Sunday, October 26, 2008
Most of you comment that there are never any photos of me on the blog, so Barry has become quite handy with the camera and took a few.
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Terri and his little girl, Terri Lynn.
Instead of birdseed, rice, balloons, doves, bubbles, etc...., Matt and Terri incorporated a New Orleans tradition in their wedding:
They all grabbed an embroidered napkin and danced around (mostly in a line), waving it over their heads while "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" (plus a few other choice songs) blared through the speakers. It was pretty neat.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
MAKE SURE THAT YOU TURN OFF THE JUKEBOX TO THE RIGHT!!!
One of my most favorite songs sung by one of my most favorite musical groups of all time. I hope it encourages you.
Below is another sample of their worship.
God is so good. Praise Him that Jesus DOES loves us.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
He did score (and I was sitting right behind the goal to get some great shots!). However, you can see from the reaction of the little girl to his left that she must have wanted to. Plus, the little girl with her fingers in her mouth to his right began crying profusely after Ben scored. She wasn't too fond of losing and "orange" always scoring.
Afterwards he was one happy little booger.
(this last photo courtesy of Joe---he did good, didn't he?!?!?)
I will try to get some photos next Monday of Joseph in his karate class and both KT and Jackie start basketball next week. In the meantime, KT is keeping me busy running to and from the library!
As far as house hunting is concerned, we have found 2 that we are deciding between. We like both, but 1 is at the lake and so obviously we have 2 girls pulling for that one. The other one is just down our street and Joe is pulling for that one because his new friend, Robby, lives just two houses down.
We'll keep you posted.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Following is a link to a funny ariticle a friend of mine sent my way.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
In a rare exchange of words yesterday, I realized that Benjamin is really understanding some things about life. Things that, for some of us, take years to understand---IF we ever understand it at all.
We happened to catch the start of "An Adoption Story" on TLC. Normally, we don't have the tv on during the day (unless it's for Blue's Clues or Sesame Street), but for some reason, it was on and was on this particular channel (we have NEVER watched a show on this channel before!). OK, so when we found out that the adoption story was about a little boy from Guatemala, we call gathered into the living room for a little break. When they first showed the sweet little guy, Benjamin exclaimed, "He looks like me! Look! Bwack hawr (black hair) and bwrown stin (brown skin)! Him from Manya-manya (Guatemala) too!". My heart just melted. It brought back so many memories!
Afterwards, I was cutting canteloupe in the kitchen and Ben was "helping". It was quiet and Ben was on the countertop beside of me. Without any prompting, he said, "Mommy, Mama Rosa took care of me in Manya-manya." I responded with, "Yes, she did. And she did a good job, too." His reply? "Yeah, her did. Jesus took care of me, too." My knife stopped. My heart stopped. My eyes teared.
"Yeah, baby..... He did. He sure does love you."
"Yeah, Mommy. Me know. Mommy?"
"Someday me see Mamaw." (Mamaw is my mother who stepped into Heaven just weeks before Ben's homecoming).
"I know. Me too. I want to see Mamaw. She sure will be glad to finally give you a hug!"
"Someday me see Mia, too. Mamaw and Mia both in Heaven with Jesus." (Mia, our St. Bernard got hit right before we moved. Ben LOVED Mia.).
"I wonder if your Mamaw likes Mia?"
"Me don't know. But me take Jack-jack (our bassett) to see Mia. I guess him have to get hit by a car first."
Yeah. He gets it. He gets it.
Monday, October 6, 2008
1. I am a born-again Christian.
2. I was saved at the age of 7.
3. My dad was pastoring the church that I was saved at.
4. My dad baptized me.
5. My dad married me.
6. My dad's name, Jack, is not his legal name.
7. When I was young, I wanted to change my name.
8. I have known my husband for over 20 years.
9. I was drum major in high school.
10. I was drum major in college.
11. My husband is my very best friend.
12. People used to think my husband was my brother (YUCK!).
13. I homeschool our four children.
14. My middle name comes from my maternal grandmother.
15. I used to be horribly teased from my classmates (mainly the boys) about my middle name.
16. My middle name is Lucille.
17. The boys used to sing, "You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille..." as they circled around me.
18. I hated history in school.
19. History is my favorite subject to teacht o my kids.
20. I am a homeschool mom.
21. I love my job.
22. I love photography.
23. My mother is in Heaven.
24. My mother was the most unselfish person in my life.
25. I love to teach Bible (especially to women).
26. Memorizing is easy for me.
27. I don't like cats.28. I am a dog person.
29. I am allergic to horses and cats.
30. I love to play piano/keys.
31. I have been playing piano since I was 7.
32. I play french horn.
33. I play clarinet.
34. I met my husband when he was my private french horn instructor.
35. He tried (for a few weeks) to be only my instructor (that didn't work!).
36. I am the youngest of 4.
37. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother.
