Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Weekend To Remember

Commitment -- on the  day John and I were married we committed to love, honor, cherish, and respect each other until death. I even promised to OBEY, that dangerous little word that makes people think they will be trampled all over. I, in faith, promised to obey because that is what the Lord requires of me. After 7 1/2 years I'm so glad that I acted out of faith, because obedience has been my biggest struggle & my greatest reward! It is the hardest part of being married - obeying my husband and obeying God, These conferences challenge and encourage me that obedience is worth striving for! My marriage isn't perfect, but close to it because we've followed God's principles outlined in the Bible. I'm not perfect, nor do I come close. John is such a great husband because he sees me fail at obedience all the time, he is the one who encourages me and helps me get back up and try again. He is the quickest to forgive and the most faithful at never bringing it up again.  I'm a blessed woman to be married to such a man and have the favor of the Lord residing over our marriage.

There were no outs on that day we said "I do", no falling out of love, only a commitment to stay married for the rest of our lives together on this earth - we made a covenant with each other, just as God has made a covenant with those who commit to Him. Covenants are breakable only unto death. Since we  committed, we decided  we should also enjoy the journey so we made an agreement - to attend one marriage building activity each year. This activity serves as a marriage tune up - a time to remember what we're suppose to be doing, a  challenge from others who have gone before, a re-commitment to those vows we made in faith to be acted out in obedience.

So this past weekend, we spent a wonderful weekend away attending our 5th Family Life Marriage conference at the Gaylord Texan. Over the years we have also attended a Gary Chapman conference and two marriage Bible studies - Two Becoming One and Marriage on the Rock. Last year we saw Crawford Laritz and his wife at our church marraige conference. What a weekend we had together! John and I attended with our friends the Tyson's. Its an annual thing for us both!

Nicole is my "twin" so it only seems normal to do lots of things together. We seriously are twins, not to regress, we have moles in the same place, love the same restaurants, decorate our house the same, even like the same names for our kids!

Anyhow, we had a great weekend away! The tune up was wonderful, the hotel room was spectacular, and the food was amazing. What amazed me even more was the growth John has made over the many years we've  been attending! I guess I should give myself some credit and say that I've grown a little too! For many years I would sit and think "did you hear that honey" "He is speaking to you" "That quote was just for you John!" I know that is terrible that I'd think those things at a marriage conference where I'm suppose to be changing myself. This year as the speakers were sharing I just kept thinking, "Wow my husband does that" and "John is so good at showing me unconditional love" or " What a great idea, John would love it if I did that." My husband has changed a lot in the 7 1/2 years we have been married. Just look at him, when we were first married he would have never posed with our leopard print wearing daughter and have a genuine smile on his face! I love you John, your mine forever!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Happenings

We've been busy, no time for blogging. The kids have been begging to swim almost every day! Drew just finished soccer camp and we're finally slowing down a bit. John returned from Florida last week and we're so glad to have him home. The 4 days he was gone were LONG! He was dearly missed! He returned home to many Fathers Day surprises and two massages lined up for the weekend. He loved it!

Drew is doing great with his glasses! He is seeing much better. Drew has been working with John on some math  and Drew can count to 100 and then by 10's. We've put his reading on hold for a few weeks, there were just too many fun things to do and not enough time. I've been trying to teach Drew how to do some additional chores around the house. So far he has washed laundry and washed the floors (with mommy supervising)! He loves to earn money for his child in Africa - Samira. Drew's biggest obstacle this summer is following instructions completely, we're tackling that one this week, there is just too much fun to be had this summer and no time for listening!

Gabe has been learning his colors and how to count to 10. So far he can count to 3 and will tell you how old he, Drew and Abby are. Gabe loves to read books and do anything his older brother is doing. Seriously, if Drew does it then Gabe must too! Gabe has been showing such compassion and kindness to his brother and sister, he loves to give hugs and help mommy with whatever she is doing. Gabe has been learning how to stay in  bed and obey what mommy and daddy say. He has reached that fun age where he is battling with willful defiance. Yesterday John had so much fun with him - John took both boys to gymnastics and then to run errands. Gabe was terrible!  He is having a much better day today and we're working on some basics today!

John has been running his business since school let out. He is busy fixing faucets, laying floors, replacing lights, putting in garden lights, and replacing toilets. He is very  busy, not just at other people's homes, but ours as well! John has also been researching going back to school for his masters, just in time since my mom just finished her Bachelors degree. He would like a masters that will help him accomplish becoming a principal someday. We found a great program through UTA which he will, Lord willing, start in January. We're planning on going slow and paying cash for this one. We learned our lesson about debt and we're committed to never going back into debt again  - even for school. I figure if moneysavingmom can save 100% for a house, we can pay 100% of a Masters degree!

