Friday, November 30, 2012

Off to the races!

The Snowball Derby is going on at 5 Flags Speedway this weekend, and Dan took Tucker for a couple of hours  tonight.  He was so very excited to go.....couldn't wait to leave me because he told me "This is boys only, mom!" and then declared that it was too loud!

Earplugs helped!

And hanging with a buddy made it really fun.
 I'm sure the candy, drinks, and kettle corn helped, too.  :)

And here's an extra picture from last week.  Dan had to make a trip to Krispy Kreme for our student ministry fundraiser, and Tucker got to tag along.  Days later, he's still talking about his snowman donut.

It means so much to me that Dan takes the time and makes the effort to spend special time with our kids, to make them feel special, to let them know that they are an important part of his life.  I know some fathers are removed from parenting, and let their wives do most of the "work."  Dan Davis is in the trenches with me as much as he possibly can be, often choosing our children and his relationship with them over time he could have by himself.  Although he enjoys fishing and mountain bike riding, in the season while our littles are small, he doesn't have any hobbies to speak of - he pours his free time into his family.  That speaks volumes about the kind of man he is.  I have no idea how in the world I ended up with him, but I am so, so thankful I did!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Throwback Thursday: The College Years

Oh, college.  Here are just a few random snapshots from 3 of the best years of my life.
Dances and mission trips and dorm parties and friends' weddings and contraband pets and so, so many good times.
Beloved Foley.

For all of you who have attended University of Mobile in the recent past, check out the decor in good ol' Ingram Hall:


Some of the sweetest times of my life, I tell you.




Urban Plunge.



Throwback Thursday: The School Years

This whole post is a hot mess of snapshots that I've found in various places from my school years, kindergarten through 12th grade.  So funny!

Kindergarten
That's me, bright yellow dress, front and center.

Falling asleep, eating potato chips.

Elementary


 Middle School
Oh these are so awkward they'll make you cringe!

LYLAS, Shane!

#23.  Please note that I attended a very conservation Independent Baptist school.  Thus, those capri pants we wore to play volleyball in.

All that I can think when I look at these pictures is that lock-ins are bad ideas.
Especially for middle school girls and high school boys.  Oh dear. 

summer acting camp.  yes, I've always been dramatic.

 Centrifuge!  

High School
Our youth group took a trip to the inner city in Memphis, TN one summer, and it changed my life.  I sat on that milk crate and painted faces of dirty, smelly, poor, unwashed children and fell.in.love.  I think this is when I started to know that I would become a teacher.

Flanyn.  So much love.

Is there anything sweeter than summertime when you're a teenager?

Some of my happiest memories involve these people:

and these.

Why oh why did I think these short overalls were so cute?
I wore them a LOT.  Gah.

More 'Fuge.


Graduation
Our youth group seniors:




My family.
 My friends from Biloxi who drove over:

My youth pastor and his wife.

And then I got to drive over to see my oldest friend Leona graduate, too.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The top front tooth: gone!

That top tooth has been so wiggly for weeks.
For the past 2 weeks, it's been barely hanging on - 
finally it just popped out last night while she was brushing her teeth,
after Dan had given it a good tug at the dinner table.
 She was beside herself with excitement....
and so was this guy:

I can't even believe how much this changes her whole look!
Every day, it seems, she loses more of that little girl look.
It makes me quite sad,
but oh my, I am so proud of the big girl she's growing into.
I am so glad to be mama to this snaggle-toothed girl!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wise words

It is so dangerous to build the stability of our identity on the fickle opinions of others. 

Each day, let God whisper the truth of who you are and whose you are in your heart and mind. 

- Lysa Terkeurst

Praying that this will be the pattern of my life.  
And my daughter's.
And yours.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We celebrated Thanksgiving Day with Dan's family.  On the drive over, it hit me that for several years, traveling "home" for the holidays meant 12 hours in an airport or 2 days in a car....lots of traveling.  This year, it meant an hour drive across a state line.  I was so very thankful to be making that drive.

I love this picture of Dan's parents with their 3 kids:
 Dan's daddy fries the very best turkey in this thing.  I don't even understand how it works, but I know it is soooo good.
 The weather was beautiful, and we spent the whole day just eating and relaxing and letting the cousins play.  Lots of laughs and kisses and snuggling....love it.
 

Since the "bigs" (the oldest cousins) have started school (2 in 1st grade and 1 in K), it's not so often that we get all the cousins together to play, especially for the day.  You can tell by those big smiles that they loved every minute of it.

My mom & stepdad had to work on Thanksgiving Day, so we celebrated with them on Saturday.  It was perfect timing because it was the Saturday of the Iron Bowl!  Mama cooked a big pot of gumbo, and we got to enjoy a day of football, food, and family.

There is just no gumbo in the world like my mama's....it can't be beat.

We have so much to be thankful for....our cup overflows....that Christ would give us the gift of Himself....and more.  So much more.