Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolution

My New Year's Resolution comes from Proverbs 31. I've read this many times, but I re-read it this morning in my quiet time and I really feel like it encompasses my goals for this year.

A Wife of Noble Character

10 [b]Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm[c] clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

You are mine.

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.

When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you."

Isaiah 43:1-2

Free Wrapped Canvas!

I just found out about this deal from Canvas People! They are offering you a free 8x10 gallery wrapped canvas through tomorrow. This is a $55 dollar value! You only have to pay $14.95 in S&H. I think this is an excellent purchase! I have always wanted to get one of these, and thanks to Canvas People- I just did! Here's the picture I used:

This pic was taken when we went to Gatlinburg back in November. I can't wait to see it on the canvas. These would make great gifts too!

So hurry on over to Canvas People and take advantage of this incredible deal!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas lunch at the Store

I'm at home with Trace (the big boys are at grandparents), getting ready to start cooking for our Christmas lunch at the store. Every year we do a huge potluck lunch around Thanksgiving or Christmas (sometimes both!). I usually make dressing, but with Trace's eye surgery being yesterday, I decided to scale back a bit. So I am making hot potato casserole, green bean casserole, and brown rice.

And lucky for you I'm going to share two of these recipes with you! Brown rice and hot potato casserole are a staple side dish for any of our family celebrations. Each of these recipes are kinda my grandmother's signature dishes. I always take them places because they are soooo easy and everyone loves them. I always have to give out the recipes. So here they are for you; use these for your Christmas meal and you won't be disappointed!

Hot Potato Casserole

1 32 oz bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed
2 cups sour cream
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick butter
2/3 cup onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Put the butter in a small skillet and add the chopped onion. Saute. Mix together the sour cream, milk, cheddar cheese, melted butter, and onion. Put this in a large bowl for mixing together. Add the potatoes.

Bake in a greased 9x13 casserole dish at 350 for 45 minutes. Freezes well. Not necessary to thaw before cooking, but time for cooking will need to be increased.

Brown Rice

1 cup regular white rice
2 cans beef consomme
3/4 stick of butter

Put ingredients in a 2 quart casserole dish. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. After removing from oven, stir and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quick Update

Hey you guys! If you've been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you already know that Trace's eye surgery went really well yesterday! We had to be there at 7:30 in the morning. Once we arrived, we signed a few papers and they went ahead and took us back. About 15 minutes later, they gave Trace some purple medicine that would make him loopy. It didn't take long for him to get veeeerrrry relaxed! They took him back just before 8, and I got a little teary but I knew God had everything under control. Trace was under a general anesthesia and had an IV during the surgery. After 40 minutes or so, the doctor came in and told us everything went great! He did fine going to sleep and waking up, but he's been a little cruddy so they gave him a breathing treatment. Also, they had to try his IV three times but finally got it in his arm. When they brought him back to us from recovery, he had already sucked down two of the sugar water bottles! He didn't open his eyes for the longest time because he was still kinda out of it, but he drank an entire bottle off and on. We had to keep watching his oxygen monitor because they were a little worried about the rate since he had to have the breathing treatment. By 10:30, he was doing well enough to go home! He finally opened his eyes, and they looked incredible! I am so amazed how they look so different so fast! God is so good!! I promise to add some pics as soon as I can! If you follow me or Jeffry on Facebook, you can check out a few there. Thanks for all of your prayers!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cookie Exchange!

I was so excited when I saw that Jessica was planning on doing this cookie exchange! What a great idea. Seeing as how we live in the South, I decided to pick a recipe that is very "Southern"...Molasses cookies! Also, if I get time this afternoon, I'm going to come back and post my great-grandmother's teacake recipe. Also a very Southern cookie treat! Hope you enjoy these! They are great cookies for cookie cutters.


1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
2 cups molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking soda
6 cups flour (or more)

Cream together sugar and shortening, add molasses, vanilla, sour cream, slightly beaten egg and spices. Dissolve baking soda in just enough hot water to mix; add to dough.

Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough, stirring just until combined.

Cover bowl and set dough aside for one hour in a cool place.

After 1 hour, roll dough out 1/4-inch thick, or slightly thicker, and cut with a large round cutter dipped into flour or cocoa before each cut. (Note: For fancy cutouts, add a little more flour to make a stiffer dough, making dough easier to handle).

Lift cut-out cookies gently with a spatula to a greased cookie sheet.

Bake in a preheated 350°F for about 15 minutes or until done.

Cookies should be soft inside.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Prayer Request

Hey guys...

Please be in prayer for Jeffry's mom, Marsha. His dad called us at lunch today, informing us that she fell at their store in Lucedale. We called a doctor friend (an orthopedic surgeon) of ours, and he worked her in. She has a torn ACL in her knee and a fractured elbow. They were just about to do an MRI at 5:00 to see how bad things are and if surgery will be necessary. She is having to use a cane to get around.

On top of this, his parents are having their Christmas party for their employees tomorrow night at their home! Needless to say, Marsha won't be able to do much. I will be going over in the morning to help get things done in time for the party.

Please keep Marsha in your prayers for a quick recovery and healing!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Eye Surgery

We finally have a date! Trace will be having eye surgery on December 21st at 7:30AM. I'm nervous, scared, and excited. We are so ready to have it over with, but it has taken a while to get Trace's "bad eye" to strengthen up to where it should be. After the surgery we shouldn't have to do any patching!

I'm a little worried mostly about my reaction to seeing him after the surgery. Another mom friend of mine told me that no one really prepared her for what her baby would look like afterward. I know that the whites of his eyes will be pretty much completely red and bloodshot. The first day his eyes may kinda go all over the place, but we should see them straightening up within the first week. It's so exciting!

