Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals, and her friends, for the writing of this blog post. 

It's been a week!  I can't believe it's already Friday, but I wondered this time last week if the next seven days would fly by, and they sure did.  I'm not complaining, though, because we leave Sunday after church for vacation, and I'm really excited about our trip. 

Here are some favorite moments and a few things from this past week that have been my favorites. 

First up on the list is our spruced-up house.  I came home from lunch with my dad last Friday to my wonderful husband pressure washing this awning.  It had pollen and something that looked like algae all over it, and our pressure washer hasn't been working right, so we kept putting if off.  He was able to repair it, though, and now we have a new-looking awning once again. 

Plus, y'all, I am married to the busiest man on the planet.  He works full time, he volunteers a lot of hours each month to the sheriff's department, he works at our church every Sunday, plus other times when he's needed to fill in (and extra money is always nice) and to help set up and tear down for special events, and he helps out his parents a lot.  He has little to no free time.  The sheriff's department gig is his outlet and hobby, though, and I'm pretty sure it keeps him sane.  I read for fun, he helps people. 

A house ready for company is one of my very favorite things, and having a party is great because it forces you to do things that may not normally get done.  In fact, a really sweet and godly wife and mom I know told me that about a year ago.  My friend Sunday's mom gave out some advice at a prayer dinner I attended, and that was one thing she said.

Saturday was one of my favorite days to date.  Getting married, having each of my kids, and their graduation days will always be in the top spots for favorite days in my lifetime.  I know it'll only get better, but wow.  We figured out the whole cap on top of his fro situation, and I think he looks extremely handsome. 

We were posing for the top pic and the bottom one happened.  These guys are a couple of my favorites as well.  And for fun, so is my dress.  I went shopping for some tops a few weeks ago, and in going to a store that I never go into, I stumbled upon this dress.  It's right at my knees, and it's super comfy and flowy.  I don't always love dresses, but this is one I will wear for a long time to come.  Bonus: it was $15.  The last one I bought was black, and I think I wore it for eight years. 

Also, let's note that I was having an excellent hair day.  They are very few and far between.

Monday night was another favorite night from the week, and one of the greatest events that our church gives for students that are graduating.  We attended a senior banquet honoring the high school seniors.  This man above is our dear friend and pastor, and he gave the students a terrific message about living a life for God.  I am so thankful for this man, and how he shepherds the body of believers we belong to. 

Also, they were twins. 

Moving to non-graduate stuff, my best friend tagged me in this picture on social media, and I thanked her and told her I'd already made plans to be up at four so that I could watch.  (I'm up at four thirty almost every single day.)  The royals have been my favorite subject this week, and I've been slightly obsessed.

Naps are my favorite.  This was me on Mother's day.  All I wanted was to not do one thing all day, and I succeeded. 

Jonah got a new car detailing job this week, and I went one way when I took him there and a different way when I came back home.  Country road drives have always been one of my favorite things, and this was a picture I took while I was stopped with no cars around.  I love this old building!  These were my old stomping grounds.  I grew up in the Eads/Fisherville area when I was a young girl.

On Wednesday, I started making all the lists for vacation.  List making is one of my favorite things to do, and these pens are also on my favorite list.  They're Papermate Flair felt tip pens, and I love their bright colors.  Colors and list making go hand in hand.

Also on Wednesday, I was catching up in my bible reading and before I started reading, I prayed that God would give my thoughts and plans order for that day, and I immediately thought of this verse, verse 33 close to the top.  That verse is one of my favorites.

And last, but not least...didn't everyone feel this way about the past couple of days? 

I laughed so hard when I saw this.  It's one of my favorite internet things from the week. 

Thanks for reading my blog!  I'll be gone for the next week, so I won't be back on here until after we get home from vacation. 

Love to all. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

a day in the life post

Good morning!  I was up before the sun as usual yesterday and as I was sitting with Chip in my lap, I thought I would do a day in the life post.  It's been ages since I've done one, and I love reading posts like this, so if I like it, everyone does, right?!  If not, you may want to leave my blog now. 

