WEEKEND WRAP UP {5.20.19}

Happy Monday, friends!
Well we had an exciting and full weekend. We had our first tornado in Abilene, Tx. I have lived here almost all my life - 40 years! That’s a long time! We have storms and warnings and I have spent many times in the hallway with pillows (thanks, Mom!) and every time the storms passed with just wind, rain, and maybe some hail but never anything too exciting. Until Saturday.

I’ll share more on that but first, let’s talk Track Meet!

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On Friday, our Elementary school held a Track Meet for the 3rd-5th graders. They bused the kids over the high school for the day and Cutter was so excited about participating! Because the actual track and football field are under construction at the moment, this year they changed it up a bit and ran just one competitive run for each grade level in the field by the track and then held the field events at the stadium.

The kids could choose between running the Fun Run or the Competitive Run, both were a half mile run. Cutter chose the Competitive Run because, well, he’s just like his dad. Ha! Very competitive!

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Cutter ended up placing 5th for the 4th grade boys!

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My nephew Corban (on the left) placed 2nd so he and Cutter both made top 5!
#cousinsmakethebestfriends

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Cutter chose the Softball Throw and Long Jump as his two field events.

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Cutter placed 2nd in the Softball Throw!

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They put the kids in groups of 4 or 5 for the Long Jump.

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They were allowed two jumps each.


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Cutter placed 1st in the Long Jump! All the 1st place winners for their groups!

It was such a fun day and we had gorgeous weather for it!


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After the Track Meet, we picked up Carson from school and then headed to church. Carson went with the Middle School Choir on a choir trip to San Antonio.

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We loaded them up, prayed over them, and saw them off!
Can you spot Carson in his blue KY shirt? That’s me next to him in the cap looking windblown and sunkissed from the Track Meet! Ha! And yes, Carson is now taller than me at age 12. Sigh.

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I left the church and met Mark at the baseball fields to watch Cutter play. He had to finish one inning of a game that had ended in a tie earlier in the season and then played their regularly scheduled game for that night. His team won both games!

That was our long but fun Friday!


Saturday morning Mark and I woke to our phones going off with an emergency alert at 5:45am that we were under a Tornado Warning. We watched the news, checked the radar, and determined we were not in the path and therefore didn’t wake the kids. However, an EF-2 tornado did hit on the west side of Abilene just a few blocks away from our church. At about 10:30am, the storms had passed and we had checked on everyone we knew that lived in the area, including my brother, and all were safe and had suffered no damage. So we took Cutter to a friend’s house to play and Mark, Conner, and I headed that way to help.

The City ended up using one of our church parking lots at their staging area for emergency personnel and volunteers. We opened our gym and had so many people from the community start showing up bringing cases of water, sandwiches, food, etc. The Red Cross brought necessities to be used and passed out as well. We helped unload supplies and then Mark and Conner went to help on the streets and help clear debris at the house of a church member. I stayed at the gym with other church members and ministers to hand out food to the police officers, volunteers, and families affected. What a humbling experience to visit with these families who many had lost much and some have no homeowners insurance. There are many affected however it could have been so much worse. As I type this, the news has only reported one person taken to the hospital and no fatalities. Praise God! Please be in prayer over these families in the coming weeks. And join us in praising God for His protection over His people. Praying that if someone doesn’t know Jesus as their personal Savior, that this will bring God glory and bring them to know Him.

Here are a few pictures of the damage…

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(Abilene Drone)

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There were several streets blocked off so the utility crews could try to restore power and gas to the area. Several streets you had to park and then walk a ways to be able to reach the people in need.

Praying over all the first responders and volunteers who helped this weekend as well. HUNDREDS of people came out to help their neighbors. What a blessing to witness people being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Meanwhile in San Antonio…

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Carson was busy serving with the choir by picking TONS of cabbage for the local food bank!
They spent their morning picking and loading cabbage and then spent their afternoon at Sea World. Carson had never been and he had a BLAST!

Sunday morning the choir sang in two services at Crossroads Baptist Church in San Antonio, then made the 4 hour drive back to Abilene.

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They arrived around 5:00pm, unloaded, and then were ready for their 3rd performance of the day! They shared at our church at the 6:00pm service. (Carson is directly to the right of the choir director.)

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This was Cutter…exactly how we all felt! Ha!

