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!


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!


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


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


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


Cutter placed 2nd in the Softball Throw!


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


They were allowed two jumps each.


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!


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.


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.


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…


(Abilene Drone)


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…


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.


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.)


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!!

Linking up with the Hello Monday Girls!

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Happy Monday!


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!


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!


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


And our church had a sweet gift for each mother.


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


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!


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


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


My handsome boys!

However, this is reality! Ha!


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


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


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


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.


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!


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!

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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Happy Monday, everyone!

I checked my calendar last night for the week and we have 3 baseball games (Carson & Cutter), 1 basketball game (Conner), a school event for Cutter, and a National Honor Society Induction ceremony for Conner. May is always busy and I have a feeling we are going to blink and it’ll be June!

Sharing a little of our weekend with you today!


We started our weekend with Cutter’s baseball game Friday night. He had the 6:00pm game but due to two different lightening delays, we didn’t end the game until 8:30pm. We were tired, eaten up by mosquitos, and everyone was starving by the time we got home. Ha! They did get the win, though!


Cutter was playing in a soccer tournament on Saturday. We were at the fields ready to play our first game at 11:30am.


His team played at 11:30am, 12:30am, 1:30pm, 5:00pm, and 6:30pm.


This is Cutter after his last game! He was hot, tired, and ready for dinner and a shower! Ha!
His team went 3-2 in the tournament and lost in the semi-finals round. We were so proud of all our boys. They played teams from all over Texas and were able to get in some good competition!

We went home and ate a quick dinner, cleaned up, and everyone turned in for an early night. We were exhausted after a long day!


Sunday morning was Children Led Worship at our church. We were at church early so Cutter could get ready and have a quick choir rehearsal. Our Children’s Choir and Children’s department led service in the 9:00am and 10:30am services. They did such a GREAT job!


Cutter was asked to help with the offering. Cutter is our more quiet, anxious kiddo so this was the perfect job for him! However, let me know tell you, he woke up Sunday morning sick to his stomach. Bless. His. Heart. He DID NOT want to go because he was so nervous. But he did it and he did AWESOME! So proud of you, Cutter, for pushing through and serving!

We grabbed a quick lunch and then headed back to the soccer fields. We usually don’t play on Sundays but we had been rained out two weeks during the season and had a make-up game scheduled for 3:00pm.


This kid LOVES to run so soccer is one of his favorite sports!


A 3-0 WIN and The Legends took 1st place for the season!


So incredibly proud of all their hard work and determination. This is such a great group of boys! And we all love Coach Jay!


Cutter with his Daddy. Love these two boys so much!

It may appear that we only have one child by this post with this weekend being all about Cutter. However, Conner spent his weekend studying for and taking the SAT and Carson worked all weekend on finishing up building his robot. I’ll share pics and more about his robot on Friday! 😉

Well, that was our weekend.
Hope you guys have a great week!


Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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Today’s post is really a wrap up of last week! Between all the baseball and soccer practices/games plus my busy season at work, I’ve fallen behind on blogging again. #sigh However, this week I’m catching up and have some of my FAVORITE posts! I’m sharing my Amazon Lately post where you can see what we’ve been priming to our house (I love getting ideas reading what other’s order!) as well as a Book Review post. EEKS! Book Reviews are my very favorite posts! So be sure to come back this week!

We started out our week THE BEST way!


Alyssa came for a visit!

She had an orthodontic appointment Monday morning so she came in late Sunday night and left Tuesday. It was a quick visit but we are always grateful to see our girl!


Carson and Cutter were so excited to see her when they got home from school.


Her brothers miss her a ton!


Carson worked all week on a project for his Science class. He had to make a 3-D model of a plant cell.


He did such a great job!


He made each part out of clay and then painted them. Once dry, he glued in place inside a cardboard box he had shaped to look like a plant cell. He was so excited about the way it turned out!


Something HUGE happened at the ballpark this week!
Cutter got a HIT!!

This is BIG, friends! For those of you who don’t know, Cutter was batting in a game two years ago and when he hit the ball, the bat came back at him and hit him in the mouth breaking four permanent teeth. Bless his heart. Cutter has been scared to death to hit since then. Last year, he wouldn’t stay in the batter’s box. Jumped out as soon as a pitch was thrown. But this year, he has been staying in and finally started swinging! On Friday night, he got a TRIPLE! (He’s a SUPER fast runner! Ha!) We were so excited for him!! Seeing him overcome a fear is a win this week!


Look at that smile!


Mark and I started running again together now that Spring is here with pretty weather. I snapped this pic of our running buddies this week. Ha! They look super thrilled to see us! I’ll take the cows any day over snakes!

I may or may not have encountered a snake last year on a run and made Mark pick me up in his car! #mommadontdosnakes

I hope you guys have a great Monday! See you back here tomorrow for Tuesday Talk!