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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I never realized just how fast time would go....

Before having Sam I remember people telling me "when you have children time with them just goes so fast".... I never even came close to understanding at that moment.

Today was Sam's last official day of 1st grade. It seems as if I was just typing a post on him heading off to Kindergarten... We just get so caught up in our daily routines of ALL that has to be done that we forget to just stop and enjoy all of these bittersweet moments :( As I am tying this I think back to the days of Sam being a sweet little being so proud of each new little thing that he learned to do...staying home all day just playing, watching playhouse disney, taking dates with friends...Oh, how I long to just go back to those days and just take each and every sweet little moment in. I never knew how fast it would go.

Now, I have the most handsome, tender-hearted, loving, smart little boy that is going into the 2nd grade. That seems so big!! He still has so much innocence and not a care in the world, so happy go lucky. Can I just freeze time?!?! He makes me beyond heart feels as if it could just burst sometimes when I think of how much I love him and how bleSSed I am. I always look forward to summer break and him being at home with me. We have so much fun making memories. Yet, this time of year always makes me sad... I think even more so than at birthday time. Its when you see how much they've learned and grown in that school year. Having to let go of another year, another teacher, and move on to another grade. Sam had an ABSOLUTE AWESOME 1st grade year at Bethlehem Christian Academy!! His teacher is AMAZING!! I know that Sam will always have memories of his year with her. I am so thankful that Chad and I listened as God led us to BCA and that we have stuck with it and not listened to our doubts. We will definitley be continuing on there next year and I know it will be another great year!!

This past Monday at BCA was 1st-5th grade awards night. Sam's awards were High Honor Roll for making Straight "A's" all year, Spelling Achievement for keeping a 100 average all year, bible achievement, and accelerated reading achievement. Chad & I were so EXCITED for him and he was beaming with smiles all night :)

Here are a few pics from that night :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2nd place in the Early Summer Shootout

So proud of the North Alabama Red Sox this past weekend!! They played SO hard & won 3 out of 4 games in the tourney and got 2nd place. Sam had an awesome day and made this moma proud. Started the day off in the first game, we were last at bat and down by 2 with 2 on base and Sam crushed the ball to score the winning run...dont know when I've seen him so excited. It was a great day with our Red Sox family!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Verse ~ 10

Lord, I want to be like the one whom you said .....

Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." Matthew 15:28

Monday, May 9, 2011

One of life's GREATEST be a Mother!!

HaPpY MoThErS DaY!!

What an absolutely fantastic mothers day weekend I had!! I spent it with all the people who mean so much to me...FaMiLy!! I am bleSSed beyond words with the sweetest most precious son ever. Without him I wouldnt be a mom and to God I am so very thankful for him!! Sam recently {finally} learned to ride his bike. I love to ride bikes so while we were out looking for Sam a new bike I told Chad I would love for all 3 of us to have bikes so we could ride together. Well guess what I got for Mothers day.....a new bike. After a wonderful lunch out with my 2 boys to Connors {{yummy}} I was so excited to go out to the madison greenway on Saturday and all 3 of us go for a ride. It was GREAT, the weather couldnt have been more perfect and you gotta love the honeysuckle fragrance that feels the air right now!!
Hate to say we didnt make it out with one little scraped up kneee, but Sam is doing great and loving it!! We spent Friday night with Chads mother along with pizza & GiGi's cupcakes. Sunday was spent with my family at my moms. Hamburger/hotdogs on the grill. the afternoon spent on the screened in porch with family while sam played ball and on the tire swing. Oh, I almost forgot.....homemade strawberry ice cream. It was a FaBuLoUs day! Then it was home for another bike ride through the neighborhood and an end to a wonderful weekend! I am so thankful & BleSSed. Hope all of you had a wonderful Mothers Day with your loved ones!!

our new rides
my sweet sweaty dirty little boy
me, my mom, & sister
My nephew Wes & Sam. Sam LOVES his cousin Wes & when he is home Sam is he shadow till he leaves :)
sooooo much fun!
my sunshine!! me & mawmaw

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Siesta Scripture Memory Verse 9

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. "

Isaiah ~ 41:13

A verse that gives me much comfort but I pray that all who are suffering so bad right now after such a trying week that they can just give God their hand and trust that he will help them get through this!!

What a week?!?!

Today is Chad's first day back to work & Sam's 2nd day back to school after being off for a whole week after the tornados that hit Alabama on April 27. That will be a day that everyone in the south will never ever forget. There has just been devestation beyond anyones imagination!! As I sit here in my quiet house this morning missing my boys who are off getting back to some sense of normalcy my heart continues to break for those who have lost everything in our community & in our state. A week without power, a mangled trampoline, losing what was in my fridge.... these are just so small compared to what people have lost....I just cant help but feel guilty yet so very very thankful for God's blessings on our lives. I am SO THANKFUL that He protected us, my family, & freinds during such a horrible tragedy! I will continue to Pray.Pray.Pray & Pray some more in the days ahead for all who have lost so much and ask that you will do the same!! Also, words are not enough to express the thankfullness I have for all the workers (EMT's, police, firefighters, our linemen with the Huntsville Utilities, TVA, volunteers, everyone that has worked so hard this past week) We appreciate all that you have done so much!!