Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello. Is it me you're looking for?!

Hello. It's been awhile. I decided to check in. I'm here! I've been getting flack about not posting from the 3 people who read our blog! Lol. 
 Julie posts so well and has such great content.  I hope people read her posts. I love reading them. My mind stays so distracted lately it's hard for me to sit and write. I'm going to work on that. I thought I would update you on us. We have traveled like crazy lately and I love it. I will do a recap of our trips in the next week. Here is our most recent trip through a few pictures. Orange Beach, Alabama. Our fave beach spot. 

Henry loves to go to the beach and stay at the Caribe. He favors the pools over the sand though. Honestly, we do too! We likes to watch the water and the boats though. We do too. 

Discovering all new things this time. Henry is getting so big and inquisitive about everything! We stay at our resort/condo most of the time and just chill/veg. This was while walking from the beach to the pool one morning. I thought it was cute.

These two play hard in the pool. Randall has really taught him to be brave this year. It is so fun to watch. 

Oh, for the love of those Spider-Man googles!!!

I ain't all about the selfies....but I send them to Mama, Julie and Melissa in a group text quite often because they understand it...bless them. They see sides of me no one wants me!! Ha. This is one I sent them. It was my sexy beach selfie. Lol! I may just end up in Sport Illustrated! 

It rained one day so we ended up in an indoor pool. I hate an indoor pool at the Caribe because of the bleach smell and how it burns my nose. Just being honest. I tend to be more honest than ever lately. It's scary at times. Anyway,  I sat all chilled while they swam. It's a hard life, really. 

This white slide made a boy out of my baby this trip. We sat in this spot every day and watched him go up and down, over and over. We were so proud of him. No help getting in and out of the water even. 

Our balcony chats were fun. We were on the 10th floor and he would yell down to those playing games on the lawn. "did you score" over and over and when no one answered he would yell "my name is Henry and I'm talking to you!" Never a dull moment. He asked me "who made God" when I snapped this picture. Oh, the questions....and the love.

The one morning we played on the beach. It was beautiful and early enough it wasn't crowded. 

We brought all our beach toys and attempted a sand castle but Henry smashed it early in the making. Patience is not his best virtue. 

We took our first dolphin cruise one evening. Henry loved it. We enjoyed it also. Our resort has a boat that does them. It was so easy and carefree getting on. We just walked from the pool to the boat. Randall was rather sick that day so he walked from the condo to the boat and back. I felt so bad for him. Sinus stuff took over our family while at the beach this time. We saw dolphins and all kinds of cool beach houses and shrimp boats. It was a fun outing, despite the illness. 

Traveling and making memories is one of my favorite things to do with these two blessings. I am so glad we had the chance to go on this impromptu trip to the coast. It's one of my all time fave places. They make pretty cute travel buddies too!!

Abby Jo 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mexican for Supper

My menu planning has been bad lately. This month has not only been a boring July, but a lazy menu planning month. Hurry, August, hurry!

I am not someone that can just throw ingredients together and have a meal. I really need to have a plan so I can shop and be prepared. 

Tonight I decided we would have tostadas. I had corn tortillas and ground beef so it would be perfect. Except that I didn't have chips or salsa and that would not go over well with the fam. So, I made chips! I just cut up the tortillas and fried them. They were so good. I fried the whole tortilla and made the tostadas.

Anna helped me make homemade salsa and it was a hit! There was no lettuce or tomatoes, because I didn't buy any! The guys were impressed and so was I a bit. It isn't often I impress anyone in the kitchen. 

It's meals like this that make me feel like the kids may look back on their childhood and think I was a good cook!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


In the great outdoors...It has been wonderful the last two days! Low temps and humidity have been really nice. I've sat outside in the middle of the day without sweating. In July! Wow, so thankful!

Within our walls...We still have sickness within our walls. 

A heart of thanksgiving...I'm so thankful for the cool weather, pain relievers, and wellness.

