Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The aftermath

The Christmas gift aftermath.......wow!  It's wearing me out!  I feel like all I've been doing is cleaning!  I'm finishing up today, and tomorrow after my Dr. appt. we are leaving town! Yeah!  If we don't get out of here I'll spend all week picking up after my kids and I don't want to do that.  We are very excited about 2010! The next few months I'll be planning birthday parties.  We have two in January, and two in March.  Brea's is actually on Sunday!  She's turning 12 years old!  She isn't sure about what she wants to do yet but since we are going out of town we aren't planning a party until the following weekend.  Ok, I need to get busy on cleaning so here are a few pictures of the little ones playing candyland.  Luke always seems to win too!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas in Pictures!

We had a wonderful Christmas! We've been so busy the past few days though. Our Christmas celebrations began Tuesday night with a Christmas party for Brea's softball team, and ended Saturday night with a family gathering at my Mom and Dad's. The next few days we can just sit back, relax, and soak it all in.

Enjoy the pictures!

My Handsome Luke!!

Zayne...All smiles!

Luke, Brea, and Jolea on Christmas morning!  So Excited!

Marcos, Brea, and Sawyer playing in the snow!

Luke loves the pretty girls!

Luke with all his goodies, and Jolea with her new doll from her MawMaw that we can't leave home without!

Luke is loving his remote control 4-wheeler!  Thanks MawMaw and Frank!

Yah, she is up to something!

Luke putting together his toolbench he got from Granny!  He loves this thing!
And Jolea and Brea playing break the ice!

Jolea and Frank...wherever Frank is you can bet Jolea is attached to his hip! 
She loves him and her MawMaw!

Joey and my Brother in Laws....All the boys got boxes of cash from my parents!

My parents and all us girls~

This is Miss Skyla...my little niece!  She definitley ruled the house at Moms on Saturday night!

All the kids minus the 3 big ones, and JoJo.....

Brea and Buzz!

These are only a handful of the pictures that I took.  I still have some editing to do before I post anymore!  Hope you enjoy these so far! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mary's Song

I posted a a piece of a song the other day " Breath of Heaven."  It is one of my most favorite Christmas songs.  I know it isn't one of the traditional Christmas hymns, but it is still one of my favorites.  It's just on my mind alot lately and really just speaks to me.  It's called Mary's song.  I was riding in the car the other day when it came on as I was stuck between my Christmas blues mood and my Christmas to do's when I just felt this lump in my throat.  It was kind of one of those moments when the fog is lifted and you are able to see with eternal eyes.  The reality of Christmas hit me right there in my lonely car.  The reality of a God baby, a teenage mother, and the fact the He was quietly born into the world that night to die so that I could have life.  Not just eternal life, but life today.  Life with my kids, my husband, my family.  As I listened I felt like she was singing this song to me.  Mary had just given birth to a son that she knew she would have to watch die a horrible death.  God had chosen her.  I am sure she was weighing the magnitude of her circumstance, and the responsibility God himself had given her. As a mom myself, who has cradled a dying son in her arms, I feel a wave of emotion rush over me as I think about her thoughts that night.  

I have traveled

Many moonless night
Cold and Weary
With a babe inside
And I wonder
What I've done
Holy Father
You have come
Chosen me now
To carry your son

I am waiting
in a silent prayer
I am frightened
by the load i bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone
Be with me now
Be with me now

Breath of Heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of Heaven

Breath of Heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me, your holyness
For your holy Breath of Heaven
Do you wonder
As you watch my face
If a wiser one, should of had my place
But I offer-all I am
For the mercy-of your plan
Help me be strong
Help me be
Help me

Sometimes in the darkness of my own soul He shines a light so bright, so everlasting.  He is born in me so that His peace and joy are always there amidst the hurt.  In the book of Luke it mentions that Mary "pondered all these things in her heart."  For me thats all I need this Christmas is just to simply ponder these things in my heart! 
I hope you all have a very Merry CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Breath of Heaven

Breath of Heaven

Hold me together

Be forever near me

Breath of Heaven

Friday, December 18, 2009

The lights are up!

We had the greatest time putting up the Christmas lights and decorating the yard for Christmas this year.  It's these days and family time that I love the most.  Us just hanging out and having a great time playing, laughing, and just being together.  Here are a few pictures from that amazing day!

This is the typical Breanna laugh!  She's so silly and dramatic!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More JOY!

Ok, I had several people wondering what a grave blanket is!  So here are some pictures that we took yesterday at the cemetary.  And yes, we were having a little too much fun there!  Since the day Colt's body was laid to rest there we have never made the cemetary a place of sadness or fear for our kids.  One of Colt's little friends even called it the "playground."  That has totally stuck with our family.  This may not be how your family looks at things, but this is how our family does!  Our kids are not taught that death is a horrible thing.  They are taught that when you die as a christian your eternal home in heaven awaits you and it is an amazing thing!  Ok Ok...I'm getting off topic! :) We went out there and put out the grave blanket last night.  Brea added a Christmas ornament to it that she made with his initial on it.  It was so beautiful!  I order one every year from the side door florist and I have always loved it!!!!  I also have to say a thank you to my Mom!  She always takes care of the flowers out there.  She keeps them pretty all year long!  Thanks Mom!!  Anyhow here are some pictures of it from last night.


Monday, December 14, 2009

The Joy of the Lord is our strength!

Five years ago I spent one of the most amazing days with my son Colt!  Not knowing that it would be the last day I would spend with him until we are reunited in heaven.  I remember that day like it was yesterday.  He was so happy, just like most days.  He had more energy than he had had in a couple of days.  He was able to sit up some, and he even let me get up and do some cleaning.  I guess in anticipation of the visitor he knew was coming that night. ;)  I'm not going to go into details of that special night, but as we carry on today we remember him with a big smile, and we are full of joy!    I believe he is waiting with a happy little heart and big smile for the day that he see's us walk through the golden gates! 

We'll go to the cemetary this afternoon and take out some flowers, and also the grave blanket that I ordered.  I hope you all remember Colt today.  Remember the good times and that beautiful blonde hair, big blue eyes, and that smile that would melt your heart!  Enjoy the pictures of him too!

The joy of the Lord is our strength today!



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