Friday, June 24, 2011

She Comes Home Today!

This little girl is coming home today!

My prayer is that she was inspired and strengthened in her relationship with her Heavenly Father this week. That she was reminded of her true value; not by those that surround her but in Christ alone. That she has developed good friendships with people she can inspire; and be inspired as well. I know some may think she is so young; and you don't need to worry about this now; but I truly believe we do not give our youth enough credit- they are really going through a lot of changes, being developed into what they will one day become; and we ourselves need to take a step back and remember what it was like being in middle school (I remember it like it was yesterday)and coming alongside our children in prayer to point them in Gods direction; because one day the Lord is going to give them their wings; not us- only God can do something that powerful! I am a living testament to that- boy am I ever? I am so grateful!
My aunt and I had the greatest discussion about this last week; and she found the most beautiful verse about just that...

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

As I cleaned her room I saw the before and after. The before was so messy; yet beyond that- I saw who she was in her room- and that's beautiful!

Weird I know- but as I cleaned it (granted she should be cleaning her own room) I got to see an image of how God restores us.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Now this is good... I read it this morning from one of my favorite blogs InCourage.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

And She's Off!!!

Yesterday was the day we sent our daughter off to her 1st Summer Camp Ever!!! Knowing there would be 5 days of no voice to voice contact was just killing me. Then she gets on a big bus which will be driving up a curvy mountain road over looking cliffs. All of a sudden panic struck this Mommy- I was deathly silent yesterday for about 2 hours until I finally was able to call the camp grounds to hear she arrived safely - WHEW!!! Now I can relax and the least of my worries is her being gone for 5 days- after how I felt yesterday.
She did sneak a call into me yesterday afternoon from her friends cell phone- she sounds SO ECSTATIC!!! I am so proud of her!

While trying to get used to the idea of my sweet little girl riding up a mountain road on a big bus- Jimmy was doing this... He got this great shot of Brenden and his freckles...

Off they go...

Friday, June 10, 2011

"This is just so Beautiful" by new artist Jenni & Tyler...

I just stumbled across this new duo last night- I am loving their sound - and that they're using their God given talent for His purpose.

"I wave goodbye to what use to weigh me down...and this is just so beautiful!"

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Almost caught up...

Here are most of the rest of the pictures I promised- whats the point of taking so many pictures if your not gonna share them right?
This is Jimmy receiving the "Young Authors Award in his 1st grade class!!! Huge accomplishment, my Mom was with me the day the teacher came literally running out to tell us he would be recognized and awarded that following Friday.

This is the 1st page of his writing. You get the jest of it- This was a huge deal, just a couple weeks before this we had a meeting with his teacher because he was struggling in this area. He OVERCAME & BLEW THEM AWAY!!! This story circulated through the entire staff and front office and everyone was saying "Who wrote this!!!???" Way to go Jimmy!

I was supposed to go on this trip with Jimmy to the Wild Animal Park. Daddy got to hang with him instead while I stayed at the school to congratulate Shianne on an award she would be getting... we'll get to that one later ;)

Leave this up to Jimmy... Why am I not surprised...?

Shianne was recognized for Trailblazer of the Month in the category of "Perseverance" Family knows how hard all our moves have been on her the past couple of years. It really affected her scores- She pushed through and made a way through her obstacles, everyone is so proud of her dedication! She has been begging for hair feathers; so we surprised her with them when she came home from school... Totally deserving...

What he's been up to these days...Brendens' new used bike had the motor blow the 2nd time he rode it- this bike has been totally restored from the ground up which makes for a very occupied husband!

Isn't he HOT???

Shiannes 5th grade Softball game vs. the teachers. They had so much fun!!!


This was a BIG DAY for Shianne! These pictures were taken at her 5th grade promotion. After calling up honor students we thought all awards were over- The principal got up and started talking about the Trailblazer of the year award- and how one student would be chosen from each class. Shiannes teacher got up to speak and started talking about this student that sounded A LOT LIKE our Shianne- and then she was called up to receive the award for her class- "TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO SHIANNE HOWELL' LAPIERRE"!!! I totally shrieked with utter excitement and surprise Jay and I were literally jumping up and down- and she walked up there so very proud and surprised too! We had no idea they didn't tell us- That was an awesome day!!!

This little girl turning middle schooler is now on Summer Vacation- getting ready to head off to her 1st camp in a couple weeks. She is such a beautiful and funny girl- I just pray that God gives us the wisdom to guide her in not getting lost in all the pressures that no doubt will come her way. Middle School can be very rough on girls, it was for me- like the book I'm reading right now I'm going to see this as an "Age of Opportunity" instead of panic. Age of Oppurtunity by Paul Tripp
Just look at that face doesn't that have age of opportunity written all over it??? lol

And this boy... He is off to practice, his 1st race is this Saturday. Still not to fond of the sport it scares the heck out of me. What I am fond of though is his genuine desire to ride- He loves it- and I love him. :)