Showing posts from January, 2012

Wednesday's Words

On the way to church tonight, we kind of had a pretty normal six year old conversation that is completely random and moving from subject to subject, because if you didn't know, six year olds are very easily distracted (or at least mine are).  It kind of went like this:
X & W:  singing a Scripture song about a wise man and foolishness (I didn't know this particular song, so I can't give you specifics, although I have read a lot  of Proverbs recently that deal with this particular subject so I was definitely tracking with them...who is easily distracted now?) X:  I was wise when I told you about getting in trouble at school Me:  Well, you were actually being honest.  You didn't necessarily make wise choices. X:  But it was wise of me not to tell a lie... Me:  yes, this is true W (kind of in the background):  I always tell the 'troof' at school, but only sometimes at home...I sometimes have problems with that... X & W: breaking into a rendition of the Wis…


The last two days we have had such nice weather that as soon as we get home from school, we have dropped everything and the boys and I have gone for a walk.  I have decided that if we can make it a habit, it could quickly become a favorite thing of mine. It is just nice, it gets us away from the house and all the 'technology' that likes to call all of our names, it expends energy--they do a lot of running, going ahead on their scooters, and gives us a chance to talk about their day.  Today, we decided to leave the scooters at home and I have to admit that I loved having them walk down the sidewalk with their little hands tucked into mine and hearing their chatter.  At one point, they walked ahead of me and completely on their own, they start holding hands as they walk down the sidewalk talking away to each other.  I tried to take some pictures because my fear is that someday in the not too distant future, they are not going to just naturally grab the other's hand.

And the…

From the weekend

I spent some time going through and editing a few pictures from this weekend.  We have seriously crazy weather here in Oklahoma.  It literally doesn't seem like it can make up its mind whether we are having winter weather or warm weather.  On Saturday, the early morning temperatures were frigid and by Sunday afternoon, it was seventy.  And it has been teeter tottering like that for the last several weeks. I can't complain too much because it has given us opportunities to play outside and go 'scootering' in the words of the boys.  Anyway, I thought I would share a couple of pictures:

As always, there are lots of things that I want to critique on this one, but I love the look on William's face and I kind of like that you can see my shadow taking their picture.  They had SO much fun riding their scooters and have finally learned how to balance and ride on them rather than just kick their legs and propel themselves with seemingly reckless force.

While there were a few…

Wednesday's Words

For our morning devotion time, the boys and I have been reading Jesus Calling: 365 devotions for kids.  It includes a short devotional reading and then some additional Scriptures to look up and read.  Since both boys still sit on my lap and right next to me in my recliner, I have been looking up the verses on my phone's YouVersion Bible.  The other day, we had read the verse and they were looking at my phone and noticed the little volume button that indicates that you can listen to that passage and so we hit the button.  They listened spell bound to the entire reading of Joshua 1 and then proceeded to say, 'that is so awesome, maybe tomorrow we can listen to chapter 2, because chapter 2 is going to be so sah-weet.'  Oh that their tender hearts would always long to hear God's Word spoken!

The other night we were sitting eating dinner and Xavier exclaims, "umm, mommy, my foot is about to be fuzzed, my left foot is about to get fuzzed.."  Silence from us as we …

Birthday Fail, Take 2

It has been a week at our house, let me tell you.

We spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week staying in as Xavier recovered from his little stomach bug.  The boys went back to school on Thursday and we thought all was returning to normal.  Friday night, the boys were spending the night with their grandparents and Micah and I were supposed to go out for dinner and a movie to celebrate our anniversary that is coming up this week.  Unfortunately, Micah woke up with the stomach bug on Friday, which obviously put our date night on hold.  But, I was still making plans for the boys' birthday celebration that we were supposed to have on Saturday.  They wanted to go to Ollies for a little celebration with our family that lives locally and they had put in requests for a Green Lantern cake (Xavier) and a Lego cake (William). 

I managed to find inspiration online for their cakes and set out to make them.  For William,  I found this  cake and instructions that honestly didn't seem too ov…

Friday Letters

One of my goals for this year is to participate in a blog called Friday Letters. Basically, it is a prompt each week for a writing a letter to your kids. Some weeks they are lighthearted, others they are more serious and retrospective, but the goal is to take 15 minutes and write what comes to you when you read the prompt.  This was my first attempt. I set the timer on my phone for fifteen minutes and just started typing.

                              Prompt:  Do you believe in life goals, if so, share one.

I definitely believe in life goals.  Our most important goal is to be like Christ. To model the behavior that He shared with us through His Word the Bible.  Since becoming your mommy, one of the goals dearest to my heart is to instill in each of you a love for God's Word, a passion to know it, to commit it to memory, and  most importantly to love Jesus with all of your hearts.  Sometimes, that goal overwhelms me and I am reminded of my own failures time and time again to model th…

Wednesday's Words

We have been watching Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cookoff on the Food Network and William insists on calling it Rachel vs. "Big Guy".  I think he is confused with the title of Guy's other show called Guy's Big Bite. 
One night at supper this week, we were talking about table manners since I had gotten an email to parents from their teacher saying that there have apparently been some students who are not exhibiting good table manners at lunchtime.  William was telling me that the little boy he was sitting next to had bumped his arm and he dropped the last little bit of his sandwich and so he had to throw it away, because "we do NOT eat off the floor....everyone else from our class eats off the floor, 'cept me and my brudder, the Derby family does NOT do that."  Glad to hear it.