This was my (not so typical) Monday.

Before I start, let me say that Chip used to wake me up at four thirty every single morning.  That is no longer the case, but nobody ever let my brain know that little detail, and four thirty is my new normal almost every day.  Yesterday, I actually slept until five.  It felt a little scandalous.

I wake up and then I come downstairs.  I let the dogs out, and while I do that, I start the coffee for my husband and for Graham and Drew, I start the dryer to freshen the clothes inside, I turn on the mantle lights and the television, then I let the dogs back in.  I basically pretend I didn't wake up with the dogs to keep it dark and they fall back to sleep.  I do too, sometimes, but that wasn't the case Monday.  I always watch the news (mainly for the weather) and Chip is almost always in my lap.  He loves to cuddle.

Coffee pots number one and number two.  I didn't start on the first pot's coffee until six thirty.  I drink my coffee out of the Keurig because I like the coffee in the cups better than what I buy by the pound. 

I always come and sit back down and check emails and look at social media and my Timehop app.

First and favorite cup of the day.  I only drink two each morning.  Twinkles is asleep in my chair over there, can you see her?  I finish that cup and let the dogs out again, then start my second cup, let the dogs back in and come sit at the computer desk.

They love watching for squirrels.  This was right before I let them out. 

On this day, I had to finish planning for our high school community groups to meet over the summer and had correspondence with a few different people, then I sent out emails pertaining to that, and finally, I started on this blog post.  (I don't always schedule my posts after writing them beforehand, but that's what I've done the past couple of times I've written.)

While I write, I'm listening to one of my favorite podcasts.

Please excuse the horrible picture.  Before I start writing, I read all my favorite blogs that I've read for years.  Some of them I've been reading for a decade, like these two ladies (Sophie Hudson and Melanie Shankle) and the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. 

Then I write my post and start on the laundry, usually.  On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Jonah has a detailing job for a friend of ours, though, and I have to get ready to drive him to Oakland.  I was able to fold a load of clothes and start on a new load, then I left with him at eight thirty to drop him off.

It took him longer than five minutes to unload his stuff back behind this portico thing.  His first car is a Mustang, so he was pretty pumped.  ;)  He has a cart loaded down with stuff.  I packed him a lunch full of snacky protein loaded things to help him stay strong all day.  It was hotter than Hades here yesterday and he was there until almost four o'clock.  He had a giant Coleman cooler full of ice water to stay hydrated.  I told him if worse came to worse, he could wet his head down with the hose to cool off fast, but thankfully he was in the shade as he worked. 

I went one way to drop him off, and drove back home through the country roads.  That'll be the way I go from here on out, because it's a lot prettier of a drive.  I stopped at the stop sign to take this picture, since there were no other cars around.

I grew up in this area, and I love the looks of this old building.  When I came home, I started on the mountains of laundry I have today.  I didn't do a thing on Mother's day, including laundry, so I was way behind. 

Right after this, Drew came downstairs and we talked for about ten minutes, about the weekend and what was going on that night and when we would need to leave.  My friend Kristy called me asking for a favor from my boys, so I woke Noah up and he and Drew threw on clothes and ran up to our church to help out for a while.  They weren't gone very long, and the church bought them their lunch for helping.

I have to stop here and say that Drew's truck broke down yesterday and while the fix is (somewhat) easy, we are short his vehicle and we all have a million things to do.  I prayed and asked God to work out this issue for us, with all that we have going on, and with timing and such, and He keeps doing exactly that.  So while I feel a little crazy with all these details rattling around in my brain, I am so thankful that the Lord hears my pleas and helps me out with all the things.  He truly is so, so good to me. 

The boys left, and I did some laundry.

Yes, the table is still pushed back and decorated from Drew's party Saturday night, and it will stay like that until who knows when.  I don't have time to deal with it today.  I get so behind on laundry on the weekends, because I usually don't have time on Sunday to do any.  This week was no different.  In fact, here is where I was the majority of the afternoon on Sunday.

