Friday, July 18, 2014

Sleepover fun!

Isabel and her best friend, Lillie, were determined to have a sleepover before we moved. Originally the plan was for the girls to stay at our house but since our house is on the market and needs to look perfect at all times it made sense for them to stay at Lillie's house. We know their family really well so Josh and I felt good about letting her go. 

I'll admit that I was not 100% sure that Isabel would stay all night. I was ready for a phone call to come pick her up but of course I was wrong. The had a great time. They stayed up giggling until 11pm when they finally fell asleep in the same twin sized bed!

We thought they would sleep late the next morning but wrong again. They were up and dressed and ready to go a little after 7am. 

Isabel could not stop talking about how much fun she had until I made her "rest" later that afternoon. She was asleep seconds after laying down. She then went to sleep early that night and slept until 9am. 

I think her first sleep over was definitely a success. My baby girl is growing up!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Adventures...

The past few weeks have been pretty bittersweet for our family.  Josh has accepted a job as the student pastor of Valleydale Church in Birmingham.  We are so excited about this job, this church and being close to family in Birmingham again. Josh and I have prayed over this decision and know that God has given us this amazing opportunity and we want to follow His will for our lives.  However, saying goodbye to our friends family in Hendersonville is harder than I ever imagined.

We moved to Hendersonville almost 6 years ago.  Isabel was 20 months old...

                      and I was 33 weeks pregnant with Will!

The people at our new church immediately took us in and loved us.  People that didn't even know us threw me a baby shower and brought us meals for weeks after Will was born.  As hard as it was to live hours away from our family, God continued to bring people into our lives to encourage us, help us, do life with us and be our family here in Hendersonville.  He provided us with family friends and a small group for both Josh and me that impacted our lives in more ways than we ever could explain. We had the privilege of being a part of the lives of so many incredible teenagers and watched them grow and mature.  My babies grew up in this town. They went to school for the first time, danced, played sports, and made sweet friends.  At Bluegrass Baptist Church they were spoiled loved on, taught about God, learned to love Jesus and learned to love church.  I will always be thankful that God brought us to this city and for the years we were allowed to serve in this church.

And now I am thankful for the opportunity to go "home" and serve in another amazing church.  I am excited about the new families we will meet and the new teenagers we get to invest in.  I'm excited about getting to see God use Josh in the lives of these new students.  I'm thankful that we will be close to family and friends in Birmingham again.  I am ridiculously thankful for social media so we can stay connected to our friends in Hendersonville.  More than anything, I'm thankful that I serve a God that loves me and my family more than I can imagine.  I'm thankful that He has an amazing plan for our lives and that I can simply trust him and follow his direction.  I'm thankful for the peace that comes from following God even while your heart is hurting because saying goodbye is never easy.

Please pray for our family during this transition.  Pray our house sells quickly and that we find a house in Birmingham that we love.  Pray we can get settled before BOTH of my babies start school.  Pray for us as we say goodbye to those we love and pray new friendships are formed quickly. Isabel and Will are super excited about moving close to grandparents but having a hard time saying goodbye to their friends.  Pray for Josh's new ministry at Valleydale and that God will provide a new person to invest in the students at BBC.  Pray we will continue to seek God's wisdom and direction in all we do.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy July 4th

After an exhausting July 3rd, we relaxed a little on July 4th and then headed to a BBQ at our good friends' house.  It was the perfect evening of great food, amazing fireworks and some of our best friends.  Thankful for our freedoms, my family and good friends!

The boys played a million games of soccer.  It's hard to wait for it to get dark!

Such sweet friends

such crazy girls!!

love my beautiful girl

She spends a lot of time upside down these days

Couldn't be any cuter....

but they are trouble!!!

the dads were involved in a pretty serious soccer game against the little boys

Apparently running through the smoke bombs is so much fun!

We tried to get a group picture.......

They may have down about 50 sparklers each this year!

I love this picture of these girls being silly with their glow bracelets 

Like I said, they did a lot of fireworks

Sweet boys sharing a seat watching the amazing fireworks show the neighbors put on

**Funny Story: On the way to our friends' house, the song "I'm Proud to be an American" came on and I told the kids to listen.  They both listen for a minute and then Isabel says, "Minnesota? What's a Minnesota?"  Oh gosh. After explaining it was a state we listened some more.  After the line "the men who died to give this right to me.." Isabel says, "what? died? Who died??"  Will looks at her like she is crazy and says, "Jesus! Jesus died!"  So maybe we are not doing so well on teaching patriotism but at least they know Jesus died for them (and America too??)

Happy July 3rd!

We started off our Independence Day celebration on July 3rd with our town's annual Freedom Festival.  It's hard to believe we have been celebrating at the same park for the past 6 years!  Like last year, our church volunteered to help work the inflatable kid zone.  It was complete chaos.  The kids and I played for a while and then we helped too.  The inflatables closed down just in time for us to grab a shaved ice and watch the fireworks.  It was a fun family night!

Willing to pose for a second before running to the inflatables

the big slide is always their favorite

Fun family photo!

 picnic dinner

Watching the fireworks from her daddy's lap.  This year we were closer than we have ever been to where the fireworks were actually shot off so that means they were bigger and louder than ever before.  Isabel was a little overwhelmed at first.

Will thought the fireworks were hilarious. He's a crazy kid!

It was a fun night and a late bedtime for these two kiddos!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Beech Bend

At the beginning of June, Josh took the youth group to an amusement park/water park about an hour from our house. I decided to take the kids and go along. The weather did not look promising when we left but it ended up being great. There was no rain and it wasn't very hot. That was perfect for the rides but it made the water pretty cold!

Will loved the rides a lot more than his sister!  Luckily their friend, Samuel, was there too and Will loved being able to ride rides with him.  Apparently that is way cooler than riding with mommy and daddy!

Isabel did like any ride that wasn't too fast or too high

I convinced her to go on the tea cups with me.  At first she was not so sure but ended up loving them!

Riding with daddy!

Another quick ride on the tea cups after deciding the water was just too cold for water rides!