It’s a Celebration!

Oh my goodness at the busy week I am having!  With a few smell-good candles lit, my favorite house cleaning tunes playing and a to-do list a mile long, I’ve been making our home sparkle and shine as we get ready for  a weekend full of guests.

 My Madeline is turning fourteen on Saturday and we are going to celebrate!  She’s my baby girl and growing up way too fast!

 

 

 

 

To celebrate her special day, we have family coming in (my parents from Tennessee) and of course she will have a few friends over!

I know we are going to have a grand old time and a memorable weekend full of laughter and joy.  Planning Madeline’s party has been rather simple.  I asked her what she wanted to do and of all the things she could have possibly chosen, we are going to Chuck E. Cheese for pizza and games.  I love the simple childlike heart of my little girl.

She makes me smile with all of her silliness and joy.

Madeline and I enjoyed a rare Friday night alone a couple of weeks ago.  We dressed up and went out to supper, then I asked what she wanted to do.  We spent an hour and a half in Michaels looking at yarn and playing with colors and textures until she found exactly what she wanted to make a scarf and hat to wear.

One of Madeline’s scarves

It makes me so proud to see how creative and busy she likes to be!

Oh, I am so thankful for the joy she brings into my world!

 

“…. children a reward from him.”
~ Psalm 127:3
 

Spending time one on one with my children is just so important to them and me.  They need to know they are special and not lost in the bustle of a busy family or nutty world.  There is nothing more precious than to have that time to reconnect with your babies, to talk openly about what is on their hearts and minds, especially in this crazy world where so many kids love to hide from authority, deceive their parents, and in a world where even 8th graders are having babies!  I want my children to know that they can come to me with anything on their heart & mind and I will be there!

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

~Proverbs 22:6 NLT

Each one of my precious children are special and I wouldn’t trade anything for them!  They are all well-rounded, goal-oriented, healthy and happy.  They all are Christians and love the Lord.

How blessed can a mother be?!

And I must admit, I am so proud of them all!

 

 

 

“May the LORD make you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” 
~Psalm 115:14-15

Take some time to enjoy your children without the hustle and bustle of daily living.  Set aside some time without the television, a night off from extra-curricular activities, and keep (or make) a special connection with the special children in your life.

I promise you that you won’t regret it one little bit!

Now I’m off to design a cake for the birthday girl …. she wants a green one.

Only my child.

Fifteen

My daughter has turned 15!
 
 
MacKenzie Grace turned 15 on Thursday and it hit me hard.  While I have a daughter who is older and I love with all my heart, MacKenzie is actually my firstborn.  Her turning fifteen has really made me realize how quickly time passes by and how precious it is.
Of course I’m also learning how precious my own life is as she drove me home from the DMV after getting her permit.

4-0

It’s here.
Not quite sure how I feel about this right now.
 
 
“Now, I don’t want any candles on my cake. It’ll look like the burning of Atlanta!”
~from the Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
 
On second thought, I’ll just stay 39 a couple of years longer.
 
 

{Another} Happy Birthday

My sweet, baby boy turned 12 over the weekend. 

 

I still see him as my baby, but in reality he is well on his way to becoming a man.  Such bittersweet moments for me.  Bradley is such a good kid and I’m not saying it because I’m his mom.  He has a thirst for knowledge that is never ending; a heart that is bigger than his ego, and a need to be himself, no matter what his peers want him to be.

 

He fights with his sisters, but would destroy anyone else who might mess with them, he tries to fill Audley’s shoes when he is out of town for work.  Bradley is not afraid to lead singing at church and would give the shirt off of his back to anyone he thought might need it.  He loves to laugh and make us laugh with his silly antics.
He loves to learn from the older boys, but tries to be the same kind of friend to boys younger than him.
He makes his parents very proud.  So, when Bradley asked me to make a special cake for his birthday, I was not going to tell him no.  I was expecting something crazy, maybe a character (which I’m not very good at making), but no.
Bradley asked for a double chocolate cake, with chocolate buttercream, topped with ganache, chocolate dipped strawberries and whipped cream.
 
 
{Can we say sugar coma?!}
So I fixed exactly what he wanted.
Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate with chocolate strawberries and whipped cream.

 

It made him extremely happy. 
 It’s Wednesday, and he is still extremely happy as he has carried a piece in his lunch every day this week.
His teachers ….. probably not so happy.