Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kennedie Starts KR

So two weeks ago Kennedie started back to school.  This year she is in KR which stands for Kindergarten Readiness.... basically Pre-K.  Here are some first day of school pictures.  These were all done before school (when I thought we were running on time):







And then we loaded three girls in the van and realized we were running not early & not late, but right on time.  We showed up in Kennedie's room to find that she was the LAST one to school and that we got her there just as they were starting their first activity.  This was a huge Mom fail for me.  I wanted to get there early so that we could put her stuff in her cubby, talk about where she was going to sit, point out old friends from last year, and warm up to the teachers & take pictures with them.  Unfortunately we didn't get to do any of that.  Kennedie needed to sit down and start working and poor thing just broke down crying.  Here is the one picture I got of her in her classroom before school:

One of her sweet teachers sat with her and caught her up on what the other kids were apparently working on when their Mommies & Daddies got them there early, like good parents.

Needless to say I then proceeded to walk back to the van and have a complete melt down.  I sobbed uncontrollably because I thought I just ruined Kennedie's first day by not having her there early.  I truly felt awful because I just wanted her to have such a good start.

Luckily we prayed over her in the parking lot and before we got inside and realized that we were "late."  I also spent the day praying over her and asking God to bless her with a happy heart and a good day.

I'm so thankful for her sweet teachers.  I got a text of a happy and smiling Kennedie from one of them later that day.  My heart warmed and I was so thankful that the Lord had been hearing my prayers.

I made sure I was super early to pick her up. I didn't want to be the last parent there, so I made sure I was the first!

It was so awesome to have her run up and give me a GIANT hug after her first day and to see a HUGE smile on her face.  What an incredible blessing!

And since we missed all the pictures before school, we just got them after.  Here she is with her cubby and all three of her AMAZING teachers (I seriously can't sing their praises enough!  We are in our 3rd week of school and Kennedie has grown by leaps and bounds already & she LOVES these ladies!):




I had to grab a picture on her second day of school in her chapel outfit.  The outfit may be adorable on her, but the best part is that smile!!!  Do you think she had a great first day or what?!:


I love how the LORD gives us exactly what we need.  I'm so thankful that HE provided my Kennedie such incredible women to speak truth into her life this school year & to help her grow academically as well.  God is so good.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer 2014

So even though the blog has been a little quiet this summer it doesn't mean it's been quiet around here!  Summer has been one big crazy blur, but filled with lots of fun and memories. Here is a big picture of what we've been up to this summer with the youth group, family, & just every day!

Our summer started with swim lessons & Kennedie's 4th birthday!  Check out previous blogs to read all about those fun adventures.

Then we went to camp Kadesh at ACU with the high school kids.  What an amazing week!  I love that place.  It has challenged me spiritually since I was in high school & continues to do so to this day.  I feel blessed that we get to take teens there to grow their own faith, & I feel blessed that Lantz now gets to experience this with me. Here is a picture of our group for the week:


The girls joined Daddy for some "Popsicles in the Park" ministry:



We went to Abilene for Lantz's uncle's funeral and then spent some time with cousins:
I think they had fun, because this is what they looked like 2 minutes after we got in the car on the drive home  that weekend:



Preslee went to Bible class for the first time & has been there every week that we've been in town:


Love this image Lantz snapped of the girls at Chick-fil-a.  Kennedie is helping Sawyer take her shoes off:


Ummm... we played.... A.LOT. (I know that's not a word.) The girls have really been into Barbies lately.


Kennedie has taken her big sister responsibilities very seriously and been so sweet teaching Preslee Ray different Bible stories:


I turned 31 (Yikes!) and Lantz and I enjoyed a fun lunch date:


We've done some cooking and baking:


We celebrated the 4th of July by going to "Red, White, & Boom":


Lantz took another group to do mission work in Nicaragua. (I'm hoping we can all go next year!):


So blessed to have the most AMAZING sister-in-law EVER-- she came down, and brought my niece with her, and stayed with me while Lantz was in Nicaragua.  The girls may have had the most awesome time ever with their cousin.  They LOVE Mikalie:


We had a play date with Hattie.  Kennedie may have loved having both the little ones to "lead" around:



We all enjoyed some fun "play" time at the new apartment ministry that the teens are helping with on Wednesdays.  This was a fun round of Duck, Duck, Goose that all 3 of my girls and I were playing:


Some of us napped:



We all went to Houston to help an inner city Impact church with their all day/all summer VBS.  The girls had an amazing time & made tons of new friends:











We all went on the Senior Trip to Camp Eagle.  This year was very special for us, because we have been group leaders for this grade since they were in 8th grade.  They hold a special place in my heart & we had a great time together.  Our 3 girls did great going with the flow for those few days! Here is one picture from the trip-- it's of me & two of our sweet senior girls when we were hiking one day.  The others are all on the Go-Pro & haven't been uploaded yet:


We got to go swimming a handful of times this summer.  One time some sweet friends let us use their pool while they were on vacation.  Here are some pictures of our fearless girls jumping from the diving board & of all of us enjoying some time in the sun:












This past weekend we "ended" our summer with a bang at our annual Labor Day Retreat, Jump.  It was so much fun & such a great spiritually enhancing weekend with our teens.  On Saturday afternoon we had a fun color run (not really a run-- obstacle course/ mud pit).  I think the adults had just as much fun as the teens.  Here's a picture of Lantz and me with our seniors, then the whole group, then the two of us:





One word that I would use to describe this summer would be "whirlwind."  Between adding sweet Preslee into the mix this year, working on our house, and all the youth trips-- it was a busy time, but a completely blessed time.  What fun memories we made this summer!  God is so good!