Feb 22, 2013

Flashback Friday......

These are just some random favorite pictures of mine!  I love to go through old pictures and remember the good times that went along with them!  Enjoy!!!!

This one is really old but one of my favorite pictures ever!  This is me with my little brother on his wedding day!
You can see his wife and her little brother in the background!

Me and Emily going shopping together!

Getting to go backstage last year at the Lady A concert to hug our friend Hillary's neck!  The kids were so excited to get to meet her!  She is as sweet as she is beautiful!

One of our many trips to the Farmer's Market last year while homeschooling!

Hubby with the Easter Bunny at the event for his run for Constable!

My kids love to play kissie face!!!!

Taylor's 16 birthday celebration!!!!!

Me, Taylor and Jared hit the big Apple this summer for Taylor's 16th!!!

Watching my babies sleep!  This was Vensly's third day home!!!

Our little island boy hated the snow!!!!!

Noah's Baptism Day!!!!!  What a proud day!!!!!!

Feb 21, 2013

House Hunting and Selling, OH MY!

I told you guys before that we put our house on the market!  We are kind of like that.....we get it just like we want it then sell.  Actually, we've only done that twice!  :)

Ours is still for sale as the right buyer just hasn't come along YET!  I hope they do soon....I'm antsy to know we were are going to live next!
We have looked at EVERYTHING online that is for sale.  We have driven around and covered a lot of areas and we can't find one house we like!  At least not ones we can afford.  And that farm house I want is just not available here!  :(

We thought about buying a friends house this summer and then just backed off because the time wasn't right but we are certain now that it is!
We THINK we may have decided to go ahead and buy that house......it's so beautiful that I don't want to get to excited yet!  I have already decorated it in my head and looked at the pictures a hundred times.
Everyone will have their own bedroom and we will have plenty of storage!  A girl can dream can't she....maybe....just maybe this isn't a dream!  :)

Here is a sneak peek.......

I am going to wait to share the front of the house after it's a done deal.....if you know us Estes'.....we can change our mind daily!

Wouldn't that be a neat place to watch the sun rise and set!

Who wouldn't love that pool!

Feb 19, 2013

London, Oxford, Normandy and PARIS!

WOW!  That is what is on the itinerary for Taylor and his Dad this June!  Taylor and some friends from school attended their first SLU (Student Leadership University) event the summer after their freshman year.  The first was San Antonio and last year was Washington DC and now LONDON, OXFORD, NORMANDY, and PARIS!  Normally he goes with a friend's dad but this year Marc is going too!  I hope it's an amazing experience for them both!

Here is what is on their agenda:

• Sitting in Holy Trinity Church where C.S. Lewis was inspired to write the Chronicles of Narnia.
• Walking in the footsteps and reliving the D-Day Invasions at Normandy
• Walking through the halls of the Louvre, viewing works of art like the Mona Lisa and Winged Victory.
• Climbing to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral after a session in front of Hunt’s “Light of the World.”
• Hearing character studies at the graves of John Wesley and John Bunyan.
• Touring Westminster Abbey and seeing the graves of Wilberforce, Newton, Dickens and Darwin.
• Asking questions of the grandson of Winston Churchill.
• Contemplating the major decisions of your life in front of the Thinker at Rodin’s Sculpture Garden.
• Enjoying the breathtaking view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

If you have a child just getting out of 9th grade you should REALLY check it out......

STUDENT LEADERSHIP UNIVERSITY!  (click to take you to the website!)

Feb 11, 2013

Proverbs 21:23

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles. Proverbs 21: 23

How true is that?  What if every time we were tempted to gossip this scripture popped into our head. 

WOW!  GOSSIP!  What a horrible word!  None of us like to think that is what we are doing but a lot of times we are.....especially women.  Me included!

Sometimes we are doing it and don't even really realize it or know it!  I have felt very convicted over this especially as I grow in my walk with Christ!  Gossip isn't just talking about someone bad.....there are lots of ways to gossip!  Sometimes you don't even have to say the words yourself.....just listening!

This is one sin that I want to no longer take part in so Lord from this day forward guard my mouth and my tongue and let only wholesome talk come out of my mouth.  Words that are uplifting and honor You!


disclaimer: please don't judge me.....just being honest as probably just about every women could!

My precious girl who I need to set a good example for of what a Godly women should be!

Feb 4, 2013

Marriage Monday.......

I thought I would try to start my marriage monday posts again.  Maybe I can help encourage someone through what I have learned!  I hope so........

I read this on facebook this morning and thought HOW TRUE and boy do I need to remember this myself!

A simple recipe for bringing more peace to your marriage and your life is to worry less and pray more...
"Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done." Philippians 4:6

I am the world's biggest worrier......I will admit it.  You give me something to worry about and I will worry my little head off!  I know that is a sin and that I shouldn't do it but I do!  That is my struggle!  I drive my hubby crazy.  

I have learned (somewhat) that when I am angry at my husband I TRY to just STOP, PRAY ABOUT IT and move on.  I have been successful at that many times.  You think I would learn to do that every time!  I guess it's a good thing that we really don't "argue" or "get mad" that often.  Maybe that is why?  After you pray about something and just listen then you usually discover it's not that big of a deal anyway!

It's funny how prayer can play such a huge role in our marriage!  So remember next time, pray about it.....don't worry about!!!!  
(I will remember that too!)

God Bless.

I was thinking that the photo has nothing to do with "Marriage Monday" but really it does.....our baby girl is our gift to God for taking our marriage and turning it around to a marriage that glorifies God!  I will have to share our story again......I'm not sure if I have done it on this blog or not!  It was a hard one but one I would do again to get where we are now!  

Mommy and her sweet Emily Grace!!!!!

Feb 3, 2013

What's for Dinner this Week?

Monday-  Meatloaf (Turkey) with Chive Mashed Potatoes and green beans and parker house rolls. (WW recipe)

Tuesday-  Beth Moore- so it will probably be Chick-fil-A for my crew!

I attend my first Weight Watchers meeting today!

Wednesday-  Baked Chicken (WW recipe), sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli.

This is the day I officially start back with my trainer!  I am excited!

Thursday-  Vegetable Pork Soup with Corn Bread.

Friday-  Sloppy Joes with fruit salad.

Saturday-  out to eat!

Sunday- Small Group......Mexican Themed night!