Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Days Like Today

So much happens in one day of my life with these boys that it's hard to remember so that I can share with the world!

Here is just a wee sampling of the variety of conversational chatter from my day today (along with some pics of Lego creations because I found 35 of them on my camera, so they MUST be important to my boys and this will one day be their scrapbook so ya'll have to look):

"Why would a woman make a cast of her pregnant belly?  What would she even do with it?" said the radio broadcaster on KLOVE this evening.  Comments (identity protected to save some from embarrassment):  A fruit bowl for the table! A baby holder...hey, you know the baby will fit! A butt cup, you know Mom, like Garrison's sport cup, but different!  Something to put the diapers in! "Okay, guys, let's change the subject."
Then we have the, 'let's play a joke on Poppa when we think we ran out of ketchup':  My Mom and Dad graciously called and offered to pick anything up from the store we may need before the snow comes.  Sadly for my Dad I already had a list going in my mind...which Garrison relayed to my Mom, who relayed it to my Dad. 
Tonight, the boys think we are out of ketchup and that was NOT on the list, soooooo....Alex calls my Dad's cell and says, "You forgot the ketchup!"  Poppa insists that he did not and Alex replies, "Well, I guess Didi forgot to tell you, but we have to have ketchup Pop!"  Didi hops on the line, insisting she did NOT forget to tell him and Alex says, "Well, I guess Garrison forgot to tell you Didi, but you are gonna have to bring us some because I can't be snowed in without ketchup!"  He had them going, but finally tells them he is joking and that we had just realized we were out.

Now, to know my parents is to know that they WILL get ketchup to this child, so after I saw some in the pantry, I said, "Hey Al, you better call Didi and Poppa and tell them we do have some so they don't show up with it."  To this, Trey says, "No, don't tell em so we can see em. I haven't seen em in a long time. I miss em." Garrison replied, "Trey we just saw them Monday!" Trey shot back, "Well I need to see em Garrison!" I said, "Man, you all are spoiled rotten." Alex said, "Well, we can't help it. We have the best grandparents money can by!" I said, "What? All you do is spend their money!" He just smiled.  Mmmmhmmmm...rotten!  They know where their bread is buttered!  (Right Didi???)
Then tonight, as my day is grinding to a halt, I am reading Homer Price to Trey as he is drifting off to sleep.  There is an illustration on a page that is talking about four robbers who have guns.  Trey sits up wide-eyed and says, "Oh I think that's a Thompson...with a mafia barrel Mom.  Cool!"  Me:  staring at child like he is an alien.  Really?  How does he know that...and wasn't he almost asleep?  

Will I ever, ever, EVER understand these lil men?  I think I ask the Lord once a week why in the world He would have me live with all boys? Dirty, messy, smelly, rough boys?  Why?  Is this God's sense of humor you think?

I never know what a day may hold for me friends.

My sons, how I long to understand your maleness!  Sometimes it seems no matter how many books I read on how to be the best mom to boys, I feel no closer to understanding what makes you tick.  Many people tell me that I have it made having all boys.  They say boys are rowdy when they are young, but so much easier than girls when they are teenagers.  I hope they are right!  I really don't think the banter and horse-play will ever stop, remembering the grown boys I saw in the store with their mother.  One was sitting in the back of the cart and the other was standing on the front of it, racing down the aisle!  She just walked behind them shopping, like this was normal, everyday life.  I stood gawking and said aloud,       "  Oh my, it's never going to stop!"   She said, "  Nope."   I certainly don't understand the things that seem to bond you, but I have no doubt that when you are grown, you will be forever friends...and that warms my heart and makes me treasure days like today. ~Mom

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Take Time

I'm looking out the window of my office at this very gloomy day, but my heart is bubbling with joy.  What a fun day I've had! 
 I took Adalee to the library for a few minutes this morning.  Her little face lit up when I showed her all the books for kids her age.  I thought she was going to squeal and jump up and down when I told her she could go pick  ANY one she wanted!  It was so simple, but so adorable!

We came home and enjoyed lunch and read-aloud time, she colored and made pictures right along side the boys...doing her "school."  
Now all I hear is the low hum of my laptop fan.  Adalee is sleeping and the boys are reading.  I cherish these moments I get to sit and ponder all these things in my heart.

My sons...never be too busy to teach and love another.  Don't get wrapped up in yourselves or meaningless hobbies to the point that others come after those things.  Life is short.  In the blink of an eye, it is over on the earth.  When someone, especially your wife or child, is vying for your attention, stop and think about what matters more and store up for yourself treasures in Heaven that moth and rust cannot destroy. It blesses my heart to watch you with your little cousins.  Never let that tenderness and kindness leave you boys. ~Mom

Snow Cousins & Holding onto Hope

Last week I ended up with a house full of cousins so we had to play in the snow.  Yes, it did take 20 minutes to dress them for 15 minutes of playtime, but hey, that's okay because we made precious memories!  LOVE THESE KIDDOS!

Adalee and Caleb...the babies of the family...on a little joyride!
Hadassah helping me (thank goodness), but Caleb was not enjoying the sledding so much!
 His big brother, Zephaniah, loved it though!
And Judah was a natural his first time down on the snowboard!
Trey and Adalee just couldn't seem to stop eating snow!  I wish I would've thought to grab the snow cone fun would that have been!  I'll have to remember that for next time...
But how can you get onto this sweet little face too much???
C'mon, that one precious lil girl or what!
Taking a little rest while big sister drags her up the hill...what a princess huh?
Alex was just infatuated with the giant snowballs he could make..., of course, throw at his baby brother!

