Friday, July 30, 2010

Food Friday

It is Food Friday!
I introduced this a few weeks ago and said it would be a mix of recipes, ramblings about food, and a host of other things related to food. Well, this week is an example of a post with no recipes and instead a little rambling.
Above you see the weekly Food Friday photo of Henry...it can't be Friday without a food photo of our little foodie! It is posted first this time, instead of last, because I am a dork and loaded the photos backwards. He is not eating in this picture, as you can see, but he is in a field of soybeans so I thought it would work...a stretch I know! He went with his Daddy to check on his beans and corn last weekend. I love my boys and I treasure our fun times.
We grill a lot at our house. Almost too much. We tend to grill the same things too. pork chops, chicken, fish and burgers. We use the same seasonings and really don't think outside of the box. We are getting bored with our meat. If you grill and have some great recipes or ideas to share, please do! Leave a comment with your recipes or helpful hints.
How many of you think this show is a little much to watch? Maybe it is just me, but I can hardly stand to watch it. This poor guy has got to have one jacked up system...I don't even want to discuss what must go on in this digestive tract. Oh my! Randall and I have discussed the possible aftermaths of his binges and nothing good can come from it, I promise! Man Vs. Food...what a concept. I am waiting for him to kill over on one of the shows soon. There is only so much a human system can take before it breaks. Impressive and kudos to him for making a living off binge eating around the country.


Happy Food Friday!
Abby

My Purpose Remains

"A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love You from the inside out
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out, O my soul cries out"

When I fail at the tasks put in front of me, when I stumble in my walk, when I fall flat on my face from pride, when I let others influence me and their judgements consume me, when all else fades I am reminded that He is Everlasting and that is all that truly matters. Thank you Jesus for never letting your light fade in me, for letting your purpose remain in me and for giving me a voice to praise you.

Abby

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Last week of July


Well it's the last week of July and that means only one thing!

CHILDREN'S CAMP!!!!!


Siloam Springs Baptist Camp has a children's only week the last week of July each year. It is fabulous! There are hundreds. Hundreds of kids all in one place. Eating, playing, studying God's word and worshipping together.

Mike Seabaugh is the worship pastor for the week. He was the pastor at FBC in Camden when we were at Hillside Baptist in Camden. I was his daughter's kindergarten teacher and this year is her senior year. Yes, it makes me feel a little aged, but I'm handling it well.

He does a great job. The kids loved him, and most of all children are saved under his preaching.

Siloam is nothing new. My mother went to Siloam, Stephen and I went to Siloam as children, and now our children are going to Siloam. Three generations of Siloam campers. Who would have thought!!!

Not a lot has changed at Siloam since the first time I went 31 years ago. Oh My Goodness! 31 years ago! That's as old as Abby! And I was old enough to go to church camp???!!!

Like I was saying before I realized that I've been going to church camp as long as Abby's been alive..... Not a lot has changed. God still moves in the lives of the campers who visit there each year. People have prayed for that campground for many, many years. And God has been faithful to honor those prayers every summer.

If you think about it and you are a praying person. Pray for our group this year. Daniel, Anna and I will leave early to have his arm re-x-rayed (can you hyphen a word twice?) Thursday. They are both complaining about leaving early, but I won't be!! I can only handle the heat for so long!!!

If you would like to read posts I've written about Siloam the past couple of years go here. I'm sure it will be a waste of your time, but if you have time to waste it may be a little bit of fun!



Julie

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Texting Tale

Last Thursday I texted Julie to see how she was doing. She was taking Anna to the doctor and hating to miss the funeral in Fort Smith. I get a text back from Samuel telling me “Dude, this is Sam. Peace I am out!” I just love that he is almost 13 and a T-total preteen. It makes my auntly head spin, really. So, I went on to text him back and I wanted to share the conversation with you. If you know us in person, you will laugh. If you don’t know us outside of this blog, you may just think we are silly. Either way, I wanted to share:

(little Samuel driving Aunt Abby's old turquoise "Cavy")


