Saturday, March 28, 2015

Play ball!

Tucker's second season of t-ball is in full swing, and we are having a great time playing with the Hillcrest Braves!














Tuesday, March 24, 2015

VPK probs.

This song on the playground is annoying my boy to death.
He is so cute.
And no, he doesn't have on pants in this video,
but he is wearing underwear, so there's that.

Lana's report card: 3rd quarter of 3rd grade





Monday, March 23, 2015

34 things that make me happy on my 34th birthday, in no particular order


  1. Jesus, walking closer to Him each day, never needing Him less, only more and more.
  2. my health: I ran 3 miles this morning before the sun was fully up.
  3. my birthday twin, who also happens to be the great love of my life.
  4. two beautiful, healthy, smart, charming children.
  5. Hillcrest Church, because these past 4 months have felt quite a lot like coming home.
  6. my Sunday morning Connect Group.  We are beginning this study.
  7. BSF: the life of Moses this year, the book of Revelation next year.
  8. essential oils
  9. the kind of mama who hides birthday gifts under my bed to find today
  10. spring, warm weather, Easter.  Do not abandon yourselves to despair; we are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.  (Pope John Paul 11)
  11. living on Pensacola beach
  12. friends and neighbors who are like family
  13. the children's ministry at Hillcrest: Melinda, Monica, Amy, all the leaders, the whole crew
  14. Pepper the beagle, cuddled close to me while I make this list
  15. my navy Land's End blanket, 100% cotton and just pure comfort to me.
  16. Tucker's "soft kisses"
  17. prepping for a week at the beach with a heart friend and her children
  18. promises fulfilled from the Lord: The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty.
  19. blackberry-on-the-bottom Chobani
  20. an hour of quiet, in the house alone
  21. skinny iced white mocha
  22. Google celebrating my birthday!  Does your google look like this today?!
  23. Not having to cook tonight!  The hardest part is choosing between boiled crawfish at home or dinner out at Five Sisters or McGuire's!
  24. Woodwick candles
  25. library books
  26. People magazine
  27. singing hymns from the pew on Sunday morning, with my children beside me
  28. my co-teaching job: it's quite possibly my favorite job I've ever had
  29. reading with Lana at night
  30. salt and vinegar potato chips
  31. college students that give me hope for this generation
  32. a simple life
  33. my children's teachers: Mrs. Celis, Mrs. Lisa, Mrs. Lottie
  34. another day.
Psalm 118:19-24
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.
20 
This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.
21 
I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
22 
The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.[b]
23 
This is the Lord's doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 
This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

34 things I love about Dan on his 34th birthday, in no particular order.


  1. his gray hair (that he hates, but I adore)
  2. his back dimples that match Tucker's
  3. he holds my hand
  4. he loves Jesus
  5. he loves our babies
  6. he makes phone calls so I don't have to
  7. he never calls it "babysitting" when he is caring for the children
  8. he makes the bed and irons my clothes nearly every morning of our life
  9. he cooks the best breakfast
  10. he tries to learn from his mistakes
  11. he is the best shopping buddy!
  12. he gets my need for silence and doesn't get offended by it
  13. he doesn't take himself too seriously
  14. he doesn't take others too seriously
  15. he doesn't take ME too seriously
  16. we got married at 21 and have literally grown up together
  17. he tells me that I am a good mom
  18. he makes time for me to run
  19. he is sweet to my mama
  20. he teaches me how to let things go
  21. he binge watches shows on Netflix with me at night
  22. he lets me warm my cold feet on him
  23. he works hard so I can be at home with our littles
  24. he encourages me in anything I want to do or be
  25. he makes me laugh
  26. he lights up any room he is in
  27. his smile is my favorite
  28. he never complains about stopping at the store on his way home from work
  29. we like the same foods
  30. he puts his family before himself and his interests all the time
  31. he makes the best of bad situations
  32. he sees the best in everyone and everything
  33. he is good at everything he tries
  34. he chooses me, over and over again

Friday, March 20, 2015

Building forts and memories.

Caught these pictures on my phone last week,
and they make me smile every time I look at them.

slow, easy mornings.
eating cereal.
sunlight streaming in.
building forts.
reading books.
making memories.




These are the days I hope they'll always remember.