A heart of prayer...I'm reminded that the convictions I have that don't matter eternally, shouldn't be used to bully or judge people. And the same for others convictions. I'm praying that I won't be so judgemental.

Random observations...I hate Mosquitos, gnats, and any other flying bugs.

My silly children... Samuel isn't feeling well today. He is achy and feverish. As bad as I feel that he isn't his normal self, I have LOVED lying beside him in my bed and watching tv, talking, and laughing. He's a really great kid.

Thoughts from the kitchen...Tonight we're having tator tot casserole and for dessert, s'mores dip. Yummy, I hope!

What I'm reading...I have read four books in the last week. I love summer, I read a lot!

Sounds of the moment..I'm writing this at 5:15 so the news is on. Sad news today, a Malaysian airplane crashed, probably shot down and Israel is fighting in Gaza. Many lives have been and will be lost, Jesus is the only Hope.

What I'm wearing...T-shirt, black yoga capris, and white socks

A favorite thing from last week...We went to the movie and saw Echo to Earth, or is it Earth to Echo? I don't remember, but it was surprisingly good.

On the calendar...Next Monday I'm meeting my friends Dana and Jill for a girls day. I'm so excited about this, I miss them so much. They are great friends that I've had all of our married life. They are precious.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Sickness

It happens every summer, the kids get sick. They don't get sick much in the winter, but summertime hits, and we're at the doctors office.

Two weeks ago, David started feeling bad so I called the doctor. The nurse said she could call in some cough medicine, but I had already found the bottle from that same week a year ago in our cabinet, so I told her I'd just use what we had. Apparently, David and Anna were ill at the same time last year.

But David continued to get worse, so into the office we went. I remembered then that the month of July is when the med students work in the clinic. We see a new batch every year, because we're always there in July! Turns out David has a petty nasty year infection. We made a quick trip to Little Rock after the appointment and he rode like this. Poor baby.

But on a brighter note, my fern is looking great!

I've had it since Mother's Day and it's still alive. Wonders never cease!

Monday, July 14, 2014

As I've mentioned before, this summer is going to be known around our house as The Most Boring Summer Ever! 

This morning I told Daniel and David they could ride their bikes away from our little neighborhood. This was met with surprised looks and excited smiles. Daniel was the most excited. They quickly got dressed and hopped on their bikes for a little adventure.

I took a picture, as you can see Daniel was the most excited! They stayed gone for about an hour, and had fun. Finally! Fun was had this summer!

This afternoon the doorbell rang. The kids answered it, and Daniel came to me and told me a man was at the door. I left the kitchen and David followed me. I thanked him for his protectiveness. The salesman at the door laughed and thought it was sweet that he was standing so close to me. I turned around and David was right behind me. It was so sweet, he was making sure nothing happened to me. 

These boys are really great. I hope they remember that some days this summer were fun days.

Friday, July 11, 2014


I don't often write anything about Samuel. Mainly because of his age, but I'm making an exception today. 

This time last year we were talking and praying about Samuel taking a class in public school and playing baseball. After much discussion and prayer we enrolled him in geometry and baseball in our district's high school.

You remember high school right? In 10h grade friendships have been made. By this time, people have chosen who they want to hang with and who they don't. In this school district there are a four elementary schools, one jr high, and one high school. By the 10th grade, everyone knows the ins and outs of everyone. Friendships have been solidified. 

Samuel was walking into a school where he knew just a few people, and none of them were that kind of good friend that we want on the first day.

Samuel walked into the school for the first time on the first day of class. I had been to the school, and knew where his classroom was,  but he had been out of town and missed the opportunity. I dropped him off the first morning of school, he walked in like he had been going to school everyday of his life.

Later that day I took him to baseball. He was just 15, so I was still driving him around. We hadn't met the coach, didn't know any of the players, we didn't have a clue where to even go! We finally found where he was supposed to be, the coach was standing outside, told Samuel where to go, patted my car and told me he'd take care of him. 

