Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rachel Grace's Dedication on Mother's Day

"Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me!"
Isaiah 8:18

After my last posts you pretty much know what happened on our Mother's Day this year but I'll just do a quick recap with some pictures to illustrate! :)

We left around 6:00 AM that morning and arrived around 10:00 AM. We had two stops at a gas station for potty breaks, breakfast, and gas (most of us were still in our jammies but thankfully there was hardly anyone there!).

Hannah in the car.

Erika, my 14-year-old cousin, took this picture.

We had to get to their church early ( because Mama was singing for Rachel's dedication.

The service went very well...

Mama sang beautifully once again! :)

The associate pastor (left) and my Aunt Stacey with Rachel and Uncle Mike.


My Uncle Mike is the Pastor of the church, so he did about 2/3 of the actual dedication. Here he is asking the family to try their hardest to point Rachel in the Right direction.

He also asked the church family to do the same.

Here he is getting ready to read a letter to Rachel or his little "butter bean."

Aunt Stacey and Rachel

Reading the letter

After the letter was finished being read he took Rachel, and after 1 or 2 things he....

...went up and back down the aisle of the church, showing her to the people.

Coming back down the aisle.

Aunt Stacey and Rachel going back to their seat with the present that contains the letter to Rachel that will be opened on her 12th birthday, or when she accepts Christ.


After the church service, we went back to their house, had a sandwhich lunch, played Kemps and Spoons, talked, etc. and then celebrated my Paw-paw's birthday (which was that day).

Sarah made Paw-paw his favorite cake: Boston Creme Pie.


Now here are some pictures of Rachel Grace! :)


Striving to be like Jesus,

Emerald Isle Portraits; Hannah Elysse

"...The young woman was lovely and beautiful..."

Esther 2:7

Here is Hannah's Emerald Isle, NC collage:

Striving to be like HIM,

Monday, May 11, 2009

Emerald Isle Portrait; Daddy, Mama, and Lydia (the youngest in the family currently!)

"Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table."
Psalm 128:3

Here is the collage of Daddy, Mama and Lydia - the youngest member of our growing family - so far!!!! (Hopefully there are lots more to come! I'm all ready for another one!)
[Lexi helped me pick out the color-style of the words]


Striving to be like HIM,
Kimber :)

P.S - The next post will be on Mamma's early Mother's Day and then hopefully my cousin, Rachel's, dedication, Lord willing.

Mamma's Early Mothers Day and Pictures of Lydia (again! :)

“ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you."
Exodus 20:12
Since we had a full weekend ahead of us last week and would be gone on Mother's Day, we decided to do Mama's Mothers Day on Saturday. We woke up around 6:30 AM Saturday morning and started to prepare breakfast-in-bed.
We decided that the menu would be: eggs, cereal, drop biscuits, a fruit bowl, juice, and grapefruit (Mama's favorite).

Alexis made the eggs for us.
I cracked 5 eggs (just enough for Mama and Daddy) for her and then she hurriedly made them up.

These are the flowers (weeds) that are growing all in our cleared land for the many-animal-farm.
Alexis, still wearing her jammies, Rode the bike down our road that morning, picked some flowers and came back with them.
Hannah was in charge of the fruit bowl and other things and I made the drop biscuits. The boys were woke up around 7:00 and just kind of helped wherever we asked.

Around 7:30 we started making our way up the stairs with the food, cards, gifts, and more.
Mamma had finished taking a shower and was in her rocking chair when we went upstairs. We started singing "Happy Mother's Day" (to the tune of Happy Birthday) as we went up the stairs and into her room.

Before we sat down to eat, Mama opened her cards, read each one, and then started snacking on her buffet! :) I had set up the gray table in her room while she was taking a shower, so after a few trips downstairs to get the rest of the food and utensils, we sat down to eat after a prayer.

These are the eggs and drop biscuits.
The drop biscuits are a family-favorite (for most of us). We put chocolate chips or cranberries or sprinkles in the muffins and they taste really good! As you can probably tell from the picture the biscuits are a little brown because they were ready about 20 minutes before we ate but I left them in the cooling oven to keep them warm until breakfast.

Josiah eating his cereal! :)

Seth bought Mama a mug from our church, a little bookmark-bead-thingy, and a pack of breath mints all with his own money!

Lydia was happy that morning!
After breakfast we rushed out the door and drove to Lavender Fields ( and picked out some herbs for Alexis' herb garden. We bought 15 plants and have yet to plant them...(waiting for a dry day) Then we went to our cousin Mason's birthday party and returned home with our cousins, Erika, Allie, Claire, and Gracie. [I prayed that all of them would be able to come because there was a possibility that one wouldn't be able to, but they all did!] Daddy and Mama left for their Mother's Day date-night to Outback and we stayed home, made dinner, took showers, watched a Veggie Tale and Wall-E, painted fingernails, and talked. The little ones (those under 7 years) went to bed around 8:30, the boys around 10:15 and us (the girls) around 11:00! :)
The next morning we woke up at 5:30 and suceeded in driving out of our driveway at our ship-off time (6:00 AM) with everyone and everything in the car! We barely slept on the way to our Aunt and Uncle's house (I slept for about an hour and the rest for about 30 minutes) but we enjoyed talking and joking with each other. Mama had packed us a small breakfast and they stopped at a 7-Eleven and picked up some AWESOME doughnuts for us, as a sort of thank-you for letting them go on the date together. To make a long story short, we arrived at the Lawhorns (my cousins and family) safely, went to church, saw Rachel get dedicated, played, ate, and then got home around 9:30 that night. I'm hoping to get the pictures of Rachel's dedication up here next but I'm having a problem with RAW and Jpeg files and my picture transfer...anyways...don't worry about it! :)
And, here are some pictures of Lydia from the other day also! :)

This is one of my favorites.

This is her face whenever she hears anything different, drops something, sees something, etc.

Smiling at Alexis

Eating a brush
Alexis was chasing her and Lydia was running to me (we were trying to get her to smile naturally) and I caught her and held her and took this picture while Lexi approached.

Lexi and Lydia! :)

Looking outside
Her favorite place to be is probably outside - she loves being out in nature (who doesn't?).

Another one of her faces!

Drinking the detangler spray...babies! :)
Striving to be like HIM,