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Wife to Adam, mommy to Alexa & Adlee Grace, Christ follower, owner at NewSpring Church, lover of Clemson football, and all things monogrammed. Looking for ways to simplify, serve, and teach my girls what life is all about.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Ready for VACA!

I can't believe we are leaving for vacation tomorrow! I have been looking forward to this for so long. I know it's going to be so much fun to have A & W on the beach again. They enjoyed it last year, but I have a feeling this year is going to be so much better!

This week was my first full week of school, and unfortunately I'm going to miss this whole week of school. I am really enjoying the classes I have (except for government) and I can see this is where I'm supposed to be.

Well, I was hoping for my post to be a little bit longer, but...doesn't look like that's going to happen. I've been sewing (my quilt is coming along nicely!!) instead of packing, so now I have to get some stuff done.

I hope you all have a fabulous Labor Day weekend, and a great week next week as well. We will be back next Saturday, and I should have some awesome pictures to post! Can't wait!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Quick Recap

This past week has been a bit of a blur. I really planned to blog and post some pictures, but I just didn't have time. Monday night my teeth started hurting, I had an appointment with the oral surgeon next Wednesday about my wisdom teeth. Tuesday was my birthday...which I can't even believe. During the day Tuesday my teeth began to really hurt, and it only got worse.

Wednesday morning I called Dr. Mills' office to see if they could get me in sooner. He didn't have anything available but his partner had an opening that afternoon. I gladly took the appointment. After seeing my xray it was obvious that my wisdom teeth really needed to come out. He didn't have an appointment for several weeks, but Dr. Mills had one of Friday, so I took it. I now look like a chipmunk! The surgery went well, and actually it cost less than they originally quoted me, so that was a huge blessing. My insurance considered it major medical b/c they were all impacted, and unfortunately I hadn't met my deductible. Thankfully God helped take care of that, in more ways than one, and it ended up costing me much less than I originally thought.

I am recovering nicely, and Alexa has been so sweet during this period. She knows something is different, but she isn't really sure what. She gives me the sweetest kisses on my "boo boo". What a sweet baby girl...she is getting ready to go to bed now. Even though she has her moments, most of them are pretty sweet!

Tuesday night we had my birthday dinner at Stone Soup, and as usual it was fantastic! I had the best chicken dish I have had in a long time...it was fried in panko bread crumbs and it was so yummy. Then we came home, and Jerry and Alexa went outside to listen to music in his car for just a minute before her bath. When Mimi went out to get them, she came back with a big surprise!

Last Saturday we went to downtown Landrum to Foothills Amish Furniture, because Mimi and I haven't been to the store since they moved to their new location. Well, it was certainly the right Saturday to go. They were having a celebration for their anniversary, and they had guy doing homemade ice cream out front for free. It was wonderful! While we were there Mimi and I saw some really nice things, one of which was a painting that I fell in love with. It's three separate paintings, in a black frame and at the bottom it has Numbers 6:25 in gold paint. It is absolutely gorgeous. I asked daddy to talk to Matt (the owner) and see if he would come down on the price since they have been such good customers.

How excited was I when I saw her carrying that package. I knew immediately it was the painting, and Alexa helped me open it. It is gorgeous, and I'm not typically one to get excited about paintings. I am so excited to have it, and I can't wait to find a great place to hang it when I have my own house.

Thursday I started back to school, and it was a pretty good night. I started with a math class, and then when I got to my education class, the professor wasn't there, but he had left about 50 handouts for us. That made for an exciting night because Grandpa and Grace came back from Florida that afternoon, and brought Pebo's Cuban food back with them. Even though my teeth were really hurting, it was still awesome. We are so glad Grandpa and Grace are back...we really missed them while they were gone!

Well, that's about it for my week...I need to go put the heating pad back on my face to see if I can get the swelling to go down some more. Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


It seems like forever since I blogged last...but I have just been so busy I haven't had time. I am also trying to spend more time enjoying Alexa, and less time on the computer and watching tv. I never really did a lot of either, but I'm really trying to minimize it these days because she is growing up so fast, and that's something I can't ever get back!

Let me catch you up...quickly because I've gotta go to bed.

Mama and I have started working with Janice every morning at 5:15. We get up at 5, and leave here...and then walk until around 6. I have to admit, I don't enjoy getting up at 5, but I am feeling much better and healthier with the addition of exercise in my life.

I also told you before that Alexa was changing daycares and she is totally loving it. We had a few rough days the first week, but this week she has done beautifully! I am also enjoying having her next door because I can go and observe her (through tinted glass) during the day. She is also getting ready to start dance lessons, and gymnastics! I can't wait...I know she is going to love it.

