apple cider slushies, funnel cakes, roasted corn on the cob and hayrides to the witches house (not scary, just fun :). fall is finally here!!! this year has FLOWN by and OCTOBER has now come and, basically, gone. this past weekend we spent a little time with friends that have become family. i almost missed it... the chance to spend time laughing and making memories with people that we love. because, work tasks and home task can occupy your head space. but, don't let it...Read More
over the last couple of years, i've been in constant prayer for direction, healing, growth... light. my instructions were to take pictures, tons of videos, write it all down. odd, i know. but, i am happy to say that i have been faithful!!! every photo, every video that sometimes takes 5-6 hours of editing, every random blog post & private journal entry…
being so transparent can be scary, or there could simply be no other option but to share how good GOD can be in your life... if you let him. if you stand for him. when you let your faith and love work & believe in what seems impossible.
these last two years have been rough. we’ve lost jobs, run through savings, stood in line to purchase food with no money...
to every cashier that said the person in front took care of it. every person who balled up a $100 bill and slipped it in our hands at the tail end of a friendly hug. for you, who wrote out that random $1000 check not knowing that we were short EXACTLY that for our mortgage.
all the memory keeping has made it impossible for me to overlook GOD'S goodness in the midst of our storms.
we’ve had parents that have given us cars, cousins that have purchased the kids clothing, friends that have gifted play dresses, have restocked towels when ours were destroyed when our bathroom flooded. uncles that have given us school room tables (our pick with no cost limit), family that has supported our school monthly. church family members that have gifted us bedroom sets and even cases of legos that would have cost us a many coins on our own. parents who give us a budget to buy gifts for the kids (for christmas & birthdays) along with grand-sitting services to give us a day alone to shop for them.
sometimes when you step out in faith it feels like you walked into the FLIPPING WILDERNESS. and, in a way you have!!
to you who keeps sowing those seeds into the lives of others, for every gift you’ve given & every seed you've sown, THANK YOU!!! YOU have been LOVE in our lives. DON'T TAKE YOUR ACTS OF KINDNESS LIGHTLY. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU MIGHT BE HELPING SOMEONE TO ENDURE!!!!!
to you who is still pressing to endure. i’m sharing just in case you wanted to give up today. i’m sharing just in case you might consider giving up tomorrow.
this isn’t the end of our story, it is just the beginning.
i don't go out on sunday's. after church, we head off to pick up a few groceries and then head home to prepare dinner and spend the rest of the day getting ready for the week. at the most, we grab the kids pjs and head out to the grandparents house for dinner. this normally gives them a little time with their grands, we get a few moments to catch up and then back home, already in our pjs by now, to tuck everyone into their beds for the night. we don't go out on sundays.
but, this particular sunday was a tiny bit different. i, reluctantly, said yes to our dear friends to help them celebrate a birthday and, although extremely tired, i wouldn't have had it any other way.
we headed off to the city to walk, talk, grab some hot chocolate, apple cider and a candy apple in my case. then we found ourselves at an ice skating rink in the city's center square. my very first time... ice skating... with one of my favorite of friends.
and, of course i bought my camera along! i, now, wish i had chosen to bring my big camera along. somehow, i always regret not bringing that camera of mine. i could have gotten some pretty incredible shots of the buildings, the rink, etc. oh well. for sure, next time.
basically, i went out on a sunday. and, I'm so glad i did! happy birthday my beautiful friend. i love you two tons and 3 bunches girl!
from syrena, with love
it was snowing this morning! yes, real snow. then, a few hours later, the sun made an appearance amongst the still bitter cold. trying not to be so anxious for more consistent spring weather, but it's hard. i figured i would cheer myself up a bit by finally posting a few photos from our easter sunday. it's so crazy b/c i remember last years easter sunday just like it was yesterday. i feel like the time with my babies is going by SOOO fast and i am having trouble keeping up.
these kids. my heart.
i will choose not to speak on how hard it is to get them to cooperate all at the same time.
there personalities, as brothers and sister, really have me in awe lately. i can not get enough of how they all mesh as siblings. the way they fight and make up, the way the help and protect one another... it has really been a beautifully natural way of learning how important we are to one another. relationships... friendships... family. i don't even know if that is making any sense but there is a sense of commitment to one another through the good and the bad, the ups and the downs (in there own tiny worlds, of course). i love it! i feel like there is so much to learn in observing their interactions and encouraging their behaviors towards each other as their mom. i don't know, maybe ill write a bit more on that later... when i figure out what i am trying to say, LOL.
my oldest. my youngest.
and the one in between. gosh, i've fancied him so very much lately! :)
our hoppy easter table :)
i love being able to celebrate and have a little extra fun with my babies. we love the bunnies, we love the eggs, and we certainly love the sweets that make things a little more exciting. but, what i love the most are the sweet conversations that i get the pleasure of having with them. conversations that help them better understand what and why we believe what we believe. we are a family that loves Jesus with all of our hearts. to give them the knowledge and the tools that set their little hearts on fire, igniting their own curiosity to explore who this savior is that we believe in and do not "see".... priceless.
hope you enjoyed your easter sunday with the ones you love.
from syreena, with love
It was 9:00am and I was slightly on pins and needles. They were scheduled to arrive at 11 and my lady baby refused to let me put her down. I needed to start making waffles, crafting last minute glittery confetti and I inched over to the window to find pretty powdery snowflakes approaching the dark pavement at a very fast pace. The snow was steady falling and I was in the kitchen juggling the preparation of breakfast meats and waffle toppings while BH cleaned the bathroom and cleared the driveway for my pretty girls arrivals. I double checked all the details. I walked to the front door, and turned 180 degrees to get a picture of what they would see as they entered my living room. I was satisfied.
I am beyond excited to be able to write up this post. One of the things I have on my list of 31 things to a 31 year old me was…..
#18. In my mind I find any reason to celebrate with cake and party favors. From major holidays and birthday weeks to tv show premiers, award shows. I am about that life. Problem is, I can be anti social, I'm always "too tired" or want things "too perfect" and let my celebration ideas slip away. I plan to change that.
and twoSaturdays ago, I did just that. I found a reason, and I celebrated. I hosted a vision board party for four amazing lady friends of mine. We laughed. I may or may not have cried. And we shared little bits of our vision for 2014.
One of the things that I loved the most about planning this little party was how much I allowed the pressure to be off. Instead of feeling the need to create every little thing myself, I chose to let all the talented people that I come across browsing pretty blogs, websites and countless Pinterest boards, help me along the way. This is, also, another check on my 31 things list...
#9. I do not believe in reinventing the wheel. I just wanna love life rolling with it. I plan on filling my life with stuff I love from the inspiration of this wonderful world of web. And I plan on linking back heavily and shouting out whatever source I may have gathered the inspiration from.
By golly, I think I am on a roll this fine January of 2014!!! And, oh what a pretty, big, little impact a few awesome printables and a lotta extra silver glitter can have on a party planned in less than 5 short days. SO, BOOM!!!
New Years Tags & Flags: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/new-years-printable/
Best Year Yet Printable: http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/new-years-eve-printable/
Happy New Year Bookmark: http://www.bestdayever.fi/free-sparkler-backers/
Party Hat Printable: http://pagingsupermom.com/?attachment_id=6965
From Syreena, With Love