Sunday, March 23, 2014

Two Years Later....

How I've missed thee! So much has happened in the two years that I've neglected to visit here. You little ole splendor, you. For starters, my children are growing way too quickly! 17,14,12,7,& 2....all of which have yet to celebrate their birthdays this year! Ack. A year ago, the Lord answered our prayers and we were given custody of my step daughter, Cheyenne. Having her with us has been such a blessing! I am so privileged to be her step mom. She transitioned surprisingly well and has been an all A/B student since moving here. She also tried out for the high school's Color Guard team and made it! This was her first time ever being in an extra curricular activity! She has made us so proud! Lindsey (also pictured above) made color guard for her high school. It was such a blessing to watch both girls out on those fields performing! Lindsey started her first year of high school, last Fall. That was a huge shock to me! It's all happened so fast. She has continued to partake in chorus and recently tried out for her school's Honor Chamber Choir, and made it! Woot! Gabriel is in the seventh grade, this year, and for a second year is in band as well as his school's percussion ensemble. He has been utterly blessed with AMAZING mentors/directors, and it's just been a super exciting adventure for our entire family. He absolutely loves it, and has just been relishing in every moment. I couldn't be happier for him. My sweet Ella is growing like a weed . I hoped, for so long, that she'd be a toddler forever. Alas, just like her older siblings, she grew quicker than I ever imagined she would. And then there's my Jacob. My precious toddler baby. He is at such a fun age! He has come into the most awesome little personality. He has truly been a tremendous blessing to each of us from the very beginning. He is adored by his older siblings, and we all just have a blast with that little stinker! I am amazed at how much God loves me! So undeserving of such love, but am, so thankful for it, nonetheless!
Relishing in His goodness...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Been A Long Time Gone...

It's been so long since I've come to this place I love to escape to. I nearly cried when I read the last post I'd posted. The pictures of my babes, the memories. Wow. Seems like forever ago!

We survived the Summer heat. It's lingering, but getting a little cooler, by and by.

We have been in our new home for a year, as of last week. That is SHOCKING, as I still feel as though it's all so new to me.

Lindsey started her last year of middle school a month ago. She is still involved in chorus, and FCA, but has added the pep squad to our agenda. :0) She is growing into a beautiful young lady. She is absolutely in love with Jacob...and he with her.

Gabriel started his first year of middle school! He tried out for drums, in the band. Out of nearly 100 students, he got picked for the one out of ten slots available! So exciting! He's also involved in FCA, and recently tried out for the Art club. We haven't heard the results of that yet. He is doing very well in school and I am just so super proud of my little man!

Miss Ella started kindergarten. She is doing SOOOO well! Her teachers are absolutely precious and she has the coolest kindergarten room I've ever seen! She has made friends quickly, and thoroughly enjoys being at school. We are thinking about putting her into gymnastics, soon, as she has a talent for doing flips, catrwheels, head stands, splits, and such. Plus, she's been begging, since the Olympics began, to do it!

Baby Jacob is not so small anymore...but he's still my baby. He is starting to walk, and talk...and keeps me on my toes. But, oh, how I love my baby boy. He's been pure joy since the day he was born. He turned eleven months old yesterday. That blows my mind. Seems as though we were visiting him in that NICU, just yesterday.

The Lord blessed us well, in July, when Darrell was accepted onto a new weekend shift, that will allow him to bring home just as much money and still be off for four days. PRAISE THE LORD! He doesn't know how long this shift will last, but it's been a complete blessing. We all needed to have him home with us more often.

As for me, I am just happy. We made the right decision to move out of our tiney little town and into  the country. We have grown so much, in such a short amount of time, and I'm just so grateful. I have everything I need...and then some. The Lord is so good!

Relishing in His goodness...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dauset Trails

Spontaneity, you fine splendor, you!

We woke up in the early hours of Saturday with knowledge of the fact that the forecast called for yet another lovely day. It didn't take long to plan a spontaneous road trip to one of our favorite spots on our state's map...Dauset Trails!

We decided to keep the destination a secret from Ella and Gabriel. It's been nearly a year since we last visited. But first, we had to make a pit stop to drop Lindsey off at a friend's house for a birthday party. This 13th birthday consisted of a shopping trip to Rue 21 where the mom bought each girl a shirt, then to the movies to see Hunger Games, pizza for dinner, followed by a spend-the-night party...I'm glad she's gone to so many 13th birthday parties. Nice to get a few ideas for Lindsey's party! I've got my work cut out for me.

