Secret Conversations

The boys started sharing a room in December and they absolutely love it. As they grow older, I know that they will share many secret conversations with one another, but last night Jim and I were privileged to over hear this conversation between the boys.

This is just a little background information. Last Thursday the kids and I were out running errands when Jake started talking about people going to heaven. This is the conversation:

J: “Mom, we they die they will all go to heaven.”
M: “No buddy, not everyone goes to heaven?”
J:”I know, just the people that have been…baptized.”
M:”No buddy, not just baptized. You know that.”
J: ” I know, just the people that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.”
M: “Yes”
J: “I have done that.”
M:”Really, what did you do.”
J;”I said a prayer.”
J: “No, I didn’t say a prayer. I just did it I know I did.”
M: “Well, when daddy gets home we will talk to him about it some more.”
J: “Ok”

When Jim got home I told him about the conversation but we decided to wait until he mentioned it again before asking to many questions.

Fast Forward to Sunday morning: Jake was running a fever and we had family in town so I took him in the service with me. During the invitation he raised his hand. I asked him why he was raising his hand and he told me because daddy said to do it. I didn’t say anything else. On Sunday night, he went back in the service with me and once again he raised his hand to receive Christ during the invitation. This time Jim saw him and told me to talk to Jake again. I asked him if he knew why he was raising his hand this time.

He said “Daddy said if you want to accept Jesus as your Savior then raise your hand.”
I said “Do you want to do that?”
He responded “Yes”
Me: “Let’s go talk to daddy.”
Jake: “No” (He is very nervous about going in front of the church.)

Back to the secret conversation”
Jake and Judd are lying in the bed and we hear Jake say to Judd, “Do you love Jesus? Do you want to go to Heaven? Then you have to say this prayer. ‘Dear Jesus, I want to go to Heaven. Forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I want you to be my Lord and Savior. I’m sorry for the sins I did. I love you Jesus. Amen.’” Jake was adamants that Judd say, “I love you Jesus.” Judd tried to say, “I like Jesus” a couple of times but Jake would not accept it. He said, “Don’t you want to go to Heaven?” Then, Judd tried to get Jake to repeat words after him and Jake said, “No Judd, I’ve already done that. I’ve already asked Jesus into my heart.”

At this point, we are still to praying that the Lord will continue drawing Jake to HIm. We are planning to sit down and talk with Jake in a little more detail very soon. This is just a very exciting time in his and our lives. Keep praying…..

Family Fun

This weekend we had a special treat. Jessica and Rabun came to visit us from Georgia. They arrived on Thursday night and stayed until Monday morning. It was a great visit and loads of fun. At times we would be laughing so hard we couldn’t breathe, mainly because of the words Jessica uses, especially when she is prego.

Friday morning we got up early and went to the zoo again. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed our time at the zoo. This week we saw all of the animals that we missed last week.

Here are a few pictures from the zoo.

It rained all day Saturday, but it cleared up after nap time. We decided to start a fire and roast marshmallows. All of the kids really enjoyed the marshmallows.

Sunday morning we took a few pictures of the girls before going to church.

It was a great weekend and we cannot wait until their next visit. Hopefully, Uncle Dan will be able to come!

Sprinkler Fun

It was very warm a few days last week. The boys wanted to run through the sprinkler. They had so much fun until they realized just how cold they would be after getting wet. When Jake wanted to warm up he would go lie down on the concrete in the sun. It was a fun afternoon. As you can tell, babygirl didn’t want anything to do with the water.


This soccer season has been a lot of fun. Jim is coaching both of the boys. Jake and Judd are able to play on the same team this year and we have enjoyed watching Judd learn to play. Jake is also learning more, honestly, he is learning the difference between winning and losing this year. He has finally caught on to the concept.

My life is a Zoo!

Last week I bought a year membership to the Memphis Zoo. I debated if I wanted to spend the money but it really is the best deal for our family if we plan on going more than once.

Today was the big day. We packed the kids and all of our stuff and set our for the zoo. First we had to stop by the doctors office for my 12 week appointment. After a very quick visit and a great report (great heartbeat and losing four vials of blood) we set off for the zoo.
Anna Kate LOVED the zoo. The boys seems to enjoy it but they whined more than we expected. We spent an hour looking at animals stopped for a picnic lunch and then went to find the elephants.

This was a great day of family time!

Anna Kate’s 2nd Birthday

On April 9th, our baby girl turned 2. Can you believe 2?

Isn’t she just so precious!

She was not feeling well on her birthday. She ran a fever of 101 and 103 all day. She was just miserable and so were we. Thanks to Motrin she was able to enjoy the rest of the day and all of her presents. Thank you Stuart Adams who invented ibuprofen in the late 50s. (grin)

She was serious about blowing out her candle.

We ate KFC and then she ate her CAKE and ICE SCREAM! She loved it! This is her new smile that started the day before her birthday. It is hilarious!

She got a new kitchen and a lot of food.

Hamburger anyone?

Chef Anna Kate is taking orders!

I love this little girl!

Happy Easter 2010

This weekend has been full of Easter activities as we remember Jesus sacrifice and His resurrection.

We love have been hiding the Resurrection Eggs and going through the Easter story using the eggs as a great visual tool. This morning we made Resurrection Rolls for breakfast. This has become our Easter morning tradition.

This has been a great weekend and we have enjoyed sharing this wonderful season with the kids.

Here are a few pictures from the church Easter Egg hunt yesterday, church last night and church this morning.


If you remember when I turned 30, i decided to list a few goals for me to accomplish. I did fairly well but as you can see I didn’t get all of my verses memorized. However, I did memorize 13. I will be adding it to my list for this year. Also, the more I thought about the Home Management Folder I couldn’t decide if it would work for me right now. In addition to what I listed, I ran in the St. Jude Half-Marathon.

1. Memorize 24 verses (2 each month)
2. Run Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4th
3. Read the following books

  • The Heavenly Man
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven
  • Disciples of a Godly Family
  • There’s Gotta Be MORE!
  • Love and Respect
  • Don’t Make Me Count to Three
  • One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven

5. Complete a Home Management Folder
6. Paint and Decorate the Playroom
7. Decorate the Living Room
8. Facilitate a Bible Study
10. Do a self-guided study through the Book of Proverbs

Year 31 Goals

1. Read through the Bible in 2010.
2. Memorize 24 verses this year.
3. Read the following books

  • Crazy Love
  • Forgotten God
  • Family Driven Family
  • From Clutter to Clarity: Simplifying Life from the Inside Out
  • Grace-Based Parenting
  • Devotions for Sacred Parenting

As you can tell, I am not going to be running this year and that is because I am having a BABY!