Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pitter Patter

Oh the things that make my heart go pitter patter and fill full to the brim.

Ash taking the 4 of us out to eat. CFA gave her a coupon for 4 free meals. That girl loves spending time with her friends, and I'm so grateful she has friends. She could've taken anyone out to eat, but she chose her family. We arrived before 5:00 p.m. 'cause our girl was hungry. After we were all done we ordered a large fry to dip in CFA sauce and eat together.

Laughter always makes my heart pitter patter full. We then went to Home Depot. Afterwards Jon ran ahead of us in the parking lot, then Ash and Hanna took off. While in mid-race Jon takes off in the car at dark in the Home Depot parking lot. We decided to hide in some sheds. Hanna was my hiding buddy. We giggled then heard Ash get in the car with Jon. Those suckers drove off. Hanna and I stayed hiding. She got nervous, afraid people were going to think we were shady grady. We headed back to Home Depot, spotted Jon and Ash and hid behind the grills. I was laughing so hard I think I peed in my pants a little bit.

Coffee with my Curly Q Makayla. She's home from college. We always make it a point to see one another at our usual meeting spot, Safehouse. Time went too fast, and I do love her so. I'm so proud of the young woman she is. I loved every single iota of our time together.

My boy is home, my boy is home, my boy is home. I greeted him as I do most of the time with, "All is right in the world because we're all together." We all had errands to run but Alec, Jon, and I ended up at Safehouse (2 times that day for me) and had hot tea, laughter, and good conversation while it rained cats and dogs outside. (Ash is babysitting. Hanna is at a Christmas party).

My man. . .we are addicted to a new show right now and binge watch in the wee hours of the early morning. He told me the other day he heard a new term, "Netflix cheating". It's when you go ahead of your watching partner and watch without them. Thankfully, neither of us have ventured there. . .yet.

Today I was washing dishes because my dishwasher is broken. It hasn't been bad at all. First world problems. No biggie. Ash was outside playing with the dogs. I laughed with delight as I watched Gus go after the tennis ball and bring it back to her. Gussie makes me smile. I love that dog.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Traditions Paused, Now Continued

When the kiddos were little Jon and I used to get Mama to keep the kiddibos. I'd get all dressed up (which meant something other than jeans and a T-shirt), and we'd head out for all day Christmas shopping, lunch, sometimes dinner, coffee and maybe a glass of wine. It was so fun. It was a day I'd look forward to all year long. Over the past few years with the hustle and bustle of life I'd do most of the shopping. Jon, of course, would give me ideas of what to pick up and what to get but we abandoned our tradition for a little while.

That is until today. Jon took some time off work. He suggested a week or so ago we needed to do our Christmas shopping date. He said it as if those "no years" never existed, just like Christmas comes then so does this day.

We headed out. Planning to stay in G-town because I have a fitness class to teach this afternoon. We shopped and still didn't get everything, but it was fun just being together. Lunch at O'Charley's. We even splurged on appetizer and dessert. Shopped a little more. Then he took me to Starbucks 'cause he knows the way to my heart is through coffee (I kid, I kid). We saw old friends. It amazes me how these little children become young men. I almost didn't recognize Sammy but it was so good to see him, hug his neck, and chat away with he and Chuck.

We then decided to head to Small Cakes. I couldn't eat a bite or I knew I'd throw up for my entire fitness class. However, we really like the owners of this new little business and we want to support them. Plus, they have some pretty darn good cupcakes so we got Hanna one. We would've gotten Ash one, but she's working until late.

I love that traditions can be put on pause but then be picked right back up as if the pause button was never pushed.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Baking

We didn't get to do as much Christmas baking as I like, but we did get some in. I wanted to treat my 2 Group Power classes to some yummy goodies, so the girlies and I got to makin'.

Yummy ingredients - Check

Christmas music playing - Check

Laughter ensuing - Check

Haystacks and Chocolate Peanut Butter Thingys - Check

Conversations continuing - Check

Taste testing happening - Check

It looks like we had all the right ingredients for a wonderful Christmas baking day.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window...
Weather is crazy this time in Georgia. Nice outside and no longer freezing.

I am thinking...
That I hope the girls wake up to go to Mr. Jack Key's funeral. I told them it's always good to go to a funeral when a person has lived their life for Jesus.

I am thankful for...
The girls woke up on their own to go to the funeral with me.

From the learning rooms...

From the kitchen...

I am wearing...
Black dress with flowers and cute black ankle boots.

I am creating...
Christmas presents. Not really creating, but doing a funny Christmas this year so I'm hoping to create funny moments with the gifts I'm buying.

I am going...
To finished up Christmas shopping this week. No choice. Like it or not Christmas will be here a week from today.

I am reading...
Same as last week.

I am hoping...

I am hearing...
The girls tell me, "Mom, we don't have funeral clothes because we wear jeans to church."

Around the house...
Messy. Dishes piled high. Laundry looks like Everest.

One of my favorite things...
Coffee cups. When someone gifts me with a coffee cup I use that cup as a reminder to pray for that person. Jon told me I needed to whittle down my collection. I told him I just couldn't. I'll whittle down my closet, but I have to keep my coffee cups. They're super special to me because they represent super special people.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Funeral in Dublin today. Lunch with Nikki Wilcox at Blue Tick Mercantile tomorrow. Prayer Buddies and catching up with Christina W., Christmas shopping date with Jon, Christmas shopping with the kiddos, Rocket Fizz to get some fun stocking stuffers. Teaching Group Power 3 times this week. Whoo hoo!!! I love my sweet Power people. 

