December 31, 2011

My Mind and Heart Are Full

So many things going through my mind and heart right now...not even sure where to start!

About halfway through Christmas day I had a breakdown.  I just sat down and cried for about 30 minutes because I was so disappointed in the way things were going...disappointed in myself, my children's reactions, and just things in general.  Kevin and I worked  very hard this Christmas to make sure our kids knew what the holiday was really about.  We worked very hard to include Christ as the center of everything we did this season.  Ethan was still a little young to really get things, but I was so excited at how excited Sophie was to pick gifts out of the World Vision gift catalogues.   It was so sweet that, as she looked at the picture of a child that was next to each gift, she was totally convinced that the gift we got would go to THAT child!  It just melted my heart to see how hard it was to narrow down which gifts to pick, when she really just wanted to do everything in the catalogue!  I was so thankful to God for giving her the beginning of this understanding.  Of course, then Christmas morning came and suddenly those gifts were a thing of the past and they couldn't see past the gifts in front of them.  Their (and my) selfishness was screaming at me and I just almost couldn't take it.  I felt so disappointed.  In my head, I was picturing her turning to me and saying something like, "These gifts are good, mom, but nothing is better than being able to send that little girl food so she can eat today."  Of course, this didn't happen!  Kevin was so great as he sat with me and talked me through my breakdown, reminding me that they are just kids and that as we continue to pour into them and pour God's truth into them, they will become more and more like that.  I sure hope he's right!  Admittedly, there's a part of me that still thinks that if we had started this process sooner, if we had started that very first Christmas thinking more of helping others than getting gifts for each other, then maybe she'd be there now.  Maybe if we lived somewhere else, somewhere with less frills and more struggle, maybe her first instinct would be to love others and serve others each day.  But, the truth is, we all need a little more selflessness in our lives.  They need to see it in me more each day, and I need to trust God that, if I am teaching them His word and following what He calls me to do, He will lead them where He wants them to go.  I need to lay my life and my kid's lives at His feet and trust each day to Him, totally and completely!

I just finished reading Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis.  I strongly urge you to read it!  It was so convicting and challenging, yet just what I needed!  What reassurance that God is always there and always in control, even when it feels we're surrounded by total chaos.  Of course, however, I finished feeling, again, that maybe if we lived pretty much anywhere other than the US that my kids would be less selfish and more focused on God (but, of course, isn't that true of pretty much all of us?  With less material distractions, one would think that it would be easier to focus on Christ!)  However, reading this book I was also reminded that, even when you take away the material "distractions", there are still many physical hardships that can steal your focus just as easily.  But one of the last phrases in the book hit home...it's something I've been thinking for probably 3 years or more, but never really given voice to, lest I sound ungrateful for all that God has done so far in my life.  It is so often through tragedy and struggle that we draw most near to Christ, most diligently seek His heart, most become like Him and truly reliant on Him, yet I find so little struggle and tragedy in life.  At times, it feels as if I need to beg God to bring the struggle so that I can see Him clearly, draw near to Him, and be transformed into His likeness.  But, in that same thought, I can't help but think that perhaps the reason He has not sent the struggle is that, rather than choose to be more like Him, I would turn and run as fast as I could in the other direction, simply because that is the easy thing to do.  My heart yearns for the chance to cling to my faith, to see my amazing God prove Himself faithful as healer, redeemer, provider, friend, sovereign over all, yet I remain paralyzed with fear that He may one day do just that. 

Oh, Lord, help my unbelief.  Lead me to the center of Your will, for me and for my family, and don't let me go.  Bring whatever it is that will change me in a way that I can never go back.  Help me to bring my family along so they may see Your truth and faithfulness, that they, too, may be changed in eternal ways.  Lord, help me to see that every little thing You've given me is for Your glory and for me to use in Your name for Your people.  Remove my fear and doubt.  Remove my selfishness.  Remove me from my comfort zone and lead me in Your path.  Drown me in Your word and presence, that I may hunger and thirst for nothing more than You.  Show me how to do this and still be the wife and mother my family needs.  Help me to do this so I can be the wife and mother my family needs.  Be in the details, big and small, each day.  Lord, regardless of what goes on around me, let me be one who is completely devoted and sold out to You in every area of life.  Lord, don't allow me to settle for what is comfortable or good enough in this world.  Don't let me settle for that in the life of my children and husband, either.   Lord, change us from the inside out!  I know I've been saying this with my lips for a long time, but the burning in my heart for this is almost unbearable now!  Don't let this slip away.  Don't let me get caught up in the busyness of life and forget what's truly important!  Never let me lose this urgency.  Lord, I look forward to this new year and all that may come with it.  Let it be a year of reliance on You and You alone, in everything I do.

