Saturday, December 29, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007


Today, a group of us went to the airport to welcome home soldiers back from Iraq! We went yesterday to buy posterboard and flags. We have been discussing why we were going for a couple of days. I know Parker doesn't completely understand, but last night why he was painting his sign he asked me if the soldiers kill people. That got a little deep, but I think I recovered nicely. I am not sure how much he got out of it today, but it meant a lot to me, and hopefully the soldiers we were there to see! By the way, he told me exactly what his sign should say. RR was behind Emaline's sign, I ended up ripping into so that RR and Emaline could both hold a piece.
The group we went with was with our church. We collected money for phone cards and water bottles to hand out.

I love this picture. I know it has Parker's head right in the middle of it, but just look at that soldier's smile! I think she was happy to see us.

Emaline showing Emily Q her sign.

Emaline clapping for the soldiers. She loved the music the airport played as the soldiers walked through. She danced and jumped and waved her flag!
Another picture I love! Emaline is trying her best to get that soldiers attention. I like the movement of the flag and how she is leaning forward.
This was sweet. RR wanted to have her picture made with a girl soldier. And there were some, but we had to track one down. The soldier was so sweet, even picking her up for the picture.Proof Emaline painted her sign!

Today, my eyes teared up watching the many soldiers come through. Seeing family members with signs that read, welcome home dad! Mom's with anticipation to see their loved one. Veteran's who shook every soldier's hand and time the soldiers took to shake it back. The soldiers who felt like they were royalty and came through with tears in their eyes giving high fives or the soldiers who looked lost, looking for possible loved ones who may have been in the crowd. I know this wasn't eliquently written, and I am sorry. Just know if you have some time, please go! You will get more than you think you will.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I just tucked my last little angel right into bed, and as I was saying my prayer with P, he interuppted me to tell me he had a prayer to say. it went like this:

Dear God, thank you for mommy's baby in her belly and thank your for Jesus, Gregg, and God who are in heaven all alone. Amen.

I think I need help teaching the heaven concept, but the prayer was sweet.

Things here have been a little crazy. I apologize for being a blog slacker or even a friend slacker. Hopefully things will slow a little! Also, be watching the photoblog in the next few weeks for some specials!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Some pictures...

Trying to get back to normal, I attemped a few pics of the kids this week. Just a few!

Thanks again for all the help! A special thanks to my lurker Aunt Dee who came and did all my laundry, and sorted all my clutter! The top of my dryer hasn't looked this good since the last time you were here!!!Thank you to all our babysitters! We love you!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Thank you

for all of your thoughts and prayers. I wanted to give you guys an update and clarify... The driver that hit me was a 37 year old male (I picked up the police report today), and was arrested AT THE SCENE for DUI. We are unsure at this point if he has prior arrests. Today my body is truly feeling the crash. I was driven past the crash three times today. Stacey drove me by it tonight showing me all of the skid marks and talking me through where his car ended up and where my car was. I am thanking GOD for my aching body. I am here! I rejoice in that! Thank you for all for the text messages, calls, visits, flowers. I am sorry I don't answer all the calls, but please leave me a message or text. My voice is GONE! You wouldn't be able to hear me on the phone if I answered. Hopefully tomorrow it will be better! Parker is still upset about my car (and so am I)! He told everyone at preschool today about it! So funny. I am off to rest. I hurt ALL over!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

God's hands

were all over me last night. I have waivered on blogging this for the morning, but thought I would give just a few details. I was hit last night by a driver that has been arrested for DUI! I am okay, baby is okay, but it was the ONE of the scariest times of my life. I am thankful for so many things today. It happened on 1709 and Pearson. I was alone! Praise GOD! I can't wait to share all of the places God's finger prints were last night! I am thankful for my husband who I was on the phone with when the accident occured, talk about scary, he heard the whole thing. I am thankful for a friend who happened to call seconds after the accident and lives moments away and was there before I even got out of my car. I am thankful for friends who come over in the middle of the night! I am thankful for friends who come and sit with you at the hospital to take your mind off of the back ache and the slight pressure in your 9 week pregnant belly! I am doing great, just sore! Parker is upset about my NEW CAR! I had only had it a week, but was so glad that I was in my new larger car than my smaller one! I don't want to think about that. I am thankful for my family! I couldn't wait to wrap my arms around my little ones this morning! God is so good. I also pray that God will be with the guy that hit me and help heal the emptiness or whatever was troubling him last night. If you happen to call, and don't recognize the voice that answers, it is me, just SUPER hoarse from all of the screaming I did last night. I am sorry I scared you so bad last night husband! I love you!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


I thought I would post a collage of some of my favorite ornaments! Not all are this year's ornaments, but just some I wanted to share. Look very closely at that last ornament...

Saturday, December 01, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

I went in the other night to say my prayer over Parker, and I found him like this! He went to sleep with his Santa Hat on, so of course I took a picture! His hair was hilarious the next morning, and I just went with it! AND I can't leave out ms. piggy tails. She requests them in the mornings as we are getting ready. I only have 2 sets of double bows! Red and orange, so most of the time she goes with rubber bands only.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More Thanksgiving!

So today, blooger is my friend.

Parker and Emaline LOVED watching out my dad's windows for squirrels! Emaline would say, "I SEE ONE!" even if she didn't.

Bop and Sid gave Emaline that little doll, and I guess she was talking to daddy!
Wednesday before Thanksgiving we had a cousin playdate for all in town, and were able to come. We missed Kanyon and Avery, maybe next year!

This Rocket is probably as old as me! I was always scared to go all the way to the top, but Parker wasn't scared. I was so proud of him, even prouder that he came down all by himself!

All of the cousins swinging!

Cousin Roselyn and mommy Rachel coming down the slide.

