LIFE LATELY

Hello, Summer! 

We are SO glad to see you!! 

We finished up the last week of school STRONG and exhausted! Ha! Today, I'm sharing what we have been up to lately! 

 

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Cutter's team placed 2nd for the season and therefore made it to the City Tournament. 

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I snapped this pic during the game of Cutter talking to his coach during a pitching change. We have LOVED being on the Hot Rods this year and having Coach HIriam! 

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This kid played his heart out! We fell short 13-9 but these kiddos had a great season! 

 

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Carson had his last awards ceremony for elementary. Insert sad face HERE. He was a Million Word Reader this year, A/B Honor Roll, and was awarded the Musician award. He says it is because he loves to sing. He definitely loves a stage and audience! This kid is full of confidence! We are so proud of him. I cannot believe he will be in middle school next year! Eeeks!

 

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We surprised Conner with a new truck! He came home one day last week from workouts and this was parked in the driveway for him! He was very excited! He just finished his sophomore year of high school. Only two more years at home! #timepleaseslowdown Love this kid!

 

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And these two girls finished up college classes! Alyssa took a May term class these past few weeks after her spring semester completed. This girl is pulling a 4.0 and is a JUNIOR in college! So incredibly proud of all of her hard work! 

Side note - last summer Alyssa and her roommate, Kayla (on the left) spent the summer with us. We had so much fun with pool dates and shopping, cooking, game nights, and watching Big Brother together! This summer they are out of the dorms and in an apartment and are both working therefore they are staying in Waco for the summer. We are going miss having them home! 

On Saturday, this happened...

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My nephew, Josh, graduated!! 

Oh my goodness, we could not be more proud and excited for him!! 

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Conner and Josh are very close. Conner is really going to miss him when he leaves for college in the Fall. Until then, they have a summer to make more memories! (P.S. It was 100 degrees here Saturday and Josh threw his hat at the end of the ceremony. Thus, crazy hair! We still adore him but his Momma got it fixed after we took these few pics! Ha!) 

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Joshua Martin, you have no idea how much all your little cousins love you and look up to you! We love you BIG! 

That's our life lately! 

Happy Monday, friends! 

XO 

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls! 

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DON'T MISS IT

Hey Hey Everyone! 

Happy Monday! 

Last week, I shared a little on Tuesday Talk about how our favorite family vacation to date was when we went to Family Camp in Glorieta, NM. 

 

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This was us on Super Hero day! 

We attended Family Camp with three other families we are close friends with and had

THE BEST time!

 

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We did lots of activities that week! 

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Hiking and exploring!

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Archery tag! 

 

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Ziplining!

And SO. MUCH. MORE. 

But the BIGGEST BLESSING of our week, was spending time studying God's word together. 

Each morning, we had a worship time with all the families where we would start our day singing songs of praise. We would then break into small groups - adults, youth, and children broken up by ages/grades. We each studied the same lesson each day but it was taught on each level. We had a speaker for the week that shared the lesson with the adults and then camp counselors taught the lesson and led discussion with the kids. 

Next, was family time. Each family found a place to meet and further discuss the day's lesson with one another and complete an assigned activity. It was wonderful to have this time with our kids and to really listen to what was on their hearts! 

At the end of our week, each family was given a wooden board and asked to discuss what their family took away from the lessons that week. What could we take home with us that God had laid on our hearts. We discussed it with our four kiddos and decided on the slogan
"Don't Miss It".

 

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Alyssa painted our sign for us. :) 

Don't Miss It.

We wanted to come home and remember that God is always with us and He is always working around us. 

Don't Miss It.

Don't Miss the opportunities God gives you each day.
Don't Miss the chance to be kind. 
To be nice to others.
To encourage one another.
To lift each other up.
To pray for one another.

 

Don't Miss the opportunity to share God's love.
To tell others about Him.
To be the hands and feet of Jesus.
 

Don't Miss the opportunity to praise God.
To see God in everything around you. 
To lift your voice in song to glorify Him.

Don't Miss It. 

 

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We decided to hang it above the door to our garage. 

This is the door we come in and out of 20 million times a day. When we discussed as a family where to hang our sign in our home, this was the place we all agreed. We wanted to see this reminder every day as we left our home and went out into the world. 

My prayer for you this week is that you Don't Miss It. 

Have a blessed week, friends! 

XO

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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WEEKEND WRAP -UP

We had THE BEST weekend! 

Friday night was spent at the ballpark for Cutter's game. 

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He had an AH-MAZING catch at 3rd base! Plus, they had two great plays getting the runners out at home plate! An exciting game to end our week and they got the WIN! 

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On Saturday, Mark and Conner left early to drive to San Antonio for a basketball tournament Conner was playing in with his team. They played two games that afternoon and evening and got back home around 2:00am. Long day! 

Mark's parents have a cabin south of town that we loving call The Creek.  They invited Cutter and Carson to spend Saturday with them and my niece and nephew. The Creek is one of our very favorite places to go! 

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Grandad set up a place for the boys to practice pitching. My sweet nephew, Corban, is the one in the front. :) 

Cutter said he was going to help Grandad chop wood.

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My sweet niece, Karrigan!

 

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They love to go on walks and explore. 

 

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And of course Carson is picking up rocks. #thatkidandhisrocks

 

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They played games and Gramma helped them make some sweet scrapbooks. 

 

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The boys had a GREAT time!

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Love these sweet cousins! 

While they were having fun at the Creek, I spent my day ALONE. 

Mommas, you heard me correctly! I had the day to MYSELF! 

I spent my morning READING! 

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Took a break for a quick hair cut. Grabbed an iced coffee on the way home and spent the afternoon on the back patio with a new book! #myhappyplace

At one point I was on the phone with my girlfriend and told her I was having THE PERFECT DAY EVER! Gosh, don't we sometimes just a need a day to rejuvenate?! 

However, the BEST part of my day happened at 11:00pm! 

I was in bed reading my book (it's a good one!) and there was a knock on the bedroom door. And in walked ALYSSA MICHELLE!!!! 

She drove in from Waco after work to surprise me for Mother's Day! 

 

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Oh my goodness, I love this girl so much!!!

After church on Sunday, we went out to each for lunch.

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Alyssa and I waiting for our table. 

After lunch, we spent the afternoon shopping! Woohoo! Our favorite thing to do together! 

And the boys were all glad to spend some time with Alyssa too! 

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These two making silly singing videos in the car! Ha! 

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Carson and Alyssa playing some Wii!

 

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And she took Carson and Cutter on a bike ride! #bestbigsisterever

 

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We all LOVED having Alyssa home and having all 6 of us together! 

I am so grateful God chose me to be their Mom! 

Happy Monday, friends!

XO

 

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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