Sunday, July 03, 2016

Fish Fry

At the beginning of May, our Sunday School had a fish fry.  David had to work but I took the kids out there to play and eat.  David was able to make it around lunchtime.
 The guys in the class all came around 5-6 am and fished in the pond for our lunch.  Caleb and David both enjoyed the spoils! 
You think they look alike?!  Several of Caleb's friends from school are in our class as well (well, their parents are).
 He had a blast playing with the trucks with his little buddy! 
Kate had a ton of fun on the water jump house. 
Caleb did NOT like the water.  I think it was just too cold for him and he doesn't like water "sprinkling" on him, either. 
His favorite was definitely the food and Kate enjoyed it, too! 
We were all glad when Daddy got there.  He took Caleb down to the lake to watch for fish.
 Shortly after this I took Caleb home.  He fell asleep within 2 minutes of leaving and slept for 4 hours! 
We had such a fun day.  Thankful for fellowship with friends!

Friday, June 17, 2016


We had a busy April.  I think we had something every weekend.  To start, Caleb had his 18 month well child visit and shots.  He did great. 
Of course, he wouldn't show off with all of his talking for Dr. Amy but we know he has SO many words.  He actually knows several colors, is starting to count, knows a few letters.  He's starting to make short sentences.  He is growing great - I mean, he is 90%ile for Everything, my BIG boy!  We are so blessed.

The next week, I got to go help at Kate's book fair a couple of days.  One day I was there when her class came.  It is rare when I get to go do something at Kate's school, so this was special!

Kate took tennis this spring, and actually liked it a good big.  Caleb got to play
 while sissie learned.  She got better each week and we enjoyed going with her. 

We enjoyed the caterpillar parade but forgot our butterfly wings. 
Oh well!  I think the kids had fun but we had one worn out baby boy by the time we got home.

The next weekend, we had our first swim of the season.  I think Caleb is going to be a fish!  He is already trying to make swimming motions and does NOT want to just be held or in a float.
 He wants to MOVE!  Kate loves it, too. 
Then we went out to eat Mexican (the first time in a long time, David was happy!) and Caleb had his first taste of chips and salsa.  YUM!!!
There was more tennis and Caleb making sure that Kate had enough water.

David got to go with Kate to her Natural Science Museum field trip.  Another treat for us to be able to go.  She had a lot of fun.
The weekend that Kate got baptized, we got to go to Kate's music program at school.  It was fun to see her with her classmates. 
She did a good job and really showed out on the motions.  :-)  She had a great year and loved Mrs. Gallaway ("Miss Chapman")
and Mrs. Hannula.

The next week, Kate had her end of the year choir program. 

She did a great job.  We are so thankful for our church and the investment they make in our children.

The last hoorah for the month was going to "Miss" Courtney's wedding.  Caleb wasn't feeling great but he did get some hugs from Mrs. Melissa. 
And Kate got to dance! 
We tried to find a sitter but they both did great!  It was a busy but a great month!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Easter 2016

Y'all, January, February and March just DISAPPEARED!  I think David and I were on service all but 2-3 weeks in that time period.  Additionally, what started like this:

ended in SOMEONE in my house having fever for 26 days straight!  Caleb had it first and then David got it and stayed sick for 21 days.  Then Kate came home from Disney and immediately had fever for 3 days before we knew she had strep and treated it.  Combine that with me working for 26 days straight (that's worse than residency!) and it was a crazy February into March!  But we made it.
 It was a time filled with prayer, trust, and just taking care of family.  Thankfully, we all got better.  At the end of March, we got to celebrate Easter. 
The weekend before we had our city egg hunt.  The kids had fun with inflatable slides,
 egg hunts,
and friends!
 Then we dyed Easter eggs with Luke on good Friday. 
it is an annual tradition that I hope continues for a long time. 
:-)  My parents got to come celebrate with us. 
 Caleb is SO hard to get pictures of these days because he's always moving!
 A little post lunch, pre-dessert, pre-nap Trouble.
I know they really just came to see the kids, since they hadn't been since Christmas, but I'll take any excuse for them to come.  Kate and Caleb enjoyed their Easter baskets. 
 Kate is our little "Joy" so this shirt was perfect for her.
David did have to work but was able to come to church later and then join us for ham that he had smoked the day before.

 For a little fun, this is the face that Caleb made everytime David turned on the electric knife to cut the ham.  SO funny!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

She is His!

Another very important thing happened over Christmas.  Kate trusted Jesus as her Savior! 
She had been asking questions about sin and what that means for her, about Jesus and forgiveness.  There were times she would even just be in tears when she was caught in a lie - not because of being caught but because it was a sin.  It was cute and funny and precious all at the same time. 
David took her to talk with our children's minister and it seemed that she understood what Jesus had done for her, why she needs a Savior, and that Jesus is the only way to be with God in eternity.  She truly believes in her heart that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for her sins.  On Christmas Eve she verbally confessed her sins and her belief in God!  She has become a Child of the One True King!!! 
This past April, she was baptized in obedience to God's command and as a testimony of her belief in Christ. 
We were so glad that representatives of all of our family were able to come - we missed granddaddy, Nana, GG, and Uncle Philip and Aunt Kenna!
 It was a great weekend.  The baptism was at our annual church spring picnic.  Kate got baptized in a lake. 
At first, I was a little disappointed that she wouldn't be baptized at church but I think it turned out perfectly.  And it's kind of neat to me that Jesus was baptized in a lake and so was Kate! 
So thankful that God has called her to be His and that we are now SISTERS in Christ!  I pray that she continues to seek God, to share His joy and love with others and to be used by Him!