Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Change is Hard

If you follow me on instagram - you know that one of my very best friends and her family are moving to Texas.  Their moving truck is actually leaving Bentonville this morning and headed to San Antonio.  Her husband has been on staff at our church for 15 years - since before they were even married.  He has an amazing opportunity to be on staff at a HUGE church - Community Bible.  It's so great for him and he is such a gifted teacher/pastor so we are cheering loudly but I have a lot of tears behind my cheers! 

One of the reasons it's hard is her daughter Kampbell and my Hollis are very best friends.  So we are both sad.  I just don't love change.  I keep reminding myself that she's NOT dying - but it's just hard to lose someone you are used to seeing all the time but I'm so thankful for technology and social media.  We will be forever friends.  This all happened very quickly - he got the job and they moved within a couple of weeks so it's been just fast and hard.  This is a long post about the last couple of weeks but I want it for myself to remember.  

Kampbell just had her 8th birthday and her wish was to spend it with Hollis.  So Maegan took them to ride horses at a a friends' house and then to Build a Bear where they made horses that say "I love you Hollis" and "I love you Kampbell" in their voices to each other.  Sigh.  

That night we had a big FRAMILY party with all of our closest friends.  We get together quite a bit.  The bittersweet part is that all of the Kufahl kids have best friends in our friend group.  So we were all very sad to lose them.  

These two are going to write each other and maybe they will end up as roommates at Baylor one day - who knows? 

We took some group pictures the night we had dinner.  Love all these kids.  

This is my circle.  These are the girls who know me best and still love me.  I'm SO grateful for their friendship.  

I pray this isn't the last time we are all together.  

Kampbell came home with us that night and spent the night.  

 Hollis and Kampbell managed to cram a LOT of time in together in the last two weeks.  

We had a big fellowship for them at church on a Sunday night. 

I was in charge of decorating with pictures - which was easy because I had a TON! 

Maegan's first name is actually Naleisha.  Our friend Ashley made this sign and it was so hilarious! 

Maegan and Rachel - they are the best of friends.  It's been so tough for them saying bye. 

It was the sweetest night at church that night.  The crowd was so huge and it was fun visiting with everyone.  Our kids ran wild all over the church and it just felt like the small church potlucks that I grew up with.  

The next morning Will Holden said "I had so much fun last night".  

Mae's Korbyn and Laurie's Emily have been best friends since they were babies.  It's been hard on these sweet girls too.  We are already planning a vacation in San Antonio with the Ormons.  

We all had a great time planning the night. 

Then we had a girls night at our friend Rachel's house last week.  It was such a special night.  

Our friend Susan came by for a little bit but couldn't stay because she had family in.  The girl between her and Maegan is her DIL - Mariah.  She's the lead singer for Mosaic who wrote and sings "Tremble".   

Cute Texas shaped cookies 

Our amazing friend Bobetta made ALL the desserts and wouldn't let us do anything.  It was SO good!!! 

I didn't take a ton of picture - there was a huge houseful of girls there.  We all sat in the living room and everyone shared to Maegan what she had meant to them.  I loved hearing what everyone said.  I couldn't bring myself to talk because I knew I would lose it.  Then a few of us prayed over her.  I thought surely I could pray but I started crying as soon as my mouth opened.  

I love this - it's just so us. 

The girls begged for one more sleepover so Kampbell came over one more night. 

Matching Jo Jo PJ"S, sleep masks, horses, BFF necklaces - it's so perfect for 7 year old girls! 

Monday after school we went over to say one more last goodbye.  It's not really a goodbye - it's a see you later.  I will see them sooner than later.  

Making friends as an adult is hard.  When you find your people - the ones who can make you laugh so hard it hurts and who can cry deeply with you and who make you want to be a better person and points you to Jesus - you hold on to them.  It can be very difficult if they move away but it's not a friendship I'm going to let go! 

We love you Kufahls.  Following Jesus is ALWAYS the best decision!!! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

School Days Dear Old Golden Rule Days

Last Thursday we got to go to open house and meet our teachers and see the girls' new classes! 

Hollis was very excited about her new teacher and she had several friends in her class so she was SO happy! 

And Harper got the sweetest teacher too! And she there were a lot of kids from her 2nd grade class which is fun.  

These two have been in the same class for the last 3 years.  His mom is the librarian and she's so fun. We both aren't sad that these two are forced to be friends.  (And Harper is pretty tall so you can see how tall he is!) 

