Saturday, December 26, 2009


We made a Monday-Friday, mad, 6-stop, Christmas trip spectacular this week. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the week.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Catching up

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted, but I've been pretty busy with other things lately! Here are a couple of cute pictures we've taken of Luke over the past few weeks.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A boy and a bunny

Our associate pastor, Ben, found 4 baby rabbits in his front yard the other day. He and Jeremy put them in the backyard of the empty house next door to try to keep the dogs and cats away from them. Jeremy took Luke and I down to see them later in the day and discovered that a dog had gotten at least one of them, and we couldn't find the other 3. To make a long story short, we found 1 of them and brought it home. I called a wildlife rehabilitation specialist who told me this bunny was old enough to be on its own, so we waited until dark and released it outside of the city a little bit. It was so cute! Luke, of course, was in love with it. He named it Cutie. Here are a few pictures of Luke and Cutie before Cutie's return to the great outdoors.

Monday, August 24, 2009

My child is wild!

So Luke has been a little more feisty than usual the last few weeks. It seems to have culminated today. He started the day by hitting, scratching, and then attempting to throw a chair at his Sunday School teacher because he was told he had to stay in his class. Next, he kicked a little girl at church. Finally, he hit Jeremy when he told him they had to leave his cousins' house to come home. (That one was a really, really big mistake!) I asked him before bed how much more we were going to have to punish him before he started acting right. His answer, and I quote, "A lot!" I'm going to get called to the principal's office the first day of kindergarten! We have taken all of his monster trucks, his 3 favorite animals that he sleeps with, and have spanked him repeatedly. I really don't know what else to do at this point. I think we are taking his TV next, but that punishes us. I'm about ready to take all of his toys away and make him earn them back, but again, that punishes us. I may be bald by next week if this keeps up!

Sorry I don't have any pictures yet. Hopefully the budget will allow for a new camera sometime soon.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Silver Dollar City and other things

Sorry it's been a while. I've been kind of busy the past several weeks. Anyway, we went to Branson for a couple of days last week and had a great time. I would love to post some pictures; however, when they say that the WaterWorks Waterboggan ride at Silver Dollar City will get you wet, they are not kidding. That ride cost us about $250. The camera is dead. My cellphone recovered, but unfortunately the camera did not. Other than that, we had a great time. I also had a funny conversation with Luke yesterday. I picked him up from his friend's house and when we pulled into the driveway this is what he said:

L: Mommy, when are we going to have a baby?

M: Well, I don't know if we are going to have another baby but maybe someday? You are all the baby I need anyway.

L: Mommy, if we have another baby I'll take care of it.

M: (Melting into a puddle)...well, maybe we can have a baby in a little while.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Test Results

For those of you on Facebook, this will be a repeat. I'll have some pictures of Luke and something fun to post later this week. I think we are going to the Springdale Aquatic Center tomorrow, so I should get some good pictures.

If you don't already know, I had a colonoscopy on Wednesday. My gastroenterologist is fairly certain I have Crohn's disease. I am waiting for pathology to confirm this sometime next week. I'm actually not that terribly upset about it. Honestly, it's just nice to know what has been wrong. Anyway, I just wanted to put out a quick update. I don't know much about it yet, but what I have learned so far is: Crohn's does not lead to colon cancer and Crohn's does not take any time off your life expectancy. As far as diseases go, that doesn't sound too bad.

Thanks for your prayers, and please continue to pray.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Jeremy and I have been married for 10 years today! I can't believe it has been that long. I thought I would post a picture for nostalgia's sake; unfortunately, all of my wedding pictures are at my mom's house. This is actually a picture of the picture hanging in our dining room. Don't we look like babies!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mother's Day

Luke picked out this flower/balloon for me for Mother's Day. He was very proud of himself; and I, of course, loved it!

The picture below was given to me by Ashley. She stayed with us for a few days while her apartment was being finished, and she gave me this as a thank you/Mother's Day gift. She got the pictures off my computer when I wasn't looking and had this made for me. I was so touched that she took the time and effort to make it. The quote at the top is something Luke says to me all the time. He means you're the best mommy in the whole world, but that's not quite how he says it! Just in case you can't read it, it says, "You're the best mommy I've ever had."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Could you sleep like this...

two nights in a row?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Could you sleep like this?

