Sunday, May 29, 2016

Let the little children come.

"The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.”  -John Stott

Tucker has asked us several times in the past few months
"Why did God put 'that tree' in the garden if He knew it was going to cause Adam & Eve to sin?"

Fair question.
Each time he's asked, we've given him simple, Biblical answers,
but it was not enough, and he kept asking.

This morning, after our worship service concluded, he pulled at Dan's sleeve and said, "Daddy, I'm going to ask Pastor Jim that question I have."

And he did.
He marched right up to him and told he him had a question.
And our precious pastor kneeled down low to our boy,
and took the time to explain a deep theological truth to him in a way he could understand.

So today I'm thankful for a son who isn't afraid to ask hard questions, and for a pastor who is willing to kneel down and try to answer them.  It is a privilege to sit under the teaching and leadership of Jim Locke, and even the smallest ones of our congregation want to learn from him.
I love my church.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Last day of school!

Today was the last day of school - 
we officially have a 5th grader and a 1st grader!

We moved the kids from the public school I teach in
to a private, discipleship-based Christian school in January,
and it's been a wonderful semester.

We've seen so much growth in them, academically and otherwise.
Tucker's transition was seamless; 
you would never know he hadn't been with his class the entire year.
Lana's transition was a little more difficult for her -
4th grade is a weird time to make such a big change.
She is the toughest, bravest little person I know.
She received a character award for "Helpfulness,"
and it makes me so proud that even as the new student,
her teacher would notice her desire to put others' needs before her own.
She has a strength of character that makes my heart so full.

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.