Monday, March 2, 2015

Practicing Gratitude 3.2.15

  - Sweet friends, and girls who entertain themselves well

- This cutie intentionally spending time with the other one.

- MORE snow!

- Unlike Yukon, Cross and Ruby prefer the rug in front of the fireplace over the snow.

- A quiet snow day with Corbin home and kids at school. Now THAT is unusual.

- A weekend full of kids and neighbors hunkering down together with everything in our city pretty much shut down.
Next-door-neighbors ~ inseparable on these snow days
A perk to get to live behind Foster Park on snow days
Hud (covered by the fishing bandana) and his buddies
Crutches?? Keeping them highly entertained
- Hud's group of friends gathering at the park
Gotta love those McLean 7th graders ~ special group
- Huge pots of hot chocolate on the stove (thank you, Corbin!)
Coming in to get warm
Kitchen kind of looked like this all weekend ~ full of food and friends
- Arguing over which color the dress is
White / Gold or Black / Blue??
 - That Corbin hasn't even started at Radiology Associates yet, and already two of his co-workers played practical jokes on him. Makes me happy.

- Encouragement when I need it ~ family and friends to rant to, those who know my heart behind my words.


- Have I mentioned - a house full of kids??

- That Corbin and I can take turns being calm / angry in challenging parenting circumstances. So thankful there are two us.

- 1st actual McLean Wyldlife club - yee haw! Great energy, great turnout of kids.
(T-shirt pic, club pic)

- Brad Deal and his willingness to love kids well by serving with Wyldlife. What an incredible middle school teacher we have in him.

- A great table with great friends at the Tanglewood auction
"Grey-haired Geezers"
Good sports
I felt like a good sport, too! It took a LOT of motivating me to get out on a snowy night. Glad I did.
- Watching Hudson solve a Rubik's cube in under a minute.

-  That February is over. While it was a blessed month in many ways, it was also a difficult month. Glad to turn the calendar page.

- Looking back over the past couple of weeks, the blessings of our Fort Worth snow days ~ that we had more time at home than normal with kids. And just a slower pace. Not productive, but not running all around.

- What I'm learning about wisdom in saying "yes" and practicing Sabbath principles. And what the Lord might be whispering to me about putting it to practice in the days to come. Kind of exciting.

 - Remembering Patty Anderson today especially. Celebrating five years in heaven. We sure love you, Kirsten and Erica, and your families are just beautiful. Your precious Moosie influenced us greatly.
March 2010 ~ Patty's Memorial service
Roomies with Kirst (all sporting our Raven and Lily necklaces)
 - Corbin's two weeks off.  Highlights included a couple's retreat at Laity Lodge, four days at Sage Hill Inn above Onion Creek (we sure hope to go back), JPS going away parties and dinners, and getting kids home more than normal for snow days.

- Corbin's excitement to start at Radiology Associates today! So very grateful for this fantastic provision, Lord.

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Branson ~ "Where I'm From"

The following is an essay Branson wrote for a school assignment last year. I love this assignment, and I'll be posting Hudson's "Where I'm From" next week. Bran chose the photos and printed them alongside his words. I love it and consider him to have a natural writing flair straight from Granny. A tad reminiscent of her poem, Wonderful Me

Where I’m From

I am from a baseball mound, from Wilson Athletics, and a fishing reel in a slow moving stream.

I am from the back porch, and a cluttered house with clothing and shoes covering the floor as if a blanket over a cold woman in the wintertime.

I am from the aspen trees surrounded by the wild blueberries in the great mountains of New Mexico.

I am from the backyard wiffle ball game and blonde hair from Uncle Chris and Uncle Trey and Uncle Luke.

I am from the nonstop action of the day ranging from fishing tournaments at six in the morning to baseball games at eleven at night.

I am from the wise words of my mother, “Remember who you are” and of Cappy, “Everything is a trick.”

I am from Bible studies with my peers and Christian music playing in the car everyday to school along with a prayer by my father to start the day.

I am from the mountains and rivers of New Mexico bursting with bears and rainbow trout. Along with a warm egg casserole and an overflowing bowl of cereal.

