Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thanking God for the fleas.

As I sit here this evening after a not so easy day, I am humbling myself before God in a prayer of overwhelming gratefulness. Sick kids for two weeks, feeling like I'm getting sick myself, several frustrating ordeals, and then ending my night with hitting the edge of a tin horn and busting my tire, caused a little emotional breakdown. Thankfully, Karen McKenzie Cook came to my rescue. Even as an adult, having a mother who is so grounded in a foundation of Christ and so gentle in spirit is one of my biggest comforts.
I find myself frequently frustrated with LilliAnn because she lacks my boldness and confidence, and because she's more quiet than I sometimes want her to be. Other times I look at all of the many ways she is like my mother and I praise God for his perfect creation...a daughter of the King created in His image to guide and raise to the best of my ability. And I am brought to tears.
My mom has told me this story before, but as I sat in my front seat crying of frustration and exhaustion, she reminded me once again of a beautiful story of how God can work for good in all situations.
Corrie Ten Boom, and her sister Betsie, were Christians, and were put in prison by the Nazis for hiding Jews in their home. Betsie once thanked God for the terrible fleas that had infested the prison, and her sister was outraged. She urged Corrie to give God thanks in all circumstances, but Corrie refused saying she just could not be grateful for fleas!
The girls in the cell gathered every night to read the Bible together, their only glimmer of hope and happiness each day. They could get severely punished or put to death if they were caught, but for some reason the guards stopped coming inside their cell every night and just looked through the door. Come to find out, the reason the guards did not enter was because they did not want to get fleas. Mom reminded me to be thankful even for the "fleas" because they may be part of God's perfect plan for your life. What we see as hard times, bad days, frustrations, or tough situations, could be God's way of protecting us or leading us closer to Him.
I know not everyone has a close relationship with their mother, and I know some of you have lost your mothers way too soon, but my prayer is that you find someone like this...your comfort, your rock, someone that loves you unconditionally and always leads you to His precious Word...a close friend, a sister, a grandmother, or someone in your church.
Thank you, Jesus, for this wonderful life you have given each of us...even when we have "fleas."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Reid's 8th Birthday. {get the bait, Reid is eight}

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For Reid's birthday this year, he wanted to have an all boys sleepover at the lake house. I thought this was a great idea, because I had already thought of a super cute birthday theme: "Get the Bait, Reid is 8!" Reid's absolute favorite thing to do is to fish, so this was the perfect party for him! A lady in OKC that I have used the past few years for our birthday cakes made the cake for us and it turned out amazing! I could not believe how real the bass looked! Reid (as well as the other boys) were super impressed! And it tasted great too!
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 I picked up nine boys from Grove after school on the Friday of his birthday, and then Jett and Grayson met us out at the lake later on that evening. The boys jumped on the trampoline, played football, played on the swing set, went fishing, went tubing, explored in the woods, made a campfire, and stayed up late watching movies. It was the ultimate boy birthday! 
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 He has really gotten a lot taller this year, and is actually taller than his cousin Jett at this point!
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 I had to get several pictures of the cake because it was so cute!
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 She also made some fishing themed sugar cookies as well!
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 The boys had a blast sticking the candles into the back of the fish!
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 Grandma Lucy made chocolate cupcakes and I put bobbers on the top of them! I was so proud with how the whole fishing theme turned out!
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Trying to get eight year-old boys to take a serious picture was nearly impossible! 
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Classic 8 Year Olds = Perfection!
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Jeb and I didn't get much sleep, but it was definitely a birthday party for the memory books! Hopefully the kids will take a break for a few years before they have any more birthday sleepovers!

rockin' around the Christmas tree. {Lil's SDC Christmas performance 2015}

So I'm trying to get caught up on my blog, and I just realized I never posted these pictures of LilliAnn's Christmas dance performance last year. This is always one of my favorite things about the Christmas season! Seminole Dance Company puts on a Christmas performance at the Wellness Center every year, and then they all ride on a float in the Christmas parade. The following week, the younger dancers do their dances again at the nursing home, and it's such a joy to see all of the residents' faces light up at having precious children visit them and spread some Christmas cheer. 
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Lil is always pretty quiet and nervous at first, but when it's time to dance, she always rocks her performance!
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A quick smile before the show!
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Thank goodness Mimmy was there to keep Rush entertained!
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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree!
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Their kick line was precious!
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They fight multiple times a day, but they love each other so much!
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So proud of our dancin' girl!
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We always have to have a picture with Miss Darana! We love her so much!!
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Lil with her Mimmy
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My baby girl!
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She's getting too big! She was so excited about riding on the float with the big girls and had her polka dot gloves all ready!
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Such a fun SDC tradition! Hopefully next year I'll remember to post about it sooner!