It has been one of those weeks!

Well, we are here--in Texas.  It has been a crazy week! 

The guys loaded our moving truck all day on Monday.  I am so glad we hired people to load our things.  They did a good job!  Tuesday was moving day.  We woke up, finished cleaning our empty house, and headed to Jacksonville.  It was very sad to leave our home.  I couldn't believe that I got so emotional--but I did.  I walked back to the nursery and cried.  Both of my babies came home to that room.  It was tough.  We pulled out of Fort Smith at 9:30am and made it to Bullard, Texas around 5:15pm.  It was a long ride.  When we got to our new place, lots of church guys were there to help us unload.  They were quick.  The rest of this week, I have been working on unpacking.  I feel like I have moved a mountain.

On another note...how bad is our health care?  SO BAD!  Since I am not teaching right now, we have a private health care plan.  Guess what? They denied any treatment for kidney stones AND Graham's back issue.  WHAT?  Kidney stones aren't preexisting.  Plus, Graham has not had surgery for his back in almost ten years AND he doesn't take any meds for his condition.  UGH!!!! I could just scream!  When Graham questioned the kidney stone exemption, the representative said that they denied it because it was reoccurring.  Really?  We get colds each year, too.  What's next?  Are you gonna deny treatment of colds, too?

By the way, since we are living in the country, we have little to no cell service and no Internet.  We are working on the Internet thing, so I will be away from the computer for a bit.  I ran up to the church to catch up on emails, etc. 

Sorry for the ramblings, I gotta get to Walmart and then we are headed to Tyler to look for a new couch!  I'll blog when I can. 


Edy Grows - 8 months

Edy is eight months old today. She is just as happy and healthy as ever.

Here's the latest:

  • says mama, dada, nana, gaga
  • eats five times a day (breast milk)
  • eats veggies, fruits, rice cereal, Mum Mum crackers, puffs, etc.
  • has one tooth (and one coming in)
  • crawls
  • can sit up on her own
  • trying to pull up on things
  • gets really mad when you take a toy from her
  • starting to understand "no"
  • responds to her name
  • sits in shopping cart and restaurant high chairs
  • can write her name (just seeing if you are paying attention)
  • loves playing with her big sister
  • still doesn't have enough hair for a bow
  • sleeps 12 hours at night
  • wears 9 month clothing
  • wears size 3 diapers


Packing Up!

Whew! It has been a really long couple of days...or months, rather. We have been packing up our things for our upcoming move to Texas. No, our home here in Fort Smith has not sold, but a very kind family in Jacksonville is letting us live in one of their homes. We can't thank them enough for their generosity. It is such a good thing that our family will be together again. It has been almost two months since Graham moved down to Texas without us. Boy oh boy, tough doesn't even begin to describe it. We have had to go weeks at a time without seeing one another (except for Skype!).  I am ecstatic about being together.

Thankfully, Missy came and got AG to play with Mylea a couple of days. That was such a blessing because we were able to get a lot done.
This is just a must! Gotta put a kid in a box.
The girls are loving the empty house! Edy has a lot of room to crawl and AG has a huge dance floor.
We did opt for a moving company to load our truck for us. Tomorrow the guys will be here to pack our things onto a big truck.  We should be pulling out bright and early on Tuesday!

I don't know when I will have Internet access again.   I will blog again when I am all set up in Texas. Please continue to pray for the sell of our home.


Top Ten Tuesday

This week, it's all about my man!  Graham, there is absolutely no way that I could list all of the reasons why I love you, but here are ten.

Ten Reasons why I love my husband:

1.  He loves Jesus above all and he guides me in my walk with Christ.
2.  He is one heck of a dad.  He can play Strawberry Shortcake with the best of 'em!
3.  He is hilarious. He gets out of trouble by making me laugh and I hate it!
4.  He can play the guitar AND sing.
5.  He is very handsome.Weird enough, women actually tell me this all of the time!  Ha!  Probably as if to say, "What's he doing with you?"
6.  He puts his family first.
7.  He's passionate about the things he likes (i.e. football, movies, books, candy!).
8.  He's competitive. On game night, he never lets me win--even though I do win, a lot! (I'm competitive, too.  Can you tell?)
9.  He is smart.
10. I never question that he loves me.

Sorry for the sappy list, but Graham and I have been apart a lot over the last month and a half.

I love you, Babe.


Back to Na's

We were back in Conway for a couple of days...

Meet Emma Jae!

My friend, Rachael, just had another sweet girl and tonight we finally got to meet her.  Emma Jae is about two weeks old and absolutely adorable!  Edy and Emma Jae are about seven months apart in age--just like Addison and Ava Grace.
Edy Rose and Emma Jae
So peaceful.

So wild!
I had to take a walk down memory lane-- Addison (7 months) and Ava Grace (1 week).
And here's our little princesses now!


Rethinking My Top Ten!

