Friday, August 31, 2012

Summer Days

With this weekend being the official end of summer, I thought I'd share some of my favorite summer memories.

Beach Trips  
Our first beach trip was to Holden Beach, NC, for the Memorial Day weekend.

We went to Garden City Beach for a week with my family in June.

Our last beach trip of the summer was a week in Garden City with Kevin's family in August.

We celebrated a few birthdays this summer: my mom's, Kevin's mom's, Kevin's dad's, K.C.'s, Mia's, and Nana's.

Vacation Bible School 
We have a great time at Amazing Wonders Aviation.

Everything Else!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

On My Heart: Boys

This has been on my heart so much recently and I wanted to blog about it.

I've always heard that children change your life and your perspective on things.  I always believed it, too, but it wasn't until K.C. and Kaden that I experienced it.

Lately, I've been thinking so much about the boys and the responsibilities that we have as parents raising them.  I want them to look back on their years growing up as happy, joyful, and full of love and fun.  I want to make memories with them, instill values in them, and show them unconditional love.  I want to point them to our Savior every day.

I'm not a worrier by nature.  I'm really more of a thinker.  I think about things.  I think about what we can do to help them, nurture them, and support them.  I've recently been thinking about their needs, all of them: spiritual, emotional, physical, educational.  You name it and I've thought it.  And I think these thoughts have been amplified with the realization that they're both in school.  Granted, this is K.C.'s third year in school if you count 3K and 4K, but this year, it's the real deal as in kindergarten.

With them both in school, I think about things like them making friends, listening to and being disciplined by someone other than us, learning concepts (or being frustrated if something doesn't click), playing at recess, eating their lunch (I am really worried about this!), fitting in with their classmates, and being safe while they're away from us.  I know I'm not the first person who has had these thoughts and I certainly won't be the last.  I'm just amazed at how many things I think of.

I also think about their emotional needs.  While they are very similar in the things they like to do and play, they have distinctly different personalities.  I see those personalities evolving, too.  I see the way they show and want to receive love.  If you want to talk love languages, Kaden is definitely a physical touch/quality time person like Kevin and me, while K.C.'s primary love language is gifts.  Kaden likes to be held, cuddled, and loved on.  K.C. likes these things, too, but he likes gifts and treats.  This week, as I've been packing his lunch box, I've been putting in a treat.  Even though he probably thinks nothing of his gummies or M&M's, I want to show him love (and what better treat for a sweet toothed 5 year old at school than some candy!).

Physically speaking, they obviously have a house, clothes, and all the other basic things they need.  I try my best to cook nutritious foods and Kevin and I encourage them to be active.  He coaches their soccer team, they see me run, and we play all the time.  I do worry about them eating at school though.  I was making their lunches last night and almost felt like crying because they aren't really eating much.  It makes my heart hurt thinking that they might be hungry sitting at school.  KT and I talked about it and today, we went with the less is more food philosophy.  They each got half a sandwich, carrots and olives (they love them), and a chocolate granola bar.  I know it's probably crazy that I worry about this, but I want them to have a good, nutritious lunch and be full of energy.

Lastly, but most importantly, I think about their spiritual needs.  We say our prayers with them each night, go to church, and read Bible stories.  But then I think about their salvation.  What else is there that we need to be doing?  Above all the success I want them to have, I care most about this.  I want them to have a heart for Jesus.  I want them to trust in His saving grace. I want them to want to serve Him with their lives and serve others because what He did for them.  I want them to see Jesus in Kevin and me and our lives.  Kevin is a great role model for them for what a husband and father is to be.  I want them to see and know this just as Kevin sees and knows this from his dad.  I want them to have a thirst for knowing the Lord.  I want to instill this in them so early.

