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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

~Hank's Pumpkin Patch~

On Sunday we celebrated our annual pumkin harvest!
Hank frets about his crop all season and was disappointed that he did not have more:)
We harvested at least 45...in my book that is a bunch of pumpkins!


all our friends and family hangingas the kids and Hank harvest:)
                           
big ole harvest!



                                   Janie's sweet friend Caroline was able to come in town for her fall break, look at that precious smile!!

I love this picture of Janie and Carson, our resident  models!!

Janie loves her Carly!



Carly and I discussed that evening that the ONLY time we can get John David to take a pic is with Carly...they truly are brother and sister, I am so thankful for the sweet relationship they have!





Carly looks like one of the little kids on the trampoline...they all dragged her to play with them:)

Such a fun afternoon/evening!! Thank you Hanky for doing fun things for our family!

Friday, October 13, 2017

~I Love Horses~

True fact...I love horses
I asked Santa for a horse when I was 5, and for many years after that. I vividly remember jumping out of bed Christmas morning and looking out the window into the backyard to see if Santa brought my horse. Obviously he never did:) . As I grew up my mother always told me I could have a horse when she got a horse since she had always dreamed of one too. When Allie fell in love with horses I told her she could get a horse after I got mine, but I'm still waiting for Ma Kitty to get hers first ha!

All that to say that Hank signed us up for a trip with a group taking some veterinarians to Lexington Kentucky to tour a horse farm and watch the races at Keeneland. It was such a treat!

our first visit was to Winstar Farms...goodness there is a lot of money being made breeding horses is all I can say. They were all so very beautiful!




this horse was running around and snorting...our guide told us that he noticed a tractor outside and thinks he is about to be taken to a mare. He kept looking out his window and jumped around, such a beautiful creature!

Carpe Diem was my buddy, so so sweet!

Then on to Keeneland



I have never experienced this before and it was breathtaking!





We had a nice trip and I'm happy to be home with my peeps and my bed:)

~Orlando to Visit Gardner~

We decided John David, the girls and I would make a little trip to visit Gardner over our fall break, and since his new town is just a few hours from Orlando we met up there.
We missed Kendyl since she was back in Memphis working wah!

Gardner and I decided to hit it hard and go to 2 parks a day, maybe not the best decision but we sure got to see and ride a bunch!

Our first evening John David's friends Colby and Levi met us at the hotel and went to the parks with us the next day. They moved to Orlando in August so it was special to get the boys together. Colby is John David's twin in how he thinks and acts...fun to see them together!

Levi, JD and Colby
such great kids!

Bright and early the next morning we hit Magic Kingdom 
Madeline and I hung out most of the trip since she does not like rides, especially fast ones!
Thankfully she was still all about seeing some princesses:)

we are waiting for the kids to finish a ride so mom could get a pass and ride too:)

they were so funny!

look at Janie's smile....the faster the better!



goodness we sure met a bunch of princesses
they were all so sweet and in character!

Gardner left with the boys ahead of me and the girls since we wanted to find Snow White...we were meeting up at animal kingdom.

The last time we came we stayed on site but this time I did not want to spend as much money since we went a few years ago...
As I was walking out with the girls I realized I did not pay attention to where we parked๐Ÿ˜ฃ
As I'm about to call Gardner, my phone rings with "hey Mom do you remember where we parked?"
We cannot be trusted with children that is for sure!!hahaha
he said "well, I know we are not Villians because we already covered that side" hahaha

We met up with them outside and went to the Hero's side all of us guessing where we parked...
we found our cars with our panic buttons to honk our horns hahahaha!
pretty funny if you are not us!

on to Animal Kingdom
the girls seconds after closing the doors of the car!


girlfriend posing before a bugs life
Madeline was not a fan:(


we did not get to ride the new Pandora rides since we did not have any more fast passes but the area is super cool!

the whole crew

We all (but Madeline) rode Everest Exhibition and it is awesome!

Day 2 we hit it hard again!
First up Hollywood Studios!
Gardner wrote our parking situation on his hand and thankfully I texted Julianne a pic since she was still laughing at us about the previous day. 
We learned that when it is hot and you are going to clean up in the restroom often, pen marks come off your hand easily๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

We rode Tower of Terror a few times, getting an extra ride for 2 others each time since Madeline does not like it.
Then on to Star Wars!
Madeline loved this so much...
then on to meet a few of the characters..this is where M did not have such a great time. I don't think she was prepared that the characters would act real. We got in line to meet Kylo Ren and Madeline would have no part of it when we got there, she was happy to stand back and watch the action!



Janie's smile cracks me up!!
this is her minutes before
typical Disney behavior
honestly I thought I was traveling in a psych ward haha!

Rock'n Roller coaster
this pic makes me laugh out loud! John David said he was going to hold his chin and not move going 60 miles an hour so I told him I'd try to give the biggest smile I could hahahaha!!
(wonder what the guy next to me thought when he saw the pic??:)

After lunch and one more ride on Rock'n Roller coaster we headed to Epcot
Madeline was in search of the rest of the princesses so we took off around the countries to meet as many as we could. Janie and the boys headed to ride what they could!




and that's a wrap with Disney!
We sure loved seeing and spending time with Gardner!






Thursday, September 28, 2017

~My Weakness~

2 Corinthians 2:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness". Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Okay so we all have weaknesses. Just this morning the girls and I had a talk and prayer on the way to school about our weaknesses and why God sent his son to die on the cross to help us in all of these weaknesses, every single day. 

Janie piped up and said "yeah I whine a lot"
Madeline mumbled "well ok so I get mad and grunt"
I added "well I get frustrated easily by those 2 things, we always have Christ to go to in those weaknesses to help us seeing as we can't do it on our own."

Such a great little talk and prayer....
we all got out of the car happy and content in our little world
for about 3 minutes
goodness we are a great group of little sinners!

I walked Madeline to the gym to leave on her school trip
Janie and Madeline hug so sweetly as they left each other 
(cue to birds singing...magical and all that)

Madeline and I go into the gym and I realize we did not pack a jacket for her overnight cave trip...yes a cave....she will get cold.

You see Madeline takes every single thing in her world literally so the fact that "jacket" was not on the list of things to pack she does not believe that she will need one....even though every single child has one on (okay I'm exaggerating not everyone but enough for her to notice) and a teacher says she will need one.
I ask her if she would like me to go home to grab it??? She defiantly says "no it is not on the list"...sigh....I'm starting to get a bit frustrated

I get one out of the lost and found and find her sitting with her friends and tell her I'm putting it in her bag for her benefit. She turns and yells " I dont' want it" to which I answer "Fine be cold"....not another hug or sweet word....frustration from me....anger from her
little sinners

I drive home in a pissy mood
frustrated at myself for being frustrated
angry that she was ugly in her anger towards me
feeling horrible that I did not sweetly say "alrighty, I love you" and give her a hug

I beat myself up all the way home and for a bit after...sigh

So here is the thing, why oh why was my first reaction not to take a deep breath and remember that prayer we said a mere 5 minutes prior? Well I can tell you why, I am sinful and I can't do this by myself!
I sure wish I was better suited for behavior that frustrates me. But I'm not and Christ knows this about me...he knows that and has already given me grace for that moment of sin just as I have already given grace to Madeline for her behavior.  

Now, hours later, I have worked this out in my sinful little head of mine. Thankful for God's grace and mercy upon my weaknesses. Time to move on girl...


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

~Hope~

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 just.like.this 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!!๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜˜

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!