Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Way -- a study of the heart!

Good morning, little cutie! I see you studying that big heart. Wondering what it is. What it does.
You know, hearts keep our bodies alive. They help us thrive. Hearts also represent love.
And love? Well,
"God is love." 1 John 4:8

One year ago today, Mommy and Daddy were studying the heart, too. We were filled with information on your heart and the ASD and VSD, the holes in your heart. And we handed you over to a surgeon, who knew so much more than we did, and prayed the Lord would guide his hands as he mended the holes in your heart.

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." 
Psalm 73:26

Last May 6th, was a study of our heart. I remember being at peace with it all, but emotional as you left my arms in your little gown. This surgery, if all went well, was supposed to help you thrive. Ideally, it would relieve your body from working as hard as it was and prevent future complications as well.

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way." 1 Thessalonians 3:16

Heart surgery is a pretty big deal. God is an even BIGGER deal! You (and Mommy and Daddy) were showered with love and support! So many friends and family members prayed for you and came by to see you. They came to love on you and love on us. The Lord granted us the prayers we asked. You were a champ and your surgery was a success! 

"And this is the confidence that we have toward him,
 that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us." 1 John 5:14

We handed the Lord our hearts and you, Waybe, our little heart. And here you are. 
YOU are a study of the heart!

Happy 1 year Heart-versary, Way! We love you and your smile. You are a joy and a light! Thank you, Lord, for mending our little boy and pouring out love on us! You are Mighty and we praise you!

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night" Psalm 91:2

Monday, May 4, 2015

motivating THIS Monday!

Monday's motivation.
Monday's prayer.
Monday's confidence.

Leaving our littles behind for a week. Heading overseas on a mission trip. Nursing my heart, but praying this as I leave, knowing He is our Shepherd! Little bits of my heart may be staying back home, but we are going, with confidence because He's asked us to go!

May your Monday be filled with confidence that YOU are His sheep and all of your people are too!

Monday, April 27, 2015

motivating the Monday

Is it just my tulips that get droopy? Or do tulips just get droopy in general?

I've loved tulips for years and they always seem beautiful in bouquets at the store. And actually, I really like the ones above. Floppy, droopy, doing their own thing. We don't have a lot of natural light in our house due to a front and a back porch that prevents the sun from sneaking in. I've wondered if they droop because they are in need of sunlight. Maybe some of you know? I most certainly do not. Not a green thumb on either of my hands!

But as I sat speculating this morning, on my beautiful, regardless tulips, I couldn't help but think of how I tend to droop and fall weary when I'm not spending a lot of time with the Son.

When life gets busy and it's go, go, go, I can fool myself into thinking that my downtime needs are to plop onto the couch and watch a show. Or flip through my phone. Or even get immersed in a good book. And I truly don't think there's anything wrong with any of those. But only, if I'm filled up first.

When I'm not basking in the Son, I'm thirsting for other things.

I might not notice it at first, but it catches up to me quickly. Some mornings are hairy around here. Actually, most mornings are. If I haven't set my alarm to have some prayer time or just time to be in His Word, then I'm putting it off until later. And then later comes, and along with it, so does everything else. This and that and go, go, go!

For me, I'm always better off going to Him first. The more time I spend in the Son, the more thirsty I stay. And that's a good thing---because only He can quench our thirst!

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
John 7:37-38 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

a little of this and that

This afternoon, I received this text from my Hubby. . .

He actually texted me from work to tell me that March 25th was my last blog post! I did have to think about it before I responded with "Blog?" because March 25th was the day before my birthday. I was frantic I missed something, but the #30daysandcounting helped me out! He's a fan and a keeper! ;)

Life has been a whirlwind, but I've wanted to blog so many times in the past few weeks, I truly have. So much I've wanted to say, express, memory-make, etc., but it hasn't flowed. What better way to get back at it, than to include some photos that missed the Instagram cut?!

As I mentioned, my birthday came and went, but with it, I got a BOB jogging stroller! I'm beyond thrilled! Our now old stroller was perfect when Way was an infant and Miles was still only 1. It was a double, sit and stand stroller and we loved it! But recently, the wheels started having a mind of their own and it wasn't always staying latched when open, so it was quite a hassle to maneuver on any excursion. Now, let the fun begin!!! Way loves the BOB already and even whines when it's time to get out!

Spring is finally here! We've been enjoying the outdoors while we can---before those uber hot days of summer arrive and we melt! As much as you read and hear me talk about how much I love winter, and I really, really do, I am still enjoying the spring. The daylight lasting longer is so inviting! I despise making my boys come in and do homework or chores when the weather is perfect for playing outside! Good thing the end of school is approaching, because this Momma is starting to let things slide for a little more laughter together in the backyard!!

Yes, life has been a whirlwind, and some of it has been hard. I'm still dreaming of living on that farm one day and kissing the hustle-bustle good-bye! But these smiles, family time, the joy and squeals of dog-piles with friends, learning how to ride a bike, shooting hoops til dark, hiding in flowering bushes, swinging and being filled with glee----these are the moments to cherish!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Green Frog Farm adventures

Spring break has already come and gone around these parts. And, it was an extra long spring break that started 2 days early for us due to snow! Although after today's spring weather, it's hard to believe we just had snow less than a few weeks ago!

Our family ended up having a staycation! I think we considered nearly every major city within a day's drive and even some within a 2 day's drive. However, after looking at the weather and how we were feeling the first weekend of spring break (a smidge under the weather and exhausted) we decided to stay put. Hubby took off work and that made it all the dreamier!