During one of the times Xavier and I were up during the night he had his stomach bug, he looked at me with a sad little face and says, "this night is not going very good.&quo…

Happy Sixth Birthday

I can hardly believe that my little bitty babies
 are now six years old!  
I had grand plans for lots of fun stuff today, but last night as I was going to bed, I heard a peculiar cough coming from their room and walked in to Xavier sitting up (on the top bunk) literally losing his dinner.  Yeah, fun times.  After we got him down and his bed cleaned up, he spent the rest of the night in our room and he and I were up and down many more times over the next several hours.  Needless to say, we have spent the day at home (I kept William home as well, because no one really wants the sick kid's brother at school to share the germs), cuddled up on the couch and chair watching Planet Earth and National Geographic interspersed with a few games on the Wii.  At the moment, I am trying to summon up the wherewithal to go and cook dinner.  I am hoping desperately that the rest of us don't catch his bug, but my stomach is not feeling so awesome. 
I did video little interviews with each of th…

Multitude on Mondays

I am still counting gifts, although I confess to some days being better about it than others. There is a handy little app for it now, but I still find that I want to write them down in my notebook.  After carrying it with me for over a year now, I find it is kind of like an old friend and as much as I love technology, I also love having something that I can physically hold in my hands.

a new year and the hope for what it holdssweet, sweet spirit in church (this got written down in various forms for the last several weeks)powerful reminders of how Jesus is the story of the Bible and how we each desperately need Himprayers for baby Addison to grow up to be a Christianmorning phone calls from Micahsweet emails, calls, texts, facebook messages from friends who are rejoicing with us in good newsboys' excitement over learning to readour new worship pastorthat he and his wife are our friends from collegesharing our love of PenzeysHe is our shield (I keep reading this over and over in my B…

2012, Week 1

First week done!


I posted this on Facebook already, but I wanted link up Melissa's blog here as well.  She had to see her doctor this morning and got some really good news.  I have been hearing from friends all day as they have rejoiced with us and it has been a blessing to me.  I am so thankful for some 'breathing room' (as one dear friend put it) for Melissa and for her family.

Wednesday's Words

I am thinking that this post is way over due and I was only able to remember the things from the last couple of days.  I really need to be more consistent about writing it all down.  Maybe that should be a New Year's Resolution! :)
The boys had gotten some money for Christmas and we had gone to Target on Monday to see what they had.  While we were there, William would look at how big a box was and declare very loudly, "NO, that's too ex-SPEN-sive!"  Then, yesterday, at Walmart, they each found stuff that they wanted and I let them hand their money over to the cashier, who, in turn, handed them each a receipt.  Xavier clasped his tightly in his hand all the way to the van and then proceeded to ask me to read him the receipt."Sah-weet" is Xavier's new favorite expressionWe have a craft cabinet where they like to stash all their papers and crafts and  I tolerate it for a few months before making them go through it and only keep a few.  When they were going…

Favorite things from 2011

Yes, I realize that it is now 2012, but I have been trying to think of things that I loved from 2011 and thought I might as well share them. Someone else might find them interesting and they just might make a good scrapbook page one day and at any rate, it is a good exercise to make myself sit down and record them. 

My favorite things from 2011:

1.   One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp--honestly, if I had to pick one thing that really 'marked' me in the year 2011, it would have to be this book.  I started reading it at the beginning of the year and read each chapter at least twice in the first reading then read through it again in the summer months with a group of ladies at church.  I saw the word/principle  'eucharisteo' come up in so many Bible studies, I heard snippets of it in my head throughout the year, I repeated quotes to others, it challenged me and helped me grow in my faith as I opened my eyes to look for God's grace in my daily life

2.  Just how much my b…

Happy New Year

We started the year off by heading to church where it was packed and where there was also a very sweet spirit.  The boys (all three of them) spent a majority of the afternoon enjoying the new Wii--I have attempted a few games with them, but honestly my skill level on video games is FAR below my boys and that is saying something.  I am not sure which of the three is the most excited about having a game system.  We went to my in-laws house for an impromptu dinner and then the adults watched Sherlock Holmes downstairs while the boys watched Veggie Tales upstairs. 

It was a nice quiet way to start the year.  We are going to enjoy one more fun day tomorrow as a family before real life kicks into high gear on Tuesday when Micah heads back to work.  This year will, I am sure, bring lots of challenges as he spends the year on rotations--several of which will be out of town.  But at the end of this year, he will only have a couple of rotations before he is finished with medical school--how cr…