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I'm a 20-something from Georgia who has a precious baby boy and a handsome husband! I love my Jesus and all things that make the South what it is! I'm a 2nd grade teacher and feel like a lucky girl to get to spend my days with awesome 7 and 8 year olds!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Share Your World Thursday...Linky

My Dear Friend Jessica is hosting a Linky Party Christmas Style! If you don't already follow her, DO! She's hilarious and is always doing some fun linky to make new friends!

That's easy! My first married Christmas  (still very much in love and very happy in every way as my marriage was a ripe 6 months old) my MIL {just imagine if you don't know what THAT stands for} gifted us with an enitre set of kitchen and bath towels that said..."Love is blind but marriage is a REAL eye opener." REALLY? Greg and I had our house painted a beautiful green and we used natural browns and whites as accents through out. No red. AnyWHERE. And the towels were a terrible damper on our first Christmas. Needless to say, they hit the spot! (Code for the DUMPSTER!)
Growing up, my family had this insane tradition to watch the 24 hour marathon of THE Christmas Story on TBS. I found it to be totally annoying....until I didn't do it anymore. Then I missed it. The marathon always starts at 8, so we would pop popcorn, grab out sleeping bags-or pillows and blankets- and the whole crew (like all 6 of my brothers and sisters and my parents) would pile up in the living room together. And how can you not love the grumpy dad and the dorky kid? The movie is classic. 
The End!

Choosing one is a joke, right? My grandmother makes the most incredible Christmas candy every year. Divinity, fudge, peanut clusters, pecan puffs, Christmas cookies, hard candy...etc. To. Die. For. I literally look forward to tearing up the sweets because they are such a treat. She spends days cooking all of this and it is all incredible! Hands down my favorite Christmas dessert!

Remember during this wonderful time of family and friends, Jesus is the REAL reason for the season!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 19, 2011


Have you ever had that stomach churning, awful feeling like something bad was happening around you? {Please, Lord, tell me I'm not the only one!} That's where I am today. Sleepy, exhausted, grumpy from the long day I just. Laying in the bed, I logged onto facebook. (It's so difficult not to just ONE. MORE. TIME.) Anyway, I did. Mis. take. I see a post from yesterday that made my stomach churn. Made my heart hurt. Most importantly, made all my "need for sleep" vainsh. Poof! Gone. Now, I sit typing wondering how to fix this problem. Or maybe not fix it, just address it. YIKES! Pray for peace of mind. Gym at 4... It's 11:33. Might be a tough day getting out of bed. Thank you, Lord for naps! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Linky Fun!

I'm ONLY a day late and a dollar short...who's counting??

1. What is the best compliment you've ever recieved??
I got a compliment today that was pretty incredible. I'm a teacher [I babble about that a lot, I'm afraid...] Anyway, I teach 20 students reading intervention {i.e. extra intensive help} for 40  minutes every day. One of the students mothers bought me a gift and wrote the most beautiful letter inside. She told me though she didn't know me, a light shined through my smile. She knew I was an awesome teacher because the way her child rambles on about me and the growth she sees in him. She said I always wore a smile even in the toughest of situations and it was evident I was great at what I do. SMILE! My heart smiled....literally!
2.Seat Belt?
Always. GAB needs his mommy. Nuff said....

3.  Fill in the blank.
You know you're comfortable with your spouse when ______________.
You talk about the color of poop, snot, amount of dirty diapers, etc. while scarfing down dinner. GAB and his needs pretty much consume most topic of conversation, however doing it while eating takes it to a new level!

4. Someone gives you a gift wrapped in a 4 inch square box. What is it?
Really? A picture frame of course! All teachers need trinket type frames, coffee mugs, and a zillion candles!

5. You are at Chik-Fil-A. What do you order?
Easy...regular chicken sandwich (no pickle), side salad with ranch, and a diet lemonade. A. MAY. ZING! Truly epic.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Whole World...

"Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from him." Proverbs 127:3

I have never known a love like I have for my son. I am more blessed today than ever {also more broke than ever} but alas I'm rich in love! I look at GAB and see how he's growing and changing and  I am reminded of my purpose. My purpose on Earth is to teach GAB to be the best that he can and to live for Jesus. I have heard it said so many times, it's better to allow your children to learn by watching you than by hearing you. I couldn't agree more! Recently, GAB has demonstrated many things he's learned by watching his daddy and myself.
1. He knows EXACTLY how to put on blush. {Daddy=FURIOUS at me for this one!}
2. He washes his hands (minus soap and water) exactly like his daddy does each and every afternoon when he walks in from work.
3.He has MASTERED a duck call. Yeap, we live in the South! My husband is 100% country boy and it makes him so proud that his {almost} 15 month old knows how to call a duck and can effortlessly identify one. (Real or fake.)
4.GAB knows how to worship! It makes me heart leap to see my son raise his hands and sing. I am not ashamed to say, he's witnessed this and has picked it right up!
5. He knows how to "read" me a story. Jibber jabber or not, he turns the pages, points to the pictures, and laughs at appropriate times. What can I say? I'm a teacher!
6. When momma and daddy want to know if his cup is empty, what do we do? Shake it of course! Guess who else does too? Yeap, my boy! And when it's empty, he throws it. (Don't love the throwing, but I rest assured that he's brillant and will catch on soon enough.)

My list could go on and on bragging about my precious gift. Instead, I'd like to share some photos. This boy melts my heart....literally!
GAB loves himself some cheese grits! He can put a hurting on a serving! However, we haven't mastered the spoon just yet.

It gets me every time! Opening day of deer season this year, Greg pulled out these boots I purchased at a consignent shop for $2 (as play shoes...might I add) and they played in them alright! So much so, I had to coax GAB out of them.

GAB picked out his own pumpkin! Didn't care about taking a picture with me at all...LOVED the pumpkin patch though!

I love these 2 boys SO much. {Even though GAB is JUST like his daddy.} HA!

GAB and MLB. Best friends! Incredibly blessed with great family. These 2 are about 3 months apart and they are SO much a like. Rotten...for sure!
And last but not least...the hat photo. The weather is so crazy lately. 30 one day and 80 the next. It's a miracle we've all stayed pretty much well. This was a cold day and although he was still in his jammies, I wanted him to let me catch him in his new hat. He hated it, but I got a cute expression. The one that screams, "Mom, really?"

I'm so blessed....more than I deserve!
Good night!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Have you ever wondered why something happens? Why me? Why now? What have I done to deserve this??? I find myself very often asking these questions. Sometimes in good situations and sometimes in not so great situations. Most recently, our very good friends invited us on a cruise. We had SUCH a blast. I found myself asking WHY am I the recipent of this awesome friendship? Why am I so blessed? On the other side of that, I feel I have lost a friend I thought I'd never lose. No matter what, I just knew SHE would never be anywhere but the absolute closest, nearest to my heart, dearest best friend EVER. Wrong. Can I just insert I have lost a lot of tears over this. But.... I find that God has a funny way of bringing things to my mindseye. I was completely bummed when she gave birth to her first baby and I wasn't contacted to come for a visit and when I offered to bring food I was brushed off- completely. Then, at 10 o'clock on Saturday night, I found myself listening to Dr. Charles Stanley explain how and WHY God allows people to come into our lives and leave. There's a season for them. Listening to him made me feel much better about the friendship I've lost for no apparent reason. I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends. Friends who want what I want in life, love, and their family. This one particular friend and I are polar opposites at this point in life. How does this happen? Really? Regardless, I find that in soul searching persay and in "why"ing God, I have found some particularly great pick me ups. I am reading Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson. (Complete pick me up. Another reminder of how incredibly blessed I am to be mommy to the most amazing little boy EVER!) I also love music! Jesus Culture and Hillsong have gotten me through many "why" questions. I am reminded daily, no matter how bad my situation may seem while I'm in it, God sees it all. Every season may bring pure joy, but HE has my world in his hands. Thank you, Lord for leading and directing my path. Thank you for placing those that you do into my path and I'm going to praise you for removing those that you do even if it doesn't make sense at the time. 

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."Romans 8:28