Sunday night we went over to our school to pray for our school.  I wrote this on instagram:

Yesterday we prayer walked the girls' school. This is a very special BTS tradition for us. I've had a lot of DM’s asking me questions about this so I thought I would elaborate. Our girls go to public school. In the past, I have just gone on a walk and circled the school and prayed. Last night, we went as a family and just stood outside the school in a circle and took turns praying. (Well most of us - WH mostly ran around the circle yelling "can we go now?" but he needs Jesus. ha!) I'm a visual prayer. Maybe I'm a charismatic Baptist - I'm not sure. But I like to lay hands when possible on things I pray for. So to physically be at the school and pray over it means a lot to me. We pray for the administration. We pray for all the teachers. We pray for all the kids. We pray for kids to be kind to each other and to treat each other well. We pray for our girls specifically. We pray for learning. We pray for safety. I always pray that God would send angels to surround the school and protect it. We pray that the girls would be a light in their schools. This gives me a peace about the school year. I don’t think this means they won’t have problems - but I know Jesus will be with them and I want them to remember that too. 
It's not just an annual thing. We pray on the way to school a lot of days. I know that a lot of churches go in groups and do this before the school year and there are groups like "moms in prayer" who do also. But you don't need a group, a specific prayer, or even to physically be at the school. Just take your concerns and your hopes to Jesus and talk to Him about them. Our prayers never return void.

Yesterday was the first day.  The girls have been waiting for this for weeks! I'm so thankful that they love school so much.  

(A lot have asked me - Hollis' dress is from Eleanor Rose.  I LOVE their stuff.  I actually bought this cheap on a ER resale group on Facebook! I think it's the sweetest dress and might be my last chance to get her in something like this! She's already quitting bows on me. ) 

And well - Harper looks so grown up here.  We actually went shopping together and picked out her outfit.  Her shirt is from Dillards and her shorts are J Crew Factory.  We skipped the "light scarf" because it's just so hot and humid.  


It's amazing how great our mornings go when I actually make the lunches the night before and lay out the clothes and get the back packs organized ahead of time.  ha! 

We walked both girls in.  Hollis got right to work.  

Our schools are K-4 elementary, 5-6 middle school, 7-8 junior high and then high school.  So this is her last year in elementary and I can hardly believe it! 

Will Holden did not like his sisters going to school.  I told him we were taking him to his class next and he said "You are kidding, right mom?"  He starts preschool in 2 weeks.  

They had the BEST day.  They both were talking on top of each other trying to tell me all the details. They love everything about school.  I absolutely LOVE this age.  

This SHOULD make me cry my eyes out.  This went so fast and it feels like she just shot up over the summer.  And not just in height.  She's just so mature and helpful and thoughtful.  

And I couldn't resist a special first day treat! 

Here's to another school year! 

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Celebrating Back to School

Well - summer - we have kicked you to the curb.  

We had such a great summer! The last week we just laid low.  Will Holden had a stomach virus so we spent a lot of time in our pajamas.  I felt guilty for not doing "all the things" until I remembered all the fun things we did this summer.  I'm so grateful I had this time with my kids! 

We packed in a little swimming on Friday to end the summer.  

Saturday we drove to Little Rock for the day for a family reunion with my dad's side of the family.  The kids had fun playing with their baby cousins.  The little girls are my first cousins' kids.  

My girls LOVE babies so they were thrilled to play with my baby cousin's baby.  (My baby cousin is in her 30's. ha!) 

My grandpa had seven brothers and sisters.  These are just some of them and their kids and grand kids and great  grand kids.  We had to wear name tags because it's been a while since we have all been together and it gets confusing who belongs to who.  It was fun to see everyone.  It's been maybe 10 years.  It made me miss my grandparents a lot.  

On the way home, we stopped at one of my favorite catfish places.  I haven't been there in years and it was as delicious as I remember.  The hushpuppies are to die for.  I told Scott that even though I could eat fried fish every week - it's one of those meals I REALLY can only eat about once a year.

And when  I tried to take a picture with my baby boy - this is what happens! 

I loved seeing my first cousin Michelle.  She grew up in Panama but in the summers we would spend a couple of weeks together at our grandparents with our brothers and it was always so fun.  Some of my best childhood memories are those summers.  

Today was promotion Sunday.  The kids all moved up to new classes and tomorrow we start school! It's a fresh new year and we are excited!!! 

And to celebrate the new school year - I have a fun give away! 

One of my favorite local stores REMEDY ROAD is giving away this great backpack and a $100 gift card! 

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