December 29, 2011

Intentional

That's going to be my word for 2012.  Intentional!  I want to be more intentional about so many things in my life:
--I want to be more intentional about my time alone in the Word and prayer.  I want to be intentional about setting aside time for this and not allowing a single day to go by without this precious, most important time.  It is important for me and for my family that I have this time.
--I want to be intentional about teaching my children scripture and about learning more scripture myself. 
--I want to be more intentional about how I spend my time and money so that I can be a witness to my children of good stewardship, generosity, and sacrificial living. 
--I want to be more intentional about teaching my children selflessness.  I want them to have a heart for others before themselves.  I want my children to see in me a desire for all to know Him and I want them to have that desire, as well.
--I want to be intentional in my homeschooling, making the most of this amazing opportunity to show that God truly is in everything.   I want to make the most of the time I have with both of my children each day, to train them in the way that God would have them go and pray each day that they will hold fast to what they learn and that they will be drawn into relationship with God at an early age.

Of course, there's much more in my heart than I could possibly list here...and just looking at this list overwhelms me.  How can I do this?  Will I even be able to accomplish one thing on this list, let alone all of them?

Oh, Lord, lead me and guide me as I strive to seek and serve you with my whole heart.  Help me to be intentional in every area of my life that I may know You more and help others to know You more, as well.  Lord, help me to model a life of loving sacrifice as we share all you have given us with others that others may see Your love through us.  Lord, keep me focused on You at all times in all things.  Lord, remind me that you are my strength and my shield.  Thank You, Lord, for the many blessings You have lavished on us.  Show us how you would have us use those same blessings to bless someone else.

December 14, 2011

Oh, December

Can you believe it's the middle of December and it's warm enough to play outside...well, if it weren't raining so hard, that is!  What an amazing God we have!!!  It's been quite the weather ride this year and I take comfort in the fact that God, and God alone, is in control of every moment of it, every rain drop, every snowflake, every wind that blows!  Hallelujah!

I have not been nearly as good about keeping up this blog as I would have liked...things have just been so crazy!  Adjusting to the homeschooling routine has been something...well...crazy!  We've been doing it for a whole semester now and I don't feel like I know any more than I did before and we still don't really have a routine or schedule down.  If you know me, you know this is driving me crazy!  But, it seems no matter how hard I try, that part of it just doesn't seem to be clicking.  However, I know this was the right decision for our family and we are all really enjoying it and the benefits, even with some of the irritations.  One of the biggest things for me is trying to figure out how to fit in all the household chores in the midst of school.  But, I know it will come in time and I am doing my best to be patient (something that does NOT come naturally to me at all!  Only by God's grace!!!!)

One of my favorite things about this holiday season has been doing our Jesse Tree Advent book with the kids each day.(Find info about downloading it here .)  What fun this has been!!  It is pretty much taking us through the entire Bible and showing us how Christ's birth is the fulfillment of so many prophecies from hundreds of years before His birth.  We decided to do it at the last minute, so we had to improvise with the tree.  Instead of buying another small tree, we decided to just make a construction paper branch on the wall and hang our ornaments on it.  The kids have really loved it.  One of the things Sophie has really loved is to see how many times Bethlehem is mentioned in the Bible, waaaaaaaay before Jesus is ever born there.  Her eyes light up every time she hears the name.  It's fun to see her now connect it not only to Jesus' birth, but to the land that was promised to Abraham and his descendants, as well as the town of David, from whose line the Messiah was promised to come.  Like all of us, I am not sure she completely sees the whole picture, but the pieces are beginning to fit together for her!  God, You are so good!  Thank you for always delivering on Your promises!  You alone are 100% faithful 100% of the time.