38. I was, and still am, spoiled by my siblings.
39. My siblings are 15, 13, and 10 years older than me, respectively.
40. I was an aunt at age 5.
41. I knew only one great grandparent in my life.
42. I have a very unique maiden name: Smith.
43. My favorite music is contemporary Christian, R&B/Soul/Jazz (Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra), and shag.
44. My favorite contemporary Christian artists are: Rich Mullins, Michael OBrien, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, and Newsong.
45. I love to listen to Joyce Meyer and Beth Moore.
46. I also like TD Jakes.
47. I played in a contemporary praise band, Exitup, until we moved to the flatlands.
48. My favorite color is yellow.
49. I like to write.
50. My fourth child grew in my heart, not under it.
51. I have traveled outside of the US 3
52. I hear Guatemala calling my name everyday!
53. Adoption is one of things closest to my heart in the whole world.
54. The most important thing I experienced from our adoption experience was a small taste of God's love for us as His adopted children.
55. I have 3 straight-haired children and 1 who has enough curls for the whole state of NC!
56. My most favorite place in the whole world is the Outer Banks of NC.
57. I prefer living in either the mountains or on the coast, not inbetween!
58. I have coached softball, basketball, and even soccer (yeah, that last one was pretty funny!).
59. My favorite foods are salads.
60. I love sunny days.
61. Rainy days make me sad (and it could even be said that they make me grumpy!).
62. I don't think that I could live in London.
63. I like playing in orchestral bands, but don't really like listening to band music unless I am familiar with the piece.
64. I prefer brass over woodwind.
65. I only had morning sickness 1 time in all 3 of my pregnancies.
66. I prefer salty to sweet.
67. One of my favorite movies is, "The King and I".
68. My favorite actress is Julie Andrews.
69. My favorite actor is Antonio Banderas.
70. I like to do laundry.
71. I hate to dust.
72. My favorite subject in school was English (except for band).
73. Many people mistake me for hispanic or American indian.
74. My ancestry includes black Dutch and Cherokee.
75. My grandmother's name was "Fannie".
76. I prefer silver to yellow gold.
77. Reading is a favorite pastime (when I get the chance!).
78. Favorite books: Shepherding a Child's Heart, Millie Keith Series, and obviously the Bible.
79. I like Canon gear better than Nikon.
80. When I was little, I figured I'd grow up to be a teacher.
81. I just didn't think that teacher would be to my own kids.
82. At one point I wanted to be a horse jockey.
83. That was before I found out 1)allergic to horses, and 2)too tall.
84. My feet grew 1/2 size each time I was pregnant.
85. I tend to fall asleep while watching a movie.
86. My favorite flower is a zinnia.
87. Swedish Fish is my favorite candy.
88. I lived in the same place for the first 25 years of my life.
89. I don't like mini blinds.
90. I know that last one is weird... I like sheer curtains.
91. Hard wood floors are better than carpet.
92. Japanese food is my favorite, although I eat lots of Mexican.
93. I think video games are a waste of time (just ask my kids).
94. I like to hike.
95. I like to play ball even better.
96. My sister taught me to swim at the age of 6.
97. I nearly died trying to learn (OK... that's a little exaggerated, but that's what it felt like!).
98. I like reading blogs of people I've never met.
99. I am incredibly conservative in political realms.
100. I hope you read to the end of this as it took me a long time to think up. : o )
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Their session was scheduled on the BR Parkway and to begin with, I was somewhat concerned. It had been raining for a whole day beforehand and I was wondering if we would even get to shoot.
But, the rain slowed down to a drizzle, and we shot on the porch.
Their wedding is in a few short weeks and I'm sure that Terri and Matt are busy finishing plans up, but looking forward to a beautiful ceremony.
If it's anything like the fun we had getting a few shots together this past weekend, it's sure to be a blast.
Thanks, guys for including us in this special time in your lives. We wish you all the best and God Bless.