Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Funday

Today was the most BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY! The sun was out, but not hot and we just COULDN'T stay inside! Richard had to leave town around 2:00, but we headed to a park before he left. The kids threw the football with Ian, shot basketballs with Richard, and Sheridan and I took a walk around the park! It was beautiful and I'm thankful we were outside for part of the day! I LOVE FALL!

On the Hill

Every day I wonder if this is really my house. I'm so thankful for so many things utensil drawer, my hidden trashcans, my big garage, our attic for storage, my jacuzzi, our closet, the kids' rooms...and more. I love our built in cabinets, the navy room and the foyer...never had those before! I'm also very thankful for the sweet neighbors we have. They wave when they drive by, watch Cameron drive his bicycle, and probably wonder why we are in and out so much!

On Friday we hosted our first birthday party here..used the WHOLE house for that and then on Saturday, we decided we'd have friends over for the Razorback game. That's all I have to say about the was a horrible thing, but having three of our neighbors was so sweet!

The Flemings have two girls, both one year older than my girls at home. So we had a 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade girl here. The McIllwains have two girls ages 5 and 3. The 5 year old has become a great friend for Cameron. She has toys and energy and he loves going to their house to play! And then there's Mrs Jetton. She's a grandmother who lives across the cul de sac from us. She's brought us cookies and juice when we moved in and last night when she came, she asked if she could sit at the kids' table! Really, how sweet can a neighbor be to sit and get to know the kids?!

I'm full of thankfulness today. Getting snowed in, running out of eggs and needing help at the house isn't going to be bad at all ON THE HILL.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Minute to Win It Birthday Party!

We were ready for Jordan and her friends after school on Friday! Jordan has the last birthday of the year in our family so she usually changes her mind MANY times during the year about what kind of party she wants! 

This year her birthday was two days after my event, so I had to talk her in to letting me throw her a party a week late so I could put my mind around it.  Richard helped me gather everything I needed and we played FUN games and awarded them candy medals, grilled hotdogs, served cheese dip (Jordan's favorite!) and had fun giggling with her sweet friends! Jordan adds so much fun to our family...I'm thankful we got to give her a VERY SPECIAL DAY! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016


This our second year to lead a LIFE GROUP. It's often the highlight of our week. I actually enjoy cleaning the house and often cooking for the group! Funny thing about our marriage groups...they keep having babies! Jessica is due this week and Krysta is due in 2 weeks. Kristi and Emily had babies last semester! Between the group pictured we have 13 kids...and with the other 4 ladies (not pictured we have 28 kids! So, seriously, we have a lot in common! I'm so thankful we can laugh about all the things moms and dads go through on a daily basis and can encourage each other through the different seasons of our lives. I love my friends...and getting a "baby fix" holding their babies...and doing LIFE together.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Turning 12

Jordan adds so much to our family...but mostly...

Laughter ~ The girl thinks she's funny and has the gift of humor some of the time! She laughs at our jokes and keeps her cool no matter what is going on!

Legs ~ No matter where she's sitting, there's not room for others. Her legs are all over the place as she's getting taller and taller! You can usually find her sprawled on the living room floow with legs on both ends of the room.

Laundry ~ Because it's easier to put clothes in a basket than up...Jordan has more laundry than everyone else. It's great because she knows how to do her own!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Two weeks ago I was deep in sale-mode and everyone around me was pulled into that. However, Ryan and Katelyn were doing their own thing in Georgia.

1. They celebrated Thanksgiving early.
2. My cousin's daughter came and stayed with them a few days when she was evacuated from her home in Florida due to a hurricane. I would've expected nothing less than for Kate and Ryan to welcome family...even though Ryan hasn't seen Ashley since they were around 5!

On Sunday, October 2nd, Kate took Ryan to the drop off point and although it was a hard day for Kate, it was what Ryan has been prepping for. He looked at possibly hardest time of his life as a great challenge. He saw the hardships as opportunities and he was mentally, physically and spiritually ready to go.

We are praying for him everyday. Every time I think of him, I just ask God, who I know can see him in the mountains of Georgia, to watch over him and keep him safe. And sometimes I feel a little guilty because Ryan is in training and there are SO MANY active military on the front lines of all kinds of battles around the world. Ryan is being trained to do that very thing and his confidence, leadership and sound mind will be an asset to our country.

"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth 
to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." 
2 Chronicles 16:9