Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I have been dwelling on my thoughts regarding hope for a few weeks now. 

Even my blog is titled after the bible verse in Jeremiah in which God encourages the Israelistes while they were in exile..."For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Lots of things are swirling around our country and world right now that can make one feel very hopeless. Even normal every day events can make one feel hopeless...

I have days that I feel down about our world and sometimes one of my kids...I become overwhelmed with emotions at times. Unfortunately as sinners we tend to put our hope in our husbands, kids, homes, the next adventure...whatever it may be instead of in Christ.

I sat in church the other morning thinking about my love for Christ, yet how quick I am to forget who I live this life on earth for. I feel I grasp him fleetingly and He vanishes like fog because of my intrusive thoughts of everyday life swirl around my head. I can so relate to this bible verse

Romans 7:15-20English Standard Version (ESV)

15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

My hope cannot be in myself because I will surely fail, as will my husband and children...the list goes on and on. My desire is to hope in Christ in all situations because that is the one promise we have on this earth...that He will never leave or forsake us....He loves us in the good, the bad and the ugly. Amen and Amen!
Preachin to myself sister haha!

Now on to something amusing....
this picture
these are not even all of Hank's boots...just the ones out the side door
piled in the crate below are all his running shoes that are identical as well
I could say I have HOPE that this may change but I doubt it seriously haha

He received a new pair of boots in the mail a few weeks ago and I texted him 

these texts make me laugh out loud still. He is so funny! Notice I then ask him to spray the porch after I ridiculed him hahaha....I don't deserve him!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

~Life Lately~

I need to catch up a bit on life lately around here!

We have had some crazy good temps around here lately so the girls have been outside a lot

Janie is always up for a pic and Madeline obliged :)

Evie has been essential for Madeline's needs lately. The second we get home from school Madeline races to take Evie outside. 

Hank took me to a country concert on Friday night....if you know me at all I don't care much for country but went along for the fun of it anyway and it was so much fun!

this is the deleted pic I tried to take of us to prove I was at a country concert...

this is Hank's reaction to said pic hahaha

The next big surprise for our week was having Gardner and Kendyl home because of Irma!
They are driving back today and don't think they have much damage:)
we made a big day of it on Saturday, going to watch Janie cheer, out to eat lunch and on to the Germantown festival
Janie is entertaining us at lunch here because #duh

Two of John David's friends were in town too because of the hurricane and joined us for the day as well. It is always such a blessing to see Levi and Colby!

Winnie is well behaved enough to go to a festival....Madeline convinced her Daddy for some more puppy training for Evie and it is going well so far:)

a typical afternoon in the field next to our house!

the whole crew on Sunday whoop whoop!! Gardner and Janie are discussing their performance plan....
Janie is singing a birthday song for Kendyl! So very sweet!

I felt as Gardner helped me clean up and back up my computer the other day!!!hahaha
Thank you Gardner for always humoring your mother and not making fun of my inability to grasp all things or any things computer related!!😟😘

and last bit of news...
I'm not so good with knives while making dinner and trying to help with homework....
5 stiches later
ugh sometimes it is so annoying to be me!!
the good news is that I hopped in car with Hank and he sewed me up at the clinic...
we were back home in 45 minutes...major points having a veterinarian as a hubby!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

~Hair Styling Puppy~

goodness we love this doggie!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

~The Great 2017 Honey Harvest~

I have to say first that I have the coolest husband,
 totally weird yet oh so cool
maybe even a bit dorky but pretty awesome as well. 

here is some evidence of dorky...

we have had so much fun laughing at his getup today. I think he had this on under his bee suit and never changed????
Old man dork exhibit #1
he is a great sport....every time we laughed, he did too:)

He and Madeline set off into the backyard this morning to harvest our honey for the first time.
   I really can't express how thankful I am that Madeline loves what her Daddy loves

running to show me her new find

this is the first egg one of our newest chickens laid today:)

the spinning contraption thingy that separates the honey from the comb??? I think???

Hank brought the frames down from the hives
dork exhibit #2

Madeline holding a frame with capped honey

Hank is uncapping the honey
dork exhibit #3

Madeline uncapping it too
dork exhibit #4

watching the honey strain through a filter cloth

everyone is interested in watching the honey come out of the centrifuge except Janie:)

Crazy exhibit #1

Janie now gets to uncap some honey

Hank is checking the specific gravity
I don't know what that means but that is what he told me he was doing:)

Madeline's first taste of honey...
think she ate about 2 pounds at least!

uncapped honey
who knew what that looks like???

Hank says "that's a nice  full frame capped honey..those little suckers can work"
referring to the bees....not his children hahaha

getting ready to bottle the honey

caught you Hanky
dork exhibit #5

quite the harvest.....6.2 gallons

the aftermath

I think she may finally be full😲

I teased Hank all day and he took my picture in my new pajamas and said, "I like your new Halloween costume.  You teased me all day and then changed into that.  Talk about dork exhibit" hahaha

Saturday, August 26, 2017

~Janie the Cheerleader~

While Madeline and Daddy were beekeeping, Janie and I were at the football field for the jamboree opening the '17 football/cheer season.

Think Janie is excited???
This pic totally cracks me up!!
The girls' uniforms were not in yet so all the teams wore random football jerseys...I thought this was a lame idea...obviously I am not a great cheer mom because it was totally adorable!

Goodness she looks so grown up😲

This little girl was so excited to see all her classmates and friends at the field. She is such a good little joyful and sweet with each person she sees, making a point to say hi to all her friends. Yep, she will be a social butterfly for sure haha!