|My brother and I, summer of 2012.|
|My son, Coe. Six months ago I hardly recognized him. And now look...clean, sober, |
happy and healthy!! Prayer is powerful. God is good. Thank you Lord!! :)
|This is me, before my haircut.|
Basically. Minus the leather pants.
This is my glamorous carpool line self-portrait.
Reaching for gratitude during the hours of 3:00-5:00pm everyday. After school time. Homework time. We're nearly a month in now to the kids' new school, and I do believe we are finally finding our groove.
Grateful for apps and websites that help with memorizing math facts. Grateful we have the devices required for such things.
Grateful for the Lord reminding me to train them to do all things as unto Him and not unto men. Including reading logs and science worksheets.
Grateful for the point of view of a friend. Sent her the image in this post and she replied with "adorable!", when I was in a much different place, thinking, "We've been at this so freaking long. When will it end." But she's right. They are adorable.
Love those studious little faces. Love that I get the title of Chief Homework Helper Extraordinaire. Let's face it; Ryan's math skills are close to surpassing mine. Better embrace helping him while I still can.
We are on a mission to explore all the State Parks surrounding us here in North Georgia. We recently discovered that you can check out a pass from the library that gives you free entrance/free parking at all state parks and historical sites. Holla! You know this frugal mama jumped all over that. We can also check out free passes to the Atlanta Zoo - looking forward to making that trip soon!
On Saturday we made the half hour drive to Watson Mill Bridge State Park.
|Watson Mill Bridge|
Built in 1885
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"Great job!... You can do it!....Awesome!...We believe in you!"
Honestly, hearing all that encouragement, I was surprised.
Those are just a few of the things I heard Dylan's 3rd grade classmates yelling to each other when I helped out at his "Olympic Day" this morning.
The kids were combining their study of the Greek Olympics with their current math unit, so they measured each others results in the javelin throw (a yard stick with an aluminum foil point), the 200 meter dash, the long jump, and the discus throw.
I have worked with elementary kids a long time. And frankly, they can be little pint-sized jerks to each other sometimes. When I saw I was helping at the long jump station, I steeled myself up to handle the inevitable teasing of the kids that couldn't jump very far. It's like Lord of the Flies out there in the world of elementary school.
Only....there was none! Zero teasing. Lots of authentic encouragement.
When we all got back to the classroom, I had to tell the class how impressed I was with the way they built each other up with kind words instead of teasing and tearing down.
Not gonna lie. I might have had a tear in my eye. I'm sure Dylan was horrified that I made an impromptu speech.
Proud of those kids.
|a portion of our Olympic grounds|
So I posted when we discovered these little guys (gals?) last Friday, and today they finally opened their eyes! Yay! So fun.
We've yet to see their mama. We were worried maybe she abandoned them, so we started laying a string across the top of their den each evening, sleuth-style. In the mornings we can tell the string has been brushed aside for her to get to her babies. Yeah, we think we're pretty clever.
We had a great time at Kidstuf Live last Friday night at Athens Church! Love the super fun atmosphere for this great family experience. Looking forward to next time!
Apparently my oldest child is either too sophisticated for a silly prop...or he thinks his real glasses serve the purpose well enough.
I am, happily, posting here at Lost in Laundry a bit more frequently lately! Have you noticed? I started this little blog (over FIVE years ago! Crazy!) as a place for family and close friends across the miles to check in on us, and keep up with the Cliff Crew from afar. I also wanted a place just for me; a place to hold some of my memories, since they leak out of my brain more rapidly than I'd like.
But somewhere along the way I developed serious blog envy. I enjoy reading lots of amazing blogs with beautiful photography, lovely craft tutorials, and inspiring accounts of a life well-lived. I think I subconsciously wanted to create posts more like those.
Except...I generally snap photos with my iPhone instead of a dSLR, I already share 100% of any crafty projects I happen to complete which only provides about 3 posts a year, and frankly I don't always have inspirational accounts to share.
Wow. What a relief to figure that out. Ha! So, I'm back to my blog personality matching my real personality. Which means hastily snapped photos not all that well edited, posting hasty blogs from the app on my phone, sharing fun stories about my kids that only grandparents would care about, and random musings that matter to me and that I don't want to forget.
So, hello again! It's great to be back!
We enjoyed a fun family day in downtown Athens, GA celebrating Lauryn's birthday.
