Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Little Hoarder

I look at those little freckles, that face, the light in her eyes and I am just overwhelmed at the beauty of my little girl.

She is unique and precious in so many ways. I am grateful to share life's adventures with her each day.

One little funny thing about Quinley's personality is that she is a hoarder. She likes her things and she likes to tuck them away in various places around the house. If you didn't know any better you might think that she grew up in the depression. (The reality is that this child actually was born during a recession. So I don't know. Maybe that has something to do with it.)

I first noticed this trait when we were living in the apartment. She began packing a suitcase, stuffing a suitcase actually, that stayed ready to go at all times.

Now after a few months have passed here in the house-I have begun to find Quinley's little collections. I discovered a drawer this week where she keeps her frozen dolls and some extra containers of play doh.

She still has the suitcase packed full of blankets, clothes, shoes and jewelry. She also has a luggage case from the American doll collection and has begun stuffing items in there with her Phoebe doll.

For instance, last week she wanted to buy some hair bands at Wal Mart and I was actually glad. We needed some and I was happy she reminded me, but when we got home I caught her hiding them in her Phoebe luggage!

The same thing happened with a shirt I bought her recently at Wal Mart (yes I go to W M a lot.) Smile. She brought the shirt home-didn't even remove the tags and just put it in her luggage.

I don't really know why my sweet little one has picked up this habit but it sure keeps us laughing and I thought it needed documenting.

Somewhere along the way she may change and be more like her mama who tends to throw everything away. Maybe not.

Regardless of how this personality trait develops I just want to remember that at four years old, Quinley liked her things. And she liked to hide them:)

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Since I last blogged we had a wonderful, eventful summer and I am so grateful.

We bought a house and moved. Tanner had surgery on his kidneys, turned six and started kindergarten.

That's a lot. I really hate that I haven't documented the year better-but to be honest I haven't found the time in my days to DO this blog. I am too busy BEING what God has called me to be in this season. Which is great and wonderful…..but I still just haven't figured out if I am going to be able to make time for this space regularly. My priorities are to live life full and well…..and document it if I can.

So with that being said….I present to you my KINDERGARTEN BOY.
(This is Day one…he had a mouth full of scrambled eggs in these pics.)

Little Miss didn't actually start Pre K 4 until a few days later but sister was READY for some pics on his first day too!

Ms. Foshie is a God sent blessing to our lives. When we went for his Kindergarten interview and the principal asked if we had a teacher preference I really, really wanted to request this older precious teacher I had heard so many great things about…..but I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to leave it alone-that He would place Tanner where he needed to be. Ms. Foshie wasn't even hired at the time. I'm sure that all of the teachers are wonderful-but I can not tell you how wonderful TL's personality fits with his beautiful teacher. She truly is bringing out the best in him and I could talk on and on about this but I'll stop now. Sometimes we just need to shut our mouths and let Him work :)

And here is Q and TL on the first day of Pre K 4.

Brother wanted a picture by himself.

Tanner starts school at 8 and Q at 8:30. She gets picked up at 2:30 and he at 3. I drink a lot of church coffee's these days. I don't mind. Actually, there's no place I'd rather be-second to home. I can feel the Holy Spirit in that place and grateful doesn't even  begin to touch how I feel about my kids getting to go to school there.

Until next time,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why I was Born

I heard someone say once that there are two days in your life that are more important than all the rest.

The day you were born and the day you figure out why.

I vividly remember that statement because I thought it was a little harsh. I wondered if I would always wonder myself or if I would figure it out before I was too old to do something about it.

It wasn't long after that that I did. Or better yet, that Jesus Christ led my steps down a road in Mechanicsville that changed everything.

It all began last December.

We were on the hunt for a family to bless at Christmas time. We always do this and it is as much of a fun tradition for us as it is a blessing for another family.

The problem was that this year-we didn't find anybody. I know now that the Lord just wanted to stir our hearts to dig deeper. I have no doubt that there were plenty of families in need.

So we began looking for places that we could instead go and give a few hours of our time. I made a few phone calls and sent a few emails and we ended up at Water Angel Ministries.

God was teaching us that he didn't want our money. He wanted our time.

Boy, did he get that message across.

I really can't explain what happened the first time we came into WA. I am not a superstitious person and Tim would be even less than I. But we immediately felt at home.

We went there thinking we would go fold socks and get shoes ready for the Christmas service. We didn't have any plans of going back after that.

We still haven't left :)

You will find us there every Thursday and Sunday and I have to admit I'd like to be there every day in between. 

