Sunday, May 17, 2009

#225 and please PRAY...

I pour out my complaints before God and tell Him all my troubles. For I am overwhelmed. Psalm 142:2-3 NLT


Well, this post marks officially number 225 for my blog.

I started this blog two years ago in the hopes of creating an easier way to keep all of my family updated with my progress during our pregnancy. Then it naturally fell into being about the outcome; Lauren and her adventures of growing up.

Then after about a year, I turned it into our family blog, and started posting more about all 'family' stuff and not just the princess...

Now, almost two years later, I feel like this may be the coming of the end of the blog.

I don't believe that very many of the people (if any at all) who this blog was originally intended for, view it anymore. And while I have made very good friends during this process, you sb.com girls know who you are, and of course Monica and Grandma. But I just feel like the 'reason' is lost. I am glad that I have this, and in fact it's a great digital scrapbook... but lately, I have felt like I'm post for nothing.

So today I will share a few pictures, update you on some things, and chatter for a minute. But I can't promise what is to come in the future:

First and foremost, I will not likely post in the next week or two. So in the mean time I would like to ask all of you to please pray for this little boy...



And you might even pray for this little girl...



She loves her Bubba soooooooo much...



And ohhhh how we love him too...


The reason for this prayer request???

Tuesday, May 26th, we will know whether Hunter will be starting school at Sentinel as the new kid, or if he will be enrolling in the 4th grade back in NM. (or we hope to know that day)

But most of all, while you are praying, you might pray for this guy too...


His heart aches everyday as 'the day' draws near. I know that he cannot handle another loss like last year. He just can't. So please pray that he's patient, with everyone and everything around him for the next week and a half.

You might pray for strength for Levi, for Hunter... and pray for strength to face either heart ache or joy, because the horrible truth is that no matter what the outcome, someone will get their heart broke. Trust me, we know all about the heartache. It never goes away.

You might pray for courage.
You might pray for hope.
You might pray for knowledge (mostly for the Judge in hopes that he sees the truths, yes truth-s)
You might pray that the good Lord's will be done, despite what it may be...



And lastly, you might just squeeze a prayer in for me... not only do I worry and hurt for Hunter. I worry and hurt for Levi. I worry and hurt for Lauren. I worry and hurt for Grandma and Grandpa.

It's so painful to watch the family, who Hunter has always belonged to, not have him like they so desperately want, and deserve too.

On other notes... I surprised Grandma with tickets to go see 'The Lion King' next Sunday. She was very excited. It makes me happy when I can give someone something they really want. She really-really wanted to go. I am excited too.

Life has been busy as usual. We are both working our tails off... Him with compressors and weather changes. Me with a full time job, plus photography on the side. Which by the way I am not managing very well at all right now. I have way too much on my plate.

Levi and I wanted to do something for ourselves this year, so we built a deck off the back. Well, we had a deck built. We can't build a thing to save our lives. We almost got divorced over a simple bathroom imporvement a few years ago. It has been a wonderful thing to have the last few days. We have enjoyed it immensely.

I could go on and on with updates. But I won't.

I'll leave you with a prayer I found fitting.

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace,
help me in all things to rely upon your holy will.
In every hour of the day reveal your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to throughout the day with
peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will governs all.
In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by you.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will, teach me to pray. And you, yourself, pray in me.
Amen.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My poor car... my sweet babe

"... soo how much did it tear up my 'paid-for' car?"


That's what I heard when I called hubby to inform him that I was in a a minor fender-bender.

It could have been prevented. Some lady just stopped in a three lane, merging into a two lane. And even worse, had the person behind me not been able to run into the blocked off lane and avoided hitting me it could have been very bad.

The road was wet with the rain still coming down. I locked the brakes.

I could have been in the hospital right now. So could Grandma.

I feel blessed.




bB the way, I didn't sleep much. I'm still tore up about it. But I'm so thankful we have good insurance.

Moving on to happier subjects.


The other day, Laure and I spent some time out in the front yard playing... She is going through stage where 'bear' has become more than just a comfort toy. She pretends with him, and involves him now. If she brushes her teeth, she brushes his teeth. He eats with her. He plays in the water sprinkler with her...

