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Sunday, April 15, 2018

~Rocks on Counter Tops~



Yes that is a rock on my kitchen island...not an ordinary thing on most islands but quite ordinary in my house. I was cleaning up afer church and laughed as I saw it telling Hank, "isn't it weird that I keep finding rocks on my counter?", all the while knowing where they all come from. The girls love to explore outside and collect all sorts of things and leave trails of their treasures around the house. Last week three chicken feathers lay on my guest bathroom counter for days...

Some days I become annoyed with the chaos and litter strewn about the house...but today, I laughed. 
I diligently try to enjoy the chaos but do not succeed most days. I like things tidy, yet that is impossible with one collector and one hoarder. I just laughed out loud because we truly say Madeline will make her millions when she takes over the Hoarders TV show:).

In all honesty I try to remind myself why the girls desire to keep these treasures that are worthless to me...but of great value to them. They have a deep sense of loss within their souls, so they choose things out in the yard that appear to be lost, lonely rocks, random feathers, broken twigs.... and give them a home on my counters. 

Psalms 68:6 "God sets the lonely in families,..."

I am thankful God set the lonely in my family....it is hard work and I do not do it well on many days, yet I know the blessings are far greater than the work. I choose to see these random rocks on my counters as blessings as well....even if they are dirty ha!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

~Change~



I posted this on IG today....

  • paigemwrightToday would be Jeff’s 56th birthday. I don’t post this for condolences but for thankfulness to my Lord who gives and who takes away and to honor Jeff’s memory. While there will always be a hole in my heart left by Jeffery Thomas Mounce’s passing, I am thankful for having had him for the time that was given to us here on this earth. I am thankful for his children who each possess their father’s traits in differing ways. Mostly I am thankful for God’s sovereignty and His love for us even when we don’t deserve it. Sometimes life does not unfold the way we hope but God is always good and holy.. when I picture Jeff in my mind now I can only see peace and comfort in his well being along with some ridiculous laughter I presume... Job 1:21 He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD."


Many other thoughts have crossed my mind today as well. The first of which was the bird droppings and dirt on the grave marker...proof that life keeps moving on after death. Eighteen years later I am still struck by that fact. I look hard at that dirt as well...Jeff no longer has the dirt of sin to deal with. I wanted to ask him what that is like...the life in heaven without sin? My sin gets in the way every single day and I grow tired of it and myself, thankfully Christ does not tire of it. He expects it seeing as He gave his life for my sin and yours.
 
 The world keeps spinning and things change...we change, technology changes daily it seems now. Jeff was such a tech geek, I often think how blown away he would be with all we have at our fingertips these days. Today Will (a tech geek) came by to look at moving my TV over our fireplace. Just 13 years ago when we bulit this house we had big ole TV's not the cool ones we have today....and they could not be placed on mantles ha! Will tells me it is doable but thinks I need a new TV since mine is dated...I think it is six years old...and I immediately thought of Jeff. He would have thought it was dated as well haha! 

My words are rambling along with my thoughts today. Part of me loves the change of our surroundings and world, the seasons changing, just as our emotions...ever changing. But I love stability more, loved ones by my side, favorite restaurants, the same rhythm weekly, the expected changes not the unexpected...

BUT GOD...thankfully he is never changing

Malachi 3:6 "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed."

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 


Monday, April 2, 2018

~Happy 16th John David~

WOW! It really happened...my baby turns 16 years old today!
the baby I never dreamed I'd give birth to on April 2, 2002 at 39 years of age. 

Obviously God knew him before he was formed, but He moved mountains in this Mom's heart for this child...
I was so done having children at 28 hahahaha. joke is on me! I remember the day God shifted my heart to trust and confidence in Him and willingness in my heart to start all over again. Most people believed Hank was the encourager wanting me to start over again seeing as he did not have biological children of his own. Nothing is farther from the truth...sure he would have loved a baby but it was my heart in which grew an enormous desire to give him a baby. He was already a raising  10, 12 and 14 year old children but had never experienced the beginning...and I desperately wanted to give him that. 

Apparently my Lord agreed wholeheartedly...haha not really, He started it all!
John David is a gift to our family! He is the only child who has not lost a parent...or both parents
Isn't that so stange that just one of my kids has not lost a parent??
God truly works in mysterious ways...

Isaiah 55:8-9 says
"for my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways"
declares the Lord.
"as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than yours ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."

On this side of heaven we will never understand Gods ways nor many circumstances in our lives.
 Job says in Job 1:21
  "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there; the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

The Lord has taken away in my life and He has given greatly. John David is one of those gifts (along with his brother and 5 sisters).

On each of my children's birthdays this verse flits through my mind and heart...
James 1:7
"Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the father of heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows." 

I love that God promises to never change! Our children grow and change, our lives grow and change..
But God He does not! Amen to that...

So on this 16th birthday of my sweet son I am embracing the change. I love and adore this boy so much. He is such a special young man.
Let's take a trip down memory lane in pics (he's gonna hate me haha)

Oh my goodness he was such a cute little guy...had his mama wrapped around his finger, still does who am I fooling?

He was a lover of all things super hero

and of course his big brother

his first love of sport has always been swimming

this was his very first swim meet...look how tiny he is next to his Dad!! Look how Hank is smiling at him!!!


he has always been the best brother, except when he annoys haha!!

he has been able to go to China twice and was such a big help both times!

he has expereinced many a prom without having attended one yet!



and again loving a swim meet

not so happy with the outcome...that looks like a first place ribbon but I think he is disappointed he did not get "triple winner"! Apparently that is a big big deal in the seven year old world!

great brother

and friend




and brother again

 I love how I am looking at him here!! He was so so sweet to Janie and felt so sad for her tears and fear.

