WOW, I feel like I've been busy lately. Elizabeth and Trey keep me busy, but on top of that, I tutor kids 4 days a week after school, I go to MOPS (a bible study for preschool moms), I am helping start up an FCA at University of New Orleans, and being a Room Mom for Trey's class is like a part time job!! It's crazy. I do enjoy all of it though, I just need to take a deep breath. I wanted to post some new pictures of the youngins!! You will see some of them in their costumes for Trunk or Treat. Don't forget to take notice of the hair bow in my baby's hair!:)
Sarah's been buggin me to post on her blog. She always refers to herself as a "blogger" and about how cool her "blog" really is compared to everyone else in the world, so I decided I'd post and bring Sarah's blog back down to earth. Actually, I just wanted to write and say how proud I am to be a daddy to Trey and Elizabeth. I love my nieces and nephews and I feel like they love me back, but to see the joy in your kids' faces when they look up at you, it's something else altogether. The only reason I get to see the joy on their faces is because their momma makes sure I'm apart of everything in their lives whether I'm travelling or at work. Sarah has turned into a remarkable woman and wife. She loves and cares about her kids - and always makes time to tell me I'm a good dad or husband. I appreciate and love her for it because I don't always give her a whole lot of credit for all her hard work. The people we've met in New Orleans have always said what a wonderful woman Sarah is and it's about time I gave her that same shout-out on her blog! Love you, baby.
I can't believe Elizabeth is 3 months old! We have been really busy lately. This weekend we went to the zoo and had a great time.
Trey and his friend Elizabeth Hurd wore shirts of their favorite teams who happened to be playing each other that day. We don't talk about who won...it's a sensitive subject in our house. Go Gamecocks!
I have more than once said to my dear sister, " I wish my life were like a country music video.":) Don't get me wrong, I love my life, but I mean come on....those country music videos make everyday seem pretty good. Days on the boat, summers of love, awesome front porch views...I mean, they even make selling turnip greens from the back of your truck seem cool. So for your listening pleasure I have added a playlist of my current favorites. Mostly Sugarland...I absolutely love "All I Want to Do". Trey already knows most of the words, and Elizabeth loves it when I sing it to her, even with a voice like mine!:) ENJOY!
Yesterday at church Elizabeth was baptized. It was a really special moment for us as a family, plus it gave us an opportunity to explain to Trey what it meant. I was reminded yesterday of how great it is to be able to give my child "back" to God. I feel so blessed that He gave her to me for this time on earth, and yesterday I laid her life in His hands- I want God to hold Elizabeth in His hands. Baptism by no means saves Elizabeth, but she is a part of a covenant family and we as her parents promise to help guide her in her own decision to make Christ her Savior. I cannot wait for the day that both of my kids make that personal decision and pray that they will live a life full of the blessings that can only come from above! Often I am so hard on myself for making mistakes or not being the perfect parent...it can literally drive me crazy. But then I remember that Jesus is the perfect parent and loves my kids even more than I do. When I feel like a failure or that I have nothing left to give, Jesus will carry me and pick up where I can't! It's so comforting to know that Bobby and I are not alone...we do not have to worry about being the perfect parents, because Jesus will take care of it for us.
It was so cool because we also sang my favorite song, "In Christ Alone". I was so happy that they picked this particular Sunday to sing it! We also sang a new song, "Jesus Paid it All". One part of the song really stood out to me, so I thought I would share it.
And I hear the Savior say, "Thy strength indeed is small. Child of weakness, watch and pray, Find in me thine all in all." I couldn't even really sing the words because I tend to get choked up when things really touch me, but I prayed right then that YES Lord, my strength is so little, I am so weak, help me to find my all in YOU! Life would be so much easier if I could just learn to do that on a daily basis.....my worth is in Jesus, and He loves me for me, weaknesses and all. :) I hope everyone had a great weekend! I have attached a picture of Elizabeth in her baptism dress.....not a very good one, but she was passed out!:)
For some reason I've got the giggles tonight. For those who know me really well, I can be really silly at times and act like I'm in 7th grade...those were the glory days Brooke!:) Anyway, I really wanted Bobby to rub my feet....I even tried telling him that they hurt because of something tied to my labor (that was over two months ago). Well it didn't work, so then we broke out into our favorite song. "Even though we ain't got money....I'm so in love with you honey"....but then that's where our knowledge of the words end....so we start doing the whole "...love with you honey.....mmmmmmm mmmmmm of looooooove....". That just cracks me up, especially since no one in my family is particularly gifted in the singing area. Has anyone sat by Dad in church? A man singing soprano, now that is truly a joyful noise. :) So, anyway, today was pretty uneventful...I managed to get Trey to school without Elizabeth screaming the whole way there or back...quite an accomplishment. I'm sure some of you have heard about her "particulars". Such as, always have the pink fuzzy blanket around her head. Better have a pacy on hand. Change the diaper as SOON as the poop hits it. Do not and I repeat DO NOT let the swing run out of batteries. Girlfriend even has a fake cry already!:) That baby just blesses my heart....I just love my kids:)!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let's just say this weekend was not the best for me or my family. Lots of arguments, tears, and mean things were said. Once again it was reaffirmed to me how hard being a parent is. Bobby and I were dealing with some things with Trey and basically the perils of growing up! I literally hurt when my children hurt and I just can't stand to see them go through anything bad. I was also reminded of what a great father I have...I called him to get some "words of wisdom" and somehow he always knows what to advice to give. I really appreciated him making me feel better and encouraging me as a mother. So if you read this, Thanks Dad, you are the best!:)
Bobby, the kids, and I are living in Myrtle Beach now....enjoying life and each other! Trey and Elizabeth continue to keep us busy....but we love every minute of it and are so thankful God gave us these sweet babies!:)