Just enjoying the little things in life ....

Friday, August 30, 2013

~ This Moment ~

this moment ~ A Friday ritual ~ a single photo ~ no words ~ capturing a moment from the week. A simple ~ special ~ extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause ~ savor and remember.  Happy weekending!!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A new kind of normal.....

Yep, it's official!!! Kimberly now has a part-time job :))  She worked her first shift Friday....she was very excited but nervous at the same time.....it's definitely a new kind of normal for her and for me.    I guess her younger brothers and sister will have to step up to the plate and take on a little more responsibility around here .....haha!! :))  Change is usually for the better, it will just take a little time to adjust!  Congratulations, Kimberly!!! Good luck with your new adventure :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

~ Great Advice as we head back to School !!! ~ (shared from a friend)

Dear Kids…My New School Year Commitment to You

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It came to me, on the eve of this new school year, after sitting as our party of 5 last night and asking for fresh commitments from our kids about grades and character and yes, even daily deodorant wearing.
How often, as parents, we ask and require but do not also always require of ourselves.
And how important it is that this year, I make some fresh commitments, too.
So though I am on the heels of the first school day rush, with 2 failed attempts at hair styling…the last minute mad dash to find the lone school supply we have forgotten…and the obligatory first day of school picture that managed to annoy 2 of my 3…I sit down to make some commitments to my kids who may never read this blog but will surely watch my life.
[May you, the reader who is also a parent with a school aged child, find yourself in some of these commitments, too.]
I will understand your need for sleep and not try to be your friend by letting you stay up too late for your brain to function at its best the next day, even when you beg me.
I will appreciate your need for me to not be in work mode in the evenings when we are both home, which is far less about working and more about being present in your presence.
I will not protest openly about making you lunches, even though it is not my favorite part of the year, because it means you are here, mine, and growing.
I will study you this year like I ask you to study things, making your needs and struggles and dreams my mission to know, too.
I will not close my eyes to your interaction on social media and claim ignorance or lack of time because I know you need me to stay involved and aware as a parent to help you not walk into a mess that winds up holding you captive for much of your life.
I will continue to hold you to a standard of clean language, respect for people, support for your school..without a single care as to what everyone else is doing because I know that small character things now produce big character plays in your future.
I will be aware [for you, my girl] that when you post lots of selfies you may need me to hug you extra hard and remind you, you are beautiful but also, appreciate how it is a fun girl thing that mostly goes bad when it consumes or becomes the litmus test of worth, and that can sneak up on us.
I will seek to be a prayerful balance of encourager and enforcer, with an emphasis on the prayer part.
I will hold the Kleenex when someone says something that hurts you [and they will] and together we will cry our eyes out about how that feels then wake up the next morning with head held high and Jesus as our advocate to take to school with us.
I will fight for you, always, but not because I’m making it about me.
I will believe the best about you, which doesn’t mean I will allow manipulation or withhold tough love.  It just means I will love you deeply while being discerning.
I will keep the title of parent sacred and not forget it is the sweetest, highest honor and requires I grow, too, right along with you.
I will love God most.  Trust me, you want me to.
 And when we end this school year, Lord willing, with you having grown both in size and in knowledge, I will be here, as your mom.
And with His help, I will have grown some, too.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A little peek into our lives.....

Maybe fishing in the rain isn't such a bad idea :)

Kimberly captured some beauties on camera :)

Getting ready to do some pickin' at Rocky Mount Baptist Church :)

Cousins :)

Two of the worlds finest when it comes to grilling!!!

All lined up and ready to eat....yes, there's a whole bunch of us :)

Thank you for visiting us!  Come back soon :))

Sunday, August 18, 2013

~ Happy Birthday!!! ~

Happy Birthday to not one but two of my beautiful nieces!!!  Allison turns 19 today and is beginning her 2nd year at University of South Carolina....and Brooke turns 16 today and is looking forward to finishing high school to become a pediatric nurse.  I am so proud of both of you girls!!!  Love you and wish you two a very "Happy Birthday"!!!  Enjoy your day :))

Friday, August 16, 2013

~ This Moment ~

this moment......a Friday ritual... a single photo.....no words....capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.  Happy weekending!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

~ Summertime ~

What can I say?  We are definitely cruising in the summertime mode around here....go to bed late:)....get up later than we should :) ......with the school year fast approaching I kinda shudder to think how much of a routine we need to get back into!  We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together ..... lots of fishing, swimming, gardening, spending time with family and friends, celebrating lots of birthdays, fishing, swimming.....well you get the picture :))   On top of all of that, Jeff has a new boat , Hannah is heading back to school today (we're gonna miss you, Hannah)!!! and Kimberly has a new job....( her first)!  Yes, my girl is growing up on me....I'm so proud of her but at the same time I want to hang onto her just a little bit longer!!!  Hope you've enjoyed your summer so far!!!
Jeff and Hannah :))

Ready for her job interview :)
Enjoy the rest of your week !!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

~ Inspiration!!! ~

The fact is,that to do anything in the world worth doing,we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
I find this to be so true!......copied from a friend :)  Thank you for visiting our little space here on the web....hope you're having a great week :))

Saturday, August 3, 2013

~ Attitude is Everything ~

Thought this was too good not to share :))  Have a great weekend!!!


Friday, August 2, 2013

~ This Moment ~

this moment....A Friday ritual.....a single photo.....no words.....capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.  Happy weekending!!!
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