Let Them Be Little

I can remember when you fit in the palm of my hand
Felt so good in it, no bigger than a minute
How it amazes me, you’re changing with every blink
Faster than a flower blooms they grow up all too soon

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So, let them be little ’cause they’re only that way for awhile
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh, but let them be little

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I’ve never felt so much in one little tender touch
I live for those kisses, your prayers and your wishes
And now that you’re teaching me how only a child can see
Tonight while we’re on our knees all I ask is please

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Let them be little ’cause they’re only that way for awhile
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh, but let them be little

Oh, two!

Oh, two! I had forgotten how exhausting you were! The messes, the tears, the into everything! Two, you completely wear me out!

But for all the exhaustion, two is also pretty sweet! The hugs and kisses, learning new things, becoming independent, the exploring and growing, the always saying new words and “lud yous.”

And at the end of the day, I think we just might be able to make it through being two!

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Legoland!

We started off our Saturday morning with Reecey’s karate test. This rank test involved all his memory work, which is saying and spelling karate terms in Japanese, to get his final tip. He did so awesome, and he was so excited when he found out he passed!

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Sarah Ann and Carson then went to Addison’s birthday party while Jeffrey and Reece packed, and then we hit the road to Atlanta! Carson was out before we hit the interstate and slept a good part of the way down, but Reece and Sarah Ann were just so excited and giddy about our little weekend getaway! We had a great trip down and went straight to Phipps Plaza to meet Aunt Melanie, Uncle Jeremy, Nanny and Pops!

We ate an early dinner first, and of course Reecey’s picked Moe’s! He wanted everyone to eat as quickly as possible because he was ready to see those Legos!
And Legoland definitely did not disappoint! The kids had the best time!

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We started off in the brick factory, and then went on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride where we had to save the princess! Next up was Miniland, and the kids thought it was so neat that they got to see so many of the places that we have been to in Atlanta in Lego form! Reece also liked finding some of his Lego sets in the midst of the city. He was just so happy! There is also a special Star Wars exhibit right now. After seeing those two areas we headed into the big open area, where we spent the next two hours playing with Legos, riding the Merlin’s Adventure ride, building and racing cars, singing karaoke, playing in the Fire Engine playground, seeing two different 4D movies and getting a couple new Lego sets! I’m pretty sure the kids would have stayed longer if it wasn’t time to close! It was such a fun evening, and they are already asking when we can go back!

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We got back to Melanie and Jeremy’s pretty late, but we still found some time to celebrate Reece’s birthday one more time with cupcakes and more Legos from Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Melanie!

After a good nights sleep and a morning of playing with their new Lego people, we packed up all our stuff and headed to meet our friends, Kevin, Brandi, Lynsie and Kyle for lunch before coming back to SC! It was so great to see them and catch up, and the kids had so much fun playing with Lynsie and Kyle! And we can’t wait to hopefully see them again this summer!

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Our trips to Atlanta always go by so quickly, but they are always so much fun too! We can’t wait to go back again this summer! Thank you, Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Melanie, for letting us sleep in Annalee’s room!

Videos

Sarah Ann is so sad that co-op only has a couple of weeks left for the semester. She has really enjoyed her classes this spring. Here is a little clip of Sarah Ann’s sweet chorus class singing “Amazing Love” during co-op devotion time…

Reece’s imagination is always going, and he is always in his own little world. A couple of weeks ago Jeffrey was grilling dinner and caught Reece doing a little bo staff work on the play house…

Carson loves to “jup” and “dace” on the trampoline. He doesn’t like for anyone else to be jumping when he does, so he tells everyone to “sit for two mins.” He definitely keeps us smiling…

And this video right here was such a good reminder of the high calling of being a mommy and raising our little ones to love Jesus with all their heart. Jen Hatmaker is hilarious and real and such an encouragement…

And two other things I love–“Nashville” and Africa. Here is a little video of the stars of “Nashville” singing one of my favorite songs from the show with the African Children’s Choir. So much fun…

Happy Friday, everyone! Bring on the weekend!

Spring Break!!

I think once I post about spring break I’ll be all caught up on the recent Broadwell happenings! I feel like I say this every season, but spring is totally flying by! We have been loving being outside, having picnics at the park, enjoying the lighter evenings, getting kona ices, grilling out, eating popsicles on the back porch before bath time, and enjoying time with friends and family! I can’t believe that we are already halfway through April!

