Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I think we are ready!!!

Last year they had a surprise snow storm on Halloween, so I wanted to be ready for whenever it decides to appear.  Of course we are all new to this snow stuff, so I had some sweet folks tell me what we needed and where to buy from.  I actually ordered most of the girls stuff online in August because they were having a good sale.  The boots I ordered for Abby came in a toddler size, so AC can wear them next year.  Mine and Abby's came into today.  Her feet are almost as big as mine which is crazy.  We went and got things we needed for our cars and outside around the driveway and such yesterday, so I hope we have all we need for whenever the snow arrives!!!!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Yesterday I was upstairs doing something and when I came downstairs, I saw this...

I said girls who gave her a sucker.  They looked at her and started laughing and said neither of us, we didn't know she had one.  I noticed the other day she could get into that drawer and reach the suckers, so while I was out of sight, she helped herself to one!

When she wants something and I say no, she says, "pease momma".  If I say no again, she tilts her head to one side and says it again.  It's soooooo cute! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Our girls are so blessed to have such a good Daddy.  He spends quality time with them, individually and together.  Not everyone gets to experience having a good earthly Daddy.  I'm proud and thankful that our girls have such a great one.

Playing Yahtzee with them

Playing frisbee with them!

God bless all the good Daddy's out there, I know I'm sure thankful for my girls Daddy!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nap time

Naps are so over rated according to Anna Claire's actions!  When I lay her down for a nap, she cries for a minute, then she gets up and plays for about an hour and she might decide to lay down and sleep after that.  Some days she won't even take a nap. 

She attempts these actions at bedtime too, but she usually doesn't get away with it.  The other night I heard her get up and I went in to find her cover and pillow in the floor and she was sitting in the bed playing the DS.  This girl is something else.

This was nap time the other day!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Praise Him

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!

Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.  Psalm 100

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Around here

It's been a busy past few days, which I like.  I enjoy being busy.  On Saturday we had the NHBA meeting and it was really nice.  It was very informative.  This place is truly a mission field.  It was nice to meet other pastors and their families.  That evening we had some sweet church members over for dinner and to watch the Bama vs. Tenn. game, but we did wayyy more talking than watching.  We had a great time.

Sunday, we had lunch and a meeting after church.  Then we ran a couple of errands and came home and relaxed for the evening. 

I watched The Shunning Sunday night which was a good movie, but I prefer a better ending.

I'm almost finished reading The Devil in Pew Number Seven written by a preacher's daughter.  Their family was harassed and attacked terribly about 30 years ago and she shares their story.  It's really a good, sad, and eye opening book.  A lady at the Women's Conference we went to a few weeks ago recommended in the Pastor's Wives class.

Potty training is going well, but not quite as well as I would like.

Yesterday was our day off and the girls and I ran some errands, and the family went to lunch thanks to some very sweet church members.  It was really good too.  Last night we went to some other sweet church members home for dinner and certainly enjoyed the meal and the fellowship.

We are back in school groove today.  We are planning to go to a friends house to play in the leaves after school.  (The kids are, not me)!

We have been invited to another precious family's home for Thanksgiving dinner this year, and I'm really excited and thankful for that. 

There are lots of hurting people out there and it's weighing on my heart and mind.

We serve a Great and Mighty God, and I'm soooo thankful for that true privilege.  It's not always easy, but it's always a blessing!

Abby loves to play dress up with this child.  Yes she is wearing my heels and she walks really good in them too!

Reading some books

Say whatttt???

Our new family games to play together!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


I haven't been much in the blogging mood lately, so I've been a slacker!  This has been a better week so far though and I'm super thankful for that. 

I've decided for now to only do school 4 days a week, which may run us into the summer, but that's okay, it's what's best for us now.  However when it starts snowing (soon), we may do 5 days again since we will be stuck inside anyways.  We will see.  We try to do the work that they need my assistance on during nap time.  Other things that they normally don't need my help on they do in the mornings while I play or read with AC.

Monday, we ran errands, had lunch with Daddy, played at the park with friends, Kyndal got stung by a bee, went to the library, and I joined a local gym that night.  Busy day indeed.  I also went walking early that morning with a friend.  Another friend and I go to the gym at night 3 nights a week.  Maybe I will actually lose some weight soon.  Who knows, I still like to eat!!!!

Tuesday, we went to Senior Saints lunch and a man in the church who is an artist was there to lead us in a painting.  It was really lots of fun.  AC made a big mess, but she had a blast in doing so.

My painting

Abby's painting.  When she poses like this (which is too often) she says send this to Aunt Rikki, so Aunt Rikki this is for you!

Kyndal's painting

Today we went to the library again, did a little shopping, and went to the park again with a friend.  I was told it would be wise to have fun outside now while we can without freezing.  The weather has been perfect today.  It's so pretty and feels really good too.  It's suppose to rain ALL day tomorrow.  Good day to clean my house! 

Check out that hair!  Hilarious!!!

