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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Moments {7.11.14}


Another week has come and gone.
And, as always, I'm shocked at how fast it goes by.  
I often just want time to slow down.
My kids are just growing so very fast.
I keep looking at them all and doing double takes.....how did they get so big?!?

Saturday, July 5, 3014......After a few days visiting family for the 4th of July, we headed back home.
But Miss Maggie got to stay for some special time with Grammy and Granddaddy.
She was so excited! 


The rest of us headed on our way home after breakfast and goodbyes.
We stopped on the way to visit our sweet friends, The Lewis'.
They bought a new house a few months back and invited us to stop by for lunch.
It was a wonderful lunch and a wonderful visit with friends.
184/365..... sweet friends.

Sunday, July 6, 2014.... On Sunday afternoon, after church, Lillie comes bounding into the living room to tell us that she had been cleaning out from under her bed and that she had found her glasses that have been lost for a couple of months
185/365......HOORAY!

She didn't need to tell us though --- we could tell.....

Monday, July 7, 2014..... We jumped right into the work week with much to do.  
Errands to run and places to be.
I love my bible study group that meets on Monday nights.  They are awesome.
This week, we ended with some time in prayer wandering around outside.
It was beautiful.

I arrived home to find a package waiting for me.
I have been blessed by two wonderful ladies as of late with the gift of books.
Books speak to my soul.
And I cannot wait to start on these two!!

186/365......THANKS, LADIES!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 --  On Tuesday, I worked in the morning and then we drove an hour to Lillie's dermatologist appointment.  I arrived just in time for them to announce that her doctor was running 45 minutes behind.  Ack.
SO, we rescheduled and drove home.
Lillie and Allie had friends over for a sleepover Tuesday evening.
These girls wrote a play and held auditions for the play on Tuesday night.

187/365.....Sweet Friends!  


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- On Wednesday, we got up and had some delicious pancakes and sausage with our friends.

Then, after  some work at church, the kids and I headed out to drive the almost 4 hours to my sister's house to pick up my Maggie.
We stayed the night at had a blast with my little nephews.
188/365.....movie night with family.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- We got to stay and play with these sweet boys all morning and have lunch together before heading back home.  
It was a wonderful time.
189/365.... cousins....


We left after lunch to make the long drive home.
We were all super tired when we finally made it back home.
But so excited to find this tiny bird's egg in the magazine holder of our mailbox.

Friday, July 11, 2014 .... I started with a run on Friday morning and then headed over to some work.
We then had some errands to run as a family and had a supper out together before I had to be back at church for our Mission Trip mini-retreat.  We started our evening with some time to just hang out and then the youth cooked our supper.
While they were doing that, I ran home to get my clothes and air mattress to spend the night.
When I walked across the street I saw this.  Love it!

After supper, we played a life size game of Jenga.
So much fun!
190/365..... jenga

That's what we have been up to this week.
Such a great and busy week!
Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Moments {7.4.14}

Happy Fourth Of July Weekend!
We have had a great week this week that even included some travel to visit my family.
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.
My Great Grand Pa Bradford had a creek that ran through his land and when I was a little girl, we went to the swimming hole {Steep Holler} almost every Sunday afternoon.
But, on the 4th of July?
Well, that was special!
All 7 of my Grand Pa Bradford's children {which included my Pa} went to the creek.
With all of their children and grandchildren.
And in the 10 years that I knew my Great Grand Pa -- he always went, too.
It was a fun family reunion.  It was swimming in the cold water. Eating Hot dogs cooked on a fire. It was homemade ice cream and my Grannies lemonade.
 It was 1st, 2nd ,3rd cousins and sometimes 4th and 5th cousins. 
It was sliding down the sliding rock.
It was hours of family fun followed by the hike back out of the holler which left us all wishing we could go back and jump in the icy water.
It was evening parties and fireworks with more family.
It was my second favorite holiday of the year.
It still is......
And though the way we spend it tends to be quite different -- Though, one day I will take my kids back to the creek !! - it is still a favorite holiday of mine and it just doesn't feel the same without my family.
This year, I got to see a lot of my family and for that I'm thankful.


Without further ado, here are the moments I hope to remember from this 4th of July week.
Saturday, June 28, 2014 --
  After the long week of VBS, we did absolutely NOTHING of importance on Saturday.
And it was lovely.
We slept in and ate breakfast at 10:30AM.
I cannot tell you the last time we did that!
Late in the afternoon, hubby got out his clubs and was hitting balls in front yard.
Which led to putting lessons while wearing your skating helmet.
177/365......lessons in putting....


We ended our day of doing nothing with a movie.
It really was a lovely day and rejuvenated us for the upcoming week.


Which was  a good thing because it was ( of course) busy.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 -- Sunday was church day and then we ran some errands before I went back to church for a bible study and then we went out for supper.

