Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Practicing Gratitude 10.28.14

- Total GIFT of having Shawn and Heidi in our home for a few days. What bright lights for God's kingdom. They've been serving with CRU for 12 years now in San Diego, and getting some time with them was a complete joy for our family. In their short time with us, both were so intentional with getting to know our kiddos. Sign of a great couple when our kids were hungry for more time with them. Faulkners - next time you must bring your precious kiddos!
Shawn and our friend Zoli - great excuse for a party! Next time I've got to get some pics of Heidi...
- Young Life banquet. A privilege to be a part. 
Look forward to this set-up day every year (thanks, Mom, for taking girls to the dentist so I could be here)
Dayna ~ one of my fav people. Hard working, grateful, genuine. Lives life big.
Debby, Melissa, Melodie - and what fun YIKES mugs!
Yvette and Julie. Thank goodness these two are efficient.
Julie, me, Beth, Yvette, Jenna, Melodie. This is work, right?
Jenna's creativity
And - what a TREAT to have Bob with us. My third time to hear him this year ~ challenged and inspired each time.
Love this gal. Coffee and Wednesdays and Victoria!
Katie - love love.
We scored getting to keep "Marty and Pops" here after banquet
- Such a gift to get our friends across the street!

- The view from our front yard.
Hud and his buddies - such a great group of boys.
Because they don't get enough football from 6-9am
Basden and our next-door neighbor - sweet girls!
- Again, how much Basden enjoys volleyball. Great coach, great girls.

- Five days in Vegas (thanks for keeping kiddos, Daboo!). Celebrating Corbin's birthday while there - Oct 27th is one of the best days in history.
Happy happy birthday to my husband!
Happy birthday breakfast
We loved, loved staying at the Wynn. Other than shows, I was more than content staying right at the hotel.
- Andersons keeping girls for us while out of town. Made the transition of us leaving much smoother. 

- Tanglewood Carnival.
Didn't realize until we arrived that it's Basden's last. Goodness, beginning the grieving process of her being a 5th grader.

Essie and her posse
- More of Esther's soccer Saturdays.

- Liv's Light the Night. Touched by so much community support.
Love these two.
Cuties!! Makes me happy.
- Missing Hud's football game, but thankful for pics!
Such a great group - thankful!!
- PHS freshman's loss to Arlington Martin last week. Thankful in all things. It was a stunningly emotionally draining game. I was so stinking proud of our boys. Half the team walked to the bus afterwards in tears, completely spent from the game's intensity. Their first loss in two years. Couldn't have been prouder.
Bran - Defensive end, #27
Grey- #7, outstanding game as QB
My texts to a friend during the game

As our players gathered afterwards for the coaches' huddle, parents and friends gathered around the team in support.
- Essie and the way she imitates. Bran wrote this awhile ago and I saved it and posted it on my desk. Esther's pink note appeared days later.

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Practicing Gratitude 10.21.14

- A few days in Austin with Corbin - thanks to amazing grandparents keeping kids - what a gift to not worry a bit, knowing they're having more fun than if we were there.

- Time with heart friends in Austin: visting with Carlos and Kelly in their home; Kirsten, Brandon and their kiddos for lunch; Kristin Cowden and her kiddos in their home, and several hours with Shaun and Christina for dinner last night. Your timing, the way you orchestrate the events, just precious. Thank you.
Time with Kirsten - and ALL the Dickersons!
Photo creds to Christina - lovely dinner!
- Shaun's encouragement. One of the kindest men we know. So grateful for their friendship ~ a gift not just of like-mindedness and encouragement, but they're just plain fun. A gift to laugh so hard with another couple.

- Getting to see Raven and Lily storefront in Austin and meeting Kirsten's staff - I could have taken one of everything.

- A few hours alone in a corner of the hotel lobby.

- Getting home to Hud's football game, a gift to have all the grandparents there

- A (big) "no." Choosing to see it not as rejection, but as protection.

- That we can trust you, Lord, with disappointments - You see the road ahead, and we can keep our eyes on You for direction.

- Dress-up day at McLean
Nice legs, Hud.
- This crazy gal. I'm enjoying the pups more as they're getting older. Whew - that first year was insanity.

- Essie (and friends) constantly playing school. Find these all over the house.
My fav - the "good day" column v. the "horable" column
- Papa interrogated by PHS police (Asst Principal, anyway) when trying to get Bran for an early dismissal. Bran's hilarious text to me describing the scene - and Jack Sparrow (!) Thank goodness for Papa's sense of humor.

- Papa attempting to take the boys to fish on lake Grapevine when they were off of school Monday. Winds were too strong - bummer. But Papa's willingness to cancel an appt and take the boys is huge. Rain check.

- Bran's first Paschal homecoming
Headed to the varsity game
- Homecoming - "1st date"

Pics and dinner downtown (thx for organizing us, Tami!)
What a great group of girls

Parent paparazzi

Proud Mammas

- An unexpected sussy for Essie that Sarah dropped by - a darling, sparkly dress for no reason at all except to be twinsies with Avie. So thoughtful and made Esther's (and my) night.

 - That our (huge) elementary school feels small because of our amazing, staff, families and teachers.

- Swimming in October

- This coaster in our Austin hotel - yes and yes.

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