As I've been thinking about all these things, I realized yesterday that I know the answer.  Instead of thinking about all of this and trying to figure out what I need to do to be the best I can be for them, I need to pray and let it go.  I feel extremely convicted about this.  I pray for Kevin, the boys, and our family every day, but I need to let it go after I pray.  I pray that God will give us the wisdom and guidance we need to raise them.  I  pray that their little hearts will want to know Jesus.  I pray that the children they become friends with will be ones that will be good influences for them.  I pray that they always know and feel my love.  I pray that God will continue to shape me to be the mother that I need to be.  I pray that I will always act and react in love, gentleness, and kindness.  I pray that they will be obedient and that we will know the right ways to talk with and discipline them.  I pray that we will lead them, guide them, and give them all that they need.

My answer was simple.  God has taken care of me for so long.  He's met all of my needs.  He's blessed me with the most precious gifts in the world (and their amazing daddy) and He's equipped me to be all that He wants me to be.  He has the answers, the guidance, and the wisdom.  I just need to remember to talk to Him about it all.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Today's List

  • I can't believe that both K.C. and Kaden are in school!  
  • Kaden started 3K today and he was so ready!  
  • K.C. has his first project due tomorrow.  He gets to be king for the day.  We are filling a shoebox with things that he likes to show his class.
  • I really need to do a post on the boys and school so we can look back and remember things.  
  • We're settling into a routine.  And it's good.  I can't tell you how nervous I've been about the boys starting new schools and us forgetting to send them things like lunch.  KT and I have it under control!
  • I've been worried/wondering how we're going to fit it all in.  We have so much going on, which I love, but at the same time, I want to make sure that we all (Kevin and me included) have some down time each day.  I feel really good today!
  • I'm proud of myself for sticking to my running goal last week.  I ran a few less days, but longer distances and feel really good.  I don't have a race for about a month though.  
  • I'm been looking forward to lunch.  I've been reading Emily Giffin's Where We Belong while I eat.
  • Speaking of food, I need some good lunch choices for the boys.  I've made ham and cheese sandwiches cut out like dinosaurs and a ham and cheese roll up (Kevin loved his, but K.C. didn't) so far.  They like carrots, so I've been putting those in their lunch boxes along with a juice box, pretzels or something similar, grapes, and something sweet.  When K.C. got in the car with Kevin Monday night, he was talking about the M&M's in his bag.  He ate them and some of his grapes, but didn't eat his sandwich because there wasn't enough time.  Priorities :)  He's so sweet!
  • Starting today, I am going to be more intentional about reading my Bible and saying my prayers.  I know that it will make all the difference.  I think/worry about Kevin, the boys, our families, and other things and instead of just thinking about them, I'm going to make intentional time each day to pray.  I started this morning.  We make and take the time to nurture and invest in our relationships with those we love, activities we love, our jobs, and ourselves, but often times, God is left on the back burner.  I don't want to do that.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Too Long

It's been too long since I've posted.  It's been too long since I've read your posts.  It's just been too long.  I miss it, and I hope to be back in my blogging routine next week.

We've been having fun.  We've been busy.  We've been living.

I really do miss chronicling our everyday activities because I like to look back and see what we've done.

These last few weeks have not been typical for us and I think we're getting back into the swing of things.  I'm settling in to my new job, the boys have finished (and did so great!) swimming lessons, and K.C. started kindergarten.  This week, we start soccer and soon, Kaden will start 3K and Kevin will start softball.

I am looking forward to this fall.  We have so many exciting and fun things ahead!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Move It 5K

I'll be back in a blogging routine soon; in the meantime, here's a recap of last weekend's race.

Last weekend, I ran in my first 5K race since June.  The run was part of a festival to benefit children with HIV.  There were only 50 or so people, making it a really small race, but the course was great.

I haven't run regularly the last few weeks and wanted to finish in 22:30.  I surprised myself and finished the race in 21:13, averaging a 6:51 mile!  I finished 6th overall and was the 2nd female finisher.  This race has given me motivation to cut off more time.  I'd like to get down to below 21:00 in my next race which means I need to cut off 13 seconds.  I'd like to run a pace of 6:45 in the next race.

This fall, there are so many good races in our area that I'm looking forward to running!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Family Pictures

We had some family pictures made a few weeks ago.  To say I'm in love with them is an understatement!