Nov 30, 2011

It's December 1st!!!!

So tonight "Marley" our Elf on the Shelf came out and will make his first trip back to the north pole tonight!
I also finished our RACK advent basket with all the cards! I am so excited to do this and so are the boys!

Nov 29, 2011

Noah's Future?

After writing yesterday's post it reminded me of a day about 5 years ago when we visited Marc's parents church. They go to a wonderful church and have wonderful pastors. Callie is one of them and she helped me through one of the hardest times of my life. She has prayed for our family numerous times! This was during the time that Marc and I were having some serious marital issues and were not in church at all. Not sure if you remember me telling you all that Noah is the one that one day said "Since we don't go to church I am going to start going with Mamaw and Papaw!" WOW....he was 5!

This was a summary of that morning! I know this is long but please read it all....pretty neat!
This is also the church that Leeland comes from. They are a Christian band that has risen to the top and are very successful!

(written from Mamaw's memory....)
‘Noah to Papaw – “Papaw, I miss God”
Papaw to Noah - “Noah, do you want to pray with Ms. Callie?”
Noah then tells Papaw he wants to pray with Ms. Callie and after getting permission from Marc & Lesley, he takes him to Callie and tells her Noah’s remark about missing God.
The following is part of a prayer and prophetic word she has for Noah. Callie first anoints Noah with oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) and prays over him and for him for a few moments, then begins to prophesy the following: ‘Noah, what you are feeling is the call of God on your life. It’s the voice of God that you hear. You are a mighty man of God. You will preach, you will prophesy and move in the five fold ministry of God. You will go to all the nations of the earth and preach. It is no mistake that you are here; you have been called to America. You are a ‘goodly’ child – like Moses.’ A further word of explanation was given by Callie to the congregation:These little children are open to the voice of God. The Bible says that in the last days he will pour out His spirit on all mankind.
Leeland puts down his guitar and comes from the stage to pray for Noah. He prays for God’s wisdom and Spirit to rest on Noah, for God to use him to reach young people in this nation.

I thank my sweet boy so much for getting us back into church! He is so special....I knew that from the minute I laid eyes on him!

Nov 28, 2011

A Special Night......

Last night was so unexpected but so special! For the last couple of weeks Noah has been asking me if he can get baptized at our church and asking lots of questions about what it means and a lot about heaven. So last night he asked again and Marc called him downstairs to sit with us and talk....just the three of us! Marc ask him what he thought it meant to be saved and he asked Noah if he wanted to say a prayer with him and Noah said yes so Marc said the sweetest prayer and Noah repeated after him. I have told you all before how sensitive Noah is to certain things and this was one of them....I know that he was old enough to understand and really know what he was doing because the tears were streaming from his eyes....and his Daddy's! That could be one of the sweetest moments of my life! I love that boy...and that Dad of his!!!! :)

This is Noah the day we dedicated him with Pastor Roddy at the Methodist church.....

Noah singing my favorite song....this is about two years ago!


Nov 26, 2011

November 24th.....THANKSGIVING DAY!

I am so thankful to have been able to spend it with a bunch of my family. We went to Fredericksburg where my Dad, step mom, aunt and uncle live and had our dinner at my aunt and uncles beautiful barn! My grandparents were there, my aunt I haven't seen in years, my step sisters and their families that I haven't seen in years, my cousins and their kiddos, and some new friends that were made that day! I am so thankful to have been able to spend it with all these wonderful people! That was a day I will never forget! My kiddos had a blast "working" on the farm all day!

I will post pictures of our weekend later......

I hope you guys all had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2011

November 23rd.....thankful for.....

Being in this hotel room with all my kiddos and hubby in beautiful Fredericksburg watching TV together!
Nothing better! Thank you God for this night!

Nov 22, 2011

November 22nd.....Thankful for......

RACK....(Random Acts of Christmas Kindness)

That is what my boys, Emily and I (and maybe Daddy too!) will be doing this Christmas! We will start December 1st.

I am so thankful for all we have and want give back even if it's through a small RACK!

November 21st.....Thankful for.......

My washer and dryer....even though I sometimes hate it! I learned to appreciate them after going to Haiti and watching them do laundry outside with dirty water in the heat. I have always battled to laundry monster and lost....I always have WAY to much laundry that needs to be put up or folded. I am so thankful that I have a beautiful red washer and dryer that is inside in the air conditioned. If they can do tons of laundry everyday for all the children at the Creche then I can surely do our laundry and keep it caught up!

Nov 20, 2011

November 20th.....Thankful for.....

The Bernards.....

