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James was so excited to read his tiger book we checked out of the library to me in the car. He just lights up my life!!
Hoping reading about the little Tiger who doesn't want to go to bed, helps our little Tiger go to bed. On the advice of a child development specialist, he went to bed a little later tonight (8:30). We are hoping the later bed time leads to a later awake time. I'm not a fan of 5:30, although sweet cuddles are awesome, anytime of the day.
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Hope everyone that may still read this blog is doing great and enjoying the new year!
We are doing great and enjoying the 80 degree days in February (but not the swarms of Mosquitos).
I did a cool thing this year and instead of resolutions, decided on my priorities and from that derived goals to help me live my priorities. It's been such a great way to cut the riffraff and easily realize how I should be spending my time, however Facebook still gets just a little too much of it. That's a work in progress.
Life is good, finding lots of joy and fulfillment in everyday and thanks to this little post feel that I am living the life God planned for me undoubtably.
So blogging is on my priority/goal list but obviously not the highest. I think as I continue to work things out it will get easier to find and make the time to write down my thoughts here.
James turns two this weekend, I can't even comprehend that! He will be a ring bearer in a wedding on his actual birthday, so I keep mentally delaying him turning two to be the following weekend when we have his party-ha!
I'm also filling out his preschool application for next year and am filled with lots of emotions. I know he will do so great in school, and it will be really great for us both. Before becoming a mommy, I honestly looked at preschool as a little bit of a cop-out for stay-at-home-moms. Like hello isn't that what your supposed to be spending your time on? Well now that I'm walking the walk, I see that is totally not the case, or at least the full picture. He will get more attention and learning opportunities from his teachers and from me because I won't be as distracted with errands and chores during the time I'm with him. Our time together will be our time together. Honestly I'm just talking a few mornings a week, but it's just hard to realize that it's happening (in 6 months).
Also, teaching does not come naturally to me. I am trying to work on this skill set. I've got the loving, nurturing, fun and playing part down. Aside from reading a lot of books everyday I'm just not a natural at finding learning opportunities.
I am realizing more and more teaching moments daily, and thanks to some great mommy teacher friends learning some really great ways to teach my little guy. Now that I'm looking to fit more of these moments in, he learned his ABC's in two days this weekend. Makes me wonder if I should have encouraged that a little earlier...
Well now I know to find more ways for us to learn together each and every day.
This week we are making play-doh valentines for our friends.
I bought some party packs of play doh for his birthday gift bags, but Pinterest helped me come up with a cuter idea for his Choo Choo birthday.
So now I already have a sugar-free treat ready for all of his little friends. Well with the help of a printable, 2" punch and some glue anyway.
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Let me introduce Mary Margaret to you. We call each other double first step cousins, but it's a little more complicated and a lot more southern than that.
Mary Margaret is the sweetest, most encouraging and Godly women I have the pleasure to know. Her beautiful smile is contagious, and calm presence is both reassuring and refreshing. She’s just a delight to be around.
Gee I'm related to her, how lucky am I?
Let's see, she grew up in Florida and is a Florida Gator fan, obviously I think that should go first in her list of characteristics (Go Gators)! College took her to Texas where she attended Dallas Baptist and then Louisiana, where she attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
She currently calls Nashville home, although she travels all over the country for her job with women's ministry for a large Christian organization based there.
She is the oldest of three and has a fantastic family. She's 29 years old.
She's into running, Tex-Mex and SEC football.
When you spend time with her be ready to laugh because boy she is funny!
Compassion child, Cindy in Guatemala.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting to know her a little better, drop me a line at sarahmorganthompson at gmail dot com and/or leave a comment.
We took James to his first Gator Basketball this past weekend and he loved it!
What a treat to spend time with my parents and James, it was more fun than I even thought it would be!
I was a gator greeter in college, so I went to every home basketball game, and also went to many concerts and events in the O'dome.
It was so neat to share something I loved with my little guy!
He just had the most fun watching the game, dancing to the music from the band and spotting Albert!
After the game there was a shoot around for kids on the court, although we love shooting hoops at home in his fisher price basketball hoop, I didn't think he could grasp 1. Waiting in line by himself with 100 or so ther kids 2. Shooting a layup-ha!
They were sweet enough to let me bring him down on the court for a few minutes though!
We had such a great time with Nannie and PaPa!!
Tonight on Christmas Eve we prepare to celebrate the gift of salvation and grace.
I had plans of actually sharing things in a timely manner like our Christmas card, the passage I wrote for my church's advent guide, and all the fun we've had with family and friends during this special season. Maybe the new year will bring me a little more time to do that, but I'll try and jam in all in at the last minute, just like I did this morning when I took James to see Santa :)
Here's what we had to share about the Christmas Conspiracy back on the 15th, sorry the formatting is horrible, but my ham isn't going to glaze itself, so I've got to go to bring peace, love, joy and glazed ham to my family.
Mark 5: 1-20
9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[b] how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
“Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has mercy on
It’s not uncommon for a stranger to come up to me in the grocery store and tell me what a happy baby
I have. I always say a quick thank you and usually joke that he’s just excited to be digging into a carton
of blueberries before lunchtime. The truth is I’m thrilled of the joy and happiness they see him express
while we walk up and down the aisles.
Deep down I hope the joy they see in his eyes is the reflection of the love his father and I have for him.
We both try to show our family the love we have for each other in small and large ways every day. From
cooking healthy dinners, showing compassion, spending special one-on-one time together, encouraging
each other to follow our passions, saying thank you, lots of hugs and kisses, apologizing when I’ve done
something wrong and offering my forgiveness when they have. I know the reason why I’m able to show
this love is a direct result of the mercy God has shown me.
Just like the man in the passage above, God has cast my demons away. Now instead of anxiety, I’m
filled with peace knowing the Lord will always provide for our needs. Instead of insecurity, I feel
confidence and joy that can only come from one source. I have hope because Christ gave me salvation,
and that is how I’m able to share His love with my family. During this season of excitement and
anticipation, how will you tell your family how much the Lord has done for you?
Needless to say I've spent more time in communication with Elmo than blogging. But I like to do it and look back on our lives and events, so hopefully I'll be able to carve out time for it a little more in the future.
So this fall, we watched the Gators loose a lot. I still love them and a loosing record makes it a little easier for me during this season of my life where it would be near impossible to be a die-hard fan. Plus coming off a season like this will make it so much easier to buy good season tickets next year. That's what I keep telling myself anyway. Because, you know, I plan to have lots more free time for football games and tailgating activities next year.
In addition to football, James and I had lots of fun going to fall festivals, farms and pumpkin patches over the past few weeks.
He loves riding horses (no pony's for this guy) and hay rides.
|Because nothing's better than a hay ride with best buddies|
Then we toured a farm, where we caught some chickens
We also had a few more pumpkin patches to stop by
And if someone would be kind enough to explain how the heck this happened, I would appreciate it.