Dec 29, 2010

Review of 2010- Part One.....

We started out the year with a really special day! We dedicated our sweet baby girl to the Lord on January 3rd. It was a great morning and she looked like the angel she is. I can't believe as I look back at the pictures how tiny she was and what a "little girl" she is now! I pray for God's protection over her all the days of her life!

I set some goals and resolutions last January and did good and bad! I didn't learn to ride my motorcycle like I wanted to so maybe that will actually happen this year. I have lost about 17lbs but still need to loose about 25 more...the older I get the harder it is! Ugh....
I have cooked more this year than I ever have in my whole married life! THAT is a great thing! I hope to soon get back to posting my weekly menu as it seems to keep me on track cooking and not eating out.
I said I wanted to pray more and read my Bible more and I think I did that....I pray every single day but I don't read my Bible everyday but this year I want to TRY to do that!
I did some sewing with my aunt but didn't learn to sew completely on my own!

This was our attic space above our garage that is now being turned into the "Man Cave"....Marc and his friend Tom started finishing it out at the end of January and has done most of the work his self. I picked the colors, which I am still not sure of, but once he gets all the dead animals, I mean mounts, on the wall it should be fine! The first day of construction Marc fell through the ceiling into our bathroom! It was scary and hilarious at the same time...thank God he wasn't hurt but the ceiling sure was!

It's almost completely finished and I must say he did an excellent job and I can't wait to get everything in it!!

Our good friends Christy and Kelvin lost their little girl to a horrible disease called Battens. I can't even imagine the pain they still feel to this day! Emma was a precious baby girl who was loved by SO many people all over the country! Here she is wearing a princess crown and I know that she is wearing a beautiful princess crown today as she runs and plays with our Lord! Learn about Emma's Hugs by clicking on the button to the right on my blog that says "I Am Especially Fond of You".

This year Taylor turned 14 and he entered HIGH SCHOOL! I can not believe it still that he is in the 9th grade and now half way done with that!

Jesse turned 5 and entered Kindergarten....where did my baby boy go? Time is moving way to fast!

Marc gave me a surprise party at a fancy restaurant and the guest list was perfect and I got some really great gifts but nothing compares to the fun we had that night!
That was in May.....

June...not a lot happened except for Marc and Taylor prepared for a trip to Haiti that they didn't know would forever change their lives....and MINE!

Stay tuned for part 2....

Dec 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday!

I have so many blessings I could write all day but I will try to narrow it down!

Thank you Lord for my husband and all he does to provide for us and protect us. He is such a strong spiritual leader in our family and for that I am so grateful!

Thank you Lord for my boys! I love being the mom to three boys that are all different and unique. I can't imagine doing anything else then being their mother!

Thank you Lord for my sweet baby girl! I still can't believe it sometimes....I love to just stare at her and watch her play or watch her sleep. She is the most precious little girl in the world.

Thank you Lord for sending Marc and Taylor to Haiti this summer and for having Marc in that room with his camera ready when our son was brought in! Thank you Lord for making him especially for us!

Thank you Lord for my husband's job....that job allows me to be a full time mother to my precious kids.

Thank you Lord for our parents....we are both so blessed to still have them all today to love on us and our kids!

I personally thank you Lord for my momma....she ALWAYS comes to my rescue when I need her! ALWAYS! She loves my kids as much as I do and I am so thankful for that!

Thank you Lord for our sweet friends that are not only our friends but like family to us! You brought so many people into our lives that have helped us grow in our faith and be there for us no matter what!

Thank you Lord for my church! Second is the best church in the world and I wish everyone I know and love could go there and see for themselves!

Thank you Lord for Tommy and Mark and for their message to us each week. They are always talking straight to me!

Thank you Lord for Christmas 2010 not being rushed....just us enjoying each day at home with each other and our kiddos!

Thank you most of all Lord for what you did for all of us! My wish is for everyone to know You!