I was once struck again this week by the abundance of our blessings and the overabundance in our lives all at the same time.  We head out next week to celebrate Christmas with Kevin's family in TX, so, as many of you may know about me, I felt the need to go ahead and get packed (but, in my defense, I was trying to avoid having to do laundry at the last minute and be throwing things into a suitcase and forgetting something...that makes sense, right?!?!?!).  As I did this, I was struck by the fact that I could pack for both kids for a week, put those clothes aside, and they both still had enough clothes to last at least another 2 weeks or more without me ever doing more laundry.  Wow!  And to think, there are families all over the world who barely have one outfit to their name, let alone the ability to truly ever get that outfit clean.  Lord, I don't know why you have blessed me beyond measure, but I pray you show me how to clear out my abundance so that others may have true needs filled. Lord, show me what I truly need in order to live that I may help others, out of my abundance, to have even their most basic needs met!

Last night we finally decided on the gifts we would get out of the World Vision catalogue.  This was kind of like torture for Sophie and I.  We both just wanted to give everything we saw (see, we do have something in common other than our drama queen tendencies!)  Every need seemed so pressing and so immediate, we could barely choose.  As I sat there in front of the computer putting the items in our "basket", I just wanted to sit and cry.  Our contribution seemed so small.  Can $25 really help a child with disabilities or an orphan with no place to live?  Is that really all it takes?  Why do I not do this everyday?  Why do I spend money on extra sweaters or silly things that are just an unneeded extravagance when it would take less than I spent on that to put food in some one's mouth?  Oh Lord, open more doors for our family to share You in unexpected ways.  Lord, You've opened my heart to those orphans who have no hope of adoption in the earthly sense, show me how to take the next step in meeting their physical and spiritual needs.  Lord, use us!  Use our little family to do things we never imagined were possible to help those in need, both physical and spiritual.  Lord, use this time of Advent, as we celebrate Your coming, to be an Advent in our hearts as You enter in and change us from the inside out!  Lord, move or move me!

December 07, 2011

What to do What to do

So, I read this today and had to just sit in tears for a few moments.  It was what my heart has been screaming for the last month.  As we have been drawing nearer to the Christmas season, my heart was overwhelmed with a sense of needing things to be less about us and more about Him.  But how?  How do I teach my children it's about giving and not taking?  Then I got a World Vision gift catalogue in the mail and all felt peaceful and right!  I was ready to throw away all my Christmas lists and buy at least one of everything in the catalogue! (Oh, if only the bank account would allow that!)  But, somehow, even though Kevin and I talked about it and we both loved the idea, it just hasn't happened.  Every time I have thought about getting rid of the presents for ourselves and doing things for others instead, I just couldn't do it.  Instead, I ended up heading out and buying stocking stuffers and other things that we really just don't need?  Why?  Well, as I have been pondering this, it's just plain selfishness and pride.  You see, I kept thinking, "What are other people going to think of me if we choose not to get our children gifts for Christmas?  Are they going to think I am mean and cruel?  Will it make my children upset with me because everyone else got gifts and they didn't?  If we start a tradition like this will they come to despise this holiday that is so important to mankind?"  I didn't want any of this to happen so I have shied away from it. Still not sure what to do, but the blog post was a breath of fresh air and a reminder of what is truly important!  Lord, lead Kevin and I to what you would have us do for Your Kingdom in this season.  Show us what our tradition for You needs to be each year and each day that You give us.  Help us to share You with all we do!

November 15, 2011

Still Counting His Gifts

It seems it's been a while since I have posted about the many gifts He has given.  Probably because I have been listing gifts daily on Facebook for the month of November...but there are so many gifts!

--sweet children's smiles
--rehearsals for the Christmas show
--laughter
--tears
--sweet friends
--worshipping with my church family
--Barlow Girl
--Sophie singing in the back seat
--homeschooling
--Family Quest
--learning about Passover
--Christ is our Passover Lamb
--sloppy, surprise kisses from Ethan
--sitting on the couch with the hub each night
--family trips to the Y
--family pics
--people with the gift of photography
--daily reminders of God's grace and love
--God's complete provision-physical and spiritual






November 04, 2011

I suppose this should have been in the last post....

More randomness floating around in this little head!  Since I attempt to be real and honest, I'll put them down here. 

