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Monday, April 20, 2015

National Junior Honor Society For John David!

Last Tuesday John David was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. We are so proud of his hard work in his academics, service, swimming and in our family. He tries hard at everything he does.....much like his father:).

his buds Graham and Caden


I just realized JD is on the back row....talking lol

such a nice group of boys

I can't ever get these 2 bozos to take a normal pic!

that's a bit better!


the boys got a kick out of the fact that the date is incorrect for Honor Society!

I could not leave out princess and her collection of flowers today at Carly's game:)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Some Thoughts......

I have been overwhelmed lately with the crazy....you know things like a time consuming demanding 8 year old who requires multiple therapy and dr appointments, a mom needing to be on her toes for the potential outburst...there are many......things like a daily enema for Janie that our daily schedule is worked around....planning for prom.....scheduling dr appointments, going to dr appointments....oh yeah the swim meets and  lacrosse games, many of which I have to miss due to keeping up with the rest. Generally overwhelming some days.....mostly the reality of working with Madeline in the midst of the normal. Not to mention my big kids, trying to stay connected with them....some days I feel they get the raw end of the deal.

I read over this and it totally sounds like complaining I know....it is...but it is real, this life of ours.

On Wednesday Madeline and John David and I drove to meet Hank in Clarksville for his step mother Joyce's funeral. She was only 69 and died after a 4 year extremely sad illness (super nuclear palsy). Granddaddy has taken such good care of her. We are all so thankful she is with Jesus and no longer suffering yet she will be dearly missed. As I sat in her funeral looking at her beautiful picture and dwelling on her life and what she has meant to others, I started thinking about what I will leave behind when I am gone. What if God had not called me to this hard... as I sat with Madeline with her silky in her mouth after an outburst at the funeral home. What if I was not overwhelmed with this life, a deep sadness washed over me for the loss of Joyce and for what I could have missed out on. Yes it is hard but it means something....to me, Christ, my family, 2 little girls and 1 big girl who were orphans.

I needed this moment of clarity....I can admit to myself that some days are plain hard and it is ok to feel the pressures and whine a bit.....but deep in my soul is the overwhelming security that God chose this life for me, He has handed it to me on a silver platter and allows me to live it each and every day, giving me such a full wide open life to live. Grateful is not a strong enough word to  express how I feel....

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I love all these peeps with all my heart!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Carly's Prom.....

OK so I'm finally getting about the business of posting Carly's junior prom pics!!!  This was Carly's first prom and our first prom with her:). An aside, Carly is doing so well with us. Her little life has been turned upside down yet she continues to smile, be happy, totally involved with our family....don't get me wrong we have our moments but truly she is such a blessing to us. I am so very proud to call her mine. Back to the business at hand...prom pics!!!

I just have to say Carly and Blake are adorable together




We have really enjoyed Carly's group of friends!



What is going on during pics:)

the besties
MacKenzie, Jordan and Carly





you get the picture....







I so love this picture....these 2 are great buds!



Janie ran inside and put this dress on to be dressed up like Carly:)

lol, only way we could get Carly with Madeline!

Cool limo!

just love this girl!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Janie Has Glasses!!

and she is so excited



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

We enjoyed a nice Easter today, a wonderful sermon and time with our family.

The girls were up at the crack of dawn
totally weird that John David does not want to get up for the festivities!


in search of eggs the Easter bunny may have left:)


these two have such a neat relationship!
They have so much fun together and "run away" from the littles together lol

goodness it is so weird to see JD as tall as Julianne!
Carly is excited to be as tall as them with heels on:) she sure is cute!!


I think we were cracking up at a comment Gardner was making about my dress
I got oil splatters all over it cooking and we had to put kids in front of me to cover it up haha
notice I have Madeline held in place:)


haha I'm checking myself out!! 

prom.... sorority pose
and yeah it is blurry
but it is funny:)
these people are so funny....the ideas they come up with
are these peeps really all my children????

the idea this year was "album cover"
Madeline and Janie are the lead singers

TOTALLY cracks me up that Madeline and Janie do exactly what they are told by the bigs!!
ALLIE makes me cry laugh!!




now a normal one
just not fun!

Janie's 3 year post adoption report is due next week so we tried to get some pics for that as well!




Our first Easter with Carly!
Goodness she just fits right in....
is that a compliment to her??? haha
We love this sweet girl and she is doing so well!

We were totally cracking up at our awkward pose
it is hard work trying to cover up grease stains!!

Madeline very rarely wants to pose for me these days
but today she wanted some pics with her bunny Snowflake:)


Just keepin it real
I have no memory of the reason behind this drama lol

next she is all smiles in her gown from the Easter bunny to go hunt for eggs!



Only Janie hunts for eggs in this getup!


this smirk from Gardner when John David told him he"lost his privileges" to fly his new drone
I think he wrecked it into a tree???
Allie lost her privileges too lol!!  

He is explaining why his older siblings are not allowed to fly his drone:)

they really want drone privileges!!!

Happy Easter!!!!!