Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lizzie and Gracie and Faith

The girls have been part of our church all their lives. They have attended Sunday school, sung in the choir and sat next to us in worship. Church is a big part of our lives. Lizzie and Gracie walk through the doors and know love and hope. They get at least three hugs from various people and that's just on the way to Sunday School. With me working at the church, we spend a lot of time there. With all that time there, Wes and I always wonder how much really sinks in and what it means to the girls.

Recently, we've had conversations about different elements of faith. We've talked about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It may not make sense to them fully, but even I still question and learn. A few weeks before that, we talked about why we are Christians and why some of their school friends are Muslim.  

The word "grace" comes up often in church; which can be confusing if your name is Grace. One Sunday, Gracie said, "Why does Pastor Tom keep saying my name?". We've talked about what grace means for us and Jesus role in saving us. I love the Methodist view on grace as outlined in It's a bit confusing but all the girls need to know is they are saved by grace with a little "g" and loved.

Tonight, we talked about drinking and eating bread in church; otherwise known as Communion. Communion is a special time for our family. We take it together and listen to the liturgy the first Sunday of each month. Through our discussion, we talked about the importance of communion and the promises that it represents. Gracie starts repeating some of the liturgy and what the elements of bread and wine (or grape juice in our church and most Methodist churches) represent.

Taking the girls to church and sharing our faith is something that I hope stays with them all their lives. We know that they will question and try different traditions, but my hope is they stay United Methodists. My hope is that the girls look to Wes and I as role models in the same way that I look at my parents as role models. My parents modeled the Christian faith the best for me.

One of my favorite quotes by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” I hope the girls keep at least this with them all their lives. Because, isn't this what Jesus really calls us to do?

Friday, August 29, 2014

First Day of First Grade

This week, the girls started first grade. We didn't find out who the girls teacher was until five days before school started. Thursday night before school started to meet the teacher. Grandma and Papa were visiting, so they got to meet the teachers! I was glad they were there and could reassure me the girls had great teachers. Both girls have a teacher that I think will fit their personality well.

The Saturday before school started, the girls laid out their clothes and got their backpacks ready. Making sure that everything was in their bag that needed to be. Gracie needed her "lucky monkey" key chain to help her not be scared. By the end of the night, they had their name tag, a bottle of hand sanitizer and a lucky monkey hanging off their bags.

Sunday was the big Back to School Sunday at church. The bounce houses and breakfast where good but the highlight of the day was the annual Blessing of the Backpacks! The girls look forward to going up front, being prayed over and getting their backpack tag. As soon as they got back to their seat, we had to put it on the bag. That night, they had a hard time going to sleep. They were anxious and excited. Gracie was particularly concerned.

Getting ready to go!
Monday morning came, Gracie was awake at 6:00 a.m. ready for her day. She was really excited to go back to school. Both girls were ready to get dressed, eat breakfast and brush their teeth. We were out the door early to be able to park and walk the girls into school.

Crazy girls!
We first dropped off Gracie and then Lizzie. Both girls did great! They sat down and were ready to go. 

Outside of school

Gracie in her class

Finding her cubby

Lizzie and her cubby

Lizzie at her desk

They have had a great week! They are excited to be big first graders!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Busy Busy

It's been a while since I have posted. We have been busy between work and the girls camps. The girls went to a cooking camp, music camp, spent time with Nana, spent time with Grandma and Papa, and time at home. The summer has flown by and school starts again next week.
At the doctor getting Lizzie's finger checked

Cooking Camp
Silly
So silly
Lots of skating
VBS number 3 for the summer
So much fun
Picking up the girls from Grandma and Papa
Watching daddy play hockey
Playing in the fountain
More fun

Sleeping

Gracie is off!

Daddy loves skating with his girls
It's been really fun and great summer! I'm not ready for school to start!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Fun

This past weekend, we stayed in a cabin with my family. It was a really fun weekend of swimming, fishing, horseback riding and camp fires. The girls loved it! Gracie cried as we left because she didn't want to leave "the country".

Sweating by the fire

toasting marshmellows

Fishing

Yummy breakfast made by my brother-in-law, Paul

More fishing



My sweet mama and daddy

Fun walks


Sweet girls and sweet grandparents

My nephew, Sam, my sister Laura and niece, Sydney

Watermelon!

Collecting pine cones for Grandma

Feeding the Lemurs
It was a great relaxing weekend for us. We enjoyed being outside and being with nature. It was nice to spend time with the family. It was fun watching the kids play and have fun!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blue Bonnets

The girls had their pictures taken in blue bonnets back in April. Somehow, I forgot to put them on the blog. Silly me. The pictures turned out great! Our fabulous photographer friend, Allison, took them. The girls look so grown up!












Friday, June 27, 2014

Beginning of Summer!

This summer has started out busy. They spent two weeks at VBS. Last weekend, we spent the weekend in Oklahoma with family! On Saturday, we traveled to Tulsa to spend the day with my aunt and uncle. It was great day! My cousin and his family, my parents, my sister and her family, and my other aunt and uncle were there. My aunt Kathy made two very delicious meals for us. The kids swam in the pool and did crafts.

kids swimming


Crafting!

My mom and my aunts with the kids

Grandma watching

Kathy and Gracie

brothers

Napping

sweet kiddos

Kathy with the kids

Being at my aunt and uncles has always been relaxing. It was fabulous day of just being together. Not worrying about anything and not being in a hurry. It reminded me of being a kid and visiting them. Always fun!