Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Year in Pictures: 2011

January, at Little Lambs Learning Center

 February, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC with the Scott's

March, at Tyler Run Park with our beloved "small" group

April, in Disney!

May, Mother's Day at the Averette Road house

June, Father's Day at Walmart Distribution Center

July, the Moye's RV at Heritage Baptist Church:
our first Florida home

August, in our new home on Hunter's Creek Circle

September, at Heritage Baptist Church

October, Halloween at HBC with family

November, in Orange Beach

December, at Sis & Larry's house

Welcome, 2012!

New Year's Eve 2011

This is the first New Year's Eve since we've had kids that
we haven't been traveling or Dan hasn't been at work.

It's SO fun to start thinking about our family traditions,
and how we want to make memories together.

Our original plan was to do Chinese take-out,
but then we realized we could go to our favorite Chinese buffet,
spent less money, AND someone would clean up after our kids.
I promise my daughter is happy to be a part of our family - she just hates pictures.  When I showed this to her, she said "Whoops.  I was smiling in my brain."

After dinner and ice cream,
we went home to do some "fireworks."

I absolutely love their little expressions:

We were having a blast until Tucker got his sparkler turned around.

Then it was time for our sparkling apple cider.
The kids were so excited about the fancy juice - this picture cracks me up!

 Tucker loved it - here's what Lana thought:

Then we did baths and bed by 7:30 p.m.
Happy New Year's Eve to us!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This changes everything I am.

Something happened about a week ago that made me really sad.
On the surface, it probably didn't look like much,
but my heart was tender about this thing, and when it happened, 
it just hurt.
Quite a lot.

You know the kind of thing I'm talking about.
No one did anything wrong.
There wasn't any sin involved,
on their part or mine,
nothing that needed to be confronted.

It just stung.
And it was the kind of thing that Satan
would love to use to divide relationships,
to allow bitterness to grow,
to render me useless in the work God has put before me.

And instead of actually dealing with what was going on in my heart when it happened,
I made the mistake of just pushing it to the side.
Pretending like it would go away.
And really, it kind of did.
Go away, I mean.

Except today I saw something on Facebook that reminded me,
and the hurt came back,
and the desire to just pull away from the ones associated with that hurt.

Dan has the kids at his parents his this morning,
so I had some time and space to be quiet and still with God.
And I just told him that I thought actually forgiving was a bit beyond me.
That I'd rather just pretend like it hadn't happened or brush it under the rug.

His kindess led me to repentance of that.
So I told him that I want to forgive like He does,
that I want to respond with grace and mercy,
but that somehow I just can't right now.

And then I turned on the ipod and got in the car to run an errand,
and this came on:

Sacred Pages (John Waller)
This earth is crammed with Heaven
And every common bush
Is blazing with the fire of God

But only he who sees
Removes unworthy shoes
To realize it's holy ground

And I’m standing on the Rock of Ages
I’m basking in miracles
I stand on sacred pages
And this changes everything
Everything I am

This changes everything I am

I tremble when I wonder
How many times You call my name
But only he who hears will turn to You

And I’m driven by a vision
Of countless men who long for God
But only he who dies will live in You

Singing Rock of Ages cleft for me
Let me hide myself in Thee
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

It changes everything I am
On this Rock where I stand
On this Rock I stand

The Rock of Ages changes everything I am.
I want to see, to hear, to die.

On my own,
I'm bitter 
and selfish
and unable to forgive
or extend grace.

When I stand on the sacred pages of Scripture,
the ones that tell me I can die to myself
and live for Christ,
that I can hear His voice and respond,
that I am standing on Holy ground,
that there is a hiding place,
that I am basking in miracles - 

one of them being that I can truly forgive.
Not on my own power,
or because someone deserves it,
or because it's the "right thing" to do.
No, no.
Because I cling to the Rock of Ages, cleft for me....
because He lets me hide in Him.

When will I learn?
When will I stop trying to do it on my own
and just surrender to Him and let Him do the work in me that I can't do in myself?

I feel more free this morning than I have in a week.

He changes everything I am.
Thank God.

Posted by my dear friend Dustin Scott today:
‎"When you have tasted the grace of the gospel, no relationship, no matter how wrong or hurtful or annoying, looks the same to you. You'll see yourself as 1st - sinner, & 2nd - sinned against, and when that happens, your entire disposition toward others' offenses toward you will change. The clearest mark of God's grace in your life is a generous spirit toward others." ~ "Gospel" by JD Greear
You think God is speaking to me today about this or WHAT?!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Potty training update

