Saturday, November 5, 2016

OMIS cheerleaders

Isabel is cheering for her school, OMIS, again this year.  They were able to cheer for the freshman OMHS team one night at the real stadium.  Isabel did great and had a lot of fun!

Old Baker's Farm 2016

After an early morning football game we took our annual trip to Old Baker's Farm.  We have been having record highs this month so it definitely didn't feel like Fall but it was a beautiful day and we had a great time!

Playing in cotton

posing by the corn maze

feeding the goats

gotta have the picture on the top of the haystack

so handsome!

beautiful girl!

pumpkin picking

family corn maze picture

sweet girl loves her daddy

Flag Football 2016

Will decided to try a new sport this fall.  We wouldn't let him play tackle football so he decided flag football would be fun.  Fortunately he got on a team with his two best friends and a lot of other boys that he had fun playing with.  His coaches were great and they had such a fun season that ended with them winning the championship game!.  Will played center but also had some great catches and one amazing touchdown run!

Ready for his first game

Isabel was a great sister this season cheering on her brother

snapping the ball to Hudson

Although they had two losses at the beginning of the season, they didn't give up and made it to the playoffs.  They won their first playoff game late one Tuesday night.  Will didn't feel great and there were a lot of bad calls but the Seahawks won and Will caught 2 passes for an extra point and one long pass down field that was almost a touchdown!  It was a great game and we were so proud of him.

This morning they played the 2nd game in the playoffs and won again!  Will played a great game and even caught a touchdown pass!  An hour later the championship game started.  It was a close game and the Seahawks were down early but came back to win!!!

getting his trophy from his coach

Such a fun team!  These boys worked hard and had fun together!

one last "GO SEAHAWKS!"

So proud of this kid!

2nd grade flag football Champions!!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

1st day of school 2016

Our fun-filled summer flew by and all of the sudden it was time to start school again.  This would be the first time Isabel and Will would not be at the same school.  Isabel was starting 4th grade at the intermediate school and was a little anxious about those changes.  A new school, new teachers and lots of new people (because 2 elementary schools combined)! At her registration, a few days before school started, we found out her teacher and were told that she is one of the best.  Her class will also go to 2 other teachers and we were told they were fantastic too so we were so excited.  Although she only knew one girl in her (a little girl from church), her best friend is in one of the classes she switches with and they will do lots together.

Will started 2nd grade at OMES.  He was super excited because his teacher is Isabel's beloved Mrs. Smith.  Isabel was excited for him but also a little jealous.  Will didn't know a lot of kids in his class but knew he would make friends fast and was excited about starting school.

At meet the teacher, Isabel ran to give Mrs. Smith a hug before Will could even get there.

First day of 4th and 2nd Grade

Fortunately both kids had a great first day of school.  They love their teachers and have already made so many new friends.  I'm figuring out how to do carpool at two schools and love still getting to be involved in their classes.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Isabel and Will's baptism

Since before our children were born, Josh and I have prayed that they would come to know Jesus early, but not too early.  I have heard so many stories from teenagers who became Christians as very young children and then doubted their salvation once they got older.  I didn't want to pressure my kids into making a decision just because their dad is a minister and they know all the answers and are in church every time it is open (and sometimes when it is not).  So as we have had many conversations about what it means to follow Jesus with your whole life, I have never asked them if they wanted to be Christians.  I have always prayed that the Holy Spirit would work in their lives and that they would come to us wanting to make this decision.  God is so good and answered my prayer this summer.

At VBS this year they talked a lot about people in the bible who knew all the answers about God but how you still have to make the decision to follow God for the rest of your life and make Jesus the boss of your life.  Isabel filled out a card saying she wanted to talk to someone about being a Christian.  A few days later the card came in the mail and Isabel was explaining what it was to Will because it was only for 3rd graders and up.  As she was explaining Will looked at me and said "oh yeah, I've been meaning to talk to you about all that.  I'm ready."  Before I could even form words to respond Isabel said, "yeah I've been waiting for that card to come in the mail so you would ask me about it. I'm ready too."   Trying not to cry, I talked with them both a little more and then told them that we would wait for Josh to get home from Guatemala.  A few days after he got home, Will refused to go to sleep until we talked about it.  Josh asked him a lot of questions just to make sure he really understood what he was doing.  After praying with him we walked into Isabel's room who asked what we were doing with Will.  When I told her she wanted to do it that night too.  It was an incredible night full of answered prayers.

On August 7, 2016 both kids were baptized by their daddy.  Isabel had been terrified of baptism for years but the fear was completely gone after she made the decision to follow Jesus.  She was beyond excited about being baptized and she and Will counted down the days.  It was such a special moment with so many of our family and friends standing there with us.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Valleydale Beach Camp 2016

The kids and I joined Josh and about 80 teenagers for beach camp in Daytona this year. I knew Isabel and Will would love the worship and the beach but I was not sure how they would handle the 10+ hour drive. After much thought and discussion we decided to ride with the group in the charter buses even though they were leaving at 4AM!! 

They did WAY better on the bus than I ever imagined. They watched movies (the teenagers were nice enough to pick movies Iz and Will could watch too), did stickers, played on phones and kindles way more than I've ever allowed in one day, and even used the bus bathroom!

Once we finally got to Daytona, got everyone checked in to the hotel and ate some pizza the students headed to the first session but we headed to the pool. I knew I couldn't expect them to sit still any longer. Plus an early bedtime was needed since we had been up since 4am!

The view from our room was beautiful. All of our rooms were on one hallway in the hotel. One side faced the ocean and the other faced the street. We walked in our room to see the view and the kids were devastated to see that ours faced the street. Luckily a sweet chaperone and her girls insisted that we switch rooms with them so Isabel and Will could have their ocean view! 

Each morning started with squad wars. Their were 4 groups and the kids had crazy cheers and played crazy games. Isabel and Will loved watching it! Then we would stay for worship and a quick talk. 

After lunch each day we all went to the beach and pool. There was a long area of the beach with very shallow water that Will loved playing in. The riptide was very strong so we didn't get in much further. 

One afternoon when the riptide was especially bad, almost our entire group ended up in the same pool. They decided to throw/flip everyone! Isabel and Will refused to be flipped but we all watched. It was hilarious. The students gave Josh no choice and did end up throwing him!

Isabel and Will loved Chris Tomlin leading worship the most!
Depending on how close we sat, I usually made them wear earplugs and even headphones one night! It was LOUD!

The kids and I went to the worship each night but left before the speaker. We usually got ice cream or donuts from the stores across the street and walked on the beach some before going to sleep!

No one was ready to leave! I know these are memories that Isabel and Will will have forever!