Monday, October 1, 2018

Jailyn is a teenager!!!!

13 years ago I had the worst pains in my stomach and back!
Like seriously!! 
I felt like I was having contractions for about 18 hours! 
I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, 
couldn't get comfortable - 
the pains would come every few minutes!! 

I have never felt those pains again.

11 months later  I saw this little girls file!

And learned her birthdate: 9-30-2005
The same weekend that I felt those contracting pains!!!
I knew then that she was my daughter!! 

Jailyn Hope,
you have grown into such an amazing young lady!
You love with all your heart
and give your friends and family your all!

 Cheesecake was her choice of birthday cakes!
Mom's first homemade cheese cake - not too bad!

You've always been spunky and large than life!
You can command a crowd like no one I know! 

Your gymnastics coaches rely on you to help lead your team
with spirit, strength hard work and perseverance!

You are always there to help mom with whatever needs to be done!

You are an amazing young lady 
and you're just getting started!! 

Love you Jai!
Happy 13th birthday!! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

My baby loves babies!!

My boy is obsessed with babies! 

I’ve wondered where this came from...
this love/obsession for babies. 
He notices ever baby in public and 
makes sure I take note too. 

He notices every baby birdie, 
baby gecko, 

And if he doesn’t see the momma he gets very concerned for the care of the baby. 

He’s not interested in holding a baby but wants to make sure the baby is being taken care of! 

In every public restroom he asks about the changing table and goes over how a momma should keep her baby safe while changing their child’s diaper.
Which spills into how mommas should 
take care of their babies daily.

His concern is deeper than just thinking a baby is cute, 
but the hole in his heart is so big and so deep! 
The unanswered questions he has about himself as a baby overwhelm him.
 He doesn’t know what he looked like as a baby. 
He doesn’t know what he weighed when he was a baby.
He doesn’t know exactly where he was born. 
Why wasn’t cared for with unconditional love.
Why wasn’t he treasured for who he is.
Why was he left to fend for himself at such a young age.

So many questions that will never be answered for him. 
These questions weigh my baby down!! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Market Day!

Such a fun school tradition! 

Market Day!

Creating a business plan, creating their products,
and selling their product!

Hagan loves to write Comic Books,
so he wrote a 3 book series of 

Captain Boxer

I love his creativity!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Making a difference!

Last weekend at Jailyn's gymnastics meet
Jailyn and I were blessed by an amazing lady!
A stranger, who within minutes made us feel like family!
She didn't have too!
But, she did!
And she made a huge impact on us!

So, Jailyn and I stayed at a hotel that was across the parking lot from Cracker Barrel!
Of course we decided on breakfast there! 

Neither Jailyn or I could sleep -
so we made our way to breakfast early.

We were seated 
and soon our server came to chat with us.

She was a doll!
She chatted with us and Jailyn told her why we were there.

Ms. Kelly wrote down Jailyn's name and told
her that she is going to be praying for Jailyn through the day.
"Praying that she does her best.
Praying that she has fun.
Praying that she and her team are safe,
and praying that Jailyn will be proud of her skills today!"

I got chills!!

Of course Jailyn had to go back to the next morning 
to show Ms, Kelly her medals!

Ms. Kelly was so proud of her!
She even called to her friends at the restaurant,
"This is Jailyn, that I told you about yesterday!
Look at her medals!!"

Ms. Kelly, 
you are amazing!!
You are an amazing encourager!
You are a gift!! 

You taught us a very important lesson in caring for your neighbor! 
Even if we may never see each other again! 

Mark 12:31
"Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment 
greater than these."


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sigma Theta Tau International

Last night we were able to celebrate Kenzie at her
Sigma Theta Tau 
Si Iota Chapter
Induction Ceremony! 

Top 35% of her class!!

Kenzie has worked so hard in nursing school!

Though I think some of her work just comes naturally!! 

 (So happy Conner was able to join us!!
He's a busy college kid too but he always takes time for his sister!)

Nursing is a gift and Kenzie was definitely blessed with this gift!! 

Balancing science and compassion 
comes easy to Kenzie!! 

Kenzie and Camden! 
Aren't they cute!! 
Love ya Cam!

Sooooo proud of you Kenzie!!! 

Ephesians 4:10
"God has made us what we are.
In Christ, Jesus, God made us new people so that we would do good works.
God had planned in advance those good works for us.
He had planned for us to live our lives doing them."

Monday, April 9, 2018

New Life in Christ

Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that,
 just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, 
we too may live a new life.

Hagan has been wanting to take the step 
of baptism for over two years!

Because of his many, many surgeries - 
he choose to wait until he could be dunked!

Two weeks ago
I told him that our church was having a baptism...

He couldn't believe he was finally healthy and 
could take this step of obedience to God!

I am so thankful for my Hagan 
who is a giant man of faith! 

God has used Hagan and will continue to use him in Mighty ways!

A new life in Christ!

"I'm not afraid - I trust my Lord" - Hagan Anderson

Saturday, April 7, 2018

hard, but not impossible

It’s been hard! 
Walking this road of mental illness is such a roller coaster. 
One step forward, two steps back has never been so true. 

But of course, I have one child, Hagan, who puts me in my place!  

With all sincerity, he told me the other day that he is praying for Elijah’s soul

That’s right,
 he’s not praying for him to have a good day, 
or to make good choices, 
or to just be kind, 
not even to just not drive mom nuts- 

He’s praying for his soul!! 
Something, I admit - I don’t always do. 
I’m usually just praying for the 
energy to get through the day! 

Satan gets a hold of me and I keep hearing the neurologist say 
“it is what it is- there’s nothing we can do.”

The one thing this doctor doesn’t understand is that I have a mountain moving, earth quaking, 
grave robbing, life changing, soul reaching 
God in our side!! 
And HE has great plans for Elijah!! 

I will follow Elijah’s lead and consistently pray for 
Elijah’s soul! 
HE WILL perform a miracle in Elijah’s soul! 

Psalms 62:1 
Truly my soul finds rest in God;

my salvation comes from him. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter Sunday

Our Easter was quiet as we had met Kenzie and Conner 
for dinner in Conner's college town on Saturday.
and I forgot to take a photo! #momfail

We enjoyed an amazing worship time at church!

After service our amazing Children's Pastor and team threw 
a fun, fun party!! 
Bounce houses, games, popcorn, food trucks, fellowship and a petting zoo!!!

Our kids thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Cathy's Critters
(She's famous around these parts!)

Miles, this boy just amazes us over and over!! 

6 months ago he wouldn't of had anything to do with these critters!!

Look at him now!!

This makes my heart happy!

Laynee Bug!!!

Laynee had so much fun loving on as many animals as she could!!
Smiles all day long on this girl!!

Griggs was a little intimidated at first,
but when the crowd diminished he loved begin with the animals too!

Very impressed that the actually fed the llama!

Hagan is so serious! 

He loves being with the chicks! 

Sooooo gentle!!

Jorja is like momma and Griggs - no crowds please!

She warmed up to the animals from outside the gates and 
got closer and enjoyed herself when there were less people! 
Smart girl!

Elijah did a good job being gentle with the critters.

He enjoyed being in his own little space to pet the chickens. 
(Lots of memories flooded his soul 
through these little chicks).

Jailyn was in heaven!!
She even was able to talk to Cathy about a volunteer position!
How she loves animals!!

Asking her to leave this piggy was pretty heart wrenching!!

Not one to pose for a photo - but mom will get one!

And mom has friends who will get me a photo too! 

He enjoyed playing the basketball game!! 

We sure had a wonderful family time with our church family! 


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