It has been a fun and busy week here for our family. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it is almost November!
Tonight was our annual trunk or treat event at church. We LOVE this event so much because we truly invite the whole town to come and worship, eat hot dogs, and get lots of candy!
Yes that it snow on our coats and in our hair! It snowed tonight for our trunk or treat. CRAZY!!!! I love these girls and I love seeing youth show up to church to serve others. It blesses my heart. I never ever envisioned myself as a youth leader but here I am loving it.
This is my grandmother who got moved to a nursing home on Friday after some foot surgery. She will be there for several weeks. She is something. Most of the time she is sharp as a tack and knows everything and everybody. Then there are times she has hallucinations and bless her heart they are very real to her. My parents are doing an exceptional job of caretaking for her even if she is not always the sweetest patient! HA! They continue to show me the example of honoring your parents even when it is not always easy. Today Hope and I had a great visit with her. She loves her Jesus and thankfully is very happy at her new facility as her foot heals. I told her as a left today to show the nurses her princess side and not her big bad wolf side because she certainly has both:)
Here is our sweet Dorothy with her piano teacher who was dressed as Audrey Hepburn! Last night was Hope's fall piano recital and she played Somewhere over the Rainbow dressed as Dorothy. I held my breath her entire song and despite a few wrong notes she kept her poise and did great!
The concentration.... :) I love that Hope loves piano and that our home is full of music. the boys do not always appreciate her practicing but we love it! I pray she uses this love of music for the glory of the Lord one day.
While Mike and I were enjoying a night of music at the recital, my brother, my Dad, my nephews, and my boys were out in the rain watching the Hokies. They are die hards and stayed most of the game!! Tech won and my boys made memories with their Pops. They were drown rats despite the rain gear because it was basically a monsoon!
Mike was on the road a ton last week doing what he loves doing-teaching, meeting with other educators and visiting kids in his program. Here is Mike last week with the Governor of Virginia at an award ceremony for an award United Way received for their work on workforce development in our schools through the Ignite program.
He called me when the ceremony was over and said for a moment sitting in the Governor's mansion receiving this award with this organization, he felt grateful for how far God has brought him. He never dreamed as a kid from a small town in Arkansas he would have a PhD and be where he is today. Just a reminder that God can always dream bigger for us than we can and that HARD WORK pays off. Mike Robinson is not perfect but that guy has always worked hard at whatever he does. He is a good role model for our kids.
This past week was Kyle's first scrimmage for basketball. It is almost that time of year which makes all five of us soooo happy! We joke all the time that when I dated Mike I refused to watch basketball with him because the guys shoes squeaking on the court drove me bonkers and now here I am a referee-yelling, basketball-loving Momma and coaches wife! I still have a lot to learn but that does not keep me from yelling and cheering! :)
This past week at our after school program at church we carved pumpkins with almost 100 kids and youth. It was loud, crazy and wonderful all rolled into one. We have the most amazing Wednesday afterschool program going on at church. God has called some great folks to teach and lead and we love that our church is rocking every Wednesday after school. My youth taught the elementary kids the pumpkin carving prayer and then helped them carve a pumpkin. Here is Hope with two of her favorite youth ladies!!
It has been a busy but pretty great week in our household. The days are full and parenting is NEVER easy but we are thankful for seeing God working in our church and in our family. May everything we do be for His glory!
Sunday, October 22, 2017
What an amazing Hokie weekend we have had! It is hard to come back to reality after such a wonderful and touching weekend. A little over a week ago we received an email asking if David could participate in a special ceremony for the VT men's basketball team. We love Coach Buzz and all the players so of course we agreed!
Sunday, October 8, 2017
September has certainly treated us well. It has been freakishly hot here in Virginia which has meant my garden has kept producing summer crops.
The last four weeks I have led a bible study for our youth girls at church based on 1 Thessalonians. It has blessed my heart to watch these girls dig into the word and complete their weekly homework assignments. We have laughed, learned, and had fun studying Paul's letter to the church in Thessalonia. This past week we had to memorize this verse about our the need for our love to increase and overflow for others. I know teenagers these days have a bad rep for always being on their phone and being self-absorbed but these girls who faithfully show up each week to study and to discuss their homework bless me and encourage me. Youth ministry is not glamorous or easy but I love sitting around a room with open bibles and open hearts to pursue God with some awesome Jesus girls.
Friday, September 1, 2017
This past summer was our first ever attempt at a garden. I have wanted to garden for so many years but lacked the knowledge to even know where to begin. I was then blessed with an opportunity to participate in the Homegrown program through Sprouting Hope, our local community garden. Gardening has changed my life and I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn how to grow healthy and organic food for my family and neighbors.
Our children loved sharing our bounty and we would often load up a basket of goodies and deliver to our neighbors. I love that gardens provide the opportunity to teach our children the value of hard work and that there is joy in loving our neighbor through sharing our harvest.
Sprouting Hope you have blessed our family with a new way of life. We have learned how to grow, harvest, cook, and preserve our bounty! We have spent the summer marveling at how God used a little garden to make us healthier, help us connect with our neighbors, serve others through sharing our bounty, and teaching us how to garden.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
This weekend has been full. It started Friday with David's six month checkup at UVA.
His kidney numbers were a little high but Dr. B. said he is not worried so therefore I am not worrying. He is going to run them by nephrology and get their opinion on them but if you have seen David in real life lately, you know that he is in the midst of puberty. He is now 5'1 and weighs 115 pounds. He is muscular and is actually growing a little mustache. So the kidney numbers could be a little high to compensate for his puberty growth.
Another big milestone we celebrated this weekend was Mike's birthday!!! We spent his day going to church and hiking with friends. We are so thankful for all that he does for us and that he makes us all "do the right thing" every single day. He is a good guy and it has been such a joy to see him get to enjoy life again now that he is in a new job. He is obsessed with playing tennis, he is now coaching Hope's basketball team, and he never misses anything his kids do.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Summer 2017 it has been real. The backpacks are all packed and ready for the first day of school tomorrow and the kids are all tucked in their beds. Whether we are ready for not, school begins tomorrow in our neck of the woods. I always enjoy taking a few minutes during the last night of summer to recap what we got into as a family. It makes me sad to realize how few summers we have left where all of our chickens are in the nest.
We are excited for what this upcoming school year holds. Kyle will be a sophomore, David will be in 7th grade and our favorite girl will be a third grader. Every year when school starts back I feel a little panicky when I am faced with how fast the years are flying by. I pray our kids learn a lot, make wise choices, show kindness to all, and remember to stick with friends who share our faith and values. We are blessed with an amazing school system and great teachers for this year so we know that they will be in great hands. Happy first day of school-goodbye Summer 2017:)