Thankfulness #51-75

I am thankful for…..

51. Friends that are willing to watch four children while I went to see Jim at the hospital

52. Kids begging for me to read another book

53. Wearing flip flops in February

54. A beautiful warm sunny day

55. Reading books and playing outside

56. Jim feeling better

57. A husband who loves his children and wants to spend time teaching them

58. Reading the Word on the front porch enjoying Spring-like weather

59. Having friends spend several days with our family

60. Looking at my wedding album and reminiscing about that wonderful day

61. Taking funny pictures with the kids

62. Watching my boys play ball in the yard

63. A new Chick-fil-a in Millington
64. God’s protection from surrounding tornados
65. My husband letting me sleep in until 8:15
66. My husband feeding the kids breakfast while I slept until 8:15
67. My husband emptying the dishwasher while I slept until 8:15
68. Bowling and celebrating Jake’s birthday
69. Children who willingly give to their siblings
70. A great friend, Kelli Sikes, who has provided many, many dollars worth of hand me down clothes to my boys.
71. Power after having tornados and severe storms last night
72. The gas in my car as prices start rising
73. Families that have shared their wisdom in parenting and marriage
74. A quick stop at the church to allow Jim to pray for the choir as they record a new CD
75. Forgiveness, a God who forgives…

The verdict is….

While I was home when Jim was in Jamaica I made the major hair decision:

I like it short and Jim is partial to my short hair also. I think the problem will be maintenance.  It is already too long so I will need to get it cut again in the next couple of months. By the way, this is the wrinkle face picture that I was discussing in this post. Hopefully, I can get a better one or use a little Photoshop soon. HA!!

Oh yeah, just so I don’t forget. Jake was squeezing my forearms yesterday and I said “What are you doing?” He said “They are so squishy. I just love them.”

 I love that kid, he is here to keep my humble for sure!

Basketball 2010-2011

Gooooo Crosspointe! We our undefeated! It was a great season. The boys thoroughly enjoyed playing and Coach Greg did a great job teaching them all. We can’t wait until next year. Now we move right on to T-ball.

 Jake watches as he shots and scores. He is #12 on the end.

 Look at Judd go!

Crosspointe Tigers!

4 Months and Counting

Today my babygirl turned 4 months old. I am still kind of confused as to how this has happened so quickly. It just doesn’t seem right. I have recounted the months several times today. Nonetheless, I still reach the same conclusion, she is 4 months old.

Let’s be real here, I am still emotional, still desire to have my pre-pregnancy body and at least 4 hours of consistent sleep, tears are never far away (which probably has a lot to do with my lack of sleep), but I am deeply in love with this little girl.

Sadie Grace, you are a momma’s girl in every way possible. To be honest, it is quite ridiculous and to the extreme at times. Your brothers just want to hold you but you cry every time they try. You pitch a fit in the nursery and they have to call me to come get you.  Your adorable smiles melt my heart and you are quite the conversationalist. We all enjoy hearing you jabber through out the day. The boys are quite good at making you smile just as long as they don’t try to hold you.

Tonight on your four month birthday, we let you try cereal for the first time. It was definitely a family affair. Everyone wanted to watch you and see how you would respond while eating the cereal. You did a great job at first and then you decided that you didn’t want to try anymore.

You are rolling over from you belly to your back. You have found your feet and love grabbing them. It will not be too long before you are putting them in your mouth. You are also grabbing and playing with your toys.  You love to be held so you can stand up and jump.jump.jump. I just love it when you grab my face an pull it towards you and give me a big open mouth kiss. Too sweet! You thought about starting to suck your thumb, but I quickly reminded you that it wasn’t acceptable behavior in our home.:-)

These four months have been full of emotions and questions. It is taking a little longer than I expected to adapted to having four little ones running around, but it is getting easier (a little). At times, your sleeping patterns are that of a newborn not a four month old infant. You are still nursing for long periods of time and I keep anticipating the time when you will nurse in less time and drop at least one feeding at night.

Yes, I know that this season will soon pass but it is a struggle some days and nights. So right now, I do want I can, even though it feels like precious little. I cherish slobbery kisses, changing diapers, picking up Legos, making dinner, giving four kiddos baths, changing wet sheets at 3:00 a.m., playing a game of UNO,  and admiring a beautiful dress-up outfit

Galatians 6:9 says: “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Thankfulness #27-50

I am thankful:
27. Rejoice in the Lord for He is GOOD! For letting me be able to speak to my hubby while in Jamaica.
28.  Hearing my sweet husband’s voice each day this week. Please don’t ever let me forget the feeling I get when I hear his voice, security and completeness.
29. An awesome Mom who is helping me care for the kids this week while I am in Georgia and Jim is in Jamaica.
30. Playing a good old fashion game of Old Maid with my kids.
31. Judd is recovering very nicely after having his tonsils and adenoids removed on January 26.
32. This is the day that the Lord has made. I am thankful for a 75-degree day at the end of January. It just stirs my soul.
33. Visiting the country where you can shoot guns in your back yard. 
34. Walking through the yard cracking pecans for little miss Anna Kate.
35. Having an Uncle who is willing to spend time with my kids.
36. Sharing a few laughs with my little brother. He was cracking me up!
37.  French braids after two and a half years of waiting
38.  hearing a five year old boy help his Mema make his Great granddaddy’s birthday cake.
39. Listening to cousins play dress up and dolls.
40.  Listening to the chatter of kids running through the house playing hide and seek.
41. A napping 3 month old
42. How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! Psalm 133:1
43. For a little competitive game of Scrabble with Mom! She hates to LOSE!
44. For the privilege of prayer.
45. Medicine that can heal
46. A hospital to facilitate healing
47. A husband who is HOME from the hospital after a 5 day stay and is healing.
48. A God who provides the resources for the medicine to continue Jim’s healing.
49. A God who heals.
50. to be able to hear Jim sleep next to me. 

Out of the Mouth of Jake!

If you have been reading my blog for awhile then you know that Jake is my child who keeps me humble. Today is no different.

Here goes nothing:
Jim is in Jamaica on a Mission Trip. He sent me a text today asking me send him a picture of me smiling. I didn’t want to but I decided that I would since I miss him. I then proceeded to use my camera phone to take the “perfect” picture. You know, the one where your head isn’t tilted to much, eyes are squinted to much, not cheesing to much, etc…blah blah! Yes, I still want him to think I am beautiful.

Well….after taking with out any luck I decided to get Jake’s advice. BIG MISTAKE!

I started scrolling through the pictures:
Me: what about this one? 
Jake: no

Me: what about this one? 
Jake: no
Me: what about this one? 
Jake: no
Me: what about this one? 
Jake: no

He finally looked at me and said…..drum roll!!!

Mommy, you have too many wrinkles on your face in these pictures. I wasn’t sure if I should cry or laugh. I laughed! BIG MISTAKE! 

Jake: “See mommy, they are right there on your face when you laugh.” 
Me: Yeah they are! ( He was just vocalizing what I was thinking in my head the whole time.)
Jake: Do I have those?
Me: No
Jake: Will I?
Me: Yeah, when you get old!

End of conversation! 
Good thing I have already hooked that handsome fella, Jim Perdue. 

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 
Lord, I pray that I am continually a woman who fears YOU!