Wednesday, May 11, 2016

first weekend in may

ian finally decided what he wanted to do for his 10 year trip with dad...go to a trampoline park! well, easy peesy....we booked a hotel, and sent them on their way...they went to a movie the night before and enjoyed the pool and hot tub at the hotel. saturday was the trampoline park followed by lunch at golden corral....and an extra surprise...zach and uncle brian came to join them! zach and ian are only 2 weeks apart, and have been best friends since birth....we have never lived in the same city together, but they have a deep brotherly love that i expect to last a lifetime. i LOVE that they have cousins that they adore and love. what a special for ian with his dad!!!!!
mother's day!! the day i get to take pictures and they can't complain! :) they had some sweet gifts for me that i opened the night before...and then we went to cotton patch for lunch, followed by the captain America 3 movie!!
the more realistic picture of my life...
my new shirt that sports how much i love being a mom to all boys!!

special dinner

what an incredible group of youth leader the Lord gave us this year. their hearts for Jesus are simply inspiring...and we just love serving with them in ministry. they set up a special dinner for andy and I...we were supposed to go on a double date with a couple, and then when they showed up...they had a little note that said, 'change of plans...dress fancy...etc'...we were so surprised...but dressed up and they chauffeured us to one of the leaders house, where they had a beautiful dinner set up on the patio. they all served us different courses, gave us a frame with all their crazy pictures, and even had a little booklet of activities for us to do... we love these friends so deeply.  so thankful for them, and so blessed by this special evening.

youth leaders 2016

the 8th year of tysen

oh this little guy makes us smile so much. he is tender hearted and loving to the nth degree. he tells me all his stories...and everything that happened that day. he hates being alone...constantly wanting a friend, brother, or anyone to play with him or at least be in the same room. he loves JESUS with an absolute child-like faith... he is a planner...and had a written plan for his birthday by april 1st. but he is also flexible...and will just go with the flow. he eats an apple (and sometimes 2) every day...loves chicken nuggets and desperately wants to eat cheetos and doritoes but they hurt his tummy since he is still allergic to corn. he loves to can always count on a song when he is in the bathroom or shower...:) he serves his brothers without them asking, and would do anything for his mom and dad. his heart amazes me....and he is SO loved.
happy birthday ty-man!!!
for his birthday, he wanted to go to los cucos, and then get slushies instead of cake. he invited 3 of his buddies (gideon, emery, and will)...and we set out...pulled up to the restaurant, and los cucos had no power! bah! we ended up at freddy's next door....and he also changed his mind about the slushies and decided he wanted spoons icecream instead....:)

Monday, April 18, 2016

conference in kentucky

a couple months ago, carleigh and brian were here and we were randomly talking, and brian mentioned he was going to kentucky for a pastors conference in april....that's when we realized we were all going to the same conference!! we didn't have room arrangements, so we booked a house together! the conference was good, but it was amazing to be away for the week with my sister! we got to try out some fun places to eat...took one morning off to visit churchill downs and the kentucky derby museum....LAUGHED A LOT....and had icecream at the two rival places in town...which, the comfy cow clearly won that debate....and just had a great time being away together!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

14 glorious years

each anniversary just gets better and better. i'm so thankful for the husband and father andy is to our family. he serves us sacrificially and loves us all so well. thankful for these 14 years, and praying for so many more!! we are going out of town for a conference next week, so we just went to lunch. karis and declan were still in town, so we all celebrated with a burger and shake from grub burger....
had such a blast with Declan visiting. he is such a happy and interactive kid! he smiles so easily and will randomly just laugh....he keeps us all grinning and his smile is so contagious! we can't wait to see this personality continue to grow!!

Friday, April 8, 2016

girls day

its been awhile since all the girls have gotten away. we planned a trip to waco to visit the new magnolia market and have lunch together. the morning of, hattie woke up sick, so stacy didn't get to come...:(...still, we had a blast together, and LAUGHED A LOT. enjoyed looking around at magnolia...then we had lunch at a little place downtown called "the olive branch". then a little more shopping before heading home. always, always a great time with my sisters/besties!!


this stage of life has us working with lots of college students. which then has us going to lots of weddings!!!! which we LOVE....and even have the privilege of being super involved with pre-marital counseling and officiating. it is truly a special part of our ministry....well, this one was in dripping springs for zack and jill lecroy. we got to take the whole family, and seriously had a blast. we went exploring at reimers ranch park...the weather was beautiful and it was some great family time before getting dolled up for the wedding!!
part of the fun of these weddings are getting to visit with special friends. we love those atwaters!!
and my girl, kasey. she is next up on our weddings!!!!!
we usually forget...but we got a quick shot with the bride and groom!!