Dr. Bernard and his beautiful wife Claudette own the Creche...the orphanage where Vensly is staying until he comes home to us! Marc and I have gotten to spend time with these two precious people and I am thankful that they will be part of our lives and Vensly's forever! They will always be his grandparents in Haiti....I want him to always know where he was from and the two people that worked so hard to take good care of him and his friends! I am thankful that in the summer he takes time out of his crazy busy schedule and SWIMS with the kids....that just makes their day!!!

Dr. Bernard works so hard for all the children in the creche and truely loves them and wants the best for them!
I am thankful that of all orphanages for Vensly to end up in he ended up there!

I am thankful that I am going to get to see Poppy and Mrs.Claudette again SOON!!!!

This is me and Dr. B with V and our HUGE dossier....that is everything they need to proceed with the adoption! Everything you ever wanted to know about us and some you may not want to know is in there! WOW!!

Nov 19, 2011

November 19th.....Thankful for......

Outings with my family!
I am thankful that in a few hours we are heading to Galveston to Moody Gardens to tour the Rainforest Pyramids and then see the Festival of Lights!

I am thankful for making memories this holiday season!

This was us in 2004 at the Festival of Lights! Wow....time is flying by!!!

Nov 18, 2011

November 18th.....Thankful for......

A few things.....

I am thankful for God's hand on me and my life. I feel like lately He is really showing me some things that I need to do and some changes I need to make!

I am thankful for good talks between Marc, Taylor and myself! I am thankful that the praying we do for our son is paying off. I am thankful that he likes us enough to really talk to us! :)

Getting to go to dinner with The Browns tonight! I feel like we never get to see them anymore so I am thankful for a break in our schedules to spend time laughing and catching up! I am thankful for their friendship!

I am thankful for the cooler weather today and that I can have my back door open and hear the waterfall in the pool and the sounds of nature!

Nov 17, 2011

November 17th.....Thankful for.....


I am so thankful that I chose to homeschool my boys this year! We are having so much fun and while they are am I! I am thankful that I am able to do this and that God gives me the strength and patience I need....almost everyday!! :)

I wish I would have stuck with it with Taylor but I didn't. I am thankful that he is in small private Christian school and thankful that he is so smart!

I hope we can continue for a really LONG time!

Also, I am pretty sure Jesse wouldn't be able to wear surgical gloves in Math if he were in school! :)

Nov 16, 2011

November 16th.....Thankful for! (AND A RANT!)

After going to the dentist this morning and having to listen to the dental assistant talk...or I guess I should say "run her mouth!"....I am so thankful to everyone that has a heart for adoption and even those they may not but don't make STUPID comments!

(sorry...this may be more of a vent than a thankful post!)

So, I am laying in the chair with my mouth wide open while the dentist is working on my teeth and she said "Now that you can't really talk I am going to ask you some questions!" She first said...."I think it's good that you adopted but I couldn't do it....see when I get a dog it has to be a pretty one!" She then asked me "how much is it to buy a you get a loan? do you save up? What do you do?" She said..."If I saved up that much money I would rather take a trip to Hawaii or somewhere like that!" She then proceeded to tell me that "most adopted kids have lots of problems!"
All of this was said while I couldn't heart was beating 90 to nothing! I was so offended and so angry that someone is that stupid to not only think that way but voice it to a mother of three adopted children that are ALL beautiful.

I was able to say that we can birth some ugly babies to and she then said "but they are yours so you don't think they are ugly"!!! WHAT??? Last time I checked ALL my children are MINE!!!

I am really thinking about writing a letter or something. I love the dentist but I don't care to ever talk to or see her again!

SO, I guess I should also say I am thankful that my whole face was numb and I wasn't able to speak at all!!!


Nov 15, 2011

November 15th......Thankful for.....

Friends that are like family! Some friends just come in your life for a season and some become more like family! I am thankful that no matter where they live or we live we are still as close as when we were neighbors! I am thankful for the many laughs we have had together. I am thankful for the best vacation EVER that we had with them and thankful for the future memories I know we will share!

We need an updated picture....our kids all look like babies! (Kim and I once told someone that asked about our kids that we had 6 between the two of us but only two pregnancies....figure that out! That was before Emily and Vensly! WOW!!)

The Estes and Coker family!!!

Nov 14, 2011

November 14th.....Thankful for.....

God little surprises and his big ones! I love when His will is so different than I think it will be. I am thankful for his answer to prayers but also for his unanswered prayers. Thank you God for always leading me.......
I have REALLY been praying about something later and while I have to remember it's all in His timing I can't wait to see what He has in store for us!

I just had to share this old picture tonight....this is Noah on his dedication day! What an angel!

Nov 13, 2011

November 13th....Thankful for.....

My church! I am so thankful to be part of an amazing church and that I have the freedom to worship there each Sunday! I am thankful to have two amazing pastors that know exactly what I need each Sunday! I am thankful for my church family!

