For the past three months Cierra has been attending bi-weekly classes to confirm her faith. Tomorrow she will be received into Leetown United Methodist Church. This journey has given her alot of adventure and experiences. They traveled to Washington, DC to tour the catacombs, The Shrine of Immaculate Conception and the National Cathedral. She also attended a Pre-Conference briefing in Hagerstown, Maryland. She has enjoyed the time with Pastor Joanna and Brianna who will also be confirmed tomorrow.
So, check back tomorrow for more on her special day!
The FUTURE lies before you, like PATHS OF PURE WHITE snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.
It doesn't seem to matter if it is Preschool graduation, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle or High school, each time we sit in the seats and watch one of our children walk to the front and receive their Certificate of Achievement, it makes me stop and think about all the days past. How can it really be that Chase will be moving on to middle school next year? Wasn't it just yesterday that he cried each morning when I left him at Preschool? Wasn't it just yesterday that his hair was bleached blonde? What about the days when Cierra and Brittany pushed him around in the stroller 'because they could'? The hours upon hours he spent watching Blues Clues, where did all that time go?!
Tonight was his 5th grade graduation. Of course, Brittany and Cierra were there. Ashley brought Kayden while J was playing baseball. The program was nice with a slideshow reflecting on "years past"showing a lot of the children from NJES throughout the past 6 years. The final song was Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" How fitting, I love that song!
These two started planning their 'fishing' adventure last week and that's all they talked about between games. (luckily it didn't affect their focus) On Friday they spent 7 hours at the ballfield, playing 2games and Sunday 12 hours, playing 3 games.
They were down at the pond until dark last night then watched 'youtube' for fishing tips. We heard the alarm going off this morning and they were ready to go again. Why can't they get up that easy for school :)
So off they go for another day of fishing!
Britt and I each have one across our lower back and wrist. Rather suttle but meaningful. Ronnie has two as well; one on his wrist and one on his right (upper) arm. Jeremy wins the prize for our family of 'having the most'!!
Here's Britt's left wrist - "faith" - if you are familiar with our blog, you know where that came from.
ok, this one is Ronnie's favorite. He had that picture above his visor from vehicle to vehicle and it finally just wore out. He has always loved it so he decided that he wanted to preserve it forever. He had been planning this for some time without me knowing then got a call from his tattoo artist requesting that he have it done during one of the Tattoo Shows. So, he did just that. Fourteen hours later, and six hours of travel, he accomplished his goal. So, the inside joke now is that whenever I travel, I'm really still here. The kids can tell me good night and I'm always with him. While I wasn't a fan of having my face on his arm, the concept is really cool.
During our first visit to St. John, we purchased 'the Carribbean Hook Braclet' which has different meanings based on the position of the 'hook'. If the hook is facing towards you, you are taken; hook facing outward means you are available (for the record, Ronnie's is facing toward him lol). Ronnie isn't a fan of jewelry however he loved this 'fish hook' bracelet. So..he decided to have it tattooed on his arm. He can still wear his actual bracelet because if he chooses to he can wear his watch (a gift from me for our 10th anniversary) and it covers his left wrist. Another creative tattoo...
Brittany and I both got these on Jeremy's birthday a few years ago. For mine, the heart in the middle is for Brittany, the ladybug in the middle of the heart represents Cierra, the horseshoe hanging to the left of the heart is for Jeremy, the drops of water are for Chase (our Bay boy) and the hook on the right of the heart (which matches his bracelet) is for Ronnie.
Brittany has always been our 'heart' child. She draws hearts, signs her names with hearts and loves heart jewelry so it made perfect sense for her to have a heart tattooed on her lower back.
This one is across Jeremy's back. Hey it saves him from ever having to wear a jersey with his name on it!
So, the cold temperature takes me to warm weather which turns into summer which leads to vacations which sends me to St. John which then leads me to Kenny Chesney's new album being released at mid-night. Shew....I can't tell you what the score was but I had to dig this out and drool...
So here it is (I loved taking this picture)....Trunk Cay off the beach of Trunk Bay which is the ultimate snorkeling site. We can't wait for the kids to see the blue water and beautiful life 'under the sea'.
This will be our third visit so we thought it only fair to show the kids where we will be retiring to :) I don't know if they could ever be as excited as we are but once they experience the beautiful life on St. John, I think they just might be hooked, too. We're all set and counting down; passports are here (baby Kayden even has a passort), flights are booked and house is rented. Not that I'm wishing summer away but nights like tonight really make it easy to go to the island....
Ronnie and I have always been fans of Kyle Petty and enjoyed talking with him when we were in Daytona this year. Unfortunately the 'ride' doesn't come close enough for us to experience this year but we still enjoy keeping up with their trail and we are following Kyle on Twitter where he provides pictures and commentary at each stop along the way (thanks John :-). As always, Dr. Thompson (Brittany's lifelong doctor)is with them as their 'dr. on board'. I dug in the archives and found these pictures from the last ride that came through our area.
All the guys with Nikki Taylor....
Britt with Dr. Thompson & Herschel Walker...
Brittany with Dr. Thompson, his son and daughter-in-law.
The "King" - Richard Petty with Britt...
Dr. Thompson - "The on-board Doctor"
I know they get tired of hearing it but I always say "there's no better feeling than to have all my children with me at once". Today I had that pleasure. Thanks for a wonderful Mother's Day J, Britt, Cierra, Chase, Ash & Kayden. I love you all very much!
I hope all you "Mom's" out there have a wonderful Mother's Day!
I am very blessed to have the greatest children (you too Ash) ever and a wonderful husband; life is good!
Happy Mother's Day to you too, GRANDMA! We hope you're having a great trip down south.
Ok here we are just hanging out with our 'cocktails', waiting for dinner....lots of fun planned for the weekend and hey, the campground even has it's own channel so we can keep up with where we need to be. It's all about "MOM" this weekend!!