Monday, April 28, 2008

Blue Angels Air Show

We went to a Blue Angels Airshow on Saturday in Vidalia, GA.
The kids loved it! Especially Harrison, he loves planes (he gets that from his Daddy). Here are a few pictures and videos of our day.
Jay walking with the kids and their cousin Ethan.

The girls and I waiting on the show to start.
Having corn dogs!
Jay, Harrison, and Mary Elizabeth watching the planes.
Blue Angels

Black and White Pictures I Love!!

These are some pictures I took over the weekend that I had to share!

Harper smelling a flower.

Harrison on tire swing.

Mary Elizabeth climbing a fence.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World

This is a video of the kids singing their favorite song.

Hope you are blessed!

Jesus loves the little children,

all the children of the world.

Every color, every race

all are covered by His grace.

Jesus loves the little children of the world!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

What kids notice...

Harrison is our very observant child, who notices everything! We have two black labs (yes, we are crazy 3 toddlers and 2 labs!) that are very much a big part of our family. Dixie, weighs 90 lbs and is 5 years old; and Shelby, weighs 70 lbs and is 2 years old. The kids adore them and they go everywhere we go. We are pros at sneaking them into non-pet friendly hotels!!! The kids were outside playing this past week and I was taking a few pictures (I know that is hard to believe). Harrison was hugging the dogs when he said, "Hey Mommy, me and Mare-Mare (what he calls Mary Elizabeth) and Dixie and Shelby have the same hair. We are just alike!" Mary Elizabeth even told a lady at our church that Dixie and Shelby were born in Guatemala too. It is so fun to see things the way kids do.
Harrison and Shelby

Harrison and Dixie

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What is True Self-Esteem?

I have thought a great deal about this question over the past few months as we battle with people over Harper’s size. Harper was born full term (to a mother who abused her body with alcohol and sex) weighing 3 pounds 8 ounces. She lived with her biological family for 15 months in a garbage dump. They basically ate whatever they could find in the trash. She was then placed in the orphanage (at 15 months only weighing around 8 pounds) where she received food, but still it was limited. She lived there until we adopted her at 3 ½ years old. At her 4 year check-up the other day she now weighs 18 pounds 3 ounces. We were very aware of her extreme mal-nutritment when we decided to adopt her, and knew that she would be very tiny and probably would always be very small. We knew that we were the perfect family for her since I am a very small person too! Since we have been home we get constantly asked how much she weighs or how much weight she has gained. Yes, we want her to be healthy and get the proper nutrition. Yes, we want her to reach her full potential and be a happy child. But we are more concerned that she is getting good nutrition than she is gaining weight. If she gains weight in the process then praise the Lord, if she does not then praise the Lord anyway (because she is a little miracle that brings us joy everyday!). The idea of giving her growth hormones to make her grow has been brought to our attention, which we are against. Everyone seems so concerned that she reaches a “normal” size for her own self-esteem. Which is what caused me to consider what true self-esteem is?
Many of you that know me know that I am a very small person. Like Harper, people were always trying to MAKE me gain weight when I was a child. I remember being told to eat this or that to gain weight, or take this medicine or that to grow. Thankfully my parents never went along with the medication either!! I always felt as a child that there was something wrong with me because I was different than other kids my age (this is only an idea that I was taught). Why is it that people think that all people should be the same size, have the same abilities, and like to do the same things? I weighed less than 60 pounds when I started high school, 85 pounds when I started college and 90 pounds when I got married. I turn 30 years old this year and I have never broken 100 pounds!!! Most people think that is a blessing, and I think that now. But most of my life I considered it a curse, because I could never look like other people my age and was never able to wear the clothes most people my age wore. I have struggled my whole life with “self-esteem” because I never accepted myself the way that I was. I began to search for some confirmation that the way I looked was OK. I took modeling classes for a couple of years, participated in beauty pageants (won over 20 titles in 7 years), and tried to seek attention from boys. I searched and never found this so called self-esteem that I was supposed to have in my life!! All I really needed was for someone to tell me that I was made just right, because God created me perfect for His purposes. It was not until Jesus Christ became Lord of my life did I ever feel that I was created “just right”. Today I want to be more concerned that people see Christ in my everyday life than I am concerned about how they think I look. Now believe me I love clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.; but I want to live out 1 Peter 3:3-4 “Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who tells me every day that he loves me and that he thinks I am beautiful (he does have bad eyesight!). I have also been blessed with 3 little ones that think Mommy can do anything!! Just the other day Harrison came in the bathroom where I was getting ready (wearing an old robe, towel on my head, and no make-up) and said, “Mommy, you look like a princess!” More joy came over me at that moment than any of those crownings at the beauty pageants. I think this applies to many issues in our lives, other than just size, where society makes us feel like we have to look a certain way to be accepted.
Yes, Jason and I want Harper (all 3 of our kids really) to be healthy, happy, and have confidence. But most important we want them to know that we love them just the way God created them, and they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14. Confidence will only come if you place your life (completely) in God’s hands. Because then and only then will you know that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Anyone that is around our children long, know that they DO NOT have a confidence problem!! Every time we go out they always receive complements and attention, and they are very outgoing. Also, anyone that is around Jason and me long knows that we think that our children are the most beautiful children in the world (proof: they get everything they want!). Jason always teases that we had to special order our kids because we could have never made any this pretty!!!
So to answer the question, what is true self-esteem? I would say that it is when you can say that you were “created in God’s image” so therefore you look just the way He wanted you too. Then you go live your life in a way that brings glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mimi turns 50!!!

Jason's Mom turned 50 years old today!!
We gave her a surprise party on Saturday evening, with many of her friends and family.
We had a great time making her feel old.
In fact, she looks great and you would never know she is 50.

Here are a few pictures from the party, enjoy!
The kids waiting to surprise Mimi.

Just thought that this was a cute picture of Jay and I.

Opening gifts! Jason filled a gift bag with Depends, huge bottle of pain relievers, huge jug of fiber, ben gay, etc. It was alot of fun!!

Pictures with the Birthday Girl

Happy 50th Birthday Rhonda!!

We Love You!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Few days at the farm

We just got home from a 4 day trip to Jason's family farm in South Georgia.
My family has a farm in the same town, so we are able to see both of our families when we visit.
I got several great pictures that I hope you enjoy!

Little Buddies!!!

Playing in the mud puddles with their cousins.
(Incase you are wondering, their clothes did not stay dry!)

My beautiful babies with the beautiful spring flowers.

We had a relaxing few days and enjoyed visiting our families.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Our little backyard beach

We got Harper a sandbox for her birthday, but just got to set it up yesterday because of the rain. They have had so much fun playing in it (Jason did too)! All morning they asked if they could "play in our little beach". We can already tell that we will be buying sand each week to refill it, even though our #1 rule is to keep the sand in the box. Mary Elizabeth dumped a bucket of sand on Harrison's head today. When I asked her what she was thinking, she replied "Mommy, the sand stay in box!". I guess we need rule #2 do not put sand on others. Oh well, they were having fun! Here are a few pictures of the kids, and Jason, playing outside. Enjoy!!