Friday, January 23, 2015

Hair-Do


When God sent this girl to us I knew not a single stitch about taking care of African American hair.

I know a twinge more now.

Last year we began visiting a local beauty shop where an older black woman (who we love!) would wash, treat and style Kendra's hair for us. She was a precious soul and she did a wonderful job. The environment there was, well, just not appropriate for a child.

Earlier this month I found a new lady in a new place. She has not only worked her hair magic for us, but we LOVE her. We love the beauty shop. We love that her two young daughters are there and they take turns playing games with Kendra as she sits in the chair. 

We were spending 3-4 hours in the beauty shop before. Now we are down to an hour, and the time flys by! We're on a two week rotation now. We go in every other week and our lady washes, treats and styles it. Then I maintain it between visits by doing whatever she tells me to do. I do exactly what she tells me. :)

This lady has been such a blessing to me already. No more tears for either of us at the beauty shop. (Well, until it is time to leave, and then little sister wants to stay longer.) So thankful for these new friends in our lives. 

God is good, all the time!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teasy Peasy


This girl. She really is as hilarious as she appears. Loves to be funny for attention all the live-long day. I was so lucky to capture this moment. She moves so quickly.

A while ago my Mama and I discussed starting a small handmade business where we would make fabric place mats for little girl tea parties. My Mama's diagnosis of breast cancer and God's timing put our plans off, but now we've set off on this new adventure together. I'm the cutter, she's the seamstress. We work as we can with me cutting out patterns in the evening at my house and then delivering them to her at work in the mornings. She sews in the evening as she is able. One of the side effects of her cancer journey has been muscle spasms in her hands and feet. Some days just aren't for sewing. We just go with the flow.

My girl is definitely reaping the benefits of the business and there are tea parties galore happening over in our neck of the woods. We have different guests each day. I wouldn't be surprised if the Dutchess of Cambridge herself popped in for a spot of tea one afternoon.

The main reason we've started this business is to help cover some of Riley's medical costs. The medical care for this eye disease is expensive. We travel out of state, out of network, see two specialists and an additional local provider, etc. It adds up. I never seems to go down. The travel expenses themselves are beyond the abilities of our budget.

Riley's God Pocket has carried us through so many times and we still have that little envelope. Riley's next appointment is in two weeks. We've planned a little sale for our "Teasy Peasy" sets on Instagram for February 2nd to help fill it up. His appointment is two days later. You can follow along on Instagram at @small.town.joy. 

We are prayerful that this will be a blessing to us, but the fun is already happening at our house! I mean, how cute is this picture?

God is good, all the time!


Monday, January 19, 2015

One Story One Purpose


I wanted to pop in and say we're all fine. 

Wrestling is good, and as it turns out, I may like it. Riley returns to Emory for a check-up in two weeks.

Little Sister is up to 265 Pez dispensers.

My tall boy is still pushing pizza at the local hut.


The excitement right now is getting ready for our guests to arrive for the One Story One Purpose gathering. We have guests coming from five states so far (yippee!) and we can't wait to meet them, each and everyone. If you were thinking of coming, it's time to go and snag your ticket. The remaining tickets open up to our host church on February 1st. It has been so amazing to watch how God has written names on these seats one by one. It will be a sweet day of fellowship. I can't wait!

I hope you're coming too!

God is good, all the time!



Monday, January 5, 2015

Riley Wrestles


As I mentioned before, Riley is wrestling.

Law.

This is how it went down:

Riley came home from school one day and said he wanted to wrestle.

I said no.

He asked his Dad.

Dad said yes.

I said no.

I called Riley's eye specialist  and said "this is Riley's mama. he wants to wrestle. tell him no."

The doctor said yes.

I said no.

I took him for a physical. I wrote down every thing that has ever been wrong with him in his entire life.

He passed his physical.

I said no.

I called and asked for another opinion.

They also said it was fine.

I lost. Riley won. He's a wrestler.

