Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Free

Lately we have been listening to a lot of music. One of our favorites is Renee and Jeremy. They are a wonderful duo that sing children's music that adults can enjoy. I love all of their songs, but I have particularly been enjoying  their song Free. You can listen to the song and read the lyrics here .

The last 4 lines are so significant to me:
what you gonna take when you walk from me
what you gonna make of your world to be
what you gonna sing with your harmony
learn to be yourself and you'll always be
free
free



It makes me think about what my children are going to take away from me and our home. What am I teaching them to make of their world?  Am I teaching them to be themselves and not only that, but to be happy with who they are ? I think sometimes as Christians, we are frightened to tell our children to not be afraid of who they are. That if we tell them to always be themselves, that it is giving them license to do something that is wrong. But, lately I have realized that if I give them a good moral compass as their foundation...a moral compass whose "true North" is Christ, then I can relax and say "be yourself".  Be the individual that Christ made you to be.  So, what are my duties as a parent? I believe that they are :
#1 Lead them to Christ.
#2 Teach them to be compassionate individuals who care more about others than themselves.
#3 Educate them and prepare them to leave my nest and be responsible adults. Adults that can make decisions for themselves based on THEIR OWN beliefs and thoughts.


These are just a few of my hopes and dreams in raising my children. What are your hopes and dreams and what music inspires you? 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Posting at the Hubby's blog.

Today I am posting over at Jake's blog. :) Have a great day.
http://www.familyadventurelife.com/

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Family, adventure, life...

I love my husband, Jake. No, I mean I REALLY LOVE him. Like, love him more than anything or anyone else in the world. It is a constant, steadfast, and unbreakable love. A love that lights the way during the darkest of days. He is my very best friend. I have been lucky enough to be his wife for 14 years. In those 14 years we have had lots of adventures, but the greatest adventure has been parenting and becoming a family. Jake is immensely talented and excels in whatever he puts his mind to. He recently decided to start a blog. He put in his first entry yesterday and just like everything else he does...it is awesome. Take a peek. I know you will like it. :)
http://www.familyadventurelife.com/

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gabriel's Party


We had our celebration of Gabriel Coy turning one this past Saturday. We had such fun and so much appreciated everyone coming. In lieu of gifts, we asked everyone to bring a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and of course everyone was so  eager to help and they were incredibly generous with their gifts. We were able to collect 6 boxes. I wish so much that I could just slip inside one of the boxes and travel with it so that I could see the children's faces when they received these awesome boxes. My own children have been so excited and have completely understood that the toys, clothes, school supplies that have been coming in to our home are not for them, but for other children. In fact, the pediatrician asked them what they wanted for Christmas while we were at our appointment today and Annalise sweetly explained that we were packing shoe boxes for the children for Christmas. :) Of course, we will have gifts for our children, but I love that the first thing she thought of was giving to someone else. I am trying to learn from their example. :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OCC in Sudan - Very Far Away



So...our little Gabriel is turning one this Sunday. How can that be?? As we are preparing for our little one's birthday, we are also preparing our shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. It is heartbreaking to me as a mother to know that there are children in this world that do not have the necessities in life. I think about how I would feel to not be able to provide what my children need. My children have above and beyond what they need. As I stated in my previous post, God has been showing Jake and I so very much about how we need to change. We have been trying to introduce our little ones to the fact that there are so many orphaned and needy children are in this world. And, it is our duty as followers of Christ to help in any way that we can. Some days, I feel like we are doing well, and there are other days that I am sure that we are failing. But, I am realizing that even if I fail, God will bridge the gap of that failure. This morning, I showed this video to my two oldest (ages 2 1/2 and 4 1/2). If you know my two oldest, you know that they are both chatterboxes. They talk CONSTANTLY. I feel embarrassed to admit it, but sometimes I don't pay attention to every sweet word that they say. :) So, as I was showing this to them, Gideon was kind of quietly talking beside me. I am sorry to say, I wasn't paying attention at first. But, how I wish that I had paid attention to every word because what I did hear made my heart melt with the sweetness. The last thing I heard out of his sweet mouth was "help us to take care of all of the children in Africa and India...in Jesus name...Amen." He had been standing there quietly praying the whole time!! I turned to him with big tears rolling down my cheeks and put my arms around his sweet shoulders thinking "why was I not listening??!! Why didn't I pay attention to every sweet word and write it down??" But, then I realized...he wasn't talking to me. :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Still learning...

Jake and I love to talk to one another. We love to talk about politics, religion, family, children...and more children. ;) And, in these conversations we have lots of realizations of how our hearts are changing and the things we place importance on are changing. It has become our intense desire the past year to change our lives and how we can impact our children with these changes. We have always leaned more towards wanting to live and raise our children in our comfortable little bubble. We love our home and love being home with one another. But, it seems as of late that God is making us realize just how selfish that we have become. Our eyes have been opened to how many children in the world are orphans. There are approx. 133 million orphans in the world. A child is orphaned every 2.2 seconds. That is a staggering thought. There are so many people that are hurting and alone. There are so many people that are struggling with issues that we as Christians tend to turn our back on because we always think "they did this to themselves". These were not the thoughts of Christ. He taught us to love and run to help those that need it...even if it is over and over again. This is a difficult concept for me to understand. But, it is what He desires for us. He wants us to love. That is an easy thing to do when we think about loving a beautiful lost child. But, it is very difficult for me when I am faced with a drug addict that turns his/her life upside down over and over again. Or the person that is homeless on the street with mental illness. God has called us to clothe ourselves with compassion. I am challenged to change my own ways and be an example to my children. It is my intense desire to raise them as compassionate individuals and Jake and I are praying to do that everyday. It is so easy for Christians to boycott, criticize, protest, and even show disdain for others. I know there is another way. For now, this verse is my "daily bread". ~

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14

Friday, September 17, 2010



Gideon on first day of 4K with celebratory nutella toast with candle(PLEASE look over the garbage in background. We had a racoon visit during the night;) ), working on an experiment using a sieve (or colander since we didn't actually have a sieve).