I know that this is a very common outpatient surgery, but as with any surgery, there is the chance of infection or that something could go wrong. We are very confident in our pediatric ophthalmologist and have full faith and trust in our Lord. We know that Trace is going to come out of this perfectly and can't wait to show you his beautiful straight eyes! Please keep him in your prayers!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Around The House

I did this back in October and figured I'd give it another go 'round. :) If you participate, be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

Around the House: November

Reading: Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham, Grace is for Sinners by Serena Woods

Enjoying: Just being with my family. Scrapbooking again.

Learning: To slow down and listen.

Watching: So You Think You Can Dance. Jeffry and I love this show!

Anticipating: Thanksgiving with both of our families and the Macy's Parade

Realizing: That Heaven is more than I could EVER comprehend!

Pondering: How I can do the things I'm committed to more effectively?

Studying: The One Year Bible

Wondering: How I got blessed to be the mom of three precious little boys- so thankful!

Remembering: The little things especially around the holidays.

Praying: That I continue to grow more Christ-like as a wife and mother.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Aunt T's Potato Soup

Aunt T's Potato Soup

1 bag cubed hash brown potatoes (by frozen french fries at the grocery store)
32 oz. chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz. block cream cheese
green onions

Shredded cheese and bacon pieces added to your taste.

Put all ingredients in crock pot for 6 hours on low. It's as easy as that. Quite possibly why the crock pot is in my top 5 inventions of all time!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pics from Gatlinburg

Here are a couple of pics from my attempt at getting a pic of the three boys!

Getting Back to My Roots...

in Scrapbooking!

I LOVE to scrapbook, but I honestly haven't done ANYTHING in about two years. With little boys, it's hard to get to scrapbook because if I leave everything out they are just too tempted to get into it while I'm not looking. And to me, I need everything strolled out where I can see it. It's so much work to pull out all of my cutesy stuff to just have to put it all back up after an hour or so of working.

SO at the old house, I really didn't have a space where little hands wouldn't reach my masterpieces in progress. However, in the farmhouse, we have a cozy little closet under the stairs that is soon to be my Scrapbook room/office...with a little room for Jeffry's hunting stuff as well. :) Jeffry is going to build me some shelves for all of my papers, stickers, and embellishments, and I'll have my desk, chair, computer, printer, etc.

In my excitement, I've already started a couple of projects. I'm participating in Jessica Sprague's Holidays in Hand class. I'm really excited about this one! I've never done any type of a Christmas album, other than pages for my boys' books. I can't wait to see what all Jessica has up her sleeve!

I also just purchased Becky Higgins Project LIFE. It's built around the concept of a picture a day for a year. I've never done anything so intensive as a photo a day, but I think it's a great idea. Most of my scrapbooking centers around my boys, but I want to do some scrapbooks like this for ME to look back on someday. I'm going to start building the album once I receive it so I'll be ready to go January 1st.

I'm so happy to get back in the groove of something I love so much! Trying to make a little more time for my hobbies! :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recipes for You!

Thought I'd share a couple of our favorite recipes right now. And please, if you post any recipes, let me know! I'm always looking for new things.

Easy Barbecued Chicken in the Crock Pot

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1. Place chicken in a 5qt slow cooker; salt and pepper, and place onion on top.
2. Whisk together ketchup and remaining ingredients; pour over chicken and onions. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low and cook for 5 hours or more.
3. Shred chicken and stir into the sauce. Serve as is or on buns for great BBQ sandwiches!

*We like a lot of the sauce, so I usually cook 8 chicken breasts and double the sauce recipe. So good!

Pumpkin Spice Bread or Muffins

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup golden raisins
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
*optional 1 cup chopped pecans (my family doesn't like nuts)

1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time beating just until yellow disappears.
2. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add pecans and raisins, tossing to coat. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with pumpkin, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stir in vanilla.
3. Spoon batter into greased and floured loaf pans or muffin tins. I made one large loaf and 18 muffins. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes for the loaf. Honestly, I just watch the muffins until they're done. Probably about 18 minutes. You know your oven.

*The muffins are a great grab and go breakfast. My kids love them, even Trace! You really must make this recipe!

And there you go! Be sure to let me know if you share any of your family's favorite recipes!

*Both recipes are courtesy of Southern Living.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm Still Here!

I've been absent for a bit because we took a few days off and headed to the Smokey Mountains. We left Sunday after church and drove back Thursday so I could be home in time to lead worship practice that night. We had SUCH a blast! Jeffry's grandfather let us use his brand new camper. Must say, I was a little nervous because I've never stayed in a camper before. But it was really great! There was plenty of space for us and all three boys. Having the camper meant we were able to cook breakfast there and save some money. I haven't had time yet to load my pics- trying to catch up at work. Hopefully I can get them uploaded tomorrow...and I'll finish filling you in on all of our adventures in Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge.

Oh, also in the works- internet at home! Woohoo! Since we moved, we haven't even thought about internet. We had DSL at our old house, but it's nowhere near an option out on the farm. So I've started researching our limited options. Anybody else using satellite internet or the AT&T cards or anything? Let me know your thoughts!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Things I Love: Fall Edition, Part 2

Part Two is here! Here are a few more things that I have always loved or I have recently discovered. Check them out!

My best friend's coffee shop, Mocha Giraffe. I'm addicted to the Peppermint Mochas and the Chai Tea Lattes! Sooo yummy! She just got a new pastry case, and she's carrying Paul's Pastry. Ugh, I'm gonna gain weight! Haha!

Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion and body cream. Yum! I looooove this smell. Not too heavy and not too sweet. Perfect.

The Rosette bedding from Anthropologie in the dark purple. It's ruched heaven! So romantic, and it would be so gorgeous in my master bedroom. On my Christmas list!

