soccer, sprinklers, and a school field trip!

soccer season is well underway, and carson is once again loving it all! he was a little timid when the season began, but he got back into his groove pretty quickly and he’s been on fire! he loves to play defense, but he’s quite the little goal scorer too! he’s had so much fun having his friend asher on his team with him! and there’s a million reasons that i love jeffrey, but one that ranks pretty high on the list right now, is the fact that he is coaching 10 three and four year olds in soccer! carson loves having his daddy as his coach! it has been such a fun season so far, and we are looking forward to a few more great games before the season ends! my little soccer star is just the cutest!

last week we got out the sprinkler for the first time this season, and carson just couldn’t get enough! last summer he could be a bit hesitant about getting his face wet, but it didn’t bother him at all in the sprinkler! he just laughed and giggled and ran and jumped over and over and over again!


and lastly, on wednesday, i got to go with carson on his first preschool field trip to the lexington county museum! carson and his sweet class had the best time learning about historical pastimes and toys! it was so great to have some quality time with my baby boy, and sweet carson was so proud of himself for walking the whole time, especially since he still likes to when his mommy gets to hold him. i’m so proud of my baby boy, and i love seeing him love preschool and how much he has learned and grown this year!

Errand Dates and Date Nights!

When J joined our crew back in February, we switched up our Sunday afternoon routine a bit so that each week one of the kiddos could go with me to pick up our groceries, grab library books for co-op, run any other errands, and enjoy a special treat with Mommy! We’ve made trips to Starbucks, Kona Ice, Sonic, the gas station for an icee, and several trips to Menchie’s! It has been such a treat to spend some quality alone time with each of the kiddos during this new season of life. I love the sweet conversations, the laughs and giggles, and the hugs and kisses that come with these weekly errand dates! While talking to a friend last week about her getting to run some errands along, Sarah Ann, “My mom never gets to do that.” Ha! And while it’s true, the time with my babies is very worth it! I know that one day I’ll miss it, so I want to hold on tight to these moments now!



Mine and Jeffrey’s Wednesday evening date nights have looked a bit different over the past couple of months too. We’ve spent most of them cuddled on the couch, eating Chipotle or Myabi Jr., watching “The West Wing,” and finally¬†sitting still for more than two minutes that day! We’ve been able to get out a few other times thanks to Nanny and Pops keeping all four! And last week we got a sitter for J, so that we could venture downtown to eat dinner at El Burrito one last time! We might not get to have date nights there anymore, but I sure am thankful that I get to date Jeffrey forever and ever!



Spring Break 2017

holy week

palm sunday at church. hosanna! hosanna! reading our easter books together in the living room before heading out of town. snuggling up to watch “the easter carol” with daddy. dyeing our easter eggs with daddy before bed. resurrection eggs. using lots of sprinkles and icing to decorate egg cookies. a fun easter play date with friends. attending the good friday service at church. an afternoon hunting eggs and visiting the easter bunny and other animals at fox farm. celebrating easter together! i’m thankful for a sweet holy week, where we could focus on our hearts on jesus, his life, his death, and his resurrection!

Happy Easter!



The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him


One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken


The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated


Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive


We sing Hallelujah
We sing Hallelujah
We sing Hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome!


Broadwell Academy, Weeks 29 and 30

Spring break flew by and was a much needed break, and now we only have four weeks left of school! But before we jump into the last few weeks of school, here’s a peak into the two weeks before spring break…

Week 29: this week was pretty routine with co-op on monday (and sarah ann and lea matched for american girl class). we spent lots of time outside in the beautiful weather between doing our school assignments, and had a field trip to the bowling alley.  in spanish the big kids have been working on the months and days of the week, and carson has been practicing his name writing and continuing through the letters of the alphabet. sarah ann finished up a short story writing assignment about her favorite birthday party ever at the melting pot! reece is still a reading machine, and he did a great job putting it to use for their animal projects. since they had completed their research on their two animals, at the end of the week they printed some animal pictures and put their posters together! they turned out awesome!

Week 30: this was a bit of a weird week with crazy weather and lots of our evening activities being cancelled, but we made the most of it and had a good last week before the break! reece got to hold the flag at co-op, and in learning centers they did a spring theme, and he also got to plant seed while reading “the tiny seed” in the eric carle class. sarah ann finished charlotte’s web,” but she wasn’t completely happy with the ending. her fur and feathers class also had two pet rats visit, and sarah ann fed and petted it. um, no thank you! in spanish the kids continued with the months and days of the week, and they finished up math before the break by doing awesome on their oral and written assessments! they are both still loving spelling you see too! we had a fun day at edventure with miss emily on friday and finished up our work before the break that afternoon. finally, spring break had arrived!

Celebrating Seven! (Part 2)

Last Saturday afternoon and evening Reecey was able to celebrate his birthday once more with some of his sweet friends, Charlie, Finn, Nathan, and Olivia! Everyone came over to our house for an afternoon of Lego building and then we all went to Chickfila for dinner and cake! Reecey is so very loved, and it was such a treat to be able to spend the day with some of his favorite friends, playing and building with his favorite Legos, and having dinner at one of his favorite restaurants! Celebrating our big seven year old was so much fun! And yes, he’s already put together all of the Lego sets that he received for his birthday!

