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At Christmas time something serious shifts…It is like I live in another world…

It has just begun to sink in…the whole Christmas atmosphere…I never want to fake excitement.

I want it to be real…Holy Spirit induced…

And He always does.

It is this magical world I am put in, where I envision what is happening in every Christmas song, I envision directing marvelous Christmas plays and theatrical productions, I cry at the drop of a hat at the thought of what it meant for Christ to come….for us. The mystery consumes me. I pretend I am Jo from Little Women with dreams and books in her head…

I become a little bit weird.

I have, as of late, been reading Maris her books in a very very brilliant accent.  I don’t know what accent it is. I would say British/Scottish. She loooooves it. It is honestly a lot of fun…You should try it!

We make our second annual magical tent (here’s to you, Marisa!) ….and play until it comes crashing down…We have been dancing and singing to Michael W. Smith’s Christmas album…one of the best…I make up dances and try to teach Maris Marie…

I laugh more…We laugh more…

Life is richer at Christmas. Thats just the way it is….And would you like to know why I think that is so?

Because the Christmas season, in my opinion, is a small…teeny….tiny…glimpse of what Heaven will feel like.

Thats my theory, sweet honey’s!!!

And that picture of Mac in the bear jacket made me laugh until I cried!!!! He is enormous in that thing!  And so cute!

I hope you are soaking up the magic!

Much Love to You!!!!!

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Needing Older Women

 

I jump in the car ( ok minivan)…by myself…and head to Walgreens to pick up a few things…

I drive through downtown Fairhope, noticing all the yummy shops and wonder why I never take an afternoon to window shop….Like I could afford ANY of it…but nonetheless…I resolve to windowshop one Saturday soon…

I pull into the parking lot at Walgreens and glance at myself in the rearview mirror….

Holy crap…is what I think…I had forgotten that I only had one eye that had eye make up on it because I got sidetracked this morning while getting ready and went out the door not even realizing one eye did not have make up…Not to mention my hair….Oh, my hair…

I walk in and hope to goodness that I don’t see anyone I know….I walk down the hair product aisle and pick up some volumizing mousse for my sweet sister and wonder if the product could help my poor hair….No, it can’t, I say to myself….

I grab a few other things and check out…

I get in the car with just this awful feeling…this, I need a makeover because I look like a tired and worn out mom not a young 27 year old but I don’t have the time for such things, type of feeling…

I pull my long unruly hair up with a rubber band and head back to the house.

I drive back thinking on this…thinking how wonderful it would be if it were easier being a momma…juggling babies, dinners, looking sexy for Daniel and keeping myself attractive for him, cleaning, spending desperate time alone with God and keeping our relationship passionate, keeping my own fears and worries in check so that I don’t completley lose it….and just now…I look at that list and think….Um….yeah….right….

I need help….If only the Proverbs 31 woman could appear like my fairy godmother and tell me where I’m going wrong…and advise me…and help this poor little thing…

I’ve been talking with other young mothers lately about the verse in scripture for the older women to teach the younger women how to love their husbands and their children…which are the two most important, all encompassing things anyway, besides Loving God…and we all just agree how we desperately need this….

We are clueless, we feel like we are drowning sometimes, and sometimes we so wish we had an older woman…who HAS BEEN THERE…done that… 🙂 a woman who fiercly loves her Lord and has raised children and has been in the trenches of motherhood and can share with us her stories…her experiences…the ways God helped her through the young years…the ways He blew her mind in the teenage years and the years of letting them fly….the ways her marriage was changed, strengthened, tried, and made golden….

We need you, if you are an older woman, find a young mother….take her to coffee…keep her babies so she can go grocery shopping…share with her your life…

I have determined to do this, Lord willing, when I grow older, even in a couple of years, to find a young couple and bless them…bless her….pray for her…laugh and cry with her….tell her that what she feels is normal and God will guide her through………as we go get our hair done… 🙂

Just some thoughts today….Hope I made sense… 🙂

Happy Saturday Sweet Ones!

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We are moving on from the Ranch…

It is bittersweet…

Daniel has a great opportunity to work under the owner of Fish River Christmas Tree Farm…learn everything he can…in hopes of one day operating it…

It could not have come at a better time.

