The children and I went to visit Mandi this past weekend. We drove to Alabama and spent Saturday night with her. It was fun. She is at the Baptist College of Florida so we met in Dothan.
We stayed in a motel. The boys were really excited. It has been several years since we stayed in one and they do not remember much. It was fun....
We went back to her college and met several of her friends.... then we went to Cracker Barrel. I love looking around in Cracker Barrel as much as eating! We do not eat out at *fancy* places (I know Cracker Barrel is not fancy, but I mean we will do *fast* food .... but it isn't often we eat out at a *fancier* place then fast food)... the next day Wesley said "I liked eating at the box place. I couldn't figure out what he was talking about.... I then said "Cracker Barrel?" He said "yes." LOL~ Barrel = Box.... you never know what kids are thinking!
We went to the Botantial Gardens on Sunday and walked around.... we took several pictures. It was really peaceful and nice.
Mandi will be home for Thanksgiving. When we said goodbye.... the boys cried. They have really missed her. Wyatt asked if we could make a calendar counting the days until she is home for Thanksgiving. So this morning, first thing ... he drew 12 days on a piece of paper. I think I am going to make a paper chain with him in a bit.
We are working on school..... its Monday. We are home today and tomorrow with no errands or anywhere to go. We will spend some much needed time reading and maybe exploring this fall weather.... our leaves are falling. They love to play in the leaves~
We have a new halter for our newest miniature horse. I tried for about 45 minutes to get him to let me slip it over him but he is stubborn and I gave up. I will try again later..... Silver was born June 10th. It is such a tiny halter. ~giggle~ Silver is tiny.
This quote I read this past week spoke to my heart~
"Sometimes the circumstances of our suffering may not change, but the circumstances of our hearts are changed in he midst of them through a keen sense of God's presence and lively perception of His activity." ~ Beth Moore
Lately, I have been thinking about so many that have lost a child.... and my heart hurts for them. I think so often of Joel. I started reading Joel's Journey at the end of 2006. The Morris' encourage me.... they have such strength and such a testimony of faith. I continue to pray for them... and still read their blog. She is a great wife & mother. I love how she does her birthday themes.... I love when she shares about Joel.... there are many others. Just this past week I read about baby Silas going to be with Jesus... May God continue to pour out His grace & mercy on these families who struggle with grief.
May we grab hold of each moment with our children.... may we thank Him for the awesome gift of being a mom. I am speaking to myself too..... as I often (on Mondays especially) find myself a little tense, stressed or just plain grumpy!
This is Wesley (our youngest) in 2006. Today I am missing those baby days.... he is 6 now. Wyatt is 7.... they are rough and tumbly.... and do not cuddle much anymore. I love my little boys..... but sometimes I can't remember when they were both nursing.... or even both in diapers! Awww.... I look forward to being grandparents in the next couple years. Mike/Amber will celebrate 2 yrs this coming Wednesday!
May the JOY of the Lord be yours~