Lent

These incredible munchkins.
Oh how I love them so.

The 4 spent last night with me.
Half of them were in bed with Mark and me.
Sweetest moments of my life are waking up in the middle of the night with a foot on my chest or blond hair in my face.
Priceless.

I have mentioned our church on here before. 
It's called Eleven 22.

We really enjoy our church.

The church encourages Lent.
Growing up Baptist, 
we didn't partake or even know what Lent was.

Basically, it is recognizing the sacrifice that Christ took upon Himself when He died on the cross.
Taking that knowledge and choosing something 
to sacrifice from our own lives. 
It is encouraged to begin on Ash Wednesday through Easter.

I like the idea of taking off something and using that time as a reminder to focus on Jesus.
Some people stop consuming chocolate or candy, some choose to take a TV time-out or even just a certain show they love.

It's tough for me to come up with 
something that would be a real sacrifice. 

My main vice would have to be Diet Coke,

especially when it comes from McDonalds.

The fact that I can actually write about a Diet Coke from McDonalds shows me that I am in fact, an addict.
Ha!

Well, now you know how you can pray for me.

Tonight we have a special prayer service leading into 
Ash Wednesday.
I love the importance they put on it.

Hope you are having a wonderful week.
I love you all!!






It's A New Day

How are you?
I know it's been forever since I reassured my existence to my blog.
Sometimes I think I have nothing that anyone really wants to hear.

I have been busy traveling with Mark.
I have been a little consumed with FOX since the inauguration of President Trump.
I get a kick out of his tenacity.
He makes me laugh.
I love the First Lady, Melania Trump.

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(google images)
I love his daughter, Ivanka too.
I stayed up late and watched the different balls. The dress Ivanka wore was my favorite.
Her hair was perfect. She couldn't have been more beautiful.

(google images)
I'm not a political person but it has been most enjoyable.
President Trump obviously loves our country
 and I like the moves and decisions he is making.

I refused to watch the Academy Awards last night. 
Its the first time in forever that I skipped it.
Mark and I played cards and I don't feel that I missed a thing. 
Yada Yada

Enough with politics!

Has this been the most fabulous winter ever!!?
We haven't used heat or air all winter.
How about that pollen?
Is it kickin anybody elses butt?
Nothing a bottle of NyQuil can't handle.
OK, maybe two bottles but I'm feeling better everyday. 


I'm flying to San Antonio this week to celebrate my baby girls 
BIG 30!
How can that be? 

Hope everything is wonderful in your world!
Peace out!

It's the NyQuil talking.




Happy Sunday

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
We had a lovely Sunday,
beginning with church.
We go to a church called Eleven22.
We Love it!
If you live in the Jacksonville area,
I would love you to come and sit with me.

The kids came over in the afternoon for some relaxing by the river.
The girls were matching so we had to take a picture.


Oh how I love my family. 

Hope you have a great week.
I just know it's going to be a good one.

Sweet Moments


We all love Kristen's new prince.
He is the perfect fit for our family.
Like he's been here all along.
Uncle Felix brings the new 
American Girl catalog to life with Abi.

I love when she asks him questions like,
"did you put a true love potion on Aunt Kristen?"
or this one,
"Aunt Kristen, 
how did you find your prince?"

One last Abi-ism...
she asked mommy why she was sad.
Danielle told her she in fact, was not sad.
She then asked,
"well then, why aren't you singing?"

Good point.






All In The Family

We spend Christmas Eve at my parents every year.
I am thrilled that we were able to get a family photo.

I look at it and see how truly blessed 
we are to have each other.
Thank You Lord!

Christmas On The River

I love Christmas!
I love decorating and baking and shopping and giving.
This year was extra special 
because we are in our new home on the river.
The traditional tree that I've been loving all my life 
just wouldn't do.
It wouldn't look right in this house.

It took me a jiffy to know I was going with teal.
I'm very decisive,
ask anyone.



I put this tree up a few days after Thanksgiving.
I didn't want to take it down.

I grabbed my camera just before I took it down
so the presents are long gone.
In retrospect,
I wish I would have cleaned out the fireplace.
No worries,
I cropped out the soot and ashes.
That's how I love you.

I added fresh branches to the fireplace mantle.
It shedded needles everywhere but the smell was well worth it.


I found lots of wonderful ornaments at Belk.
I love Belk.

Found some more at At Home.
Have you been there?
It is my new favorite store.
Good thing it's 45 minutes down the road.


Found out recently we are getting an IKEA!

I got the sailboat soon after we moved in.
It blends in with any of my decorating.


Same with the mirror.
Found it at Kirklands.

I scattered ball ornaments everywhere.


I'm late to the game with this blog.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!



Kristen Joy

Wendy's World
Some facts about my girl.

She's been married for a half year already!
She lives 1068 miles from me.
She is giddy happy.
She has a great job.
She loves to cook.
(especially anything that can be placed between 2 piecrust)
She is coming to see me in two weeks.
She contacts me daily.
She loves Texas.
She loves Felix.

It does this mothers heart good 
to know her daughter is happy.
I can't think of anything better.
(except maybe if God would like to move her 1100 miles east)

I do love having a daughter. 
I know I am blessed.