Nov 12, 2011

November 12th.....Thankful for.....

I am SO thankful that my hubby made it home safely from his week long hunting trip to Colorado! I missed him so much! I am thankful that he had such a good time with the guys!
I am thankful for lazy days like today....I am thankful for just sitting on the couch with hubby and my kids watching our shows we like and movies!
I am thankful for my little mother/daughter shopping trip to Hobby Lobby today and thankful for a little girl that thinks everything is "Cute Mommy!"

I am thankful for this date night.....I love this picture!

Nov 11, 2011

November 11th.....thankful for.....

My friends! God has given me the best friends ever! I am so thankful for each and every one of them! They all know who they are!
I am thankful for girl's nights....girl's trips....weekday lunch trips....Bible nights with our hubbies dates with our kids and many more things that we do together.
Thank you God for all of my friends!

November 10th....thankful for.....

My brother! I am so thankful God gave me my baby brother. I am thankful for the man he is today. I am thankful that he is a great husband and an amazing dad! I am thankful that he has always been there for my boys and for me. I am thankful for the memories we have as children together and the memories we have as adults! I am thankful God chose us to be brother and sister!

Nov 9, 2011

November 9th....Thankful for.....

My sweet boy in Haiti waiting to come home....Vensly!
I am so thankful that God chose me to be his mother.....I am thankful that his birth mother did the best she could for him the first year of his life. I am thankful she gave him to Dr. Bernard to find him a better home. I am thankful he was in that room having his well baby check up that July day that his Daddy saw him for the first time! I am thankful for the two times I have gotten to spend the week with him and can't wait to be with him ALL the time!

Nov 8, 2011

November 8th....Thankful for......

My sweet, unexpected, miracle baby girl EMILY!
I can still remember the day I found out I was pregnant and the mixed feelings I had and the shock in my husband's voice as I told him but fast forward to today....I CAN'T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT HER!
I am so thankful for God's unexpected gift and for her sweet face everyday! I am thankful for her belly laughs and her big wet sloppy kisses. I am thankful for the smell of baby soap and footed jammies! I am thankful for her love for her big brothers and the way she screams when her Daddy walks in the door! I am thankful for her telling anyone that talks or looks at me "My mommy!" I am thankful for when I tell her "I love you" she says "love to momma!"

I am so thankful God gave me my little girl!

Nov 7, 2011

November 7th....Thankful for......

My husband's job that allows me to stay home with my kids. I am thankful that he has always worked so hard that I have never had to work. I started staying home when I was about 4 months pregnant with Taylor. I am so thankful that we made this decision so long ago and stuck with it. I am so thankful that I don't miss anything in my kid's lives. I am thankful to get to be with them everyday!

Nov 6, 2011

November 6th.....Thankful for......

I am so thankful for my funny, crazy, wild, smart, messy JESSE! I am thankful for a lady clear across the world that chose a better life for him and made sure they found his brother so he could be with him. I am thankful God chose me to be his mother in that life!
I am thankful for the many funny things he says and does that keep us laughing and sometimes embarassed! I am thankful for the way he loves on Emily and protects her from anything he thinks she needs protecting from. I am thankful that he is all boy and loves his trucks and sticks and rocks and everything else that goes along with boys. I am thankful for the times that we cuddle up on the couch and watch movies. I am thankful for the memories of his holding my hair and wiping my head when I was sick with Emily.
I am thankful that he loves for me to carry him and tuck him into bed and that he loves to hug and kiss on me! I am so thankful for this child and the miracle that brought him to me!

November 5th....Thankful for.....

My sweet Noah! I am so thankful God chose me to be his mother. I am so thankful for the lady across the world that gave birth to this precious baby boy and chose a better life for him. I am thankful that he is so sweet and caring. I am thankful that he, at the young age of 9, loves the Lord with all his heart and has for a long time. I am thankful for that day about 4 years ago when he asked to go to church with Mamaw and Papaw since we didn't go! I am so thankful for his sensitive spirit and his love for others. I am so thankful for his hugs and his "I love you" that he says no less than 30 times a day!
I am so thankful that he has some of the best dance moves I have ever seen....they make me laugh so much! I am thankful that he is a snuggler. I am thankful that he is so patient with Jesse and Emily and that he loves his family so much!
I am so thankful for you my Sweet NOAH!!!!!

Nov 5, 2011

November 4th.....Thankful for.....

My Children! I am going to do each one on their own day! Today is Taylor!

I am so thankful that God gave me this boy and His timing was perfect! He was and continues to be one of the biggest blessings in my life! You can read about him HERE!
I am so thankful for the man he is becoming. I am thankful for how smart he is and what a good boy he is. He makes wise decisions and really has never gotten into any trouble!
I am thankful for all the help he gives me with his younger brothers and his sister. I am thankful that he tells me he loves me all the time and that he still loves to hug on me. I am thankful for his sense of humor and his laughter! I am thankful that he looked just like me for a long time but now looks just like his dad! I am thankful God chose me to be his mother!

