Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas with so much love from our family to yours!

  "In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2: 8-11

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

November, 2015!

November was such a fun and busy month, too.  We began November at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in Hot Springs.  The children stayed with Papa and Gigi, so we could both go, and it was such a treat! 
A group of college students from Ouachita came to sing while we were there.  
Including our very own Miss Maggie from church.  
Tilly enjoyed dressing up like a book character day.  She chose Evie from Descendants.  
The boys all went to the Camo & Gumbo supper at our church, and Carter won a gun! We could not believe it!
Summer with the help of Daddy did a wonderful job on her Indian pueblo.  They now use this for their shopkins, so creative!
I went with Story's class to Pinnacle Mountain.
It was the perfect day for a field trip!
This handsome fella and I hopped around to all of the Thanksgiving programs at school.
Summer was first.
Gigi got to come with us, which was such a treat!
Mommy and Daddy with Summer.
Then, we went to Tilly's feast.
She had so much fun!
Lastly, Story enjoyed her feast with her classmates.
We were so proud of our three girls.  Carter didn't have a program, as they stop after Second Grade.
Twinsies <3 p="">
The boys enjoyed a hunting trip.  They camped out overnight and everything.  Carter LOVED it so much he is still talking about it!
For Thanksgiving, we traveled to Georgia to be with my sister and her family.
We couldn't drive through ATL and not stop to ride the Pink Pig, one of our favorite Atlanta traditions.
I also got to have supper with one of my dearest friends in the whole world.  Destinee and I have been friends since elementary school when her family moved to Statesboro, and I am so thankful that we have kept in touch over the years.
The next morning, we had breakfast with T and Hart and all the Holland cousins.
Wednesday was this handsome fella's birthday, and he spent it driving us all over the sights of North Georgia, including Babyland General Hospital, where the Cabbage Patch Kids are born!
We loved our time with all the Holland cousins.
We spent the afternoon playing at a park in Helen, Georgia, where Story and Tilly showed off their mad monkey bar skills.
They can both go backwards on the monkey bars, what!
Meanwhile, back in Jacksonville, our town celebrated David's birthday. . .
And Gigi's birthday, which is the same day! A sweet friend sent me a picture of the sign with their names on it.
We loved our time in Georgia for Thanksgiving.  We took Christmas card pictures on the campus of the University of Georgia, which was so much fun! This is one of my favorites.  November, you gave us much to be thankful for, and we enjoyed every minute of you! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

October, 2015!

Whew, October, you were fast and furious! 
 We finished out spirit week with favorite team day, though I am not sure how much longer I will be able to convince these little people that the dawgs are their favorite team, too! 
 I thoroughly enjoyed this online Bible study with about 8,000 other girls via facebook.  How cool is that?! I plan to teach this in our home after the holidays, and I look forward to having a group of girls in our home again, as that was one of my very favorite things I did in Hattiesburg.  
 Carter, Story, David and I enjoyed our first ever Festiville. 
 Story enjoyed riding around with Daddy.  
 And Carter enjoyed going up the rock wall over and over and over again.  Summer and Tilly were birthday party hopping in Little Rock while we were at Festiville.  
 I crafted (I know, I am laughing as I type this!) with some girls at church.  
 But don't you love how it turned out! It's two -sided, so we are able to have two decorations in one, so neat! 
 I went with Tilly's class to the pumpkin patch.  
 The first graders of Arkansas Baptist.  
 The students got to tour an old schoolhouse.  
 They also got to mine for gems.  
 And we enjoyed a hayride just before heading back to school.  
 The first group of men from our church headed to Montana.  
 David and I went with Story's class to another pumpkin patch.  I am so thankful he has Fridays free, so we can spend the day together.  Such a treat!
 Here are the kindergartners from Arkansas Baptist.  
 Could she be any cuter?! I adore this picture of our sweet girl.  

 The three of us.  
 The next morning, we loaded up and took Carter and David to the airport to join the rest of the Montana mission team.  
 David refuses to buy me a selfie stick, so this is the best we could do at a family selfie.  Thankfully, he has long arms! 
 Summer wanted her picture with Carter before he left.  She missed him something awful that week!
 Handsome boy boarding the plane.  
 Meanwhile, the girls and I hit up another pumpkin patch.  
 We went with some sweet friends from church and had the best time.  My favorite thing was the pig race!
 Just the girls.  We tried to cram as much fun into our week without the boys as we could.  
 We had bunkin' parties in the den and slept on "pile its!" 
 We got new hair cuts!
 They turned out so well! 
 We had picnics at the park.  
 Pretty Tilly.  
 Meanwhile, Carter was apparently chasing wild turkeys in Montana!
 We ate Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast. . . 
 And outlet shopped with Gigi.  
 While Carter was taking selfies with moose.  
 And David was photo bombing in the church van. . . 
 We had breakfast for supper. . .
 While Carter helped serve some men supper in Montana.  
 With the famous Dr. Bill.  
 Here is the whole group of men who went to Montana.  
 So, then the boys had to one up us a little by driving to Yellowstone
 And visiting Old Faithful.  
 The girls and I met a sweet church friend after school for snacks and play time at the park.  
 We painted pumpkins 
 And decorated Tom Turkey.  
 I got to go on another field trip with Summer's class.  
 She got to churn butter and 
 Learn all about the history of Arkansas.  
 She made her own stained glass window.  
 Finished product.  
 I love this picture of our boys.  They had the BEST week together.  
We were so ready for them to get home. . . 
So we consoled ourselves with TCBY ;)
Tilly's class enjoyed a 50th day celebration, so cute! 
How cute are they?!
Sweet friends in their 50's attire.  Our precious neighbor, Mrs. Pam, made Tilly's awesome poodle skirt! We are so thankful for her! 
Story lost her second tooth thanks to some help from Summer.  
Lastly, we enjoyed a fall festival at our church, where we reached almost 750 people! So neat! 
Papa and Gigi joined in on the fun! 
Our party of six.  
May I introduce you to Evie, Master Yoda, Princess Leia, and Queen Elsa of Arendale.  October, you were so good to us and kept us oh so busy! SO thankful for all of these sweet memories!