Thursday, August 30, 2012


It creeps up and we dont even realize it.  It's hard to find someone who doesnt feel pride about something, their job, their home, their kids, their behavior, their name it its there.  It may be deep down and often silent but its there.   I am so guilty of this.
pride  (prd)
1. A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect.
2. Pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement, possession, or association: parental pride.

PLEASE notice the italics parental pride....WOW.
Yep I feel it often, too often to admit. Today this was posted as the IDSC's campaign photo.  It was on facebook, over 40,000 people are watching the IDSC page, it was on the IDSC website...and Clay and I felt proud.
The glory for this gift is all God's but I am proud He has allowed us to steward such an enormous blessing.   No other word...just proud.  I am proud that this message is being spread and I am proud that Murphy is reaching so many people...and that we are able to help more and more families.   God is so good.

Oh and did anyone happen to see this...

Big stuff for a little fellow!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


This summer I printed out the ABC Bible verses.  We didnt exactly master one per week, but my friends are still little, and Madden can reel off a-d like there's no tomorrow while Murphy prefers to sing praise music and the blessing at the top of his lungs.
 Today was a strange day.  It was Madden's first day at her new school, Murphy's 3rd.  I thought this morning would be filled with anxiety and a mad dash from collierville  all the way back past our house, but instead I was focused on the PERKS of our chaos.  I was reflecting on where God has taken me in the past 5 years, when Madden piped up from that backseat, "momma are you paying attention are you having trouble listening to me? I want to sing bless my soul and I just said all of my verses, can you hear me?"
Scary that I am driving, right?  I spent today with a sense of relief that so many prayers had been answered.
 I got to walk two of the greatest gifts into school today, I got to see their sweet faces standing there waiting for me to pick them up again, and in the midst I felt such encouragement from my sweet friends about something that was weighing heavily on my heart.
These are the perks of being Murphy and Madden's mom.  Its not a simple schedule or a life without challenges there arent many days when I dont feel called to be more or do more or to be an example and make positive changes.  BUT The perks are their little hands, and their faces and the friends and family who love us on our journey.  Those, in my book are better perks than you can find almost anywhere....
"Ask and you shall recieve,seek and you will find."  Matthew 7:7
"Be kind to one another." Ephesians 4:32
"Cast all your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you."Psalm 55:22
"Do not be anxious about anything..."Philippians 4:6

Oh and for the highs and lows of our day, Murphy loves michele and doesnt like doing work all the time, Madden loves her friends and Spanish and doesnt like the cough in her mouth.

 How perfect is Michele? She sends his 1st day of school napkin BACK home to me to keep in his special box :)...I think we are soul mates.
Bumble bee dress (that's pink), check!

Mrs. Allen Maddens pre-k teacher

her cubby!!!

Hard to believe its time for Tinky to be here , it feels like my friends and I just left...:(

Murphles first day

proud JOY (and a great use for out friend mr. stump)

Bumblebee Bloomers!?!?!

And I actually managed NO tears this round!

And....theyre off...repeat Bible verse "D"!
"every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Its that time...again.

I have been such a slacker on the blog lately, honestly I have been behind in a lot of ways lately.  It seems like my "to do" list never gets shorter, the messages on my phone are still there.  The big plans to play, meet, have lunch etc...well they are still "big plans".  And a week from today they will have to wait until next year.  It came and went before I could catch a breath...and now I can only glance in the rear view mirror...because its time to focus on what's ahead, again.
Its that time again, time for the babies to start school.  Bear with me for the next month or year or so, I was just getting our ridiculous summer schedule down (most of it spent in the car)...only to take on a new schedule, with which I will be sleeping in the car as well.
New faces, new firsts, new places, new plans, new hopes, new locations, new anxieties, new challenges, and new prayers.   We are praying that God will touch our teachers, therapists, schools, and mostly the decisions we have and will make this year.
This is big stuff around here, 2 different schools, and coming from someone who doesnt like change (and to be quite honest is acting like a giant bird with my head in the sand about whats coming up)...I know He will carry us through and we cling to the promise that His compassions are new every morning...even for those of us who like to think we have a whole lot of control over where this train is headed.
The bucket list was a success, we have not 1 BUT 2 babies who love to swim and are practicing for the olympics in a very serious way. The supplies are purchased and packed, the kids are confused as to who is going where and when (as is the driver/mom), but He will take it from here.  
And as a little gift that I know came straight from above, Madden reached over for my hand today and said, "momma when I am gone to school, I will miss you all the time everyday."  Growing pains are for the birds (and I dont mean the ones with their heads in the sand).