Nov 3, 2011

November 3rd.....Thankful for.......

My hubby!

I don't even know where to start! I am SO thankful that God sent me this man to be my husband. I love him more than anything in this world!
I am thankful for what a hard worker he is and how he takes such great care of me and our kids. I am thankful for how he has grown into being the spiritual leader in our home and how he loves God. I am thankful for how smart he is and how he can do anything he puts his mind to. I am thankful for his determination and his work ethic. I am so proud of him and all of his accomplishments!

I am thankful for the way he loves our boys! I am thankful for how he is such a softie for our little girl! I am SO thankful that he had a heart for adoption many years ago and shared it with me. I am thankful he was in Haiti that July and found our son!

I am thankful he has such a heart for Haiti and the people.
Most of all I am thankful that God chose me to be his wife!

(I am also thankful that he so purdy to look at! LOL!)

Nov 2, 2011

November 2nd- Thankful for......

My parents and my in-laws!

Let me start by saying that even though my parents got divorced when I was a little girl I am so thankful that they married in the first place! I am thankful for that short time together as a family. I am thankful for them giving me the best little brother ever! (all 6ft 4inches of him today!)

I am thankful to my mom for always taking care of my brother and I and for being the best mother she could on her own. She is the most honest, funny, loving, big hearted person I know. She is my best friend and a I cherish everyday I have with her. She has tought me what it means to be an independent woman and strength. I am thankful that she took us to church and taught me to love God.

I am thankful to my dad for always building my self esteem. He taught me modesty and security. I am thankful that he was always there for me when I needed him. He cleaned up many messes I created and some I actually didn't create! I am thankful for the MANY laughs we have shared in life and all the jingles and jokes. I am thankful that he taught me to never go to bed mad and never leave anyone you love without telling them. I am thankful that he taught me to be affectionate!

My mom and step dad!

I am thankful to my step dad for coming into our lives at the perfect time! I am thankful for all the many things he taught turning off lights to save energy which in turn saves money! He taught me LOTS of money saving tips...sometimes the hard way!!LOL! He taught me to always smile because no matter what he is ALWAYS smiling! I am thankful that he loves my mother more than anything in this world. I am thankful that he takes such good care of her. I am thankful for him giving Marc his very first job that led to his career today!

My dad and step mom!

I am thankful for my step mom and for the way she has taken such good care of my dad during his fight with Cancer. I am thankful that he has her and she has him. She has taught me so much about decorating my home and making it a nice place for my family. She also taught me that you don't have to spend a lot of money to decorate nice....sometimes none at all! I am thankful for her creativity!

I am also thankful for my inlaws. I am thankful for them giving me their son. I am thankful for their example of a Christian marriage and for their NUMBEROUS prayers for us. I am thankful that my father in law is there when ever I need him for whatever reason and for fixing things without asking. I am thankful to my mother in law for her faith in God and for her countless hours or praying and teaching me about God. I am so thankful that they welcomed me into their family with open arms and love me like I am their daughter!

My mother and father in law!

Thank you God for all these people in my life.......You are an AWESOME GOD!

Nov 1, 2011

November 1st- Thankful for......

Today, on this first day of November, Thanksgiving month....I am thankful for my relationship with God. I am thankful that he loves me NO MATTER what. I am thankful that he forgives me for my human ways all the time! I am thankful for the blessings that he gives me in my life but more than that I am thankful for the trials that he gives me in life because those strengthen my faith and trust in Him. He thinks I am beautiful even when I look ugly! He doesn't care if I have great clothes or plain clothes. He loves me skinny or he loves me when I am not so skinny! He loves me when I am grouchy and loves me when I am nice! He loves me when I am being a great person AND when I am not being such a great person.....nothing can EVER change His love for me.
He teaches me new things all the time and I love that.....I am thankful for Him and that he is ALWAYS with me! I am thankful that he died for me and my sins! I am thankful that he planned out my life the day he created me!

What are you thankful for today?

Am I becoming a prude?

I have watched General Hospital for YEARS.....I mean like 20 years or something close and lately I am just over it! I have no desire to watch that stupid stuff anymore. I can't even believe that I have wasted an hour of my life each day for that long watching something that did nothing for me life!
I also am finding that other shows that I used to enjoy I don't besides the shows like Gold Rush, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, stuff like that I am basically done with TV. Some shows that come on in the evening would have been rated R when I was kid and we have to many young kids running around here to watch that stuff anyway! Am I a prude? Maybe so. Oh well! (off my soap box now....)