And he did. Samuel made friends, he made A's in geometry and he played baseball. All of our goals were met and succeeded! It was a good year.

Well last week we met the football coach. Stephen ran into him and the coach mentioned he needed a kicker and asked about Samuel. Samuel loves sports, all sports. If there is a ball, he is in! Once again we prayed, discussed, wrung our hands, prayed, and discussed. And Monday, Samuel went to football practice, kicked a few footballs, and made the team. 

Samuel has played football one time. One game after about five practices, when he was 11. He knows the game, loves the game, but has not played the game. Until now.

My homeschooled son is now a two sport, algebra 2 taking public high school student! I'm really proud of him. Samuel has always been older than his years, but he is living 16 well. He's smart, funny, ambitious (where sports are concerned) and loves his momma. He loves the Lord, and I pray that he stays humble and is a shining example of Gods love. 

I don't often tell him how proud I am of him. I'm changing that today. Sam, I'm proud of you! Love you!

Daybook Entry

In the great outdoors...It rained this morning, so it's a little humid outside. But just looking out the window, it is a beautiful day.

Within our walls...Stephen is off today, well he has to work tonight, but toDAY he's home. So, it's our Saturday, we're being a little lazy and plan on going to a movie this afternoon.

A heart of thanksgiving...I have found myself to have a lack of contentment lately. I'm remembering that all of my needs are met, and so many of my desires. All of my wants aren't met, but who needs all of their wants met? No one!

A heart of prayer...I am planning two women's events for the upcoming months, and am praying that the decisions I make and those of my team are God honoring.

Random observations...I've always known people to say "God told me to do this" but I've never had an overwhelming feeling of God telling me to do something, or in my case not to do something, that only affected me. Until now. 

My silly children...
This is Daniel's. My kids are quite possessive about their food. Normally they hide chips, or cookies in cabinets, boxes, and other strange places. But this time, Daniel just put his name on it! 

Thoughts from the kitchen...Last night we had Daniel's chicken. Chicken breasts dipped in butter, and then covered with (leftover) crushed chips, salt, pepper, cavendars, and cheese baked for 30 minutes. Yummy!

Books I'm reading...I just finished Supreme Justice. It was free for the Kindle, and it was good.

Sounds of the moment...It's lunch time, the microwave is going, and chip bags are being opened.

What I'm wearing...Cute pink paisley shirt, denim capris, and pink socks.

A favorite thing from last week...We put the pool up! Yay!

On the calendar...Mom just texted and gave me the dates when she will be coming to our house. So excited!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Corn and Camping

Anna was invited by a friend to go camping for a couple of days this week. She was so excited. She told me that she had been thinking about those kids that got to go on vacation with their friends, and now she was getting to do it! She had a really good time, and made some fun memories. 

She took this picture when they went walking.

While Anna was gone I found out about a family farm that gives away all the corn they plant. Unbelievable I know! Yesterday, David, Daniel, and I went out and picked corn. A lot of corn!

17 dozen ears of corn! We gave over half of it away, and froze the rest of it. It was fun, we plan on going back tomorrow to get some more. Samuel was working and didn't get in on the fun of picking corn. I'm thinking he can go with us tomorrow! Haha!

It's time to go ou and buy some fireworks. The boys are going to a 4th of July party tonight and need to be prepared! Oh my!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today is our Mamaw's birthday. Happy Birthday Mamaw!!

This is one of my favorite pictures of her. I'm the one she's hugging. When Mamaw hugs you, you know you've been hugged. The smile on her face is the smile I see when she looks at me. Those hands are the ones that hold my hands, touch my arms, and pat my legs when she talks to me. Those eyes are the ones that look into mine, reading my emotions, telling me she loves me with just a look.