Abby: Where is your mom?
Samuel: She went to Fort Smith with Dad for the funeral. Christy will check on us often. Do not worry and do not tell Marmie!
Abby: What? Is this Samuel?
Samuel: She said cereal and sandwiches and I cannot use the stove.
Abby: You are a dork. Where is your mom?
Samuel: Headed north. I am getting scared. Don’t ever leave Henry alone.
Abby: Where is your mom and why are you not answering the phone when I call? Seriously, I am going to beat you!
Samuel: Duh, She is in Dad's truck. Probably in Conway by now. Sorry, I could not get to the phone fast enough. I have been with Daniel, cuz he was throwing up.
Abby: You really are a bad dork! Where is she?
Samuel: I am not a dork and I don't think that is very nice!
Abby: I think you are holding me hostage from my sister and it is not very nice. I think you have a bday soon….u best be nice or your lone aunt will get you nada!

(I then call Samuel and have a conversation with him about this. He tells me David & Anna have taken their bikes and gone to the BP to get lunch. He tells me Daniel is still throwing up and has thrown up all over the den carpet. He sounds so stressed and troubled. We get off so he can go clean up Daniel's mess. This is all so insane, really)

(big samuel giving his Aunt Abby his "look" for taking his picture in front of his friends)

Abby: The BP called me and said David & Anna stole their lunch. The police are on the way to come and pick all you kiddos up. You are in hot water, son!
Samuel: Sorry. I will send them back with money.
Abby: They are mad and do not want money. You are getting locked up and then put in foster care and your parents are going to jail!
Samuel: You are really scaring me. For real??
Abby: You need to be scared! Those other kids will eat your lunch in that jail!

(I try calling him again to tell him he is King Dork for the day and he does not answer)

Samuel: Daniel is finally asleep and I am trying to be quiet. That is why I am not answering the phone.
Abby: Seriously, PICK UP THE PHONE!
Samuel: What?
Abby: You are full of poop!
Samuel: Why?
Abby: Because you are a liar!
Samuel: That's not nice
Abby: You are not nice. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for lying to your little aunt. I have talked to Marmie and Granddaddy and neither of them are getting you anything for your birthday or Christmas. They are so very disappointed in you.
Samuel: What do you mean?
Abby: You know what I mean. No more games, son!
Samuel: Huh?

Julie finally called and all the children were laughing at having a grand time with all this. They had all been in the van together, taking Anna to the doctor for her ear infection. Julie encouraged Samuel and he took it and ran with it. He is his mother's child and it frightens me! Mother and Stephen were also aware of this little bit of insanity. It went on for almost 2 hours. Stephen texted me that they would be fine and Mama called to tell me Julie left them alone and they would be fine. I knew it was a tall tale but it aggravated me in a large way. This is classic Julie stuff. She is the one person that can push that button of mine and she LOVES it. I love that her children know how to do it to me just like she does. It is really funny. I am blessed to have such a fun-loving and crazy family!



