Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy first day of fall, everyone! 

I wanted to do something with the boys to celebrate today since the most fun time of the year is just around the corner and today marks the start. I thought it would be super cute and fun to surprise the boys with a Caramel Apple Party! Let me tell you, it was a hit (and the perfect after school snack)!

I picked up some glittery fall decor at the Dollar Tree, along with some leaf and acorn shaped plastic dishes to put the toppings in. It made for such an easy, festive table!

Oh, and I threw in a couple glow in the dark swords for good measure, because....boys. 

Our toppings were candy corn M&M's, mini marshmallows and crushed Butterfingers. I scattered some seasonal treats around the table as well, Reese's pumpkins, caramel apple suckers, and caramel apple taffy. Do you smell a theme? ;)

Anyway, we had the best time and decided it would be fun to make this a tradition. So here it is, our first official First Day of Fall Caramel Apple Party! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Home Sweet.

After a solid year of searching, we found the perfect piece of land to call our own. The story of how we found it was divinely orchestrated and left us sitting there just kind of staring at each other - knowing exactly Who went before us. Also, the timing of it all was incredible. You guys, He is so faithful!

Last week, we closed and it’s officially ours! 

I cannot tell you how excited we are to start construction and eventually move in. After being in rent homes for the past two years - in PA and here in OK - I am beyond ready to have all our stuff in one place again and to finally feel "at home". And to not have to scream at the kids everytime they bang into a wall because "these are not our walls!!" 

We are planning, dreaming, and cannot wait to plant roots down in this spot that will give our children a peaceful place to grow and explore and always call home.

When I look at these pictures all I see is a big blank slate of memories begging to be created. Family and home. It's everything to me. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ezra Starts Preschool!

Wait. What? The baby who toddled around getting into messes while I taught his older brother is now the one behind the desk? It can't be! 

Oh, but it is. 

Today we started Pre-K homeschool, and I have one very excited little boy. It's funny, I've always wondered how Ezra would do with homeschool because this child is a puzzle piece. I literally get the kid figured out and then he goes and surprises me!  

In true form, he surprised me again. The child sat quietly, listened intently, and then asked for more work. WHAT? Oh, I so enjoy these little years and cannot wait to experience this year with him. He's a true joy. Truly. I love these boys the Lord entrusted us with.

Here are some pictures of his first day (of course he had to get a backpack, too!) 

Ezra - K4

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A: A Fireman and a Policeman

Q: What is your favorite thing to do? 
A: Drawing, painting, and making cupcakes 

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Peanut butter & jelly

Q: What is your favorite toy?
A: My Ninja Turtle Gun and Walkie Talkies

Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: PJ Masks

Q: What is your favorite book?
Knuffle Bunny

Q: What was your favorite thing we did this summer?
A: Vacation!

Q: What are you looking forward to this school year?
A: Playing toys with Mommy

Q: What do you want to learn this year?
A: "I want to learn about God in Pre-K"

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

God with us.

Faith isn't always easy. In fact, most of the time it isn't. Trusting your life in One you cannot physically see and cannot audibly hear is sometimes challenging and often times confusing. 

But then there are times when you're walking through life on a regular day and God blatantly reveals Himself in a mighty way. Gently reminding you He's there. That He has you safely and securely in the palm of His hand. It's a boost to our soul to continue fighting the good fight, and it is these moments He gives us to refer to when we're feeling alone, faithless, or without hope. 

This past weekend Darin was asked to speak at a medical convention in front of 60+ physicians. He spent months preparing his presentation, pouring countless hours each night into what he was going to say. He was extremely nervous leading up to the event as his crowd isn't exactly the least intimidating of audiences. ;) He asked me and both our families to pray for him, specifically for his nerves, and we had been for days. 

The morning of the convention, before he headed down to the conference room, he was spending his daily time in the Word and prayer in our hotel room. He opened up the app on his phone he typically reads each morning, and the verse waiting for him was this. 

I mean, WOW. 

Ironically, it left Darin speechless! 😉

You guys. He's here! He is ever present in our lives and He loves us so deeply that He knows and cares about every single detail of our lives, no matter how big or small. 
Keep fighting! Keep trusting! He's real, He's faithful, and He is our hope. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

First Day of School!

A piece of my heart walked into the 2nd grade today. I'm so proud of my little boy and I pray he grows in strength and wisdom, and that the grace of God will be upon him. ❤️

All About Levi - 2nd Grade

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A: A Toymaker

(2nd grade!)

Q: What is your favorite thing to do? 
A: Swim at the pool

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Cheese pizza

Q: What is your favorite toy?
A: Video games

Q: What is your favorite TV show?
A: Full House and Animaniacs

Q: What is your favorite book?
Hank the Cowdog - the 2nd one 

Q: What was your favorite thing we did this summer?
A: Family vacation

Q: What are you looking forward to this school year?
A: Making more friends

Q: What do you want to learn this year?
A: Division

(He had an "awesome" first day! I'm so thankful for his heart and his enthusiasm for everything in his life. He is my JOY!) 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thoughts on Back-to-School.

I'll be the first to say it. I hate Back-to-School. It's sad, it means another year went by, and I like my children with me all the time. I just do. 

This time last year I was an absolute wreck. For a solid month before school started I would disappear to the shower every single night and break down. It was the first time Levi would be apart from me, and I questioned everything. Was I doing the right thing? Would he thrive or not? Should I be homeschooling? Am I about to make the biggest mistake of my/his life? (I tend to get a bit theatrical when it comes to my children.) This was one of the most difficult times in my life. It was hard and sad and downright depressing. Thank the Lord for a level headed husband with his emotions in tact, encouraging me that these changes would bring good things. 

Going into this school year is 100% different. I'm super sad summer is ending, and I still get a pit in my stomach thinking about Levi not being home with me, but I have absolute peace. I never once have doubted our decision this year for where Levi needs to be and he's counting down the days until he starts. He LOVES school and that makes me so, so happy. I'm thrilled God led us to a place that Levi not only enjoys, but where he thrives! And we're a week out and I haven't even shed a tear. (Yet.😉) 

My hearts desire is to homeschool the little years, so I'll be starting Pre-K with little Ezra this year and he is so excited. And so am I. Those years spent homeschooling his brother are some of my sweetest memories. We are so thankful for God's faithfulness and His direction in our decisions, giving us assurance and peace along the way. I could never do this whole parenting gig without Him! 

So, look out Back-to-School. I'm not letting you bring me down this year. 👊

Sunday, July 17, 2016

On Blogging.

I've been thinking about how blogging has changed so much with the times, so here is a little question for you guys. I personally don't read blogs anymore, and haven't for years .... so I was wondering about you! Weigh in!

On Blogging
I prefer reading blogs and wish you would update more.
I prefer to catch up quickly - like, via Instagram.
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