Tuesday, November 8, 2016


NOVEMBER 6th. The day it became official that Jordan and Cameron would be ours. It's only been TWO years! They've lived with us three. It's kind of amazing! Our lives would be VERY SMALL without the addition of them to our family. Blending families is not easy, but the blessings far outweigh the difficulties. We laugh more, we see more, we think more and we do more with them than we would if they weren't here.

Today is election day in the USA and an HISTORIC vote is taking place.

No doubt here who wins here: family.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fastest 8 hours...

We all anxiously awaited a call from Ryan on Thursday night. It was to be a 15 second call to say "GO," or "NO" which means he would have to recycle the first phase of his training. The call came in around 11:15 Georgia time and Kate called us to say he was a "GO!"

He passed his first phase, and was to be picked up on Friday for an 8 hour pass. SO thankful Kate is in Georgia to pick him up, take him to get supplies, food, laundry done and some sleep. We listened to him for about 30 minutes during the day. I've never been so encouraged about something so hard!

Ryan is EXACTLY where he wants to be. He told us that when he was in school in Fayetteville he would wake up and wonder what it would be like to wake up at Ranger School. All the physical training he has been doing for the last years has been leading up to this extreme challenge. He has made friends, he has kept his cool during the lack of sleep and food times and has a laminated card with verses in his front pocket.

He now moves to the "mountain phase" and may get to contact Kate at the end of the month. We are SO THANKFUL for his wonderful wife who is so supportive and loving and strong for him! If all goes as we expect, graduation is December 9th.

Still praying...

9am EST

9:01am EST

3:30pm CST

4:45pm EST

Sunday, October 30, 2016

To remember...or not

Things I hope my kids remember:
Birthday parties
Playing games
Our Christmas trees
The love Richard and I have for one another
Nerf gun wars
Picking peaches at the orchard
Hot chocolate in the winter
Spotting the most colorful trees in the fall
Going to Razorback games as a family
Going to church together
Going to Grandma & Grandpa's for Christmas
Playing with cousins on holidays
The 2 summers we had a pool
Bible verses

Three things I hope my kids forget when they're older:

1. When I yell.
2. When I lose it.
3. How much we watch tv.

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 here...my 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 game...it was a horrible thing, but having three of our neighbors over...it 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.