So, here's what they said:

Since Riley's retina has never detached, he has the same risk of that happening that the kid beside him has. Since there is already so much damage in his eye, we should just let him be a kid. If the kid wants to wrestle, he can wrestle. His eye is at risk no matter what he's doing. It is only going to get worse, even if he sat alone in a bubble.

I have further increased my prayer life.

We're halfway through the season for him now and he's fine. I'm still on pins and needles, but the season itself has been fun. The wrestling team is made up of some amazing kids and it has been fun to spend time with them.

I'm considering this a practice run for bigger things like driving or college. Baby steps.

God is good, all the time!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas 2014

Christmas seems like it came and went so fast this year. There are so many things that I don't want to forget. Jordan has reminded me three times in the last 24 hours that he only has three semesters of high school left and then he'll be off to college.

Let's change the subject.

 
 
We have really enjoyed spending time together this year. Even though the season sped past us, we were able to soak in our time together.
 
Since Little Sister had the flu during the month of December we missed many parades, church programs and parties. What we did have was plenty of wrestling matches to attend. Getting to know the boys on the team has been a real treat and it's been fun to watch Riley come out of his shell.
 
Little Sister learned every verse (all of them!) of every Christmas song this year, so every activity has been accompanied by her sweet little voice all season long. In fact, she's still singing!
 
Christmas eve was spent at the home of my Grandma Sarah with our traditional meal of pizza, salad and desserts. The children opened gifts and the adults played games while the little ones enjoyed their new toys. We then travelled to visit my Granny at the nursing home. She was tickled over the visit from everyone all at the same time (9 of us). Back home we shook out reindeer food, placed cookies and milk by the tree and read the Christmas story. The kids opened their new Christmas pajamas. This was my favorite gift for Kendra this year. I used a credit to order her a Mickey/Minnie Christmas nightgown with her name embroidered on it. We had been listening to Polar Express in the car and they say the girls have on nightgowns. She didn't have a nightgown so when she opened it that made it extra special to her. She has worn it many times since.
 
Christmas morning was a first, all of our kids slept until almost 9:00 a.m. Kendra had such a hard time settling down with talk of Santa coming that it was almost midnight before she went to sleep. Of course, Jordan and Riley are teenagers, so sleep is always welcome there.
 
Some favorite things this year were a Barbie House for Kendra (purchased from a teacher at her school for next to nothing- woo hoo!), some Charleston Southern (college) clothing for Jordan  and some hiking/camping tools for Riley.
 
After the gifts were opened, we  enjoyed our Christmas breakfast of cinnamon rolls, sausage casserole and tangerines.
 
Our afternoon was spent at my parents' home with all of our family there. My Mama decorated this year more like she did when I was a child. The kids loved the Christmas train being set up and my Dad's Santa collection being out again. It's so good to have her feeling well again.
 
We have plans to visit Barry's family later this month, but his Mom has been missed during this season.
 
This Christmas felt like a breath of fresh air. I was mostly prepared, but the simplicity of the gifts we gave and received, and the fellowship we had with others was so sweet. The flu was un-welcome but it caused us to slow down and just be. So good.
 
I hope your Christmas was so very blessed. I hope you found Christ there. He is with us.
 
God is good, all the time!
 
 
 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Pictures

We found the sweetest little spot in our town a few months ago and I am going to wear it out taking pictures of my kids there. 


We're on day six of little sister having the flu, so there isn't much to talk about. Our tall boy has a new (very old) truck he's happy about and a fancy new job at the local pizza joint to go with it. Our Riley boy is on his high school wrestling team. 

You read that correctly.

We'll talk about that later, but just know his doctors were all in agreement and his mama.was.not. Amen.


I hope your December has been filled with health and happy things, but mostly Jesus.

Merry Christmas from us!

God is good, all the time!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Four


She went to sleep three and woke up four. 

This girl is such a blessing to us.

Best surprise ever!

God is good, all the time!