A quick update on Tucker's potty training progress.  We started potty training 4 weeks ago, and here's how he's doing now:
  • He is telling us when he needs to go, every single time.  I still take him when I think he might need to (before we get in the car, before watching tv, etc.), but when he does feel the need, he tells me and follows through.
  • Last week, he was having success with #2 about half the time, and having accidents the other half.  It was still very stressful for him.  This week, he's turned a corner!  No poop accidents - he just tells us when he needs to go, we take him to the potty, and he does his thing.  And he's going nearly every day!  This is a major victory for us.  We're continuing giving him a bit of Miralax every day, and will until we're certain he's gotten this down pat.
  • He very rarely has nighttime pee pee accidents.  If he needs to go, he just fusses until we come get him and take him.  Every night is different as far as this is concerned: about half the time, he will sleep 12+ hours and wake up dry!  But the other half of the time, he'll wake up during the night.  Sometimes it's just once, sometimes it's as many as 3 or 4 times (UGH).  It's not dependent on how much liquid he has at night, either.  Strange.  In any event, we've only changed sheets 3x since we started potty training, so that's good.
  • Funny story: he will only pee standing up.  We've been trying to teach him to "shake."  When I reminded him a couple of weeks ago to shake, he said "No!  I no shake.  Mommy shake!"  Laughing, I told him that Mommy doesn't shake anything, that he had to.  Well, he wouldn't.  So I handed him a square of toilet paper and let him pat, and that's basically become our routine.  I didn't think to tell Dan about that, and one day when he took him, I heard Tucker say "I need paper to pat pat!" and Dan saying "NO, Tucker!  Boys don't pat pat!  Boys shake!"  Oh, I giggle even writing this.  So funny.  For the record, when Mommy takes him, he pats, and when Daddy takes him, he shakes.  :)
  • He will use the potty anywhere, which is a relief.  Lana was very funny about using public potties, so we had to take her little potty with us everywhere we went.  Tucker has no problem with it.  In fact, he likes to use other people's potties.
  • We were driving home from Daphne a few nights ago, and he said he had to pee.  We pulled over on the side of the road to let him go, and Lana said "Mommy, it's so funny that boys can just pee in the wild."  I couldn't stop laughing, and laughed even harder when Dan got back in and told me Tucker has asked to flush it after he peed on the bush.
  • He has never asked about gummies or stickers or anything else when peeing or pooping - for him, the reward is flushing the potty.  His teacher at church forgot and flushed the potty herself, and he was highly upset about that.
  • For the past 2 weeks, he has stayed clean during church, which feels like a huge victory to me, too.
All in all, I'd say that we have a potty trained little boy!  I'm so proud of him.

I'll admit this:
I'm a bit sad that there are no more diapers to change.
I can't even actually remember the last diaper I put on.
I wish I would have paid more attention,
just tried to savor one of those last baby-moments.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day, 2011

Merry Christmas from Team Davis!

We started the morning around 7:00 a.m. with homemade cinnamon rolls,
the Christmas story from Luke 2, and opening gifts.
Here are the kids' big gifts.

 precious faces.  
and I wonder how many years they'll let me put them in matching pj's?

this girl turns me into a pile of mush.
she's breathtaking.

Tucker was fascinated with Lana's "princesses."

Dan was not happy about that.

They loved this table, and even wanted to eat their breakfast here.

This was a fun year for gifts with these two - 
they took their time opening, and were really grateful for each thing.

To Dan's relief, Tucker did love his workbench.

favorite stocking treat: Pocky

After enjoying our gifts, and eating cinnamon rolls,
we got ready for church.
I didn't manage to get one of all of us, but I caught this one of my boys:

Are.  You.  Kidding.  Me.  With.  The.  Cuteness.

We loved spending the morning worshipping with our church family!
I admit, I was dragging my feet a bit getting dressed,
but once we were there, I was so thankful for the opportunity to really focus on what the day is about.  
I wish Christmas was always on Sunday.
It is always good to gather with the Body to worship Christ,
but to do it on the day we celebrate His birth was particularly meaningful.

We got to take a delicious nap,
and then my family came over to do our Christmas celebration.

My children adore their Uncle Allan & Aunt Ranae.
What's not to adore?!

Watching my mama with my little girl warms my heart.

Sue Sue and Baloo gave Tucker a pair of Superman pajamas with a cape.
He zoomed around the house the rest of the night.

Lana wanted a cape, too - Sue Sue to the rescue!

Lana helped Sue Sue distribute gifts.

Do you see what I mean about her enjoying and appreciating every single gift?!

I was trying to get them to take a picture together.
This is what I got.
SO typical of both of them!

Tucker and Daddy loved the remote control car "they" got from Sue Sue and Baloo!

This is so heartwarming to me, for so many reasons.

such sweet family time, all around.

 My kids' favorite gifts from Sue Sue & Baloo - what a fun idea!

We let them stay up so late and hang with us;
they even got to watch old school Power Rangers before bed.

adore this.

I can't believe I didn't take a picture of the food! 
It was so perfect.
Mama made homemade gumbo, Billy made my very favorite broccoli-jalapeno cornbread, I made homemade french bread and apple pie, Billy made cowboy cookies....we were all stuffed to the gills by the time the night was over.

Allan and Ranae stayed until after 11 p.m., and we went to bed tonight with such full hearts.
Thankful for dear family,
and good food,
and a church we love,
and gifts to give,
and children we adore,
and so much more.
Thankful most of all for a Rescuer who gave it all.