I only have one piece of Peter's Pottery but I LOVE it! It's so beautiful and unique. And rustic. Which is perfect for my little farmhouse!

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Townsend. And I'm leaving in a couple days! YAY!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Must Download!

You seriously must go download "Here is Love" from Bethel Church. So anointed!

I have it on repeat. Two of my favorites are "I Need You More" sung by Kim Walker and "Your Presence" sung by Jenn Johnson. I love how they reference David Gray's lyrics from "Babylon". So cool, you must get this one.

Psalm 119

This chapter has become one of my favorite passages in the Bible. I love reading it in the Message paraphrase. Here are a few highlights from throughout the chapter that I wanted to share with you all.

"You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by walk straight along the road he set....Then I'd never have any regrets.

I'm single-minded in pursuit of you.

My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!- insatiable for your nourishing commands.

Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation....I'll run the course you lay out for me if you'll just show me how.

I set your instructions to music and sing them as I walk this pilgrim way. (That's so me!! Ha)

I'm thoroughly committed to living your way....My troubles turned out all for the best- they forced me to learn from your textbook.

And let me live whole and holy, soul and body, so I can always walk with my head held high.

I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order.

Break open your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning. Mouth open and panting, I wanted your commands more than anything. (Desperation!)

Let my cry come right into your presence, God.

Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well.

All I can say is "Wow" and I hope He speaks to you through this passage the way that He has to me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Be a follower.

I'd like to encourage you to become a follower of my blog if you aren't already! And if I'm not following yours, leave me a comment to let me know! :) I'm always interested to see who's keeping up with what I'm posting!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Things I love: Fall Edition, Part 1

1. J dot art: This is one of my sweet friends from highschool, and her work is amazing! I love all of the Christmas items. Totally on my wish list!

2. Red Letter Words: OH my gosh, I LOVE their stuff. Reallllly wanting this one.

3. Smart Mom Jewelry: I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Sarah Mae at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee for a Teething Bling necklace and bracelet. All I can say is GENIUS! I wish I had thought of this. Of all three of my boys, Trace is the one who LOVES to chew on my necklaces. We are definitely using these items! Thanks Sarah Mae!!

4. Crazy Love by Francis Chan: Even if you aren't reading the book, go to his website and check out the videos called "The Awe Factor of God" and "Just Stop and Think". Pretty amazing stuff!

5. My church: Loving that I can listen online to past sermons. The latest series we had on "God's Sovereign Love" was taught from the book of Ruth. I learned SO much from it! I really encourage you to go listen. Just click on Wiggins, Media, and then Sunday Morning Messages to download the MP3s. You will be blessed!

Part 2 coming soon! Stay tuned.

Around the House

I copied this idea from Sarah at Life in the Parsonage! She's so cute; stop by and say Hi!

Around the House: October

Reading: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Enjoying: Cooler weather. Coffee with peppermint mocha creamer. Spending time outside with my boys. My husband. Worship team. Singing my heart out to Jesus. Growing closer to Him each day.

Learning: How to give even more.

Watching: House, Lie to Me

Anticipating: Christmas. I can't wait to spend time around the tree and the table with my family. I love my three little boys and this time of year with all of its traditions and festivities excites me. I really want to find some creative ways to give as a family this year. Any suggestions anyone?

Realizing: That you can never out-give God.

Pondering: How I can convince my neighbor to let me take his two teenage boys to our church on Sundays. Praying!

Studying: The One Year Bible and Esther

Wondering: Why God would choose to use me?

Remembering: That God is in control. He is Faithful!

Praying: I can make a difference in someone's life every day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Worth It

Funny how God gives you great opportunities to give when it's least convenient.

The sacrifice is worth it.


Beyond the ordinary in your day and realize that God is at work.


And be blessed beyond measure.

Beyond whatever sacrifice you had to make. It's worth it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Week Wrap-Up

I didn't do a great job of posting this week! I just really felt like I didn't have that much to say I guess. Here's a recap:

* Sunday's worship was AMAZING! I was so proud of the worship team; it was probably the best worship service yet with our new band. The flow and transitions were great. The Holy Spirit showed up and it was just awesome. I could really do this forever.

* The boys were out of school Monday. We really didn't do anything incredibly exciting; it was just nice to be home and not have anything pressing to do. It rained all day, which I don't mind at all. Minus the fact that my boys got a little wild!

* Tuesday was back to work and school. I had my Life Group in the morning. Our topic over the next few weeks is Giving. I LOVED this lesson! Everyone had so many testimonies to share about their giving and how God blessed them for it. So uplifting to hear.

* That night Jeffry attended a meeting with the local car club here that is helping us host the first ever Jack's Home Improvement Center Antique Car Show! It's next Saturday, October 24th, from 9-2. We are expecting 100+ cars to show up and tons of people from the community. I really think it's going to be a great event. Please pray that we have great weather!

* Wednesday I don't know what I did. Hmmm....where did that day go?

* Yesterday I got soooooo much done at work! I was sick of my desk having a million papers on it that everyone just keeps piling on. Apparently, my desk is the place to put things when you aren't sure where to put them. Ahem. Anyway, I devised a couple of new organized stations, CLEARLY LABELED, so that people will have no excuse to pile on the paper. I feel so accomplished with a clean desk. Worship team practice last night was great. AND my house cleaner came. SO blessed!

* Today is FRIDAY! Woo-hoo! I woke up and it was FREEZING outside! Seriously, yesterday the high was in the mid-80's and today when I left for work it was 58 degrees outside. I had kind of a rough morning bc someone made a rude comment to me which I overheard. Why do people do that? Anyway, I'm over it now. I have a great husband and great friends who reassured me it was fine. I'm really looking forward to relaxing at home in my clean house tonight.