I am from the game that changed my life, the battle between man and fish, and a long cast down the cool stream made by my Papa and his fly reel.

I am from the green grass of a baseball field, the strong smell of rainbow trout on the stove, and long hikes along the cliffs of wheeler peak, a man could not ask for a more blessed lifestyle.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Practicing Gratitude 2.23.15

- That when I remember to ask Him (and even when I don't), God provides in the most uncanny, specific, tiny detailed ways. That He cares about my specific needs, that it's not His best for me to feel overwhelmed, without His help.

- That it's worth it to pay a few extra cents for name-brand saran wrap.

- That deep hurts do indeed begin healing with time.

- Great neighbors are a really big deal.

18 years at JPS of collecting stories and building relationships
- A really sweet family good-bye dinner from Corbin's JPS office

- This fantastic prayer from Treasury of Praise ~ "May my thinking and my loyalties and my plans be centered in You and Your Word, letting You show me how to use my time, where to focus my attention, and how to handle my emotions."

- Mitchell's accidental intervention... grateful for the way the Lord blesses our family through this TCU senior.

- Bran's alumni scrimmage - fun to see him playing guys (and friends of ours) our age - yikes!
First time to wear new uniforms

- What better than a MONDAY for a snow day!
Not much snow, but the roads seem pretty icey

- Matinee of "Shadow Recruit" at a neighbor's in the middle of a Monday (!)

- Trader's around the corner.

- Jadon Lavik's hymn album. Played over and over and over.

- Neighbors who rescue our dogs ~ again.

- Sledding at Foster Park, that it's still fun for the kids.

- What snow days provide ~ family time, lots of movies, stove-popped popcorn, playing Anomia.

- A "snow day" night at home with Daddy's German pancakes ~ not quite as drowned in butter as Old South's, but totally yummy

 - To pray over my children: "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you many know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe." Eph 1:18-19

- A reminder to pay attention to the beauty of our kiddos:

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

Practicing Gratitude 2.16.15

- Bubble baths at Daboo's

- Happy 15th to you, Bran. So grateful we get to be your parents. All the time.

- Branson's 15th birthday dinner ~ loved celebrating with special friends and family.
All four grandparents ~ indescribable gift
NickMo, Mitchell, Bran and Coach Manks
Coulter, Hud, Marc, John and B
So grateful for this crew
Sweet sisters
And oh my gosh - the neighborhood-community-effort-strawberry cake... doesn't look like much, but it was amazing (no laughing, KDS!) Actually, you can laugh. But it tasted fantastic. 
- Valentine baking with Daboo - these cookies sent with lots of love to Tulsa, Bozeman and Alpharetta

- Essie's planet project. The Lord's provision - truly - of creativity, time and efficiency in getting it finished. We were quite interrupted with the Doritos commercials and crafted "Uranus" at the 11th hour. And her project - not only finished on time - but super cute!

- Mama's health concern requiring a CTscan, endoscopic ultrasound, multiple appointments and procedures. She was given this bracelet by a hospital employee in the process.

- How did she know I needed a scone??

- B's first high school baseball scrimmage.
Look who's here - must be baseball season
- Sunny afternoon at the park ~ highlight of my Sunday.

- "Wilsons restaurant"
Thankful that this still happens, that they haven't outgrown make-believe
One guess as to who wrote out the menu...
 - Heart and soul. They've got mine.

- Bran's small group. Can we say thankful?!

- Another scrimmage - grateful that Bran's having fun.

- Michael and Kathy Burr - son and mother - God's grace poured out to our church body (and others) through their lives and story.

Goodness, we are so fortunate to have her teaching our kiddos
- Miranda, Harmony and Ryan at 5th grade lunch
We love FishStix
- Corbin's going-away reception at Kent & Co
Thank you, Kim, for planning such a great evening!
 - Rooneys keeping the girls for us as we left town - made the transition much easier (for Essie especially) knowing they'd get to be with sweet friends
 - Valentines weekend at a Laity Lodge couples retreat
Pretty amazing that the route to Laity Lodge involves driving through a river
Gorgeous place, property, people
- Groceries purchased while we were out of town
And I know the culprit

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