Fripp Trip, Part 1

Last Tuesday evening we packed up the van, picked up Chick-fil-a once we got on the road, and made it all the way to Fripp Island without stopping! The kids were so excited, and we just couldn’t wait to get there and visit the island for the very first time!

So after a very late night and getting some much needed sleep, we loaded up our golf cart (which is the preferred method of transportation around the island) and headed to the beach! The water was warm and calm, and the beach was almost empty! We spent the morning swimming in the ocean, building castles in the sand, playing bocce ball, and enjoying the sun! We went back to the condo for lunch and then headed to the pool! Carson enjoyed a nice nap by the pool, and the big kids were such little fish swimming all over the pools!

Wednesday evening, our friends Maria and Todd went out to dinner while Jeffrey, all the kids, and I had tacos at the condo and then spent the rest of the evening at the playground. We also saw lots of deer on the ride to and from, which quickly became one of Carson’s favorite things about Fripp! It was such a great first day of exploring!

Thursday morning we loaded all our beach gear up again and headed back to the beach. The tide was really low, so we were able to walk out to the sand bar and play before spending the rest of the morning building sand castles and splashing in the waves. After lunch back at the condo, we met our friends at the pool for the rest of the afternoon! I think our crew could have swam all day long!

Unfortunately we also had to move out of the condo that day because the air broke, but we did get to move to a beautiful house right near the pool, so there was definitely an upside! After getting settled into the new place, it was mine and Jeffrey’s turn to enjoy a date night at the Bonita Boathouse while the kids made pizza and brownies with Maria and Todd! It was so great to be able to spend some quality time and enjoy some yummy seafood on vacation in the midst of chasing three kids around!

And before bed Thursday night we took a late night golf cart ride to look for more deer, and they were everywhere! A couple of them got really close to Sarah Ann and Reece. And sweet Car-man, he was such a trooper the whole trip, just sleeping whenever he could and staying up late. Plus, I think he really liked getting to share a king bed with Mommy and Daddy!

Summer Camp SARC, Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3: Europe and the color Green!

  • Monday: We helped Mrs. Stephanie at church Monday morning by cleaning the toys and then had lunch out. We also made “homeless care bags” and colored pictures for Uncle Jeremy’s birthday! We love our slow Monday mornings, followed by lots of fun!
  • Tuesday: We went swimming with Anna Claire, Charlie, and Nathan! Then Tuesday afternoon we learned about England, did our school work, read some of our favorite books that were set in London, had a tea party with sun tea, ate “fish and chips” for dinner, and watched “Robin Hood” before bed!
  • Wednesday: Anna Claire and Charlie came to play with us Wednesday morning, and then we all went to the library for a special storytelling time. We were learning about Italy on Wednesday, so we had pizza for lunch at Mellow Mushroom and ate spaghetti for dinner! We also read some books about Italy during our school time and Carson painted a green frog. The kids really want to go to Venice and ride on a gondola now after reading all about Italy!
  • Thursday: The kids got to play with Mrs. Holly and Addison Thursday morning and then we met Mrs. Aimee, Averie, and Finn at Tropical Smoothie Cafe for a yummy lunch! Thursday afternoon we did school, read several Madeline stories, studied France and made an Eiffel Tower craft. Thursday night was Daddy Daughter date night and the boys and Charlie got to spend time with Nanny while Mrs. Kathy and I had bunco!
  • Friday: We spent the morning at the zoo and swimming with Nanny and Pops because it was so hot! And we ended the week with a relaxing evening at home with Daddy!

Week 4: Antarctica and Orange!

  • This was a short week since we spent most of the week at Fripp Island! But Monday we did learn about Antarctica, read books about penguins, did our reading and math activities and Carson colored and found things that were orange!
  • And tonight the kids cuddled up to watch “Happy Feet” before about a busy but wonderful week at the beach!

my three.

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my three. the three amigos. they love each other. they drive each other crazy. they always want to be together. even when all want to do something different. they love to create, imagine, and discover. sarah ann leads, and the boys follow. they dance and sword fight together. they love books and running and play dough and snacks. they are so alike, yet so very different. i sure do love my three!