Abby

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Daniel vs The Chair


Yesterday while I was cooking lunch Daniel decided to scale the wing back chair in the dining room. Before you ask, I don't know why!
His arm looked awful when he got up off the floor. He looked at me and said "call 911, call 911, call 911." He was pitiful. He was scared and hurting. (If you want to see what his arm looked like go here.
I hurried and put up lunch, put shorts on Daniel, because he still had his pajama pants on. After all he does have mono! Grabbed my phone, which was dying, and hurried Anna and David out to the truck. Samuel was on a puppet ministry trip with the church. He was due home soon, but I couldn't wait. Stephen was in Ft. Smith helping with the funeral of a friend.
I began praying immediately. We are 30 minutes from any hospital, and I was unsure of where to take him. God gave me the names of people to call and ask advice from and I ended up going to Baptist in Little Rock.
Daniel was so quiet. He wasn't crying or talking. We put the flashers on and sped our way to Little Rock. Daniel slept most of the way there. I woke him up a couple of times just to make sure he hadn't hurt his head or anything. You know how a mother worries!
We got to the er and were taken back to a room pretty quickly after the triage nurse saw his arm. He had great nurses that were gentle with him and loved on him. David and Anna sat in the hall of the er until my Aunt Suzy came to pick them up. I called her when we got back to a room and the word surgery was mentioned! She came quickly from work and took them for a few hours. I'm so thankful for her. I'm thankful that she wasn't too busy that she couldn't get away and that she was close by to come and get them.
We prayed as we waited for doctors and nurses to come in the room. We prayed that God would make him strong and give him courage. We also thanked God for furniture.
Stephen came just as David and Anna were leaving. The er doctor consulted with the ortho doctor and decided a reduction was in order. (reduction means to set the bones straight with manipulation instead of an incision.)
The nurses tried to put an iv in Daniel, but because of the mono and being a little bit dehydrated his veins were small and they had trouble. They stuck his right arm twice, his right foot, and finally were successful in the left foot. I just want you to know that he didn't yell, scream, say Ouch, or that hurts. Not one time. He would let tears fall, but that's it.
What a brave boy!
They took him to a pre-op room, then to the or, and then to recovery. Every nurse spoke about how brave he was and how proud they were of his attitude.
Stephen prayed with Daniel again. Praying and thanking God for doctors, and how our bodies are made and are able to be put back together.
He came out with a cast up to his underarm. They had to cut his shirt off of him to put the hospital gown on him which left with no shirt to go home in. So, after recovery we put his shorts on him and they let him leave in the hospital gown.
Everyone at Baptist was terrific! So friendly and helpful, fast and courteous. They didn't even tow the truck that I had parked in a space not intended for vehicles.
We prayed when we got home. Thanking God for answering our prayers for strength and courage. God is good all the time!
Thanks for all of your prayers and notes and calls of concern and support. For those of you that are just finding out now, I know you also wish him well.
He is a trooper and hoping to leave for church camp on Monday. I'm not 100% on board with that idea yet, so we'll see if that really happens!
And let me finish by saying that if July doesn't hurry up and get over with I'm going to SCREAM!! This has been the worst month for us. July 2010 will go down as one bad month!
Julie

Friday, July 23, 2010

Food Friday

This has nothing to do with Food Friday, but I had to go down memory lane. It was on this very Friday afternoon last year that Randall and I found out we were having a boy. I have been a "boy mom" for a year now and it makes my heart most happy. This day last year was one of the most exciting days of my life. I remember the anticipation and the butterflies in my somach as though it was just yesterday. It was a year ago tomorrow that we named him Henry while we were in Memphis buying his fabric and registering for different things. So sweet, so fun...now on to the main event for today...the food!

Rhubarb Pie
This is a family favorite from my mother's side. I had the pleasure of eating this very piece if pie that you see in the above photo this past week. My sweet Mawmaw made a rhubarb pie just for little ole me. I loved it and loved texting my Aunt J about the pie and making her jealous! hee hee


3 cups sliced rhubarb
dash of salt
1/2 t orange peel
1 cup sugar
3 T flour
2 refrigerated pie crusts
3 T butter

Combine rhubarb, sugar, flour, orange peel and salt. Fill 9 inch pie crust. Dot with butter and adjust top crust. Crimp edges together. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes, then change temp to 350 degrees for 30 to 50 minutes or until juices boil up. Cover edges of crust with foil if it browns too fast. (if you use frozen rhubarb you may need to cook longer) It is tart, sweet and just plain yummy!


I made chicken and dumplings this week for the first time. I cooked a 5 pound chicken, deboned it and used half of it for this dish and the other half for my Meemaw's chicken spaghetti (making it this weekend). I used Bisquick for the dumplings. It was pretty good! I served it in our John Deere bowls. I never use those dishes unless it is something real southern...this fit!

And what is Food Friday without my little foodie himself! Hard to believe that is the same little boy in the ultrasound picture above. He was in the kitchen with me the night I made dumplings and was talking the entire time. He screams when he talks. I think it is time to learn some sign language and turn the volume down a bit. He is one loud child, but I just love how excited he is about life. He loves the kitchen. I think he knows he will get juice, puffs and baby food if he sits there long enough. So smart, already!

Happy Food Friday!
Abby


Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Friend

Tommy Atchley was a great man. He was a christian and a lover of the Lord. He was a powerful testimony to the love of Christ. He was honest, nice, caring, giving, and funny!

His family and Stephen's family vacationed together at the beach for many years. The families were close and he was Stephen's first "boss". Stephen spent a couple of summers working at Tommy's heating and air business.