I am starting back to school next week, and once again I have changed my major. LOL! I am not surprised by this at all, and those of you who know me probably aren't either. I am going into Secondary Education...I know, shocking right??!! :) I have felt for a long time that this is where I belonged, but I have made up lots of excuses as to why I just couldn't do it. I have finally submitted to God...ok, it's really that He slammed every door on me and I didn't have a choice!

Long story short, last week when I went for orientation I sat down with my advisor to set up my schedule, and I needed 4 classes...there was only 1 that worked with my schedule. That's it...and every time I thought of some way to manipulate the situation and make it work...it didn't. Until I started looking to Secondary Education! I don't want to go to school more than 3 days a week because I want to have as much time with Alexa as possible. Today I met with my new advisor, and I ended up with one internet class, and then 3 classes on Tuesday and Thursday that start at 4:30 and go until 8:40. I was so excited, because I really expected to be going at least 3 nights!! God is so good, and this is working out much better than I ever planned. Isn't it amazing how that works, and yet we still try to do it our way!

Tonight Alexa, Mama and I went out to eat with a great group! We had Anne, Janice & Julia, and Jackie, Stephanie & Perrin. I was so excited to see Stephanie and Perrin when we got there, I knew Anne was inviting Jackie, but I had no idea if Stephanie and Perrin would come or not. We all had a great time, and Alexa had a blast visiting Perrin at the other end of the table. I wish I had taken my camera so I could've taken some pictures, but I didn't. It has been too long since I last saw Perrin in person...I hope it won't be as long before we get to see him again.

Well, tomorrow is Friday, which is always a wonderful day. I baked cookies for Alexa to take tomorrow because they are having a party for the older kids who are moving up into the preschool room on Monday.

It's been an exciting couple of weeks, and I can't wait to see what is in store for the next couple of months. A & W both have birthdays coming soon...I am so excited. We definitely need to start planning the party! I've also got to start thinking about a present for Alexa!! :)

Well folks, have a great weekend. Walker is coming to stay with us for part of the weekend, and I can't wait! They have so much fun playing together. I have some really cute pics to post from last weekend, but I am already later than I wanted to be, so those will have to wait. Maybe I can get that done tomorrow!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

More Pics...

Don't forget to check out the post and pics below!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Finally :)

Alexa is down for a nap right now, so if I don't hurry this post won't make it either! We have been so busy lately. Last week was Alexa's first week at her new school, and we are both loving it. She is doing really well in her class...and she is working on potty training! That's right, she isn't even 2 and she uses the potty all by herself! I am definitely loving it. I mean diapers are expensive! LOL!

There are so many cute pictures that I need to post, I don't even know if I will be able to get them all on here, but I'll try.

Last weekend we went to a wedding for a dear friend of mine, and we had such a good time. The wedding was beautiful, and the reception was so much fun. Kristin's daughter Ansley was there, and she is 16 months old, and Laura's daughter Kate was there and she is also 16 months old. The three of them had so much fun together...they danced and ran around chasing a little boy at the reception. It was so cute!

I can't even remember everything else we have done over the last two weeks, but I'm sure there is no slowing down anytime soon! We are going to the beach in 3 weeks, and I am ready! I can't wait to see how A & W react to the sand and waves this year!

We really don't have too many plans for tomorrow, other than some chores around the house because we are having people over Sunday afternoon. Sunday night at Landrum First we are having Laura Story in concert. She is the worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, and she is from Spartanburg. She is a wonderful singer and song writer, and currently has a CD out Great God Who Saves. It is phenomenal, if you haven't heard it you should listen to it...we can't stop! I am so excited to hear her live on Sunday, she has an incredible testimony that God is using to change lives!

The concert starts at 6:30 Sunday night, everyone is invited to attend! I can promise you will be blessed!

Here are some of the pictures from Julie's wedding!

Monday, August 4, 2008


Ok, I know I haven't updated lately...at least not with picture! I have so many awesome pics now...and it's going to take a little while to get them posted. Alexa is supposed to go see her daddy tomorrow night, so I should be able to spend some time working on a post then. Obviously she is more important than blogging and I'm not going to take time away from her for that! Hope everyone is having a good week. We have been really busy, and loving every minute of it!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

And the WINNER is...

CINDI! Congratulations Cindi, I'll send you something tomorrow and we can get started on your journal. Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and if you didn't win, don't worry because I am offering a special to everyone. From now until August 15th receive 10% off everything in my Etsy store, and if you spend $30 or more receive 20% off your purchase (not including shipping), use code MoonBean in the comment section of your purchase and I will send you a new invoice for the correct amount. Hope to see all of you back soon!

I've got a new item coming soon to my Etsy shop!!