She cried when I said it was time to go.  Poor girl was having too much fun.  Tomorrow night the girls have play practice.  Sat. we have an association meeting and friends coming over for dinner and the Bama vs. Tenn. game, Sun. we have lunch and a meeting after church, and Mon. we are going to dinner at friends house.  A busy few days coming up, and I'm looking forward to it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I have a heavy heart tonight as many people I've been friends with, acquaintances, friends now are struggling, hurting, sick, and just going through so much.  So when you get a minute please lift these people up to the Lord.  Thank you!

I posted about a year ago about a girl we went to college with, Kristi Casey, who after giving birth to her 3rd baby girl found out she had breast cancer before even leaving the hospital.  She has just found out the tumors that were shrinking are now growing again and there are new spots in her other breast.  She is facing a possible double mastectomy very soon.  She is having some other symptoms as well.  Her children are very young, and I'm sure she and her husband are very tired.  They also found out a few months ago that her mother also has breast cancer.  Please lift this family up and pray for miracles of healing.

A friend that Craig grew up with who is also very young and has 2 very young sons was diagnosed with breast cancer this past summer and has had a double mastectomy and is currently undergoing very strong treatments.  Please keep Brooke and her family in your prayers.

The lady that led us in our adoption classes earlier this year is in the process of adopting their first little boy from Russia.  They just returned from their second trip Sunday and are scheduled to pick him up and bring him home next month.  Lisa became VERY ill on Monday night/Tuesday morning and is in ICU.  Please pray for a miracle of healing and very quick recovery for Lisa, and her family.

There are so many more I could list.  There are so many people who are hurting.  It truly just burdens my heart.  I've just felt such a burden this day as I continue to hear of things people are going through.  I'm praying the Lord will work Mightly in each of these people's lives and they will feel His power and His presence in their lives.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I've had a tough week this week.  It has rained for 2 weeks straight with only a couple days in between of sunshine.  It's getting really cold (at least what I call really cold) here.  Which means it's only going to get much colder and start snowing and I'm not so sure I'm ready for all that.  Guess I better get that way quick.  I seriously need some good ideas on entertaining a 2 year old while teaching 2 other grades to 2 other girls.  It's not the hardest thing in the world, like I tend to act sometimes, but it definitely has very difficult moments.  I'm really missing my family BIG time.  I really try not to dwell on it too much, but like I said it's just been a tough week.  My hubby had to make a trip back to Bama for a funeral, which I know he will be Super tired from because it was a boomerang trip.  He did get to see some sweet familiar faces though!  I know everything can be better or worse depending on my attitude and perspective and I've got to get to work on that for this upcoming week for sure!

We haven't done too much this week other than school, but we did pick up daddy the other day and go to the closest Chick fil A about 25 minutes away for lunch.  While we waited on him, the girls played outside the church.

Yesterday we stayed in all day and I was determined to get out and do something today to burn some energy!  We went to the mall and walked around for about an hour and they rode on those little toys they have.  Then we went to Burger King and had some lunch and the girls played for about 45 minutes.

There were no other kids there, so we had the play area to ourselves, which was nice.  The slide went really fast (according to the girls, I didn't try it), so they had a good time.

"I'm not getting on that thing, but I will wait for Abby and Kyndal to come down"

"Boy this makes me thirsty"

Please don't misunderstand, I'm thankful for where we are in life.  We are blessed and we are where the Lord wants us.  I'm grateful, and here's to a much better week, with a much better attitude and perspective!

Here's 3 GREAT reasons to have a good attitude!  I have 6 ears and 6 eyes hearing and seeing everything I do, almost 24-7 literally.  They learn from me, so Allison, get with it girl!!! (little pep me up talk):)

Monday, October 8, 2012


Saturday about mid morning we went hiking with another sweet couple from the church.  They go hiking alot so they are in much better shape than me, which doesn't take much!!!  It was about a 45 minute drive and when we got there we had a picnic lunch.  Once we got up there though it was SUPER windy, like our plates and everything blowing off the table.  After we were done eating, we started climbing.  It's been raining here for many days so it was still pretty muddy, so we had to be a little extra careful not to slip on the rocks.  We got to one peak and rested for a minute.  I decided to stay there while they all kept going.  It makes me a nervous wreck watching the girls climb, I'm so afraid they will fall and hurt themselves.  After they were gone for about 10 minutes, I went on up the rest of the way.  However I didn't go to the very tip top, it was too steep a climb for me.  They said the wind was really crazy up there.  When they came down, Kyndal said she almost blew away, which wouldn't take much to blow her little self away!  No one slipped or anything on the way up, but on the way down, Abby slipped twice and my foot slipped in a hole.  Everyone is good though.  Once we got about 10 minutes down the road it started raining.  So, perfect timing.  We had a really great day, great fellowship, and seeing God's beautiful creation.

Before the hike up!

And...we're done!!!  Actually once we got down, Kyndal said okay lets go again!

Before we got on the road good, she was out like a light.  This weekend wore her out!