Such fun. We all gathered at Victoria’s apartment in downtown Birmingham to watch the fireworks that are set off yearly at the Vulcan. But first, a stroll. Especially since GG and the cousins were there – downtown Birmingham is a fun place to wander. Then for some serious snacks. Victoria and Jon made the yummiest appetizers and we brought an… Read More
Cousins, cranberries and chickens
We cooked. We ate. And, after sleeping off the turkey-induced coma, we romped around the back leaf-strewn acreage. With a quick stop for some chicken-snuggles. (No, we do not eat our chickens. Even the crowing ones.) Indescribably thankful for this season, this family, and this sweet life. The Lord has been so good to me.
He did it.
He’s a graduate. And this milestone marks so much more than his completion of high school. He’s my first child that I really, truly (and only out of absolute necessity) homeschooled. And I use the term “homeschool” pretty liberally because, for at least the first few years, we made some big mistakes. Both of us. But we persevered. And we… Read More
It was good. It was crazy. And, in many ways, it was crazy good. We missed Zach so much, who wasn’t able to be here until after the New Year. (insert sad mama face here… I might have shed a few tears.) But, for the first time, we had Victoria’s boyfriend Jon join us on Christmas morning. And his presence… Read More
Gingerbread houses. Kinda.
This Christmas season I wanted to be really purposeful in finding ways to make the season memorable – without either spending a small fortune or increasing my already-sufficiently-high level of holiday-induced anxiety. And, taking those two things into consideration, well… doesn’t leave a whole lot of things. Even gingerbread houses. But these? With the already-built graham cracker sides? That require… Read More
Our Fairytale Adventure: Day 3
The start of our day at the Animal Kingdom looked a little like this. Not quite ready for it… but getting there. (Except Clementine. Just look at her. The girl is pretty much always ready.) It didn’t take us long to get there, though. Just a few steps past the Tree of Life in the Animal Kingdom and we ran… Read More
Our Fairytale Adventure: Day 1
Not too long ago, we were blessed by the dreamiest gift. Like a make-your-dreams-come-true gift. A gift I don’t even think I could have dreamed up if given the chance. We were given – our entire family, y’all – a one-week trip to Disney World. A fellow-adoptive mama, as she was planning her own family’s trip to Disney World last… Read More
I have always loved Thanksgiving. Gathering family from near and far around the table to enjoy the yummiest food of the year. And celebrating all the good things while tracing them all back to His hand. This year we had some especially good stuff to celebrate. Six months home with Magnolia. In that short time we’ve witnessed her receiving and… Read More
Poppy = 7
She did it. She’s 7 now. Already well into her 2nd grade year and honestly more of a small adult than a child… but still. Her big day included a stop at “Haba Burger” (or Baha Burger as they seem to want to call themselves) – Poppy’s favorite place for chicken tenders and all things yummy – before the actual… Read More
how we do Halloween
I’ve shared before about our *ahem* spin on Halloween. This year we changed it up even more. The verdict is still out on whether or not we’ll do it this way again but, all things considering, it was a really good time. We used to do Halloween pretty traditionally. Here we are in 2008. Jude in that rainbow wig, oh… Read More
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