Every year we make Christmas cookies and we always start a few nights early and let the kids do their cookies themselves.. This year Deric is just an official taste tester while Micayla and Aca are the bakers and decoraters.. One of our Favorite Christmas traditions!
Today for Thanksgiving we went to my parents house and Micayla loves drawing and coloring pictures every chance she gets. She goes thru packs of paper here at home like crazy! My dad is an artist and so he are some pictures of his art work, and also a couple of pictures of Micayla getting to do a little art work herself in his room. Thanks Poppy ! We love you!!
Today was Micayla's Thanksgiving program at school. Her indian name she chose was Sunflower. They did very good singing their songs! Keep in mind when you see my non-smiling child that she has had a crick (if that's even a word) in her neck for 2 days now.. not the best feeling in the world if you've ever had one..
Last night our connection group had a chili cook off... I believe we ended up with four crock pots of delicious chili in all and some of Corey's famous doup! Everyone also brought an awesome dessert. We had enough food to feed an army and maybe even Mica :) HA !! I think I lost count on how many bowls he ate... all I know is that every man that left my house last night was hurting! The fellowship was amazingly great, and the kiddos had a blast!! Thank you all again for coming over and making this a great time of fun, food and fellowship!!
For those of you who have known about what has been going on, let me tell you after a year it is finally over and all I can say is Praise God!! God really showed himself to be more real than ever before to me. He has held me and Mica through all of the bumps, sadness, heartache and turmoil of this thing. We honestly would not have made it thru this long had God not been carrying us the whole way. We went through some times that even our family knows nothing about .. What a rocky road it has been. Mica's mediation was Friday and it started at 10 and lasted til 6.. To finally get a text from him saying "it was good" was like a breeze falling from Heaven. A real miracle from God, that's all I can say. We can now smile, and mean it and be happy and it be realistic without crying when noone is looking. My God is so real!! That's all I can say! To all of our friends and family that have prayed for us constantly, THANK YOU! God really does hear and answer prayers. Maybe not on our time and when it's most convenient for us, but he hears and he knows when it's best to do what he needs to do. My heart is overflowing with greatfullness, and joy and love right now so if this is too much, then sorry.. It's just nice to be genuinely happy again and to breathe easy. Lots of Love to everyone!!
Today after parent/ teacher conferences, Micayla and I went to the Pumpkin Patch and had some fun! She decided that the whole family needed a pumpkin, not just her and the boys so she picked the biggest for herself and the boys ended up with one a little smaller than hers and mom and dad's is really small :) The boys decided that they weren't going this year so Micayla happily picked for them... HAPPY FALL EVERYONE !!!
Hard to believe this day is here, but it is.. Deric is officially 16. The car hunt is on full speed and you can just see and smell the independance in the air. 16 only comes around once so I hope this is the best ever for you Deric.
We love you so much and we are really enjoying getting to see you grow physically and spiritually!
Happy Birthday from Mom, Dad, Aca and Micayla
These are some pics from his lock in at All-Star with school friends...