The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:4-9

Our family is a circle of strength and love, with every birth and every union, the circle will grow, every joy shared adds more love, every crisis faced together, makes the circle stronger
- author unknown

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving & Roll Tide

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving day tomorrow. Enjoy time with family and friends and all the yummy food! I cant wait to eat some of my MawMaw's dressing, it is the B.E.S.T

This November we started a new tradition... a thankful paper chain... most every night we each had to share something we were thankful for and write on a little slip of paper. I dated each day and plan on saving this for us to look back on in the years to come!! (thanks Joy for the idea from your thankful tree)

I was very proud of some of the things Sam thought of on his own that he was thankful for as you can see a few of them here....

It was a great thing for each of us to do to make us really think about all that we have to be thankful for! I am so Thankful for all of my MANY Blessings!!

Another yearly tradition is of course we have to watch A Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving tonight!!

Friday I am looking forward to shopping EaRlY in the morning and hopefully finding some great bargains and then watching the Iron Bowl...

Roll Tide Roll!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Very Random.... what have we been up to?

It has been a while since a post but we have been busy busy around here. Basketball, getting ready for Thanksgiving, a little photography/editing, and just enjoying family time!!

I will start off by sharing a few of our new family pics that I took, yes you read that right, I took them. It all started by a friend asking me if I would take a few pics of her and family up on monte sano in hopes of getting a good one for christmas cards. They turned out so good that I decided we would give it a try as well only I would be taking them and in the pictures as well =)
Set up the tripod, focusing in on Chad and Sam, set the timer, run over and get in the picture....
It was pretty funny, Im just glad there wasnt hardly anyone else up there because I know they would have gotten a kick out of it to say the least! Anyways, thought they turned out pretty good. I love photography and had a great time editing and playing around with these. I have had several people asking me if I would take some of their family so I dont know where this may lead but we shall see. Let me know what you think about our pics!!

Had fun making these cute little turkey cookies for Sam's class last week for Thanksgiving!!

Meridianville Eagles had their first basketball game this weekend and it was SO much fun to watch!! It is most of the kids first season so some are still catching on . We actually won 36-5! Way to go!! Sam scored one goal and I was a proud Moma!! He did a great job dribbling the ball down the court and played great defense!! Looking forward to the rest of the season!! You may notice in the pics Sam has on athletic pants instead of his shorts.... leave it to my child to spill gatorade not to long after the game started all over himself!! It was OK, thankful we had the pants to put on!! Ahh.... fun times and what great memories =)

yea... im guarding ya!
hated this was blurry, but this was after he scored, it was priceless!
Way to go Eagles!!
Have also been trying to do a little Christmas decorating around here, my tree is up with lights on but not decorated yet... im gettin there!! Also started shopping this week to =) I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving this week and spending time with family!! I am so very thankful for all my family and friends, I am so BLESSED! Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My name is Tom Turkey and Im afraid as can be....

My name is Tom Turkey and I'm afraid as can be
I'm wearing my disguise so you wont catch me

This was a family project that Sam had to do for school. Tom the turkey had to be disguised as a different animal or character in hopes of avoiding being caught for Thanksgiving Day dinner!
Sam first wanted to make his Tom Turkey a football player, then he changed to a army man, and finally decided on a clown.
I think it turned out pretty cute!!
You can tell in the first picture what the turkey looked like before and then in the last picture after he was disguised.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A little excitement.....

Last night at bath time we had some excitement. Sam has been waiting and waiting to have a loose tooth. Well when we were brushing his teeth, I noticed that something about his bottom front teeth looked different, like more space between them. So I checked and sure enough it was wigglin!! He was so excited to say the least. But then the questions came.... is it gonna hurt?! is it gonna bleed?! I just played all of that stuff down cause I didnt want him worrying about it! Is the tooth fairy gonna come?! was the most important question he had!! He says we cant pull it, we'll just have to let it fall out... cant wait to see how thats gonna go!
I might just have a snaggled tooth little boy for Christmas this year =)
Very Bittersweet to me, It makes me excited but sad to say the least. Time is just going oh so FAST!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
Habakkuk 2:3

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Being A Mother

A friend passed this email on to me today and it brought me to tears, just wanted to pass on...
Being a Mother
After 17 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been alone for 20 years, but the demands of my work and my two boys had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.
'What's wrong, aren't you well,' she asked?
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.
I thought it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,I responded. Just the two of us. She thought about it for a moment, and then said, I would like that very much.
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last birthday on November 1 9th.
She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's... I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, she said, as she got into that new white van. They can't wait to hear about our date.
We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small, she said. Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor,I responded.
During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation- -nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie.
As we arrived at her house later, she said, I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you.I agreed.
How was your dinner date ?' asked my wife when I got home. Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined, I answered.
A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for her.
Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son.
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: 'I LOVE YOU' and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till some other time.
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby..... somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, normal
is history
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct .. somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
Somebody said being a mother is boring ... somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.
Somebody said if you're a 'good' mother, your child will 'turn out good. somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.
Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother... somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.
Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first .... somebody doesn't have two children.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.... somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten ... or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married....somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home.... Somebody never had grandchildren.
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don't need to tell her.... Somebody isn't a mother.
Pass this along to all the 'mothers' in your life and to everyone who ever had a mother. This isn't just about being a mother; it's about appreciating the people in your life while you have them, no matter who that person is

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

~Halloween 2009~

I am little under the weather, woke up yesterday morning with a horrible sore throat and no voice!! Poor Sam, I think it scared him that my voice was gone, he seemed real concerned and kept asking me how I was going to get it back!! Thanks to my wonderful hubby who took the day off work yesterday and took care of the WHOLE day so I could stay in bed. Feelin a little better today so I wanted to share our Halloween pics! I think I had the cutest Batman ever!!! We had a great time with friends at MeMaw Barbies house hotdogs, green ghoulade, and lots of other goodies. Then the kids hit the neighborhood to trick or treat. It was a chilly night out there. Im thinkin a combination of being out in the cold night air and my good ol fall allergies is why im not feeling so great but we had a GREAT halloween! Enjoyed lookin at all of your little goblins pics too!

Batman to the rescue!!
SuCh a PoSer!!

i will treasure this pic with mawmaw forever!!

checkin out my green ghoulade

the super heros

the whole gang minus another captain america

checkin out all the loot