I have some random pictures of this and that to share. They are just of our everyday happenings. Life is so busy. The days fly by and I wonder what I have done all day. Well, here are a few things.
I have smiled at my boys in their new matching hats. Mimi took the kids shopping when they were there last and Lincoln picked out this hat. He fell in love with it and wore it constantly. It was actually a little bit small for him, so we went and got one more his size. That left Layton with the other one. They wore them to church a few Sundays ago and got lots of compliments.
I have melted when Layton comes and kisses on me while I am on the computer in the office. Lately he has taken to going and getting a brush and brushing my hair too. I LOVE to have my hair played with. I love that he loves me and wants to show me his love.
I have laughed at my silly husband as he has created a new character to use at church to teach the kids in Faith in Action. He is Phil the Barber (a Philistine). He taught a lesson called "Samson Chooses the Wrong Friends" about Samson and Delilah. He cut Samson's hair as he was telling the story.
I have enjoyed a wonderful weekend of shopping, eating, and talking with my mom, all her sisters, and all their daughters (my cousins). I love all these ladies so much. I caught Aunt Bet making a hilarious face. We had the best laugh from it though! They are all so fun!
I have seen the kids grow so much through swimming this summer. This was taken on our last trip to the pool. I have loved every minute of watching them and making these memories with them.
Lately I have been praying a lot for this sweet girl. We have had a rough few weeks. I have just about decided she is already hitting that pre-teen stage. One minute she can be so calm, kind, and happy (like in the picture below) and the next she is yelling and angry. It has been hard.
I have been so thankful for some of the friendships we have. We had the Harris family over for dinner one night. The kids had so much fun together. Kris and Tremayne are such buddies and I was able to chat with Keisha and get to know her better. She quit her job as a nurse a while back to be able to be home and available for the kids. But she has been struggling a bit knowing how to use all her free time and not be bored. We talked about some things that I hope will be helpful to her. She really doesn't have all the mommy friends that I do that all stay home. That is not really a common thing in the African American culture. Hearing her talk made me appreciate all the friendships that I have had over the years as I have stayed home.
I have watched the kids experience new things. Lincoln joined the Cub Scouts. I am so excited for him and all that he will learn and do! I really believe that it will be right up his alley. We went to the Boy Scout Store to get his uniform the other day and they had several booths set up from area troops showing some of the things that the Scouts get to do. He loved all of them!
I have gotten sentimental watching Hannah practice piano on the piano that I learned on. She started lessons last week. I have always thought she was musically inclined and I really hope she runs with this.
I have been blessed. Sometimes in the busyness of life I forget this too easily. I love my little family. Yes, we have our share of problems and struggles and some days I just don't know how to handle them or what I am going to do. But then I am reminded that I have God. He is the giver of all these blessings and he is present.