Monday, April 13, 2009


Luke wanted, of all things, a tie for his birthday. He got this one from Jeremy's granny, and he wore it for Easter.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tulsa Zoo

Luke and I drove up to the Tulsa Zoo a couple of weeks ago for the day. We had a really nice time. The Tulsa Zoo runs circles around the Little Rock Zoo, so Luke really enjoyed seeing all the animals there that they do not have in Little Rock.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Toddlers & Tiaras

Be forewarned, I am ranting today. So, there is a show that comes on after the Duggars' called Toddlers & Tiaras. I watched it the other day out of curiosity. My faith in mankind has now been diminished exponentially. How anyone, especially the mother of a small child whose purpose on earth is to protect, nurture, and develop that child could think that forcing (and I mean forcing) her child to participate in one of these awful pageants is beyond me. The episode I watched had children as young as 2 months wearing full make-up. What is wrong with these people! I watched a woman spray tan her 4-year-old child who was crying the whole time because she did not want it. The same child than had full make-up applied including fake eyelashes, fake hair, the above mentioned fake tan, fake teeth, and a $3000 dress. The moms the show interviewed actually tried to claim that part of the reason they did pageants is for their children to win money for college. If the top prize in a pageant is $2500, which is apparently about the average, and you spend $5000 on clothing and such, I'm pretty sure you are not going to come out ahead. I am in utter disbelief at what I saw. This should be considered child abuse, and these people should be arrested. There is no telling what kind of damage they are doing emotionally to these children teaching them that how they look is the most important thing in their lives. These pageants even have swimsuit competitions, for 2 year olds! That is just sick! Anyway, it made me very angry watching. These poor children are crying saying they are hungry, tired, they don't want to do it, and some of them were even sick. If you haven't seen the show, watch it. Trust me, it will make you feel like a better mom. By the way, I am not talking about the little pageants they do at the local fair or Walmart where you can win diapers or a little cash. I have no problem with people doing that at all. What I have a problem with is trying to turn babies into miniature prostitute look-a-likes. Sorry, I just had to vent!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Birthday Boy!

Luke turned 4 on Saturday. I just cannot believe he is 4! We had a Transformers party and had a great time.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


About 6 weeks ago, Luke's Jitterbugs class put on their annual performance. Jitterbugs is kind've an exercise class for kids with singing, dancing, and general silliness. For those of you who know Luke, you will be shocked to find out that he has terrible stage fright. He would not even put on any of the costumes. The picture below is the closest we ever got to wearing a costume or being on stage. The only reason he even did that much is because of the 2nd picture, Chuck-E-Cheese bribery. They did 4 songs, and the first 3 songs he spent sitting on the steps to the left of the stage with Daddy. Finally, before the 4th song, I went back with him to the dressing room and got him to put a hat on. I told him he had to stand up the whole time and then we would go to Chuck-E-Cheese. This is the child who dives on the floor and yells, "I'm ok!" just so people will look at him. 2 sets of grandparents drove about an hour and a half to watch this...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ice Storm

I finally have enough electricity and time to post some of the pictures I took during the ice storm. This 1st one is from our house. The rest were taken at the Thrive House.

This is the parking area at the Thrive House.

This is the backyard.

There was a piece of carboard laying on the back porch that had the Thrive letters cut out of it in order for the guys to make t-shirts for their basketball team. I picked up the cardboard, and this is what was left behind. I though it was pretty neat.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Everyone always comments on how much Luke looks like Nate Thomas. Nate sent me this picture last week, and I really thought it was Luke for a minute. I had to look at it for a little bit before I realized it was a picture of Nate when he was little. Well, at least Jeremy and I know what Luke will look like when he grows up!

Friday, January 2, 2009


I'm a little slow getting things posted after Christmas, but I have actually been pretty sick so better late than never I guess.

My parents got Luke some Tinker Toys since he really enjoys playing with Carl and my old set at their house.

He got a new big boy bed complete with Razorback bedding from Nana.

The big thing he got from us this year is this awesome Thomas The Train set. Jeremy's mom actually found it at a yard sale last summer unopened, brand new for $5 and gave it to us to give him for Christmas. I know, unbelieveable right!