Our Journey Home

Friday, December 11, 2009

"Mama, are you Santa?"

Yesterday, while we were driving in the car, the song Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came on the radio. Wubs and Bella did their best to sing along, and it was so fun to hear their sweet little voices. We were driving to pick up some poinsettias that David had ordered for the YMCA, and I wasn't exactly sure if I was on the correct street. At the redlight, I picked up the email David had printed out for me with the directions, and I was trying to read it when Wubs asked me a question. "I'm sorry Wubs, what did you say?" She repeated her question, "Mama, are you Santa?" *gulp...* My mind was swirling, my heart was racing- what should I say??? I decided to just answer her exact question, and say no more. " Well, I'm your mommy." I looked at Wubs in the rearview mirror. "Nooo! I'm being Rudolph, Mama! Are you Santa?"

"The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love."- Psalm 145:8

Monday, December 7, 2009


Early Saturday morning, we went to Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA. Wubs loved sitting on Santa's lap and telling him about her special Christmas wishes, but Bella refused Santa's warm attempts for a hug. wink. After breakfast, we stopped for David to get a haircut. There was a line at Sports Clips, so to entertain the girls during the wait, we all walked next door to Pet Smart. Oooooh, what a treat for Wubs and Bella! Bella liked the fish and cats. Wubs enjoyed watching the dogs getting groomed at the ' salon'. As we were leaving, we saw them. The hamsters. Wubs loved those furry little fellas! She had her face pressed up to the glass to watch them run on their little wheels, eat their seeds, and drink from their bottles. Today, as I was cooking dinner, Wubs drew me this picture. She said, "Mommy, look! I made you some hamsters! Aren't they adorable?"

"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips."- Psalm 141:3

Thursday, December 3, 2009


This morning, as I was loading the girls into the car to run a few errands, Wubs made a confession. Apparently she was feeling a little convicted about an incident that happened in her Wednesday night discipleship class. "Mama, when we were supposed to do our craft at church last night, I didn't go to the table when my teacher told me to." "Why didn't you obey your teacher's words, Wubs?" "Well, I was making a tower." "Hmmmm. Do you think you could have made a tower after you went to the table to make your craft?" "*sigh* Yeah. Do you forgive me?" "Of course, I forgive you Wubs! Do you know why Mommy will always, always, always forgive you?" "Why?" "Because Jesus taught me how to forgive. He will always forgive me, and I need to forgive others."
"Jesus will ALWAYS always forgive you?!? That's really cool, mama."

Sweet Wubs. We are praying that one day, both of our girls will understand just how 'cool' Jesus really is! It still amazes me that He loves me, and He forgives me. Always.

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."- John 15:9-11

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Texas Thanksgiving

We enjoyed a very special holiday treat this Thanksgiving! We got to travel to Texas to spend time with our precious friends, the King family. We drove (17 hours, whew!) across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana to reach Beaumont, Texas. The Lord blessed us with a wonderful vacation, filled with great conversations, laughter, and lots of delicious food! Wubs and Bella loved playing with Sarah, Andrew, and Ellie. When it was time to leave, Wubs said, "Mommy, I wish Jesus would give our house to someone else and we could just live in Texas!"

Ellie and Bella squealed with delight each time Bryan would jump out to catch them!

Andrew + Wubs = A perfect match!

Bella shows us her super strength!

Best of friends.

Ellie and Bella loved having tubby time together!

Bryan and Jamie- We love you!!!

"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."- Psalm 25:5