Dec 21, 2010

Elf on the Shelf.....Meet Marley!

Meet Marley....he is our own personal Elf from the North Pole that watches over us each day and then flies to Santa each night and tells him how we all have acted! He lands in a different place in the house each morning and the boys LOVE looking for him when they get up. They are not allowed to touch him or he looses his magic. If you don't have "The Elf On The Shelf" then you really need to get one! You would be amazed how "good" your kids will be to impress the Elf!

Dec 20, 2010

Christmas Menu........

My mom and step dad are coming to stay with us Christmas Eve again this year and I am so excited! They are going to church with us and help us do Santa again....which was a huge help last year as something always has to be put together and no one is more patient then Calvin! Mom usually passes out before its all done!
Here is our menu....

We are having a Mexican fiesta on Christmas Eve after Candlelight services! Tamales, guacamole, cheese dip, bean dip and tacos!

Christmas morning my mom will make her famous sausage biscuits that she used to make every single Christmas morning when she lived here. She made these from the time we were little bitty until they moved after we were married! I love them!

For Christmas Day we are having Shrimp and Grits! YUMMY! I had these for the first time ever at my friend Christy's and even though it sounds really wierd it is so yummy! She gave us her recipe so I will be using that. I will post it later....
We will also have green beans almondine, salad and bread!

This will be for dessert on Christmas Day! My friend Tina makes them to help raise money for their adoption from Haiti! Is it not beautiful or what???
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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and have lots of great memories! I know we will!
Hopefully, this will be our last Christmas as a family of 6......

Dec 12, 2010


If things would have gone as we planned then we would now be on our way back to Houston from Haiti. We would have had to say good-bye to our precious son and come home to our "normal" life! That, I can only imagine, would have been heart-breaking and probably one of the hardest things we have ever done. So, it's wierd, because while in a way I am glad we didn't have to do that tonight but am also still so sad we didn't get to go! I know I should just "get over it" and "go on" but it's so hard as one minute I am fine and the next I will stop what I am doing and think "Oh I should be feeding him right now" or thinking " I wonder if he would have loved that book I bought him?"
How can I miss someone SO BAD that I have never even met?? I know how! Somehow I have met him....somehow God let him grow in my heart without me knowing until his Daddy met him in Haiti that day in July when he was having his well baby check up! It was the day that he looked at his Daddy with those beautiful brown eyes and without saying anything told him "I am the one that God chose to be your son!" I have loved this boy from the first picture Marc sent me back in July!
Our bags are still packed and I am still holding on to hope that we will be there soon to hold and love on our precious baby boy!

Dec 10, 2010


I received a video last night from new friends on Facebook....if I can't be with my boy right now then this was the next best thing! Is this not the cutest thing you have ever seen???


Dec 9, 2010

Bitter Sweet......

For those of you that read my blog and are not friends with me on Facebook our trip to Haiti was cancelled due to the rioting. The guy we were going with just doesn't feel like it's safe for us to come right now. We were all sleeping the other night and didn't hear our phone so our good friend and youth pastor at our church came to our door at midnight to give us the news. I was and still am beyond disappointed! It's weird though that while I was doing last minute things before going to be it entered my mind that we weren't going so maybe in a way God was preparing me for that news! It is so bitter sweet as I am so thankful for Brent and Dr. B and that they are looking out for our safety but then I am sad for my precious baby boy that was going to get his Mommy and Daddy's undivided attention for four days. I had so many things planned for us to play, songs to sing, stories to read and lots of pictures for him to look at! I can't even bring myself to unpack our bags or backpacks. But I know He knows best and His timing is always perfect!

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

- Romans 8:28

“Trust in Him at all times, O people.”

- Psalm 62:8

Dec 6, 2010

Learning To Drive.....oh my!!

