Saturday, July 31, 2010


my daddy

is the best

story teller

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

memorial stone

I woke up this morning with a
certain 2 year old in my arms
and began to think about
everything that needed to be done today.
laundry, laundry, cleaning, laundry...
I read my friends Linn's blog.
She shared an incredible story
of miraculous intervention on her son's behalf.
She also shared a time when
we clearly saw God's provision for our family.

Just as the children of Israel were instructed
in Joshua 4 to set up memorial stones
to commemorate the things God had done for them,
I never want to tire of reminding our own children
of the ways God has intervened & provided on our behalf.

You can read about the experience
Linny mentioned HERE

Was is just a random coincidence that
Linn chose our story to share today?
Absolutely not.
We're facing some financial mountains
and big decisions around
here and I myself needed that reminder
of God's involvement in every detail of our lives.

"He encircled him, He instructed him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.
As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young,
spreading out its wings,
so the LORD alone led him."
Deuteronomy 32:10-12

Oh, and in case you were wondering...
as of this morning, the tooth fairy lives.

Monday, July 19, 2010

cutting edge drama

me - "Ali, what's Gracie doing? I think I hear scissors."
Ali - "No no Gracie! Uh, Mom?!"
me -"Please tell me she didn't cut her hair."
Ali - "Oh yeah she did."

just another evening performance
here at the local family theater
we like to call home

heh heh heh

the face of innocence

Saturday, July 17, 2010

whirlwind Friday

yesterday consisted of...

hours in the van
to & from Charlotte

an ENT follow-up visit
(tubes look good!)

(could've spent thousands...
I got a Wok for $4.99)

Trader Joe's
(can you hear the heavenly
choir singing?!)

a 30 minute visit w/ my brother's family
(WAY to quick)

a final post-op visit w/ the surgeon
(1 1/2 hour wait, but Dr. said
Gracie looks great!
next surgery to finish her palate should
happen early this fall!)

meeting Brian's sister to bring her
youngest home with us for a visit
with her cousins
(constant laughing going
on around here already-
poor Quinn is even more outnumbered!)

we were so ready to be home -
long day!

let the shenannigans begin!

a sample of Ali's latest artistic photo experiments

HE is indeed!

Check out the new "Joy Unspeakable"
link on the right sidebar
to help my friend Lori
bring her new son home from China!!
Whoo Hoo!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Our Fourth weekend

What a weekend!
On Friday we went to one of our favorite
places to pick blueberries.
Gracie Shu was all pumped up for the day
after reading Blueberries for Sal over & over.
(I have read this book to all our kids when they were
little, & they all still love it!)

Saturday was the neighborhood pool party.
Sounds corny , but every year I get a little
choked up when the neighborhood kids
parade around the pool in their homemade
floats & decorated bikes & wagons
to the background of Lee Greenwood's
God Bless the USA...
(gotta love the south)
Prayer followed by bbq
& the pool games that haven't changed
since the girls were little.
Love it.

Sunday began with a wonderful morning
worshiping as a family at church.
(Thank you God for this freedom!)
That evening we headed downtown with our
friend Diane to picnic, play, people-watch
and take in awesome fireworks!

Summer is flying by WAY to fast...

"I'm done picking!"

Some sweet kiddos
with some sweet blackberries & blueberries

We love the neighborhood pool party!

Our little firecracker

Quinn in the cannonball contest

Quinn racing with the neighborhood 8 year olds

Ali & our neighbor won the balloon toss!

Gracie doing her best to hold back as
to not make the other 2 year olds feel badly
about their shooting skills :)

Happy Birthday America!

The sweet newlyweds -
my nephew & his bride!

Gracie sharing some love with
our dear friend Diane

Her first Fourth as an
American citizen!!