Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday 2015

Our first Easter in Birmingham at Valleydale Church was wonderful!  The service was filled with amazing worship as we sang about the resurrected king and then a great sermon.  Then Josh and I got to help with Will's age for the 2nd service and that is always interesting!  After church we all went to Nana's house for a great lunch and just a fun time with family.  I'm so thankful that we live in Birmingham now and get to celebrate holidays with our families.  God is so good.

Looking so cute in their Easter clothes

Happy Easter from our family

cousin pictures are always interesting

This beautiful girl is growing up way too fast!  It is getting harder and harder to find a dress that still makes her look like a little girl instead of a teenager!

Sweet siblings

"The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay." Matthew 28:5-6

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter weekend at our new church was so great this year.  We started off with a big Easter Egg hunt on Saturday.  There was cotton candy, bounce houses, cake walks, train rides and of course the hunts and candy filled eggs!  We all had a great time!

Love them!

Will LOVES bounce houses and slides so much!

There were three Easter egg hunts divided by age so Isabel and Will didn't go at the same time.  Will and his buddy, Yates, were ready to go!


Isabel had fun on the slides too

Isabel and her friends ready to get some eggs!


Loving the train ride!

After a quick lunch with friends at Chick-fil-A, we stayed outside playing the rest of the day.  It was the perfect Saturday!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Break Staycation

The past few years we have spent our Spring Break traveling to Birmingham.  Well, this year we live here now so there was no long drive involved.  We still spent the week doing fun things each day.  Josh actually had to work most of the week but the kids and I tagged along to some of the fun events he had planned for the students.

We started the week with haircuts. Isabel was finally willing to cut a little of her hair off. She was happy with it afterwards. 

On Monday we went to see the movie, Home.  Both kids loved it and Josh and I thought it was pretty cute too.
Will thought he was pretty cool in the 3D glasses

On Tuesday we went with some of the students bowling.  It was a lot of fun.  At one point about 3/4 of the way through the first game. Isabel was beating Josh and most of the students.  She ended up 4th over all.  Now, she may have had the advantage of bumpers that the others didn't but she doesn't like to bring that up!

On Wednesday two of my best friends from college came over with their kids.  It was perfect weather so they were able to play outside for a long time.  It was nice to get to have a real conversation with my friends as we watched the 7 kids play well together.  Unfortunately I didn't take a single picture.  Oh well.

On Thursday the kids and I met Grams at the mall to find some new spring and summer clothes (since they just keep growing out of everything) and an Easter dress for Isabel.  It is always a challenge to find a dress that still looks appropriate for an 8 year old.  I miss the days of cute toddler clothes.  Afterwards Isabel and Will went home with Grams and got to spend the night.  They loved it and Josh and I enjoyed a dinner out without kids and sleeping late the next morning.

On Friday Josh and I picked the kids up from Grams' house and we went to the zoo.  Again the weather was great and we had a lot of fun.

After the zoo the kids played outside for hours. Our new deck furniture came so we were able to have our first dinner out on the deck. I think that will be a regular occurance over the next few months!

I loved our week and we are all sad that school starts Monday.  Now the countdown for summer starts!

Time to make the blog private

I have just heard too many creepy stories about people stealing pictures off blogs so I think it is time to make the blog private.  It is sad that it is necessary but I think it is.  It is mainly a family scrapbook that I print off a year at a time and I'm not sure anyone really reads it anyway.  However, if you do read it and want to continue to be able to see it, just give me your email address and I can add you to the list of people who can see it.  You can comment on here or text or email me ( your email address.  I'll wait a few weeks before actually making it private just in case.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Go Red Sox

It's baseball time of year again for Will!  He was so sad when upwards basketball was over but luckily for him, there was only about a week before baseball started!  This year his team is the Boston Red Sox!  The season has started out with a lot of rain!  All but two practices were rained out before the first game but that didn't keep these boys from being super excited to play.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Feed the children

Last week was world reach week at church. Obviously it was our first experience with world reach but it was Valleydale's 10th year of doing it. It was such an incredible week. One of the things I love about our church is the emphasis placed on missions. During world teach we celebrate this focus by bringing in the many missionaries from all over the world that we support. It was so great to hear from them and be challenged to think about how I am spending my life. 

