Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Life through IG Photos~

Mac died last Wednesday and because I had a (6 day expired) 3 year Apple Care plan,
they graced me with a free repair and it was back to me on Saturday!
THAT is serious awesome customer service~

Because I had a little time on my hands away from blogging and editing photos,
I dusted off my sewing machine and crocheting needle~

 Time spent with my family is always my FAVORITE time~

Littles Love~

Bigs Love~
And that's Life through a few IG photos!
{ADORE that little overall boy!!!}

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Daddy's 78th BD~

FULL weekend as we celebrated a heaven home going, a 6 year old bd party,
and today my daddy's 78th birthday~
Let me think of some ways to describe him...
The hardest working most dedicated man to his family and farm!
His love is quiet and fierce.
He would give you anything he has and loves farming.
He can split wood like a man half his age (well probably younger).
This is the place we all call Home and it was gorgeous today~
He has a temper but I would probably describe it more of a passion... 
best advice, stand down and it will pass.
He is strong.
He is quiet.
He is my daddy.
I couldn't love him more.
Our children adore going to their house to play and we spent the whole day there today~
Having my sister's kids home, Becca and Sam was a treat too~
One of my daddy's finest accomplishments each year is his garden and in the fall 
it is full of the most beautiful sunflowers all pointing their faces toward the sun~
It was a beautiful day to just be together as a family!
Having my sister here was a sweet part of the weekend!
When she is here, its like having a clone here helping me get everything done!
She just knows what and how, the ins and outs!!
Oh and CHRIS you make the best ribs in the USA
(not to mention all the moving and work you did)!
We ended back at our house for dinner and another party~
Happy birthday daddy!
You are blessed with some many gifts and they adore you too!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday WP~

Six years ago a beautiful Chinese boy was born in Fuzhou China with a severe heart condition.
Today we celebrated what an awesome son he is in our family~
He was surrounded by lots of family and we had tons of fun being Ninja Turtles!

If you ask WP what he is to his dad and I he says, "I'm a mighty man of God!" and he SO is!
We think he looks like a little Francis Chan~
Happy birthday sweet beautiful boy!
We are thankful for your amazing birth parents that chose life for you!!
You are the sweetest, most kind and caring, most helpful boy I know!!!
What a treasure you are to our family!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

See You Later~

Our family all gathered to say 'See you Later' to my grandfather today in Easley, SC~

Rev. Marvin Colie Ferguson

June 30, 1916 - October 13, 2014
Rev. Marvin Colie Ferguson
Royston, GA

Rev. Marvin Colie Ferguson, 98, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 in Athens, GA.

He was a native of Pickens County, SC and a son of the late John Riley and Elvinia Josie Durham Ferguson. Rev. Ferguson began his lifelong ministry in 1942. He attended Toccoa Falls College, and was a graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Seminary. Rev. Ferguson served various in South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia. He was honored as Pastor Emeritus of Cross Roads Baptist Church, Hartwell, GA, where he was a member.

Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca F. Martin (Max); five grandchildren, Sharon M. Ankerich (Scott), Marcia M. Muckunfuss (Chris), Jason M. Martin (Amy), Lance B. Ferguson (Sherri), and Lacey A. Everett (Casey); twenty great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, a daughter-in-law, Lynda Long (Bob) and many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Rev. Ferguson was predeceased by his wife of sixty-seven years, Sarah Frances Brooks Ferguson, a son, Marvin Brooks Ferguson, a grandson, John Kendall Martin, four brothers, Wilborn, Max, Claude and John Ferguson and by four sisters, Fronnie Christopher, Floy Finley, Kate Black and Ruby Davis.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, Easley, with Rev. David Brooks and Rev. Jason M. Martin, grandson, officiating. Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery in Easley.

Visitation will be from 10:00 until 10:45 AM Thursday at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Cross Roads Baptist Church, 3636 Lavonia Highway, Hartwell. GA 30643.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, Easley, which is assisting the family. 

