Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Day of Fun...

Recently, our family joined the homeschool ministry at our church.  We just went on our first field trip with a group of families from BBC.  We were able to visit the Chick-Fil-A in South Asheville.  (Side note: all Chick-Fil-As are wonderful restaurants, but the one is South Asheville is by far the friendliest, kindest, and most accommodating!).  Here, a fantastic lady gave us the history of Chick-Fil-A, information about Truett Cathy and the menu, taught the kids how to make lemonade, gave a behind-the-counter-tour, and gave them treat bags with a coupon for a free meal as well as a free dessert!  If you haven't tried them yet, their cookies are AWESOME!

After our visit to Chick-Fil-A, I decided to keep the day of fun going.  The kids had earned several coupons for Fun Depot from church, the dentist, and baseball.  I told them we would go to Fun Depot, but we were only using the coupons.  When that was complete, we were leaving, no fits allowed.  The kids agreed to the terms, and we went off to Fun Depot.  I have to brag on the staff there...every single person was so helpful.  The establishment was unbelievably clean for a place covered with kids.  The three of us played a round of indoor putt-putt.  Then, the kids played mini-bowling, rode the bumper cars, and played a video game.  When we spent our last coupon, we left, and the kids were fabulous.  I cannot say it enough...I am so blessed to be a parent to Cecely and Titus.  They are great kiddos!

Answer to prayer!!!

Last year, I wrote a post about two of our dearest friends, Dean and Daphne.  They had been trying for so long to be parents.  Their journey has been filled with ups and downs, happy times and sad times.  The road has been rough, but their earnest prayers were answered this week!  Daphne gave birth to sweet little Cade earlier this week.  When I had the chance to hold him, I was overwhelmed with the reminder that God does answer prayers.  He might not answer as quickly as we would like, but holding that little gift reminded me that He is faithful and true.  So, thank you to all of you who have been praying for Dean, Daphne, and Cade.  They are a testimony to the power of God's love!

Daphne and Dean


Catching Up With Friends...

I am behind on my blog postings, but not for lack of material to write about.  I have just been a little crazy, but today I have a slow day, so I am going to catch up on my blogs.

There are some people who can come in and out of your life, but the relationship is always the same.  I have great memories of times with my friend, Andrea.  She, her sister, my sister, and myself spent many Sunday afternoons together.  We used to play outside in the creek, make up dances, ride bikes for miles, and just have fun being kids together.

As we grew up and life moved us around, we haven't been able to see much of each other.  But, I am so thankful that regardless of the months or years apart and the miles and oceans that separate us, we are able to pick up where we left off when we do get to see each other.

Recently, I was blessed to be invited to dinner with our great friends, the Testas, along with Andrea and her 2 daughters who were visiting from Germany.  What a treat!  Cecely and Titus loved sitting near the girls and playing and talking with them.  It was such a refreshing and fun evening to be able to spend time with friends who I have truly known most of my life.  What a gift!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Play with your food!

Do you remember when you were younger, and your mom would say, "don't play with your food!"?  I remember because I say it to Titus at almost every meal.  Titus can turn carrot sticks into a soccer game, grapes into race cars, and French fries into football games.  Almost everyday, I am saying to Titus, "please pay attention and stop playing with you food!"!  A couple of days ago, I was prepping vegetables, and I noticed how pretty the design was on the bottom of the stalk of celery.  I know that sounds strange, but I couldn't help but notice it.  I was reminded of the wonderful artist God is, and how He even made produce pretty!  The idea popped into my head that we could do an art project using some of our vegetables.  I kept the bottom of the stalk of celery, some broccoli, and I sliced up some tops of carrots into different shapes.  Yesterday, I put out the paint on the table along with paper and the vegetables.  I told the kids we were going to paint with vegetables.  Cecely immediately lit up, and Titus said, "that sounds gross".  I told him we weren't going to eat the vegetables after we paint with them and that these were parts of the vegetables that usually end up in the trash or compost pile.  That rational worked for Titus, and so, the painting began.  The kids had a great time and the end product was pretty neat!