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Charleston

Jeffrey and I got engaged at Waterfront Park in Charleston, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It is also now one of the kids most favorite places to visit. They love the park, the battery, walking downtown, and going to the candy shop. And after last weeks events in Charleston, we are even more proud of that special city and the sweet state of South Carolina. There has been so much hope, love, and unity expressed, and it has been such a beautiful picture of what the body of Christ is called to be! Thank you, Charleston, for being a city that stands for what is right and good.

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Colossians 3:12-15

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Father’s Day 2015

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Today we celebrate you, Jeffrey! We are so very thankful for you and all that you do for us! Thank you for leading us and loving us so well! You are the most wonderful daddy to our babies, and I am so grateful that we get to navigate this world of parenting together! There is no one I would rather have by my side! We love you!

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It was such a sweet day celebrating with the kids. They were so excited to give him his new cooler full of goodies and celebrate with lunch at Carrabba’s! They make life so much fun!

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This evening we also got to celebrate with Pops! We ordered wings for dinner and spent the rest of the evening swimming in the pool! We love you, Pops! You always know how to make us smile and laugh!

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It has been a good, good day and we are so very blessed! Happy Father’s Day!

sweet summertime!

june is simply flying by, but we are definitely enjoying the slower mornings, time with friends, family days, adventures around town, and of course soaking up the sun! the weather has been absolutely hot, but it hasn’t stopped us from enjoying this sweet summertime!

friday morning we took a special trip to the zoo with nanny to see the new grizzly bear and river otter exhibit. the new exhibits are so nice, and we were able to get so close to the bears, with the glass between us, of course! in fact, one of the bears turned and looked right at carson, and he jumped and screamed. he calmed down and got excited again though when they got to watch the bears swimming!

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after a hot morning at the zoo, a trip to nanny and pops’ swimming pool was a must! these three little fishies can’t get enough of the water! in fact, nanny and pops asked if they could have the kids back for the evening to eat dinner and go swimming again! and jeffrey and i got to enjoy a date night at the new smash burger!

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after a morning of playing and cleaning, we took the kids to see “inside out!” sarah ann and reece have been so excited about it, and they absolutely loved it! they giggled and smiled the whole time! even carson made it through the whole movie, with a little help from the popcorn and coke!

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and to finish up our sweet saturday, we spent the evening at the lake with some of our sweet friends swimming in the lake, riding the boat, eating dinner, playing outside, and going down the slip’n’slide! the weather was perfect, and the company was even better!

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sweet summertime, you’re our favorite! this weekend has been so great, and we are looking forward to another wonderful day of celebrating father’s day tomorrow!

Daddy Daughter Date Night!

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Tonight Jeffrey and Sarah Ann attended their fifth annual Daddy Daughter Date Night at Chickfila! It is such a sweet tradition that they both look forward to every year, and they also have the absolute best time! Tonight Sarah Ann got to have her fingernails painted, take pictures with Daddy in the photo booth, and get free ice cream! Sarah Ann also loves any reason to get all dressed up, and tonight she wore her favorite grey dress. Cute but comfy, just like what her momma would pick! I am so thankful that Jeffrey and Sarah Ann were able to enjoy some quality one-on-one time together. She loves to talk with him about any and everything, and I hope that it is always that way. ¬†Jeffrey sure does love his little girl, and she’s definitely Daddy’s little princess!

And here is a precious picture of Sarah Ann and her bestie, Anna Claire, at all of the date nights they have attended together with their Daddies. Such precious friends and memories!

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Elisabeth Elliot

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”

~Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity~

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I vividly remember reading Jim Elliot’s biography during youth camp in high school, which then led me to read several of Elisabeth Elliot’s books over the next couple of years. Their story was so beautiful, one that focused on spreading the Gospel to unreached nations no matter what the cost. Elisabeth’s wisdom about missions, marriage, and surrendering it all to the Lord were so influential in my high school and college years. Her legacy is one that I will never forget, and I’m looking forward to reading some of her other books that I haven’t read yet. I am so grateful for her life and timeless words of wisdom.

“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21

Frozen on Ice!

Greenville will always hold a special place in my heart! I love any chance to go back and visit, so when I found out that Frozen on Ice was coming, I just knew we had to go! And it, of course, made for such a fun family day with a little something for everyone!