My sons...always remember that in this life you will have trouble.  It's a promise.  There is no way around it sometimes.  However, you can still choose to be of good cheer and hold onto hope.  Don't let your circumstances or trials determine how you treat others.  Turn every tormenting thought into a prayer of praise because God can move any mountain.  Change your countenance and don't be a pouter! Your attitude will determine your altitude.  I pray you will always have the joyful, carefree spirits you have right now.  Keep your smiles beaming bright and never get too busy to play with the young people in your life or allow adult troubles to weigh you down.  Nothing can be accomplished by worrying so enjoy today.  Let the joy of the Lord be your strength!  ~Mom 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Leaving a Legacy

January 17, 2011...already the middle of the first month of a new year! Two thoughts have been running through my mind: 1) it's so hard to believe how fast time seems to fly once you become a parent and 2) blogs morph and change just as people do!

I pray I am always changing...always transforming into a new level of character that stems from a deeper relationship with Jesus.

I've realized as I've gotten older that when you are young, parents seem to be light years ahead of you.  As you become the parent and raise your own children, you begin to see that they weren't so old after all!

When we are young, we expect the older people in our lives to know what to do and how to do it.  When we become the older people, our perspective reveals that we are learning as we go and hoping our kids don't see just how inept we really are in this parenting gig!

In December, I began to think about why I blog.  At first, I wanted to share funny things my sons did to bring joy to others.  I mean, why should I keep all this entertainment to myself?  Next, I saw it as a way to keep family and friends all over the world informed about our family.  Then, I began to have a desire to minister to other families with our successes and failures.  Eventually, I felt ready to explode with everything I was learning spiritually, but thankfully God quickly opened up another avenue for me to release some of that! (I know that was to everyone's relief...snort, snort)

So what now???  Well, I saw how blogs could be turned into a book!  My wheels started spinning, and I realized that I not only wanted to use this tool to record our family's events, but also to tell my sons what I would want them to know.  You know, those things I know now that I wish I had known then?

Therefore, this year,  you will not only continue to see our family pics, hear our adventures, and learn from our mistakes and failures, but you will also glimpse my mother's heart in a very transparent love letters to my sons.

I pray that as God moves my heart, He moves yours as well...challenging you to leave messages to your own loved ones in some form.

You will leave some kind of legacy, the question is...what will it be?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Christmas Catch-Up!

Here are the rest of the holiday pics.  Hope yours was as joyous as ours!

Christmas Eve at my Mom and Dad's house...
 Didi & Poppa with all their amazing grandsons!
 "The Gift Tree"...We voted to open gifts downstairs because there was more room, but my Mom was bummed because her Christmas tree is upstairs.   So...being the awesome kids we are...we built her a tree!  (giggle) (and we laughed hysterically as we did)

Our house Christmas morning...
 The boys started off on a scavenger hunt for their stockings. 
 If this picture doesn't feel full of warm fuzziness, it is because my children were grumpy at me! Yes, I know!  Why would anyone be grumpy at a sweet Mom who took the time to make stocking time so fun? people are perking up!  It just took a little weaponry to bring out some smiles I guess!
 Trey with one of the best games ever...SPOONS!
 A card shuffler because he gets so aggravated when he can't get his shuffle on!
 Boy Christmas must have: Lego
 A new DS game...
 favorite team gear...
 ...some new "ice" for Momma... :) :) :) :)
 ...and just when they think it's all over and  they are convinced they will have to keep saving up for the X-box  360 they want...what do they find in the closet??????????
 ...mmmmhhhhmmmmmmm...that's right! We ARE the best grandparents and parents ever!  hee hee
 They can't stand it when we pull one over on them!
 He can't believe it!
 Is it me...or do they look SOOOO much bigger than last year?
 And....let the playing begin!
 He's so happy!  He had been selling stuff to save up.  Such a good boy!
 Didi and Pop always come to watch those little faces!
 And God gave me snow!  Another present! :)  I love a white Christmas!

Christmas night with Tom's side of the family...
 Only one grandchild and the great-granddaughter missing  in this shot! Lot O kids when we get together peeps!
 Tom's youngest sis, Nikki, and Mom...Sandy
 Julie's hubby, Dusty and Erin's hubby Jason
 Tom with his Dad, Gary, and his Grandmother, Ina
 We were laughing at how much they look alike now that Tom has lost so much hair.  (Okay, well maybe we found it funnier than Tom, but he's a good sport!)
 Rebekah and Rob
 All the grandkids got Snuggies from Nana and Granddad...and Adalee was jumping up and down she was so excited!
 Trey loved his camo!
 Hadassah, Hannah, and Julianna...LOVE these girls!
 Ethan, Zephaniah, and Joshua...hard to capture boys!
 All the daughters got pink Bass Pro sweatshirts...but our ridiculous husbands were jealous I guess.  And for the record, my sweatshirt got ripped BEFORE I ever got to wear it!  I was NOT happy! (TOM!)
 Check out these lil cuties...Joleen, Lydia, and Gracie
 Garrison...given some praise to Jesus!!! :)

Opening presents with our Laurla...
 Some of my Treasures
Okay...CUTENESS ALERT:  So Laura always loved this little Abercombie t-shirt on Trey, so he put it away for her when he outgrew it and wrapped it up for her!  I know...sniffle, sniffle!  Sweetness!  And he put a picture of them in there too! 
 Laura loves to get her dance on, and Alex was so excited when we found A Dancing with the Stars workout video!  He also let her know that he would be her back-up plan! Hahahahahah...that was part of his present to her! Crack me up!  I love that boy!

Finally...New Year's Eve!

HAPPY 2011 EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!