So I have been on a Blog Fast if you will, but since I have been up all night for the past few nights working on a photo album for Nicole's grad with Bry's mom... and looking at all these pics of senior year and getting pics of her visits to Tech long before she ever knew she'd be Lubbock or Leavin' it soon... I thought I would let the midnight oil keep burning and post and update. Taken from Jen Colley's update list....

1. Talking with Donna about Nicole going off to college it made me think of how much I loved Tech and miss it. It seams like another life looking back... my life now doesn't resemble that very much. it sucks to grow up :)

2. But then again it has it's perks... Kehnley just learned to clap!! And I am talking a full on, walked on the tanning shelf of the pool and got so excited she couldn't help herself and clapped! Now we can play patty cake.
3. KK (KiKi as Jen calls her) also started playing a new kind of peek-a-boo where she will cover her face with a balnket and pull it off when i say the magic words. I love it.
4. We just got back from a weekend at the Frio, hence the name of the blog, which is a family tradition every year (except last for us b/c i was not about to give birth in the river) and we had a great time. It's not as relaxing chasing a baby the whole time, but we did have fun watching her play and getting to float the river with the fam. I also got to know Stephen a lot better to (Cole's boyfriend) and that was good. I tell you what there are some crazies on the river for sure.
5. I can't wait til summer... only 1/2 a day left (and however long it takes me to pack up my room on Monday) and I can just relax and enjoy my time!
6. And this is the biggest... WE HAVE A HOUSE! We close in a few weeks and move in once their home is built. I just can't wait to hear our own dishwasher going, the music playing loud while I do my Saturday cleaning session that often turns into a dance session, get to plant some flowers in our yard, and get to paint the walls in my baby's room! (am I domestic Diva or what?!) I really just want to laugh all night with Bry, sitting on our huge couch...I miss that!
7. I've been studing King David in the bible lately and I really see God speaking truth into my life about the time span between when God anointed him king, and when he ACTUALLY became king...the time in the making, that's where I seem to fit!
Here's a pic from the Frio... I think pople enjoy pic-filled blogs more than those that are pic-less.

Frio 2008

Cover up Twinks

Tradition family pic

This is why I freaking Love my husband...he makes me laugh so hard!

(This is Bryson on vacation)

Since she won't wear the hat...I will!

This was the only pic where she wasn't screaming crying and pulling the hat off

Bry and his little 70's track star!

Tubin baby! Rio Frizzle


One Sweet Afternoon

I came into the room and saw the two loves of my life sleeping so peacefully! It was a sweet moment and I couldn't help but capture it. They don't get many moments like this and it made my heart so glad that for this afternoon, for just a short time, Bryson and Kehnley got a moment together, the first of many to come where she just rests in her daddy arms. I pray that she will always find comfort there.

I know Bry is aching for the day when he can tell her all about how God made her special and hand crafted every thing about her down to the frekle on her foot and the wonder in her eyes and the love she already has for animals. He's just waiting for the moment when he can tell her about her heart and how precious it is to God; he will hold her hand as she prays to ask Jesus in. As she walks through life asking the important questions like "am I important" "am I unique" "am I lovely" "am I worthy of good things" "will I do anything great in life"; he will be there to take her hand and point it to the words that God has soken about her. She will rest in his arms as he reads to her and teaches her she is made to do great things. The day when she comes to him and tells of how her heart's been broken; he will hold her in his arms and just lets her cry telling her there's a love that never fails. The day she says she wants to leave and go away to chase her dreams; he will hold her in his arms and pray over her journey ahead.

One day they will look back at his picture and see where it all started


Music to my ears

One minute we are playing on the drum and the next minute Kehnley is squealing and making this face that is so funny I just burst out laughing every time I think of it. She stands up and walks into the other room saying "Gu Gu" and "Buh Buh" and so I repeat "Buh, Buh, Buh" and Bry says "Buh" and soon we are all saying "Buh" and it's then that I realize we are all speaking this totally foreign language that is so beautiful to my ears. It's coupled with laughter and a sweet baby girl walking fast at me with her mouth open because she is so excited to be moving on her own and I just can't help but share this moment in writing because I don't want to forget it. Life is so simple in that moment and I know it won't always be that way, I just want to savor it all. God has shown me the joy of having a child and how it outweighs every other desire in my heart and every other moment I could dream before for my own life or for my marriage or for my career, or for my family... it's an amazing thing to have a much sweeter passion that the one you have been cultivating for so long. Some might think that a waste, but I know there are seasons of our lives that come and go and teach us things we need to know for the next new sunrise.

I keep thinking for some reason of all the people in the world, lost, lonely, needy, poor, wounded, fighting...and How God came to give them abundant life. Or those who are hurt and full or regret, who won't forgive themselves or let life be abundant the way God desired. He never said, "I came to give you money, health, all your wildest dreams, fame and an easy life". He said that he came to give us "life to the full" and "abundant life" John 10:10

Bry and I have decided to have a whole new attitude about gratitude and let it be our guiding force for all our actions and words, the way we live life and the people that we become, who we teach our kids to be... all coming from this place of contentment and letting THAT be what guide us day to day. The abundant life God promised us is only going to come when we embrace this way of thinking. I have said before it's all about perspective... well it's about time that my beliefs start matching my actions. It's not enough just to SAY we know something if there isn't evidence of that in our lives. I love what David says about the Lord; His power, provision, and love...

Psalm 77
I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; I mused, and my spirit grew faint. "Selah"
You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night. My heart mused and my spirit inquired:
"Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?" "Selah"
Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High."
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. "Selah"
The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.
The clouds poured down water, the skies resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.
Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.
Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.

You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Psalm 150


Little Pink Bikini!!!

Month Day photos

While you wait... here are pics from Kehnley's first day of fun in the sun

Look at this little diva, already showin off!

In an emergancy this diaper may be used as a floatation device...

I think this purple seahorse is my new bestfriend!

(wait what is this thing again?)

My two first loves... rubber ducky and daddy...in that order :)

Mommy kisses me too much I think

I don't want to get out!