Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fall Recap

Colton played quarterback for his 3rd/4th grade football team. As much as it makes Mama worry, he loves football! We celebrated homecoming at TSA with Camo Day...
And they really showed out for Blue and Gold Day...Kenzie played a mean 2nd base for the Tattnall C-team...never seen a girl who plays with so much heart!
We finished the season as champions in our end-of-season tournament...

It's been a busy season with fall with fall baseball, softball and football, but I love to watch my kiddos play, and I love our family time together at the ballpark!

Thanksgiving - 30 Days of Thanksgiving

Many folks took the 30 days of Thanksgiving Challenge this year, so here goes...

1. My Savior, Jesus Christ, whose love and grace I absolutely do not deserve.
2. My husband, Jerry, who puts up with me, is my best friend, and can make me laugh harder than anyone.
3. Kenzie, my heart, my princess, who has become one of my favorite friends...she is becoming such a young lady with a heart for Jesus.
4. Colton, my warrior; he is so passionate about life, his family, about whatever he is doing at the moment, fiercely loyal and loving.
5. Asher, my little man; always in it for the party, makes me laugh, and always has the best, can-do attitude of any kid I know.
6. My children's health. 46 children a day are diagnosed with cancer. My children are healthy. I no longer take that for granted.
7. My Mom and Daddy; they celebrated 50 years together this year, not a lot of people can say that. I am blessed.
8. My sister. No matter how far apart we live for how long, we pick up immediately where we left off. She has an amazing heart and she is an amazing mom and friend.
9. For Piedmont Church. It's been the hardest, best thing we've ever been a part of. The people, the volunteers and the staff blow me away with their heart for Jesus, this community and the world.
10. For my friends; for my entire married life, I've lived away from family. I've always been blessed with friendships that have been like family no matter where we've lived.
11. For our soldiers, who are standing in my stead, fighting for my freedom, while I sit home and enjoy the freedom they fight for.
12. For my home; it may not be as fancy as most homes in North Macon, but it is my home, and it is filled with love.
13. For the opportunity to go on an incredible trip with all of my family this summer to celebrate my parents 50th anniversary; the memories will last a lifetime.
14. For my kids having strong relationships with their cousins...they have texted little inside jokes nonstop for the last 3 days...goofy, but I love it.
15. For snuggles in front of the TV with my sweet boys.
16. For Mamaw, who comes and stays every fall for a couple of months. I'm so thankful for all of her help and the memories she makes with the children.
17. For my students, past and present, and what they have taught me.
18. For Texas A and M; I truly love being an Aggie, and all that it means. I don't care if we're winning or losing...that's not what it's about (although this winning season has been rather sweet)
19. For a husband that takes his boys hunting, because he'd rather be with them than pretty much anyone else.
20. For the Freeman Farm; it is such a place of refuge and acceptance for me and my family.
21. For Diet Coke and Walthall ice.
22. For a daughter that still likes to play pretend (and she's 12).
23. For a son that says his only girlfriend is his Mama.
24. For Christmas lights and Christmas music.
25. For Friday night family nights and fires in the backyard.
26. For neighbors who meet me in the yard for last minute supplies that our children need tomorrow morning, and it's 10:00 the night before...
27. For the wonders that a coat of paint in a tired room can do.
28. For Christmas cards; I truly love getting them each year and seeing all the people we love, all over the world and how they have changed and what God has done in their lives this year.
29. For salted caramel hot chocolate from Starbuck's.
30. For God's amazing handiwork in the colored leaves every fall - stunning!

I am honestly so blessed and humbled, even more so because of this list. God has been so good to me. Is life perfect?
No way, but it is good.
How about you? Have you stopped to ponder what you are really thankful for?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...Why I Love Piedmont Church

All Star Kids and our awesome volunteers

Community Groups...
Worship with All Star Kids
Baptism in the river

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

Ten Reasons Why You Should Get Involved With Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:

1. 46 children are diagnosed EVERY day.

2. Less than 3% of Cancer research money goes to Childhood Cancer.

3. Cancer affects children of all ages, but the average age of diagnosis is 6. They should be going to t-ball practice, not chemo treatments.

4. Because of the amazing ministry Jay's Hope has with these families. Learn more about them here.

5. Because it is your child.

6. Because it is not your child.

7. Because cancer is the #1 disease killer of children.

8. Because of Holly, and Abby, and numerous others that are battling the beast of cancer every day.

9. Because you can.

10. Because children ought to be free of these kind of worries...their biggest worry ought to be what teacher they got this year, not what protocol they will get next.

Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are. Visit Jay's Hope today.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Well, as you can see, my last post was in February. Ball for us begins in February, and we're currently still playing. As a matter of fact, we have 6 games between now and Sunday. So, we've been a little busy, but I am going to try to get back into blogging. I find myself writing them in my head throughout the day, so we'll see. Even if no one reads them, I keep them for my kids to read some day.
Ballpark times have been some of our funnest times, and we've found it to be a great mission field as well. Each year holds someone new for us to invest in, and we never know what God has in store...but for this phase, it is what God has for us, and I love every minute of it!

Kenzie trying to steal...

Colton found his love - pitching!

Asher became one heck of a ballplayer, and was probably our most serious one!
Not much got past him...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Right Now

A friend of mine did a similar list on his blog and sort of challenged us to do the same. Feel free to contribute your own list at your blog or in the comments below.

What I was listening to when I began this post:
the washing machine and Kenzie typing on the computer

What I am drinking right now:
Diet Coke - same thing every morning.

What I have just finished doing:
Reviewing Kenzie for a history test over the progress of transportation and communication in America.

What I will do immediately after posting this:
Do a science lesson with Kenzie comparing the scientific evidence of the Flood with the biblical evidence for the Flood

What books I am reading now:
What Difference Do It Make? by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (excellent follow up to Same Kind of Different as Me)
Good and Angry by Turanski and Miller

Last email/text I received:
Confirmation e-mail from my Feb. 28th storyteller for All Stars (thanks David Mathis).

Last email/text I sent:
A text to Jerry about the Journey.

Last article I read:
"Brees: Victory is for Whole City" from the Press Association this morning.
I really was drawn to Brees last night after the game when it showed im tearing up holding his little boy (yes, I'm a sucker for stuff like that). Just about the sweetest I wanted to read more about him.

Favorite Super Bowl commercial from last night:
the David Letterman with Oprah and Jay Leno - cute, simple, clever. Overall, disappointed with the commercials as a whole.

Least favorite Super Bowl commercial from last night:
The one about Casual Friday with everyone in heir underwear - a visual I really didn't need, and not very effective because I can't even remember what the ad was for, just that I was disgusted.

btw...totally missed the Tebow commercial, but loved the video on Focus on the Family's website. The liberals look like fools and probably gave us the best promo ever to get people to go to the website and watch the video.

What I just looked at right now:
Some tree men cutting down three trees in our back yard, thinking that Colton would love to be watching this right now.

What I was listening to when I finished this post:
Kenzie telling me she's ready for her next lesson...

gotta go - join in on your own blog or in the comment section and tell me what you're up to - right now.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Out with the old

Okay, new year. Out with the old, in with the new, right?

That's what I've been doing - cleaning out closets, drawers, hanging pics around the house, etc.

So, this morning, I picked up a bottle of salad dressing in the fridge, expired in 2008. Threw it out. Next bottle? Yep, expired August 2009. Then (and this is embarrassing) - one from 2007!

That's not all - 5 of the 8 bottles of salad dressing in my fridge - expired and in the trash! Now, what else do I need to clean out? Yikes!