Tuesday, November 26, 2013


This year, I am thankful for Tuesday mornings. Each week, my children and I are surrounded by woman who love us, pray continually for us, and inspire us to grow in our faith through their transparency and their love for God.
I am thankful to be homeschooling this year.  Stepping out in faith on this homeschooling journey has not been without fear and doubt, but I see how God is blessing our journey and am so grateful for it.
I am thankful to abide in the loving arms of Jesus.  I am thankful for His abundant grace.
I am thankful that our family's needs are provided for.  Now that the cold weather has settled upon us, I am grateful that our family has a home to protect us, food to nurish our bodies, clothes to keep us warm, medical care to keep us healthy, and school supplies/books to give us knowledge and opportunities.
I am thankful for my 8 crazy, full of life, healthy, fun, and loving kids. God has surely enriched my life, taught me to be patient and sacrificing, and made sure that each and every day is full of life, laughter, and bit of craziness!
I am thankful for my family and friends. 
I am thankful to live in the United States.  To have the freedoms and opportunities that are available to all who live here.
I am thankful for the love of my life.  God has completely blessed me with Brett. 
"O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!"
Psalm 30:12
"May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light."
Colossians 1:12
"Let you lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done."
Colossians 2:7

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

October At A Glance

Our life has gotten so busy now that we are homeschooling, that blogging has taken a back seat.  I still want to record our life and have it to look back on in the years to come, so I will have to get better about finding the time to document and post on our blog.
At any rate, here is our October all wrapped up in one big blog post.

Our #83
Sophomore year- JV/Varsity Football
Oconee County High School Warriors

We are extremely Proud of Jake.  He balances a tough schedule with long school days and football practice/games throughout the fall.  He continues his workout schedule throughout the spring and summer preparing for the next season.  The warriors have faced some tough opponents this season, but continue to stick with it and practice hard.
Matt and Emily finished their second season of soccer.  Both had awesome teams this fall with great coaches and sweet friends.
The boys were blessed again this year to attend 2 Clemson football games with Brett's boss Dean.  He allows the boys to pick the two games they want to go to.  They asked to go to the Clemson/Florida State game.  The game as it turned out was the COLLEGE GAME OF THE WEEK, SO GAME DAY WAS THERE!
It was quite a long day, but Matthew didn't care!  They left our house at around 8:00am and didn't get home until after 2:30am that night.

They even ran into our favorite babysitter...Amanda (a Clemson graduate)

The tiger walk is Matthew's favorite.  The crowd doesn't scare him away.  He gets right to the front so that he can touch the players as they walk through.

Unfortunately, the undefeated Tigers lost to the FS Seminoles, but the boys still had a great time.  We are grateful that Brett works with such giving individuals who value family and take the time to build relationships that go beyond the office. 

I just love this sweet picture of our girls.  They were celebrating the end of Emily's soccer season with a pizza party!  We are definitely biased, but our girls are 3 of the sweetest blessings.  I pray they will stay close and treasure the gift God has given them of their sisters.
Halloween 2013
 Our littlest lion
 Our downtown has trick-or-treating every year, and we love it!
 Trick-or-Treating at the Bed and Breakfast Pop and Nana stay at whenever they come to visit us.
Our Picture Outtakes from October
Passing the time in the waiting room by eating goldfish...stay tuned for the post about Luke's eye and his pirate eye patch!

When Andrew crashes....Enough said about this one

Kate on a Saturday errand run with her Dad. 
"Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."
Jeremiah 33:3
Thankful Journal
For the incredible bible study I am in this year and the women who are faithfully demonstrating God's love each week to me and my family.
For my husband who always picks up where I leave off, from cooking, to cleaning, to laundry, to keeping up with the kids.  I am blessed!
For saying yes to homeschooling this year.  It is hard, it is frustrating, but it is the most rewarding journey I have taken.
For winter foods...chili/chicken chili/hot chocolate