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Be JOYFUL always, PRAY without ceasing, give THANKS in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I have to be honest, this morning when I woke up, I was a little sad. Michael had already left really early for work, it was raining, and I knew the challenge ahead of me to get myself and two small children dressed, fed, and off to church on time in the pouring rain (plus I still had some cooking to do for potluck). But God was kind. Madeline woke up and was singing "Behold the Lamb of God" when I went into her room to get her. As we had breakfast together we were able to sing the song together and talk about what today really meant. It was a really sweet time and the Lord used it to prepare my heart for worshipping and celebrating the Risen Christ!

We made it to church, almost on time, :) and I was greeted by my amazing church family who helped me unload the kids and food in the rain, leaving me so loved on and well cared for! Then I unexpectedly had to teach the 2 year old's Sunday School class which was an absolute joy. Not only did I get to spend time with a good friend in there, but as we read about Jesus going to the cross to the 2 year olds, again God was sweet to continue to help me meditate and ponder on Christ's sacrifice on our behalf. Although Michael wasn't there, and holidays are never quite the same when he is at work, the love and fellowship at our church was such a blessing to my soul this morning. I pray you all had a wonderful Easter as well celebrating a Savior who is risen and has conquered sin and death once and for all!

Enjoying the Easter Baskets after the "hunt" to find them yesterday afternoon

No Family pics this year, but here are my 2 cuties after church this afternoon, probably on a little bit of a sugar high from the candy in the Easter eggs they hunted.

Here is a little of Madeline's singing this morning :)

He "was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 1:4

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Four Years Ago Today.... I married my Prince Charming!

Four Years, and (almost) 3 kids later, he is still my Knight in Shining Armor. I'm so thankful for the gift of a godly husband and how God has used him in my life.

Happy Anniversary Babe! I pray for decades more to come!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebrating Gloria

Last Saturday some sweet friends from church threw a baby shower for Gloria. We got to share the shower with my friend Jenn who is bringing home their son Joel from Ethiopia hopefully really soon. It was such a special time and we were really blessed by lots of love, prayer, and helpful gifts to help welcome Gloria into our family in a few weeks! Now I just can't wait to meet her. If she follows the pattern of our other 2 kiddos, my prediction is she will make her appearance on May 8, four weeks from yesterday, which just happens to be mother's day. What a great gift that would be! That totally could be wishful thinking, and if I'm wrong she'll be here in about 5 1/2 weeks!

Jenn and I opening gifts... so blessed!
My sweet in-laws that came!
Jenn and I with all of our wonderful hostesses
The AWESOME and yummy cake my friend Anna made
The beautiful diaper cake my friend Lauren made!
Thanks everyone who made it such a special day!!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunny Days

We enjoyed some really warm weather today for April... 84 degrees! We decided to introduce our kiddos to ice cream cones, and they thoroughly enjoyed ever bite!

Sweet sister and brother
Little man enjoying his ice cream cone
Our flowers we planted last weekend are enjoying the sun too
My gang :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

March Madness

Our family had a really busy March! The month started out with transitioning Madeline to a big girl bed and getting her ears pierced!!!!! My baby is definitely growing up into this little lady. She has done fabulous sleeping in a big bed, and hasn't even gotten out once! She is super excited about giving her crib to Gloria and sharing a room with her.
We also spent 2 weeks in Mississippi with Marmie and Papa while daddy had to go out of town for work. It was a fun filled 2 weeks with beautiful weather so we spent most days outside. Here are some highlights from our month:

Painting with cousins Will and James at the Speed Art Museum
playing with cousin Max in Nashville
snuggling with Papa
Lunch out with Uncle Al and Aunt E
Marmie's little gardners
Afternoon at the park
Playing the piano with Granne
Reading with Mamps
Fun at the Hands On Children's Museum

All this fun is hard work! We were pooped!