One of our favorite parts of the week was heading out of town for a day to a log cabin! Ohhh my, it was fantastic! We weren't really sure what to expect. We actually only decided to go based on photos from a friend! Turns out, it was a good choice.

We pulled up in the rain. I wasn't worried because we packed tons of board games and books. But in no time, after exploring our amazing log cabin, the boys were outside exploring! They weren't going to let a little rain stop them. Or mom.

Green Frog Farm. The boys could hear the frogs and searched for them, but I'm not sure any were ever found! ;) This place was a settlement back in the day. The owners of our cabin are former missionaries to Thailand! Awesome!

So we ventured out. Our first discovery was a one-room school house--by far my favorite place--on the settlement. Ohhhh, my little heart went pitter-patter when we walked in! The boys loved it too, including Hubby, who took to teaching right away! Little Men, indeed!

Luke wanted to take the photo with him reading a school book. Melt.

And look at Chuckles' eyes. Always watching big bro! :)

And our sweet youngin's learning how this school desk thing works!

We found a little church too. And an organ. And a piano. Simple and sweet. Charlie's favorite place!

We kept exploring and came across open fields (little boys' dreams) and an old cotton gin too. Just really cool!

Basically, there wasn't much time for board games! We let ALL of the boys bunk up together in the little loft upstairs. Their dream come true. They BEGGED for Way to be with them and we decided to let it happen. After all, we did bring our pack n play! Just check out this little nugget of a find! Ship lap everywhere!!! I LOVED it!!!

The boys are 100% all in for going back sometime! We all thought it was pretty special!

Friday, March 20, 2015

FYI Friday: Let's celebrate! The future is bright!

It's tough getting back into the swing of things, say not posting for a month, and knowing where to start. But, I'd say a perfect way to pop back into the ol' blog is an FYI Friday

Here's what you need to know . . .

1. Tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day, celebrated on 3/21! Why 3/21? Because individuals with Down syndrome all have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. Interesting little tid-bit, yes? And celebrate? Yes!! We celebrate because we love people with DS! We celebrate to inform and to spread awareness! There are so many incredible things going on to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. All kinds of Random Acts of Kindness activities, parties, National meet-ups at various locations and some really cool campaigns. I'd highlight them all if I could, but I'm especially excited about . . .

2. Ruby's Rainbow. Ruby's Rainbow is an organization that grants scholarships to adults with Down syndrome for college, enrichment or vocational classes. They believe that learning doesn't have to stop after high school and they want to help individuals with Down syndrome reach their highest potential!

Who doesn't want that?? And have you heard about their 3/21 pledge? Ruby's Rainbow is setting a goal of raising enough money by March 21st to grant educational scholarships to 21 Rockin' Recipients! How amazing is this? So promising for the future for individuals with Down syndrome!

3. I have taken the pledge and donated $21. Will you read more about Ruby's Rainbow? Will you take the 3/21 pledge?

Sure, our little Waybe is still in a crib. We aren't sending him off to college just yet. But we are all about supporting organizations who believe his future is bright!! Hope you will too!! Take the #321pledge here!

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

6th Annual Ode to the Oscars!

It's OSCAR NIGHT!!!!!!! My favorite night on TV! Oh, how I love the Academy Awards! But then, if you've been around this little space much, you knew that. I'll keep on saying it every year though. Don't worry. Or be forewarned. Whichever way you wanna take it.

For me, it's more than just a night of movie recognition. It's more than just our forever long family Oscar poll competition. It's now also the anticipation of my Biffer's (sister) Ode to the Oscars! For the past several years, in honor of Oscar night and my love for all things movie, she's been writing poetry for me (and let's face it, for the rest of the world---I'm just waiting for her writing talent to be discovered)!

And she's outdone herself again this year! Every year her poem is set to a Christmas tune (this night is like the Christmas of movies for me)! You can also revisit her Oscar poetry in 2014, 2012 (for some reason I didn't post 2013), 2011, and 2010. My favorite part of this year's poem is the 3rd stanza--that really fast part of Bing's song! She nailed it!

Without further delay. . .it's the . . .

6th Annual 
Ode to the Oscars
(set to the tune of the amazing Bing Crosby's "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas")

It's beginning to look just like the Oscars
Everywhere I go
Take a look at the Malco lot, filled up in every spot
With cars and vans rushing to see the show

It's beginning to look just like the Oscars
Costumes to best score
But the prettiest sight to see will be all celebrities
On the carpet once more

A pair of Oscars for Boyhood though Birdman was quite good
And Sniper might squeak out a win
Reese was the talk cause she took a long walk
Could Keaton be a shoe in?
And my dear Biff can hardly wait to see Tom Cruise again

It's beginning to look just like the Oscars
Where did Ben's girl go?
There's popcorn in the microwave, a Coke that she did crave
And Cumberbatch might try to steal the show

It's beginning to look just like the Oscars
Soon Doogie will start
Eddie Redmayne as Steve Hawking
In "The Theory of Everything" was a perfect part

It's beginning to look just like the Oscars
Fran, er, Julianne Moore
But the prettiest sight we'll see is our fav celebrity
In Christian Dior
Cause it's the Oscars once more      

Love it, Mary! You always amaze me! Now on with the snow! I mean, show. But I would take more snow!!!! A repeat of last year, maybe???


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