--One of my favorite new "routines" is one we just started last week.  Kevin and I are wanting to get Sophie in the habit of reading her Bible each morning.  Up until last week, we were giving her the Tab and the Bible App was reading to her.  Last week, I decided to try something new.  She can actually read really well, so I thought it was about time for her to read on her own.  So, each morning she sets the timer for 15 minutes and she and I sit on my bed and read our Bibles (she reads her first Message Bible because it's just a little easier to read because the print is larger...plus there are pictures for her to look at to help her understand the story a little better).  I'll admit that I don't always get a whole lot out of my 15 minutes of reading because she has to read out loud, which makes it a tad difficult for ADD me to concentrate, but, it's still one of my favorite times of the day.  I pray that she learns why this is important and that maybe she'll even hold me accountable to taking time to read my Bible.  Already she refuses to move on with her day until she's read her Bible.  Right now it's probably more about being able to mark that box off on her morning list, but I pray that it becomes something she desires and can't live without!

--My heart was really turned to gratefulness this week as a college friend ended up in the ICU after delivering her first child.  My, how I have been blessed with my children, from the very start.  First of all, unlike most people in my life, we have had no trouble conceiving.  That, in and of itself, is such a miracle!  Second, my pregnancies have been so calm and easy.  Very little sickness and no scares.  Third, I am pretty sure that both of my deliveries are ones that any woman would love to have.  Fairly quick (OK, Ethan was REALLY quick!), no complications, and smooth.  Lord, I have no idea why I have been blessed in these areas and others have not.  But, I praise You for the gifts You alone have given us in our children.  Help us as we lead and guide them through Your truth!

--Homeschooling is going really well, though I have to admit there are days (probably more like MANY days) that end with me just wanting to sit on the couch and cry because I feel like a failure!  Don't get me wrong, we were obedient and this has definitely been the right choice for us and I am so glad that we are doing it, but there are some days I feel like all I am doing is treading water, and not even doing that very well!  It seems that we either have a great day of school, but the house is a mess and we're lucky if I even remember we're supposed to have dinner.  Or, school is rushed and very little is learned, but the house is spic and span, clothes are washed and put away, and dinner is wonderful.  It seems I can never do both at the same time.  I feel like I am always having to choose between the two.  Please tell me that one day, the balance will all work out?!?!?!?  This is much how I felt when I was working, either work won or home won, but I could never seem to pull it all together and do both well.  Praying that God will fill me with wisdom and show me how to get it all done, because my schedules and plans and hopes and even action hasn't really helped!

--It has felt so good this last week to be back to a fairly regular work out schedule.  (Until, of course, this cold started coming on.  I am such a baby when I am sick!)  I feel so much better and have so much more energy in my day.  And, the kids love to go play at the Y, so it seems to work out well for all of us (except of course, that means no cleaning is being done at home and no school is getting done, either!) 

--I am still struggling with my selfishness with my time.  When Kevin asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I jokingly replied that I wanted 24 hours to myself.  OK, so I wasn't joking all that much.  There are many days I wish I could get just one hour to myself.  Please tell me there are others out there!  I mean, even those who work don't get much time alone.  But, then I was convicted about how I would spend that time I had alone.  I had to admit, I would probably do some cleaning (I can be a little too ADD to clean when others are around), some laundry, and then spend the rest of the time reading a book or watching a movie or something along those lines.  But did it ever cross my mind to spend that time in the Word or in prayer?  How about using that time to go buy items for the food pantry or go serve at Loaves and Fishes?  Maybe I could use that time to purchase items from the World Vision catalogue  or pack an extra shoebox?  Nope, I just wanted that time to be me and serve me and help me, nothing else.  That was a painful realization.  And even more painful was that I am not sure I felt all that bad about not even thinking about including those other things.  Oh Lord, soften my heart to those things that break Your heart.  Lord, show me how to be empty of me and full of You.  Lead me in Your path.  Open my heart, mind, soul, pocketbook and schedule to those things which will lead others to You and show others Your love and compassion and grace and mercy.  Lord, fill me with a desire to be full of You and empty of me.  Help me model this "crazy love" lifestyle for my children and husband every single day.  Remove my selfishness and fill me with Your love and compassion.  Fill me each morning with Your strength and purpose for the day!

November 03, 2011

Fun Things Happening in the McSmith Household!

Ok, before you get too excited, I have to confess....the better title for this post would probably be "Randomness", but since I use that a lot, I decided I needed a different title!  So, though there will be no pregnancy proclamations or potty training stories, there will be some small insights into life in our house!