My boy had his first driving lesson this weekend with his pawpaw and then his dad! He did pretty good for his first time EVER to be behind the wheel of a car. No one was injured and the truck is still in one piece!
I must say in this first picture that he is starting to be his Dad made over! Where did the time go? Before long he will be driving me where we need to go. I love that boy!!

Dec 2, 2010

My Sweet Girl is 16 Months....(posting early)

I will just say that you are the most beautiful little girl that God ever created and I can't imagine my life without you in it! I am so blessed to be your mother! You are our angel!

Nov 28, 2010

Thanksgiving at the Estes home!!!

This Thanksgiving I decided to host it at my house and I was so happy that my brother and sister in law got to come with my nephew. My mother and father in law, mom and step dad, step brother and nephew also came. It was great to all be together! I also said the blessing for the first time ever. (out loud in front of people!) We had way to much food and all have so much to be thankful for! I can't wait for next year to have a another little mouth to feed.
The next day we did a little shopping and then that night we all started getting sick with a stomach bug....everyone except Jesse and Noah have been sick! Ugh.....
I still wouldn't have traded this Thanksgiving for anything in the world!

It was this little guys first Thanksgiving! Charles Eli Bridges!

This is me explaining to Emily that Eli is a baby and that it hurst him to pinch his toes or poke his eyes! She wasn't really understanding that...really all she wanted was for him to go home!! LOL!!!
Actually, she warmed up to him later and kind of liked him!

This year I made a lot of the food....I made the dressing, broccoli casserole, green bean casserole, and the sweet potato casserole. It turned out pretty good...I think!

Me and my beautiful sister in law with our precious babies....they are almost exactly a year apart!

I was so happy Eli, my new nephew, got to spend his first Thanksgiving with us! He is so dang precious!

Do they ever grow up and not want momma to rub their backs??? This picture cracks me up!!

Nov 21, 2010

Show Us Your Life....Laundry Room

Join me for Kelly's Korner blog and her Show Us Your is my laundry room that rarely looks this clean if EVER!! These pictures were taken a while ago.....maybe I should get it back in shape tomorrow!!! Enjoy!!!

Nov 17, 2010

We are going to Haiti.......

This is where my little guy is waiting for us....and this is where we are going in a few weeks!

I am so excited! Yesterday was such a hard day as I got new pictures of Vensly that made me so sad for him and then Jesse had a bad day at school and the teacher needs to talk to us! Ugh..... (Not related!) It was just one of those days that you want to go to bed and cry all day or just sleep it away! Last night it started getting better as I tracked our dossier and it's all done at the consulate and on it's way back to us. Easy and FAST!!! Then Marc came home and told me that Brent from BGMasked him to go to Haiti with he and his staff for a quick trip and that there MAY be room for me but he wasn't sure.....well this morning hubby called me and said we are all booked and set to go on December 8th. I will stay at the Bethel house the whole time with Vensly while Marc will have to go with the team some but that is fine with me!! I am so excited! I know it will be amazing and heart breaking at the same time but he is so worth it. For three whole days my boy will have a mommy and daddy to dote on him and give him undivided attention. I pray that he takes to us and loves us as much as we love him. I really didn't know how we were going to get to go this soon but He knew the right time and worked it out.....thank you God!!!!

Can't wait to teach him how to play peek-a-boo again.....

Nov 16, 2010

So hard.....

I have done two adoptions and it's so true what they say....that you forget the pain and agony of waiting after you hold them in your arms! I had forgotten that pain....until this morning....when I saw these!

I just want to hop on the first plane to Haiti and go hold him, bathe him, rock him, sing to him, hug and kiss on him, and tell him that I love him SO MUCH! I want to wipe that runny nose and give him Tylenol to ease the pain of his teeth that are coming in. I want him to run and play with his sister and watch his big brothers! I want so bad for that face to be smiling....but how could he when he's in that place day in and day out without a mommy and daddy that take care of him. I really don't know how I am going to do this journey.....please pray for Vensly and for us!