On my bed napping, or trying to, or watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix.  #storyofmylife

Anyway, back to Monday.  Funny story about all those towels.  Saturday night, one of the guests we had here for the party knocked over a pitcher of grape kool-aid, and my mom-in-love spilled a cup of coffee.  So my floor, counters, cabinets, and tabletop got a great cleaning while we had a ton of people in the house.  It was hilarious.  It was a young girl who spilled the kool-aid, and her parents felt terrible, but we assured them that it was no big deal, did they know we had a house full of boys?  I don't fret over spilled things anymore.  (I said anymore.  I used to.)

While waiting on sheets to dry, I brought some stuff in here to my desk to work on.

Quiet time (I still hadn't had it at this point, and it was eleven o'clock) and pens for list making.  Also, I remembered that the cat loves to eat flowers, so I had to bring them in here with me so I could keep an eye on her with them.  I can't make this stuff up, y'all.  She eats everything and throws it up afterward.  We will never have another cat after this one passes on. 


Aren't these beautiful?  Jonah bought them for me!

Right after this I came back my desk and started on this post, because truthfully, if I hadn't done that, I would have forgotten the majority of all this.  I ended up getting side tracked, though, and stopped to read a passage in Luke 12.  The verses about the cure for anxiety, verses 22-34. 

I was going to make a post on FB, and these verses were some of what I was going to say, but I ended up deleting the whole thing.  But these verses are so good!  I love the thought that even more than the Lord clothes the birds of the air and the flowers in the field, He cares so much more for you, for ME.  He is so good to me. 

After this, it was almost lunch time, so I got up to eat.  I ate my favorite lunch, which is a bagel with cream cheese.  It's not healthy, I know, but I do splurge every once in a while and cave in to eat this old favorite.

If I don't sit at the table to eat, I watch an episode of whatever I'm currently watching on Netflix. 

Right after this, I grabbed more laundry (I told you I had a lot) and went upstairs to wash my hair.  We had another senior event last night and the process of my hair drying takes forever.

These products help.

I use the mousse for hold instead of hairspray.

Also, it is almost impossible for me to get dressed with something coming out of that bluetooth speaker you see.  Usually it's praise and worship music, sometimes it's a podcast.

Also, I bought this lotion at Homegoods last week, and it is amazing!

I have ridiculously dry skin, and this takes care of that.  This big bottle was about $6 and who doesn't love the smell of summer in a bottle (coconut anything)?!

I came back downstairs to paint my fingernails once my hair was dry.

...and then sat and watched something else on Netflix so that they would dry, and texted with someone about a hurtful situation we went through months and months ago. 

Thought for the day: when you go through something with someone that is hurtful and it's all done over text, just say your apologies and move on.  We all mess up and we all do things that warrant us saying sorry.  We have to say that, though, because chances are the other person will not, or if they do, it will not be genuine.  And then maybe acknowledge that certain people have to be let go of, pray for them and ask God to guard your heart against bitterness and unforgiveness and then MOVE ON with your life.  That is really hard to say, but God gives people to us as friends, and He removes people from us as friends.  There is reasoning behind it all, and we have to obey His plan if we want to live our lives for Him.  This whole ordeal took a solid hour out of my day yesterday, and I had to pray for God to give me the words to say, and before anyone asks, it is nobody anyone close to me knows. 

Moving on.  These two things are the best for painting your nails.  Seche Vite is a topcoat and this rapidry spray by OPI sets them immediately once you're done with all the coats.  I do a clear coat, two coats of color, one coat of Seche Vite, and then I spray them all at the end.  People always think I get my nails done and I don't.  I do them myself.  Good polishes help.

