Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Twins. China Baby. Chimpanzees.

So, I was a dreamer growing up. Not so much now. I had deep desires and occasionally would question God about His answers.....or lack thereof. 

One of my deepest desires was to have twins. Multiple births have always fascinated me. When I was pregnant with my daughter, one of my dear, dear friends (hello Lesa Elder) was pregnant too....with twins! I was so happy for her! But, deep down the longing was still there. My daughter was born and she was all I ever wanted in a baby girl! I never had twins. God had a bigger and better plan. Far greater than I could have ever dared to dream! Fast forward many years to these two sets of twin grands:

I also dreamed of adopting from China. I had all three of my children by age 24. (I know, right?!) After about ten years, when I was only 34, I really longed for that baby in China. For many reasons, God shut that door! But now it's wide open because Grand #10 is over there somewhere just waiting for them to come get her/him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:

Now, let's pray my childhood desire for a dressed-up Chimpanzee never becomes a reality!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

41 Down. Forever To Go.

He is not perfect.
But, he's perfect for me.

Happy 41st!!
Thank you for loving me.
I'd do it all again.

photos by: jenny

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


So, I have a dear friend, Pam, who is also an AMAZING photographer. However, investing in people is what she does best! Pam loves on and cares for people well. I so admire her! Recently Pam offered to come spend a day/afternoon with my family. She wanted to capture our normal day of getting together. We didn't dress up or act different. We are who we are. We Also celebrate Poppy's birthday on the afternoon she spent with us. I want to share/overload you with some of the pictures from that day.

I am THRILLED to have a *day in the life of our family* in print and will treasure these pics always!

Thank you dear Pam. We are a normal family, in a fallen world, trying to love and make an impact. Thank you for reminding us, in pictures, of the blessing of family. We are eternally grateful.  

Nonny and Poppy

(You can find Pam @ Bonneygirlphotography.com)

Monday, April 11, 2016

TWINSX2 Turn T H R E E Today!

The TWINSX2 (second set of twin grands) turn



If you have any questions about dreams coming true,
Take a look at this boy..........

.......and this girl!

TWICE BLESSED with these two!

Three things I love about HJ:

  1. She is one SPUNKY little girl!
  2. She takes care of her *Sally* like nobody's business!
  3. She likes to eat salad with me.

Three things I love about B:

  1. He drives a *Power Wheels* like he's 16!
  2. He is the most loving little boy ever!
  3. He loves my *Nonny Gum.*

Happy Birthday to you two!
I hope you know one day how much we adore you!
Nonny loves you B I G !

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Good Grief!

How is it April and I haven't blogged? I know it's not the TRENDY thing to do these days, but, I have my blog printed out every year instead of printing out photos! So, I love to document things here! 

In January we celebrated my parents anniversary!

In March, Baby W was dedicated to Jesus. 
There is no baby boy sweeter than this one! 
What a precious baby #9 is!

Poppy had a birthday in February!
A shout out to him...........
He started WHOLE 30 last fall and has lost close to 50 pounds!!!!

I had a birthday in March...the BIG one is next year!
Hubs treated me to dinner at CHEF AND THE FARMER!
It never disappoints....and I even got to talk with Chef Vivian!

Our #2 grand had her art displayed in The Mint Museum.
Quite an honor for this baby girl!

Also in March we bought a *fixer upper* because we want to be

Here is the BEFORE and the inspiration photo for the AFTER!
Wish us luck!

Easter came early this year.
Can you say cold and rain?
Repeat after me: Cold. Rain.
I host my family every Easter. 
There were 33 of us...16 of those were children.
Nuff said.

In my next post I will share some photos we had taken of our family!
Until then...........

Nonny loves you BIG!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Put A Fork In It!

2015 is all but over. 
It's been a good year for us. A very good year.
 It felt strange to not have a baby born in the family this year.
 Real strange. 
But we are so enjoying all the little ones we are blessed with 
and are so thankful for their good health!

I like to choose a WORD every year to focus on and try to improve myself with.
I don't think I picked one for 2015.
If I did, I didn't do a very good job focusing on it. LOL!

For 2016 my word is
P A U S E.

I saw this posted 
(author unknown):

I am opinionated and too often I SPEAK BEFORE I THINK.

 should help me choose my words carefully and not regret
words that I could/should have kept to myself!

2015...Put A Fork In It!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015

Once again, it was LOUD and CRAZY.
That's just how we are.
Normally I fight against that for some reason.
This year I decided:
"It IS what it IS."
It didn't change a thing
Except my stress level.
Still LOUD.
Still CRAZY.
But family was there.
And Jesus was there.
And it's my family.

Me and my parents

All the cousins under 10 in their matching Christmas pajamas 
from Nanny and Granddaddy!

Our nine grands.

We love big.
We love well.
We love Jesus.
So thankful for each one of them.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!