Here’s a little peak into our spring break…

Play dates with friends we don’t get to see as much during the school year. Jumping on the trampoline. Enjoying lunch with friends. Slushies from Sonic. Spending Easter egg money at Dollar Tree. Storytime at the library. Welcome to Moe’s! More fun with friends. Legos, lots of Legos! Our first trip of the year to the beach! Sun and sand, and really cold water that the kids loved! Strawberry picking and making our own pizzas for lunch. Kona Ices and a trip to the park. Karate class. A morning at the park with friends and lunch at Five Guys. Yum! Buying new fishing poles. Celebrating Nathan and Emma’s birthdays. Date Night! Hallelujah! A wonderful morning at Touch a truck. Or “trup” as Carson says. Liana’s birthday party. Grilling out. And spending Sunday relaxing and getting ready for a new week!

Whhooo! It was such a fun week! And now we’re rejuvenated and ready to finish up these last seven weeks of school! Spring is here, and we’re loving it!

The Greatest Show on Earth!

Last Sunday afternoon we surprised the big kids with a trip to the circus! When we got in the car and showed them the tickets, they couldn’t believe it! They had so much fun, and it’s always so great to spend some quality time with them! And I don’t think Carson missed us one bit since he got to spend the afternoon with Nanny and Pops. Reece’s favorite part of the circus was the tigers, and Sarah Ann really liked all of the acrobatics. The popcorn and snow cones were a big hit too! The greatest show on earth was definitely great!

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The Joy Journey!

This year to prepare our hearts for Easter we used the resurrection eggs during our family devotion time. I so loved hearing the kids retell the story of Jesus’ final weeks before His death and resurrection. I can see the Lord working in their hearts as they ask questions and process and begin to really understand what Jesus has done for us. Carson will even say “tomb, no!” meaning that Jesus isn’t in the tomb anymore! Oh Carson, you are so right, and we are so very grateful!

We also did a little project called “The Joy Journey” that I got from another blog I read. The purpose was to really place the focus of Easter on the Lord, our hearts, and on loving others. We had a small activity to do each day leading up to Easter. Here’s a little recap of what we did…

1. We made praise posters to hang up to remind us of why we celebrate Easter!
2. On Thursday we made a resurrection garden with Anna Claire and Charlie! Thank you, Mrs. Kathy, for planning this fun activity for us!
3. We put peeps in the microwave to see how they grew, which reminded us that we are called to grow in the Lord.
4. Saturday afternoon we dyed eggs and talked about how Jesus changes our hearts, just like the eggs changed colors.
5. On Palm Sunday we waved our palm branches and sang “Hosanna!” and the kids took turns acting out the story.
6. Monday afternoon we went around the neighborhood and left chalk messages saying “Happy Easter!” for our neighbors!
7. We made Easter treats for our friends at preschool and dance, and Carson just enjoyed eating the peeps!
8. Wednesday we helped with the Reece’s class Easter party. Reece had so much fun playing the games, and Sarah Ann and Carson were such great helpers hiding the eggs for the egg hunt!
9. We made posters to give to our mail carrier and trash collectors, along with a chocolate Easter bunny. The kids were so excited when we even received a sweet letter back from our mail carrier!
10. On Good Friday, we had an Easter play date with some of our sweet friends! We had an Easter snack, went on an egg hunt, and had so much fun playing!
11. Saturday morning we went with Nanny to a local nursing home to spread a little Easter joy and hope by passing out flowers and eggs with Bible verses in them.
12. And lastly on Easter we celebrated Jesus’ most amazing gift of new life!

It was such a sweet joy journey, and I’m so thankful for all of these precious moments with my babies! It is such beautiful thing to see their hearts growing and learning as the Lord draws them to Himself!

Field Trip Fun, Part 2

Last week we got to take two field trips to two different farms with our co-op!

Wednesday we went to Fox Tree Farm, just right around the corner from our house! The kids got to pet animals, hold bunnies, play on the playground, plant sunflower seeds, go on a hayride, find eggs in the Easter egg hunt, and visit with the Easter bunny! It was an absolutely beautiful day, and the kids had so much fun at the farm!

Thursday we spent the afternoon at Happy Cow Creamery in Pelzer, SC. It was such a fun little day trip! We got to go on a tour of the farm, including where the cows are milked and the fields where they spend the day resting and munching on grass. The kids really liked getting to taste the milk and eat ice cream too!

Field trips are so much fun, and I so love all the time that we get to spend together! And a big thank you to Nanny for joining us on our field trips and spending lots of time holding Carson!