Thursday, November 22, 2007

Saying Goodbye to MawMaw

My Beloved MawMaw, Mildred Willis (pictured at top) went to be with Jesus over the weekend. She is greatly missed by Her Husband, children, and grandchildren whom she poured her life. My most treasured childhood memories were spent with her and my Grandfather on their small farm up the road from us. She made most of my church clothes and spent lots of time making tea cakes, corn flake cookies, and lots of other things with me. She also taught me to crochet and most importantly, she gave me a love for family! Just last week I was looking through a book she gave me just before I got married called " Is There a Family in the House? "
I am so Thankful for the Godly heritage she has left me and the wonderful memories I have of her. She was so excited when Grace was born to finally have a Great-Grandaughter after 8 Great-grandsons. The first thing MawMaw said to me 2 weeks ago when I went to GA for my sisters baby shower was " I want to see Grace! " I will make it a priority as Grace grows older to let her know how much her Great-Grandmother loved her and to tell her all about her. Today my Mom I tried hard to serve a Thanksgiving dinner just like MawMaw used to serve. We made several of the things she used to make for Sunday Dinner and Holidays. We had PawPaw come and eat it with us and I think He really appreciated how much we tried to make Thanksgiving be the way we always remembered it with MawMaw.
The Palbearers were MawMaws Grandsons and Grandson-inlaws
PawPaw with my Family
MawMaws Family
PawPaw holding Grace who wore MawMaws home-made dresses to both the viewing and the Funeral

The most special thing about MawMaws Funeral was that PawPaw spoke straight from his heart about His Wife and went through Proverbs 31 sharing about how MawMaw had lived out each one of those verses during the 65 years of their marriage and how she served by his side as pastors wife for the many years of his ministry as a Southern Baptist Pastor.
Please keep my Grandfather and the rest of my family in your prayers in the coming weeks. This was a difficult time to lose MawMaw since My Uncle Charles just passed away 6 weeks ago.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Little Gracie preparing to be a Mommy!

I managed to capture some pictures of Grace today delighting in her baby doll. I have been thinking alot lately about the role of Motherhood and how Grace's view of children will be directly affected by MY words, actions, and attitudes toward children. Will she see them as a delight, a blessing, and gift from God? Or will she see them as a whiny, stinky, loud, and obnoxious nusiance who won't let her get anything done? Will she realize the awesome task we have as Mothers to raise up the next generation for Christ? My prayer for her is that God will give her a heart for Christ, family, and the joys of Motherhood! Please pray for me that as I seek to delight myself in the Lord, My Husband, and Children more fully that the joy would be contagious for my precious 7 month old daughter!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Recap of Our Summer and Early Fall

Since I have finally unloaded all the pictures from summer and early Fall off my camera I have decided to write a recape of our summer and Early Fall. I have written several short posts with pictures so you will have to scroll down pretty far. Below are some miscellaneous photo's including the boys riding Aunt Margaret's horse and Grace's first feeding. Enjoy!

Pops Birthday

Pops turned 51 with a big surprise birthday bash on September 7th. It was a great party with lots of good food! Below are photos of Pops, His siblings (Uncle Macon with James) and Aunt Marty.

Camping Trip 2007

This year since my sister Lauren is expecting a baby we decided to start a yearly tradition of a family camping trip so the cousins will all have something to look forward to doing together each summer. This year we decided to go to Gatlinburg. We had a wonderful time chatting around the campfire, making smores, shopping in downtown Gatlinburg, the outlet mall ,and taking a trip to historic Cade's Cove. As you can see in the pictures, all the men got matching t-shirts and all the women got matching t- shirts. We can't wait to go again next year with baby Joseph in tow!

4th of July 2007

We had a great 4th of July this year. We had a cookout on the Patio with Our children, My parents, and Carly and her boyfriend James. I made a sugar cookie american flag which turned out really good. We ended the evening by driving out to Princeton to watch some Fireworks! Below is a picture of Isaac after having a nap in Aunt Margarets room while she was away at camp!

Daniels Job

Here are 2 pictures from Daniels recent Engineering project in Portsmouth VA. It was such a great experience for him to get to be a part of the construction of the APM shipping terminals. He gained some valuable work experience. He sometimes misses all the activity. I miss living in Williamsburg too sometimes!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Busy As A Bee

I know it has been awhile since the last post and I truly plan to start doing better at keeping this blog updated! As for my family... We moved back into our house 3 weeks ago. Daniel continues to enjoy his job and is in the middle of remodeling our basement. Isaac is enjoying being a part of Awana's this year and has memorized lots of scripture for a 3 year old! .James is not old enough for Awanas yet but is learning very quickly in our homeschool pre-school. We are so proud of how far the boys have come in these last few months. It is so neat to watch their friendship develop and to overhear the sweet conversations they have in their bedroom. Grace is 7 months old now and is growing by leaps and bounds. She is absolutely beautiful and can sit up on her own now! She loves to smile and laugh and watch her big brothers play. I have been busy teaching pre-school, studying for my real estate exam, and everything else that being a wife and mother of a fast growing family entails. I was thrilled to be able to go down to GA over the weekend and attend my sister Laurens baby shower. Baby Joseph is due to arrive just before New Years and we are all very excited to meet him! We are also very excited that our closest friends here in Bluefield, Leah Woodrum and Josh Clarke got engaged over the weekend! We have developed such a close friendship with them and feel so blessed to have them in our lives. It will be so much fun to help Leah with her wedding plans! Here is a picture of the best friends you could ever ask for! This picture was taken at Virginia Beach in March when they came to visit us in Williamsburg.