Drew had gone to do some yardwork for a friend helping him out with his fundraising, and when he got back home, he offered to pick up Jonah for me.  Right after they got home, we all got dressed and Todd, Drew, and I left for his senior banquet.  Graham, Rachel, Jonah, and Noah went somewhere to eat.  There was much drama with that, but I will save that for another post, because sometimes the boys drive me CRAZY with their bickering.  I am still upset with one of them this morning.  #reallife

The banquet was so nice!  We ate dinner, and my friend Abbey shared for the girls, and the guys' bible fellowship teacher Ken shared for them.  Then our pastor got up and gave a brief charge to them all.  There was a video slideshow of them, and then it was all over and we got up to take pictures. 

These guys are such great friends. 

Once again, all the grandparents came and supported him with us. 

And I got the picture Drew requested.

Major drove off with a golf cart and they all jumped on.  #scandalous

And then when they saw some staff people looking for it, they all jumped off and Major drove it back. 

My beautiful friends, Abbey and Kristy. 

And the mamas and the sons.  Excuse my red face.  I was burning up!  It felt like it was a hundred degrees to me once we stepped out from under the covered tent we ate in.  There were fans blowing on us, so when we went outside afterward, I was immediately hot.

We came home after this, and I posted all these pictures to Instagram, and then shortly after that, I hit the bed.  It was a really great day, and I am so thankful for how our staff at CFBC loves on our students.  I felt so honored as I sat there listening to all that they charged them with, especially the message that Pastor Chuck gave them.  He spoke on influence and living their lives for Jesus.

This is our pastor.  I had tears in my eyes the entire time he spoke.  So before I laid my head down last night, I had a lot to thank God for, this man being one of them.  Our parents are another.  And the sweet gift of friendship. 

If you made it this far, congrats to you, this was not a short post.  Thanks for reading. 

Love to all. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Drew's Graduation Day

As quickly as this day appeared, that's how fast it flew by, and I have to say that I am very glad to be on the other side of it now.  I was looking forward to this day for so long, but I was also dreading this day.  I knew on Thursday when I went to write out his card and crying after I wrote, "Oh, Drewby", that I was in big trouble.  I wrote those two words, not even a complete sentence, and immediately tears were in my eyes. 

As quickly as these few days have gone by, that is also how fast the years went, or so it seems. 

I mean, shouldn't he still be this little?  As I write that, though, I have to take it back.  They're not meant to stay little, and though I do so miss the years of them being this young, it is so exciting to see them be molded into the men of God that the Lord has called them to be.  It's thrilling to watch His plan for their lives unfold, especially when they first start to get an inkling of what it is they may want to do the rest of their lives.  Now, things could change as far as career choices go, and I know that, but by the grace of God, I hope to be able to say someday that Drew is a pediatrics nurse. 

(That is his plan now, but like I said, it could change.  I hope he will stick with the nursing thing, but more than anything, I just want him to walk in God's will for his life, whatever that may be.)

I also had the thought for the millionth time, that I am so incredibly thankful that God made us into a homeschooling family.  Homeschooling the boys is something I had always wanted to do, but I was terrified for most of those years and I ran from that.  And I may or may not have said, "I will NEVER homeschool my kids."  I am pretty sure that God has a sense of humor.  Even though I had wanted to homeschool for a long time, we didn't actually begin this journey until Graham was halfway through eighth grade, Drew was halfway through seventh, and Jonah and Noah were in the fourth grade (we started them in August, though, like you should do...the other two we pulled out halfway through the year).  I know they all started off loving it, and I know that they get frustrated from time to time, but I am pretty sure that most of them would say that they're glad we did this.  If they say otherwise, know it's from a misconstrued view of what a brick and mortar high school seems like in their heads (like High School Musical).  Most days they hear of things that go on and one of them tells me how glad they are that we do this.  I won't name names, though, as to who says that.

All that being said, yesterday was a great day, and I thought I'd share some pictures. 