We had a good day and I snapped this shot of my sweet, tired boy as we were about to get him all tucked in.
178/365.....He's so grown up.


Monday, June 30, 2014 -- started with a run!  For the first time in about two weeks I laced up my running shoes and went running early Monday morning.


After the running, I got ready and headed off to work.
Hubs and I both worked a lot on Monday and then it was off to get Lillie to piano lessons and me to my evening bible study.
Not a lot to get a picture of during this day.

I did snap this shot of Miss Maggie as she was about to head to bed on Monday night.

179/365.....My sweet middle daughter - Maggie.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014 -  This was another busy morning of work for me. Trying to get everything done before heading out of town.
Once I finished all of the work things I needed to, I had some errands to run.
I took these three shopping for the afternoon.
{Maggie and Lillie were waiting to head off for a sleepover with a their friend, Emma}

We shopped til we dropped.
Literally.
By the time we got home we were exhausted.
The site of my mini-chandelier still makes my day, though!
180/365..... so pretty.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -- We headed out bright and early to Georgia to visit family.
We arrived mid-afternoon and got all unpacked before heading down to meet my dad for supper at Thatcher's BBQ.
I had the best veggie plate ever! Pinto Beans, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra and Mac and Cheese -- made this southern girls mouth really happy!

And this is how we ended the night.
181/365......sunset from my Mom's back porch....

Thursday, July 3, 2014 --Hubs headed off to play golf with my dad, brother and uncle.
So, I along with my Mom and the kids went to see Maleficent.  I really like the move a whole lot!  Great story of redemption.
We then had lunch at the Mellow Mushroom and walked around the Tennessee Aquarium for a bit.
The kids splashed in the wading pools  and had a grand time.
They also really liked this bridge.

182/365.....Chattanooga rocks!

It was then time to get home to run some errands. We dropped the kids off at my Mom's house.
Mom and I headed off to get groceries and get some flowers for the upcoming wedding of my cousin.
Then we stopped at the nursing home to check on my Pa.
The same Pa I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
He is not doing so well and is having to stay in a nursing home.
It is heart breaking because he wants to badly to go home.
This is my Mom feeding him his supper.
This is the epitome of honoring your mother and father!

Friday, July 4, 2014 -- I had hoped to take my kid to the creek that I wrote about above, but when we woke up on Friday morning, it was 55 degrees.
And by noon in was only 69.  Which meant it was too cold to swim in the creek and by noon it was too late.  
My cousin was getting married yesterday afternoon and Mom and I had things to do to get ready for it. I dropped the kids off with my dad and his girl friend and they finally got to go swimming.
Then we all got ready and headed off to the wedding.
It was a beautiful event on a bluff on our beloved Lookout Mountain.


After the wedding, Hubs and I drove down a serious back road to get down the mountain.
It was gravel and very rutted which made for a bumpy ride, but we made it so all is well!
We arrived at my dad's girlfriends house just in time to eat supper (delicious grilled steak, baked potatoes and salad!!).
We then sat and chatted while the kids played until dark when we shot fireworks!

183/365..... such fun.

Even though I didn't get to take the kids to the creek this year, there was still swimming and family and fireworks.
Pretty awesome 4th if you ask me!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Moments {6.27.14}

Another week has zoomed by.  
We had VBS at our church this week so that made it a super busy week.
Here are some of the moments I captured in pictures this week.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 --  Saturday morning, we were still at Annual Conference. We spent the morning cleaning up the cabin and getting ready to head home.
Before we left though, our oldest two had the PK (Preachers Kid) luncheon, so we dropped them there and went with the younger two to get some lunch ourselves.

These two had a staring contest at lunch.

After the lunches,we rounded up our brood and headed home.
Just in time for me to start getting ready for VBS that would start Monday morning.

While I was out, some wonderfully home grown produce arrived at my door.
SO very grateful for church members who share with us the bounty from their gardens!

170/365......fresh deliciousness!

Sunday, June 22, 2014 -- Church began our day the right way.  Hubs spoke one Gamaliel.
He is one of my favorite biblical characters. He had some wisdom and saved the hides of the apostles.  
Then it was time to get everything ready for VBS.  
We spent the afternoon decorating.
The theme of our VBS was "God's Big Backyard".
We had loads of trees, and tree houses and owls peeking out (and other critters, too!)

171/365.....the canopy of trees that they passed through to get to the sanctuary was one of my favorite parts! 


There was much to be done to finish preparing for VBS and this girl and I ended up at church until 12:30AM.  SO glad that she was willing to stay and help me!

Monday, June 23, 2014 -- We kicked off VBS.  
All week long we talked about ways to serve Jesus.  We started our week talking about serving Family.  Then we learned that God's backyard gets bigger and bigger and bigger.

