Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ben Curtis Weekend~

Josh was out of town this weekend so Savannah and BC came to stay with us
and Calla was thrilled~
They had so much fun playing, bubble bathing, and playing some more!
BC was a little sad to leave but we will see him again this weekend at his house.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Warm January Weather~

Last week on this day we were expecting snow~
And today it is 74 degrees and sunny!
We will take it!!!
PS. Evie learned to ride her bike without training wheels!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I found this little paper Evie had pretended to practice her cursive~
I wanted to always remember it.
SO sweet!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Eye Dr and Library~

SJ&WP had eye appts this morning and they went very well~
 We ran a few errands, ate lunch, and chanced the library.
First time we had gone since Calla has been home~
She did pretty well other than pulling books, dropping them on the floor, and me reshelving them all.
We came out with a walking baby and stroller full of books.
All in all a very good day!!!

Monday, January 9, 2017


I ordered a Chatbooks with all my IG photos in it and it arrived today!
I'm pretty sure someone has been looking and reading it ever since.
I snapped this photo of E&C enjoying it and posted to my IG feed.

Who knew they chose a favorite post on Fridays and gave away a HUGE gift certificate???
I sure didn't but I WON and about to print another one with all the wedding photos in it!!!
Whoo hoo! I LOVE Chatbooks!!!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Calla'a First Snowy Day~

Calla lived in the very south region of China so there is not way she has ever experienced snow, but today all that changed~
 I dug out all the snow clothes we own and everyone found something that fit them.
When the big girls were little, we took them to Colorado snow skiing so some of these clothes are from way back then~
 The ground barely had a dusting, but it's exactly what us Southerns expect~
 Our yard was SO beautiful~
 And the kids were able to build a tiny snowman and his puppy~
 Calla was the first one in followed by her sisters and they enjoyed hot chocolate~
Then an afternoon of napping and no snow by evening.
A beautiful snowy day!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017


EC will be 7 in 28 days so she made a birthday chain during school today~

She's planning up a storm complete with a 3 layer cake and lots of gifts.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Scott's New Build Complete~

Scott has been building a new house with our friend Mike Cain & Millstone Homes, Inc from Athens, Georgia.
He and Suzanne are some our very best friends from our time being neighbors in Hamilton Mill and going to Duluth First Baptist together in Gwinnett.

Their first custom home is complete and turned out beautiful~

Scott has moved on to a big renovation project and more new custom builds on the horizon.
We would love to build your dream house on Lake Hartwell too!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Word for 2017: Abide

Have you chosen a Word for 2017?
A Word of focus?
It this out of style now? Old stuff? A passing fad?
Does it even make sense to choose a word?
My Word for 2016 was Words and on point because I wrote for 4 blogs and 2 podcasts as well as IG and FB.
Over the last 7 months since Calla has been home, I haven't been a very good planner. Pretty much flying by the seat of my pants on cleaning my house, ironing, planning meals, making grocery lists, and even schooling the kiddos. 

Really just getting through the days as best I could while helping everyone become a family again. The only thing I really kept on schedule was the laundry. I really have THAT down to a science. (Post for later.)

This year I need a plan.

A plan to Abide. 

I have joked for years about getting a tattoo. If I did, I would have Abide written on my wrist.
What's easier than a tattoo? Having it stamped on a necklace and that's exactly what Scott and the Bigs gave me for Christmas.

What does it mean to Abide?

Google defines: "Accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation)."
Webster defines:
  1. to wait for :  await
  2. to endure without yielding :  withstandb :  to bear patiently :  tolerate <cannot abide such bigots>
  3. to accept without objection <will abide your decision>
  4. to remain stable or fixed in a state
  5.  to continue in a place :  sojourn

The Bible describes Abide this way:
John 15 English Standard Version (ESV)
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

SO what does Abide mean to my life? JOY

1. Abide in JESUS

I always start my morning with Jesus in the Word but at times hurry through it to move on to other things. This year I really want to take time (remain stable or fixed in a state) in the Bible, praying, and writing out Scripture.
My favorite way to accomplish all these things is opening this list of verses and copying into my journal. I will go to my Bible and highlight it as well, recording what God is saying to me. I also am following The Jesus Bible reading plan on YouVersion app that was revealed at Passion this week.
I know without a doubt when I seek Jesus first He will give me all I need for a single day.

2. A

Meal Planning with my Bullet Journal: my life written down. I have a Moleskin journal and customize it for my life. I want to spend time making a menu plan and grocery lists because I have a husband that always does the shopping for us (isn't that the best?).
For me making a bi-weekly list is the easiest: Sun-Wed and Thurs-Sat. This week I made a menu, wrote two grocery lists and shopped twice for what we needed. I can't tell you how wonderful it feels when we know what 9-10 people are eating all day. A load off my mind!!!
School Planning: I would like to write out what we will do each day but I'm much better at writing what we DID... knowing myself is sometimes bliss. I have chosen a reading basket to keep in our family room with all the things we read each day. As we read and finish, I move that selection to the back of the basket. We just choose the next thing in the basket for next day. Again, it works for us!

3. Abide in YOU (Me):

Exercise: I wish I could say I was a runner or even committed walker but in this season of life, I don't have the luxury of leaving my children while I go out for exercise. I can't even take them with me because it would be a fiasco of bikes, scooters, and that would not be exercise for me. That would be playtime for them. SO I choose to step on a mat for yoga when they are in their rooms. Some days I just wing it for about 10 minutes or I invite Yoga with Adrienne over. :) I love her calm routine and feel refreshed each time I practice. Most of all I love the simplicity of a mat and MY floor!

When all three Abides are chosen each day (Jesus, Others, and You/Me), I'm prayerful that JOY will Abide in my Life!


What is your Word for 2017?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our family to your's~

We are all dressed in shirts given to us by Mike Cain, Millstone Homes, Inc.,
the builder Scott is building homes with in Hartwell and Lake Hartwell area.
Please let us know if you have new or reno building needs.
We would love to make your building dream come true!