--Well, my birthday has come and gone.  Though, technically, I am a year older, I don't feel it at all.  (Though I must admit that the brain is no longer working the way it used to, but I am told that this is, unfortunately, normal!)  We had a great time celebrating with my family over by Columbia at a huuuuuuuuge corn maze.  It was fun to see everyone again!
--I have so enjoyed this month of Family Quest at church!  I wish that everyone had this available for their families, it has been such a blessing to ours!  I have been amazed to see how much scripture Sophie has been able to memorize and how easily it comes to her (just further proof that you need to teach them while they are young!)  This month we have been looking at the 10 plagues and Passover.  Seriously, there must be some hidden part of me that is Jewish or something because I am so drawn to the Jewish festivals, particularly Passover, and the way they shout that Jesus is the messiah!  One of the rotations this month was a shortened version of a Passover Seder meal.  I could barely read the script because, from the very start, I couldn't stop crying.  The picture that meal paints of all our Lord has done for us was just too overwhelming for me.  It was all I could do to hold it together!  I look forward to being able to share this meal (in some form) with my kids in the future.
--I have been so amazed at all Ethan has learned to do in the last few weeks.  Somewhere along the way, while Sophie and I were doing school, he learned his shapes and numbers (though for some reason he refuses to say the number 7...maybe because 7 "ate" 9?!?!  JK!)  He can say Psalm 119:11 all on his own (singing the Lincoln Brewster song to him every day while we brushed his teeth really paid off!) and there are two or three more verses that he is really close to being able to say on his own.  His thought process has become much more developed, as well.  He's like a little boy now!  Where did the time go?!?!?!
--I am so proud of how well Sophie is doing in school.  Don't get me wrong, we have our days where I just want to strangle her because she refuses to move at my pace, but God has given us both lots of grace and mercy on those days and we're both still alive!  We've finished her Social Studies curriculum for the year already, so we'll be spending the rest of this semester praying for and learning about different people groups around the world.   Next semester we'll start in learning about the 50 states.  Her memory just blows me away!!!!!  I mean, I gotta say, back in the day I had a pretty good memory, but hers is even better than mine ever was!
--I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I cannot wait to see and spend some down time with family!  Both places will be pretty crowded with kids, but both also very full of love!  I am so thankful for the families that God has given us.  We truly are blessed beyond belief!
--I cannot express how thankful I am for the husband God has given me!  He is such a hard worker and a gentle soul all at once.  I love to watch him have a tea party with Sophie or explain to her a Bible story.  I love watching him race cars with Ethan and try his best to keep him interested in Bible time.  I love that he can fix my vacuum, computer, TV, phone, kitchen, and pretty much anything else that needs to be fixed!  I love that he prays daily for the salvation of our children.  I know that I am not always the help mate that he needs or deserves, but I am thankful the Lord allows me to get up each day and try to do better than the day before!
--I have really been enjoying the sermon series Bro. Jeff and Father's Heart have been presenting these past few weeks.  What eye openers!  Do I live out James 1:27?  Do I use all that God has given me to impact the kingdom?  Am I so concerned about what God is doing in my life, that I don't care what he's doing anywhere else (oh yes I did just drop a line from Good Sam, thank you Matt Tullos!)?  What do I choose to spend my time and money on?  What am I teaching my children with the ways I choose to spend my time and money?  Do I allow God to use compassion to stir me to action, or am I satisfied just to feel compassionate and leave it there?  Lord, more than anything, I want you to use me!  Use me at home to model your love, compassion, grace, and mercy to my husband and children.  Use me to teach my children that You are more than enough.  Use me to teach my children that trusting in You is what gets me through each day, good or bad.  Use me to lead my children to Your throne and into relationship with you.  Use me to encourage my husband as a father and as an ambassador for You.  Use me in my neighborhood, church, and community to shout Your name and declare Your praise...whether that means prayer walking, baking cookies, sharing my home, spending my money on someone other than my family, or just being a listening ear and quoting scripture.  Use me, Lord, use me!

October 30, 2011

End of October Gifts!