Reecey has also been asking for a some time to go to the zoo with Daddy to climb the Sky High Safari, so Sunday afternoon after church and lunch we decided to end our weekend by taking our sweet seven year old to climb! It was definitely a bit nerve wracking, but Reece was so brave and kept going and made it all the way to the top level! Way to go, Reecey, and thank you, Daddy, for doing it with him!

It has been so much fun celebrating Reece over the past week, and we are so looking forward to an amazing year ahead! We love you, Reecey, and we are so very thankful for you!

Celebrating Seven! (Part 1)

Last Saturday evening, right before bed, Reece threw up… and then just like that, he began his seventh year with the stomach bug! Luckily it was very short lived, and after getting sick a couple more times in the middle of the night, he woke up on Sunday morning feeling much better! He walked into the living room full of decorations, balloons, and presents! And he was so excited! He opened his presents right away and couldn’t wait to get started working on his new Lego sets and play a round of Star Wars Clue! While we definitely missed being at church because of the stomach bug, it was also quite nice to have a morning at home to rest and play!




Since Sarah Ann was also under the weather, she, Jeffrey, and J stayed home, while Reece, Carson, and I had a birthday celebration lunch at Moe’s and then went to see the Junior production of Peter Pan at Town Theatre! I love seeing how close Reece and Carson have become, and they really enjoyed getting to spend so much of the day together! We had such a fun lunch, and they both really loved the play!



A couple weeks before his birthday, Reece asked Sarah Ann if they could switch their Sunday errand days, so that he could run errands with me on his birthday. Sarah Ann agreed, so Reece and I also got to have a little date to Kona Ice and run a couple of errands around town before dinner on his birthday too. It was a perfectly warm day of icees, and we even got to play a couple rounds of tetherball too! I am so thankful for some quality one-on-one time with him on his special day!


We spent the evening doing our usual Sunday night leftovers, Awana verses, and bath time… and also got to watch the Lady Gamecocks win the national championship in basketball! Reece said, “Even the Gamecocks gave me a birthday present!” We aren’t super huge basketball fans around here, but it’s always fun to support one of your favorite teams, and our babies sure do love them some Gamecocks, just like their Daddy!

And finally before bed on Sunday night, we sang “happy birthday” to Reecey and enjoyed some yummy cupcakes! What a sweet way to end such a special day celebrating our big seven year old! The day might not have gone exactly like we planned, thanks to the stomach bug, but it was a perfectly imperfect day filled with lots of love and fun for our Reecey Piecey!



And today we did some more celebrating, and it sure was such a fun family day!

After Sarah Ann and Carson’s soccer games this morning, we all went over to Nanny and Pops’ house to play outside, enjoy the beautiful weather, cook out for lunch, and celebrate belated birthdays together for Aunt Melanie, Nanny, and Reecey! We are always so thankful for family time together, and the kids are always so very happy to get to spend time with Uncle Jeremy, Aunt Melanie, and Annalee!


A Table Full, Part 2


Two days after T left us, we received another call about a placement for a 3 year old little boy. Little J joined us on February 20th and has certainly filled our table and filled our hearts. I could not have imagined the ways that we have all been stretched and grown over these past seven weeks. Sarah Ann is such a little Mommy to J, and Reece has been such a great helper. They help with brushing his teeth, getting him buckled, holding his hand in parking lots, and playing with him. Carson and J have had a big breakthrough recently, and Carson loves to help him and make sure he uses his signs and reminds him not to climb out of the bed. They play really well together for the most part while the big kids do school too. Their favorite things to do together are ride the jeep and chase each other around the living room. They just giggle and grin the whole time. J seems to have also gotten pretty attached to Jeffrey and me. He loves to cuddle up on the couch with Jeffrey when we all watch “Little Big Shots” together on Sunday nights. And sweet J has grown in more ways that I can believe. He has responded so well to structure and boundaries, something that all kids need. He is using his signs, saying “pease” and “all done,” and mimicking pretty much everything we say. He can follow simple one step directions, and while he still gets easily frustrated (what 3 year old doesn’t), he is overall handling himself much, much better. We’ve learned that he likes apples, peanut butter and jelly, ice cream, french fries, macaroni and cheese, bananas, anything sweet, raisins, smoothies, spaghetti, cheesesticks, pretzels, goldfish, and I’m sure more too. He is doing well with trying new foods that we eat. He likes all toys that spin and loves to jump on the trampoline. He loves to be outside and play on a playground! He likes trains and cars, and he has loved going to the zoo! He smiled the whole time he rode the carousel and train. He is loud, and full of life, and full of smiles. We aren’t sure how long this journey will last, but we are thankful to be able to love on him while he is with us. We are always praying for him, his mom, his caseworkers, and the courts. We know that the Lord has good things in store for J, and we are so grateful that we get to be a part of it! I have never been more tired or more busy, but being able to love on J and point him to our heavenly Father, who will never leave him, is worth it all!


march memories

march flew by, and now we are well on our way through april…

but in the midst of all of our other march fun, here are a few memories i don’t want to forget…

from kicking off another soccer season to strawberry picking and from the awana grand prix to spending lots of time outside, march sure was a treat for us all!