Wednesday, April 16, 2014

castles

The boys got an awesome set of blocks from my parents for Christmas and the last few weeks they haven't gotten really into building with them.  We've built a movie theater, a baseball stadium (of course), a train station, a car ramp and other things but their favorite is to build towers or castles as Logan demands they be called.

The object is to build the skinniest tallest tower you can and then stand next to it to see who it is taller than.  So far the tallest one was right in line with me and stood for a few hours without being knocked over.  My only recommendation is to watch your head and your toes.  Wooden blocks are not forgiving when they fall!











Tuesday, April 15, 2014

scattered

Scattered is the perfect word to explain me lately.  It can apply to my presence at home, my state of mind, my emotions, my spirit, my ability to do housework and the weather for that matter.  In any area of me, scattered is "where I'm at".  

Not all scattering is bad.  Being here and there at the ballfield, or running errands, or picking up boys from school is full of fun and togetherness.  Getting away with your husband for a week instead of being in your usual schedule is exciting.  

But when this homebody gets detached from her normal for too long scattered shifts towards a negative side causing exhaustion, a messy house, emotions that fly from one end of a spectrum to the other, and a loss of usual quiet times that open your spirit up to all manner of doubts, insecurities and attacks.  

As my mind and emotions race, I sit trying to be patient as I remember that this is just what I do until I reset back into familiarity and feel at ease once again.  I'm like the fussy infant who got off their sleep schedule and just can't seem to be content until that moment when it finally all clicks back.

Until then I can feel my heart and spirit constantly searching in it's banks for the truths it knows until it pours over them enough that the click does happen.  Until it can override the grumpiness, sleeplessness, doubt and just plain BLAHness.  Until my stubborn flesh can just give itself over and find rest in Him instead of searching for it in the things that can never supply.

Unfortunately this is a common things in me when change of any kind occurs. 

 Fortunately I have a savior who knows it and loves me anyway.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

visitors

When you live "far" away from both sides of your family visits can be few and far between and most of the time those visits are us driving to whichever place everyone is congregating and see ALL of our siblings, parents, nieces and nephews at the same time.  Which is totally fine, but it is so very nice when we get a special treat and have family come to us.

The past two weeks we got three special treats because we had back to back to back visitors.  My guest room was very happy to be able to be so useful.

Our first visitor was Katie and her two adorable girls Elodie and Miriam a.k.a two of our nine nieces.  She had texted me to ask me to pick something up for her at IKEA but in my very sneaky way I preyed on her love of zoos and bargains and convinced her to drive down instead to stay and get treated to a free trip to Zoo Atlanta and free babysitting for a trip to IKEA to check it all out herself.  I'm actually pretty sure it didn't take much convincing but I'm taking most of the credit anyway.

We all had a fabulous two and half days of chatting, laughing, shopping, baseball watching, serious talking, and enjoying of all the togetherness.  Between my sister, Zach's three sisters, my two sister in laws and my hopeful one day will be sister in law, God has blessed me with a wide variety of personalities and talents wrapped up in lovely, Godly women.  






















Micah and Connor both played hooky on zoo day and we had one of our best visits.  The highlights were...
*seeing the Elephant super close up and being fed
*seeing the Giraffe super close up, like so close up that I found out that their faces are extremely bumpy.
*seeing a baby rhino
*hearing the tiger growl
*seeing the entire lion family.  There was a mama, daddy and four brand new cubs.


Our next visitor was my mom a.k.a Mimi.  She drove up one day of her spring break to bring me a window mirror she made for the Romania auction and to see the boys play their games.  Unfortunately the day she came was FRIGID with gale force winds so they ended up canceling their games.  Boo!  She had to settle for wii baseball instead.




The day after my mom left, Zach's mom a.k.a Nana came for a few days.  She also came to watch the boys play their games.  Thursday night she got to see Connor's practice and Micah's game and see Micah hit an inside the park homerun and get the game ball!  Connor's game Saturday morning got cancelled due to rain but there was plenty of fun to be had regardless.





For all of you other out of town family and friends, our guest room is ALWAYS available and we'd LOVE to have you.  Like for real.  Come visit.  PLEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEE!

Monday, March 31, 2014

wyatt's party

Not too long ago I got to have a little alone time with Connor when I took him to a friend from school's birthday party.  It's not too often that I get to see him in a different atmosphere without one of his brothers and I loved getting to see him on his own and how he related to other kids his age.  

We were so sad we forgot to take a picture of the two of us.  We were going to do it at the party and then didn't remember until we got home.  I asked him if he wanted to just take it in the car but he informed me that we weren't at Wyatt's party anymore so that didn't make any sense.  Oh that smart boy!






Sunday, March 30, 2014

sunday song

  • Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
    Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
    Jesus ready waits to save you,
    Full of pity, love and pow’r:
    He is able, He is able,
    He is willing, doubt no more.
  • Come, ye needy, come and welcome;
    God’s free bounty glorify;
    True belief and true repentance,
    Every grace that brings us nigh,
    Without money, without money,
    Come to Jesus Christ and buy.
  • Let not conscience make you linger,
    Nor of fitness fondly dream;
    All the fitness He requireth
    Is to feel your need of Him:
    This He gives you, this He gives you,
    ’Tis the Spirit’s rising beam.
  • Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
    Lost and ruined by the fall;
    If you tarry till you’re better,
    You will never come at all:
    Not the righteous, not the righteous,
    Sinners Jesus came to call.
  • Agonizing in the garden,
    Your Redeemer prostrate lies;
    On the bloody tree behold Him!
    Hear Him cry, before He dies,
    “It is finished!” “It is finished!“
    Sinner, will not this suffice?
  • Lo! th’ incarnate God, ascended,
    Pleads the merit of His blood;
    Venture on Him, venture wholly;
    Let no other trust intrude:
    None but Jesus, none but Jesus,
    Can do helpless sinners good.

  • Friday, March 28, 2014

    playing ball

    We are two weeks into baseball season and the May family has been busy busy. 

     Micah is playing in the 7/8 year old league on the Blue Jays this year and Connor is in t ball on the Angels and they are absolutely loving it.  Like seriously loving it.  And I am loving watching them.  

    Honestly one of my favorite things about being a mama is just the watching.  I mean I love playing with them and teaching them things and doing things alongside them but when you get the chance to just watch, to stand on the side and look, you see how much they have learned and how they have grown and who they are when they are living their little life.  I know it's not all sunshine and roses.  When you stand back and look you can see the difficult stuff and the sin that overshadows everything but you also see those glimpses of what you have taught them and those glimpses of what they have figured out on their own and it makes your heart burst with pride and, in my case, it makes you tear up.

    So yes on Connor's first game when I saw him run to first and get his glove ready to "catch" the ball there were tears welling in my eyes because I know he's bigger and he's learning and as I watch he has thoughts running through his head reminding him of everything he's supposed to know.  And yes when Micah walked into the dugout on his own and unpacked his stuff and joked around with his friends and ran onto the field ready to play with that seriously legit ballplayer look on his face I teared up because he knows what's going on, he's becoming aware of how to be on a team and he's ready to work hard at something he loves.

    I love my sweet ball players.