Friday, January 1, 2016

New Beginnings

2015 Recap...because, WOW it has been awhile.  The Lord taught our family a lot of lessons this year.  We had to rely on Him, waiting patiently (somedays that one was harder than others), and draw closer to Him, so we would know and feel His timing.

My kids have grown and changed this year.  I got to see the Lord work specifically in their lives.  They got to see answered prayers, friendships grow, and  the Lord take them out of their comfort zone to show us His will.  

I will forever be grateful for 2015.  On this day last year we sat down with our kids and told them we had no idea what the Lord had in store for 2015.  We told them we knew some big changes were coming and we were going to follow wherever the Lord would lead us.  We prayed for direction and guidance and the Lord began to lay out His timeline.  If you told me it that day what was ahead, I am not sure I would have believed you.  

Blessings in 2015: 

Our house went under contract in 7days. 

BBP & SGA offered me jobs that would work perfectly in our world and structure. 

We spent 7 months living with and doing life with some amazing people...every day was confirmation of the Lord working and putting us right where He wanted us. 

The Lord lead us on a path through 5 houses...good and bad, until He confirmed the right one for us. 

Our home closed on 11/12/2015, exactly 13 years from closing on our 1st home (11/12/02), and exactly 7 months from moving in with our roomies. 

The "right" home was under the price range we were searching in, very similar to our old house (that I loved :), and had SO many of the little things on our "list" (fireplace, big wooded backyard, etc.) 

And the Lord's timing had us spending two amazing holidays in our new home...we are so thankful.  I have no idea what His next steps and plans for us will be, but we are committed to following Him in everything.   

We are looking forward to 2016 with anticipation, new beginnings, and excitement.  Our prayer is that we carry over the lessons learned from 2015.    

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas at Home

Home...that is really a Christmas enough this year.  To feel like we followed the Lord and He led us to our home.  Blessed.  But even more than that we got to spend the holidays together being thankful and making memories together.  We all had an amazing holiday.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Roomie Memories

Our 7 months were coming to an end with our amazing roomies.  I wanted to do something special to remember our time together.  We both love family pictures, so I thought scheduling some fall mini sessions with a friend would be perfect.  I love that we got some together too.   I love that we have something to look back on and remember our fun times together! (And I loved the pictures...our friend did awesome!)

Love these kiddos...
 I love how well the colors turned out...we are big fans of red and blue (hotty toddy!)
 One of my favorites...I love the casual shots.

 Me and my boy ;)
 Hubby & I celebrated our 14th anniversary this year.  Blessed by our time together.

 Daddy and his girl, love.

 My favorite!
 These kiddos rock.
 1, 2, 3...
 Football fun!
Everyday with these friends made me thankful for the people the Lord puts in our lives. <3 p="">

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Burt's Pumpkin Farm

I love traditions.  I love that they can continue no matter what else is going on if your life.  Burt's Pumpkin Farm is one of my absolute favorites.  It is a day each fall we don't think about anything else except family, fun, and being together.  The kids count on it every year and I love that they look forward to it as much as I do.

 Pumpkins everywhere... we picked out a few to take home and carve with our roomies :)

 My favorite people.
 Amicola Falls...beautiful State Park.  I love that it is so close to Burt's that we can add it to our fall tradition each year.

 I love watching them grow each year in pictures.  In the midst of a life-changing year knowing these faces were walking with me kept me going everyday. Love.

Friday, July 24, 2015

US Space & Rocket Museum

This summer we planned a trip to visit the US Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, AL.  We spent the year studying Astronomy with Brother, so it was the perfect final field trip of the year.   We had a wonderful time!! It was so much fun and the kids loved learning about everything.  Enjoy some fun pictures from our trip!

 Astronaut Brother & Sister!

 We went for a couple of days, so we purchased a refillable cup...they were aliens, ha!
 The kids got to help in one of the "space" talks we went too.

 Space Ice-cream we purchased to try and bring back to our roomies.
 Playing in the indoor pool...another highlight of staying at the hotel.
 We love our family time!
 Pictures of rockets...the kids thought these were SO fun!

 We also got to see the IMAX movie Journey to Space.  It was a great way to round out our trip.
 In the midst of a crazy summer it was nice to take a fun weekend field trip.  We love making memories!