* Saturday is our second meeting of The Current 601, the newly formed young adult ministry at our church that Jeffry and I are spearheading. We are having a fall get-together at our farm complete with bonfire, Smores, hayride, skeet shooting, chili, potato soup, cupcakes, and FRIENDS! I really can't wait! Oh except that I am speaking tomorrow night. I could really avoid that whole part...but Pastor Mike asked me to speak about Getting Real: Living Real in a Fake World. Cool topic! I really can't wait to see what God is going to do with this great group of people!!

That's all for now! Everyone have a great weekend and ENJOY this COLD weather!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Updates to come soon, I promise :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

More of Him

Friday night was kind of a "wow" moment for me. After some great worship from Misty Edwards, Pastor Mike brought a great message in which he talked about our flesh. One thing I really gleaned from that time was this,

"Focusing on myself is the complete opposite of focusing on God. I want to experience life on God's terms!"

Yeah. Focusing on myself...I do that a lot.

After the message, we had some time to get on our knees alone with the Lord. I was really searching my heart and just crying out to God for more of Him.

I said, "Lord, take me in, past the outer courts, further in..."

I was a little shocked and surprised when He responded, "I'm trying. But until you take me there in your life, I can't bring you any further in."

WOW. Talk about a "spanking". But it really broke me's funny how we think we've let God into every single area of our hearts, but there are still areas that we hope He hasn't seen, or He will just glance past. How thankful I am that God cares enough to answer me honestly! I repented right then and there.

I am resolved to go deeper in the Lord. The great thing can ALWAYS go deeper. There's always more of Him. We can never get enough.

As for me, I'm letting Him go deeper in my He can let me in on more of Him.


I have a new blog template since the last time many of you visited. However, I'm really not happy with the 2-column layout of my blog right now. I'd love a three column layout. Actually, what I'd really love is to have someone design my blog for me. Do you all have any recommendations for a designer or a place for free layouts? Please let me know.

Also, how do I list the post labels so that someone can click "Trace" and all of the posts that I've labeled "Trace" come up? Anybody know? Thanks for your help!

I'll have my regular post up later this afternoon. It's been a crazy morning at work!

Monday, October 5, 2009

God is Moving!

I have so many things coursing through my brain right now...God has been really moving in my life the past week. I've got a couple of great post ideas from what He's been teaching me (more like from the spankings I've been getting!! Ha!).

We had the privilege of attending Consecration Weekend at our church this past weekend. It's basically a weekend to get rid of your flesh.

Eww, even that word just sounds bad.

You know our flesh rises up DAILY. That's why Paul says to take up our cross daily. The bad attitude, the outbursts of anger, the lustful glances or thoughts, the gossip that you mask as a "prayer request", the filth you allow into your mind from what our society calls "entertainment", the feelings of guilt or failure....stop blaming all of this on the devil! Yes, the devil tempts us but wake up! YOU are responsible for your flesh! Start TODAY and let's get rid of our fleshly desires and attitudes. Just confess to the Lord that you aren't perfect; He already knows! And He already knows what you're going to confess! Haha...why do we act like God doesn't already see what we've done wrong? All He wants is for us to come clean before Him and let Him redeem us.

Because He's already paid the price- all we have to do is ask.

Wow, our God is awesome!

God taught me so much this weekend, and I can't wait to share it with you! Stop by again soon! :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

It's FRIDAY!!!

Random Facts of My Week:

* So happy it's Friday! I can't wait to get home, make dinner, and just relax with all my boys tonight. It's been a long week.

* The weather here has been crazy. It keeps POURING down raining for about 10 minutes and then the sun will come out for about an hour, then it starts pouring again. Weird. I'm quite ready for COOOOOOLD weather! Can't wait to drag out all of my cute sweaters and long-sleeves. And decorate for Christmas- my favorite time of year! I've already gotten out all of my fall decor. It looks great.

* Last night was the first time I've had to audition someone for the worship team. It went well! I was kinda proud of myself.

* The space bar on my Blackberry went berserk soallofmysentenceslooklikethis. Frustrating!

* Caleb's second soccer game is tomorrow, but I think I am going to work so Jeffry can see him play. One of our employees had a death in the family so one of us needs to work.

* Have you noticed that EVERYONE is having sales on fall clothing this week?? It's really making me hate this humidity and 80 degree weather...

* I'm obsessed with coffee lately. I must have it every morning. I've never been like this before, but even the smell of the freshly ground beans makes my mouth start watering.

* We close on our house in 4 DAYS! After almost a year of being on the market and begging God to sell it, we can definitely see the end in sight! So excited to be rid of the extra insurance payments and utility bills!

That's all I have for now. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Music Monday!

Some new or newly discovered artists I'm loving right now....
I'm leaning toward a lot of prophetic worship these days. There is some GREAT stuff out there. I'm spending too much money on iTunes!

Brian and Jenn Johnson- A Little Longer is my fave!

Heather Clark- Live From Lakeland CD and also Exalt the Lord from the Radiant CD

Jake Hamilton's CD is awesome. I especially like Marked.

If you buy any one CD I recommend, BUY THIS ONE! Kim Walker is FULL of passionate worship. INCREDIBLE.

Jesus Culture. An awakening in worship...seriously.

Sean Feucht- love what he's doing with Burn

Hope these will inspire you to dig deep and go to a new place in worship! Awaken the fire inside of you! Wish I could spend my whole day doing just that....

"I've come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now!" Luke 12:49 MSG

Monday, August 10, 2009

Worth Remembering

My kids are just wonderfully funny.

And I want to remember every little quote that makes every second of my time with them so memorable and hilarious.

Caleb: "Mommy, look my jeans are wet. (Points to a big wet spot on his knee.) But that's okay I'm still gonna wear them cuz that's what cowboys do, right?"