Lunch at Clocked, cupcakes at Gigi's, and a walk around the beautiful and historic University of Georgia campus. What a great day!
Lauryn is seven today. Seven.
How to describe Lauryn, this light of our lives? Our baby. She is full of giggles. She prefers skipping or dancing over walking. She is opinionated about her hair style and argues with me about clothes. She can be her brothers' best friend or their worst nightmare. She brings so much light and life to this family.
She adores her Daddy, then and now.
Found a den of 3 teeny tiny baby rabbits in the backyard! I read online that the mama rabbit won't abandon them if they smell like humans (why did I think that?) so I let the kids hold them. Their eyes aren't open yet, so according to the all knowing Internet they are less than 7 days old.
I am taking a 10 week sewing class from my new friend Ann! Ann has a super cool local shop where she teaches sewing to kids and adults, and she creates custom embroidered baby and kids' clothing as well. Check out her online store, Blessed Babe.
I completed this pillow during my first lesson with Ann. I love it! Love hanging out with this sweet, talented lady, too.
Made the most of our rainy Saturday! All fun and games until the thunder clapped.
With Jonathan out of town on a church retreat with 300+ teenagers, me and the kids were looking for some fun on this fine Friday evening. I took the kids to a park near the local library, and we noticed some kids take off through the woods on their bikes. We decided to follow them (of course) and discovered a nice, cleared hiking/biking trail. What?!?! How incredibly fun. My little concrete dwellers may finally love to learn nature.
Missing my Lubbock friends and my coffee girls something terrible today. Thankful for a discovered trail that somehow helps dull the heartache. Thank you Lord for your small gifts.
Our friend Andy West took family portraits for us right before we moved to Georgia.
Andy is a student at Texas Tech and an all-around great guy. He gives a ton of time and a ton of heart to the ministries of Trinity Church. He's following the example of his incredible mom and dad, whom we love and admire as well. Thanks West family for all you do and the excellence you do it with!
Looking for a new home exposes the brat in me. The thoughts of "if only we had a little more money" creep in so easily when house-hunting. Might I add that it's been that way since we purchased our very first home, and our home shopping budget is easily 3x what it was way back then. My 24 year old self would be slack jawed and in awe of the homes my 34 year old self considers purchasing.
So yesterday evening was spent in a state of bratiness. I was a bit mopey because we've been house shopping for a few weeks now and just can't seem to find the right house that is also in the right price range. I'm so ready to purchase something and be out of this rental and feel like we can start to "settle."
Cut to this morning: When I opened my fridge today to grab the half and half for my coffee, I really SAW those shelves. God wiped away an amiss point of view like He was wiping the smudges off a mirror. I really saw that fridge. Like in a movie where everything except what's dead center of the screen goes blurry, and the center is in perfect focus. I saw those shelves packed full of food from grocery shopping yesterday. I felt like God dumped such a heavy load of gratitude on me for all that food, all that met need, that the thankfulness was almost to much to bear.
I am so, so thankful. I will have food. I will have shelter. My food and my shelter will go so far beyond the realm of just met need and into the realm of indulgence, that most of the world will never experience luxury like what I live with every day.
I am, gratefully, forgiven for my bratiness and ready for a new day, and a new point of view. Bring on the house-hunting. I pray my house will be a place where love is felt and Christ is honored. That can happen in any square footage.
Today we took our Labor Day picnic to Memorial Park, a city park in the Five Points area of Athens. This little treasure sits tucked away right in the middle of a neighborhood. Fun!
We're excited to see all the lakes and rivers that North Georgia (and eventually South, East, and West as well) has to offer!
First up on this fine Sunday afternoon for a little pre-Labor Day fun, Ft. Yargo State Park. A short 20 minute drive from home! Beautiful picnic areas and a sandy swimming beach. Ft. Yargo, meet the Cliff Crew. You shall come to know us well.
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As the kids have started a brand new school in a brand new place, I am asking God to remind me of past lessons learned. Things are going well and I'm so thrilled with how the kids are jumping into school with both feet...but there are always chances to choose worry and control over prayer and peace. Tonight I revisited my own words, written a few years back for the Prize31 blog. Hmmm. I seemed so confident back then. Asking the Lord to renew that peace. He is good. I trust Him.
Below Originally Published on Prize31.com August 2010
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Cor 10:13
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it. Isaiah 30:21
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21
All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. Exodus 35:29
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2