Our Journey Home

Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy 8th birthday, Emma Grace!

Happy birthday, Sweetheart! We love you so very,very much! We are so excited about the work the Lord is doing within you, and we know He has big plans for you. You have blessed our lives more than you'll ever know!
Love you always,
Daddy and Mommy
ps- Here are a few pictures from your year as a seven year old! Can you believe you are eight? Wow!!!

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."- Acts 4:12

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Vacation Bible School 2013

After we returned home from the beach, our family went directly into VBS mode! wink. We all love vacation Bible school so much! We love studying God's Word, singing songs of praise, meeting new friends, and watching the Lord at work! Papa and Nana even came for the last night of VBS, so they got to see Wubs and Bella sing on stage. It was a wonderful week, filled with blessings!
Bella and Gracie, working on an activity in Ms. Elizabeth's classroom.

Wubs and Jamie during outdoor snack time.
JJ even got to attend a 2 year olds VBS class! He loved it!
One night, VBS was a little extra 'exciting' due to a tornado that passed through our town, about 3 miles away!  Here, Ms. Tiffany is giving Wub's class some instructions for a game since recreation could not be held outside.

Our children patiently waited in my office while we made last minute preparations each evening.

Bella's class was in the hallway, heading to theater time. Bella loved all the songs she learned this year!

Family picture!  (Every night of VBS, I dressed up like 'Cotton Candy Sarah'. It was fun wearing a tutu and pink hair for an entire week!  The night this picture was taken, Wubs was dressed up like her favorite VBS character, 'the dancer lady'.)

Emma Grace's teachers, Mr. Jerry and Ms. Vicki, dressed up like cotton candy, too! We love them so so much.
And, Mr. Jerry also sprayed a little pink in David's hair!

I took a few pictures of our children in front of some of the cute classroom decorations. Ms. Susan is always so creative!
We are so thankful for our church!
"A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense."- Proverbs 19:11

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Catching up...part 2

"Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."- Psalm 124:8

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Catching up... part 1

I have been meaning to post stories on our blog for several days now, but we have had a very exciting two weeks! I am going to do my best to do some catching up. We went to the beach with the McNeill side of our family and we made some wonderful memories! We enjoyed playing in the ocean, lounging at the pool, playing putt-putt golf, cooking big family meals, playing games, and much more! David even got to play golf and I enjoyed some early morning runs with my sister in law. It was such a treat and we look forward to another family beach trip in the summers to come! wink.

All the McNeill cousins- JJ, Nicholas, Natalie, Bella, Mason, Mitchell, and Emma Grace

Our little family; God is so very good to us.
I know I'm not actually looking at the camera but this is my favorite family picture. I love being a wife and a mommy so so much!

Pa, Grandma, and our babies.

Our three precious blessings!

Bella's favorite part about the beach was going putt putt golfing! This little girl made 3 holes in 1... and she's never even played before!

JJ loved everything about the beach... but the ocean was especially exciting and big! When we first arrived, he stared at the water and said, "Ocean over there! And, ocean over there! Ocean over there!!!"

Wubs loved the swimming pool the best, by far! She is a little fish! Wubs can be entertained for hours (literally) with a pair of goggles and a seashell to throw and dive to retrieve.
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity."- 1 Timothy 4:12

Thursday, June 13, 2013

little mr. technology

Papa and Nana gave our family an ipod for Christmas this past year. We have enjoyed the 'Facetime' feature on the ipod, and we have used it in many other ways, too!  The ipod has also been a treat for the children because we have uploaded a few free games for them. JJ watches Wubs and Bella play with the ipod and apparently, he has figured out this little contraption! I walked into the office and I found him, all alone, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! All by himself, JJ turned on the ipod, scrolled to Disney Junior and clicked on the Mickey Mouse tab. I couldn't decide if I should be amazed by our toddler, or a bit concerned! wink.

"What are you doing, JJ?"
"Playin' ipod! Mickey Mouse!"

"See, mama! Hot dog, diggy dog!"
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time."- 1 Peter 5:6

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: super cool

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."- Colossians 4:2

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


It was just an ordinary day. A list of things to do, a mommy on a mission to conquer the day. Dishes needed to be unloaded from the dishwasher. Laundry needed folding. Something sticky on the kitchen floor needed to be wiped. But then, I stopped. I stopped  right in my tracks in the doorway of the children's bedroom and my eyes got teary.  Our children are growing up so fast! I just wanted to save this moment, this sweet little memory of our girls- sisters and best of friends- playing a game together. After I took these pictures, Bella asked, "Mommy, why are you taking our picture?" I wiped my eyes and I replied,"Because you and Wubs are playing Chutes and Ladders, and I just love you so much!"  Wubs and Bella shared a 'mommysureisfunnysometimes' sideways glance at eachother and continued to play together. wink!

I am so thankful, more thankful than I can express, for the family the Lord has given to us.

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."- Hebrews 10:23

Monday, June 10, 2013

Photojournal: Bella's week at Princess Camp!

Every morning last week, Bella attended princess camp. Although camp didn't begin until 9am, I am pretty sure she was dressed and ready by about 7:15 each day! wink.

And, our little girl who hasn't taken naps for the last two years came home from camp every day very sleepy! She had so so so much fun!
On the very last day of Princess Camp, all the little girls performed a dance for the parents! It was precious!
A little marching in place as the song began...

"Bibbity boppity boo!"

Thank you SO much, Bailey and Aubrey! You are both such a blessing and we love you!
"Do everything in love."- 1 Corinthians 16:14