Stephen learned a lot those summers. Somethings not worth repeating. But he also learned how Tommy conducted himself in his business.

Stephen has preached many a sermon on the kind of man Tommy was. On how a christian man should conduct himself in business and in his personal life. Tommy made a great impact on Stephen and so many others.

Tuesday night Tommy went to be with the Lord. It is such a sad time for his family and friends. He had such a great spirit and personality about him.

Stephen is going to Ft. Smith for the funeral. He and two other preachers that are all about the same age are going to preach it. Three young men that Tommy poured his life into are going to speak of his life today, and tell others that they can also live a life like Tommy and receive the ultimate reward when their life ends.

I'm staying home with the kids. Daniel is feeling better, but is still running a fever. Anna has an appointment this morning with the doctor. She has been complaining about her ear for a couple of days and is also running a fever. As much as I want to be with Stephen at the funeral. I know my place is home with my children.

It doesn't mean I'm not having a pity party though. Because I am. I'm cranky, crabby, and almost mad that I can't go. But as my friend Christy just told me in a text...suck it up and be a mom to your sick kids... Thats what friends are for right?! To remind us of our priorities and when they get shifted out of whack, a friend comes and whacks them right back into place!

That was the kind of man Tommy was. A friend. A wise friend.

Julie

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Buggy Boy

We love the Bye Bye Buggy! Henry used to get to ride in it more often but since I pick him up earlier these days he does not get to take rides with his friends as much. Today I worked the book fair at his school and his teacher was sweet enough to load him up with his mobile infant friends and come see me. He is the only non-mobile infant on the Buggy. He is special! These friends were former classmates of his but have moved across the hall. Henry is now big man on campus in the non-mobile room. He has friends in both classes...I love that. This face is priceless. He was laughing and out of breath from the little incline they went down to get into the fellowship hall. It got his stomach....I used to do that going down the "wee hill" in the Fort. It makes my heart glad to see him react to things like this. So cute...and such his mother's child! Notice none of his three girlfriends in this shot are letting the incline get their stomach. What a hoot my Henry is!

Abby

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Of The Sick - Part II

If you read the post following this one you know that Daniel is sick now.

I took him to the doctor this morning and he also has mono.

2 down, 2 to go!

Stephen had to be in Pine Bluff for a couple of meetings today, so in between the meetings he was able to take David to the dentist for me while I was at the doctor.

David did good at the dentist and I felt better that he wasn't alone. Not that he would have known he was alone. But I would have known and it would have made me a wee bit sad.

Thanks for your prayers and sweet comments. I'm hoping that Daniel begins feeling better and can be fever free by Saturday so that he can go to church camp on Monday. Pray with us please.

Julie

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Summer of the Sick

As you may recall David was diagnosed with mono on July 1. He had a terribly high fever, sore throat, headache, and no energy. After a little over a week he began to feel better and he was his normal self again.

Fast forward to July 18. Daniel comes home from swimming all day and says he doesn't feel good. I take his temperature and its 101.8. He has a low body temperature so 101.8 was really high for him. He has since been complaining of a sore throat, headache and lack of energy.

Fast forward to July 19. Anna is running a low grade fever and has diarrhea.

REALLY???!!!!

Samuel is away for a couple of days with Stephen's parents. I'm praying he misses all the sickness.

We are all supposed to leave for church camp on Monday. We'll see!

I'll let you know what the doctor says about Daniel. I take him in the morning. I'm going to go ahead and have them see Anna too. All while David is at the dentist. Oh yes, the joys of mothering!!

But don't bother asking if I need help, I wouldn't trade this job for the world. And would you really want to ride in a van with 2 sick kids, 1 used-to-be-sick kid, and a mother? No, I didn't think so!!! HA!

I hope your day goes smoothly and that your family stays well for the rest of the summer. I hope that for me too!!!
Julie

My Texas Treasures

We took Henry to east Texas to meet my grandparents. It was long overdue and a super sweet time of us being together and loving each other. We are so blessed to have such a loving family. I took this as Mawmaw grabbed Henry from me for the first time. Mouth and eyes are in motion and I just love it...I needed her to touch him. I know that may sound odd, but I needed it and today I am smiling because of it.
Henry took right to them and loved playing at their house. He found the mirror in the dining room and took right to it. He is his mother's child! I have a picture of me looking in another mirror my Mawmaw has when I was close to his age. I thought it was cute.

