Tuesday, July 15, 2014

a heart for Jesus



I suppose it's because of technology that the world seems to have
gotten smaller and filled with so much more tragedy.
This is Jenny and Brad

here are their 15 (yes, FIFTEEN) children

I have never met them and until June 30th, I had never
even heard their names...but when I did I was filled with such sorrow.
We have exactly 6 mutual friends on Facebook - they are all through adoption.
it's funny how adoption makes you such a close family
it doesn't matter where, how many or why you've adopted, you
all have this special bond because it's just something that
no one else truly gets if they haven't been through it.

Jenny, the mother of 15, wife to Brad and follower of Jesus had
been killed in a car accident.....WOW! that hits you hard in the
gut no matter who you are!

I got to read some wonderful, beautiful stories about how
people had met her, what they had done or where they had been
but what I got more than anything is that she had a heart for Jesus!

I cried tears of joy for her because I know she had a glorious
reunion with Jesus and tears of sorrow for what her family will
miss without her here but what it really did was make me wonder...

If something happened to me would anyone say I had a heart for Jesus
or that I loved the Lord and followed Him where he led?
 
I don't know the answer to that but I can tell you that even in
her death she has shattered the ground beneath her in the name of Jesus.
It's one of those moments that change your view just a bit on what's
important....not necessarily for you but certainly what you want
your impact on the world to be even if it's tiny.





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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

This cute girl!


It is summertime and that means lake living!
this girl and her grannie...they could stay at the "yake"
f-o-r-e-v-e-r! I don't even think she misses me lol

So I have to write down the new things she's doing
because next time I see her there will be even more new stuff!

Grannie and Annie made some room in their hectic lake schedule
to come into town and visit! 
let me tell you - this girl is taking it all in these days.

her new favorite words are copperate (cooperate) since
GrandDennis doesn't follow her instructions well - hahaha

I was on the phone with mom and annie was yelling her new
big words from the back of the van and I heard
"opportutti" hahahaha she means opportunity
and I know I'm bad but I love the wrong way she says things
it makes me laugh and she won't do them for very long.

she's getting so tall - 4 feet and has gained 10 pounds in 3 months
to think last year they wanted to put her on a feeding tube
she's outgrown her clothes lol

I am giving myself permission to add to this because I know there
are things I've already forgotten her mind is moving so fast
these days and mom and I are speechless and utterly grateful
to God for continuing to amaze and bless us with bringing back
this beautiful mind of hers!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Kindness Beats Blindness ~ does it ever!!


I had been on a "hunt" we'll say to find someone else with
a similar diagnosis as Annabelle since it is so rare. On
my journey I happen to hear about an older girl who had walked
the path we had hoped for Annabelle....She attended the
Florida School of the Blind after losing her vision at 12
to a retinal disease (damn you bad genes). I had the great
pleasure of meeting her mother and I'm so thankful because
I am actually more in the know than I thought 
(hahaha - y'all know that's atypical)

Fortunately, the blind community is very small and well
surrounded with love, support and fundraising!
Our local minor league team, The Charleston River Dogs, happens
to be one of those people...They do an annual fundraiser called
"Kindness Beats Blindness"
and all of the proceeds go to retinal research.
Someone from the team dropped off a donation letter and info.
yea, so I've lived here my ENTIRE life and
a) didn't know this fundraiser existed
b) had only been to 1 game before moving to Park Circle
(I've been to 2 this season)

well, what on earth? UM I'm definitely NOT missing out
on this as a parent, business and a girl who likes a party!

I put together this cute basket

and our super sweet friends who own
The Charleston Mattress donated this
YES - a queen size mattress, box spring and frame!

We get to the game and start looking at all the fun donations
ooohhhh...I like that...and that....and that
hahahahaha ~ what was I suppose to do?
It started raining so I had to keep myself busy!

WHAT?!?!?! it's an autographed home plate
and I got a cute boy who loves baseball
they gave us the 2 minute warning so I totally
hovered over it telling people i would outbid them
anyway and a lady came up - I said 
I'm getting this for my kid so back off
(I was half kidding)
she said her son plays on the team and
she was just looking at his signature..
ahhhh...so sweet and cute!

the rest were lucky breaks?
I got a Ralph Lauren shirt for $45??
it also happens to be Michael's size
I really bid on it for Mike 
gift certificate to DIG across the street from the store
frame gift certificate/ photo session 
fireball and swag ~ hair cut

HAHAHAHA ~ well, it's for the best cause!

I'd buy anything for this face!!

AND I ran into the mom and her gorgeous 22yo daughter
she was a joy and so very kind
AND I happened to run into their doctor and his wife
who they swear by and got his email

My phone died or I would have had more pictures
I didn't see one person swing a bat or catch a ball
BUT I did enjoy every second and every penny
of a great night for a great cause!!

#teampriss

Thursday, February 27, 2014

the little things

I just got this text from my mom

" we were singing I can see clearly now the rain has gone and Annie sang
I can see all popsicles in my way"

soooo that's too cute for words!!

yes, we have had a birthday and I will blog about that with pictures but I didn't want to forget this because it's the little things that are so cute but you lose them in your day.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Double Digit Birthday!!


HOW is she TEN?!?!?!

this girl

who brings such joy 


and lights up our life

 I should have just bought a bounce castle
she LOVES bouncing and it's good exercise 
for my out of shapeness!
Braxton - she has loved him since she
could walk...he is so good with her!

 queens of selfies! say cheese!

 this lady was born to be a grannie!
I should have known she would be just like nannie!
God knew what he was doing because without
grannie I would be useless..
 and these two ~ 2 peas in a pod
laurel and hardy
frick and frack

my second baby...she has always stolen my heart

and that cutie - Reeser!
it's not a party without the Wright girls!!


the moment everyone sings 
"happy birthday to you"
and you realize how much your baby is loved!
melts.my.heart.
 let's not forget what it's all really about

the LOOT!!
she's such a superstar!

Nonnie's girl...

 we made it through the party....

Happy Birthday to the World's Cutest Priss Pot!
You bring joy to everyone who meets you!
you have such a loving heart
and I am blessed to be your mom!

Friday, January 03, 2014

our CRAZY, AMAZING, more than BLESSED year in pictures!!

I SWEAR this time I am going to start keeping up with this dang blog! I was reading again somewhere that there's a company that prints your blogs into books...is it cheating if I go back and post on the right dates so it will be in order?

we went to Scottsdale for Mike's meeting
Michael played fall ball

and the boys watched

we went to Mexico because I turned FORTY!

the middle one turned 12

Annabelle became a water baby

after she napped with Charlotte

had a super cute playdate

took more naps with Charlotte

was a princess for Halloween (and every other day)

she's too cute

we ate candy

Grannie had a birthday

I got engaged!!

the big one turned 14

we rented a cute little space

we were thankful

for her

and him

and him

and yes him too!

we opened a store

and it's filled with chevron

I think this sums it all up!!!

it maybe loud and crazy but it's ALL ours and we LOVE it!!


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