Monday, November 30, 2015


Last week was Thanksgiving and like so many others,  I have so much for which to be thankful. But I wanted to share the greatest news of our family that happened yesterday. . .Zek asked Jesus to save him. He has been asking a lot questions the last several weeks and specifically asked about Heaven and Hell last weekend. So he was ready. He was really listening to the message in church and when invitation time came he wanted to go forward and ask Jesus to save him. I am so thankful for God's faithfulness to my family.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Our church just had a week long meeting with Bro. Andy Wells. He is a great man of God and a phenomenal preacher. He is so filled with wisdom and knowledge. I'm still feasting on the messages we heard this week.  He dealt with different subjects...things you wouldn't normally call "revival" messages.  But actually if these truths would take root in our hearts they would truly bring revival to our homes, our communities, our churches and our country. He dealt with the real true history of America...the one you don't read in the texts books in America's public schools. He dealt with having charity, being hospitable. . .among other things.  Last night he gave a great sermon on the one sin that you may be passing down to your children and grandchildren causing future generations to consistently struggle in that area. The devil will continue to use that sin if it works to make us fall. We need to "break that chain" as Joseph did in Genesis 39 when he refused to sin in the manner of his forefathers. I'm just so thankful to the Lord for these truths and am praying that He will work them in my heart, my family's heart, the church's heart and let us have revival.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Happy Birthday Colt

Well this little boy is finally 6 years old. I just can't believe it. He has talked about nothing else for the past two months. All he wanted was a new blue bike. He got his wish! Colt is my helper. Willing to drop whatever he's doing and lend a hand. Volunteering for anything that needs doing. He has such a tender heart. So precious. Full of life. Happy Birthday Colt

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Gunner!!

Our sweet little boy turned 2 on Wednesday. Oh the fun he brings to this house!! This little feller sure keeps us on our toes. The only time he's still is when he's sleeping :) but I'm so thankful for a healthy baby. Happy Birthday Gunner! ! We love you so much.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My brother

August was such a busy month! But I wanted to take a minute to post about my brother. The 14th was his birthday and I forgot to post. I didn't forget his birthday...just forgot to post it here.  Jonathan is very special. He's such a good brother.  Always there if and when I need him. A good role model for my boys. He loves chicken and dumplins and so every year I make them for him. I think I look forward to making them as much as he does eating them. But this year he said something very sweet. He said he was anxious to share them with Kyeli and Dane.  I'm sure all of you know by now that Jonathan and Becky have adopted them permanently and forever. And it just melted my heart to hear him say that. I have prayed for years for him to have children and have rejoiced to see what God has done in his life. I watch him being a daddy and I just love it. I love my family so much. So happy late birthday Jonathan!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Dane turns 2!!

I can't believe this precious little boy is 2 years old. He is one of the happiest most contented babies I know. His little smile will absolutely melt your heart. He loves Toy Story so that was the theme for the day. Becky always does a great job decorating, coming up with games, and just making it so much fun. We sure love this little feller and look forward to many more birthdays :)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Daniel turns 10!!

Daniel turned 10 on the 28th and he wanted to spend the day at Dollywood.  So he and his daddy and me took off last Friday and went to Dollywood.  He was so excited to be able to skip the "baby" rides and go straight to the "big" rides. We rode the Wild Eagle twice, the Tornado twice, Thunderhead twice,  and Mystery Mine once. Then he and his daddy rode the bumper cars. Sadly, our favorite ride, the Fire Chaser, was down for maintenance.  But we have season passes so we'll go again. Oh I forgot we also rode the Dare Devil Falls and the Blazin Fury.  It was a really fun day. While on Dare Devil Falls a lady got on a microphone when she found out it was his birthday and told him happy birthday.  It really made his day. Then we were really hungry and asked him where he wanted to eat. He loves pizza and chose Cici's. When he told the cashier it was his birthday she said, "Well, you get to eat free!" Then this evening we celebrated with the rest of the family and had more pizza and cake :) He chose Star Wars for his theme which I know nothing about. But I did my best with decorations. The black ball you see is just a paper lantern from the Dollar Tree spraypainted with glitter to look like a planet. Daniel was pleased so I am happy :) We are just so thankful for Daniel and what he means to us. He's such a special boy and we have such high hopes for him. We pray he will allow God to use him for His glory. Happy Birthday Daniel!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

First Day of School

Well we've had a great summer. Now its back to school. I have an 11th grader, 10th grader, 5th grader, 2nd almost 3rd grader, and a kindergartner this year. Busy busy busy but happy happy happy.  And very thankful!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thankful/Praise God!!