We loved taking Henry to Texas and showing him what it is all about...oil and family. We took some fun photos in downtown Kilgore in the Texas size heat.

Henry loved looking at new things and posing for the camera. He is a ham.

He and his daddy are a silly pair and quite cute, if I must say so.

Henry in front of the oil derricks.

Henry loved bonding with his UD and grilling out under his peach trees.

Henry took right to Mawmaw's piano and banged on the keys as best as he could. She said he was too little to teach and he proved that for us when he slipped off the bench and fell under the piano. It was funny...no worries, he came out without any scars.

I treasure my times in their home and took great delight in taking my baby boy to meet them. I wish the times were more frequent, yet we always catch up as though we saw each other yesterday. I love how they love us and I hope my children and grandchildren can say that about Randall and me. It was a great weekend and I can't wait to take Henry back so he can bang on her piano again!
Abby

Friday, July 16, 2010

Food Friday

Yellow watermelon...yummy! This was my first yellow one and it was so good. My mother-in-law got it at the watermelon farm and had it chilled in her fridge. I stopped by her house one day last week and she gifted me with it. We ate on it for days and days. There is nothing like a cold watermelon in the heat of Summer.

Unusual Peach Cobbler
3/4 stick butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
dash salt
3/4 cup milk
1 large can peaches & juice
Melt butter; mix all ingredients except peaches. Pour over melted butter. Add peaches and spices (cinnamon & nutmeg). Bake for 45 minutes at 350.


This was my great-grandmother's recipe. I typed it just as it was written in her recipe file. My Granny was the best cook. I made this cobbler this week for Randall and it was as yummy as ever. I love making things she cooked. It makes the dishes so much sweeter!

Well, I guess Food Friday has to include something about this little foodie of mine. We found a new "dish" for Henry that is most yummy. My mother asked me if I let Henry eat the majority of it. Well, yes. I just took a bite or two and was blown away that something as simple and 48 cents could have that flavor. Broccoli and chicken is a new hit in the baby food section of our pantry. Henry is not a shy eater and he knows what he likes and dislikes and this made him smile. Such a funny boy!


Happy Food Friday!
Abby

Thursday, July 15, 2010

VOTE FOR HENRY

Vote each day through Sunday by clicking here. I love hearing my friends and family tell me their co-workers are voting and many have posted to their Facebook pages. I know this is a wee bit cheesy, but it is something simple and fun and we all crave that a little bit from time to time. HE IS #3 TODAY!!! He moved up from #5 yesterday.So, vote for Henry, tell your friends, and let's see if we can get the $250 prize to put in his piggy bank!


Henry's Agent

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Our Happy Days

This boy makes me happy! After 7 months I think I finally realize that being truly happy and focused on Jesus, this sweet boy and his daddy is all I am asked to do in this life. Everything after that is just the cherry on top. We are making a personal commitment in our home to cut out unneeded stress and drama, and focus on the real deal. It is a challenge for me at times, but one that is refreshing and most honorable. I am blessed and it is time I act like it!

This is when I want to stress but have to stop and laugh...silly boy! He pushed the sweet potato jar out of my hand and there you have it...all over the floor, cabinet and me. It even made it to the laundry doors behind me in this picture. It was everywhere. He just had that look of wonder and confusion on his face and could not understand why the feeding stopped and he kept barking for more. I must say that it was a cute mess!

This clean, happy face is what it is all about. When you look at this face you can tell he knows he is loved, cared for, cherished and I think you can even see some rottenness in this face. ha. He loves his duck bath tub our friend Cathy gave him at my FS shower last Fall. I know she smiles when she sees how much he loves sitting in it. The beak of the duck even quacks!


I love being able to really enjoy all the simple things with Henry. Like his first time to sit in a shopping cart like a big boy ( *cough *cough - he sat in a cart while under the care of his Juju last month but we are acting like we do not know about that). And of course, it had to be at none other place than Wally World! We are Arkansans by the grace of God and we are proud of it! Ha. I usually go to Kroger but needed "staples" so Wal-Mart it was! He LOVED it. He had a look of shock and amazement the whole way through the store and back out to the car. It was a taste of independence and he liked it! We saw a Facebook friend in Wal-Mart that we never see in person and that made for a super fun trip. Facebook...Randall says it is the devil, but it has some redeeming qualities, like seeing our friend in person that we would otherwise not know that well!