Ahhh, yes, my child. Do as the cowboys do.

We were in the car, and Caleb was playing Brayden's Nintendo DS. Although Bray didn't want to play it, he started whining that Caleb was playing it. My response to Bray, "Bray, it's not that big of a deal, just share with your brother. He'll get tired of playing it in a minute."

His reponse to me, "Mama, I thought you said it cost a hundred dollars and that's a big deal?" (He wasn't being disrespectful, just reiterating how I've drilled in his head NOT TO LOSE his DS!)

Umm, I did say that didn't I? Why do kids have the uncanny ability to throw something back in your face....

A few from our Destin trip:

Upon our arrival at the beach, Caleb said "Look at the snow, Mama!"

Funny thing is, we've been to the beach before. I promise it's not the first time he's seen sand!

Never thought I'd have to tell someone, "Don't karate chop your biscuit!"

Out for dinner one night, the waiter asked if we spent all day at the beach.
We answered no collectively, but as he walked off Brayden responds:

"Well, we didn't go to the beach today just the pool because the beach water makes my tee-tee hurt."

Obviously we are still working on what's considered TMI.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Company Girl Coffee

I'm new to this!! I love reading Rachel Anne's blog so I decided to participate today.

This has been a crazy busy week! We spent the first few days at the beach, our last family vacation before school. Brayden started first grade yesterday. I cannot believe this day is already here! He's already done K4 and K5, but something about first grade...the fact that they have real subjects, real tests, report cards...I was just so emotional that he's finally a big kid! He insisted on wearing a button down shirt, which was too funny. He looked so handsome though. We really like his teacher; I hope that she will be able to keep him busy!

Tonight I'm looking forward to just relaxing at home and catching up on laundry. Tomorrow, my mom is coming for a visit and to keep the boys while Jeffry and I help host a "Dream Party" for the 20-somethings at our church. I am so excited to get together with everyone and see just what God has in store. We are casting vision for our lives and dreaming big dreams!

Sunday will be the first church service that our Stone county church band will be playing. We have been fortunate enough to have musicians from our Gulfport campus come to play for us for the past three years! Talk about dedication!! I'm the worship leader at our church so a lot rests on my shoulders to make things transition smoothly. I'm praying that the anointing will fall and that people will see beyond the musicians on the stage, and just feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in that place! Woo, I'm excited!

Well, that's all I have for today!! Lots of things going on! God is on the move!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cat/ Ship Island

We took a day trip to Cat Island and Ship Island with the big boys last week in Daddy's new boat! We saw hermit crabs, dolphins, sting rays, and battled pirates from the boat. The boys really had a blast, and Jeffry and I loved every minute of it. He did a little wade fishing while I scampered around with the kiddos. So fun. I love days like that. I didn't get a lot of pictures, but here are a few I captured.

Bored, Bray?
Big cheese right here.
Our "Captain" :) I thought he was kinda hot...
My big boys

We are leaving for Destin tomorrow. Can't wait! Gotta go pack....

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 4th Weekend!

So I'm about a month behind on my posting. What else is new?

We had a great time out at Flint Creek on July 4th! I made some BBQ chicken in the crock pot for sandwiches, macaroni salad, bought some chips and dip and made banana pudding to carry out with us. We met up with another family that was staying at the Creek in an RV. We took all the boys out on the boat, and they had a blast tubing. I got on with each of them while Jeffry drove the boat (of course, that means there was no one to take pics while I was on. Oh well...surely they'll remember me even though I'm never in It was so much fun!

A thunderstorm came through later in the afternoon, and it was good that our friends had the RV....we hunkered down with them through the rain and lightning. There was actually another RV down the road that a tree fell on and split it right down the middle! Crazy. Blessed it wasn't us. Everything cleared up in time for us to enjoy some more time outside and then later, the fireworks show. It was a great show! We went out with all the boys on the party barge and anchored in the middle of the reservoir to watch the show. They loved it! I wasn't sure if Trace would like the noise or not, but of course, it didn't bother my laid-back baby! We really had a blast. I love times like this when there's not much of a schedule and we can just relax and enjoy each other as a family!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tired of the DR's office....

No really. I am.

We took Brayden yesterday to get his orthotics for his shoes. It went a lot better than I thought it would! They are basically insoles that slide into any pair of his regular shoes. We had to go several weeks ago to have his feet casted so that the insole would be a perfect other words, not a cheap thing. To put it in terms where Bray could understand, "we could buy 4 Nintendo DS's with what we paid for your insoles so DO NOT lose them or hurt them!!" He tried them out and they didn't seem to bother him at all! Yay. Now we are working up to wearing them pretty much all day, even inside the house. The good news is that he doesn't need another pair for hopefully a year. We will go back in three weeks to check that his ankles are improving.

I just took Trace to the eye doctor today because he's had a little eye infection. She gave me some antibiotic drops for him to take three times a day for a week. It's nothing related to the strabismus, just a normal infection.

However, while we were there, the doctor went ahead and checked him for his two month checkup (which really wasn't scheduled until the middle of August). His right eye is not progressing as well as we had hoped, so we are having to start patching his eye for two hours a day instead of one. Sigh. That's ok though, I'm thankful we have options to correct it!

The doctor also told me that the worst angle of crossing is 50 and Trace is at 55. So, that's not so great news...she implied that the first surgery probably will not totally correct the problem and two surgeries will almost certainly be necessary. Which we knew from the beginning was a it's looking more like a reality.

I'm soooo thankful that my children are healthy, and that these issues are entirely treatable. Also, I want to encourage any moms out there...if you EVEN THINK there may be a problem- even if other people tell you there isn't or they don't think it's serious- TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS! Go see the pediatrician or a specialist! We skipped the pedi and went straight to the pediatric ophthalmologist for Trace because someone told me that their pediatrician had misdiagnosed their child. He ended up being blind in one eye when his condition could have been corrected. Oh, and EVERY child should have at least an eye exam around their one year old birthday. Important lessons I'm learning!