Conner headed to a Senior party for some friends about to graduate.
Mark and I headed home with Cutter and Carson. We ate dinner, got them showered and ready for bed, Mark and I snuck in a quick run, and then we were all ready to call it a night!

I hope you have THE BEST Monday! It’s our last one before summer!!
XO


Linking up with the Hello Monday Girls!

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WEEKEND WRAP-UP {5.13.19}

Happy Monday!

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We started our weekend off at the ballpark! Cutter played against some of his best friends Friday night in a very close game. We were thankful to not have all the mosquitos like we did at Tuesday night’s game, however it was FREEZING! We have had some crazy May weather this year!


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On Saturday, we woke up and realized we had NOTHING on the calendar. NOT one game or birthday party or commitment. It. was. glorious. I spent the morning reading and enjoying the rainy weather. I worked some that afternoon while Mark and the boys cleaned out the playroom. Huge shout out to Mark for taking on that task! All the toys and games are back in place and ready for summer!

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We had the best day Sunday celebrating Mother’s Day! We snapped this picture at church.


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And our church had a sweet gift for each mother.

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I can’t wait to add this to my morning devotion time!

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We missed our college girl being with us but I received sweet messages and phone calls from her all day! I am so blessed by our 4 kiddos. How awesome is it that God chose me to be their mom? I am grateful and cherish every minute!

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We grabbed a quick lunch after church and then headed to the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for Conner. What a great way to spend Mother’s Day celebrating Conner and his hard work!


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He gave his little brothers high fives as he walked by. Love him so much!

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We are so incredibly proud of you, Conner Ryan! And I cannot believe you are about to be a Senior! (cue the tears!)

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My handsome boys!

However, this is reality! Ha!

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They think it’s hilarious to goof around when Mom tries to take a picture!
Any other mom’s feel my pain?! Haha!

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All 3 of the boys just want to be taller than Dad! 😉

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Two of the three have already passed Mom! (That’s not hard to do!)

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And for fun, here’s your outtake. Cutter Maddux thinks he is hilarious!

Carson had choir practice at church until 5:30pm so after we picked him up, we went out to eat.

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I NEVER have pictures with Conner. I made him smile with his Mom for Mother’s Day!
Baseball season is so busy that we rarely have a chance to sit down and eat dinner together. I so enjoyed just being with my family, visiting, and laughing…a lot!

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And I had to capture Cutter living his best life. Unlimited mugs of chocolate milk!
I love my family!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and all you mothers had a special Mother’s Day!
Have a great Monday, everyone!
XO


Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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FRIDAY FAVORITES {5.10.19}

It’s FRIDAYYYYY!
We are ready for the weekend at the Ferry house!

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As always, I’m linking up with ERIKA, ANDREA, and NARCI for Friday Favorites. Here are a few favorites from our week!

First, did you see our crazy busy weekend in my WEEKEND WRAP-UP post on Monday? If you missed it, you can read all about our soccer champion HERE.

And I shared some of my FAVORITE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS yesterday - including the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer I can’t stop talking about! You can find that post HERE.

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On Monday, I scheduled a grocery pick up at H-E-B. When I arrived for my curbside appointment, they brought me my groceries AND this Kendra Scott box! H-E-B had teamed up with Kendra Scott to honor moms for Mother’s Day! What a special surprise!

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These beautiful earrings were inside! They are silver with light purple stones. So pretty!
Thank you, H-E-B!

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Conner is playing in a spring league and Tuesday we were able to watch two of his games. That’s Conner making the basket! 😉Basketball in May is a FAVORITE!



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Carson had some pieces in the Spring Art Showcase at school this week. This one is a drawing of his robot he just finished building.


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Speaking of his robot, he finally finished him!! We gave Carson THIS robot for Christmas. He built the ENTIRE robot ALL. BY. HIMSELF. I have been so impressed! He can give him commands and the robot will dance, talk, and even wave hello! He just started programming him this week so I’ll share more once he has more time to set him up. Carson is hoping to teach him to do his chores. Ha! You can find the robot HERE. It would make a great gift or a project for this summer!


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Sweet notes are always a FAVORITE! I put this one on my desk from Mark. It’s the little things that make me smile BIG.

