Monday, May 23, 2016

Round here

 This past week was Katie Barker's 1st spiritual birthday,
and Dan and some of her friends took her out for froyo and sang Happy Birthday.
I didn't get to be there, as I was at home with sleeping babies,
but oh my heart how I celebrate this girl and her walk with the Lord!
She is tender and teachable and loves Jesus, 
and I want to be more like her all the time.

Dan took his college leadership team on a retreat day,
and he let me tag along! 
We had the BEST day,
and one of our favorite parts was Escape on Palafox!

It's a MUST-DO if you live in the Pensacola area.

We enjoyed a delicious meal and planning time at McGuire's as well!

 Tucker stayed with Dan for a bit one morning while I had a crown replaced at the dentist, and he hit the jackpot when he stopped by to visit our student pastor, Jon Caranna.  Jon's love language is gift giving, and Tucker's is sweet treats, so this happened:

This guy.  He gets me.

We finished up the t-ball season this past weekend,
and are sad to see it go!
Dan is a fantastic coach, Tucker has loved playing,
and I have loved getting to visit with the parents in the stands.
We've had a remarkable group of families this year!

Look at all those dads!  That's incredible for those boys.

My favorite player:

Katie & Colter came to as many games as they could,
and wore their Team Davis team shirts with pride!!
LOVE them for investing in our kids this way!

Love this boy and this coach!

Family picture:

Just a glimpse in to what a great coach Dan is:
He had as special relationship with each boy.

 It's wedding season, and so many of our college students are tying the knot!
We love rejoicing with them in this sweet time.

Breanna Nettles + Jeremy Weidlich

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lana's Piano Recital

Tonight Lana had her first piano recital.
We were so proud of her!

One remarkable thing about Lana that we are seeing more and more as she gets older is her ability to stay composed under pressure.  She said she was extremely nervous, but you would never be able to tell.  She was the same as she gave her Tropicana Speech for the whole school & judges.  She never wavered either time.  It's impressive!

This is beautiful Ms. Bloch, Lana's piano teacher.
She is a single mother of 1 adopted daughter, and many foster daughters.
She teaches 3rd grade, and gives piano lessons in the afternoons and evenings.
She's absolutely wonderful!

She was so lovely, and played her piece beautifully.

The only tiny clue about how nervous she is feeling is her pink cheeks.

Ms. Bloch is the perfect teacher for Lana!
She is quiet and encouraging, but demands excellence.
When Tucker turns 7, we hope he will be able to start taking lessons as well.
We loved the kind words she spoke about Lana at the end.

This is our beloved babysitter Madison!
Her younger sister takes lessons from Ms. Bloch,
and performed in the recital as well.

So proud of our pianist!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tucker's Kindergarten Graduation

Today Tucker graduated from Kindergarten at Aletheia Christian Academy.
It was an absolutely precious ceremony,
with words of Life and Truth spoken over each child.
I cried almost the whole time, 
but not tears of sadness.
I cried happy tears,
full of gratitude for the teachers he's spent his days with,
and the Spirit that was in the room today.

Me and my pretty mama waiting on graduation to begin:

They came in dancing with ribbons, 
to the most beautiful classical music:

He took this graduation thing VERY seriously:

He did smile a bit for mama :)

singing songs!

Each child received a trophy for the character quality the teachers saw in them.
Tucker got the award for Leadership.

He listened carefully as his teacher spoke about his character.
May he live up to her words and blessing!

Time to graduate!

Receiving his diploma from Mr. James, our principal:

with Leo, the school mascot:

Mrs. Kristie and Mrs. Jean

This move to ACA was the best thing we could have done for Tucker!
He has truly thrived.