It was a wonderful, but exhausting morning.
We came home for lunch and as I was headed back to church to prepare for Tuesday, I looked over to see this.
172/365......one tired boy.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014 --  On Tuesday at VBS, we talked about serving our friends. 
After a great second, albeit SUPER rainy, day at VBS, I worked all afternoon to prepare for the next morning, then rushed home to change clothes and head to the funeral home. Some of my sweet youth girls had lost their grandfather and we wanted to go show our respect and love to them.

Once I was home, hubs had taken the kids to a fast food place that I do not like to get supper. SO,
I took advantage of the situation and headed to one of my favs for some quiet.
It was lovely.


I also ran to get some much needed staples since we had zero groceries in our house.

I made it back in time to watch hubs play some of his softball game.  Our church softball team is awesome and ended their season in second place in the tournament.
We got home and I saw the clouds over the church.

173/365......SO pretty.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 --- Another fantastic day of VBS.
On day 3, we learned to serve our neighbors. As well as learning WHO our neighbors are.

We had more and more song leaders are the week went on =) 


Part of this VBS curriculum, was a 'community corner', where each day the children did some sort of service project related to that days theme. Day three was Serve Neighbors. 
SO they decorated grocery bags and took them home to fill with canned/dry goods.
They returned these bags the following two days of VBS. 
We collected A LOT of food for our local food pantry. 

174/365......so exited to serve our neighbors!


Thursday, June 26, 2014 -- On Day 4 of VBS, we learned about Serving our Community.
These were some super cute song leaders.....singing "Gonna Serve"!
See our bags of food behind them? 

We arrived home Thursday afternoon, tired but with full hearts.
I grabbed the mail and there was a package.
I love packages!
Our sweet friends the Fosters, had sent Allie and I a pick-me-up from Colorado.

175/365.....They are such a blessing.

Friday, June 27, 2014 -- Our final day of VBS.
  We talked about serving Jesus means sharing Jesus. 
Loving people is loving Jesus.
Our story telling team did an amazing job all week sharing our stories with the children.


We finished VBS with full hearts and exhausted bodies. But the day didn't stop there.
We ran some errands as a family and then Allie and I headed to our churches Youth Center for the evening.

By the time I got home I was so, so sleepy.
And still.  I didn't get in bed until this time.....

176/365......that's AM, people.


Which is why today (Saturday), I'm doing not much of nothing.
Except resting.
And I am doing that.
Before jumping back into another busy week tomorrow.
But for today, I'm enjoying some much needed rest!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Moments {6.20.14}

Another week has flown by.  
I had plans to blog about other goings on this week, I really did.
It just didn't happen.
Maybe next week.....though, I'm not promising.
It is VBS week around here.
At least I can still share  a few of the "moments" from our last week.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

On Saturday, hubs and I were invited to a second high school graduation.
We spent the morning at home and then headed out to graduation. 


We then went to a graduation party for one of those awesome grads!

163/365.....Graduate -- Class of 2014


 Sunday, June 15, 2014 -- Since it was Father's Day, hubs got to choose the activity for the afternoon once we got home from church.
After a quick lunch, we headed to a local zoo.

164/365..... interesting place.


It wasn't a very big zoo, so it didn't take long to go through it.
We saw some interesting animals and Maggie even got to pet a tiger cub.


Monday, June 16, 2014 --
The first day of summer break for the kiddos. 
It was nice not be HAVE to get up at 6AM.
We were all still up quite early, hubs and I had lots of work to do.
Maggie went to a friends house for the afternoon.
They always make up dances and insist I see all of them when I come to pick her up.
They did a great job.

165/365.....my favorite bedtime snack.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014..... We were headed out of town on Tuesday afternoon to hubs Annual Conference.
As I was beginning to pack up that morning, I walked by to see this.....
guitar lessons early in the morning. 

We arrived at Lake Junaluska in time to go to one of our favorite places to eat. 
Then we took a hike around the lake.  It was a great evening.

166/365..... sisters 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014 --- Hubs headed off to his conference meetings.
It was a story day, so the rest of us headed out to do some bowling.
A lot of fun with these kiddos. (Allie was with a friend all afternoon)

167/365....  the cabin decor where we were staying.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 -- On Thursday some wonderful friends from Drexel came up to hang out with us for the day.
The kids had a fantastic day swimming and hanging out.

168/365.....great friends....

Friday, June 20, 2014 --- On Friday, we hung out at the cabin for the morning.
At one point everyone in the room with me was on some kind of electronic device.  
It was time to do something active.

Both Maggie and Allie got to visit with friends from Sylva for the afternoon. Brady, Lillie and I did some shopping and then we headed back to pick up Dad after his meetings to go get supper.
We picked up Maggie, Allie and her friend Erin and headed back to Junaluska.
169/365.....the lake at night.

It was a great week at Annual Conference.
We are now home again and back to getting ready for this fast approaching VBS week.
It's gonna be great learning WHOOO we serve with the children of our community this week.

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