He takes wagon rides with her.






Sometimes she takes a break from bear and goes for a slide or a walk around.


Then he drives her car. Sometimes he gets help with steering too.


Then he goes for a ride with Lauren while mommy pulls.




And then to catch a smile like this... it makes the world so much better.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A fun Saturday

We decided to spend some much needed time with 'daddy' on Saturday. Here lately, we all have been coming and going and just barely seeing eachother...

First we went down to the barn and played with the critters. I love that Levi's big 'ol greyhound dogs love Lauren. They are always so happy to see her toddling down towards them. Really they are happy to see anyone, but I like knowing that all they want to do is lick her hands.

After running around for a while, and I do mean running... that girl runs everywhere she goes... no walking with her... just pure running. We took a ride in the truck around the pasture to check fences.

As we were pulling out, we caught Festus trying to sneak out of the gates. Of course he couldn't get out, and he knew he was caught.







After we pulled out of the gates, we stoped in front of the barn, and festus came around to the front to meet us. Lauren had some Teddy Grahams she decided to share with the mule.



And you know what??? He loved them! He ate as many as she would stick through the fence. And of course the just thought his little fuzzy lips was too funny! Everytime the grazed her fingers she would giggle.



After that we went to the lumber yard to return a few things and see "pappy". As soon as I got her out of the truck, she headed for the fork lift. Right up into the seat she went. Pappy came over and started it and honked the horn. She just love it all!


But all things come to an end when a certain little toddler gets very sleepy. So home we went.




Saturday, April 25, 2009

We're back...

I'm sorry if you have missed us posting... Life can be so crazy and busy at times!

I'll try to update from the last couple of weeks:

Today, we went to the annual Mangum Rattle Snake Derby.... yes, there are really rattle snakes there. It's a huge vendor and fairway set around the captured snakes. The kids had a ton of fun!






The Rattle Snake derby is a big 'family' thing for us. In fact we missed last year for the first time out of the past 7 years. Hunter was devastated, and if I remember correctly (and I do) I was doubled over with a gallbladder attack. So we missed it.

But the year before, when I was 4 months pregnant with our little princess, I was able to twist Levi's arm to take one of those cool 'old time' photos with me. Hunter was ready to do it...



Today, we closed the chapter with a reunion photo with our new addition...




I'm glad we did it, and I promised Levi that he wouldn't have to do it again for another two years... However since I didn't get the caricature picture I wanted, that may be on the list for next year.

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The other day, Lauren played in the water sprinkler at grandma and grandpa's house. She had so much fun 'washing' things, and sharing a drink with bear.




We see grandma and grandpa on a almost daily basis. Since daycare is just up the street, we stop by before traveling the three blocks to our house. When we were backing out of their drive, I was able to catch Lauren waving by to them. I just love this picture...


It's late, and I'm tired. So I'm gonna get in bed, and I'll try to be back and post an update with more, including Easter tomorrow or Monday.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

my future shutterbug!!!

Well, it's almost time for another work week. I think I am almost ready. Today we did some shopping and bought our Easter stuff. I bought Lauren's Easter dress, I'll try to get some pictures soon... Then we went to Terra's house to see miss "M" and visit for a while.

While we were there, Terra asked me to help her with her camera. So we spent about an half hour or so playing and taking pictures of the kids. When I was letting her shoot with my camera, Lauren picked up her camera, and I got this:


(Notice her finger is on the shutter button??? That's a sure sign that I take waaaay too many pictures, and she watches everything I do!)



Now here she is reviewing her pictures. Making sure all is well..... yep! Looks great!



I took this of miss "M" looking at Lauren... I tried to get Lauren to kiss her, but it wasn't happening.


Just a natural light photo.... man I love my 2.8 lens.


Lauren was very intently staring at the TV.


Looking at me...


.... oooo, back to the TV.

Other than that, I have been super busy with shoots and processing. I plan to share some pictures here tomorrow, or if you are super bored, you can see them here.

It's back to work for me tomorrow. yay.

I wish I could just make a living processing pictures on my computer. I'd marry my computer if I could!

Oh yeah, before I go, I have to share this:


don't ask.