Thursday, June 30, 2016


Well - our bedroom is my least favorite room in our house.  I like to sleep in there but it's not decorated too amazing.  I just can't seem to get it right and I would rather fix up the rest of the house first.  It used to look like this and then I had it painted and painted the furniture.  

This is how it looks now.  I do like the colors better.  I would love to tear out the carpet and put in wood floors.  And I kept it real and left the pack and play full of toys in sight.  I have to keep that up so I can contain Will Holden when I need to get ready or do something for a few minutes.  What you do not see is the chair in the corner of the room that was full of laundry that needed to be put up.

I'm hoping to get inspiration from your bedrooms.  Post away!! And post on IG using #reallifeeverydaybedrooms


Well, it's one of our favorite weeks of the year.........

Vacation Bible School!!!!!!!!! 

The kids are having so much fun! They are have fun with their friends and getting to do crafts and play games and of course the most popular- snack time! 

But most importantly they are learning about Jesus.  Harper asked Jesus in her heart last year at Bible School so it's a special week to us! 

I am helping with Preschool Crafts.  Thankfully I don't have to be too crafty to help in that area and I love seeing all the kids! We have over 700 kids at VBS this week - it's so exciting! 

I was looking back last night at pictures from all the VBS days for the last 7 years that I have been apart of.  I can't begin to tell you what an enormous blessing it is to see pictures of my kids when they were in the baby room through now as Harper is in grade school VBS and how so many of the kids are still their friends.  It's an even bigger blessing to see all the adults who give of their time and energy to work this week and how they are affecting my kids' spiritual growth.

Last month our church had a special service that we have every year dedicated to the graduating seniors.  Our church puts a big emphasis on kids and youth and training them to know God but also to be sent out as they leave home and to follow Him.  It's always so special each year when we celebrate the kids who have graduated and they have any adult to stand who ever held them in the nursery or taught them in preschool choir or hosted their DNOW house or taught them in Sunday School or were involved with them in any way while they grew up.  The graduating seniors are able to stand on the stage and look out at all the people who had a hand in teaching them about God through the years.  That may seem like a simple moment but that's what the church is to me.  The church is there to reach those who don't know about Jesus but it's also to equip the saved.  

I feel passionately that it's not enough to just show up to church.  It's so important that you BE the church.  That you get involved and serve.  Not in every area but in the place that God calls you to.  Statistics show that 90% of the money given and service done in a church comes from about 10% of people.  I have found that to be true.  I always wonder what would happen if 90% of people started giving of their time and money.  Could be a game changer! 

Jennie Allen wrote this yesterday on IG and I loved it and so agree.  We can't just sit back and wait for everyone else to serve us.  And it's not just in the church - we have a community that has great needs and it's so important that we open our eyes and look around for where we can help - in big or small ways.  We weren't put here on earth to be an island.  

I'm grateful for every person who has rocked my babies and every person who cleans the church as much as the pastors on staff.  I'm grateful for those who make meals when someone is sick and for those who visit people in the hospital.  I'm grateful for those who send a note when they know someone is hurting and for those who give money to meet a need.  A community of people working together with a goal of sharing Jesus and "being" Jesus to others is a wonderful thing! 


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A little road Trip

I enjoyed my week of being home with just Will Holden.  We had a lot of fun together and I got a lot accomplished.  

Last Tuesday, a blog friend who I had met once was in town and we got to meet up for lunch.  It was a very fun visit.  She moved this week to a state up north so I'm glad I got to see her before she moved.  

Wednesday morning, I packed up Will Holden and we headed to south Arkansas to pick up his sisters.  

It's a six hour trip.  Will Holden took a nap and woke up around Arkadelphia where I went to college.  I will take any excuse to drive around my alma mater.  So we had a picnic lunch and walked around campus a little.  It was so extremely hot that we didn't walk far though.  I took a picture of Will outside the football stadium (It's a small school).  Maybe he will play football here one day.  Or maybe he won't. ha! 

He doesn't look thrilled in this picture but I'm sure he will be happy to go to OBU one day! 

I love this picture of him walking in front of the Bible building/chapel on campus.  This is a special building and although I would love to see Will Holden be a doctor or business professional or an athlete - my biggest prayer and desire as his mom is that he would love God's word and would live his life to have a passion for Jesus and for loving others.  

We were so happy to see our girls and they were pretty happy to see us.  They had the BEST time with their grandparents.  My best memories are the weeks in the summer I would spend with both sets of my grandparents.  I'm so thankful my girls are building similar memories.  They played on this water slide and fished and just had a lot of quality time with their grandparents.  

Thursday morning the kids and I set off to drive to Dallas.  My niece turned four over the weekend and we wanted to go spend some time with her.  My parents met us there and stayed at the hotel with us which was a HUGE help to me.  

We had a great dinner with my brother and SIL Thursday night.   They all went to eat ice cream after and Will Holden and I just basically ran around outside.  He was wired up and didn't go to sleep until 10:30 that night.  I forget how hard it is to be in a hotel with 3 little kids.  

My niece had swimming lessons Friday morning so we hit up a mall in Frisco and took the kids to the Disney store and the lego store.  My kids acted like they had never seen a mall. I guess it's been a few years since we have actually been to one.  We have an outdoor mall here that we have only been to maybe twice but never an indoor mall.  I don't know if that's weird or good.  But they were easily impressed.  Except Will Holden - he pretty much hated it.  

My cousin Molly is getting married next month in CA and we aren't able to go but we got to get together with Molly and my aunt and uncle and cousin Jackson and visit a little Friday.  It was good to see them.  My brother cooked for us that night and it was so good.  He's a major foodie and an excellent cook.  

Saturday morning we went to the American Doll Store.  It was an unplanned visit but so fun for the girls.  Although we went it with very specific instructions of "we are just here to look - not to buy".  ha! We have been working on doing chores and earning money and I told them they could look for what they wanted to work towards.  

Will Holden was not thrilled to be at AG.  Or maybe it's the pink (and super dirty - yikes) stroller. ha! 

Saturday afternoon we had my niece's party and then a big dinner with all my SIL's family and mine. We had the best time.  

We loved our trip to Dallas! It was excruciatingly hot.  There are so many things we could have done for fun but we mostly just wanted to stay inside near air conditioning.  We left Sunday morning and headed home.  It was good to be home.  

And now we are in the midst of VBS!!!