Looking Forward to Fall

Our family is very much looking forward to fall. And, of course all that comes with fall. Cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches, leaves changing, and of course roasting marshmallows and hotdogs. Just such a fun time. Gideon has begun his 4K homeschooling. He is doing so well and seems to be so happy doing it. It seems like he has suddenly become the big boy. He is just such an amazing little fella. Annalise has adapted quite well to Gideon's school time and seems pretty content just to sit with us and listen or play at the table while we work. And, little Gabriel is napping during our work time, but wakes up in time for morning playing...usually outside.

Jake is changing jobs at the end of the month. It is a welcomed change and he is very much looking forward to new opportunities. God has been so good to us...way better than we deserve.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thoughts about the potty.


So, we have been potty training our sweet little lady. It has been a bit on the difficult side since aforementioned sweet little lady is a bit on the stubborn side. But, we are making it and will not be discouraged. *Note my confidence *:) . But, I guess since we have been in the bathroom... A LOT... it has made me think about all of the time spent in that room with my little ones. All of us Mommies laugh about not having any time to ourselves. That even when we are in the ladies room ,we are either not alone or we have crying children beating on the door needing you desperately...you know for important things...like getting juice. :) And, I admit to using the bathroom a time or two for a selfish little crying session when I have three little ones crying their eyes out at the same time. But, really our two little bathrooms hold some pretty great memories. Like spending lots of time jumping up and down when someone does go tee-tee for the first time. And, all of the quiet little conversations about adventures had or about to be had while waiting for a poopy. And, then there are all of the stacks of books that have been read to a little fellow, hoping one will be a "moving experience". And, even more recently figuring out how to perch myself on the back of the potty while whispering encouraging words in a sweet little ear. And, it was my pleasure to sit with her on that potty and watch her transform from a toddler to a big girl. And, then there are the memories of nursing all three newborns in the bathroom because you know...a bitty baby has no understanding of "I will finish nursing you as soon as I go to the ladies room. " :) S0, I guess I have decided that the most unglamorous of rooms is the most beautiful. Who would have thought it?? ( pic by j.woodbery)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Finally...a new post!!




Okay...so I guess I have neglected our blog a little...or A LOT!! :) But, I have to admit that posting pics on Facebook is so much easier. But, I do love to blog. So, I will try to do better. Our little family has been enjoying the summer so far despite the terrible heat that comes along with it. We spent a week in Wilmer and Point Clear last month with Dand'un and Grandaddy. We had a ball!! We spent some time at home with family and some time at the Grand Hotel. Unfortunately our camera battery went dead after one picture, but we have lots of mental pictures. :) We ate, swam, sailed, ate, biked, played in the sand, ate...well, you get the picture. Lots of eating!! The kids did really well considering we stayed up way past bed time every night and had naps in the car some days. They had a great time.

Last weekend we went camped at Payne Lake with our dearest friends the Juarez family. It was Gabriel's first time camping and his first time in the canoe. He did great!! It was loads of fun and we are busy plotting out any other short little camping trips that we can take. We all love it and cannot wait until the next time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Annalise is 2!!



So, my children are growing up! We are all enjoying the ride, even though it is waaaaay too fast for this Mama. We celebrated Annalise's birthday in Nashville at their favorite place there...the POOL! She had a lot of fun picking out things for her Tinkerbell cake. She is becoming such a sweet little lady. God has blessed us richly with these three children and we are grateful for everyday we have together.

What we've been up to....




Gideon recently started his second season of soccer. He is one of two boys on his team...which he doesn't seem to mind. ;) He is having a great time. And, we all tagged along with Jake to Nashville a couple of weeks ago. We had a ton of fun at the Opry Mills Mall. We went to the Rainforest Cafe (not recommended for children who scare easily. HAHA!!), the Aquarium Restaurant, and Build a Bear. Not to mention we made use of the indoor pool and hot tub...EVERYDAY!! So fun. The children were all very good and had a blast.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Gideon is 4!!




How can it be? How can the first little arrow in our quiver be 4 years old? Time flies and that is scary to a Mama of 3 precious little ones. Days are wasted with getting frustrated about the little things. A good reminder to stop and breathe deeply on those difficult days (as I am writing this I have a little one having a meltdown...so a good reminder for this very minute! HAHA!) and enjoy every minute of having my chicks around me. So, here are a few pics for those loved ones that we were thinking of, but were not able to be with us. Gideon had a wonderful b'day and enjoyed his day very much. These are pics of the Diego cupcakes that he chose, the joy of opening gifts, and a birthday waffle. Such fun being 4.

Friday, January 15, 2010

And a few more pics...







Christmas







I know I am terribly late at posting Christmas pics. But, better late than never. We had a wonderful Christmas. OH how I love Christmas with children. Jake and I always enjoyed Christmases alone, but having the children with us just is such a gift in itself. It is always so amazing sharing things with them. They are such amazing little human beings. We were able to do Graham Cracker houses, decorate, and drink lots of hot chocolate with peppermint sticks. There was the Polar Express movie, and two Charlie Brown Christmas specials. Oh...what fun we had. Cannot wait until next year. :)