The MHEA graduation is always at Bellevue in a nearby town.  (It's the biggest church in the city.)  MHEA is Memphis Home Educators Association.  By being a part of this local chapter, we can easily also be part of the state version, if I were to ever be questioned for anything like truancy.  It's like a high school.  They have events for social gatherings, they give banquets and galas, they offer team sports in any/everything, and they offer graduation services for twelfth grade and kindergarten (I think).

We got his cap on!  We ended up setting it atop his head and pinning it into place.  I just told him not to make any sudden movements. 

Some sweet friends of his came to celebrate with him, and I am so thankful for that.

(This last one is Griffin, and that chain has become a thing between the two of them.  They're such goofballs.)

And some family came, too!

I am also incredibly grateful to live in town with our family.  We each have siblings who live out of town that could not make it this year due to things out of their control, but we know they were with us in heart and in spirit.  I missed seeing those who couldn't be there yesterday, but I am glad for the ones who were able to come.  Not pictured are my sister Trish, and his friend Ellen who came in town last weekend and proceeded to stay the week with family, just so she could be here for his graduation. 

These are all his wonderful grandparents.  We are so fortunate for all these wonderful family members!  I was feeling so overwhelmed with gratitude yesterday and may or may not have cried a few times because of it. 

It was a lovely ceremony and we were out of there faster than lightning when it was all over and done with. 

Todd, Noah, and I all rushed home to get food in the oven and to prepare for the party that followed.  Let me say here before I go any further: I know of several people whom I forgot to invite.  Please know that I am so incredibly sorry!  I pray you give me a little grace in this, though, for being so forgetful.  I seriously thought of about ten people I just left off, while I was laying in bed sick to my stomach last night.  There are some whom I did remember to invite, but whose invitations are still in my kitchen with their names printed on the envelopes.  I wish I had an excuse, but I don't.  Please forgive me.  This is further proof of how human I am.  I'm rolling my eyes at myself.

Moving on...

We had a little reception for Drew, and I honestly was afraid people wouldn't come.  I don't know why I thought that, I guess you just always want people to show up for your kids, but I was so happy with how many could make it!  I know it's a busy time of year, and several people who were here had been party hopping all day long, so know that I am so grateful that you took time out of your busy day to come and celebrate Drew with us.  Drew was incredibly blessed by all of your thoughtfulness and generosity. 

I saved my favorite pictures for last.

These were the ones I chose for the video that played before the ceremony.

Goodness, I love these boys of mine.  Sadly, though my husband was there in attendance, I did not get a picture with him and Drew.  We discovered this last night, but I will fix that tomorrow night at his senior banquet, per Drew's request. 

Once again, this was such a wonderful, surreal day.  I hope Drew looks back for years to come with fond memories of this day, and I am pretty sure that he will.  Though I did get teary eyed a few times in the ceremony, I didn't actually cry.  I did yesterday morning when Todd posted that first picture of him you see on here on social media, but I held up pretty well. 

Last year when I found out that MHEA always holds their graduations on Mother's Day weekend, I was kinda disappointed, but I am actually glad it's like that.  I love that they're always one of the first in this area to graduate, and I love having a day to see all our moms and getting to give them tokens of our love and appreciation while they're here.  We celebrated with them last night as well, while we were all under one roof.  If you're a mom of mine, know how thankful I am for you too, and how much I love you. 

Also, I am so grateful to my sisters and mom and mom-in-love who helped out with his party and for helping me plan and giving me ideas.  It doesn't seem adequate to say a mere "thank you", but know how thankful I am for you and how much I treasure you and the way you're always so quick to help a sister out.  And to my best friend Missy Byrd, let me say this: I never want a life without you in it, my friend.  Thank you for bringing all the things.  I love you all! 

Today (Sunday is when I wrote this) I went to church and came home and did absolutely nothing.  And it was heaven. 

Life resumes tomorrow and this week will fly by because it's the week before we leave for vacation.  I think I have something planned everyday, but I am looking forward to a trip with my people (plus a girlfriend this time). 

Thank you for reading my blog!  Love to all. 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals , and her friends, for the writing of this blog post.  It's been a...