• Family Weekend

    I loved our family time this weekend! From our visit to the farm and lots of cuddling with kitties, to lots of pool time in the kiddie pool (or as Gress calls it the kitty cat pool), to lots of playing and even a trip to the beach where happily several of our friends were already hanging out. Each evening the boys were spent and honestly Rad and I were pretty tired too…which meant sweet cuddle time with the boys each evening. As I sit here typing while the boys eat their breakfast, Mcree is still trying to cuddle. He keeps putting his legs on me and when I tell him to keep his legs to himself while he eats, he asks if he can touch me with just his elbow. Oh the sweet boy!

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  • 2 Teeth!

    This has been the topic of Gressett’s conversations for weeks…..(see photo). Now that he is the proud owner of 2 missing teeth, he is happy to show everyone his big milestone everywhere we go. Most people ask if the tooth fairy came to see him. NOPE. He just tells them he is saving his teeth in a jar. He wiggled and pulled and wiggled and pulled the last one until it just finally popped out. Gressett celebrates his 6th birthday on Thursday. Hard to believe that much time has flown by!


  • Dog Love

    Depending on the day, this is the scene at our house….

    Mcree rolling around on the ground “cuddling” with Luna. Luna gently gnawing on his arms and licking in his ears. And then there is Mera, looking on with those sweet puppy dog eyes hoping that a little 2 year old won’t try to sit on her.

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  • Full Heart…..and Weekend!

    This last weekend was FULL…and by full I mean lots of quality time with some favorite people we love. I love being with family and especially love watching Gress and Mcree with their sweet cousins. THANK YOU Grandmommie and PawPaw for all of your hospitality. What a treat! THANK YOU Tom, Lisa, Tyler, Sarah and sweet little Tommy for all the time you spent with us! We loved every minute. And THANK YOU Kaye, Brad, Maggie and Katie for making our trip an adventure and making us realize that girls can be girly AND tough! And LUCKY LUCKY for us we got to spend a little time with Karin, Ray and cute Layla on our way back through. There is never enough time with my sis but we made every minute count! My heart is smiling bigger from the weekend!

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  • No Longer Surface….

    I have so much to blog about from this last week but this has been on my mind for several weeks now. I do not like surface friends. I will tolerate them for a sense of companionship but at the end of the day, I want to spend time with someone that pushes me, someone that knows me and will call me out when things need to be said. I want someone that strives to grow personally, someone that loves life and lives each day, and someone that inspires me to be a better mom, wife and child of God. I realize these friendships don’t come around very often. And even though I know they are rare, I still crave them deep down!

    I read a book called Cold Tangerines a few years ago (that my dear friend Kristen gave me) and just found an excerpt I wrote from it: “True friendship is a sacred, important thing, and it happens when we drop down into that deeper level of who we are, when we cross over into the broken fragile parts of ourselves. We have to give up something in order to get friendship like that…we have to overcome the fear that when they see the depths of who we are, they’ll leave. But what we give up is nothing in comparison to what this kind of friendship gives to us. Friendship is about risk. It is really friendship, it’s a little scary around the edges. The closer you get to someone, the more that friendship gives you and the more force and power it has to make your life bigger and richer.”

    Recently my great friend Kristen told me to go read a blog she wrote. I love to see into my friends hearts so was excited to find out what it was about. Little did I know tears would be streaming down my face from reading it.

    So thankful for my sweet sweet friend:

    Like I Have Time For Friends!


  • Inspiring Family Time

    mansellsWe had the incredible opportunity to spend the day with an amazing family. These are 8 of the 10 kids in this family and each one is so special in their own unique way. They live on a farm in South Carolina surrounded my lots of chickens and chicks, many overly friendly goats, a cow and her calf, some dogs, cats and lots of adventures to be had. I was so inspired and encouraged watching their serving hearts toward my boys. And I loved how they took the time to just “be” present with us asking engaging questions, and enjoying each moment as it came. I don’t often get to see a day in the life of a family…especially one as special as this. Their mama took time to encourage us, to inspire us, to teach us, and to be a great example of how to raise kids that shine God’s light.

    Thank you Maddie, Lawson, Eska, Haddie, Bethlehem, Elaina, Bud, Tamu and especially Sharon for sharing your day with us. And thanks Melissa for sharing this sweet family with me.

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  • Rest….or not.

    It feels great to sit down…and I can easily ignore this mess around me as I know much was accomplished this last week. There was so much playing and being inspired by great mamas with lots of kids (one with 8 kids and one with 10). I have so much knowledge to glean from these experienced moms who have worked AND prayed hard to build amazing kids. Some days if feels like a lot of work to keep my boys on track and it was a great reminder to look at their kids and know these challenging days will build on something beautiful.

    The 2 boys and I also spent the better part of a day at the farm during the week. Always an adventure…and we loved meeting the newest members, 2 goats. And we had a great family night Sunday on the beach. It was the Savannah College of Arts Sand Art Festival. Gress and I were in awe of all the talent that went in to building these castles and art. Mcree and Rad were happy to just walk and play along the water.

    And if that wasn’t enough excitement for the week, this crazy mama got it in her head that we needed to switch the guest room with the boys room. Gress wasn’t so keen on the idea of moving rooms and honestly not sure Rad was too excited for the work ahead either. Rad was looking forward to having a quiet Saturday morning before heading to the farm to pick up veggies. Luckily Luna sounded her barking alarm at 6:15am and we were all pretty much up then. So after a short stent of relaxation, I was ready to get the crew working by 7:00am. I am guessing everyone had such great attitudes because after all, it was Mother’s Day Weekend!

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  • Adventures

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    The boys and I love a good adventure. Last week our adventure exceeded our expectations. Our trip took us just over the border to South Carolina to visit the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. I kept feeling myself wanting to turn to someone and say, “isn’t this amazing?” I did actually say that to Gress at one point and he wholeheartedly agreed. They had a little museum with sounds, real life animals, and a touch table where the boys could go crazy exploring. Then there was the breathtaking drive through the preserve where we saw birds we have never seen before and lost count of the alligators that went floating by. Mcree kept repeating, “we are on an adventure”, probably because on our drive through the preserve the boys head their heads and the better part of their bodies hanging out the windows. It was a boy’s playground for sure! And a place we will surely be visiting many times to come.

    We also went to the farm this last weekend to pick up our yummy vegetables. For the past few weeks they have an animal out to pet, look at or cuddle with. This week it was ducks. The boys loved them. Mcree might have loved them a little too much (poor ducks). I cringed every time he would pick one up and then cringe again when he would toss it back down. Let’s just say he doesn’t have the gentlest touch. It’s always an adventure at the farm and it was extra rainy this week which just added to the fun! (If you are wondering what is on Mcree’s face, he decided to let one of the piglets kiss him!).

    We also had a church picnic Sunday. Because our church has grown to 3 services, we rarely get to see everyone so it was great to catch up with so many families and friends. The boys loved having their faces painted and getting to play with many of their friends.

    And our favorite person celebrated a birthday this week. Happy Birthday Radford. We are so lucky to share our lives with you! And thanks for having a birthday so we could have our yearly serving of your favorite desert, Boston Creme Pie!!