My little brother Rev Jason Martin gave the most beautiful eulogy for PaPA~
and our amazing son in law sang at the service and graveside.
The funeral was such a sweet celebration of the amazing life
my grandfather has lived.
We indeed were very sad to know he is gone from this earth
but so much easier to let him go knowing he wasn't leaving MaMa here.
After we visited and said goodbye to many friends,
our family enjoyed lunch together and a few photos...
My mom and dad with cousins~

My family~

My sister, Marcia's family~

Me and my sister~

My brother, Jason's family~

My first cousins~
Not goodbye PaPa... See You Later!

Monday, October 13, 2014

PaPa Ferguson~

My grandfather {PaPa Ferguson} was 98 years old and went home to Jesus today~
My mom is his only surviving child and he was the last living member of his family.
My grandmother passed away in 2005 after a beautiful life as a mom, teacher, and pianist
so I have chills imagining their reunion.
{They lived with Scott, the bigs, and I for 5 years when we were in Atlanta.}

He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 
20 great grandchildren, 
and 1 great great grandson...
Amazing legacy!!!

He spent his life pastoring many churches and leading many souls to Christ.
I know when he arrived in Heaven today Jesus hugged him tight and said~
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."
Matt 25:21

The next few days will be full of family, friends, and memories...
tears and laughs...
remembering what he meant to each of us
and how we can continue his legacy in our own lives.
We love you PaPa and you will be missed SO very much!
We know you are LOVING your eternal life!!!
Thank you for the example you lived for Jesus...
We WILL see you again!
{Arrangements still pending}

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Another Tooth Gone~

WP pulled another tooth {well dad pulled it}~
SJ noticed many things she and WP have in common...
~2 pulled teeth
~wear patches
~heart surgery
~Fujian babies
Love that their similarities make them closer and God made them siblings!
Adoption is more amazing with each passing day!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pumpkin Patch w/ BC~

Savannah and Josh wanted us all to go to the Pumpkin Patch for BC's very first time!
We were more than happy to go along~
Didn't bother us a bit that it was raining... {Evie was catching a few drops in her hand}.
We loved seeing BC experience all the fun of a big ol' pumpkin!
Just wonderful to all be together for a family day!
Can you tell from EK's face they were kind of over all the pics I was requesting?
Thankful for all these beautiful people!!!
Loved it Savannah!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Apple Orchard and Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel

Family homeschool tradition is a trip into the SC mountains to Bryson's Apple Orchard
for apple picking and enjoying all things fall-
Everyone dressed in boots and bucket in hand followed their daddy into the orchard.
This year he was given an apple picker and the big kids were thrilled 
especially when dad picked the most beautiful apple of all WAY up high!
There were lots of opportunities for photos and Holly was thrilled with her first experience with all this trampling around.
It was also her first time walking in boots so that was touch and go for a while.
She finally felt safe and let go of my hand to follow the gang! 
Just look at that little face!
Everyone picked through their buckets and only kept the best.
Then down to the apple stand to pay for our apples, buy some fried apple pies, and apple butter. YUM!

After a stop for lunch, we rode a curvy mountain road to Stumphouse Mountain for a cave tunnel adventure-
Stumphouse tunnel has a rich history and we were excited to learn something new!
We headed toward the cave/tunnel and was amazed with the cool breeze flowing out of it because of an airshaft deep inside causing the draft.
Go HERE http://www.oconeecountry.com/stumphouse.html
to read all about this beautiful place and plan to visit it as well!
It was quite scary entering the cave but as our eyes adjusted 
and we turned on our phone flashlights, it wasn't too bad {mainly because daddy was with us!!!}.
EK was thrilled to know it was a bat santuary as well... me not so much!
It was meant to be a railroad tunnel but money ran out and the project was abandoned.
The kids loved playing on the flatcar and walking to a beautiful waterfall!
Best part of the whole thing... FREE!
The perfect field trip day for this crowd!!
Apple Orchards and Caves!

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Best Friends~

What a blessing to have my very best friends in my own family?
Here they are~
 And you know the sweetest part?
THEY are all best friends too!
{I tell my mom how thankful I am for my sister all the time!
Love you Sissy!!!}
Each one so beautiful inside and out, so strong, so smart, hearts so big
 and talented all in their own way!
Thank you Jesus for these three gorgeous girls!!
Loved having them ALL home yesterday!!!

Ecclesiastes 4:12~
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.