Last week the sermon was from Matthew chapter 9. Verse 36 says that When he saw the multitudes he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd.

The preacher kept on preaching but I honestly never heard anything past that verse. 

I now live to be an earthly shepherd, leading the way to the One. 

It's what I was made to do.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Soccer 2014

So I took a three month hiatus!

I sort of figured out what I was born to do and dove in head first. Didn't leave much time for blogging. More on that later in the week. It deserves it's own post.

However, this cuteness can not go unnoticed. Consider this my mama entrance back into blog land.

So, without further ado, I present to you one of the Huskies (Quinley) and one of the Wildcats (Tanner) of Concord Soccer 2014.

The season started off this past Saturday with a 9 am opener for each kid. That's something to get your blood pumping on a cool spring morning.

Here's the little miss. She's a little cold…

Here's her team warming up and praying before the game began.

Because both kids played at the same time I didn't get to watch Tanner's game much. Tim, Keith and Wanda mostly watched him and I watched Miss Q.

Tanner's team moved fast-you can hardly see him in these pictures. It was amazing the difference in the four and five year olds.

When did they get big enough to do this?! Tanner had his kindergarten evaluation today. It is really happening. They are getting to be big kids.

I'm excited to spend the next six weeks watching my kids play and enjoy themselves. What a blessing.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Beautiful Cold

A good camera was one of the best things I ever invested in. 

I haven't invested in much-but that's neither here nor there.

My study bible is the very best big $ I ever spent but the camera is a close second.

I didn't know this five years ago but my very favorite thing about taking my own pictures of the kids is that when I hang them on the wall and walk past them I think about what was happening that day, what they did or said, etc. So the picture is more than a picture. It's a memory.

I took these of my sweet snow bunny yesterday. We weren't expecting snow here in Knoxville so this has been a nice little surprise this week!

We had actually been out playing in the snow about a half hr. before this. We had so much fun! Two of the neighbor kids came out and rode down the hill with us. Little Miss still is afraid to go by herself but she did ride with me. There's just something about having Mama's arm wrapped around you that's comforting I suppose.

Of course it didn't take long for our toes to turn frigid. Just like I expected, Tanner wasn't complaining at all and Quinley and I could barely feel our feet. So the little Mister stayed out to play with his buddies while Q and I headed inside to warm up and get changed. And go back out again :)

Just for the record, she was NOT looking forward to going back out. It is seriously so cold here right now. I promised her we would only be out there for about five minutes and it truly was probably not even that long. I didn't want her to catch pneumonia for the sake of a picture.

I think you can look at these pictures and tell what kind of little girl she is. Very, very sweet. I am blessed to be her mama. She also has a little spunk and is a tad bit hard to handle at times right now. But she's three. I learned last time around that this too shall pass :)

She's my little lady. I couldn't be more proud. I love you Miss Q!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Let it SNOW

We are housebound today with an unexpected dump of six inches of snow! I love it.

I dropped the kids off for school yesterday and realized that I had forgotten about a special afternoon event at preschool. I called them to ask if I needed to bring any food for the kids etc. and they informed that I needed to look outside because they were closing in thirty minutes. And I needed to pick the kids up now.

What a great mother….."Oh it's snowing outside? Because I was just thinking they would love to stay at school all day today."

This is the second snow storm we've gotten in the past week. The first one was in Ky. while we were visiting mom last weekend. We got to go out in it and (try) to sleigh ride. That didn't work out well so we just rode four wheelers in the snow and pulled each other on an old tube.

You really can't tell what's going on in this picture but the next morning when we woke up I saw the horse trotting down Peters Road. It was so funny. The man in the yellow coat is my uncle David after he caught the horse. 

Who left that gate open….? :)

It is a whopping 1 degree here right now. When it warms up we're headed outside for some more fun!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Update on Life

Every January we take MLK day and have a little fun day as a family.

Tim always gets the day off and for that I am thankful. It's something we're getting used to looking forward to in the brrrr's of the most frigid month of the year.

This year, we went to Wilderness at the Smokies and it did not disappoint.

As a side note for moms….the cool thing is, it doesn't matter how pale you are in the middle of January. Because everyone else is too:)

I was really surprised the kids liked this pool….it had major waves about every five minutes or so. They loved it.

We got to kidnap my little niece for the trip and as you can tell, she loved it.

I feel ya sister….

The temperature there is a balmy 88 perfection. I think the high here at home today is 28.

I'm ready to go back!