Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

Linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy today!

Dress/Tunic: Old Navy
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips
Jewelry: Silpada
T-shirt: Target
Tank: Ann Taylor
Pants: NY&Co
Shoes: ???
Tank: Costco
Dress: Steinmart

Tank: Costco
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Coldwater Creek
Running outfit (cuz I am only 2.5 weeks from my 5K...ahhhhh)
Shirt: school spirit shirt (yeah school!)
Shorts: ???
Shoes: ????
Shirt: Old Navy
Short: Gap
Shirt: Department store I think..
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips
Jewels: Silpada

Go link up...I need some inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

An Apple A Day...

We went apple picking.

And it was not my idea.

Mark came home earlier in the week all excited about picking apples this weekend. I kinda laughed and informed him that Kroger had apples we could go "pick" out anytime we wanted. He just shook his head at me. He insisted we go, so we did.

And I am glad.

Check out the excitement on Caroline's face...and we had JUST started!

The apple orchard was started by a former WWII POW and his family still runs it. It was a beautiful orchard.
My kids were amazed at the ability to pick apples right off the trees...

And truth be told, Mark was just as excited as they were!
I had a great time too. In the midst of picking apples, and stepping around apples that were all over the ground, I was taught a lesson. Maybe not taught, maybe reinforced.

Our pastor has been on fire lately with his sermons. We are talking about being totally sold out to Jesus and the need for personal revival in today's society. Last week we were talking about how your actions should match your words and if you say you are a Christian, then you should act like it.

Of course, in the apple orchard, I could not help but go from actions to fruit. John 15:1-4 says,
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."

I started looking around at the apples on the ground...the ones that seemed to be wasted. My initial thought was that maybe they needed to be off the tree so the other apples could grow. But in fact that is not the case. They are on the ground, rotting, because the picker does not know how to pick correctly. That picker is me. I am not trained in picking apples. I did not know that if you lift and twist, instead of pulling the apple then you are saving next year's bud which is right behind this year's stem. Pulling can cause damage...and can cause extra, good fruit to fall and die.

Did you know that an apple tree bears the same amount of weight each year? I did not know that. That is why the farmer must prune the trees to remove the small buds, so the remaining buds produce larger apples.
The farmer must also know when the tree is ready to be picked. We are that tree--and God is our farmer. He prunes us--getting rid of some of those smaller buds to make way for bigger and more glorious results he wants to produce in us. The clipping away of those little things is sometimes the hardest for us. We tend to nurture those, shelter them, take special care of them and we don't want to lose them. Maybe they are self created talents...

...but God sees the bigger picture. He sees the potential on down the line and so He prunes. While the pruning process hurts-it is necessary or there would only be small, insignificant fruit to offer a lost and dying world.
When we walk close to Him and allow His hands to shape and nurture us, He rewards us.

Sometimes it is with the people he chooses to place in our lives...
...and sometimes it just with a blessing He wants to shower upon us!

But neither gift can be received without the proper pruning, growing and picking. If we stay close to our Farmer, make our roots deep in His rich soil, then the blessings and the fruit will overwhelm us!

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
John 15: 5-8

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Sweet Encounter

Will had a football game on Monday night. It was against the team from the school where I used to teach. I wanted to win. We did. :) I was glad. But not as glad as I was when Caroline pointed over to the team waiting to play and said, "I think I see Kammi."

I looked up and lo and behold, there she was! Who is she, you ask? She is Will's oldest friend (she is seven---oldest in terms of years he has known her). They were in daycare together from the time they were 11 months old. They both went to the same school for Pre-K (thanks to Kammi's mom who got Will through the door). When it was time for Kindergarten, they parted ways.

We saw them last year at Youth Night at the local football game but Will was SOOOOOO embarrassed he would not even talk to her. We have not seen her since then.

Til Monday night.

When Caroline spotted her.

It made me go home and find some old pictures of them.

Here they are in 2005 on Halloween at the daycare.