Carson always picks me to pray last, so Friday night when we were praying before bed I simply ended my prayer with “and I pray that we will have a safe and fun family trip to Frozen on Ice tomorrow in Greenville.” Ha! Sarah Ann’s mouth dropped open, and Reece said, “I’m so excited!”

And so after a good nights sleep and a morning of cleaning up our rooms, we loaded up and headed to Greenville for the rest of the day! Carson napped on the way up, while the big kids played and watched a movie. Sarah Ann only asked about 500 times, “Are we getting close?” She just couldn’t contain her excitement!

The show was so great! Carson was so very happy to see “Dee” (Mickey) and all of his buddies! Sarah Ann sang through the entire show, and Reece scarfed down popcorn and watched in amazement! “It’s Summer” was definitely one of our most favorite songs! Disney just does everything so well, and now I’m really ready to plan our next trip to Disney World!

After the show, we ventured down Main Street. We went to the Mast General store, showed the kiddos where Jeffrey and I ate our ice cream on our first date (to which Sarah Ann clapped and cheered), and walked down to Falls Park! It was a beautiful evening outside, and there is also something to see or do when you are walking down the streets! It is such a fun and friendly environment, even though Reecey wasn’t really a fan of the dogs. The kids waded in the river, walked across the bridge, and ran up and down the hill over and over again! Before heading back to Columbia we had a late dinner at Outback, which is Daddy’s favorite!

The boys crashed on the way home, but Sarah Ann was still enjoying the fun day and holding on to all the excitement! It was definitely a great day, and I’m so thankful that Greenville is just a day trip away! We can’t wait to go back again soon!

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Summer Camp SARC 2015, Weeks 1 and 2

Summer 2015 is now well underway! We have gotten into a pretty good groove, and we are having the best time! My goals for the summer are to do a different service project with the kids each week, do three days of “summer school” a week, and complete our summer reading–all while carson has a new color to learn each week and the big kids will be traveling around the world! The kids are also determined to mark off everything that we put on our bucket list!

So here’s a little peak into our first two weeks…

Week 1: This week we overviewed the world, reviewed the continents, put up our new world map, marked where our Compassion children live on the map, and then made cards and pictures to send them for our service project! Carson learned about the color red by eating apples and strawberries, painting Clifford the big red dog, looking for red things around the house, and coloring and gluing with red paper and red crayons. Tuesday we went to Edventure with our friends and got to see the new Mr. Potato Head exhibit, which is so great! The kids also loved being able to see several butterflies emerging from their cocoons. We also took our picnic lunch to Finlay Park downtown, and the kids definitely want to go back! Wednesday we went swimming with our friends Averie and Finn, and Thursday we had play date with Sarah, signed up for summer reading at the kickoff party, and went to Caroline’s end of school pool party! It was a busy but exciting day! Reece requested to put “play inside at Anna Claire and Charlie’s house” on our bucket list, and he was so happy that they got to spend the morning there last Friday while Nanny had surgery. The kids had so much fun, and Carson loving spending time with Mrs. Ka-fee! Kathy, thank you again for loving on my babies! We finished off our first week of summer with a trip to Krispy Kreme for National Doughnut Day! Yum!

Week 2: This week completely wore us out, but definitely in a good day! The boys and I stayed busy while Sarah Ann was at VBS. Monday we went grocery shopping and kicked off our “Monday Funday” with my small group at the park! Tuesday we had a Chickfila breakfast play date, ran a few errands, and enjoyed playing at home. Wednesday we went to the library and got to see a Cinderella puppet show, and then had Lucy Mills and McClain come play with us for the afternoon! Having five kids would totally be great! Thursday brought haircuts and swimming, and Friday the boys spent the morning with Nathan blow bubbles, jumping on the trampoline, and playing dinosaurs! And we ended our week swimming with Nanny and Pops after the final day of VBS and making cookies to deliver to some of our new neighbors for our service project! And in the midst of all that, Carson learned about the color blue this week with Thomas the Train, Blues Clues, the ocean, and lots of blue coloring! We also learned a lot about Australia this week during “summer school” too! We read about lots of different Australian animals, learned several Australian phrases, watched “Finding Nemo” with Daddy, learned about the Great Barrier Reef, enjoyed fairy bread, and ate dinner at Outback!