An hour and a half on the road...

and we made it! They were ecstatic! Who wouldn't be? Between the gardens, the animals, the farm, the lake, the trees, the beautiful trails, the butterflies....that place is magical!

Can you see the doe hiding out in the tall grass/shade? Bottom left. :0)

We counted 21 turtles basking in the warmth of the sun. As we threw food into the water, we quickly realized that there were sooooo many more turtles surrounding the baskers!
HUGE catfish & snapping turtles!
The turtle wins!

The farm

My lil animal lover

Water break! It was HOT out there!
Can you see the turtle resting just under the face of this alligator?

Thank you, Father, for creating such beauty.

One amazing trip, made even better after stopping off at MeMe and PawPaw's house, on the way home, for a yummy feast. Thanks, Mom & Bill! Love you both oodles!

Spontaneity doesn't come in a bottle prescribed by a doctor, but it does a heart good!

Relishing in His goodness...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring on the Changes

As I sat at my bedroom desk with pen in hand, staring down at the last blank space on the envelope containing Gabriel's report card, the realization that I was signing his elm school report card for the very last time...hit me like a ton of bricks. In nine very short weeks, my Gabriel will be a sixth grader. My, for now, fifth grader did great on his report card, bringing home all A's with the exception of one B. Way to go Gabey!!! I'm so proud of you!!

While we're on the subject of growth, let me just add that Ella has her first loose tooth, at five. In fact, she enjoys making it wiggle so that we can all hear the sound that it makes! You'd think that after going through these milestones with her older two siblings, I'd not be too surprised with the wiggle of that little baby tooth. No. Not me. It blew me out of the water and, quite frankly, I had a mini shed of tears. That happened fast! It's all happening so fast! So many blessings and milestones in such a short amount of time!

Jacob is rolling to and fro like a baby pro. At this point, each roll surprises and excites him, and he lets out a toothless smile followed by baby laughter. It's the BEST! He has three words in his vocab! Out of all of my babes, Mama was not the first word uttered out of my baby boy's lips. Instead, it was "Hi!". He says it in this tiny excited way..the same way in which we say it to him. Of course, Mama came in second, and DaDa followed close behind. He's coming into such a fun stage. He tries soooo hard to talk. I'd love to know what he's trying to say when he looks at me and talks in baby gibberish as if I understand him. The facial expressions and laughter are abundant and precious. He smiles at kind strangers before quickly burying his head into Mama or Daddy's shoulder...then peeks out with those sweet shy eyes of his. What a charmer!

My oldest little lady is turning thirteen in just a matter of a few short months. 13!!! It's hard to believe that this time, thirteen years ago, I was preparing to meet my first child. What a blessing it's been! Lindsey is preparing herself for an upcoming chorus Solo & Ensemble event, in which she'll be judged based on her performance. She's a nervous Nelly over this, but I know she'll do great! She really enjoys school and, like her brother, brought home a great report card. I am so proud of you, Lindsey!

It's officially Spring, although, I do believe that our Winter advisory should have been to keep the warmer weather wardrobe out. Georgia, that was a warm winter! Sheesh kabobs! Oh, but what a beautiful Spring it's already turned out to be. Driving with the windows down is a treat when fruit trees, Wisteria, pink and white Dogwoods, sweet Honeysuckle, and the occasional aroma of Cinnamon can easily please the senses. If it weren't so, and pollen weren't so pesky, it'd be perfecto!

March Happenings:

At his latest doctors appointment, Jacob weighed in at 18 pounds 13 ounces and was 27inches long! He's learned that his feet and toes can get him just about anything he wants! He's pictured here after retrieving the table protector from his grabby little feet!

My older sis with Ella Bella
Cousins Rock!!!
My mom and Jacob
Cousins Sebastian and Lindsey

Practicing writing words....starting with Dora!

Six months old!!!

What happens when Mommy is on the other side of the seesaw!

The sweetest big sissy in the world! xoxo
Gabey's shadow is his hairbow wearin lil sister!
Little comedian
Making Mommy Smile...

Motocross (although, this may have been the end of February)...hmmmm

Daddy & the Babes

They're the world my world revolves around...
Relishing in His goodness...