Here is picture for thought I am sharing.. 
Our Bungalove before 


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Toy Giveaway

Another tradition (one more year and it will be an official tradition according to Jon Hendrix) we started last year was volunteering with the Atlanta Dream Center for their Toy Giveaway. It is such a precious time of loving on low-income families. I still have much to learn. The Gospel is shared in both word and deed.

It always starts out at the church with a worship service and prayer. Then you take off to your address. From there the group leader instructs you on what to do.

Jon and I got to work registration and direct the children to get their toys. It was wonderful. Ash and Hanna helped with crafts and Alec threw balls and played with the children.

My favorite moments:

  • When the mama of 3 littles got the big kitchen given to one of her daughters. She screamed with joy, jumped up and down, and gave me the biggest hug. I felt her Mama joy.
  • Watching my boy go to her house with her to deliver the kitchen.
  • Hearing Ash say what a good job Hanna did with the crafts.
  • Seeing Alec throw the football with the kiddos. 
  • Watching Ash just love on the little children.
  • Watching my 3 most favorite children in the whole entire world talk amongst one another, laugh, and smile. I have no idea what was going on but Jesus was sweet enough to let me glimpse it. I told Jon, "Please get a picture of that for me." He did. See below.
  • Alec saying, "I never want to come to these things, but I'm always so glad when I do."
  • Talking to each individual child as if they were the only one in line, asking them their name and how to spell it. Handing them off to Jon.
  • Working side by side with the love of my life, Jon. 
  • Jon thanking me afterwards for getting him out of his comfort zone.
  • Us spending too much money at crappy Landmark Diner. We now know never to eat there. Not worth the money.
  • When the homeless man approached me in downtown Atlanta, Alec positioning himself in front of me, straightening his shoulders tough and looking pretty intimidating. I got to be nice and loving, but I felt as if I had my own personal body guard. Love that protector boy of mine. 
  • Laughter. There's always laughter. I'm grateful. 
  • Watching an episode of Cops together. (I think that's what it's called? Some real life police show).
  • Alec getting back to his apartment safely. 


Friday, December 15, 2017

Dreaming of Being a Mama

When I was a little girl I had all these visions of sugarplums of the kind of Mama I wanted to be. I was pretty observant as a kid, and I noticed. I noticed my friends' moms. I noticed women in the church that I looked up to. I even noticed TV moms.

I wanted to be a Mama who knew my kiddos friends and knew them well, treating them like one of the family, like they belonged in our home. Life has such a way of coming full circle. I realized the beauty of this as Kara and Noah and later Maddie and Kara hung out at our house and chatted for awhile when they picked Hanna up and dropped her back off. They sat down and we talked serious and silly and it was just good.

Even with Alec having close friends I don't know very well I'll send snacks back to his apartment with him for all of them to eat. Even this fall when Patagonia swim shorts were on sale I sent them each a pair. Alec told me Hunter said, "Your Mom definitely gets best Mom award." It's a way of making me feel connected to Alec and his friends.

And then there was yesterday at A Christmas Carol. I sat next to Griffin, a young man who's been in our home off and on since he was about 5. We talked of jobs and schools and photography and travel and adventure and just went on and on. It was a really sweet moment. And, as I drove Hanna and Bre and Lari to A Christmas Carol and back I engaged myself in their conversations, their jokes. I even treated them to dessert at the Dekalb Farmer's Market because it was way past lunchtime, we hadn't eaten, and I wanted them to have a tide-me-over.

I wanted to be the kind of Mama that my kiddos would talk to. Alec called me on his way home from work last night. We talked 30+ minutes because he was stuck in bad traffic. Ash told me of some things she had been praying over and how Jesus answered her prayers the very next day. And then there's Hanna, who's always with me (which I LOVE). I got to embarrass her today as I wore my elf PJs to Big Lots and Erinn Brooke Salon.

I'm so incredibly thankful for all the time I've had with my children. I'm thankful I've learned to let housework and chores go to talk more, laugh more, enjoy more. This doesn't mean we live in a pig sty always. It just means I'm not as anal and uptight. I'm thankful I've learned and am learning to live more in the moment, to laugh more, to stop being so serious.

I'm thankful for our Jo-Bi moments.

I'm thankful the LORD placed dreams in my heart as a little girl, dreams of being a mother, and getting the chance to be the kind of Mama I always wanted to be.

Terrible attempt at a group photo from A Christmas Carol. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Wonder-FULL Wednesday

Today was such a wonderful day. It was a day full of:

  • Sweet morning conversations with my girls. We just talked and talked and talked. TV off, phones put away. We talked about the serious, the silly, and everything in-between.
  • Later we played a game of Nertz. 
  • Hanna and I got some housework done. I gave Ash the day off. She's been working her tail off lately. When my kids work really hard I let up on them with their responsibilities at home. 
  • The girls left for church early to do some Christmas shopping together.
  • My boy texted me about his work Christmas party. I called and chatted with him about the funnies of the day.
  • Jon took me on a date to Longhorn and to Small Cakes.
  • Jon and I came home and watched our new show together. We binged watched 4 episodes.
I'm so thankful for this life I get to live.