Saturday, October 12, 2013

Food Drive fall 2013

We had our fall 2nd Harvest food drop this past weekend. What a beautiful day to bless some needy people. This was our 5th drop that we've participated in and it is an awesome mission. The amount of people that volunteered was a blessing. The amount of food that was delivered...staggering. I had never seen that much food at a drop before. None of us had. It was awesome.

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It was a FULL semi!

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They started the line early...that is heartbreaking...and yet they received so many blessings that day.

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Our youth worked hand in hand with the high schools Interact club. We had 50# bags of carrots that had to be rebagged into smaller portions.

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Food box table. Sliding the boxes down the line for deliver to the vehicles at the end.

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Carrots and cabbages galore!

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Everything on this side was "extra". It was not on the shipping manifest. This would be stuff donated from grocery stores and bakeries. The amount was staggering. We had a pallet of grapes. Beautiful, tasty grapes. A pallet of roma tomatoes. A pallet of mangos. It was such a blessing to give everyone so much food. The boys that were loading would do something special also. When a car had a small child, they would pull something special to give to just them. Whether it be a princess cake or cupcakes, they would find something just for that child. It just warmed my heart at their thoughtfulness.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall and football

Fall and football go hand in hand. I was asked to come take a few pictures of a friends boy as he played. Since I had not been to a youth game, I thought why not. Boy did I get some good action shots. Something she'll treasure forever, I'm sure.

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I hope it's something they all remember...especially after hearing one state just banned hand shaking after all sports because too many fights were breaking out. That breaks my heart.

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Worn out after running for a touchdown!

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His brother is one of the coaches.

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I really like how this turned out. I know she does too.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I've been working at getting our new church directory done. (LOTS of fun...not!) We had a few that could not make it for the scheduled picture appointments, so I offered to take a few of their pictures. I was expecting this...

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Because between Tyler and my son, they are always trying to sabotage or photobomb my photos. I am grateful for my quick shutter button. The only thing that is funnier is that momma was beaten to the punch with the tongue out.

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And yet I still got a good one! Nice try Tyler!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


We have just started sophomore year and he's already talking about college and the Air Force. Nothing scares a momma more and makes me want to cry. Where did time go? Where did my baby go? He's turned into such a fine young man. (Still mouthy once in a while, but that's a requirement of being a teenager!) ;)

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Please stop growing...even though you're already taller than I am!

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Don't ever stop being you...may you always stay true to yourself, love God and family, be a good friend and have peace in your heart.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


The phone call you never want to receive..."You need to get back here asap, your son (from his daddy ;) is going to require stitches." I was on the church van picking up kids for our Wednesday night activities and we were coming through town heading to get another set of kids. After getting dropped off and talking to the Pastor's wife (who's a nurse), we left for the emergency room. I had 2 things going for me...1, I did not witness it and 2, I did not witness all the blood. Had that happened, I might have been more upset. After we sent all the kids back inside, I hugged him and said it was ok to cry. He squeaked out 2 tears, that's it! My tough boy!

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2 hours later we were home, with 3 staples and only a minor complaint that they pinched. He was a trooper.

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The first thing he did on our return home...put his metal detector to his head to see if it would go off! THAT is my child! :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cake Smash

This doll just cracked me up. She was happy-go-lucky (the nap probably helped ;) and amazed that she got a cake all to herself.

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I was beginning to wonder if she was going to crack into that cake!

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Seriously, how cute can she be?!

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And there you have it! The funny thing is that she didn't get any cake on her outfit...until she sat in it...but the front was still clean!

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Happy Birthday Bella!