Friday, October 21, 2016

Practicing Gratitude 10.21.16

- Hudson's PHS Homecoming 2016 ~ Freshman year
Hudson and Sadie
Oh my word, what an awesome group of kids
Hud's quick change after Saturday's baseball tourn ~ with a last-min request to help tie bow-ties
Ready or not, here we go!
Pics at Colonial ~ he's still tying bowties
Just a few freshmen boys
John, Elliott, Hudson

Hud, Mitchell, Alex
obligatory somber pic
Matthew and Hud
Not all is serious
Hud and Julia ~ they match! Long-time friends
Nina, another of Hud's long-time friends
All set and ready for dinner
Marty blessing the meal

Hudson and Sadie ~ love this girl and her family
- Meanwhile... Corbin got to take the rest of the family to cheer on the Bears ~ a big win over Kansas! Even more fun cheering alongside the Keisters
Essie, Sarah, Basden
Claire and Essie
- A really sweet Sunday morning conversation with Corbin, Alan and Vicki. You never know if you're going to get a couple hours of heart talk, but this time it worked

- Lunch with mom at Local Foods, carving out a little time

- Watching tv with Corbin - on a school night!

- Basden's hair masterpieces
pretty cool
All set for church!
- A Saturday morning that we didn’t have to get up early; Marty coming over for coffee with Corbin, their version of a porch party 

- Student of the month ~ now this is cool! What an honor

- Getting this pic in the middle of the day ~ makes me happy!
Mr. Boerner, Sam, and Essie - senior service day at Tanglewood
- That Brighton didn't want a birthday party with Basden Joy

- 93 on a physics test ~ and how excited he was for it

- Elvia!! (she shows up a lot on these lists...)

- Mama Bear shirt in a gift bag just showing up on the pool house counter... some sweet friend did this for me??!

- Increased awareness of my words (good grief will I ever learn?!)

- These two cuties

- Coffee ~ yes, even black

- What the Tulsa Jameses are going through. Thankful in all things, even with so many emotions connected. That you created Jenna, and Your lamp searches her spirit, it searches out her inmost being ~ both spiritually and physically. Be so, so present with them, Father. 

- In making these gratitude posts, it makes me realize how much I am enjoying this season of parenting. I love these ages of the kids, love that Bran is driving and Hud's about to, love that we have adult conversations with all four kids, but they're all still kids, and we go to sleep most every night with all four tucked in their beds upstairs. I am so, so grateful for this time. Grateful for Corbin, for his provision and hard work, for the stability he brings our family. Grateful for Branson's strong leadership in our family, and what Hudson adds to that and how he stabilizes his big brother in many ways. Basden's leadership as the oldest girl, and Essie's spunk and tender affection she offers. So, so much to be thankful for. Lord ~ I really can't express in words, my heart overflows.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles...   1 Chronicles 16:11-12

Practicing Gratitude 10.14.16

- Chase and Hannah's wedding ~ a true worship event ~ such amazing people all under one roof. A privilege to be a part of these relationships
Loved everything about this wedding. Basden told me to take notes
all together!

So great to have Zack back for an evening
Zack, Preston and Bran
boys with Con-Con!
Coach Manks is just fantastic
As Basden would say, Shauny-Pawny-Lemon-Squawney

Essie holding court
Chase is MARRIED!
What a sweet night with really incredible people ~ so thrilled for Chase and Hannah
- The gift of Connor and Chase living here all last year

- Connor moving back to Fort Worth! Who hoo!

- Happy happy birthday, Jane!
What a sweet group of friends, and I just love Local Foods
 - Epicenter weekend for Basden and our middle school kids ~ our church's version of an in-town mission trip. Just incredibly eye-opening, they absolutely loved it
Harper, Basden, Vada, Caroline ~ pallets all ready for a good night's sleep (!)
Some of the girls stopped by here Saturday evening for showers
Fun to hear tidbits of their stories. And Corbin's well-timed ice cream run was a hit
Getting to share at Sunday'slunch with parents
sweet Harper, and Ryan (with no voice)
Taryn is the best ~ two no-sleep nights with these girls
- God's story of these precious Hamon twins

- Monday kids off of school, getting to go see Greater film

- SCS cheer outfit Walsie brought over for Essie ~ she hasn't taken it off

- Quiet moments at home during the day

- These shirts in our laundry

- That she still loves to do this

She brings me such joy. Love that infectious grin.
- This familiar sight becoming less familiar, Essie on her bike headed home from the park... these kiddos are growing up FAST. Lord, help me to stay in the moment with them and savor every bit, the good and the hard are all precious.

- These two cuties. Have grown up together, and now our lives actually intersect with school. Love these kiddos. 
Basden and Brighton
- The hours he spends here, diligent of his own accord

- These two, home sick on the same day, snuggled in to rest and sleep ALL day
Hud completely hidden, wrapped under those blankets
- So thankful for these boys ~ and for their families
Mitchell, Hud, Elliott
- Christmas in Cowtown with my girls. We didn't get our traditional pic, but so thankful it worked out to get them from school a little early and spend some time shopping together. Necklace for Basden and bows for Essie ~ yay that she still picks bows!

- This moment ~ hilarious and precious!
Daboo, Alison, Mama all cuddled up at the SCS game
- Bran's faithful cheering section
Co-padres and co-madres
- Fifteen years of kid-sized hangars in our home. And that we've about outgrown them. I'm just not sure what to do with that. Watching childhood gently roll past us. So grateful for the years ahead and that all four are technically still children. 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles...   1 Chronicles 16:11-12