Today I was schucking corn, blanching corn, and freezing corn. Corn, corn, corn! As I was doing all of that, I remembered Mamaw and Papaw canning green beans at wee hours of the morning. I remember hearing them in the kitchen with the radio, on top of the refrigerator, playing, and the sound of the clinking jars. I don't know what time it was, but for this little girl it seemed like 4AM. As I stood at my counter, cutting corn off the cob in the middle of the afternoon, I felt a new kinship with Mamaw.

Mamaw is a woman of passion, loyalty, and love. She passed those traits on to her daughters and her grandchildren.  Her example of a loving wife, and supportive mother have helped make all of us the successful people we are today. Not just successful in our careers, because let's face it my 6 hr a week job just isn't a career, but successful in life. In relationships. 

Happy Birthday Mamaw! I love you so very much.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Daybook Entry

In the great outdoors...It was a hot day today, but a sunny one. Beautiful really.

Within our walls... It seems cluttered in the house to me. So, I've been throwing things away, and taking things to the storage until I feel less claustrophobic. Oh, the stuff!

A heart of thanksgiving...I'm so thankful for my mom and sister. I can text one simple sentence and receive just the right words back from them. I realize not all families are like ours, and I'm thankful for mine.

A heart of prayer...This morning our cousin Hollye's mother in law died. She had a stroke yesterday and died shortly after. It is a shock to everyone, they are a close knit family and I know will covet your prayers during this time.

Random observations...I've probably said this before but I am continually reminded that nothing we experience is unique to us. No matter what the issue, marriage, school, friends, etc... Someone else has also had this experience, and knowing that makes my life easier. Sharing my troubles gives someone else the opportunity to share how they worked their way through the same trouble.

My silly children...Ever since we went to the Arkansas River when Henry was here David keeps asking to go back. I mean we got back from the beach, and he was asking when we could go to the river. And he has asked everyday since then!

Thoughts from the kitchen..We had spaghetti tonight. We were going to eat it last night but my friend Nomi made enchiladas, rice, beans, and salsa for a church group and gave us the leftovers. Hers are like no others!

What I'm reading...I read Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung last week. A remarkable story of faith, loss, and survival, read it if you haven't already!

Sounds of the moment...The tv is on, the dryer is going, and the kids are talking. It's a bit loud in here.

What I'm wearing...Blue shorts, Razorbacks t-shirt, white socks.

A favorite thing from last week...Meeting new people at the beach, they were so funny. I wish I had gotten their first names!

On the calendar...The three boys are going to Dallas Thursday for the weekend to go to a ball game and Six flags. But first, I'm getting my hair colored tomorrow! Trust me, it's time!

Friday, June 20, 2014

The End

Well, it's Friday and our last day on the beach. Our day began looking like this

Oh, the people!

And ended like this
We had just brought everything of ours up to the room, looked outside and everyone was getting off he beach. A storm came and cleared everyone but his poor sailboat out! And it was just 4:00!

We had a great time. I think I gained 10 pounds wih all the food I ate!  It was nice to be at our favorite place and spend time together with nothing on our minds but vacation!

This is the only picture I have of all eight of us, and this

Is what I have of Stephen and me. We are not a family of photographers!!

We head home tomorrow, ready to do life together in Pine Bluff!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The People!

I am an introvert. I know people don't believe me when I say that and I don't know why. I don't appreciate big crowds of people, I don't know how to chit-chat, and I really need solitude to re-energize my soul. 

All that being said, there are A LOT of people at the beach! And there are A LOT of people at the go cart track. But the most people were at the Blue Angels practice today.

When we have been to the practices before, there have maybe been 200 people there. We drive right on base, park in the parking lot, and sit in bleachers. Today there were easily 5000 people there, it took almost an hour to get on base, we parked way at the end of the runway in a restricted area(with permission), and got near the bleachers but had to stand the whole time. 

I know I sound like I'm whining, but the people. The people! The practice was terrific though! I love the Blue Angels!

We went to Surf a Style today to get Anna a hat and David said he had never been there before, (that's not the truth) so I took a picture of him.

