Monday, November 30, 2009

According to Lainee!

My family is the best family,
My dad is the best dad.
and last, my mom is the best mom.

The one in the red is Randall. You may think that is a bow, but that is how Lainee illustrates the boys in our family because of their spikey hair!! I love how she drew me right next to her in the exact same outfit! When I asked her why she wrote and last before she wrote about me she said, "I was going to write last but not least, but it was too long!" What a cutie! :0)

Be blessed!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Things I am thankful for today~
Waking up to my awesome husband having the ads on my kitchen table(and coffee made too) by about 6:30am!!
Snuggling on the couch before the kids woke up watching an episode of the office!
Seeing each one of my precious children one by one with their sleepy head hair walk in and say "Happy Thanksgiving!"
Randall getting the Christmas lights up before noon!
The kids cleaning up the dog doodoo in the backyard!
Looking at all the ads with Michelle and being so thankful that she has become such an important part of our family this year!
Our good friends who invited us to share their thanksgiving meal with them!
My gracious and loving God who listens and answers when I talk with Him!
An afternoon to lounge with the family with NO agenda!
BLACK FRIDAY starting in just a few short hours~wahoo!!

Be Blessed!

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Pics!

If you are looking for someone to shoot your family Christmas photos... Have I got the girl for you! We had so much fun with Angel! She was actually taking Michelle's Sr. pictures(which I will save for another post!) In the midst though, she graciously snapped a few shots of the kids! I love the way they turned out! Some of the pictures(the ones that aren't so great) I took with my measly camera, but most of them she took. She did a fabulous job! Thanks Angel!!

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Be blessed!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Fun!

We had the opportunity to go visit the pumpkin patch this year and we had a blast! There were so many things to do, some of which didn't make it in pictures. Everyone had a different favorite part, but we all loved playing on the bikes together! It was quite a work out too. It was great family fun! Nathan was quite the navigator, he lead us through the maze. The big boys decided it would be fun to follow us through the maze in stealth like fashion!! I just love fall!!

They each choose a pumpkin and a few gourds to take home

Lainee and Grayson rode in style!

Nathan and Lainee in the corn pit.

It's raining corn!

Jake was completely buried!

Coming off the slide.

Riley pushing Nathan

The hayride!

Riley Jaiston and Jake

Top of the world! (or at least the hay!)

The boys were hiding in the corn "spying" on us!

Follow the leader~

Mommy's girl!

Be blessed!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Football Season ends!

What a fun season of football we have had! Riley and Jake played tackle football this year and had a blast! I have to admit,I think I had just as much fun watching as they did playing! The boys did so good and absolutely LOVED playing! While they are sad that the season has come to an end, I am secretly rejoicing! Rejoicing because it means that we have our nights back, we can have family dinners again without shoveling down our food to get someone to practice! Rejoicing because we have our Saturday mornings to sleep in again, we can lounge around the house in our pj's until we decide we want to get dressed! Rejoicing because we have Sunday afternoons back, we can come home from church and put our sweats on because we don't have to leave the house again! Yes I am secretly rejoicing! Randall is too, only his isn't such a secret! I love watching my boys play football or anything else that they enjoy, but I also love having them home every night to snuggle and spend time with. Basketball is quickly approaching and when it does I will be excited to see them play! But I will also be just as excited when that season ends too!!

Isn't our life like that. We enter into a season that feels exciting and new, only to be longing for something different a few months later. The Lord gives us seasons for different reasons. Some seasons are extremely hard, while others are exciting and fun. Riley's football team was not very strong in offense this year(that is putting it nicely) They only won 1 game. Infact I think there may have only been one touchdown the entire season. But it was a growing experience for him. He became a stronger player! He created new friendships and tighter bonds with some of his old friends. I wouldn't say that this season for him was his best, but God used it to do some things in Riley that needed done. Jake on the other hand had a fantastic season! His team won every game but 2. We were on the edge of our seat the entire game watching and waiting anticipating the next exciting play! I think our lives are like that. Some seasons are just plain heartwrenching and we're not sure we'll make it through, while others we never want to end! What season are you in right now? Whatever it is, know that God has ordained it and walks it out with you daily, if you let Him! He is the best coach that there is or ever has been! He knows the play book by heart and knows exactly how to train us to be the best we can be! Trust Him!! He has a perfect record and will never let us down! God has something to say about seasons in His word~
Ecclesiastes 3
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
What time is it for you? For us it is, for a time, the end of football season!

If you click on the picture, you can see Jake catching the kick off!

Showing off their ever present muscles!!

Riley was so proud of Jake~I love this picture (even though I wish Riley had a whole shirt on!)

Brad, Mimi, Papaw, Nathan Lainee(a little excited), Jake and Riley after Jake played.

Mimi and Papaw after Riley's game~he scored the only touchdown of the day!

He's number 31, he's even intense on the side lines.

In action!

Okay, this isn't football~ but I just love this picture of Lainee and her daddy!! Thought I would throw it in for fun! :)

Be Blessed!