Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time for remembering the Roses...again.


It's time to catch up on all the beauty that God has sent our way.  We went to Rockport for a week in February, and spent the best week just all being together focusing on each other.  Nothing else... It was amazing!!

The Big Tree is at least 100 years old.  It has survived fires,  wars and hurricanes.  It still stands as beautiful as ever surrounded by it's offspring.

Searching for sand dollars.

Ballerinas dance wherever they can.

Strolling along the water.

It was so cold but that didn't matter to Love.  
He had a blast jumping over the waves.

Early morning at the Rockport Beach.

Time for love!

Charity trying to stay warm.

Tons of nature study all week long.

Sunrise under the umbrella.

On your mark, get set...

The Black Skimmers nest in a protected area near the beach.  When we go at this time of year, the beach is always empty and we get to get up close to these beautiful birds.

Daddy even had fun relaxing!!

Hope got a pedicure by the best!

Charity finally warmed up enough to play in the sand.

Whenever we get to a beach, 
Love's favorite thing to do is run as fast as he can straight for the water.

Beautiful sunrise!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This week's Roses...extended version.

These are the special moments from our very hectic lives over the past few weeks.  
The Roses sent to us have been amazing, although sometimes difficult.  We are traveling on an 
amazing journey together as a family.  We are grateful for every moment, rose and blessing sent from above.  We are truly on this beautiful journey to grow closer to the One who Is.  

Beautiful ballerinas at their end of year recitals.

Amazing Nature centers and guides who love to share their love with our homeschooling group.  Great friends who work so hard to set up these amazing adventures!

This is Alligator Pond.

Yep, that's a REAL LIVE alligator!  

In the exact middle of the screen, next to the reflection of the white tree, you will see the creature from the above picture.  We were pretty close.  

Sunbathing turtles.  They were pretty big.  The alligators will feast on these and other small animals in the pond.  

A tarantula was next...

Mr. Al with a corn snake on his neck.  We learned so many new things that we didn't know before about all different types of reptiles.  

The kids were able to ask any and every question they could think of.  

Love was mesmerized. He couldn't pet the snake enough.  
FYI, sweet boy, we will NEVER have one in this house.
Pickwick Society with our dearest friends.  Sewing and crafting at the park on a spring day is another amazing joy of homeschooling.

And it wouldn't be Pickwick without snacks.

Little brothers chasing geese and ducks.

More brothers and more ducks and a momma who is now snuggling that baby in her arms.
Congratulations to the V. family!  We can't wait to meet that sweet girl.

 Highschool group.  So grateful that my children have such wonderful friends.

Thanks to another great mom in our HS group, we had classes at the Houston Zoo.  I took the kids early in hopes that we would see the animals more active.  It worked. Except for the sleepy bear, we saw many active animals.  The two leopards were wrestling and playing.  It was so cute.  The zoo has a commemorative of all the Cougars who have stayed at the zoo.  We had to stop and take a picture for Daddy!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I will wake the dawn...

"My heart is steadfast, O God; my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and chant praise.
Awake, O my soul' awake, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn.
I will give thanks to you among the peoples, O Lord, 
I will chant your praise amount the nations, 
For your kindness towers to the heavens,
 and your faithfulness to the skies. 
 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; 
above all the earth be your glory!"   PS 57:8-12

Every morning I wake early to say my prayers, read the Bible and read other books that are encouraging me to grow closer to Christ.  This has been working well until recently.  Love has decided that he also needs to wake early.  He also is ready to begin his day and does not like to wait.  So I find myself torn.  I so want and need this special time in my day and yet, now I find that I have to stop and actually live my vocation.  It's definitely a gift (or rose) that I have the opportunity to work on the virtue of patience.  I can always use the practice.  

Morning is my favorite time of day.  It always has been.  I am a morning person.  I find that if able, I could get a day's worth of work done by 11:00 AM.  Thank you God for my precious mornings.  Without them I definitely lose my focus.

Whenever we rent a house at the beach, I always wake early and grab my camera and catch the sunset.  This time I didn't have my Nikon, so I grabbed my iPhone.