Sunday, October 30, 2011


Tonight we carved the pumpkins that we picked out at the pumpkin patch last week.  They turned out really cute!  Looking forward to trick-or-treating tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Today we went to the Pumpkin Patch with Carson's preschool class.  He had a blast hanging out with his friends!
Carson's class

Carson loves his teacher Mrs. Tata and thinks that she is so cool!

Carson with his best friend, Carter, and his little sister, Elliott

Carter and Carson hiding from my camera! ;)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Job Title

Today was my last day at my part-time job.  I am officially a full-time stay-at-home mom again!

I know that I will miss working with Paige and helping out in the children's ministry office; but I am excited about what God has in store for our family!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Evidence of God Working in My Life

Awhile back I started a series of posts entitled:  Courage Builders and filed them under the tab Courage Builders at the top of my blog.  Looks like this entry would be #8 in that series.  :) 

 My courage builders are things that happen in my life that show God working.  This courage builder is actually evidence of God working in Victoria's life.  Last year Victoria was in first grade and although she was a great student, she really did not like school.  I hated to see her miserable and we began to pray about options for this year.  We seriously prayed about if she would benefit from homeschooling.  Again, she is an At student and had perfect behavior.  It just wasn't fun for her.  I know school isn't fun everyday, but knowing her personality, I knew she should be a little more optimistic about it. 

I realized that maybe one of the reasons she wasn't enjoying school was because although she did have friends at school, none of her school friends, were our family friends.  She has a lot of close girlfriends that go to church with her, dance with her, are family friends, etc.  BUT none of these girls went to her school.  Unlike the school district that I grew up in, our school district here has 4-5 elementary schools and then her church friends are funneling in from Little Rock, Bryant, and Benton.  Last year she had eight little girls at a sleepover for her birthday and none of them went to school with her!

Sooooo, God answered our prayers by bringing her Reece.  Reece has been her friend since they were born.  Actually, I guess you could say they hung out together even before they were their mommy's tummies.   Reece's mom and dad are some of Robert and my best friends from our college years.  Reece's dad and Robert were college roomates and then us girls became fast friends, dreaming about getting married, raising kids, etc.

God knew what Victoria needed.....Reece not only moved to Victoria's school, but they are in the same class with the teacher that I know God handpicked for them.  Between Reece and Mrs. Stipe, Victoria's outlook on school has improved 100%.  Thank you, God, for caring enough about Victoria to orchestrate these things in her life.

Reece is in the front basket.....Victoria in the back

Reece and Victoria in their first outing together
Victoria giving Reece kisses
Reece on left....Victoria on right: at Chuck-E-Cheese
A few months after Reece turned one, they welcome their second daughter, Ashlyn, into their family.  This is the three girls (Victoria, Ashlyn, and then Reece) and Victoria's third birthday party.
Ashlyn, Reece, Victoria, and Carson hanging out during a Razorback game!  Go Hogs!
Reece and cute!
Reece, Victoria, and Ashlyn on Crazy Clothes Day!
Victoria and Reece showing their Bryant spirit!