Having more time to spend with those who mean the most to us is making for the happiest of days this Summer. We are headed to the Lone Star state to see this sweet lady and her better half (my grandparents...and Julie's too) and I cannot wait to get in that kitchen with her and make something yummy!


What makes you happy this Summer?
Abby

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bedtime Snacks

Stephen and I are getting close to our 17th anniversary. And in all of these years we've had bedtime snacks.

We started eating Granny Smith apples and caramel dip while watching ER and Chicago Hope on tv. Those were the days.

Now that we have children, we wait until they've gone to bed and then we eat.

We've eaten chocolate chip cookies, no bake cookies, fruit and fruit dip.

Lately, we've been eating popcorn (not microwaved! Coach Whitson taught me how to make popcorn on the stove many years ago, and I must say I'm pretty good at it!), and s'mores.

Man, I love a s'more!

I put a marshmallow on a graham cracker under the broiler and when it is nice and brown, I take it out , put the chocolate and cracker on top and man its good!!

I think they've made me sleep better lately.

How about you? Do you have bedtime snacks?

Julie

Monday, July 12, 2010

Vote For Henry the Pool Boy

Click on this link above. The baby with the most votes wins! Vote everyday this week, if you will. We want our little pool boy to be the winner!!

Thank you, Thank you!
Abby

Friday, July 9, 2010

Food Friday

On Fridays we will now talk about food. I love food. I live to eat and think most of us would admit that we do not eat to live. Food is fun and brings people together. What better way to bring us all together at the end of the week...welcome to Food Friday, my blog friends!
Friday's are my day to post, so this will be mainly me and my food thoughts, ideas and creations. Today I want to share a cake recipe that I made this week for a friend who had a baby. It was the first time I had made this cake and I loved the cost, the ease of cooking it, the presentation and the text message I received from my friend telling me how yummy it was. It was a winner!
Butter Pecan Cake
1 box butter pecan
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 can pecan coconut frosting
4 eggs
Mix well and place in greased Bundt pan. Bake at 300 for 1 hour.
I love an easy and yummy dessert recipe!

And I am late posting Henry's 7 month photo. He is taking part in Food Friday...he likes to eat his veggies and fruits so he can be in this Food Friday post, I reckon.

Henry Patton is 7 months. Can you believe it?! It is wild to see how fast he is growing. He is a busy little guy these days and I know he will only get busier...which means I will only get busier! I love watching him become more and more aware of things around him. It is truly a joy to watch his reactions.

Enjoy the pics of Henry and the cake recipe...both are pretty yummy!
Abby

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'm a City Girl

Some friends of ours are on vacation and told us that we could pick peas, okra, and tomatoes from their garden while they were gone.

So, all week I've been planning on taking the kids out to their garden to pick. Sounded like fun. Imagine the cute pictures of them kneeling by the pea plants smiling in the middle of the garden. Cute, precious.

HARD WORK!

Oh my word! We sweated, our necks and backs ached, three bumblebees accompanied me most of the time I was there. We saw nasty looking bugs, got stuck by thorny bushes, and our shoes. Well, they are very muddy.

I'm a city girl. I love country things. I love that I can have fresh tomatoes, corn, okra, and peas from a garden in my town if I just request it from a friend. But I do not like picking them myself.

(True confessions: I called Stephen to ask him what color the peas were supposed to be for us to pick. There were brown ones, purple ones and green ones. I had been told that these peas were a different color than the normal peas that are picked. So, I didn't really know. He told me to pick the purple ones, that brown ones were dead, and the green ones weren't ready. And if that wasn't enough, a few minutes later he drove up. To show me face-to-face what a ripe pea looked like. And then went back to the office. I just love that man!)

We didn't work long. Just a little over an hour. We picked quite a bit though. After everyone took their shoes off to get in the van, the kids told me thank you. They thanked me for taking them to pick peas. Unbelievable.

