Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again...

God has really used music to help me through the past few months. I bet I have listened to this song no less than 200 times within the past month. 

The lyrics are so, so good...I feel like they were written just for me! I have admittedly struggled with this transition, but my favorite part of this song is the line that says...

BEGINNING, just let that word wash over you. It's alright now, love's healing hands have pulled you through. SO GET BACK UP, TAKE STEP ONE...LEAVE THE DARKNESS, FEEL THE SUN! Cause your story's far from over, and your journey's just begun! 

Oh, thank you Lord, for these words...thank you that you have walked with us through the past several months, and you will continue to be with us as we embark on this new beginning! Help me to let go...yesterday's a closing door...I don't live there anymore...Help me to say goodbye to where I've been and tell my heart to beat again.

In some ways, I think having to wait for school to end and still being here these past two months has made the transition harder. After all, it's hard to "say goodbye to where you've been" when you're still living there. I think now that summer is here, it will be easier...I just know that I'm really ready to leave the darkness & feel the sun! 
Shattered, like you've never been before
The life you knew

In a thousand pieces on the floor
Words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you're never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of Grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don't live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again

just let that word wash over you
It's alright now
Love's healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up and take step one
Leave the darkness feel the sun
Cause your story's far from over
And your journey's just begun

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of Grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again

Let every heartbreak and every scar
Be a picture that reminds you Who has carried you this far
‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment Heaven's working everything for your good

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of Grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don't live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again
Your heart to beat again, beat again

Oh, so tell your heart to beat again

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hangin' at a Sheep Farm

Madison had a field trip to the Shepherd's Cross sheep farm in Claremore today. I had to get Jonah to school, so I met them there a little late. It seemed like we had a LOT of field trips right here at the end of the school year. (Figuring out how to juggle all 3 kids and make it on all of these field trips has been a challenge without Brian here to help during the day, but we've made it work!) 
Other than having to really watch where you step, this is one of my favorite field trips! The shepherdess who gives the tour is amazing and gives many parallels about Jesus being the "Good Shepherd." My favorite part is when the kids recite Psalm 23 in the middle of a field of sheep! The kids learned lots of interesting facts about sheep, they walked around with plastic bags over their shoes, they got to pet some animals, and we ended the day with a picnic lunch. I really enjoyed this time with my sweet Madison!
This girl loves animals!
These ducks are named Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego! =0) 
Of course she picked me a flower!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hand Hugs

From the time Mackenzie was big enough to sit in a front facing car seat, I have done what I call "Hand Hugs" with all of the kids. I love reaching my hand into the backseat and feeling their little hands squeeze mine! It's just kind of my way of saying "I love you. And I'm right here." while we are driving down the road. One day far too soon, they will be too big for this. I can see it now...when they are learning to drive, I will be the one in the backseat saying "Hand Hug! Give me a Hand Hug!" (Followed by "10 & 2! 10 & 2! Both hands on the wheel!") 

"Mother's hold their children's hands for a short while,
but their hearts forever."

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Talk Disney To Me

This made me laugh! And it's OH. So. True!
I admit it...there are few things in life that excite me more than talking about Disney World!
Just mention "Disney World" and you've got me hooked into a conversation that could last hours! It can bring me out of a bad mood in seconds!
And...even though it's just now been a year since we were last there, I am SO excited because I just booked our next trip for this November! I will never, EVER outgrow it or get over it.
I. Can't. Wait.
I did have this recent conversation with Mackenzie though...
Me: "Mackenzie are you ready to go to Disney World again, or are you too old for that?"
Mack: "Yes! As long as I don't have to dress up as a princess."
Me: "I mean...that's the saddest thing I've ever heard! How 'bout Princess Leia?"
Mack: "Okay, I'm good with that!"

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Superhero Glasses

As if he weren't cute enough already, at 3 years & 8 months, Jonah got glasses!!! Wait, I mean...he got "Superhero" glasses! We told him that so he would want to wear them, and now he goes around telling everyone that's what they are. (And check out those adorable little teeth!) Jonah had his first eye exam a year ago and Dr. Groves told us then that he would probably need glasses within a year. Well, he was right...we took Jonah to see him in Feb. and he told us that Jonah is very far-sighted. He may always require glasses, or there's a chance that it could correct itself with time. I wore glasses from the time I was this little, so we weren't entirely shocked. My first thought was "HOW in the world are we going to keep these on his face?" But I have to say...I have been so surprised at how well he has done!
I think this has happened for 2 reasons:
1. Dr. Groves gave us dilation drops to use for the first few days if we needed them, so he would have to be wearing the glasses to see...well, Jonah hates eye drops so just the threat of having to use them has been enough for him to keep the glasses on.
2. He can see. So of course he doesn't mind wearing them. The prescription in these lenses is very strong. I had no idea that he was having such a hard time seeing up close.
I have found them on the floor of the van or laying in the floor in his bedroom on more than one occasion, but overall he has done very well! And thankfully, they are very durable and won't break easily...it's a good thing too, because they cost $239...eek! We did pay an extra $99 to get the antireflective coating so there won't be a glare when I take pictures. (It was worth the money!)
It has been fun to watch everyone respond and comment on how much they like his glasses! The first day he got them, he went around telling everyone at church, "I got my glasses at the EYE DOCTOR."
I have thought of several people Jonah reminds me of in these glasses...Chicken Little, Clark Kent, and the little boy from Jerry McGuire (the human head weights 8 lbs), just to name a few. But what it boils down to is this...
I've never seen a cuter little boy in glasses!
We found out  he needed glasses at the end of February. We had him fitted, but didn't order them until the first of April because our insurance was changing and it would be better for us to wait.
He wasn't too sure about them at first!
Love that happy smile!
Just like his Daddy...can't keep his eyes open when the sun is bright!
His glasses have these rubber little hooks that go around his ears to hold them up. We also have a strap for the back, but so far the hooks are working great.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Future Bakers

For the girls' spring semester project, we decided to do sugar cookies. It was hard to come up with an idea that they both liked, but we finally settled it! We have had a LOT going on lately, but somehow we managed to pull it together at the last minute. The girls did a great job decorating their cookies & they loved sharing them with their classmates! It's sad to think this is our last Regent semester project...so many "lasts" to come over the next few months. I will be glad to get through that and move onto "firsts."
I loved it that they made these cards for the top of their boxes, just like mine! When they get a little older, I will have reinforcements in the cookie business!