Monday, December 31, 2012


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  A friend of mine once said that "its hard to balance hanging onto the past when it's time to look forward"  she said"its like driving, you need to glance in your rearview mirror but keep your focus forward, you cant drive looking at what's behind you."  Sometimes I am so easily distracted by where we are or where we have been, that I fail to see the promise, and the excitement in where we are going...if we don't let go, and look forward  we may miss some of the joy coming our way.
My prayer for 2013, is for health, safety, and happiness for everyone and through this I pray my heart is so transformed to focus on the gratitude I have for these blessings that our Hero gets all the glory.  I have a few verses for myself and our little ones to keep in our hearts this year.  Keeping in mind that I fail everyday, we are going to try to memorize these verses and keep them with us this year and always...

#1.  I Chronicles 16:11 "Seek the Lord and His strength.  Seek His face continually."
This is just such a reminder that I need to focus on what is to come, not every little detail of this world...and to be mindful that I can do nothing aside from Him or without His strength.

#2.  Matthew 25:40 "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." I want our hearts to lead our actions in such a way that this verse is how we do life.
#3.  Mark 12:29-31 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."  We are practicing this one and trying to memorize it, if we are able to do this, our actions should fall into place.  I wish our hearts were able to do this everyday with ease, but we fall this one is going to take a lot of prayer and time!
#4.  Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."  I think I wrestle with this one the most at our house.  I finally have a glimpse of being excited about things to come versus holding on to the past and looking forward with apprehension.  I'm not saying I always understand this, but I do know that the stress I feel and the worries I have are not from Him, so this one especially important to me.

And finally, our year in review!

We started new schools and started our last year at our old school.  We made new friends, and loved on old friends.  Daddy had a very exciting year at work, and momma, well I moved into my car and finally got a handle on this crazy schedule.  We went to the beach and to the mountains.  We grew and we learned a lot.  We stayed out of the hospital and home on the holidays.  We loved our sweet family and we are more grateful than ever for our blessings...


Just some pictures of Christmas with our family this year.  It was so much fun to watch our babies soaking up all things Christmas this year.  They loved it, the fun, family, friends, traditions ALL of it, well maybe not the food, but what's least we made a covenant cake that would feed 100 people so not all was lost!
Yes even our littliest boy loves Christmas lights

Christmas at momma's good friends the James -so much fun and so great to see such sweet friends

Crazy pickles, he will probably have to sleep until next year, he's a busy fellow

too bad we need two of these, his father is after  this one!

Watch out if you see these two on the road, seriously...they have the gas but not the steering part

our sweet land, counting down until she's baaaaackkk!

Murphys last Christmas program with Harwood, it wouldn't be the same if Tinky didn't join in

Pop gave Murphles his own real guitar!

new pjs for Christmas Eve and new KICKS of course!


shes after pickles job

we had a wonderful special day at CC and Skippers, even uncle Sweet pea was "jolly"

the rainbow covenant cake, a miracle itself!

yikes. just yikes.

We hope everyone had a special Christmas this year!!! I can't believe its almost 2013!!!