I'll end with a picture of Caleb...just so he's not left out :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th!

Today is my last day at work before at three day weekend!! Jeffry and his dad are going fishing tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to spending time with the boys. I'm thinking slip n slide and a picnic lunch!! How fun would that be?

Saturday our church is doing an outreach in the form of a watermelon giveaway at Flint Creek Waterpark. We will get there around 5:00, help hand out watermelons, eat some dinner, and then watch fireworks. Nothing too extravagant, just good food and great friends. I can't wait!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and happy and safe 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jamaica Pictures!

We are home! Our trip was wonderful. It was a nice, quick getaway. The boys stayed with Jeffry's mom and dad so they were totally fine. I'm sure you're wondering what all we did....actually a whole lot of nothing! We got massages, had a candlelight dinner on the beach, sailed on a catamaran, basically lived in our cabana, ate great food, took a sunset cruise on a sailboat, Jeffry jumped off a 45' cliff, and generally just soaked up some sun and relaxation! It was really great not having work, kids, or cell phone service! Haha. We are glad to be back home though.

Friday, June 19, 2009


So, the eye doctor visit was not entirely the outcome I hoped for, but we are rolling with it. Trace has developed amblyopia, which means that he is only seeing things with one eye. His brain is not telling the "bad" eye to see anymore because it was weaker to begin with. So basically, the brain shuts it off, eventually causing blindness. At this early stage, it is correctable by patching his eye for an hour everyday. We have to get the amblyopia corrected before we can proceed with the surgery for strabismus, which is the actual crossing of the eyes. I got to ask our doctor a lot of questions, and she was very thorough in explaining the surgery to me. It is an outpatient surgery, however, he will be completed sedated...something I'm not really crazy about. I mean, who wants to see their baby completely under anesthesia. But I know God is in control in all of this. None of this has taken Him by surprise, and I am resting in the knowledge that He is Trace's Healer.

We go back in two months to determine if the patching is helping correct the "bad" eye. I am confident in God's ability to heal these eyes! Assuming they are better, we will be able to take the time down to about 30 minutes a day of patching until the eye surgery. I'm guessing the surgery will be around the end of September or the beginning of October...guessing. This is the first step to correcting his eyes. We are praying it is the only step; the possibility is there for at least one more surgery, if not more. But we have faith in our God!

What really excites me is to see before and after pictures of babies on the internet. I can't wait to see my precious angel with beautiful straight eyes and a great big smile!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I'm bad at titles.

I had a crazy/wonderful day yesterday! It seems like the mornings are always chaotic, just trying to get my three little kiddos out the door to be anywhere on time. On top of that, my cleaning lady showed up at 7:15!! Seriously. It's the summer. My husband had forgotten to tell me that she was coming yesterday, so I didn't have enough cleaning supplies. Sooo, we were hurrying to get Brayden to vacation Bible school, and I had promised the kids McDonald's for breakfast. We left the house and reached Mickey D's just in time for Trace to spit up his ENTIRE BOTTLE all over himself and his carseat. So I got him out, cleaned him up with wipeys (! that's all I had!), changed his diaper and outfit, fed the other boys, and hurried to get to VBS on time. We made it! Then I had to go to Walmart, buy cleaning supplies, and take them back home to our cleaning lady before I finally got to work at 9:15. Crazy, crazy. Good thing I work for myself.

I left work early and had a mini spa day! I got my brows done, a spa pedicure, and got my hair cut. It was so nice to relax for a little while...especially after my chaotic morning. I'm trying to start thinking about packing for Jamaica! 4 days left!!

Tomorrow morning, Jeffry and I are taking Trace for a follow-up visit to the eye doctor. I'm hoping to have a clear head this time and find out all of the details about his eye surgery. I'll be glad to have my husband there with me. Pray for us, as it is never easy to think about your baby having surgery! I know it's not a serious medical illness or anything, but I still have my concerns. Thank you for your prayers!!

Our house is still on the market. STILL. God, what are you waiting for!?! Our contract ran out with our realtor last week, so we are officially trying to sell it ourselves now. We are hoping that by lowering the price some, and with no realtor's fees that we will be able to find a buyer. There is a man in town who's very interested but has to sell his house first. That figures. I think my attitude sounds negative, but the reality is that I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that God paved the way for us to be at our new house so I KNOW He has a buyer for this one. I'm just so OVER trying to sell it. I'm "radically anticipating" a sale! Oh yeah, and if you want a gorgeous house on the golf course, just let me know!! :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I'm Twittering!

OH yeah...Find me on Twitter! I update there ALL the time! :)


I have been non-existent for the past few months, haven't I?

In May, we celebrated Caleb's 4th birthday with a cowboy party. I'll have to find some pics to add on here. He had a blast. We had a great Memorial Day celebration with some dear friends from church; the kids played outside and we grilled out. The end of May, we took a family vacay to Gulf Shores. We lucked out and got to have both uncles join us! Always helps to have extra hands when you have little boys around the pool and the ocean. Probably one of our best family vacations, just because we were all together to relax. Loved it.

I can finally breathe now that summer is here. The past few weeks have been a little crazy: Bray & Caleb both got check ups with the pediatrician, Caleb had some sort of fever virus, then Brayden got strep, Trace had his 6 month check up and shots, Brayden's ankles turn in and he has to wear orthotics (basically insoles for his shoes), so we had an appt to get fitted for those, and Friday, Trace is going back for his eye check up. Needless to say, I'm tired of ANY doctor's offices...and medical bills. Geeze.

