Thursday, September 15, 2011

This is What I Imagine Heaven Will Sound Like

Monday, September 12, 2011

Nowhere Else I'd Rather Be

I loved this week end. We had absolutely nothing to do so we just enjoyed each other all week end long. In fact on Saturday the car didn't leave the garage and we still did so much!

The week end started off with this suprising note from school. We will be pursuing this soon. I am declaring 2012 the year of NO Diapers!

Friday night started off with a little Fashion Show. This Silly Monkey shirt was right up Carso's alley. the minute he put it on he said "Oooh oohh Aahhh Aaahhh!!"

We call this the "Carson Pout"

See? That's for real.

And then seconds later.....

And then more seconds later. He's ever changing!

Love this outfit and she did to. Lately when I say "Kate you are beautiful." She says "i not beautiful. I Kate!"

So this was an on cue hug. We're getting closer!

Kate's favorite thing lately is to shut the door. And when I'm not around she slams the door teenager style.

I will never get over those blue eyes!

She was helping me make bread and I caught her singing for all she was worth.

I just had to do some crafts. Carso requested a Thomas pumpkin shirt and I had to deliver.

I of course had to make one for my girl

Carson has deemed this "My puzzle"

He's so good at it. I love to watch him search and then when the light goes on. I just love it.

I started this Bible study 6 weeks ago. Breaking Free with Beth Moore.

I could tell you that this was a truly sweet shot but I have to tell you the truth and say that she was pushing him out of the way to get by him. But I caught it a split second before the rudeness.

It's quite simple. I love this kid.
i love this common scene at our house.

We had popsicles tonight.

And fun with tape!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

ABCs With a Big Finish

He gets off track at the end and then makes up for it with a big finish!:)

Football Season

My nephew Caden

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kate... You do not Own this Song

It's Christmas in September!

Monday, September 5, 2011

John Lennon We Aren't

 I thought this video was hilarious.And it was made even more hilarious as Carso kept hitting his penny on the little video camera I was using. He thought it was hilarious, and he thought it  was a 1000 times more hilarious when I played it back for him tonight.He couldn't stop laughing that wonderful little deep belly laugh I love so much.   Carson has heard the song "beautiful boy" by John Lennon since he was hours old. I have sung it to him quite frequently over his little life. Here is our own little rendition with my tribute to Yoko Ono (off key singing). Even Kate chimed in from behind the closed closet door "other plans!" when we needed help.

Father and Son

Mr and Miss Personality

Lollipop, Lollipop oooh lolli lolli lolli.......

I haven't sewn in a LONG time but sometimes I see things on craft blogs that are too cute to pass up. This Lollipop shirt was one of those little creations I just had to try. :) Best of all it took me about 30 minutes from start to finish and I learned something new...a reverse applique. So easy and so fun. And all I needed was a scrap of fabric (Kate carefully picked it out:), a tshirt and some thread. She asked me over and over to sing the Lollipop song which I couldn't get out of my head until the end of the day. And when it came time to get dressed for church the next day. Kate asked, "Where's my lollipop shirt?" Just in case you want to make your is the Lollipop Tutorial. :)


Out of all of the pairs of shoes in the store, Carso picked these. No big surprise. "Beggo" shoes that light up!

Out of all the shoes in the store Miss Kate chose these. I was having coffee with a friend when Jared brought them to me. I saw these shoes from across the parking lot. I can't explain it, but these are just Kate right now.

I told Carso that he needed to show his shoes yesterday at church....His response?

"I need to stomp Mommy!!!"

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Father's Love

I've read a book called The Help 2 times. I have a love for reading so it is not surprising that I've read it twice, but what surprises me is how much it gripped my heart. When I saw the movie a couple of weeks ago the beginning scene made me cry...hard. Who cries at the beginning of a movie? This movie was so wrapped up in human emotion that it just pierced my heart. The scene opens with the main character Aibeleen holding a little girl named Mae Mobley close to her and telling her "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." The thing is, Aibeleen is not Mae Mobley's Mom. Techinically in the book she is the "maid" but she turns out to be little Mae Mobley's link to unconditional love.   Mae Mobley's real Mom is off somewhere else getting her hair done, or sewing something, or playing bridge with her friends I suppose. In fact through the whole book (and movie) she finds ways to avoid her daughter and avoids finding ways to love her. But then there is Aibeleen constantly filling the void by repeating to her, "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." It had me thinking, where would this little girl be with out these words being spoken to her? And although this is just a Hollywood movie and a fictional book  it made me wonder how many precious babies grow up with out hearing those words "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." How Aibeleen showed that little girl love when noone else would.
I think of my own sweet babies and how much I love them. How much I enjoy telling them everyday "I love you sooooooo much" And yes I will tell them I still love you. Even when you hit me in the face (Carso), even when you say "Stop talking to me!"(Kate) even when you get so mad you throw yourself on the floor (Both) I still love you. But those are just baby things. Nothing compared to what other parents go through. Yes I will still love you when you reject me,when you say you hate me,  when you run away, when you get lost in drugs and alcohol, when you find ways to fill a void that only God can fill.There it is.  Did you wonder when I was going to talk about God? Everything that has preceded this sentence has been wrapped up in how much God loves us. And I beg his forgiveness by saying in all of my 36 years I have never really known and accepted how much He loves me. But I am starting to learn. Not that He is just starting to reveal His love to me. It has been there all along and He has wanted to show me all along. The real miracle is that I am accepting this gift. I am choosing to overcome my unbelief.   Only God can show me true abiding love. Love that will change everything for me. Love that endures. He wants me to  know that in the words of Beth Moore "Christ is never intimidated by the depth of our need or the demonstration of our weakness." His love and comfort is perfect for us. Why do I resist this gift that has been given to me? When everything that I have tried to fill the void in my life has failed me, I come crawling back to him and climb up into His arms and in His goodness and mercy He still loves me, He says "I've missed you" and "come and rest."  I want to conclude this post with an excerpt from Beth Moore's Bible study Breaking Free. It is a personal message from the Father to us. As you read it replace my name with your name. I was overcome with emotion by how much He cares for me. How involved He is with my hurting and sadness. He has come to "bind up the brokenhearted." Do you belive it? I'm starting to....

My child Betsy, I loved you before you were born. I knit you in your mother's womb and knew what your first and last words would be. I knew every difficulty you would face Betsy. I suffered each one with you. Even the ones you didn't suffer with me. I had a plan for your life before you were born. The plan has not changed, Betsy, no matter what has happened or what you have done. You see I already knew all things concerning you before I formed you.  Betsy I would never allow any hurt to come into your life that I could not use for eternity. Will you let me? Your truth is incomplete unless you view it against the backdrop of my truth. Betsy your story will forever remain incomplete...until you let Me do what only I can do with your hurt. Let Me perfect that which concerns you.

I remain,
Your Faithful Father

God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6