Saturday, September 29, 2012

While I Was Napping ...

Don't think less of me.  Some days I nap.

Last week, the girls were on their own in the house while I napped.
Hannah dressed Lily all up & did some serious make-up on the girl! 

 Woke up to find this going on out in the front yard.

Photo shoot fun.....oh my!

Toddler's & Tiara's, here we come! 

All God's best from Kentucky,


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lily's Birthday Weekend

As of 9/15/2012, 
she is F.I.V.E.
 Hard to believe!

  Lily got a haircut ....

and a violin (thank you, Grandma & Grandpa for the violin!). 
Oh the sounds! 
Her violin literally looks like it is from the American Girl store.
So tiny!

Started off the weekend by reading a book to her kindergarten class on Friday morning.   

"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"
A personal motto & my favorite book from back when I was five.

Saturday was her actual birthday ...
The girls were waiting for Lily's birthday party to start!

Some friends came over to our house on Saturday morning.
Hannah had planned games & took care of most things for the first half of the party.

These are friends that Lily went to preschool with & now two of them are with her at the elementary school.  
So nice for them to still be together!

Elmo cupcakes ... 
Happy Birthday Sweet Lily!

The kids spent more than 30 minutes jumping on the trampoline & rolling down the hill in our backyard. 
Just a nice party .. and both of these activities were FREE.  :-)

Sunday afternoon we got out on the water ... 
new fun times in Kentucky!!!
A perfect day for a boat ride ..
... the last Sunday of Summer to take a swim

A great weekend ... 
just being together, enjoying life & being grateful for all we have!!

In Lily's class, the teacher has a "Birthday Journal" 
where the parents write about the day their child was born.  
Well, I couldn't really write any details about the day Lily was born 
but I was able to write about how loved Lily is, how wanted she was (& is!), 
how much she was hoped for & prayed for!  

I had a hard time not crying my eyes out writing about 
how much I wish I had been there the day she was born ... 
apparently when the teacher read it to the class she had a hard time not crying! 

Lily's story is pretty special and 
I treasure the many miracles God orchestrated to bring her into our lives.

I am so thankful to be her Mommy!
Happy 5th Birthday, Lily Sha Hope ...
I am grateful for the life God gave you and for the plans He has for you!
I love you with all my heart & couldn't imagine life without you.

Monday, September 10, 2012

School Has Started!!!

So, here they are: my elementary school students!! 

 Both going to the same school this year --the only time they will do this since there is six years between the two of them.

They are both riding the big yellow bus that stops @ the end of our driveway. 
Life is good. 

Lily has adjusted without a hiccup to life as a full day kindergarten student. She was created to learn & is just soaking up all the teachers says (and more!). 
She started violin lessons through the school & was jumping up & down telling me they are going to be doing a performance "ON A STAGE!!!!" 
She has made friends without any problem (not a surprise!) 
and has not had one moment of visible apprehension about the new routine (not a surprise!). 

Hannah is very happy in 5th grade!  
She absolutely loves her teacher, Ms. W. 
I am so thrilled for Hannah!!  
Her teacher is challenging but also very nurturing & caring. 
Truly a perfect combination for Hannah & I am so thankful for the way the Lord blessed her with Ms. W. 

This is Lily headed to the bus on the first morning of school with her bag & lunch box.  

Adorableness ... 

until she started imitating what I was going to be doing when she rode off on the bus: 
"WAAAAAH!, crying like a baby!!"  

Thanks, little stinker ... get on the bus!

As for me, I just left my full time job. 
What a fun year that was....ummmm, not really. 
I loved the people I worked with & the clients I met but the stress of full time sales, full time goals and demands that 
weekly overlapped home life was just too much for me. 
 I cried A LOT over the last year. 

 So, right now I am kind of figuring out what I am doing. 
Well, I guess I am always doing that

The Lord has good plans & 
thankfully, I have complete peace about this next chapter.

All God's best from Kentucky,