Good Friday

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

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I am so thankful on this Good Friday, and every day, that I get to see Jesus through my children’s childlike faith. So trusting, so loving, and so gracious! I am so thankful for all that they teach me about the Lord.

Easter Over the Years

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Easter 2009

Sarah Ann, 5 months old

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Easter 2010

Sarah Ann, 17 months old

Reece, 2 days old

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Easter 2011

Sarah Ann, 2 and 1/2 years old

Reece, 1 year old

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Easter 2012

Sarah Ann, 3 and 1/2 years old

Reece, 2 years old

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Easter 2013

Sarah Ann, 4 1/2 years old

Reece, 3 years old

Carson, 2 months old

first sleepover!

playing outside. jumping on the trampoline. baby dolls in the play house. eating popsicles on the porch. playing superheroes and power rangers. playing dressing up and tea party. painting and coloring. eating popcorn. sleeping on the floor. watching super friends. watching frozen. staying up late. waking up early. taking a trip to “the beach” before breakfast. eating cereal. playing with swords. letting carson join in on the fun. i would say that sarah ann and reece’s first sleepover with anna claire and charlie was pretty great! we can’t wait to do it again soon!

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Birthday Celebrations, Part 2

Last Saturday evening we celebrated Reece’s birthday one last time at Lexington Gymnastics Academy. He went back and forth and changed his mind 100 times about where he wanted to have his party and what type of theme he wanted to have. When it finally came down to it, he wanted to celebrate at the “gymnastics place just like Sarah Ann” with a Phineas and Ferb party! He had such a great time playing with all of his friends, jumping, sliding and bouncing in the bounce house! We are so grateful for our friends who celebrated with us! I still can’t believe our Reece Piece is 4!

Psalm 121

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I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

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a breath of fresh air

after all the craziness of monday, tuesday was like a breath of fresh air!

the boys and i spent the morning at the mall playing on the playground, eating french fries from chick-fil-a, and shopping at a few stores. i love how carson just follows reece’s every move, and i love how reece is so protective of his baby brother. it is so neat to watch their relationship grow.

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after lunch we went outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and play with sidewalk chalk. sarah ann is quite the little artist, and she created a whole little world on our driveway. sarah ann, reece, and carson even all got their own castles! reece wrote his name and has recently become a lot more interested in drawing and writing. hallelujah! carson was really into the coloring with the chalk, and throwing it across the driveway too!

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our afternoon included making brownies and dinner for a family that recently had a new baby, rest times, reading books, working on our sight words and letters, and dance class, which is sarah ann’s favorite part of the week! after dinner we headed back outside for popsicles before bath time. the kids were so giddy and made up a silly song and dance about our “popsicle party!” i wish i would have recorded it.

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some days go really smoothly and some don’t, but i’m thankful for all of them. i’m thankful for grace. i’m thankful for peace. i’m thankful for the Lord’s continual good work in our lives. and tonight i’m thankful that wednesday was another breath of fresh air!

a serious case of the mondays

We have definitely had a serious case of the Mondays around here.

Last night Reece woke up saying his ear hurt and ended up in the bed with me, right next to me. Carson also woke up wanting to be comforted at 6am. Needless to say I did not want to get out of the bed this morning, and I didn’t until 7:50am! So I went with the no make up, “I look like I worked out but really just went to the grocery store” look today.

And as usual on school days I had to wake up Sarah Ann and Reece to get them ready. But I also had to wake Carson up today. I just picked him up out of his crib and put him straight in the car in his pajamas when it was time to leave for school, which was way later than we are suppose to leave by the way!

Next I couldn’t find my debit card, and I had no idea where I left it. Luckily I had our credit card while we went grocery shopping and to get the oil changed. After searching the house and no debit card to be found, I called the bank on the way to pick up the big kids from preschool to cancel it and get a new one. By chance I asked Sarah Ann if she knew where my debit card was, and she told me exactly where it was! Too bad I had already cancelled it!

Monday also brought rain with it, and of course it started raining even harder right when it was time to pick up the kids from school. Good thing they all like the rain! And that I wore my hair in a ponytail today!

We spent our rainy lunch time at McDonald’s with friends; that was a bright spot in the day! Carson needed his diaper changed and not a single mom in the group had wipes in McDonald’s. They were all in the car. I’ve had a kid in diapers for the last 5 and 1/2 years. I should know by now to always have wipes!

Whoa! What a day!

But there is also so much to be thankful for…

Reece was feeling all better this morning. We enjoyed a fun lunch out with friends on a rainy day. And I got a sweet tea too! We were kept safe while driving in the rain. Our fridge and pantry are now fully stocked again, which makes everyone in the house happy! And this afternoon was really, really smooth. We did our afternoon work, had a dance party and fashion show in the living room, ate breakfast for dinner, played with Daddy, and took an evening walk in the rain before bed.

And tomorrow is a brand new day! And His mercies are new every morning! Thank you, Jesus!

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