This was 2007 before they left to spend the day in the mountains celebrating Kammi's birthday!
And this was Monday night. Will is a sweaty mess but Kammi is just as cute as ever!
I love a sweet, chance encounter!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weekend Recap

We did some of this:

We watched Will do a little of that:
We laughed til we cried when we saw this:
I took the picture quickly because I was really afraid it might belong to the sweet owner of a Mexican restaurant we had just been too. But we laughed.

We spent a lot of time together...eating, cheering for football, watching football in 128 degree weather, playing football in the yard, eating, going to church, eating, working on school projects (did any of you know that a black panther is not really black? Me either!) and grilling enough meat that we thought would last us a few days but it turns out that Will and Caroline can eat a lot.

How was your weekend?

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

I am linking up with Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy! Hope you will join us in the what we wore post...this is so much fun!

I really should call this post "The Wearing of School T-shirts." That seems to be what I have on a lot in these pictures. And I forgot to take Sunday's picture. Go figure. I did not wear a spirit shirt to church but I have no photographic proof. :)

T-shirt: Target
Shirt: Ann Taylor Outlet
Jeans: Buckle (and yes, they are way too long)
shoes? (something high to off set the long jeans)
Jewelry: Silpada

I have to tell you that on Thursday, in this outfit, I had to go to the ball park. Caroline had cheerleading practice and Will had a football scrimmage. While at the park, I ran into a parent whose child I had last year. She looked me up and down and said, "Hey. It looks like you are starting to slim up some." Go ahead. Re-read it. She said it. Of all the words to choose in the English language, she chose those words. So now, I am thinking that I am on a serious diet (as soon as all those cupcakes are gone...)

T-shirt: ????
Jeans: Loft Modern Skinny (Denise, that is for you)
Flops: Old Navy
(this was Youth Night at the high school football game...go youth sports!)

Shirt: again ????? but I have one in every color in my closet if you feel the need to borrow one
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes?????? maybe flops
Pin: my dad after September 11th
Necklace: in honor of a family member fighting overseas
(my kids had cheerleading and football and since I had already worn the football tee the night before, I grabbed a school spirit shirt and called it an outfit)

Shirt: ??? I am thinking Kohl's
Pants: LOFT
shoes: ?????

I am also thinking that I might want to pick up a little behind me before I take more photos. It is early morning though so I don't even notice it. Sorry you have to look at it. Maybe I will "start to straighten up some" after I lose weight on the cupcake diet.

Can't wait to see what you wear!!!!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Weekend and The Birthday Boy

The kids both had football games (Will to play in, Caroline to cheer for--though not for the same age group and therefore, not at the same field). It was hot Saturday. And by hot, I mean, hot enough to make my two kids almost pass out. Seriously. Now, please keep in mind that MY kids were the ONLY two kids who suffered from this obvious inherited disorder they got from their dad! :) I got some pictures of Caroline before her almost fainting spell but Will was with his dad who never thinks to document times like this (the one of him and Caroline is from Friday night before youth night at the local high school).

We recovered nicely over the rest of the weekend by watching as much football as possible. We had to rest up because yesterday we had a birthday to celebrate!

I asked Will on Sunday night what he wanted for breakfast on his birthday. I thought he would say, "Nothing." I was close. He said, "Bacon, eggs, and pancakes." Oh. OK. Let me set my alarm for 4am so I can get all that done and we can be at work early for car duty. Yeah! He did tell me, though, that is was the best bacon and eggs he had ever eaten. :) I asked him what he wanted to eat for dinner (thinking he would think like me and choose a restaurant) and he decided on steak, homemade mac and cheese, green beans and bread. WOW. I don't think I have cooked this many meals in one day in...forever!
We had to wait for daddy to come home before we could open presents--but once he showed up, Will was in rare form. I guess he somehow thought standing in the chair shirtless would make his present opening time so much better. Instead, he looks like he has a hook in his head in most of the pictures.

His card opening skills leave A LOT to be desired. He worked a while getting that envelope open and when he pulled out the card he said, "Cool. Glasses."

