Saturday, June 14, 2014

Graduation, Birthdays & Recitals

This week has been full of so much happiness and emotions! 

Thursday, my first born son graduated Kindergarten!!  How can this be, he just started kindergarten....didn't he? 

Friday was my Momma's 7th birthday in heaven.  What a celebration she is having with our Heavenly Father!!  
My mom, brother & I at his MBA graduation.  
This was taken the day my momma left me at Henderson State University.
My wedding day....taken only 2.5 months before she made her journey to her forever home! 
Happy Birthday Grandma Kaye!! We love you and miss you!!!

Today was Presley's day!  This afternoon was the 2014 Kalidescope Dance Recital day!  Presley and her friends danced from their hearts today and had an amazing performance!!!  We love KDA and Mrs. Laine! 
Kayden was very proud of his sister!  
Our big girl dancers lined up watching the sweet little dancers rehearse. 
Mrs. Laine and her "Cruisen for a Bruisen" dancers

This evening, we met my sweet friend Tasha and her two kiddos at Crystal Bridges and walked the trails and then had a snack picnic at the Bucky Ball. 
We had a blast and took so many pictures!  
We saw this young buck while walking one of the beautiful trails in our awesome town!  The kids were so excited!!
Our precious kiddos! (Presley, Angelina, Kayden & Adrian) 

Tasha took more pictures.  My storage is full on my I have to clear out some of mine before I can take any more pics.  Once Tasha sends me the ones she took, I will post more.  

This week has been one of the best weeks in a long time!!  Full of love and memories! 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV)


Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Graduate

I am committing my blog post to my new Kindergarten graduate!  

In true #TBT fashion, I want to go back in time, looking back at what an adventure the past 6yrs has been! 

Kayden just 10 days new!!  Oh, how I miss these days! 

Kayden was 6mo old when we took him to his first trip to the Magic Springs water park in Hot Springs.

Multiple images of my sweet how time flies!!!

Kayden and his first BFF Daisy!  

My little 1st year Awana Cubby

Kayden was 3 in this picture...he has grown up so much!

My preschool graduate 

Kayden's first day of Kindergarten

A picture of Kayden with Mrs. Marts on his first day of school & tonight after their kindergarten celebration!!!  I have cried off and on all day!!  I'm so happy, but yet miss my mom and wish she was here to see her lil man graduate in person.  

Happy Graduation Day!!!!  I thank God daily for picking me to be your mommy!  I'm so thankful that he blessed me with such a loving lil boy.  You have brightened my days so much, since the early morning lyou were born, actually from the time I knew you were in my belly!  
I pray that you will continue to work hard and achieve whatever goals that may come your way.  I pray you will continue to love Jesus with all your heart and continue to serve him and walk in his word daily!! 
Always remember that mommy loves you so much (to heaven and back)& that I'm here for you....always & forever!  Congratulations on everything you have accomplished your first year of school, I have no doubt, that God has big plans for you....Oh, the places you will go!

Love you more, 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Playing catch up

Wow, didn't realize that my last blog post was so long ago. Actually, who am I joking...I thought about posting several times, but decided who cares! 

In the past few months, we have made some life changing decisions, accomplished important steps that I didn't think would be possible so early and we have endured some heart break and failures.

Im pretty much a closed book, unless you want to know about my children and their accomplishments or you want to talk about my mom.  I don't like to discuss my families personal struggles, although I've learned recently that talking is better than holding it in.  This is why my husband suggested that I start blogging a while ago, to help me express myself, bc it's hard for me to do so otherwise.  

This week is full of emotions!  I saw my little brother for the first time in over 3 yrs! Mind you, my baby brother is over 6ft tall, technically he isn't that "little" :-). We also got to visit with my other brothers and their families.  I miss having a big family get together, so Monday night was full of great memories (forgot to take pictures).  Would love for us to get together more often.  My baby boy graduates kindergarten tonight, my moms 62nd birthday is on Friday and my baby girl has her dance recital the following Saturday.  

On Monday, during dance practice, the mothers were allowed to watch our sweet girls do their dance....I was so overwhelmed by my daughters smile that I started crying and had to leave the studio.  I felt like I let PK down by leaving for a short time, but knew I needed to regain my composure.  I was able to watch the 2nd round, she and I were full of smiles!  My mom & I had talked a long time ago (before I even had kids or was married) about how one day, I would have a daughter and be able to watch her dance, like my momma would (and NOT record over her dance recital tape with daytime tv shows....inside joke).  This was made possible, late in the dance season.  Oh how I love watching PK dance!   Thank you Mrs. Laine & KDA for making this possible & for teaching & loving our girls!!!  

Before dance practice, PK & I went and ate lunch with Kayden.  This was a surprise to him.  I have not been able to do this till now, bc I've always had to work.  While waiting for him, I started tearing up thinking of all he has accomplished this year, dispite his struggles.  He truly is my hero!! 

I love this sweet boy so much!!! 

This sweet little diva has my heart also...she loves to dress up, paint her nails & fix her hair! 

We recently moved our oldest daughter (from Eric's previous marriage) in with us.  We are so blessed to have Brook living with us.  It's been a change for all of us, but one we gladly accept!  She & I butt heads sometimes, but I will always love her & vow to be there for her and teach her Gods way, not the "worlds way" of handling life's obstacles.  

This was taken after a mother/daughter bible study.  We decided to make a pit stop at the Bucky Ball at our local museum, Crystal Bridges.  This was so pretty and relaxing....wish we could've stayed longer. 
We also have an older son (Brooks older brother), Blake.  I wish I had a recent picture of him, but sadly, the last one was over a yr ago.  Love and miss him to pieces!  

At this moment, I'm sitting here sweet PK just woke up & climbed up beside me on the couch and fell back to sleep.  She looks so sweet and peaceful!  I believe I'm going to sign off and have extra cuddles with my baby girl.  One day, she won't even want to sit beside me....I pray that never happens.  

Sweet dreams! 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight". (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV)