Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Strawberry picking

We love to go strawberry picking at least once every Spring. My favorite part is making homemade freezer jelly. It's easy and SO yummy! I'm going to attempt to can some strawberry jelly this year. We'll see how it turns out!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter pictures

More pictures from Easter at my Mom and Dad's house. Since Clayton and Gabe both have a birthday in April, my Mom got a cake for them and we had a little party with the cousins. Clayton got a gun that shoots marshmallows from Grandma and Grandpa. The Easter egg pinata was almost too cute to destroy, but all the kids had fun hitting it. From the looks of some of these pictures, I need some photography lessons! :o)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

More pictures from our creek adventure

#1. Clayton, Gabe and Titus with their sticks. #2. Kellie holding Levi. #3 A really corny picture of me smelling flowers. #4. My Dad, the bravest man in the world, for trying to expose the corruption in our government. He's also an awesome Dad and Grandpa! #5. Abigail, Kellie's oldest child. She's beautiful, but more importantly, beautiful on the inside!

At the creek

This year we all went to my Mom and Dad's for Easter. On Saturday, my Dad, Kellie and I took our kids to the creek near our parent's house. This is a favorite spot for the kids. They got really dirty and had a blast! Clayton said it was the best adventure ever!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Chuck E Cheese party

Clayton had a party at Chuck E Cheese on his birthday. He had a blast. I still can't believe he's 6!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Our birthday boy

Clayton will be 6 tomorrow. The time has flown! My verse for him is James 1:17, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." We are so thankful for Clayton. He is truly a miracle boy. Before I got pregnant with Clayton, I had a miscarriage after trying to get pregnant for over a year. I was heart broken. So we tried again as soon as possible and I was thrilled to be pregnant again. Then I started having problems again at around 7 or 8 weeks. My activity was limited to our house. Then at 15 weeks I ended up in the hospital with a lot of bleeding. (That was at the end of October.) The doctor told my Mom that my baby probably wouldn't make it. I had a blood clot that was causing problems. I was put on COMPLETE bedrest. My Mom had to come live with us to take care of Carrington, who was 3, and do everything I normally do. I was on bedrest for months. We prayed REALLY hard. I remember praying one day during that time and telling God, "Please let this baby live, but no matter what happens, I know that Jesus is still on the throne." I read the verses James 5:14-15 and asked for the elders of my church to come and pray over me. One of the pastors and several elders came and prayed and anointed me with oil. I cried. It was very humbling and precious at the same time.
The blood clot finally started dissolving after Christmas and I was able to get up a LITTLE bit in January. By mid-February I was doing much better and I was able to have a normal life again. Carrington and I had a lot of fun during those last 2 months.
Before Clayton was born, I hoped and prayed that he would be normal, but weren't sure what to expect. On April 6th, he was born and was completely healthy and normal! The doctor that saw me when I was in the hospital bleeding, found out that Clayton was born and couldn't believe that he didn't have any problems.
The name Clayton means "in God's mold". His middle name is James. We chose it partly because of James 1:17, partly because I love James Dobson, and partly because I love the way the book of James starts: "James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.....".
Clayton is such a delight to me. Of course he's not perfect, but he is constantly making us smile and laugh. I am so thankful that God let him be born!

More Pictures of Clayton

Some more random pictures of Clayton. He loves to climb into stuff. This time he got stuck in my laundry basket.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


My husband and I have become big fans of Dr. Voddie Baucham. We went to one of his conferences recently and learned so much from him! I just finished reading his book, "Family Driven Faith". It is excellent!

My husband recently found this video series on You Tube of Dr. Baucham speaking on apologetics. I think every Christian should watch it. I encountered an atheist last year and found myself not equipped to defend my faith like I should have been able to. I deeply regret that and have been trying to work on that ever since. There is SO much evidence for God and we are told in the Bible to be ready to defend what we believe. 1 Peter 3: 15 I hope you enjoy this video series as much as my husband and I did. Please share it with other Christians.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Retreat at Calloway Gardens

This last weekend, Warren and Carrington went to a Father/ Daughter retreat hosted by Vision Forum at Calloway Gardens. They had a great time. Warren enjoyed the speakers, especially Dr. Voddie Bauchum. 2 of Carrington's cousins, Madeline and McKenzie were also there with their Dad, so it was very fun for Carrington. On Saturday, they had a Victorian High Tea in which all the girls get all dressed up. My awesome Mom made a skirt for Carrington to wear over her hoop skirt. It was really pretty. I'm so glad they got to go, but I'm glad they're home now! Clayton and I missed them!

Father/ Daughter Retreat

The first picture is Warren and Carrington, of course. 2nd picture is Carrington with 2 of her cousins, McKenzie and Madeline. 3rd picture is of Geoff Botkin, one of the speakers, and his 2 daughters, Anna Sofia and Elizabeth. 4th picture is of Carrington with Jasmine Bauchum. 5th is of Warren and Carrington at the Victorian High Tea. I've never been to a high tea, but my 9-year-old has!

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