Okay, I knew this would happen.  I knew that I would post my top ten movies and then realize that I left a movie off that I like better. Do I or don't I?  So, after reviewing some of your comments, I need to make some changes! Ha!  I don't think I'm cut out for top ten lists! For now, I want to nix Hope Floats and replace it with White Christmas. Thanks for the reminder, Amy!  How could I leave off that great flick? Especially after all of the references I make to it!  My mom reminded me of all the great sports flicks-- Remember the Titans, Rudy, Hoosiers...those are all great!  Maybe I should get rid of one of my Brat Pack flicks and replace it with one of those.  I guess I should have made a specific genre top ten.  Needless to say, I'm rethinking the whole top ten thingy.  We shall see.

For the record, here's my choices and the explanation of them...

1.  Breakfast Club -- I can pretty much recite every word in this movie.  I love the quirky characters and their connection to one another.
2.  Sixteen Candles -- What can I say, I heart Jake!  LOVE the story line in this movie!  Plus, John and Joan make an appearance in this film.  Love me some Cusacks!
3.  Meet the Parents -- Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson together...makes for a great flick!
4.  50 First Dates -- I had to have an Adam Sandler movie on my list and this one is my favorite of his films.  Rob Schneider, in this movie, cracks me up, too!
5.  Hope Floats White Christmas  --  "Snow, snow, snow!"  Gotta have a musical on my lists!  I feel as if I betrayed Bing for forgetting it.  So sorry!
6.  If Lucy Fell -- another Ben Stiller greats!  The one liners in this movie absolutely make it!
7.  Say Anything -- CUSACKS!  Also, one of my favorite songs eva..."In Your Eyes!"  Should I do a Top Ten Song list?  I think not!
8.  Can't Buy Me Love -- Before McDreamy he was McDorky and I loved him.  I'm a sucker for the underdog that gets a makeover.
9.  Urban Cowboy  -- I know many of you don't get this one.  I like John Travolta's character. Gotta love a cowboy that knows his way around the dance floor!  The music in this film is great, too!
10.  Steel Magnolias --Who doesn't love Weezer? I'm usually not a fan of sad movies, but this one ends happy.  Doesn't it?  It depends on the mood I'm in when I watch it.

That's it for now...If I don't make a list next week you'll know why. Wait, what about While You were Sleeping?  Forget it!


Top Ten Tuesday

I think I am going to try a new series of posts to be published each Tuesday.  We shall see if this is a fleeting thought or if it is something I can keep up with on a weekly basis.  So here goes...my first, and hopefully not my last, Top Ten Tuesday post.

My Top Ten Favorite Movies (in no particular order):
  1. The Breakfast Club
  2. Sixteen Candles
  3. Meet the Parents
  4. 50 First Dates
  5. Hope Floats
  6. If Lucy Fell
  7. Say Anything
  8. Can't Buy Me Love
  9. Urban Cowboy
  10. Steel Magnolias
So there you have it...I dare you to list your top ten, "I DARE YOU!" (If Lucy Fell)


Labor Day Weekend

The girls and I traveled down to Jacksonville to spend the weekend with Graham. 

 A family in our church graciously offered their little cabin for Graham to live in for the time being.  It has been such a blessing.  That is where we have been hanging out this weekend.

It has been so nice to be together as a family on this Labor Day Weekend.  I can't wait until we are down here permanently.

Graham's Office Transformation

This weekend, I headed down to Texas to help Graham with his office.  I'm sure many of you remember that our previous church building burned several months ago.  Graham lost all of his books, seminary stuff, diplomas, personal items, office stuff, etc.  Fortunately, our new church has blessed him with Logos Bible Software which is making his sermon prep and studies a lot easier.  If you don't know anything about Logos, it is absolutely incredible.  Graham has dreamed of having it for years!  It basically eliminates the need for books--just about any and every resource imaginable is at the click of a button.  Since Graham no longer has any books, Logos has been FABULOUS!  Plus, the other pastor, who is moving to Latin America soon, is leaving his library for Graham to use.  How awesome is that?

I got the job of fixing up his office. Do you think I'm complaining? I got to Jacksonville on Friday and started scoping out the place.  It was basically a blank canvas.   


I painted one wall a smokey blue gray...stressed me out just a bit because it was more blue than gray. Color swatches just tick me off!  I stressed and stressed over the color choice.  In the end, I'm happy with it. 
He is still waiting on his seminary diploma to arrive.  It looks pretty rough after the fire got to it.
I stocked him up on knick knacks, pictures of all of us, and other things to collect dust!

Graham loves it, and I loved decorating it!

We have a lot of changes taking place in our little world.  There is so much going on and life has been such a whirlwind lately.  We will be moving to Texas very soon.  More on all of that later...

Tat and Gaga's

We have been back on the road again--traveling to and from Texas.  We stopped in Conway for a couple of days and then it was off to my mom and dad's.  

Tat with sweet Edy
Gaga and her girl.