Last Tuesday several girls and I took our kids to the Memphis Zoo. They have something called Tennessee Tuesdays. If you have a Tennessee License then you get in for free after 2:00 p.m. I must admit this was QUITE an adventure. My friend, Jessica, met at my house and some how we loaded five kids, all 3 and under (with car seats) and two double strollers into my Trailblazer. She arrived at my house at 2:30 and we left at 3:00. Yes, it took us 30 minutes to get everything packed. I don’t think that we realized that it was going to be such a “zoo” going to the zoo.

When we arrived both of the babies needed to be fed so we sat in the car for 30 minutes and fed them and then we slowly but surely got everyone out of the car, lathered in sunscreen, and loaded into their designated stroller seats or front pack in Anna Kate’s case. I really wish you could have seen us. I know that we looked like a big bundle of chaos.

The zoo was fun and it impressed the big boys. Judd really enjoyed the elephants, which he was able to see at the Atlanta Zoo a week or so earlier. They all thought the gorilla and sea lions were neat. We walked around the whole zoo and then we decided to go eat at Moe’s. Jake and Judd love Moe’s so I thought it would be somewhat relaxing…wrong! It was crazy! While we were eating, I was at the table with all of the kids except for one and a lady walked by and shook her head at me, as to say “you poor thing” I very sweetly responded “They aren’t ALL mine.” It was funny and all the girls laughed. Once again the babies needed to be fed so we hung out in the Moe’s parking lot after dinner to feed them and then we headed home. We arrived back at my house at 8:45 p.m. just in time to put the sweet babies to bed.

Here are a couple of pictures. As you can tell Jake and Cooper had the most fun playing in the water. So I ask myself, why did we go through all this so they could play in the water? Memories… that’s why!

Two of the five car seats.

Jake really wanted to pet the goat.

pure joy

Anna Kate’s Canvas

For a while I have been looking for something to go over Anna Kate’s crib with her name on it. I thought about doing letters, but then I saw a painted canvas with names on them and decided that is what I wanted. I have been trying to find someone that makes them near here and the other day mom and I went to Freckled Frog, a store near my house, and saw samples of a lady who makes them in town.

I was so excited. We sketched out what we wanted based on several pictures that were in a photo album and the colors in Anna Kate’s well. I picked it up today and I love it!

It is not hung up yet, but I was so excited and wanted to share it with you that I took a picture of it in Anna Kate’s bed. There is a piece of black ribbon with white polka dots attached at the top for hanging. It is a 16×20 canvas. I will publish another picture after it is hung up.

I just spoke with the lady who made the canvas. She is willing to make them and ship them out of state. Let me know if you are interested. I can get you her contact information. She also does bow holders. They are really cute too, but Anna Kate doesn’t have a need for bows right now. 🙂

Anna Kate Dedicated

For the first three months, this little girl made me very sick and very tired. For the next sixth months, my pregnancy was so great and I carried her with great anticipation. God had given us our first girl. I wonder what she would look like, if she was healthy, and I prayed for her often. I prayed for her health, her life, and I as many of you know I spent many hours praying for her name. After nine months, she came into this world in a hurry, almost too quickly. We welcomed Ms. Anna Katherine Perdue into our family on April 9 and 5 weeks later we were given the opportunity to dedicate and give her back to the Lord.

God has given a beautiful gift in her with an awesome responsibility of caring for this gift, but also the wonderful privilege of enjoying her. Children are a gift from God. Because she belongs to God and was given by grace as a gift to us, it is only proper and appropriate that she be dedicated back to God.

On Mother’s Day, Jim and I dedicated this precious little girl back to Him. This is the time where we promise to to do as God commands in Deuteronomy 6. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Our prayer for all of our children is that our home, our life, and service to Him will lead our children into a relationship with Him at a very young age and that they will live for Him every day without regrets.

Here are a few pictures from her dedication. Funny story about the dress: Nana, Jim’s mom, bought this dress and bonnet along with a blue outfit for Jake before he was born. Since we didn’t know his gender she bought two outfits. When he was born I put the pink dress away and waited to have a little girl. Anna Kate wore to dress to be dedicated. I thought it was only appropriate that Anna Kate wear it to her dedication. Thanks, Nana.

Children are a gift from God. Psalm 127:3 proclaims that “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.” As believers we are called to recognize that children belong first and foremost to God. God in his goodness gives children as gifts to parents. They not only have the awesome responsibility of caring for this gift, but also the wonderful privilege of enjoying the gift. Because children belong to God and are given by grace as gifts to parents, it is only proper and appropriate that children be dedicated back to God.

Mother’s Day

We had a great day. My mom was in town so I was able to enjoy a great day with my family and my mom. I am glad that she was able to be here with us. Church was great and Jim sang during this service. He did and awesome job. I just wish his mom could have been there to hear him.
Here are a few pictures.

Prayer for my G-Daddy

In May of 2006 I asked for prayer for my g-daddy.
“While we were down we found out that my g-daddy has cancer in the lymph nodes in his neck. He is having surgery May 17 and they will be removing several major arteries and nerves from his neck and down his right arm. Please pray that God will calm his fears over the next few weeks and that this surgery will be what is needed to heal him. We will not know until after the surgery, but he may have to do chemo or radiation. Just pray when it comes to mind. God is always in control and all sufficient.”

Well over th past several weeks he has found out the the cancer has returned in the same place in his neck. On Wednesday, May 7, he will have this surgery again, but this time it will be much more complicated and severe. Please once again pray that the surgery will go well without any complications and that all the cancer is removed. This is no other treatment for this type of cancer so we are praying that the doctors can removed all of the affected areas and that God will guide their hands as this is a very difficult surgery to perform. Thank you for your prayers once again.

Chicken Bones

Since Anna Kate was born several families in our church have been so kind to bring us meals. One night we had a chicken and vegetable meal. I don’t think my boys have ever had chicken on the bone. Jim isn’t a fan of any meat on a bone so I always buy boneless chicken breast.  I grew up eating drumsticks and had forgotten how yummy they taste. BUT I must say that my boys loved the chicken so much more and we enjoyed watching them eat it almost as much.