Thursday, April 28, 2011

4 down, 2 to go!

We sure do miss this Da-dee!
Today is the 4th out of 6 days Carson has been on the mission trip to Honduras. We sure have been missing him. I've talked to him probably a total of 60 seconds since he's been gone. Its felt weird because we usually talk or text each other a bunch during the day! I'm sure they have been able to do some wonderful things though.
Wes and I have been staying at my mom and brothers house this week. I'm not really scared to stay by myself but it feels lonely at home without Carson. We've been having a great time over there though. Mom took several days off work to help me out so I wouldn't have to stress about getting Wes ready to go by myself and getting to work on time, and she has been cooking us dinner and helping with all kinds of stuff. Steven and Wes have been bff's all week too, so he has been helping me alot with him. It has felt like a vacation for me! Its been so nice! I'm so thankful for all their help this week (and all the time)!
We have been taking walks around the neighborhood and down to the boat dock at the lake.
Wes loves it down there!
Tomorrow I have the day off and I'm going to get up early and watch the Royal Wedding (can't wait!), then Wes & I are are gonna meet Erin & Anna and go have lunch with Kelly at the Chick-fil-a Corporate office where she works, then we have the rest of the day to do whatever we want! It will be a fun day and I'm excited!
Can't wait for you to come home da-dee! We miss you!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Badge

"Badge" is the nickname given to my brother by his friends when he started in the police academy...and it has stuck. Its pretty funny though! Last week our family had the privilege of going to his promotion ceremony at the Police Department where he works. He got promoted to Corporal so he will be one of the leaders of his shift. We are so proud of Steven! He is such a great guy, a hard worker, a great big brother and even more awesome uncle (or "Guncle" as Weston would say). The Chief of Police was so nice and had so many nice things to say about Steven. He was also one of his professors in college, and he said he knew from the beginning he would love to have Steven be a part of his Department.
The ceremony was in a small conference room that was kinda crowded and Weston was a pistol during most of the ceremony. He screamed during the prayer AND Pledge of Allegiance AND if anyone tried to hold him. GEEZ! It was making me sweat haha!! But we were so glad to be able to be there anyways!
Steven and his Captain and Chief
They let my mom pin his new badge on him
Steven and Chief Manseur
Our family
Speech!!
And this is Steven's shift he had to leave. They have all become really good friends, and I know he's gonna miss getting to work with them!
Good Job Steven!
We're all so proud of you!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

We had such a busy but FUN Easter weekend filled with lots of Jesus, friends, family, food and egg hunts!
Saturday morning started off with our small group getting together at the Hanes' house. We all brought our kiddos, a side dish and eggs. It was such a fun time to be together. I love our group and Brittany is such a sweet hostess!
Wendy & Laney Claire, Brittany & Rhett, Brittany & Livi, Jen & Tayler, Kristin & Katelynn
then Erin & Annabelle and Me and Weston Then we came home to rest and get ready for the next round. Dinner at Nana & Paw-Paws! We all hung out, ate, hunted eggs, and went to see all their horses and dogs. The kids had so much fun playing together! This is Weston's new favorite thing to do: He pulls his fists down and says "YESSSS" but it actually sounds more like "ettthhh" with his little lisp. It is so cute and funny!
This is all the cousins on Carson's mom's side. Aren't they all so cute?!
Tryston, Weston, Jett, Annabelle, Neleigh, Alexis, Gauge and Payton
Then I headed over to Janes to help her do some things to get ready for Sunday. Here's a picture of all the kids dying eggs! It was so fun and they made such cute eggs!
Sunday after church we went to the Britton's house for a YUMMY lunch and another egg hunt. We had a great time and laughed ALOT!
Jennifer hiding eggs
Jane and Carson hiding eggs
Weston really didn't care about hunting eggs all weekend, he just wanted to walk around and play with sticks and rocks!
Maddie and Zoe
the boys
Brock's loot
and we take this picture every year of the kids in the grass with their eggs. CUTE!
and we finished the day with some wiffle ball, and then home for Carson to pack for Honduras.
Their group left this morning!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fun Car Rides

Nothing like a good fun car ride with your hilarious friends that make you laugh.....
EMILY!!!!!!!
Erin and Abi:
Take 1 Take 2
Take 3
Finally!!!
aaaannnnd again...
Me and Sarah
Take 1
Take 2
Take 3
Love these bff's! ;-)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hike with Hope

In just 9 short days from now Carson will be packing up and heading to Delicias, Honduras on a mission trip with Hike With Hope. I'm a little nervous because Weston and I have never been away from him for that long, but I'm so excited for him and the whole team to be able to go and serve the people they will be coming in contact with!
Hike With Hope is a Ministry that got started from a vision that our friend Chris shared with a few others to start and their mission and vision is to "Demonstrate God's love through connecting inaccessible resources to people groups in need." whether that be someone in another country or someone in our own community.
The team has been working very hard by hosting events for fundraising, making bracelets to sell, selling their other different merchandise, and going on practice hikes to get prepared for the trip, since it takes an entire days hike just to get to the village they are going to. (not to mention several trips to R.E.I. for "necessities". riiiight. ha!!)
One of the things they raise money for is to give big bags of rice and beans to families. One bag of each is like an entire months worth of food for those families. I think the thing that stuck out to me the most is when Chris told us stories from the last trip of families just weeping when they were given these bags of food. Something that would probably mean so little to us means the world to someone who isn't really sure if their family will be able to eat tomorrow or not. WOW!!!
Below is a picture from last years trip. Its of the kids holding up their bracelets they were given. When the team gives them the bracelets, they let them know that there are people where they came from that wear the exact same bracelets to remind them to pray for them. I think that is just so awesome for them to know they actually have people that think about them and pray for them!
Here is an article that was in the Times-Georgian about them this morning,
and here is where you can go to check out some of the cool stuff they have for sale!
So, food, bracelets, and most importantly the gospel!
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion "Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7
(doesn't Carson look kinda like Forrest Gump in this picture? hahaha!!!!)
Please pray for them as they go April 25-30!
So proud of you honey! And all of the team!! Love yall!!