"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. "
Zephaniah 3:17

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Firsts and Lasts

Ainsley on her last day of preschool this year.

Such a cutie!

These two are the best of friends!

Thank you for being great teachers and for a great year, Ms. Christie and Ms. Natalie!

Ainsley's first ever hair cut!

She loved the pampering! (As I knew he would!)

Pretty girl got her hair cut AND her nails done! She was in heaven!

Love them!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Audrey's First Dance Recital

Our princess had a blast at her first dance recital! I just can't believe she is getting so big! She had so much fun on the big stage and she did a wonderful job! (Mom was super emotional the whole weekend!)

With classmates ready to 'dance in the rain'!

LOVE my little dancer!

Waiting with Ms. Amy their wonderful and fun teacher!


Sweet friends we spent time with every week.

Daddy was so proud of his beautiful dancer, too (and def wasn't ready to see his little girl with 'real' makeup on!)

This picture makes me so happy. They really are the best of friends and I love to see them be excited and cheer on each other. There really isn't anything better!

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Mother's Day 2012

It was a special Mothers Day this year because Suzanne was still in the states and my parents came down for the weekend to celebrate.

Love being a mom and LOVE these kids!

Great pic with Papa and Grandma!

Our Mom- thankful for her. :)

This man makes me a better woman, wife and mom every day. We make a great team! Beyond grateful!
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Aunt Zuzu's Visit

When my Granddaddy passed away, I was on the phone immediately to tell my sis. He had been going downhill the few weeks before so it wasn't too big of a shock for her, but it was still a hard phone call to make. One of the bittersweet things was that we scheduled a flight for her and she was able to fly in from SA for his funeral and we got to see, hug and spend wonderful time with her for a whole week before she went back! It was wonderful and hard all at the same time.

Here are the kiddos with their Aunt Zuzu right after she got off the plane. They were so excited!!

Zuzu and Austin have the same Bible! Fun discovery!

She got to go and watch Audrey have her last dance rehearsal before her recital.

Love this picture! Zuzu is Ainsley's absolute favorite playmate and friend!

And then it was time to say good bye again, BUT only for about 2 more months this time! (Yay! She comes home for good at the end of July!!)

Love, love, love my little sis! So proud of her! So honored to be her sis and so grateful for her love, support and friendship!
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Friday, May 25, 2012

My Granddaddy

On May 6th, (the same day as Austin's baptism) my Granddaddy passed away. He had just turned 90 in February and had been going slowly downhill for a while. Ever since my Jeannemommie passed away 6 years ago, he has talked about her every day and desperately missed her. I am so happy that he was able to reunite with her and now they are worshipping our Lord together in heaven. Grandaddy was a strong and intelligent man who served his county in WWII and was the oldest deacon of his church. Things I will always remember about him are they way he adored his wife, his barn full of license plates he collected from all over the world, how much he loved to travel, his love for polka and jazz music, how he wore his cowboy hat and boots everywhere he went (and he had a ton of them!), how he would always want me to sit on his lap as a kiddo and all the rides I took with him on his riding lawn mower, the many fun Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays we had at their house as a kid with our whole family, his chiming clocks in their house, how he was on time (early) everywhere he went, his love for his church and how he served there for many, many years, the several times he tried to talk to me about the dangerous 'world' as a teen and college student, how proud he was of my husband being a pastor and how he would always ask him and give him advice about our current church and ministry, how he and my Jeannemommie drove down to Waco right after Austin was born to meet their first great grand baby, (that meant the world to me), how devastated he was (we all were) when his wife and best friend of 60 years passed away, and the most recent memory of my own children exploring my grandparents house and barn like I did as a child.

This was the last picture of my kiddos with their great grandfather at his 90th Birthday/Reunion. I will cherish it forever.

It's amazing to think that on the day my first born was declaring to the church that he was new in Christ through baptism, my sweet Granddaddy went to be with our Lord. He carried on quite a legacy. Because of his and my grandmother's faithfulness, generations after them are surrendering their lives to the Lord.

He LOVED his barn and spent countless hours there doing his favorite hobby, nailing up license plates.

There are over 25,000 license plates from all over the world in there!

I stole this pic from my sister's blog because I love it so much! This is a picture of 6 of the 9 grandchildren with my grandparents. I can hear Jeannemommie laughing right now in my head. I loved her laugh. I loved them. I am forever grateful for the influence they had in my life.