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My last FAVORITE to share is this Long-Sleeve Raglan T-shirt. It’s an Amazon find and is only $16! I have been wearing it on repeat this baseball season. I wore it yesterday with the cooler weather and snapped a pic while I was finishing up this post. I’ve washed and dried it several times and it has held up really well! And you can find my leather earrings HERE. I have had these for a year and LOVE them!

Hope you guys have a GREAT weekend!

You can follow along with me on Instagram HERE
and Facebook HERE.

See you back on Monday!
XO

FAVORITE HAIR PRODUCTS

Happy Thursday, friends!

I had originally planned for this to post yesterday, however, after two late nights of baseball, I just didn’t get it finished. Baseball season is my favorite time of year! It’s also the most chaotic! Ha!

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Today, I am sharing some of my favorite hair care products!
I buy all of these on Amazon and will link them for you.

First, let’s talk shampoo & conditioner!

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THIS Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek shampoo and conditioner is my favorite! It leaves your hair so incredibly shiny! I have really fine hair which tangles a lot. When I say a lot, I mean it looks like a rat’s nest on top of my head after I towel dry! The Mega Sleek shampoo and conditioner makes my hair much more manageable! Not near as many tangles! And it feels SO soft!



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After I towel dry my hair, I spray the It’s a 10 leave-in conditioner in my hair. It doesn’t take much - about 4 quick sprays. This helps with tangles as well and also helps keep my hair from getting static. I spray it on my wet hair and then use a large toothed comb to “pick through” my hair. Again, baby fine hair = tangles. No brushes while wet! I have used the It’s a 10 for years and LOVE it! I even have the smaller size for when I travel. If you aren’t sure about this one for you, buy the travel size to try first!


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Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray is what I use to give a little body to my hair. It doesn’t take much of this - I usually spray once on each side and once in the back and I’m done. If I am wearing my hair natural curly/wavy, I will use a little more of this for that beach wave look.

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Last, I use Lanza Healing Strength Neem Plant Silk Serum on my hair. It only takes one pump for my shoulder length hair. My daughter, Alyssa, has long, thick, natural curly hair and loves this serum too! I use it more concentrated on my ends to protect them from breakage and to make them smooth. However, I use a tiny bit all over. It leaves my hair smooth, silky, and shiny and just healthy looking! It’s more on the pricey side but one bottle lasts me about 4-5 months.

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Next, I use my Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer to blow dry my hair straight. I have already shared this product several times and every time I share it, I have at least 5 friends order one! It has amazing reviews and I couldn’t love it more! Seriously, this may be my favorite purchase this year. It is so far! You section off your hair like you would to blow it dry, and then run the dryer through it. I use the low heat setting and then finish with the cool setting. It does have a higher heat setting for thicker hair. It takes me less than 10 minutes and my hair is completely dry AND straight! It’s like using a round brush when blow drying. The best part is that once it’s dry, I’m finished! No need for a straightener and additional heat/damage to my hair. Grab you one HERE. Thank me later! 😉

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A friend recommended this Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast to me about a year ago. She kept raving about how much volume it gave her hair and she was RIGHT! This stuff is legit! I use it on my hair mostly on clean hair days. After I blow dry, I use it under the roots to give it a boost. My hair can sometimes be too clean if you know what I mean. Therefore, with it being baby fine it just kinda lays flat on top of my head. This Volume Blast gives it great lift! I spray a little under the roots on each side and at the back (usually just 3 sprays) and let it sit for a minute. Then I use my hands and run it through to smooth it out. Sometimes I will lightly run a brush over the top as well.


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On my day 2, day 3, day 4 hair, I use THIS dry shampoo. I really like the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo and it is at a GREAT price point! Much less expensive option for dry shampoos at $8 for TWO bottles! You just spray on your roots, wait a couple minutes, and then rub it in good. It soaks up the oil, gives your hair a little boost of volume, and smells SO GOOD! Hello, toasted coconut!

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When it’s almost time to touch up my gray roots, I use this Batiste Dry Shampoo for brunettes. It goes on with a brown color that covers your grays! You get away without washing your hair another day AND it covers your gray. That’s a WIN WIN in my book!


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And THIS is the root touch up I use if you need one! Super easy to use, I leave on 20 minutes, rinse, and done! It lasts me about six weeks and is less than $6 a box!

Those are my favorite hair products! Let me know if you have any recommendations I should try!

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!
XO