One of my favorite parts of the week was the Feeding Children Everywhere night.  An incredible number of people came together to pack over 110,000 meals that will be sent to starving children in North Korea. The best part is that my kids got to be involved. They worked hard the whole time with very little complaining and I was so proud of them. I pray that God is working in their lives and giving them a heart to serve others!

       Training before we started

Isabel was not sure about wearing the hair net at first. My 8 year old was worried everyone would think she looked "silly."

         Hard working little man!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Moving day!

God is good! After 7 LOOONNNGGG months of waiting and praying and waiting and praying, our house in TN sold and we were able to move into our new house here in Alabama.  I cannot even begin to tell you the relief and excitement that we feel to finally be able to truly get settled here.

I wish that I could say I was calm and patient and peacefully waited on God the whole 7 months but the truth is that I got pretty impatient and frustrated plenty of times.  However I know that God is good.  I know that He was with us and that it could have been so. much. worse!  We could have been separated with Josh in AL and the kids in and I in TN.  We could have been trying to pay rent and pay our mortgage which would have been impossible for so long.  I'm so thankful that my wonderful mom basically let us take over her house for months.  I'm thankful that we were able to get the kids registered in the school the house we wanted to buy was zoned for, even though we were not living in zone while at my mom's house.  I'm thankful that because our house didn't sell, we were able to make multiple trips back to Hendersonville to visit our friends there.  I'm even thankful that God let the gas prices fall lower than they have been in so long when Josh and I were both having to get gas at least twice as often since we were having to drive further than usual.  I'm also ridiculously thankful that God kept the house we wanted to buy for us for seven months!  I know that doesn't just happen without God.  It is such a great house in the perfect location!  Like I said, God is good!

As excited as we were to finally be moving into our house, it was still a stressful and emotional time for all of us.  It had been a crazy month leading up to the move with disciple now weekend, Josh officiating his cousin's wedding one weekend in St. Louis, a trip to Hendersonville to pack and then crazy snow and ice in Hendersonville that kept us from making extra trips.  There was also tons of paperwork, inspections and trying to get things fixed from a state away.  The kids were excited one moment and then crying the next.  Even though we had moved months ago, this made it permanent and that made it hard on all of us.  Fortunately our kids are amazing and we all survived days of packing, saying goodbye to friends, trucks loading (and getting stuck in our grass!!), closings and then unloading!

    sooooooo many boxes!!  How do we have this much stuff?

                     These two were such troopers all weekend!

   When there is no food or furniture in your house, you have a picnic from sonic on the floor while the movers keep loading the truck!

We are so incredibly happy to be in our new home and excited to see what God has planned for us!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Southern Snow

We don't get a lot of snow in the south.  We got a little in Hendersonville but they get even less here in Birmingham (except for a snowpocolypse every once in a while).  Therefore, the city basically shuts down if there is even the possibility of ice or snow.  Over the past week or two, the kids have had multiple late openings and 2 days off of school because of "snow".  However, there has been very little snow.

Last Wednesday we waited all. day. long. for the promised snow.  Nothing happened until the kids were ready for bed.  All of the sudden there were beautiful big flakes falling down.  I knew it wouldn't last long so we threw coats on over the kids pajamas and played out in the snow for a while.

throwing snow balls

there was more snow on the car than anywhere else

Will's "snow castle"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AirWalk Party

After going to AirWalk with the students at church about a month ago, Isabel was sure she needed to have her birthday party there.  She counted down the days until this party for weeks and could not wait for it to get here.  I got a little worried when she got a stomach virus a few days before the party and then there was a chance of ice the morning of the party.  Luckily she was feeling much better and we only had rain so it was time to party!

My beautiful girl and her fairy cake

She's super excited!

Will was excited about her party too

Isabel and her friend, Grayson from school

no one is surprised that Will found a ball to play with while jumping 

ready to jump in the foam pit

Isabel and her sweet friend, Mia

cute kids

getting out of the foam pit is the hardest part!

blowing out her candles!

Isabel and Katie are ready for cake!

crazy kids!

Such a fun party for my 8 year old!!