"Be joyful always, pray continually and GIVE THANKS in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
My little turkeys - best I could get:)
A - Auburn - Wow, not makin' it easy for me this year, especially this close to the Iron Bowl. Part of me wishes I could give up on my Tigers, but every time we pull into the city limits, the memories flood and I just smile! So many fun times, growing times and memories - so much more than a football team, thankfully :)
B - Bible Study - I have been trying to be regular at a Thursday bible study, and I have really enjoyed it. God really uses Mary, the teacher, as she pores over His word and shares it with us. Such a blessing! And Heath is in a Bible Study that he has been in for years now, and it is a wonderful group of brothers in Christ and friends/fellowship for us!
Look who is getting some hair! But not one tooth yet...C - Collins Girl - I love having this little nugget. She is so sweet and giggly and patient, with all of the antics of both brothers, but especially John Burke. She is not crawling yet and I am not very worried, in fact I fuss at her teachers when they try to practice with her. She will fall in line like my other 2, they take a while to sit up and then don't crawl very long before they walk. I am thankful every day when I can plop her down somewhere and she stays! She loves to eat, loves to watch things around her, and lets me dress her however I want. My little doll - I have a feeling that will not last very long:) What a blessing! And lately she says "hey" (sometimes in context), "Dah Dah" and "Guh." She is a genius. Oh yeah, just this week she taught herself to clap and I haven't gotten tired of it yet! She is so proud of herself!
Working on "homework" a few weeks ago with his favorite food next to him
His baby doll
Making her pretty
Climbed on the counter and was fixing her bottle when I found him
Our family with our friends the Bennetts at the beach this summer
Pop Pop came to their Thanksgiving program the other day because he is supposedly retired
H - Heath - This year was our 8 year anniversary, and we have been together for 11. I don't always love sappy blog posts, but I must say I have seen this man go through Hell and back and grow stronger and deeper through it. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and father and leader, and I am thankful daily for Him, and should tell him more often! Trying to keep him from having a big head:)
Daddy watching t.v. with his boys
He sang "I'm a little turkey, fluffy and round." There were 3 songs total and in between each he yelled up to me in the balcony and waved. He didn't care that there were hundreds of people in there with us, he zoned in on me and Daddy. Sweet and funny, but it made me sweat.
K - Keeping up with friends from every phase of life through facebook, texting, emails, blogs, Instagram. So nice to feel like I talk to them daily, even if I don't get to. Thankful for technology, though it can be distracting and time consuming, so I need to work more on moderation.
Running around in the driveway
Heath's favorite part of the new houseL - Leaving our old house! We have almost been in this house a year, and I NEVER look back. We have so much more space and neighbors we adore. God blessed us immeasurably with this house this year! We have space to retreat to, inside and out and that is so nice!
Miss Cynthia with her little Peanut, as she calls her
John Burke with his love, Kina, at an Auburn game this yearN - Nursery - Where would I be without our church's nursery? Every year I am more and more thankful for the ladies that care for my children. Daily they are loved on, fed well, cleaned (my ladies downstairs tend to give me lessons on childcare, because they know I need it). They are family to us and keep me sane more than I even realize!
O - Overwhelming Love of our Father - God has remained steady and loyal and Loving and our Rock even as situations have taken us all over the place over this last crazy year especially. Even when we wouldn't or couldn't, he graciously calls us back to Him and His loving arms. Thank you, Father!
The boys and cousin Ellie
Q - Questions - I need to write down the questions and comments that I get all of the time from my 2 and 3 year olds. Like I said, we talk about MeMe and Heaven a lot, and I can tell they are learning a lot from school by the things they say. The other day in the car John Burke was singing "Zaccheus was a wee little man...he climbed up in a tree...but he didn't see GOD!" Close enough. We get a lot of non-spiritual questions as well, like where Frannie (the dog down the street) is or if we can go to Target or if Leo, Raph, Mikey, and Donny (the new version of Ninja Turtles) have mommies and daddies. Oh to be a fly on the wall to "normal" with toddlers. Never a dull moment!
R - Running - My crazy BFF Evan has gotten me back into running with her. Living next door, we are able to meet up almost every night and run together. I have caught the "running bug" and really enjoy it now! I was a stellar runner back in junior high and high school - ha - and have enjoyed it off and on over the years, but my trainer Evan has gotten me back serious about it! Thankful for our health mostly when I think about this aspect.
S - Safety - I don't thank the Lord enough for the big and small ways He keeps us safe and directs our paths daily. Beyond blessed for a Sovereign Father to protect and draw us back to His will.
Turner as a "little Indian" for his Thanksgiving program Friday
Before I paint the picture of daily leisure, I run into this situation quite a bit. My boys love to pull up a chair and take matters into their own hands. Busted.
W - Words with Friends and Scramble with Friends - so silly, but I love to play these games on my phone. Heath may call it an addiction, but I don't time his Twitter surfing, so we keep said addictions at bay:)
Turner with his terrific, patient teachers
Side view - used it this weekend to tie a headboard on to the top. Awesome.
Z - the Zoo - We have gone so much this year and the kids love it every time. John Burke loves every animal, and Turner loves to run and play and explore (tried to go home with another family a couple of times ago - he just welcomed himself into their stroller club and I found him near the trains. Luckily they looked after him!!
So thankful for my turkeys!!