Friday, June 8, 2012


linking up with Life Rearranged
life rearranged

It's been awhile...
you know how i LOVE my phone pictures. 
 I've wiped my phone almost completely clean of pictures and video 
so i can take lots in africa :)

here are some highlights from our first week of summer vacay!!

crafts : we started the week in crafting mode

paper airplanes : coop's obsessed with figuring it out.  he wants to know how so bad.
encouraging him that it takes practice and it has to be precise so take your time.
so easier said than done. 
he's six. he's got to get it done. 
he's watched a lot of how to's on youtube. and used up A LOT of white paper.
oh well. he's happy. 

swimming : swim lessons got derailed until early july.
we swam at the Y on Monday instead.
with our gang

and had a swimming playdate on Wednesday.

 gardening : the boys are really helping me keep everything picked.
we have a BOUNTY of okra this week. 
freezing it. ready for frying. gumbo. 
hope to pickle some... if they last that long.

 frozen chocolate banana bites : delicious. super easy to make. 

 saying goodbye to adam... 
watching his plane on flight tracker library.
 the new library is nice. they have lots of room to grow into. 
we had fun playing on the computers. and checked out dvd's and books. 
the boys joined the summer reading program.
church picnic 
we had to say goodbye to our pastor this sunday. :( we will miss PD.  
he's an avid red raider. 
rivals in the church decked out his truck 
after the last service with lots of UT and A&M gear. 

spontaneous apple picking

 we took coach to our friends where he will be staying, and she asked us to please pick apples from their tree. YUM! apple crisp, apple sauce.... all of a sudden i want apple everything.

crazy in love with my new canvas. 

oh my goodness this boy can read. he's been faithful to read out loud to me almost everyday  
and he enjoys it. this book was crazy advanced with big words like adjectives and vibrant, mauve, and frightening. he sounded them out, and just read it. 

for the win! these mini gardens are sprouting up like crazy. time to replant them. might be able to wait for aunt tammy's visit  this week. since she sent these to the boys i bet they would all have fun replanting them together. 
need potting soil :)

H brand's graduation party on Saturday
Way to go Ashleigh!

One of my favorites from the party :)

today we did a really fun rainbow sun catcher project. 
stringing the bead on the pipe cleaner was fun.
i wish the beads would have melted together better. 
i'm not done with this one. i think i'll cook it longer.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

one week from today

i will be leaving for Africa. wow! i'm overwhelmed. pinch me please! i am so fortunate to be chosen for this adventure.
we packed a few saturday's ago... all our donations and just about everything else we are taking.
good reality check that we can't take much for ourselves.
we won't need it.
we have 14 very full suitcases full of blessings for others.
that's what it's all about!
praise God for providing so abundantly! 

i have so little left to do to be ready to get on that plane.
this last week is going in s l o w motion. i'm soaking up time with the boy's.
and missing adam like crazy already.
only 22 more days til we get to be back together as a family. it's a small price to pay.
 i can't wait to meet all the kids at the orphanage. teach the young girls how to sew...
i first have to learn how to use a treadle sewing machine :)
 i've been watching lots of youtube videos.
it's a rhythm. praying i can master it quickly
and get lots of time to help the girls learn how to use it.
i'm sewing a pendant banner for us to hang up at the orphanage.
our kiddos are going to help decorate it after sunday school this week.
so excited! so blessed!
so ready!

we have an intinery now. we see the names of the others we will be in service with from other states.
we will be a team of 22 for a week, then up to 44 the second week.

our leader challenged us to call ourselves a missionary this week.
it feels good to say "i'm a missionary."
going on a mission trip.

thank you jesus for the opportunity to share your gospel.

Mark 16:15-18
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Bring It!
Go God!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Adam!

Hope you had a happy birthday babe
 half way across the world from us.
We miss you already!

we think you are the best daddy in the world
thank you for loving so freely
your patience
working so hard
i love that you are my husband
thank you for loving us
for leading our family
i love you jadam
coopcorb adore you!
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