On to better things...I'll be in JAMAICA in 6 days with my honey of 7 years!!! I can't believe it's already here. I told Jeffry the other day that this was probably going to be our best year yet, because 7 is always the good year in the Bible! Haha

Short update, but I promise I'll try to do better!! Talk soon!

Friday, May 1, 2009

ABCs...TGIF edition!

All of 4 my boys have stuffy noses or a cough.
Brayden is reading on a 2nd grade level!! I cannot believe that.
Cydnee is literally making me laugh out loud right now just over Blackberry Messenger.
Desiring a hot stone facial from E Salon.
Esther study by Beth Moore is my latest favorite. Esther 4:14 is my verse lately
First day of May! Almost vacation time!
Got my hair dyed for like the first time in my life this week. I'm 25. With more of a reddish brown hair color than brownish black. :)
Heading over to Lucedale tomorrow afternoon to celebrate Jeffry's grandmothers bday and mothers day a little early.
Interviewed for Landscapes Magazine today! How cool is that? She is supposed to email us a roughdraft of the article on Mon/Tues so maybe I can post it. Can I do that?
Join me on Twitter
Kari Jobe is singing at Resurrection Life in Picayune tonight, but I can't go. Sadness!
Led worship team practice for the first time Tuesday night. It went pretty well!
My bestest friend is getting a pedicure without me. Boo.
New shoes for Bray and Trace!
Organization. Something my house is desperately lacking lately.
Payroll today! always my hang-up. We should invent more Q words
Ralph Lauren paint. We just started carrying it! Love the finishes.
Sooo want a pool!
Three more weeks left of school for Bray! That means we finally get to sleep in.
Unless Trace wakes up early...which I'm sure he will.
Valuing my time with my children. Cannot wait for summer!
Why has today been so overwhelmingly busy?!
Xcited that it's Friday...full weekend ahead.
Ya'll! Yesterday I spent 7+ hours of my life trying to install a new firewall/on the phone with computer people at the store...seriously NOT my forte. I'll never be a member of The Geek Squad.
Zinger. I missed that word in the 5th grade spelling bee because I thought they said singer. Like I couldn't spell zinger!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Trace Turning Over!

8 Things

If anyone wants to participate, consider yourself tagged! Leave me a comment that you participated so I make sure to read your answers too.

8 Things I'm Looking Forward to...

1. My Jamaican anniversary getaway with my sweetie!

2. Not having to wake up early to take Bray to school.

3. Being more in shape.

4. Having a tan!

5. Entertaining more at our new house.

6. Seeing Caleb on Saturday! He's been on vacation with grandparents since last Saturday. MISS my middle child!

7. Getting to eat breakfast with Cyd someday soon?

8. My husband signing up for Twitter. :)

8 Things I did Yesterday...

1. Went to Lifegroup. We started a new series on Honor by John Bevere.

2. Watched Deadliest Catch with my hubby.

3. Discovered a tiny kitten under our house; Brayden got it out and took it to it's mama.

4. Had worship team practice on the coast. Loving this part of my life.

5. Had like a day-long conversation with Keith & Jordan on Blackberry Messenger.

6. Ate the most fantastic steak that Jeffry rushed to cook for me before I had to leave for worship team.

7. Contemplated the retweeting of Twitter.

8. Ordered some new cleaning supplies from Mrs. Meyers. Yummy, they make me want to clean!

8 Things I Wish I Could Do...

1. Have a date night with my husband, just the 2 of us. But we don't have a babysitter any more.

2. Take a family vacation to somewhere besides Florida.

3. But also go to Disneyworld!

4. Plant a garden...actually, I just want the fresh food, not the work involved.

5. Not worry. I'm learning to cast all my cares upon Him!

6. Play the guitar. Maybe I should attempt to play the keyboard better first.

7. Not have to work...I'm getting to where I'd rather stay home all day.

8. Be more outgoing with strangers.

8 Shows I Enjoy...

1. Get Fresh with Sara Snow
2. Fox and Friends
3. The Office
4. Deadliest Catch
5. Almost anything on Food Network...I really like Giada
6. That's all I can think of! We don't watch tons of TV.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Anniversary Surprise!

Jeffry came home the other night and TOTALLY surprised me with this...


I didn't even know what to say!! Our anniversary isn't until June so I wasn't even thinking about a trip or gift or anything. We will be there exactly 60 days from today!! SOO excited! I have the best husband ever.

Here's a preview of where we will be staying:

Breathtaking. We've been to Jamaica before but never to Negril. CANNOT contain my excitement to celebrate my 7 year anniversary with my honey!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Lord, no words can capture the love that You have for us or the sacrifice that You made upon the cross for our sins. I am so thankful that You have taken me from nothing and turned me into something that is pleasing in Your sight. Help me to place my focus on You and You alone. God, your Glory astounds me....

"GLORY" by Selah
One day eyes that are blind will see you clearly
And one day all who deny will finally believe
One day hearts made of stone will break in pieces
And one day chains once unbroken will fall down at your feet
So we wait for that one day come quickly

One day voices that lie will all be silent
One day all that's divided will be whole again
One day death will retreat and wave it's white flag
One day love will defeat the strongest enemy
So we wait for that one day come quickly

We know not the day or the hour
Or the moments in between
But we know the end of the story
When we'll see

We want to see your Glory
Every knee falls down before thee
Every tongue offers you praise
With every hand raised
Singing Glory
To you and unto you only
We'll sing Glory to Your name

