Monday, January 12, 2015

Good News

Last week Tanner had an ultrasound on his kidney to see if the stent he had placed in Columbus worked or not.

It had been placed on Halloween and was removed Dec. 22.

We actually got very good news. It was a small glimmer of hope but his Dr. thinks the kidney is starting to look a little better.

We go back Jan 22 for further testing to see if it's holding up.

This kid was a good sport in 2014. He sat in many waiting rooms and endured tests, surgeries, ultrasounds and renal scans like a champ. I'm so proud of my boy.

Of course, little sister is always there to keep him entertained. She is such a good supporter, always positive and encouraging. She's wise beyond her years.

She was making us laugh in these two bottom pictures. She was acting like she was the Dr. and saying things like, "Are you allergic to latex?"

Cutest Dr. ever~

I'm so grateful for the good news. It just helps to build my faith for even better news on Jan 22:)

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Q and I had the privelege of watching Aubrey and Raleigh last week while mama was out of town. They are such good girls. We truly had a great time.

I had promised them Chik fil A for lunch but due to the flu that continues we opted for the drivethru. Drive thru chicken is better than no chicken at all:)

After they left the little princess and I spent the afternoon doing things like this. We are in total January mode. We also spent time watching fixer upper and Biggest loser. It's hilarious to me that Quinley can be so grown up and watch these shows. She loves it when the people weigh in! She totally roots for them and gasps over their numbers. It's so cute. And she loves Joanna Gaines hair and how she tears down walls in houses.

I think it goes without saying that I love the conversations I get to have with my girl. She's my best little girlfriend!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Visit to the Park on a Mild January Day

Little sister wanted her hair braided Sunday. Can you say adorable?!
My hair was just like that when I was  younger. One light streak and another dark one. My mom used to say my hair looked like those chocolate and vanilla twisted donuts~

The weather was pretty mild for January so we hit up the park after church. Tanner kept saying this scooter is so much fun! This was really the first day he had been able to take it outside and play on it a lot. He's been asking for one of those things forever.

We ran into Andrew, Tanner's classmate. What a nice surprise! (How cute are Andrew's dimples by the way?!)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jump Jam and Bowling

The Varney side of the family was here for a few days after New Years and we hit up Jump Jam.

Total fun and total chaos. I wouldn't recommend taking young children when it's crowded! But they survived and we all had fun. 

We will be going back at Disney hour next time :)

On Saturday we took the kids bowling. The shoes never fail to crack me up.

It was a fun weekend.

I'm glad we have fun things to keep the kids active during the colder months.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Siesta Scripture Memory Team

I love being a part of Beth Moore's scripture memory team on the year that she has it on her blog.

This year on NYE I gifted my accountability girls with a spiral and informed them of our new challenge. 

And then I thought, why stop there? If I want my kids to know the Word, I can't just depend on the school that they go to or the church that we go to to do the teaching. I have to do it here at home too.

They chose Proverbs 1:10 My son if sinners entice thee, consent thou not… their first verse.

I love that because my goodness, how important it is for kids to know they don't have to fall prey to peer pressure. Consent thou not!!

And if I'm being totally honest-I kind of stole that one from someone. I once heard this preacher give his testimony about this verse. His mother made him memorize scriptures for a nickel when he was young. They faced many struggles and grew up in a rough neighborhood.

One day when he was in his teenage years a group of the "wrong crowd" came to his front porch and asked him to come along as they went out, but he didn't go. They ended up killing a boy that night. If he would have went with them, his life would have changed forever and not for the good.

Consent thou NOT!!
This is my verse for Jan1…..I want to finally let go of some things I have struggled with for a really really long time. Let them go and just move on with kindness and compassion.

Thank God for the goodness of scripture!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Celebration 2015

I'm not gonna lie: 2014 was a good year.

We really settled into life here in Knoxville, bought a house, found a church we love, Tanner started Kindergarten and we started the foster care process. 

That's a lot of goodness for one year. Don't doubt for any one minute that I'm not forever grateful. I've lived long enough to know there are times of refreshment and times that are harder. 

So right now? Right now I'm going into 2015 feasting:)

One thing God really blessed my life with this year was an accountability group of gals. They came over on NYE and our families ate, played games and celebrated together.

(An accountability group is just our name for getting together, sharing requests, praying together and holding each other responsible for areas where we know the other one struggles.)  I consider being a part of this group a HUGE blessing. I've already seen God do amazing things.

This is Jennifer….watching the timer during a game of Pictionary on NYE. She's not competitive or anything:)

And this is my sweet friend Season and her mom Valerie. Season has done so much to help my walk with the Lord. She just follows Jesus without abandon and I love that about her.

Unfortunately I did not get a picture of Tina. She is just near and dear to my heart and there aren't enough words for me to string together to tell you how precious she is.

The guys played cards, ping pong and basketball.

I consider myself blessed and I could not think of a better way to bring in the new year. I prayed long and hard for Godly friends and he has granted my request in a big way!

Friday, December 26, 2014

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Christmas this year was wonderful and I don't take that lightly.

I know that things can change in an instant and I don't want to take for granted what a blessed Holiday season we've had this year.

 The thing I love most is that it wasn't hurried or rushed. I didn't even go to the mall once.

I shopped for my family online and we were able to enjoy our downtime doing things we love. We watched Christmas movies, made cookies and gingerbread houses, hosted a Christmas party, visited with family and friends and drove around looking at lights. The kids were in a Christmas play and we visited Dollywood to look at the lights there too. That's my idea of a good December.

Here is Miss Q on the way to grandma's house on Christmas Day. I guess the early morning got the best of her:)

One of the sweetest things about Christmas morning was that the kids had made presents for each other and Tim and I. They would go up to their playroom and come back down with packages all December long. So when Christmas morning came, there were quite a few!

There were a lot of drawings and pictures. Tanner had made one sheet of paper with a little window envelope. He had cut out four pieces of construction paper with our names on it. They were so excited to give us their gifts…..and we were just as excited to receive them.

The things they were most excited about were the little things. Quinley had wanted these magic clips Princess dolls and she was so excited to get them. And Tanner is all boy. He loves anything remote controlled.

I say it every year but the best part of Christmas for me is celebrating Jesus and loving on my family. I love spending time with the ones I love. In a way I guess I sort of celebrate Christmas all year long. Just without the lights, trees, parties and food.

Merry Christmas everybody!