of sugary goodness.  I am so grateful for our church family and times of fellowship such as these.  I am also thankful for my amazing husband, his love, and his presence in our lives.  

(Secretly, I am thankful for toothbrushes and deep cabinets to hide some of this candy.)

Honestly, though, they have had so much candy already.  Dum Dums appear to be their treat of choice.  I am thankful for my own Lollipop Guild. ;)

I'm thankful for these sticky smiles.  And big pink bows on cute little girls.

I am especially thankful for (somewhat) quiet evenings cozied up at home and coloring special dresses for tiny paper dolls with my big girl.  

I am also thankful for my Sunday school class and beloved church family, lunch with my parents (and a Daddy who still pays my way), a Starbucks run with my mom, a munchkin who still takes afternoon naps, and, at this very moment, the mountains of laundry that are slowly dwindling, my Keurig, and apple butter cinnamon rolls with caramel frosting (totally happening now).  God is so wonderfully great, and I am so completely undeserving. 

"Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the day." 
~ Psalm 71:8

I hope you've had a wonderful month filled with many blessings! :)

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sweet, Simple Saturday

“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, 
your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? 
If He is, you don't need to search any further for security.” 
~ Elisabeth Elliot

Praying for so many today, that they will find peace and refuge in Him.
Have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sisters, Superheroes, and Storybooks

Sharing my favorite pics of the week taken from my phone, filtered through Instagram, Vintique, and Snapster for my favorite Friday link-ups.  

 My favorite moments with my favorite girls help me get through the work week.  We spent one night being super because it was fun, and there was no need to wait until Halloween to play dress up.  Cutest. Heroes. Ever. 

The big girl is learning to read, so now she tries to read everything.  Signs, books, doggie shirts.  (She was incredibly proud of herself for reading a pup shirt that said "Bad Dog" in Target.  It was adorable, I promise.)

She reads everywhere.  

I love it so much.  But at the same time, I can't get over how much our first baby is growing and changing.  

And then there's the munchkin who still has so much of her baby goodness ♥ of course, she's two so there are some toddler tantrums thrown in there, too.  

This photo was taken with love on Biggi's cell phone.  

Which is why it's best if this happens while we're shopping...

We enjoyed our drinks of choice...

Flew through the air...

And were superheroes...

It was a pretty excellent week!  
Hope you had a great one :)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's Getting all Soupy & Stuff

I decided that since most of my posts have been about our girls, I should take a few minutes to give some thanks and love to the guy who helped me get those two rockin' rays of sunshine.  

When I told him about my master plan to write about him, he just grinned, shook his head, and said, "Oh, great.  You're getting all soupy and stuff." Ummm...I think you mean mushy, but whatever, it's still cute.  Call it whatever you want, and grab a spoon baby.

Let me just start off by saying he’s my Hottie-note the capital H for emphasis.  {I just wanted to get that out of the way.}  Not only do I think he is beautiful on the outside, but he is amazing on the inside.  I believe so deeply that God created each of us with the other in mind and brought us together at just the right moment.  He is my complement in so many ways.  I am an emotional roller coaster, and he is all laid back and Mr. Cool.  I get frazzled and anxious, and he is calm and collected.  I am a wall flower, and he is the social butterfly.  He loves to drive; I love to ride.  I have lived in the same town for most of my life, yet he could find his way around better after only a year here.  I can follow a recipe word for word, measurement by measurement, and my food doesn’t come close to a meal he throws together without any kind of instructions.  He puts up with an incredible amount of whining and handles living with three needy girls extremely well.  He pushes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me.  He is my hero, my rock, my friend.  Oh, and he is a pretty awesome Daddy to a couple of spoiled girlies I know.  

I realized the other day while I watched him sleep that it had been a long time since I just sat and looked at him.  Life gets hurried and chaotic.  It’s not perfect.  There are so many trying moments...you know, the whole “for worse” part of those vows.  But even then, even when we’re fussing about the silliest things, I still adore him.  I can be so angry with him, and then he gives me this look...and I’m done.  I tell him sometimes, “I love you, but right now, I really don’t like you.”  I'm not proud of those moments, but they happen.  

Through the trials and the triumphs, I trust him, and I believe in him.  He is the leader of our home.  We’re just two sinners trying to stick together and raise two little lives in this world through the love, mercy, and precious saving grace of Jesus.  We grumble about bills and rejoice over the milestones of our pint-sized blessings.  We're madly in love...and sometimes we're just mad, but it's such an adventure.  I cannot thank the Lord enough for this crazy, beautiful life.  Here's to growing old together...if I don't drive him crazy first.  

{I hope it wasn't TOO soupy.}  
Have a great one!

"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails..."
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Sunday, October 21, 2012

We Didn't Waste a Moment

There's this girl, and I pretty much love her to pieces.  My baby sister is the best.  She came home from college for a short weekend, and we didn't waste a moment!

After lunch together Saturday, we spent the evening around a campfire.  It's fall, and it was a Saturday night, ergo, we built a fire and made s'mores.  That's just how we do.  

A trio of goodness gathered together in a cute basket for our enjoyment.  Yes, please and thank you!

At one point I looked, and this little cutie patootie was "slow" roasting her marshmallows like this...

It was the cutest thing ever.  She made me laugh.  She finally figured it out, though, after watching her big sissy.  

I pray that my two girls will be as close as my sister and I.  I am so thankful for our friendship.  

This photo was taken with love by Biggi ;)

The girls were excited to see their "Auntie."  It was the best night.  We sat around the fire talking and catching up on life...mostly hers because she's all young and in college.  My excitement revolves around the daily shenanigans of two little girls and the three thousand loads of laundry that seem to never get done.  (Please note: I am not complaining, I am just stating facts with slight exaggerations.) 

The next day we took a trip into one of our favorite mountain towns for a pancake breakfast, a corn maze, and colorful foliage.  I seriously adore little country stores.  

We left with all sorts of delightful things.  Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cabbage, apple butter...skittles.  Oh, fall, you are my absolute favorite.  

We decided to get lost in a corn maze because we had never been through this one.  It seemed like a good idea...especially since this particular maze didn't have anyone or anything that would jump out and try to scare me the girls. 

You know how at the beginning of a new adventure everyone is all excited, and it seems like a really awesome idea...but then, about half way through, everyone starts walking a little slower and the enthusiasm starts wasting away because everyone's getting tired?  We kind of got to that point.  It was fun, and we had a great time (especially watching the girls), but the candy store was calling our names.  

We made a few new friends.  Horses parked in a candy store parking lot.  Does it get any better, really?

After the candy store we had to say goodbye. {tears}  The baby sister had to get on the road and head back.  We had such a blast this weekend.  We laughed and joked and talked.  I am so thankful for every moment.  

I found this print listed in this Etsy shop...

and I think it's just perfect!  I couldn't have said it any better.  And I really hope my girls will one day feel the same way. :)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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