Saturday, January 31, 2015

Practicing Gratitude 1.31.15

- Hud's 7th grade basketball season. Other than missing a few weeks because of a snowboarding injury, he played great and loved the season. Fantastic teammates and families to sit in the bleachers with. 

- Essie working with me at the McLean concession stand. She immediately assessed the need for a concessions "sign."

- So, so grateful for our neighbors.
After school homework
- A very fun impromptu dinner ~ great group of kids ~ laughed around the table for a long time (with Corbin taking the pic)

- Our yard on a beautiful Saturday afternoon
Tree house playdates
The next day ~ they all claimed certain branches as "rooms" and decorated accordingly
The scene across the street
Because they don't get enough basketball at school
On their way to play a little baseball
- Brewed, the Tavern, the lake house, and 7R with heart friends

- What we found on the kitchen counter at the lake house:
"Please do not eat cereal, it's mine." - Branson
- Treehouse play continued ~ Valentines version

- 7th grade school dances with a great group of boys (thanks, Susan, for hosting!)
Hud in Corbin's old 80's sweater??!
- A few treasured hours with Atlee

- Baking with Daddy

- More baking - we needed to do something with all those apples!

- Mitchell taking Bran and Marc out to the lake - what a guy

- Essie's hospitality

- Baseball season around the corner - yippee!

- Julia's birthday party ~ involved giving a "spa party" to elementary girls at a school in Fort Worth
Basden - absolutely delighted to do hair
Manicures, anyone?
Essie with the birthday girl. Love her!
- Happy 13th, Julia. This sweet, God-ordained morning.

- Enjoying the lake house with 7R mixed in... what a treat!
Bran and Hud readying their fishing kayaks

 7R bunnies ~ sweetness
Riding lessons - I don't know that I've ever seen her happier

Mr. Todd is pretty fantastic

A delightful, make-believe performance
The most-played board game at the lake
New driver. And he's good!

Hudda in his element
- Making time (barely) for this.
This was moments before Doritos knocked on the front door
- McLean Wyldlife.
Now THIS is a God-story

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, January 16, 2015

Practicing Gratitude 1.16.15

- A new start. The new year, and with it, new patterns and a new beginning.

- Nikki sharing this quote ~ lovely thought to starting a new year. 

- Corbin feeling better after bronchitis and ear infections. Medicine is amazing!

- Me on the road to recovery... we've all been limping into the new year with sickness and injuries. But at least the cold weather is great for staying in and watching movies.

- Mama and Papa sick at home in Eagle's Nest, prompting Essie's additional note scrawled under mine on our kitchen message board

- Basden giving Corbin the You are Special Plate last night ~ for the difficult job of telling his doctors and department yesterday that he’ll be leaving JPS.

- Radiology Associates. The Lord's hand of provision. Just incredible and we are so grateful.

- Hud studying diligently and taking care of his responsibilities, whew.

- Elvia coming today ~ after a month ~ helps me so much. She is just the best.

- How sweet Essie is with these pups. Ruby wants all the attention she can get.

- My blow-up with an issue in our home last night. Brings me to dependence on you (again).

- A near-constant fire in the fireplace.

- New mercies every morning.

- PHS football banquet, and that Bran is enjoying it so much.
Paschal football coaches presenting awards
Freshman team with a successful 9-1 season
- Girls with great attitudes getting ready for school. It's EARLY!

- A text from Bran: "My hair looks super-mullety today."
I had to ask if that was bad or good.
It was good. According to him.

- Plenty of sleep-overs and friends over to play
Meggie and Essie ~ cuties
Saturday morning -a house full
- Five high school boys honoring our "phones stay on kitchen counter overnight" request. Great kids.

- Basden studying so hard for her Social Studies test, and Essie working on her science packet while I was upstairs in bed sick. And of course, Basden totally helping Essie with that packet. Such an amazing big sister to do that completely on her own.

- A short week this week, no school fri or mon for MLK. Haven't even been back for two weeks, and we already need another break.

- Branson's braces-free smile. One down, three more to go! But - a process made all the more enjoyable with John Kelley and his team.

- Wed mornings with Victoria.

- American Idol. We still love it.

- Bran helping lead worship last Sunday in High School Ministries ~ a privilege to worship with him in that way.

- Lori bringing dinner - what a tremendous gift. So thankful for friends who offer, and that I've learned to accept the help.

-Melanie's prayers with Essie, her heart for the kids. She is such a GIFT.

- “Come to Me, and rest in my loving Presence. You know that this day will bring difficulties, and you are trying to think your way through those trials. As you anticipate what is ahead of you, you forget that I am with you - now and always. Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, yet you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering in this way! Instead, come to me, and relax in my peace. I will strengthen you and prepare you for this day, transforming your fear into confident trust.” - Jesus Calling, Jan 16th

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