I'm loving vacationing with these guys, and Samuel, Charlie, and Nancy. We're having so much fun. But I have to finish this up now, my guys have all come and asked to walk on the beach with them, so that's where I'm going!

Sunny Sunday

 One of the biggest decisions we make when we go on vacation is where we're going to attend church. The last two times we've been to the beach I've picked and it hasn't been good. So this time, Stephen picked and it was really good! I always want to get out of going to "beach church" but am always so glad I went. Today was no exception!

. We always come to the beach with Stephen's parents, but they never go to the beach for various reasons. But today Charlie went for a little walk on the beach! I was so excited I had to take a picture!

We played a little is afternoon.

And some of us complained a little bit. He really wanted to be up watching soccer and golf, so he didn't spend much time on the beach today.

Tonight we ate at Tacky Jacks. I had shrimp and grits and they were so yummy!! Daniel shared a burger and shrimp tacos with David. He's such a cutie.

It was a good Father's Day for my man. He got gifts, and got to do all the things he enjoys, worshipping The Lord, watching golf, sitting on the beach, and playing golf!

And Happy Father's Day to my daddy! Thanks for loving me!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It Took a While

I'm not a morning person but yesterday I was up before 6:00! We were headed to the beach and I was excited! 
Stephen drove, after a long day and a late night being on the streets of Pine Bluff. He was just as excited to being getting away from "life" for a while.

We got to ride with these two.
They love each other, and their laughter, and teasing proves it. 

We stopped for lunch at our normal lunch stop and saw some people that brought up feelings we didn't want to have on vacation! I texted Mom and Abby, They were so great withy their comments, and then I told some of my preacher wife friends, and let me tell you that once those women started praying we have never felt better!

We're used to coming to the beach during the off season, so this
was not a welcome sight, it took us almost 3 hours to go what usually takes an hour. But there's something about the beach being my destination that made it bearable.

The amount of people here gives this introvert (yes, an intovert) the heebie-jeebies. But I'm going to put my party face on and make the best of it!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Daybook Entry

In the great outdoors...Today is partly cloudy, which is a change from the last several days of rain. Thankfully it stopped raining for a couple of days last week and we could mow our grass, but it has rained so much more since then we NEED/HAVE to mow again! 

Within our Walls...We are making lists, I love a list, packing, and buying rafts, and beach things that we can get cheaper here than on the beach. Anna spent the night with her friend Audrey, D&D got haircuts, and Samuel is working. Stephen and I are also working, haha!

A heart of thanksgiving...I'm thankful we get the opportunity to go to the beach. Stephen's parents are so gracious in letting us tag along with them. 

Random Observations...I used to pack a different outfit for everyday on vacation. I don't know what I was thinking, now I pack two outfits for going out, and two outfits for staying in. It's a good thing, because with four golf bags, and suitcases, and beach stuff there isn't much room for more clothes!

Thoughts from the kitchen...Tonight we're having cheese stuffed shells with spaghetti sauce on top, French bread, and corn.

What I'm reading...I'm not reading anything right now, I'm saving my new books for vacation.

Sounds of the moment...I'm sitting outside, listening to AC units coming on and off, birds singing, and cars driving by. It's a beautiful day to be outside.

What I'm wearing...Since I'm outside, I have on short shorts, and a bathing suit top. I'm trying to get some sun so I don't burn to a crisp next week.

A favorite thing from last week...I have a few.
1) Our air conditioner wasn't working, so we called the repairman and he came out Friday at 4:45 and announced it was badly broken and he didn't think it could be fixed until Monday. I was immediately trying to figure out how I was telling Stephen that the kids and I were headed to my moms for the weekend. But the guy came back about 15 minutes later with the needed part and fixed it! So thankful!

2) Delta Church handed out free water at a Main Street event that our city had Friday night. It was such fun! 

3) Daniel and David came home! I was so thrilled to see their faces!!

On the calendar...Friday night we have another Main Street event, so we will be there handing out water, and telling people about Jesus!