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


A new season!
Blackberry Curve is my new best friend! Yippee! Forget the Pearl.
Caleb talks non-stop these days.
Dentist appointments for the entire family this week.
Eager to start the summer so we can quit waking up early in the morning.
Filming the Welcome DVD for church on Saturday; I'm doing the Worship portion.
GLORY. My word for this week. God's glory amazes me.
Have any new recipes you would like to share with me?? Always looking to try something new.
I hate taxes.
Just signed Bray up for USM's football camp.
Kids are the best. I am trying to cherish these days with my boys, however chaotic they may be!
Love getting to spend time with family...on to the grandparents this morning!
Met my parents last night for Nagoya, yum yum.
New Easter clothes! Will definitely be taking pictures!
Oooo, my, the car ride up here lasted FOREVER with my little teething sweetie.
Please can we go shoe shopping soon?!?
Quit straddling the fence and get serious about Jesus!
Ready to see what God has in store for this new season. I'm walking Your way, Lord.
Surprise anniversary present WAYY early! I'll share details later...
Taco soup rocked my world the other night. Thanks, Kisha!
Unique in their own way...the boys that is.
Visiting my grandparents this weekend with the kids. Happiness.
Why do I like greasy food so much? Must. Stay. On. Diet. JAMAICA!
Xcited that Spring has sprung! Now to just get my house in order!
You would be surprised how easily kids can learn Bible verses! The boys impress me.
Zzzzz....I always wake up tired? Hard to catch up...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Sooo Trace doesn't have any teeth yet, but he is definitely teething. He is just not himself and fussy and chewing on his fists like crazy! Yesterday was the worst day so far, and today hasn't started off any better. I feel so bad for him; he's all out of sorts. We've been doing Tylenol and Orajel, hoping to take the edge off so he can relax a little. It seems to help somewhat. He really likes to chew on blankets, which neither of my other boys did. If anyone has any helpful teething hints, they'd be VERY appreciated!! We are just taking it one hour at a time right now, haha.

We have had such a crazy morning:
*Cranky 3 year old Caleb, crying about EVERYTHING
*Teething Trace, tired and fussy
*Big brother Brayden, oblivious to the chaos around him!
*Morgan's monitor broken at office, so work is not getting done today.
*Short-handed at work because one of our employees is out of town.
*Trying to finish up taxes....ugh. I'm so not a last minute person, but we are doing everything through our accountant so it's not really up to me.

But in all of this craziness that is our life, Jesus reminds me to draw close to Him, wash myself in the River of His love, and REST. So that's what I'm doing.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Steadied by His Grace

It feels like I can't be consistent with blogging! I'm sure it would help if I had the internet at home...

Since my last post, we have had a lot going on. I guess the biggest thing affecting my life right now is that we found out Trace will need eye surgery in about six months. His eyes have been crossing some, and I kinda had a gut feeling that something wasn't quite right. I mean, I've had two other children, and I know the age that their eyes straighten out. Not to mention the fact that STRANGERS were kind enough (?!) to point out to me that his eyes cross. NO DUH. I'm his mother; I see him every day. Thanks for your concern. Ok, maybe that's harsh, but really...he's my baby, please don't point out his imperfections to me when I'm all too aware of them. It hurts my feelings.

Sooo, I made an appointment with one of the four pediatric opthamologists in Mississippi on Tuesday the 24th. I was expecting to maybe need a patch over one eye or glasses. As soon as the doctor walked into the office, she said, "Yes, his eyes definitely cross. This is not something that will straighten out on its own. We may be able to do glasses, but b/c it has onset this early, I am doubtful. He will probably need surgery at 10 months and then another surgery at 2." Wait, hold that, what?! Surgery?? Where did that come from? NOT what I was expecting to hear. She looked at his eyes with all different instruments, put some drops in, and then left for 15 minutes while the drops set in.

Fifteen minutes of me sitting in that exam room with Trace blown away by the fact that she mentioned surgery. I know it's routine and all, but he's my baby! I was just very shocked, and you know how the enemy tries to get you while you're down. I started praying over him while fighting back tears and finally felt the peace of the Lord with me in that room.

Trace's diagnosis is strabismus, specifically infantile esotropia. Basically, if you were on my right side I would look at you with my right eye, but he looks at you with his left. It crosses inward to see and focus. The problem is with his eye muscles, not the eye itself which is great news. It is correctable. There is a possibility that he may only need one surgery. Worst case scenario is two surgeries and glasses for life. We go back in three months for a check up to be sure that he is still using both eyes equally. There is a possibility he could start to use one more than the other, and if so, he'd have to have glasses or a patch to help correct that before the surgery.

I am praying and believing God for healing. Please pray with me! I know my God is powerful, and I know that He holds my baby in His hands. I am steadied by His grace which is more than sufficient for me...

Friday, March 20, 2009


I'm throwing my hubby a surprise bday party tonight with some of his friends from highschool. He has no clue!! I can't wait...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's March Madness Time!!!!!

I've filled out my bracket! Have you?? Only 45 minutes left...

Saturday, February 28, 2009


We officially spent last night in our new house! Things are crazy...we are halfway in one house and halfway in another. I may not update again til Monday. Please pray that we get lots accomplished this weekend!!

I was so excited to wake up to a pony and cows outside my window this morning. Who would have ever thought?? The boys are truly at home out at the farm. So peaceful!

Also...find me on Twitter!! I can update that from my phone! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The tanning bed is calling my name

Really. It is. I just told my bestie yesterday how desperately pale I am. It is NOT in a Southern woman's best interest to look pasty white. Especially when the weather is warming up, and we can wear cute dresses now! Please don't judge me for going to the tanning bed. I don't frequent it too much....

I just took these pictures of Trace today. Ahhh, he's getting so big! Seriously, he's got to be over 16 pounds now. That infant car carrier is getting quite heavy!!

So on another note, I would just like to encourage those of you who read my blog to become a follower or join the new Blog Frog widget I added at the top right. I seem to be getting some substantial traffic, but I don't know who you are! So please, introduce yourself and feel free to add me!