Sure. Or maybe an eight. Since today is your eighth birthday.
He really is fun to watch open presents. He gets excited about everything. He tells stories while he opens presents and he tries to figure out why certain people choose the gifts they do. It is pretty cool. His granddaddy gave him a game winner--the autograph of the head coach of The University of North Carolina Men's Basketball Team! :)
After presents was technically when we ate dinner (even though the dinner picture was up there at the beginning). After dinner, Will and Mark went outside to have a nerf gun war. I am not sure anyone won (except me, because the house was quiet and empty for a whole 10 minutes). Then it was inside and time for cupcakes!

Only one slight problem.
Right after he blew out the candle on his cupcake, he informed me he doesn't really like cupcakes.

Well, Happy Birthday to you then, huh? No worries, his sister took one for the team and scarfed down her cupcake happily and all the while telling me how much she loves cupcakes. I guess next time for dessert I will give him bacon and eggs.

I couldn't end without a picture of the princess...who was very jealous of her brother getting presents and keeps asking when her birthday will be here. :)

Will has a football game today--here's hoping no one feels faint or actually does faint.

And I guess I will have to eat a cupcake...since we are down one cupcake eater now. Wouldn't want them to spoil.


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Sweet Will

I cannot believe my Will is eight years old today. Sometimes, eight seems so young. And then other days (most days), it seems so old. How is it that it has been that long since you took forever to come into this world? You may have been stubborn about being born--but your sweet little personality came out almost immediately.

You were always very content. It did not matter what was going on or who had you, you just chilled. You slept SOOOOOOO well from about 4 or 5 weeks on. I used to wake up at night to feed you and after you were done I would say, "Now go back to sleep, because no one is going to talk to you right now." How mean that sounds right now, but I was trying, in my new-mom-I-don't-know-anything phase to try and get you on a schedule! You are still a great sleeper--and you are asleep within 2 minutes of laying your head on the pillow (can't you teach your sister about that?).

You have a great sense of humor...

You love to tell TALL tales...
You are a good sport...
You are passionate about your sports...especially your losses...
You ponder things and come up with unique solutions to problems...
You are a great big brother....
You are very serious about this EIGHT thing...and I want you to just stop growing.
I love how you ask me to pray for you every night before you go to bed. I love how when we are done praying, you kiss me on both cheeks, then the lips and say, "I love you more than you love me." I love that when I say back to you, "I doubt it." you giggle and walk to your room.

I love that you still wave to me in the hall at school when our classes pass by each other.

I love you! And I am so proud of you. Happy Birthday Will!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

I Always Thought....

I always thought I would have tons of kids.....but I now realize two works just fine for me.

I always thought I would drive a sporty car.....but I drive a minivan.

I always thought I would move more than once in my married life....but I have lived in the same house for the past 12 years.

I always thought I would be a radio announcer.....but I teach school.

I always thought I would go on another mission trip.....but my last one was decades ago.

I always said I would never say, "Because I said so" when I had my own kids.....but I have.

I always thought I would live in an old farmhouse.....but I, well, don't.

I always said my kids would not play football or cheer....but they both do.

For all of the things I always thought but that never came to pass, I am grateful. For all of the dreams I am still waiting on, I am hopeful. For all of the what-ifs, if-only's and and just maybes that never panned out, I am thankful.

My life is just what it is supposed to be, where it is supposed to be, and how it is supposed to be.

I am blessed.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

I am linking up with Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy! Hope you will join us in the what we wore post...this is so much fun!

There is some more color this week! Yeah me! Black is still my go-to color and it makes me laugh that I can't seem to break the love affair I have with it!

Photo 1: (don't be jealous here)
shirt: school spirit shirt
jeans: Levi's (old as the dirt on the mirror)
photo shoot location (here is where I do not want jealousy to reign supreme): Bathroom at ballpark :0

Photo 2 & 3:
Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: LOFT
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips Snap Shoes
Jewelry: Silpada

Picture 4:
Tank: Costco :)
Shirt: Target
Pants: NY&Co
No more shoes the rest of the week

Picture 5: (How I spent my holiday weekend)
Shirt: Eggs Up Grill shirt that says on the back: Nothing Beats a Great Pair of Eggs :)
Shorts: Old Navy by way of my sister...they are too big for comment :)

Picture 6:
Tank: Costco
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Sweater: LOFT
Jeans: Buckle
Necklace: Pleated Poppy Petal Drop Necklace

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