Thursday, September 23, 2010

Please join me in my fight to make a difference in the lives of the more than 1 million Americans living with autism today.

I am participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks to help change the future for all those affected by autism. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disorder.

If you would like to help me reach my goal of getting 10 people to donate $20. this week please

If you would like to walk for Gabriel join my team

Click this link (right light blue..don't know how to darken it..sorry) to watch a video about Autism Awareness and why I will walk :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

HaPpY bIRtHdAy JuNiOr!!!

Happy 13th Birthday Junior...We love you lots!
Thanks for all the laughs!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Buddy Art Classes

Today Gabriel started "Buddy Art" at the Community Center. It's a really cool program. It is for special need kids up to 18 years old and each kid has a "buddy" who is a volunteer from William & Mary College to help them. He will go the last 2 Saturdays of the month for one hour until Dec.
They made bubble wands out of dollies and sticks...then they would spin around and it would make lots of bubbles. They also had a table set up with bubble solution and food coloring and the kids would use a straw and blow bubbles and then put a paper over it and pat it and pull it up and it would make really cool designs on the paper, Gabe could not get the hang of the blowing the straw but I thought it was really cool.
Here he is painting with a brush...he only wanted to use green...his buddy kept saying we have
He would get so excited each stroke he did and after each one he would shake his hand and say "how's that?" but paint would fly everywhere...his buddy just went right along with it never even got upset ;)
This was the finished project...his buddy asked what he made and Gabe said "Don't you see the snake?" hahahahhahaha
Here he is at the clay table...he loved smashing it in his hands
Next was the collage table where he got to use markers and puffy stickers to make a picture

Here they are again at the clay table..his poor buddy was trying so hard to get him to use the molds and cookie cutters and he just kept rolling it in his hands and pulling it apart..he really enjoyed it though.
See the star I made and the pulled apart clump Gabe made? Together we called it a shooting star ;) lol
Finger Painting Time
Below is his finished project...
All in All it was a pretty good 1st class..he was a bit nervous and kept asking to go back home but I think it was just so noisy cause one of the tables they were hammering and making wood projects (notice we have no pictures from that) but I think as he gets familiar with going he will really enjoy it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My New Favorite Song!!!

Where you go, I'll go

Where you stay, I'll stay

When you move, I'll move

I will follow...

All your ways are good

All your ways are sure

I will trust in you alone

Higher than my side

High above my life

I will trust in you alone

Where you go, I'll go

Where you stay, I'll stay

When you move, I'll move

I will follow you

Who you love, I'll love

How you serve I'll serve

If this life I lose, I will follow you

I will follow you

Light unto the world

Light unto my life

I will live for you alone

You're the one I seek

Knowing I will find

All I need in you alone, in you alone

In you there's life everlasting

In you there's freedom for my soul

In you there joy, unending joy

and I will follow

Monday, September 13, 2010

Nathaniel's Bucket List

Friday night Nathaniel and I were dropping off the kids at youth group and on our way home he said to me..."On my bucket list I have be a pizza delivery guy for a little bit and to be brave to try Sushi."
So super cute! I just smiled at him....

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Good Bye Summer...Hello School

The Summer was way to fast this year for me...I am sure the kids were glad to get away from me, but I could have used a few more weeks of summer!!!
Today Destinee started HIGH SCHOOL!!!!
What a week..15 years of marriage and our little girl goes to HIGH SCHOOL!!
She looked so adorable this morning. She is such a sweet girl, I pray HIGH SCHOOL is 4 amazing years for her. Please pray for her..she is a go getter and has a full plan for all 4 years...she is taking all advanced classes and doing ministry at church and hanging out with friends. I pray through it all God would grant her endurance and lots of wisdom and discernment. I was excited to see her get up early this morning so she could fit in her morning devotions before she got ready for school. She is an amazing girl!

John Jr. and Spencer returned this year to Toano Middle school. They were both looking forward to going back and seeing their friends. Spencer will continue to play in the school band and John has decided to step out and focus on bass guitar in the church youth band. Next year John will be off to High school too...where does time go?

Gabriel has only been on summer vacation for 3 1/2 weeks due to going to extended school year..but he was more then EXCITED to get up and get on the bus for school today!!!! He is going into 5th grade this year, God has blessed him greatly this year as he will have Ms. Carol again this year has his teacher :) WOOOOOHOOOO!!!! As well has Gabriel will be on the same bus again with Ms. Karen (driver) and Ms. Phyllis (Aide)... God is GOOD!!!
This is Gabe getting on the bus this morning... Ms. Phylis is on the left and Ms. Karen on the right. They are the sweetest ever and they are funny and most important they take great care of Gabe. His bus ride is an hour into school and an hour home, so it is a wonderful thing Gabe loves it and they do such a good job with him :)
Nathaniel started 4th grade today at a brand new school and without Spencer this year. So he was a bit anxious this morning but he did a great job. He is so ADORABLE...I could pinch his cheeks! He is really started to develop his own personality. Looking forward to all the new things he will learn and do this year!

PRAYING YOU ALL (that was just for Destinee ;) have a BLESSED first day of school!!!
We love you guys lots!!!

Happy 15th Anniversary

WOW...all I can say is that for those of you who aren't sure if there is a God....John and I just celebrated 15 years of marriage this past weekend.... GOD IS REAL & ALIVE!!!
It has not always been an easy road and we have battled through some of it, but we are both so thankful for the work God continues to do in our lives, marriage and family!
We spent the day in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a beautiful day, the weather was 80 degrees. We went to this Apple Orchard on top of a mountain..the drive was amazing, the views were incredible!! God's creations are so breath taking!

Spencer's Birthday Fudge

We made a special dessert for Spencer's birthday. Every year he asked for me to make fudge. So we enjoyed brownies and fudge :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy 12th Birthday Spencer!

Happy Birthday to You!
We love you very much, you are the most compassionate kid I know and we are so proud of the boy you are becoming in Christ!