Finally, Abby was cleared by the pulminologist on Tuesday! She weighed in at 13.8 pounds and 22 1/4 inches at 5 months. She is busy talking and cooing to us all! She is very verbal, loves to be held and cuddled and loved on. She is rolling over both directions now and is sucking her own thumb. It is so cute! She is finally breast  feeding! That is huge, no more pumping! She started at 4 1/2 months so we've been at it now for about 3 weeks and I love it!

So many happenings and so little time to blog! I really can't wait until I can get back into journaling. I have been faithful to get up and to the gym 3 mornings week. That has made me feel so much  better, I have more energy and am enjoying the accountability. My treat is a trip to Starbucks after for a quiet time with the Lord - accompanied by a chai tea latte and a scone! What little time that is left I've been working on a never ending photo project, taking pictures of the kiddo's, and getting my eyes finally accustomed to contact lenses. My one goal for this summer was to finally see 20/20 - I've been at 20/50 for years! The final straw was almost flunking the driving vision test about 6 months ago. The doctor is now just making little adjustments around my deteriorating cornea. Consequently I've been cleaning the house more - I think I liked it better when I couldn't see how dirty my house was!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I just love what things 5 year olds say!

John told Drew that with his new glasses some people have said that they look a lot alike. Drew, without missing a beat replies, "No I don't look like you, I don't have hair in my nose!"

On the way home from church yesterday Drew was "debating" with John about why he thought he should be able to get out of the car when we dropped something off at a friends. John commented, "Drew, you would make a great lawyer." Drew retorts in utter horror, "I'm not a liar, God hates a lying tongue!"

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Time is so relative, Drew is always asking me "is that a long time?" It seems like just yesterday that my kids were born, I can't believe I have a 5, 2 1/2, & 4 1/2 month old. So much has been going on and there hasn't been much extra time for blogging. Here is an update on what  we've been up to:

Abby - She is rolling (over and covered in them)! She is sleeping through most nights, going down around 9:30 and waking up around 5:00 am. She is also nursing! After 4 months of pumping, she has finally decided that nursing isn't quite so bad. I haven't pumped in 2 days and I am totally excited about that! Abby is talking to us like crazy, she loves to coo and follow you with her eyes. She loves laughing and is a very content and relaxed third born. What a blessing! Abby is now rolling from her tummy to her back, she has also found her thumb  and has decided that it taste's better than her passy.

Gabe - He is talking! He talks non stop these days. His favorite phrases are "And Me!" "I want to eat." and "Where's Goo!" He calls his brother Goo, isn't that cute! Gabe moved to a big boy bed last month, now he and Drew are in bunk beds in the big room that  was once a loft (in our DINK days). Gabe just loves life, especially when he gets outside and in the pool! We've been visiting the  pool a lot this past week, its very hot here and the boys were very timid around water  the first trip to the pool. They are much better after 5 straight days of swimming! Gabe is excited to start gymnastics next week!

Drew - He is seeing! Yes, the poor child needed glasses for a very lazy right eye. He is seeing well now and we're hoping the glasses survive a week of soccer camp which starts tomorrow. Drew finished his pre-school year  and is  excited about playing all summer. He too will be in gymnastics beginning next week. We're so excited for all the summer fun! Drew and I are pushing through his reading culiculem, which is going much  better now that the glasses are here. We're almost 50% of the way through. Drew is learning so much, he can now recognize basic words, knows about periods, quotation marks, can site read about 10 words and can sound out almost all 5 or less letter words. He loves to do his reading lessons and is getting much better writing our his letters. I'm so blessed to  have a son who loves learning -  that has always been my dream since the kids were born - I wasn't much concerned with their intelligence, I just wanted them to love learning. With a love to learn, anything is possible!

Daddy -He is Summer Breaking! Yep, tomorrow is his last day of work until August. I'm so excited to have him home more. His summer job  will begin soon and he is taking a trip for work to Florida for 5 days in mid June. Over the last month, John has been finishing up the boys bunk beds and making me custom silverware holders. He still has plenty to keep him busy this summer!

Mommy - She is Organizing!  The pantry is now organized! Patti visited for a week, so I had some time to clean/organize that pantry of mine. Wow does it look better! I love it. I've also been working out at the gym and taking the boys to the pool a lot. I also managed to fit in 3 audits over the last few months and get the Spring gardening done. Our yard is swimming with flowers! What time is left, I've been photographing my kiddo's and reading. Yes, I actually just finished a book, I can't remember the last time that happened.

Our Family - Has been Swimming & visiting the lavender fields. We took Grandma and my mother up to Gainsville for a fun chance to pick lavender and ride pony's! It was so much fun! I also enjoyed some tea times at a local tea house with friends and family.