And when I was thinking about it on the way home I realized they never complained about the heat. They talked about how hot it was, but it wasn't complaining. I, on the other hand, was texting my friend Christy and complaining the whole time I was there.

It brings to mind Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining or grumbling... My children obeyed that verse but not me.

Lesson learned.

How about you? Are you picking veggies this summer?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Weekend Recap

David is still suffering with the effects of mono. Poor kid. He just lays around. I told him last night he had already had it a week, and people say it lasts 2-4 weeks. So maybe he just has 1-3 weeks left. I hope, but I doubt.

Sunday I kept him home from the morning worship. Sunday night we were cooking out and playing games at church. He went for a couple of hours and then begged to come home. After we ate, he and I left the others and went home to rest. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be well-rested when this is all over.

Stephen's dad sent the kids money for fireworks. They each got to pick out what they wanted to buy with their money. Sunday night, we all gathered in the backyard and watched as each of the kids fireworks were blown up, popped, and set afire. Then we watched Stephen's fireworks. I think he got to spend more money then they did. His were bigger and brighter! But we had such a good time, in between swatting the mosquitos!

What did you do for the fourth?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Traveling Man,Woman and Child

The man and woman traveled together

They met up with all the man's work people

They missed the child

Last week Randall and I traveled to Minnesota for a company retreat. It was a nice change of pace. It was our first time to travel together without Henry. I willed him over to Juju for the week, after he had a brief stay with his Nana. I am so glad we have such sweet family who love our boy and take any opportunity to keep him for us. Sweetness.

Juju met us and handed over the baby boy. It was a struggle to have her give him up, but she did it and we were so very glad to see his sweet face. He heard our voices and went crazy. It was precious. Juju is a good second Mama. I willed her to him as I boarded the itty-bitty plane that took us to our little resort town in Minnesota. It sort of freaked me out so I texted her and said "Raise him well and tell him we love him!" ha.

After we got Henry loaded in the truck we headed to the Fort to see Marmie and the gang! Henry loved having his Marmie feed him Hawaiian Delight for the first time. She and Henry are quite the pair. He looks so much like her side of the family. They have an instant bond. I love it.

We got to eat dinner at TBEO's new house. It is so pretty. I always love a good visit with my Aunt J and Uncle Mike. He is crazy about babies and loved seeing Henry. A dose of hometown family is always nice for this west Arkansas girl. (I may live in NEA but that is not where my heart is. ha!)

A trip to the Fort is not complete without a little time with this ole gal. She is my forever BFF. Melissa and I had not yet introduced Luke and Henry to each other. It was so cute and I am so glad we got this picture. We drove over to her house and hung out in her yard for a while and we all have the mosquito bites to prove it. It was worth it, I say! I love this girl like family. She and I have been through it all and know each other better than we like to admit. ha!

We had to introduce Henry to the historical section of the Fort. A ride on the cannon was a must. I have a photo of me riding this cannon when I was a senior in high school, but I can assure you it it is not near as cute and innocent as this snapshot is!

Henry and his Daddy under the gallows at Judge Parker's Courthouse. Many men were killed at this exact spot. Sort of freaky and sort of cool at the same time.

My sweet baby boy at his great-grandfather's grave site at the national cemetery in the Fort. I wanted to take him there and get this photo and I am so glad it turned out like it did. I love his expression and how reserved he acted/looked while at the cemetery. It was like he knew. My Pawpaw in the Army and a POW in WWII. He was a Godly and hard working man who died 4 days after my 5th birthday. I only knew him for a short time but his legacy lives on in me. My little boy looks just like him!

And here he is....Joe Cool in a real pool for the first time. I took him to Melissa's parents pool and he loved it. I promised him that I would take him back before Summer's end. His Juju bought him the little float. It was darling!

We are now back at home and getting into the normal swing of things...whatever "normal" is these days. Henry loves playing with his stuffed loon we brought him from Minnesota. It is their state bird and you know how his Daddy loves anything that has wings! My little Arkansas baby is proud to be back in his own bed and with his Mama and Daddy. He loved all the kisses and visits from all his friends and family. We are so blessed.
So, what fun things have you been up to?


Abby

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Little Firecracker



Happy Fourth of July from our little firecracker!
Abby