Made to Worship

Made to Worship

I recently sang a “special” at church. (For those not familiar, that’s a song in the service that isn’t by the choir…it’s a solo done during a special portion of the service, like during the offering).

I had been practicing my song in the car quite a bit (that’s the only time I have!) and when it was time to rehearse, Remi was adamant that she was coming on stage with me. Initially she said “I’ve got moves, mom!” so I wasn’t sure what she would do on the stage.

But then she wanted a microphone. And then she was mad that I didn’t turn it on. So I did.

And then, my baby girl worshipped with me.

It was so sweet and special and brought happy tears to my eyes. If she can learn anything from me, I hope it’s who God is and how to worship Him! (For when I look back at this some day, the extra flowers were from a visitation that had just occurred).


Celebrating Friends is FUN

Celebrating Friends is FUN

We had THE MOST fun celebrating our friend Amelia’s 3rd birthday!  Amelia is the daughter of my friend Tara, so I got to spend time with my girls at the party!

Gotta love when we have more fun than the kids!

(Side note: Tara did an AMAZING job with the decorations!)


There were balloons, which the kids LOVED. I love how simple they are- yay balloons! 


Look at these cute decorations in her kitchen!


More balloon joy!


They have a bearded dragon, and Heath got it out for the kids to pet. Remi LOVED it.  After he put it back, she asked to “pet the dinosaur” again.  I died.  She was so brave touching it. 


These cupcakes were SO good.  


The kids sat at a cute little table to eat. Remi kept going back to eat more.  She was serious about her party treats!


It was so sweet to see everyone playing as Amelia opened her toys.  This is three of our friend’s girls- it just makes me happy to imagine that they will become good friends, too!  (Our 4th friend, Rebecca, only has older boys.)


Remi is quickly learning that birthdays, even if they aren’t her own, are VERY fun. 

Country Girl Life

Country Girl Life

Our Spring weather has been unreal! Perfection!

We’ve totally taken advantage of it- playing outside all evening. We have restarted our favorite Spring/Summer tradition of walking to the pond and feeding the fish.

Country girl life suits her well!


Daddy threw out a few casts and caught her a bass! She was interested, but then got a little skiddish around it.


But we got her to stand still and get close to the fishy. She thought it was neat!




For weeks now, we’ve been telling Remi we were going on a family trip (Thanks, Daniel Tiger, for the phrasing and introducing the idea of a road trip to her!) to a big boat.  We split the drive up and left Friday after work and drove halfway.

The hotel stop was a litttttle rough because a certain little girl had slept 2 hours before arriving, so she was WIRED and ready to go and NOT go to bed.  But after we finally went to bed, we got some rest to finish the drive the next morning.

We rolled into New Orleans in time for lunch! PTL! We went to my favorite spot: Mulate’s. Delicious cajun food and geared us up for getting onto the boat. Remi kept saying “BIG BOAT” ha!


I’ll be honest. I screwed up BIG TIME. I grabbed the wrong paperwork for Tyler, and (after proceeding to fully melt down crying when we realized it), we had to make an emergency call back home and have some friends quickly get to our house and send us a copy of his paperwork. But thankfully, we all got on board.

And we got into our rooms, unpacked and taught Remi how to cruise.  First stop: ice cream!


We had our safety drills and then enjoyed the views along the Mississippi river as we left.


A little windy, but ready for vacation!

Remi very quickly found that there’s always fun music playing and dancing is a vacation must!  She found some friends and a stage and went to town.


We enjoyed the big dining room every night.  I was thankful for our placement in the room- sort of tucked into a corner so our toddler could wiggle and giggle during the long 3-course meals.

She LOVED the food. She’s a great eater and loves soup, so every night she got to try the soup appetizer. She was totally into the strawberry soup (she asked for it several nights later). Our waiter couldn’t believe our tiny girl was SO BIG using the big spoons and ordering adult food (they had a kids menu, but she’s not a pizza/nuggets/fries kid).  This night, she ate soup and shared our entrees with a side of veggies.


We didn’t stay out very late. We took Remi back to the room for bed and all crashed.