He had no idea she would end up being his funny, sassy little sister that she is!

always an entertainer extrordinaire

loves fishing with his Dad


and hanging with friends at meets

helping figure out all things chicken with his Dad....or helping save them from the jaws of Evie!

more fishing and growing!

and more swimming and growing



loves his family and friends well

and of course more swimming

 such a great little brother to Carly!


and lastly ALWAYS willing to have a great time with this crazy family of ours!!

John David we love and adore you!
Happy 16th birthday my son!











Friday, March 30, 2018

~This and That~

Exactly what we have been up to....a little of this and that.


Allie and I had a shower for her best friend Katherine a few weekends ago...
Allie can throw a great party!
Katherine and Nick got engaged at a beer fest... so Allie planned tastings of beers around the world with barbeque, and it was St. Patrick's Day! It was so fun even for me who does not even like a beer!
I tried a few....still not a fan😬

Allie made these flags from around the world and marked each tub. I love the teeny glasses for tasting


These were Guinness cupcakes, as in Guinness beer. Did not taste like beer to me so I was able to devour one in seconds ha! 

I had to hijack pics from Katherine's instagram! Allie made these fliers to mark when the beer was tried. Whoever tasted all of them first won a pie:) 

The happy couple:)

Best friends since 2nd grade, Katherine is like another daughter to me!

And just for kicks....

Evie will high five feet as well as hands...it is so funny, she thinks we are normal since she does not know any better😂😂


and proof that Janie is not always all smiles, she can stick that lower lip out like nobody's business!!
She had dropped a gummy frog on the floor...apparently it was very important to her...I bought her another one for 25 cents and she was good to go!


Next up... I was able to pull this off with the help of Colby's awesome mom, Heather!!
John David's best friend Colby and his family moved to Orlando last August:( .We were able to see them during fall break and at Christmas but they were not planning to come home for Easter...I wanted to fly Colby here but sweet Heather decided to come on to see her family anyway, whoop whoop!

John David walked out to the pool from school for water polo practice and saw Colby and Levi across the deck. He did not even see me and Heather sitting there until he walked past and I said "Happy Birthday!" It was so fun. They are hanging out until Colby needs to see his family here in Memphis. He could just move in....just sayin:)

Next up is Carly...She is head of philanthropy for her sorority and
 planned a cornhole tourney  "Toss Away Hunger" benefiting our fight against hunger. 
She did such a great job! I took the girls and Carson to see her. They had fun getting their faces painted and goofing off at the campus.

after seeing all the tiger mascot statues around, Janie decided she needed to be a tiger:)




this is such an adorable picture!

I love Janie trying to see Carson haha!


next up we had to stop at each tiger and get pics:)



I believe Janie is checking out his sharp teeth ha!

Such a nice afternoon with these girls! We stopped at Gibson's donuts on the way back. I am not a big fan of donuts but Gibson's has the BEST red velvet doughnut. I ate mine before we even got out of the parking lot...so yummy!!

That's it for a bit! We are looking forward to celebrating Easter together (gonna miss Gardner and Kendyl like crazy though) and then celebrating  John David's 16th birthday on Monday:)





Wednesday, March 28, 2018

~Madeline's Fifth Grade Speech~

Yikes!! It really happened and she did such a wonderful job. I vividly remember watching John David give his 5th grade speech and wondering how in the world Madeline would be able to do her sppech in years to come. I could not imagine it. She does NOT like to be watched or to perform. Thankfully her pre school teacher Mrs. Lawo worked tirelessly to help Madeline overcome her fear of standing on a stage when she was a llittle tyke!
 Bless Mrs. Lawo. She compared Madeline to a kitten... 
At three years old Madeline would walk into her class, put her things away, come and stand by Mrs. Lawo, did not want anything other than an arm around her waist for a second....walked away for a minute, circled the chair, came back and leaned into her and allowing Mrs. Lawo to talk with her. This happened every single day the entire year. Hence the term kitten, it took her a bit to warm up to the idea of being at school...needing the security of knowing her teach loved and adored her without getting into her personal space....so sweet! I'm so thankful for wonderful loving teachers at our school!
Every fifth grader is required to give a speech at some point during the school year. Madeline signed up for the end of March to give herself a bit of time. Each child is assigned a teacher or counselor to work with them on their chosen topic. Madeline was able to work with our school counselor Mrs. Knowles. They began to work on it back in February. Madeline's topic of choice was character. 
Mrs. Knowles taught her to take a deep breath as she turned each page so she could feel calm and speak more slowly. It was so cute as she took a deep breath each time she turned the page:)


goodness she is growing up so much!


Madeline's school buddy got to sit with our family

Mrs. Knowles introducing Madeline

I love how Madeline is looking directly at me:)

the fam that could make it at 8:00 a.m.


such joy on her little face!!

In bible study this morning our small group was discussing why oh why are we surprised when God shows up and answers prayers. It is like we pray but don't expect any answers??? Where oh where does my faith go??? Yesterday my Lord gave me this enormous answer to prayer for my girl. She handled herself with poise and confidence I did not know she had. It was truly a beautiful thing to watch. Oh how I love this child of mine. I am ashamed I doubt God so many minutes and hours of my life. This God who protected Madeline from death in a country with some cultural beliefs that are far from God....to placing her perfectly in our family, equiping us to raise her and delighting us with a bit of vision into her future. Thank you Lord!