And I will leave you with one more Kanyon picture! I love this one!

On a DWTS note!!! I was so happy about the outcome. I think Helio was terrific, and his smile is just contagious! I loved his excitement and just that he seemed like he was a good ol' boy!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, half of our Thanksgiving! My sweet friend, blooger isn't allowing me at the moment or the past hour add any more photos, and since you all know I now PAY to add pictures, I am not really in the holiday spirit. Moving on!!!

Our family photo!Cousin Susan and I took pictures of each other! You can see me on her blog!

Some cousin pictures. Parker is above in a mask and gun. Kind of scary! Most of the Spencer toy chest was full of guns. Something we currently don't have at our house, so this was fun for Parker.
This is Faith. I know her mommy takes LOTS of pictures of her, so I just jazzed the color up a bit!Check out how Braxton eats pie!
Drum Roll Please!!!!

Meet Grand Kanyon!! I know many of you have followed his story on his blog, but I got to meet him for the first time on Thanksgiving!!! I have to say, he is grand. When I saw him for the first time, can I say, my heart just warmed, my eyes teared up, I was reminded of the power of Jesus, and the power of prayer!

There were rules! I told my kids that there was NO touching their sweet cousin. To stay their distance. Here is Emaline attempting to break the rules! Jaymie was right there though.
Here is Parker being a rule follower! Look how far he is staying back.
Kanyon's aunt, Gwen Ann got to hold that sweet baby.

Like I said, many more to share, but another day pull of patience. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and stayed warm. We didn't have any snow in Paris, but the leaves were beautiful!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Some pictures

This one was taken at Lauren's reception. Could we look any more different?? The cake picture.
The next one is from Parker's Thanksgiving feast at preschool. I some how didn't get a whole bunch of pictures of my kids! Here is one turkey dude though!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WOuld you like a cold one?

Our house sits on a corner, of a slightly busy street. A few years ago, I sat on my couch feeding a bottle to someone and watching TV when I heard a peculiar sound coming from behind me. It sounded as if someone had turned on my water from outside. You know that sound like running water coming from the wall where the outside faucet is located. I had to go investigate. With child in arm, I walked out my front door and crossed my front lawn to meet our meter reader helping himself to some water from my faucet. I just looked at him. He looked at me. He said, "I didn't know anyone was home." SHOULD IT MATTER! I told him, in my surprised voice, "What you are doing is wrong, you are stealing my water." He proceeded to tell me it was a hot day and he was thirsty. I just walked away and asked him to stop. I sat down on my couch and called my husband to VENT that this man was STEALING my water! Stacey calmed me down and I really can't remember what all we discussed other than he thought I was crazy trying to meet the person stealing my water. Since that time, that stranger has been in my mind off and on. How could I have handled it differently? Did he misread our meter to get even!? Present day. We arrive home from a busy morning and I begin to fix lunch, when I HEAR the same noise. Kids sitting at kitchen table, I open the front door, walk across the lawn, to meet a man who goes door to door hanging those advertising things for a job. He was surprised to see me, and honestly, I was a little intimidated as well. He was filling up his water bottle. I looked at him and said this: Would you like a cold one? He looked at me with huge eyes and said, "Yes Ma'am." I asked him to wait, (while I shut and locked our front door) went into the garage and brought him 2 water bottles. He was waiting for me, at a comfortable distance from my front door, which I noticed. He thanked me. I didn't get on to him. I didn't accuse him of stealing. I haven't called Stacey, yet. I take this as change. A lesson from God. He gave me a second chance, like he does over and over, this one, I wanted to share with you. I was able to go back to the kitchen table and discuss it with Parker and Emaline. I hope that the stranger, who has a long day ahead of him in the wind, will remember the kindness, and pass it on.

NOW! Onto a FUNNY story. These things were said from my Parker's mouth just hours ago!

EMALINE! I am disappointing with you!

MOMMY! GO put her in her room!

MOMMY! I am disapointing with her.

(here parker goes and tries to spank her)


I had to discuss with Parker that he NEVER spanks his sister! But it was funny! Emaline was trying to steal a piece of ART Parker had made. NOW, my escapee is doing just that from her room! I must go stop this! Pictures later!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


You hear me little girl! STOP GROWING! My heart aches that my little one has now moved into her big girl bed. 4 nights down, and doing great. She loves it. When Parker transitioned it was tough. I was pregnant, and lying down with him at every nap and attempting to sneak out. Of course, a 7 month girl can't gracefully go from laying down on a trundle, to the upright position with out waking one little boy up! This sweet baby has done amazing. Mommy and Daddy at different occasions have layed down with her, but not because we needed to make sure she didn't get up, but because we wanted to snuggle with her. One thing that has changed since the Big Girl Bed, is her waking up time!!! Chalk some of it to Daylight savings, but COME ONE! This little one could sleep until 10:00am if I would let, it is 6:45am!!! I need those extra hours! I guess she would wake up in her crib and play and go back to sleep kind of like a morning nap. That has been a huge change! My baby is getting closer to 2. She loves to jump. She loves chocolate milk. She loves pancakes for breakfast. She loves her daddy. She loves Phil Joel's Good Morning song! (YOU MUST get this cd if you have children, warning, you will listen to Deliberate Kids even if the kids aren't in the car! Parker can resite the Lord's Prayer because of this cd and ALMOST knows all the books in the new testament!) Back to baby. She doesn't like TV. She likes babies, LOVES babies! She likes to brush her teeth. She is one sweet thing! First night in big girl bed.
Parker showing us that there is enough room for him. She has a full size bed.
And the first morning picture!!! She didn't even try to get out. She just called for me. It isn't quite like P who used to knock on the door to let me know he was awake.