Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I've had two situations since Sunday that have really given me perspective on how blessed I am in my life. The first occurred on Sunday. We mentor a student who lives in West Dallas in Gov't housing and we normally take them to church with us on Sunday's. Well, Mike had another mentor call him to see if we could pick up his student cause he was out of town and DeAngelo hated to miss church. We pick up Kaylin and DeAngelo off the 4th floor cause they had been to Jr. High ministry and they are having so much fun. We take them to CiCi's and DeAngelo was the most polite boy. He is kind of heavy with big brown eyes and I kept telling Mike he reminded me of Michael Orr from the Blind Side. He loved his pizza and quickly said thank you. They go back to Watermark on Sunday nights for a Bible Study. We normally take the boys home after church and someone else takes/picks them up for Sunday night. We decide just to bring them home with us and then Mike would take them to the Apple Store at the mall cause they love his IPhone!
We bring them in and DeAngelo quickly tells me how much he likes our house. He comments on our double oven and commented that is so neat you can use one for dinner and one for cookies. He asked me how big our t.v. was cause you know it has to be big for March Madness Basketball:) I tell him and he tells me his mom has one that she pays $50 a month for in rent and that is almost paid for.
It really showed m how blessed I am to raise my girls in a house with a yard where it is safe.

The second time was tonight at church. Mike spoke to our young adult ministry which is like young 20-30 somethings who are single and I am so not in the crowd so it is funny when someone asks me "how long have you been coming to the porch?" and I say that I have 3 kids and have been married for 9 years. Anyways, I was picking the girls up from childcare and their are a few divorced parents that attend. A mom was picking up her 4 kids and told me how great Mike did tonight. She has a 6,4, 2, and 1 year old. I ask her how long she has been coming to Watermark and she says 2 months. She said the single parent ministry is what brought her and that her husband left her with 4 kids and she is now living with her parents. They are sending her back to school. I just cannot imagine having 4 kids all by myself without Mike. It is amazing what draws people to Watermark, but one thing for sure is that it is authentic and they feel loved like Christ would love them.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


We went to Epcot on our last day of our trip. Mary was with us, but fell asleep so missed all the pictures. It was really warm that day and crowded which meant for a tough day. Epcot was for sure not for small children so we did not last long. However, we did get some good family pictures and enjoyed the Nemo exhibit which was awesome!

The Nemo ride and exhibit were for sure a highlight!
Anna liked the octopus cause it was pink!
The crew minus our favorite aunt who flew home a few days before us!

Our 4th day of Disney and the girls are about done with smiling.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

beach day....

We broke up our trip to Disney and spent a day at Daytona Beach. The weather was perfect and it was a blast. It was very relaxing after the lines, heat, and crowds of Disney. We've been to Daytona a few times while we lived on the East Coast so it all seemed familiar to us. It was fun to go back there and take the girls. Ellie loved it and could not get enough of the sand and water. Anna enjoyed it, but was really afraid the waves would take her out to the sea. She was afraid for any of us to get to close. We also spent time at the pool that is a part of the timeshare. It was a great day!

We love the beach and each other!
Anna loves her daddy
Mike was brave enough to let the girls bury him in the sand.
Anna sat in the shade with me... smart girl!
Ellie loved playing in the waves and jumping over them.
Building sandcastles was fun!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Anna meeting Belle and Mike calling her Sleeping Beauty!

Anna loved meeting all of the princesses, but Mike forgot which one was sleeping beauty. Belle was quick to correct him!

Hollywood Studios

We loved this park. It was for sure our second favorite after Magic Kingdom. The day we went it was a little cooler and less crowded which made for the perfect day. The girls loved all of the shows and meeting so many characters. The parade was super fun as well. We got to enjoy a fun character lunch with some of the Playhouse Disney characters and Anna loved it! She was obsessed with June from Little Einsteins. She wanted June to come back to our hotel with us to go swimming with her. I loved seeing Disney through the girls eyes. There was also a lot of Toy Story characters, ride, etc.. and that was fun cause the girls recognized the characters. I have way to many pictures, but these are a few highlights!

Anna looking a little scared of Mr. Incredible. Don't blame her.
Anna loved June from Little Einsteins. She gave her many hugs.
Mike being silly with Handy Manny... He tried to speak spanish to him:)
Always excited to get a hug from Mickey and we only waited 10 minutes!
excited to meet a Little Einstein!