I built a table…

I’m the kind of girl who will wait years for the perfect piece of furniture instead of just buying something that’s easy to find. When decorating, I usually have a very precise picture of what I am looking for, I’m sure it exists somewhere and I’m willing to wait it out until I can find just the right thing. Call me patient or call me stubborn…nah, just call me stubborn.

For the past year and half I have been looking for a small “mini desk”. Despite my best efforts, Google continued to fail me over and over again in my search for this perfect table. It needed to be cool, cheap, original, and small. Finally, this summer when I was home visiting my family in WV I found an old piece of barn wood in a field near my house. I had a plan. With my dad’s help (because building things is always more fun –okay, easy– with dad help) I trimmed the ends of the board down to the exact size I needed. Then on the underside of the board I attached two 1 inch boards to give the raw steel hairpin legs (found online) a solid and even surface to attach. Voila! The perfect mini desk! Not only is it perfect in size, shape, function, and price, the table also has sentimental value which is priceless. It was worth the wait.

My very own “office” nook.

October 31st…

The kids! And to think that this wasn’t all of them! we are missing a few in this pic…

Halloween! It was quite the extravaganza at our house this year! 22 adults + 25 kids in costume and under the age of 6. Oh. My. Goodness! Fun!! Crazy! Just they way it should be! We started with a potluck dinner, then hit the streets for sweets. It felt like a scene out of a movie with all the families walking down the street, baby’s in arm, strollers being pushed, toddlers running from house to house with screams of delight, the sun setting, cool October air, the smell of campfires being lit, and a colorful canopy of leaves overhead. It was beautiful chaos.

I always have grand plans of making my kids costumes weeks in advance, but it never fails that I’m gluing and sewing the morning of Halloween to pull something together. This year we managed to have 1 shark and 2 mermaids. Nash and Evyn were thrilled with their costumes. However, Meyer was not a fan. She had been fussy most of the day (I’m thinking an ear ache…headed to the doc to find out in a bit!) so she was not in the mood to dress up. I didn’t get any great family group photos this year, but here’s what I managed to snap….

A VERY unhappy Mermaid. I don’t blame her with that ribbon-hair wig and giant flower on her head! (don’t worry, she had a sweater…we just snapped one picture without it!)

On the other hand, this mermaid LOVE being a creature of the sea…

Shark!!!!!

Taking over the streets…

The goods!

Meyer prefers just being herself.

Well, until next year…

Evyn

Lost in deep thought….

Since Evyn could talk she has referred to herself as “chocolate”,  Nash (& Meyer) as “vanilla”, me “chocolate chips” (because of my freckles), and Bryson as “milk chocolate”. This has always made me smile and I love how she delights in the fact that she is “chocolate”. Besides, chocolate is ALWAYS a good thing!  Recently Evyn was sitting quietly thinking and out of the blue we had the following conversation…

Me: “What are you thinking about Ev?”

Evyn: “Mom, I KNOW God made me. I KNOW Jesus loves me. But why am I the only chocolate girl?”

Me: “You aren’t the only chocolate girl. There are lots of beautiful chocolate girls just like you (I then go on to list some friends we know…). But how does it make you feel to be the only chocolate girl in our family?”

Evyn: “Well……I guess it makes me feel special.”

Me: “You are special, Evyn. (pause) Evyn, would you like to have a brother or sister who is chocolate like you?”

Evyn: after pondering the question for a second she says with a huge grin, “Yeah. Or… maybe just a friend that comes over sometimes?!”

Words from a child are so honest and real. It’s a great reminder for me to 1.) keep an open conversation going…she’s thinking about it and needs to talk about it. 2.) make sure we are surrounding our family with a diverse group friends and families that span cultural and color lines. 3.) Might be time to really start thinking/talking/pursuing adoption again. 🙂

I love this child more than words and not a day goes by that I don’t thank God that He has allowed us to be her parents. She’s a gem.

sisters…

This is our life…

Georgia beats Florida!

First of all…FUN FACT: This is my 500th blog post!! Wow! What a milestone (for me at least)! Now on to the news about Georgia vs. Florida…

Nash and Bryson along with our friends Brad and six year old Will set off on a grand father/son caper yesterday morning. They made the six hour drive to Jacksonville Florida for the Georgia/Florida football game. Not only did they have a fun time eating hotdogs & cotton candy…the Dawgs actually won. Nash and Bryson were on cloud nine. I’m so grateful for the way my husband is intentional about creating special adventures for he and Nash to share together. These are memories and moments that will forever bond their relationship.

 

The girls cheered from home and made Georgia look good…

Meyer

This child is hilarious. She deserves her on blog, let alone her own blog post. Next month, my sweet Meyer will turn 2! She’s already exercising her 2-year-old muscles and attitude. There are multiple times a day she makes me crack up laughing. She’s beginning to talk more and more, but it’s those eyes of hers that already say a thousand words. She is silly, stubborn, full of life & joy, and thinks she is as at least as old as Evyn and Nash combined. Her favorite person in the world is her Mimi, by a long shot. They are too peas in a pod — I love their sweet relationship!

See for yourself just how silly this little “butterball” is!

Her silly wink + fake smile….

Now she is just trying to be funny….

obviously in the middle of lunch….

I wish I could bottle up that laughter and smile forever!

Cape Town

This past month Bryson and I got to visit Cape Town for the first time. IT. WAS. AMAZING. Granted, it would have been better if we would have visited it together at the same time. As it was, Bryson had a trip scheduled for JoBurg and Cape Town for 10 days prior to when I was to leave. So as  he was on his flight home, I was just leaving Atlanta on my flight to Cape Town. We blew kisses to one another as our planes passed in the night over the Atlantic ocean. It was a long 20 days apart from one another — I wouldn’t recommend it! I do think I got the best end of the deal. After spending 10 days with the 3 kids by myself, nothing in the world seemed more lovely than a 16 hour flight somewhere on the other side of the world (uninterrupted quiet time? Yes, please! Though I did miss my little people terribly)! I was giddy about going to Cape Town!

My purpose in going to CT was to help with the Passion World Tour stop there. What a joy to serve!! The night was beautiful — 17,000 people gathered in the soccer arena for worship and teaching. The Church is alive in Cape Town! And for sure God’s glory is alive in Cape Town….talk about breath-taking scenery! God is showing off in the natural beauty He crafted on Africa’s southern tip. I’m quite sure there is nothing like the coast of Cape Town anywhere else on planet earth. The drive to the Cape of Good Hope stole my heart forever. Stunning cliffs, wild ocean, whales jumping from the depths of the sea, penguins, baboons, wild ostrich, Springbok, meerkat, beautiful beaches, the Indian & Atlantic oceans meeting, wine country….I could gush on and on about the beauty of Cape Town. It was my first trip to glorious Cape Town, but it will surely NOT be my last.

The Church rising up in worship at Passion Cape Town…

on the tip of Africa! Take my breath away…both the beauty and the freezing water!

After serving with the Passion team in Cape Town, I boarded a flight to Durban to meet up with my two best friends/roommates from college, Emmy and Kris. Both of these sweet girls married awesome South African men and have happily made their home in SA. The three of us had not been together in 10 years so it was a precious reunion! I am so grateful for the time we had to catch up! What a sweet blessing!

Me, Kris, and Emmy….back together! (Missing Stacey, though!)