We have been so blessed at the Ranch…so richly rewarded, I think more than we even know…God has grown us both and stretched us both…sometimes to the point of wondering..”Am i going to break now, God?”…But, we never broke and we constantly saw God bring us through…At times when it just seemed impossible…like being tired, nauseous, big pregnant with our third and still have to love and take care of other children who needed love and needed to be taken care of…He showed us possible…When there was just that one boy that completely annoyed me and got on my ever lovin last nerve and I didn’t think it was possible to be kind…He showed me possible…

He also showed us selflessness…which I am the most selfish person ever…so He is still teaching me to go beyond myself to help and take care of others…

But, now it is time to move on…

I welcome it with unreserved joy and excitement…Just getting a little bit of normalcy back in our family life is going to be greatly enjoyed…

As for right now…I am soaking up these moments with the boys as we will be here for just one more month…

I have always done this thing..its kinda corny…yes,Leah you can laugh, I am a cornball…where when I don’t have my camera close by and something really sweet/cute is happening and I at first am thinking…”CRAP where is my camera when I need it!”…then I proceed to in my mind or when no one is looking to hold my hands up like I am holding an invisible camera and in my head i take a picture…yes, a mental picture to put it more plainly…I am not plain…I go into great detail 🙂

I have been snapping away in my mind…taking these mental snapshots…Like…Maris insisting that the boys look at her newly painted toe nails while they are playing video games…They ignore her at first but after her pleading they put the controllers down and each chime in…”yes, Maris, those are so pretty!”…..or Caleb holding Davis, kissing Davis’ forehead when he has to leave the room and Davis screaming to the top of his lungs because he thinks Caleb hangs the moon…or ALL of the boys trying to teach Davis to walk…which he is now doing (Praise God from whom all blessings flow)….or the way they adore Mac and try to get him to smile at them which Mac does so well…or their prayers at dinnertime which are so simple…not eloquent prayers or nice sounding prayers…but prayers that are real…or the way they love my cooking and sweet tea and the satisfaction I feel after they have scarfed down every. last. bite….

These are the moments I really wish I had photos of…And you know what…I have always had this feeling that our homes in Heaven will have walls with all of the photos that we wished we could have taken on earth, hung upon them…

But for now I will be cherishing these moments and looking forward to what lies ahead for our family of five…

Thank you for your prayers and support….

We are turning the page….

Much Love sweet friends!

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Our boys in their new school shoes…

What is it with guys and shoes? Daniel loves shoes way more than I do…he has more shoes than I do….Personally I would rather spend money on an article of clothing that goes somewhere other than my feet…

Anyways, yes the boys are trying to perfect their “swag” as they call it before school starts…

If only I had time to ponder on and work on my swag…

Right now its the messy hair and spit-up infused t shirts and jeans I am swagging… 🙂

They are cute guys…I love them so much…

Have a swagtastic day!!!

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Summer in a Sea Shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That last picture my lens fogged up because of how steamy hot it was outside…These are pics from the last half of summer…

For some reason I am not ready for summer to be over…I usually love fall weather but this year I feel that summer lasted but for a second…

I wanted to post some pics of Mac/Mac attack/Big Mac/Macaroni/Mac and Cheese…we have had fun coming up with nicknames for him…And they all fit…He is so huge and so heavy…and extremely stinky…He is the stinkiest baby I have ever been around…I think because of his large nature he sweats a lot and he also gets spit up and milk stuck in all of his little fat rolls…Its kinda gross…and I’m sure you really wanted to know that…We love him to death anyway…He may be stinky but he sure is sweet…

They all are…Most of the time…

I hope your summer has felt longer than mine did…

Love to You sweet things!!!

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I can already see how different all three of them are going to be…

My prediction…

Maris: independent, smart, people person, ALWAYS WANTING TO DO SOMETHING THAT INVOLVES LOTS OF ENERGY, compassionate

Davis: easy-going but stubborn, a little temper, my artistic one, a little lazy, lovable and cuddly, not too great at math and sciences

Mac: (from limited observation…only 3 months old) happy, happy, happy, likes to eat, he might be the one really into sports… Lord help me…

We are loving these hot summer days…Maris is so brown…Davis is almost 15 months and still crusin all over those sweet knees of his…and Mac is…well…eating a lot…

I hope your summer is giving you some sweet memories!!!

Love to You!

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Ok…so I am going to try and write this without crying because I miss you more than you know!!!  Please don’t hate me for putting this many pics of you on here….

My sister and me have something very special…it’s actually crazy how much I love her because she and I are TOTAL opposites…but hey, opposites attract, right?!…She is smart, I am….artistic ( cool word for not too book smart), she is in a lot of ways fearless and bold…I am scared of everything, she is assertive and a people person…I am reserved and introverted, she has an I phone 4g…I have a ghetto phone from 1997 (please don’t send me a multi media message because I can’t get those) lol, she has blonde hair…I have brown….what can I say…How were we born from the same mother?

 I love her more than I can say in words…

From dancing as little girls in our living room to Pump Up the Jam and Manic Monday (we totally did not understand the words to that song 🙂 )…to our sleepover marathons with Amy…to our days in Yearbook together in Highschool…to our summers with cousins…to college days that were hard…and now to times with babies and new careers…You have been there for all three of mine being brought into the world…….I could not have prayed for a better sister, Aunt for my kids, and friend…

I love you so much Leah…I hope your birthday is so wonderful…I am so proud of you!

 

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