Friday, June 24, 2011

A dream delayed

It has been a heartbreaking week at our home.

I have debated on how or if to put this out
but I know there are many who already know
and other's would question what happened.

We had a small going away party for Stephen,
three friends and his grandparents.

It was a perfect evening!

Later he and his friends were wrestling and
Stephen was injured.

We put him on the plane the next morning.

When he arrived at the Academy he was taken in and
spent about half a day there.

He was pulled out for a medical exam because of his injury.
It was obvious because of his black eye.
He hit the coffe table with his face.

A CT scan revealed a fracture in his face.

He was not allowed to stay.

He will have to reapply next year.

Right now this is what he wants to do because
it has been his childhood dream.

Dreams are not easily given up on.

Is it possible to receive two appointments?

Only God knows for sure.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.
Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

You know a dream is like a river,
Ever changing as it flows,
and the dreamer is just a vessel,
that must follow where it goes.

Trying to learn from what's behind you,
and never knowing what's in store.
Makes each day a constant battle,
just to stay between the shores.

And I will sail my vessel,
till the river runs dry.
Like a bird upon the wind,
these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try,
So I will sail my vessel,
till the river runs dry!

Too many times we stand aside,
and let the water slip away.
And what we put off till tomorrow,
has now become today.
So don't you sit upon the shore line,
and say you're satisfied.
Choose the chance to rapids,
and dare to dance the tides.

There is bound to be rough waters,
and I know I'll take some falls,
with the good Lord as my captain,
I can make it through them all!

- Garth Brooks

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011




I am dreading tomorrow.

Dreading saying goodbye

Dreading letting him go

Dreading the crying and heartache

Dreading seeing him round the corner and out- of -sight

Dread is what I feel!

I know it is right and the natural order of things.

He can't stay here forever and I don't want him to.

It is time for both of us to move on.

He will have an easier time moving on than I will.

I hope the first is the hardest and it gets easier from here.

Our first chick is leaving the nest.....

and I am dreading it.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

East Before West

For the first time since he was born Stephen will
miss our annual family beach vacation.

So I had to take him to the beach so he could at least see the
Atlantic Ocean and spend some time with his
brothers, sister and cousin.

We called the trip East before West.

He had to go east one last time before heading west.

He had fun with Matthew, Adam, Samantha, and C.J.

The weather was perfect!
Adam was silly!

So was Sam!

We hung out on the beach and by the pool.
We ate most of our meals poolside.

We had a great time.

The day after we got home from the beach he
boarded this train headed to Raleigh to visit his grandparents,
cousins, Aunt Michele and Uncle Jimmy.
He wanted to go fishing on Pappy's boat
one last time before he leaves.

We have one last celebration Tuesday night.

Then Wednesday he will take off!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011


I was really doing well holding it together.
I did not think I was going to cry
until we got to the Coliseum and went inside.

Where is Stephen?

When we arrived the Senior slide show
was playing on the large screens.
It finally hit me that he was graduating.
I could not stop it!

Getting his diploma as an National Honor Society,
Magna Cum Laude graduate.

We love this school. We moved out here just for the schools.
The administrators and teachers are the best we have ever seen and
we have been at 4 other schools.

Now it is time to move on from a Maverick to a Falcon.

Eighteen years has just flown by too fast.

I can't really even imagine him not here anymore.

But in just a few more days he is leaving.
His good buddy Matt is going to the Citadel.
He and Stephen have always dreamed about being in the Military.

We have enjoyed all the celebrating and parties.

We have also enjoyed looking back.
We have some wonderful memories.

Only God knows the future but it is time for these boys to look ahead.

Keep the old friends and the memories of Marvin Ridge High!

They are all prepared for what lies ahead.

I pray God will lead the way and they will use
the gifts that He has given them.

Congratulations Stephen!

Congratulations to all Stephen's friends!

We will be praying for you!

Sunday Snapshot

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Oh the Places You'll Go!

Last week AK graduated from elementary school.

We have loved her school and the sweet friends she has made along the way.

She is the apple of her daddy's eye!

She makes her mama proud!

Now she is a Maverick!

She loved her graduation gifts.

I found a mug that says "Oh the Places You'll Go"
It was their class theme.

I just can't even believe it is time for middle school.

Please time just stop!

Congratulations Audrey Kate!
We are so proud of all your accomplishments.

We can't wait to see what God has for you in Middle School.
We hope you continue to grow in your faith
and deepen your relationship with Christ!

We love you!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

It is done!

Our baby has graduated!
Congratulations Stephen.

I have so much to blog about.
I will hopefully be back to blogging by the end of the week.

Stephen leaves in 9 days and we are headed to the beach today
to enjoy some time together.

Be back soon!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Can't you hear the quesadillas?

The other day Sam asked me if I liked her picture of a quesadilla.
I looked at the picture and told her I did.
I thought it a little strange that she was drawing a quesadilla.
Not too long later she was showing Greg the picture and told
him about how she drew
the quesadillas just like the ones she
heard outside in the trees.
Greg and I both busted out with laughter.
Her beautiful picture was of a cicada. Just like the ones we hear in our yard.
Of course we all say "Can you hear the quesadillas?" all the time now.

Adam and I had lunch together at a restaurant called Mexquite the other day.
He was talking about our lunch date to Sam and told her we had lunch at Mosquito.

Then just today he asked if he could go outside and ride his reindeer tractor.
We recently bought him a battery powered green and yellow tractor to help him get to the playset or anywhere else he wanted to go in the yard.

You guessed it!

It is not a reindeer tractor but a John Deere tractor.

These two keep us laughing!

Otherwise we might be crying.

I hope to pick up my blogging again soon.

I have just been too busy to find the time.

I had to blog about these two.

I don't want to forget the funny things they say.

And one more thing. We told Sam she was so smart. Her response...
"I'm not just smart... I'm K-mart smart!"
Maybe, just maybe she watches too much T.V.

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