Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bear Hollow Wildlife Zoo~

We met Savannah and the boys at Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens~


 The boys were so sweet and we LOVED being with them~
 Ella is looking more and more like a Big~


 We all ate lunch together, ran a few errands, then home for an afternoon of swimming plus watermelon.
These five also scored new swimsuits since we pretty much live in them during the summer~
 For dinner we grilled shrimp and it was SO YUM!!!~
It was a wonderful day but ended with Evie running a fever... not sure what that's about but it's all good!!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Week in Review {Big God story!}~

The boys had been begging for haircuts and I finally obliged~

Ella has two new nature finds: a nest of 6 Carolina Wrens and a turtle she named Cosmo~

Along about Tuesday, I knew little bit must be sick because she willfully fell asleep on the sofa (she never takes naps!) so on Friday we headed to the dr.
She and Ella both had sinus infections with a little pink eye thrown in for good measure~

NOW for the GOD Story!

After the dr we ran by the library to pick up the books they'd reserved and then to lunch. I had considered going to On the Border or Chili's but the kids insisted on CFA because they love the hostess Ms. Debbie! It's also their favorite 'outside' lunch food!

We were eating lunch and the manager Chris Holcombe came over to say hello to to the kids. When we left, he was out taking orders and helped us cross through the traffic to our truck. I clicked my automatic back door and it locked 2/3s up and would NOT budge! I didn't know what to do! There I sat in a truck with 7 kids, no way to close my back door, and about an hour from home.

The manager said, "I know some people so let me make some calls." In the meantime I contacted Onstar and all they wanted to do is send a tow truck. Can you imagine me with 7 kids and a tow truck? Hilarious and I said no! I didn't think that was helping. I needed a service guy from Chevrolet to help me!

Well guess who Chris knew? All the guys at the Chevrolet place and made arrangements for me to bring my truck there. Remember the back door is almost in the highest position. Chris offered to drive us to the dealership if Scott agreed so that's what he did. He drove us (with the door up) and when we got there, he PRAYED over us and stepped in to talk to service. 6 men came out to examine the problem. They were able to get the door closed, locate a part, and send us on the way.

We took Chris back to CFA and he walked away like it was nothing but we all knew it was completely God's provision. Lots of people on IG and FB have said it is {Typical} for CFA BUT I say... it was NOT Typical for me. It was beyond their responsibility but when I expressed this, Chris said, "From the moment you drive into our parking lot to the time you pull out, we are here to serve you in whatever capacity that calls for. It has been both my joy and pleasure to serve you today."

For a mom just trying to feed her kids and drive away safely, there is NO other place I would rather have been! SO a HUGE thank you to CFA Mall of Georgia, Buford for making us feel like we were the only concern that day even though they were in the middle of delivering 750 lunches to the WinShape camp too!!! I will never forget this man who made my children feel so important and bowed his head over them showing WHO delivers us through our troubles every single day!!!

Meet Chris Holcombe~

Saturday kids with a whole day of outside ahead of them~

Amelia & Logan are at the beach this week so Ella is babysitting Cabot, which she LOVES~
For many reasons~
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Sunday Savannah, Josh, and the boys came for the day to celebrate an early Father's Day~
 I'm amazed how fast they are growing! Marshall will be 4 months very soon! We spent the day by the pool, and they brought steaks for lunch!~
 We threw in some homemade ice cream and the kids said it was the BEST day~
 I couldn't agree more!!!
AND it is such a blessing to have a mama and daddy with a garden~
AND a little helper in the kitchen... Fresh beans for dinner was perfect!!!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Date Night~

Want to thank Rosie for ALWAYS being willing to let us get away for a date~
Downtown Greenville never disappoints!!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Weekend of Grands~

Savannah and the boys came for the weekend and it was full of swimming, finding crickets, kissing babies~
 OH Marshall Man, you are SO precious~ {3 months now}
 Calla and BC were big buds~
It really amazes me how everyone is included and gets along~
A Grand weekend for sure!!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day~

The day started off pretty slow~
We loved having mama, daddy, and Jason's family down for swimming and grilling~
Thankful for all who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom!!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Our Little Fish~

There is no one that LOVES the pool as much as Calla~
Mainly because her sibs are endlessly helping her and she wants to be just like them!

Watch~

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Amazing!!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pool Probs Solved~

I had a friend with a big family and a pool ask how we managed wet towels and swimsuits
so I thought I would share on the blog too.

Scott found an old door in his dad's shop and brought it home to add 4 hooks and top and 4 at the bottom~
Every day when they swim, we share towels and they are hung to dry along with wet suits.
We sometimes wear the same one 2-3 days in a row... the towels too!

When I finally bring it all in to launder, I have a chest beside my dryer where I STUFF all the suits~
and pile the towels.
I figure there is no need to fold when they will be used by the end of the day.
IF we are having company, I tidy it up {otherwise}, I have way more important things to do!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Day with the Boys~

HaPpY Birthday to Josh!
He and Savannah planned a day together and we got to spend the day with the boys~

Since it was a school day, I brought along a little drawing game called Pick and Draw.
BC was right in the middle, picking only the green cards~
 Calla wore herself right out~

Savannah and Josh went to a Braves game so we got to spend the night too.
LOVE seeing Calla and BC as best buds!!!~

More schooling~
 Look at the cute drawings they did~

Adored every single minute and so did everyone~
One of the greatest joys of my life!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CallaAnne Day~

How has it been a year already since they placed Calla in our arms?
Here a few of the highlights of our trip to get her~
 Landed in Nanning with new friends {Catherine & Blake} with one day to spare~
 CallaAnne Day was so wonderful. She came right to us and never cried~
 We took her back to the hotel and let her begin getting to know us~
 Day 2 was all about signing For Real papers~
 Just look at our precious baby~
 We loved our days in Nanning even though the heat was crushing.
It was very hard to leave Calla's home behind but it was time to get to Guangzhou~
 The best part of Guangzhou was Elvin, our guide!!!
Calla was very sick all week with a mystery fever and he was wonderful to help us~
 As the week wore on, she became sicker and sicker~
We were SO proud of Evie and Holly on the trip. They were definitely BIG sisters!!!

To celebrate we let Calla choose something special and she wanted to watch Trolls~
 Mill came over for a little while and she helped me get a cute pic of the baby~

R E D E E M E D~
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I am redeemed, You set me free 
So I'll shake off these heavy chains 
And wipe away every stain now I'm not who I used to be 
I am redeemed…
{Big Daddy Weave}
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When I remember the little girl we swooped into our arms a year ago and watch her videos, I can see glimpses of who she is now. Love covers a multitude of pain in the cocoon of family.

*Once so sick with infection, now she is well~ {many specialists and appts}.
*Once so sad from abandonment, now she is secure~ {picked up every single time she melted into a tantrum}.
*Once so scared from trauma and unable to fall asleep, now she sleeps in her bed with sisters close by~ {many hours being held, sleeping with us, or sitting by her bed until sleep won}.
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She's come so far and yet so far to go. In my experience until our sweet ones have been HOME longer than not, they may question if this love is forever.
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It's forever little Calla baby~ we adore and love you always. Even on our worst day together, you are worth it and redemption looks beautiful on you!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cuteness~

SJ dressing up with the little girls~
 Playing instead of schooling~
 Calla baby~