--birthdays
--amazing, home made cupcakes
--time spent with family
--children who really are listening, even when you think they aren't  (I just have to share two stories here.  I feel so bad for Ethan most days while we are doing school because we've finally gotten to some things that are harder for Sophie, so I need to spend a little more time with her than I was in the beginning.  I am always afraid that he just feels left out as he sits there on the floor beside us and plays.  But this week, he showed me in two different ways that he's totally learning as she is learning!  Earlier this week he was able to pull out Sophie's pattern blocks and identify every shape-even the hexagon and trapezoid!  Then, this morning at breakfast he randomly looks and we and says, "Mommy, we learned about a miracle.  Jesus had two breads and two fish." [I know he got one little detail wrong, but since we studied this miracle like 3 weeks ago, I figured he was doing good to remember any of it!]  I said, "What did Jesus do with the bread and fish?"  He said, "They ate it."  I couldn't believe that he had remembered it!  He acted like he just didn't want to have anything to do with the story when we were learning it and there we were like three weeks later and he's telling me the story all on his own!
--beautiful fall weather
--movies
--date nights
--praying with fellow believers
--warring on our knees
--mini vans
--Kevin McSmith
--Blessing Boy
--Gift Girl
--friends


October 25, 2011

So, I'm Turning 33 This Weekend

Can you believe it?  I know I can't!  How did this time go by so fast!  Wasn't I just a cute little toddler only months ago?!?!?!  I'm sure I was!  And I certainly don't feel 33 (not that 33 is really all that old).  I still feel like a college kid and I keep expecting the real parents of these two kids in my house to come and get them.  I mean, surely I am not old enough or responsible enough to have two children of my own!!  ;)

But, as I look back over my 33 years, I have so much to be thankful for!  And I have needed those reminders this week.  It has been a week of feeling off kilter, out of whack, and waaaaay behind in everything.  I looked around my house and saw piles of this and piles of that and just wanted to sit and cry.  And me wanting to sit and cry is never a good thing, because that's about the time that I just give up! 

But, our Lord is good and He has reminded me several times this week of the many blessings and joys He's placed in this silly little lady's life.  Lord, thank You for new mercies every morning and always having a reason to praise, worship, and smile!  And thank You for this amazing family You've given me!  They make me laugh, smile, cry, wring my hands, shake my head, and praise You.  Everyday they teach me a little more about me and even more about You and the grace and patience You lavish on me every moment of every day!






October 24, 2011

Gifts, Gifts, and More Gifts!

I think I forgot to announce that I have surpassed 1,000 gifts in my gifts journal!!!!!  God is so good!  Again this week, I'll just post pictures of some of the amazing gifts He's given:


















October 11, 2011

I See More of Myself in Her Everyday....Is That a Good Thing?

So as Sophie and I sat on the couch chatting the other day I began to notice just how much like me she really is!  Some of those ways are good, some not so much!  It made me think of a quote from "Studio 60".  One of the characters is asked, "How are you different from your mother?" and she answers, "I hope in as few ways as possible."  I hope Sophie can truly feel that way some day.  I hope that I am setting a Godly and loving example for her to follow each and every day.

Just to put a smile on your face, here are some of the things I have noticed that we have in common:
-We both have the very bad habit of interrupting people.  Our brains are working a mile a minute and have to spit out what we are thinking when we think of it or we'll never remember it again!
-We can sometimes have a one track mind.  Because of this, often times when we are talking to others we are not listening because we're thinking of something else.  I've teased that this will make Sophie a great press secretary!  When she has something on her mind, there's no getting her to talk about or do something else until she has fully gotten that thought out!
-We both loved watching ALF when we were too young to understand how poorly it was written and acted!
-We both need time with others, but we also both need time alone.
-When we are sick, we are the world's biggest babies!
-We both perform better with an audience than in rehearsal.  By this I mean that there have been many times when she can't say her scripture verse or something here at home, but when she is at church and the pressure is on, she does it flawlessly!  I am much the same way.
-We both laugh a lot when we're tired.
-We both would give away every dime we had if someone else needed it and there was no one there to stop us.
-We both get very flustered over shoes and outfits.
-We both like worksheets.  It makes us feel like we've really accomplished something!
-We both have weak, wimpy hair.
-We both need acceptance in a major way.
-We both are daddies girls.
-We both can be a bit dramatic at times. 
-We both are always trying to think of little gifts we can give those we love.
-We both love reading.
-We both love to sing random songs at random times that we have made up.
-We can both listen to the same song on repeat for hours.  We can watch the same movie over and over and over and over and over again.
-We both love hot chocolate.
-We both love the color purple.
-We both love Kevin and Ethan.
-We both look forward to waking up each day and seeing what will happen!

Oh, I love this sweet girl!









October 09, 2011

A Crazy Week Packed with Crazy Amounts of Gifts

I don't even remember the last time I blogged, the week has seemed that long.  So, I'll just post some pics from this week and last week as I relish all that God has given me!