Okay! Just need a break from entering lesson plans into the computer.
We spent our day at the pool with Hadassah and Ethan and our friends, Toni and Jamey. I am amazed at how cool it is right now! After days of high 90s, I was actually shivering in the pool. We all had a fun time though.
This was our last big hoopla before we all jump back into school tomorrow. It seems like the summer flew by. All the kids seemed bummed, but I have to say, I am ready to get back into learning.
It's a hard thing. The kids are done and ready for a good break when summer roles around and honestly, so am I! However, I see the changes in my children's attitudes and find that when they aren't directed they tend to get in more trouble bickering with one another. DONE WITH THAT!
So yes...let's get going on a new year of learning! LOVE IT!
After the pool, we grabbed McDonald's and baked double fudge cookies for a treat. We cuddled up to watch Soul Surfer. Great story...could have been more tasteful with all the bikini shots. Thankfully, my kids were absorbed in the action of the movie and didn't seem phased by the body parts. I do intend to speak to them about it tomorrow though...just curious where they are at with that. Glad we have a lot of open communication at our house!
Anyway, we enjoyed our evening together. Trey came to me in the kitchen and said, "Mom, I'm so glad you're my Mom. I'm so glad you and Dad teach me how to be a good kid. If you weren't my parents, I would be a bad kid."
Funny what goes round in their little minds isn't it? Where this came from I do not know. I have no clue what triggered these thoughts, but I sure was happy he shared them.
I replied, "Well, honey, who does all the glory really go to?"
He answered, "God."
I said, "Yep, if Daddy and I didn't love the Lord, you probably wouldn't be the kid you are simply because we were your parents. It's only God who shows us how to love you because God is love."
Ever hear God speak a good reminder through you and you get the "a-ha" moment?
It was one of those for me.
How neat to get that reminder the night before you begin a new school year with your boys!
Thank you Lord for reminding me that without You, none of this would be or could be what it is. Thank you for my life. Thank you for a husband who truly loves me and his children. Thank you for real, transparent relationships with my boys.
I am who I am because You are who You are. And Trey is who he is because Your love overflows.
How blessed am I to see my son thankful for the Goodness in his life. THAT is why I do what I do every day. THIS is why I can't let the daily storms discourage me.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
We often don't know when or how our harvest will come. It may not be in the time we expect, but we can rest in knowing it WILL come.
I love that!
I think tonight's whole message to my heart was: DON'T GIVE UP. NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER...GIVE UP!
I am thinking about having the boys tuck one arm into their shirt tomorrow and only use one arm all day...you know, to see what it was really like for Bethany Hamilton when she lost her arm. I bet they would forever remember the first day of school that taught them to never give up!
At last, I'll share some recent photos:
Can you believe how big they are? Just doesn't seem possible!
We were headed to a special church meeting this night. Look at this boy! How cute!
Trey asked me if I thought he looked like Austin...a very, very sweet young man from our church. I'm so thankful my boys look up to guys who love the Lord and others...and who care to take care of their appearance and hygiene! Hee hee!
Love all the different hairstyles they are trying out lately! It's pretty funny when two come out with the same style and the other one goes right back in the bathroom so they don't look alike!
Wild how he looks the same but then totally different. Where did my baby go???
Absolutely love this one of Laurla! Adorable!
Lydia and Joleen came to stay with me. They brought me an entire bag of crafts they spent the day making for me! How sweet is that! I think it's a true honor to be loved by kids.
SQUEEZE! Could just squeeze them forever!
One Sunday we made a big dinner of fried chicken and all the fixins for our dear friends, the Bells. I LOVE cooking with my family! Of course Alex was in charge of dessert. Sprinkles anyone??? He used pink for Princess Tori.
Trey was mashing potatoes.
Here I am with my favorite polka-dotted apron! Alex loves to play with my camera!
I love you Alexander Stephen! And you too Garrison...even though you ditched family cooking for the X-Box because you were grossed out by raw chicken!