I just have to take a minute and brag on God's protection and say how very thankful I am for His watchful care. Last night before we got home from church we got the news that Scott's little great nephew fell in a pool. His mom got to him in time and did CPR until the ambulance arrived and took him to Children's.  He's fine. Thank the Lord. Then this morning we got up to head out to a dr's appointment and the tire was a tad low. Not much. Just a hair. So we aired it up and went on our way. By the time we got out of our appointment it was practically flat. I panicked.  If anybody knows me knows I can't handle car problems.  Thankfully Ryder is with me and Walmart is two miles up the road. We pull the van in and Ryder hops out and goes in and takes care of everything for me. We're thinking an easy plug job...right? Nope they can't fix it. The belt is so bad there's a huge knot in it and the tire is literally about to come off the wheel. So Ryder puts the spare on and we head home...very slowly. We had no idea it was so bad but God did and He was watching out for us the whole time. A lot of our errands and plans got put on hold for the day but we're all safe and sound. Thank You Lord for protecting our family!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Family Day

We recently took a day from our everyday routine and took off and spent the day as a family. It was just refreshing to get away and spend the whole day together. Even Puddles the family dog got to go. We had a great time. We were exhausted but had fun. I love my family.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Today was Cow Appreciation Day at Chik Fil A. If you come dressed as a cow you get a free combo meal. So my brain went to work and this is what we came up with. It was fun!! We all ate free. Ryder didn't want to go and Braden didn't want his picture taken lol Other than Gunner being afraid of the cow we had a great time :) We love Chik Fil A!!

Monday, July 6, 2015


I simply cannot believe my firstborn is 16 years old today. I very clearly remember the day he was born. He had a rough start...only weighing 4 1/2 pounds...stayed at Children's for a week. But today is bigger than all of us lol Ryder is a hard worker. Wants more than anything to get a job, his own truck, his own everything....I guess all guys are like this. I just wonder when did he stop being the little boy in this picture? When did he grow up? It happened so fast! I love this boy with all my heart and only want the best for him. He has many talents and gifts and I pray He gives them all to the Lord. Because God has great plans for Ryder. Happy Birthday Son.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

God's Still on the Throne

As I sit here watching the pouring rain and listening to the thunder outside, there's not much we can do with it storming out so we're watching reruns of Andy Griffith. Knowing we're all safe and sound inside is a good feeling. But with our nation's birthday coming up I can't help but have mixed emotions of sadness and thankfulness. I'm sitting here thinking what our country has become...the country our forefathers worked so hard for, prayed for, even died for. She has gradually, slowly over the last maybe 50 years went downhill. But just in my lifetime she has spiraled quickly out of control toward fast that it scares me. Yes I'm thankful that I was born here.  Yes I'm thankful that I heard the Gospel and was saved. Yes I'm thankful that I get to homeschool and raise my children here.  So much to be thankful for!! God still hears the prayers of the righteous. God still takes care of His own. But His grace and mercy for America will not last forever. Judgment must and will come and she will face it. Our job is to prepare my children and make sure they know the Lord and are ready to meet Him. I don't know what we may face. But I know God is bigger than anything and anybody and He will have the final say. The sodomites, the liberals, those that are racially dividing this country through strife are seemingly in control now. They're having a time tearing this country apart.  But not for long because God's still on the throne. He's still in control. And we will prevail. I'm still proud and thankful to be an American.  I'm so thankful to all of our servicemen and women who fought to make it so. Happy Birthday to the great USA!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Two teen drivers. . .yikes!!

Yes we now have two teenaged drivers in our home. Its kinda scary but at the same time very exciting too.  I know it means a lot to them and its such a great accomplishment and such a milestone as well.  We went to McDonald's afterwards and of course they had to drive.  Their Aunt Becky made the most gorgeous cake for them.  I'm so proud of my boys. So prayers for Momma's nerves lol but seriously pray for their safety. I love them both so much and they mean the world to me. P.S. I reckon we're gonna have to come up with some kind of rotating driving schedule haha

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy 15th Braden!!

Wow can't believe this boy is 15 today.  So thankful of the young man he is becoming. God is good! Happy birthday, Braden.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Andy Griffith museum

Anybody that knows us knows we are huge Andy Griffith fans. So yesterday we decided to go visit the museum in Mt. Airy, NC. Meeting Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) was the highlight of our day. She was so kind to us and wasn't in any hurry. She took time with us and as we started to walk away she wanted to see if Gunner would let her hold him. She was very sweet. I wish I could have met Andy before he died...and all of the rest of them. The Andy Griffith show is just so rare.  It never gets old. We quote it around here all the time. There has never been a show like it and there never will. Something about the simplicity and innocence of Mayberry....makes me want to live there :)

Friday, June 19, 2015


Vacation Bible School is one of my favorite times of the year. We just have so much fun. A precious girl gave her heart to Jesus this year and that makes it worth it all. That's what its all about. I don't have a lot of pictures. I was quite busy this year so I just snapped a few of my kids. So thankful to the Lord.