Thursday, September 19, 2013

Girls of Grace VII

Girls of Grace, VII
This is the 7th year for our beloved group of Godly Girls called "Girls of Grace" to convene together once a month. We dine on a delicious dinner, fellowship, and then have a meaningful discussion on something related to us growing in Grace. Our time together is based on the following scriptures:
"Each one should use whatever gift she has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's Grace to its various forms. I Peter 4:10
"But grow in the Grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18
"May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His Grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." 2 Thes 2:16-17
"Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the Grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed." I Peter 1:13

I adore each one of these girls so very much. They all hold a part of my heart as I get to live out life with them by my side. So grateful for God gifting me with their friendships.
(*Romey was included in our group last night...she's our newest member!) ;-))

Monday, September 16, 2013

Been too long

After 5 loooong months apart, I finally got to spend some time with my Sweet Suzanne & her baby bump (soon to be "Miss Betsy). 
Getting to know and develop a friendship with this sweet girl has been one of my life highlights! She is like a little sister to me. This is our 3rd year of meeting together...I hope it lasts a lifetime!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Retreat Fun

Abby was SO excited that her friend Savi was able to attend Asbury's Fall Retreat with her! It was super last minute, but worked out just in the nick of time!
Petyon, a friend from Jenks Pom, was also aboard the bus to NLR!
(FYI: Peyton's mom became Abby's C-Group leader a couple weeks later...gonna be great!)
Will headed home after a super awesome weekend of fun!
I was soooo thankful that A and W were able to attend a retreat together...Won't get to again for 3 more years. :-(
(Will continues to love church and its plethora of activities more than anything else in his life...nothing can stop this boy from being there on Sunday mornings, evenings and Wed nights! It fills his cup...)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

BTS 2013

What a Year we are going to have!!
(tried a pic collage for 1st time on FB)
Will is headed to Jenks Freshman Academy!!
(yes, he is now the age his Dad and I met at Bishop Kelley in 1988!)
Will is still doing Jenks & SH Golf, Guitar and his favorite past time is MindCraft on the Xbox. 
His 1st love is still Youth Group at Asbury. He will seriously tear up if for some reason he can't make it to an event. He's on the Leadership Team, Worship Team and attends Sunday School, worship at Venue, C-Group on Sunday night and Bible Study on Wed nights. As prophesied when I was pregnant with him, God is already working on his heart for a future ministry. His Dad and I eagerly await the unfolding of this great & mighty promised plan! 
Abby Lou is entering 7th at Jenks Middle School.
Praise God for "Early Back Academy" (a 3 day program Jenks offers for new students) as she is a lil' nervous about the new feels as big as a college campus! I think there are 850 students in her class! She's made some new friends including Hailey B, Kylee, Claire, and many others. She's still close with all her JE peeps as well - Savi, Abigail, Katie. Her favorite past times are Instagram, Pinterest/crafts, tumbling, training Romey, and garage saling with Momma. ;-)
Abby is doing 7th Grade Jenks Black Pom for the 1st time this year...there are 21 on her squad! She is really enjoying it...although she is already thinking about switching to Cheer next year (which I'm for). She's at OXT working on her back handspring so she'll be ready! :-)
Her New BTS Sperrys...*Silver Sparkle*
Poor Romey...she was so sad to see her big bro & sis leave for school. She got used to having them home with her this summer. :-( 
And, Here goes the 2nd round of Ruley School Go-ers!
Miss Ella Bella is going into 4th grade at Jenks SE. Sadly, this is her last year there. :-( 
I can't believe we are already at this point. It feels like yesterday that we transferred her over for 2nd grade. She's had Ms. Campbell, Ms. Walker for 3rd and now Ms. Roberts for 4th (who's very cool!)
Ella has many friends and is very well liked. Her closest friend right now is Reese. They are on Jenks White Cheer squad together and having a ball! She still keeps in touch with Mallory (who is now at Monte). Her favorite past times are crafts, movies, singing, and playing with Romey. She is going to have a FABULOUS year!!!
Ella's cool new backpack from Tickled Sew Pink.
And here's my lil man, Owen. 1st Grade is his destination and oh is he excited!
He got blessed with Ms. Lukeman who we've heard nothing but Ah-Mazing things about. He is trying soccer for the 1st time this Fall with a JSE team...we are really excited about it! (However, I have to say his heart is still with football ~ the sport I'm trying hard to navigate him away from). Owen's favorite past times are Wii Mario, playing catch with Dad, riding his bike (just learned how this summer), playing with Romey, Lego's, and EATING. seriously. 
O's new UA backpack
Love these 2! 
(and soooo cherish my time with them...this is their last year together in school; they will never be in the same building hoo)
Bus Stop
(bus was so late I ended up driving them)
Here's to a GREEEEAT Year!!!!
Jeremiah 29:11
the forced hug...and stiff smile pic
 Although, I must say these two have turned the corner this summer. They had many awesome playtimes together when big bro & sis were away. It touched this Momma's heart so to see the hope of a special friendship developing between them. May it continue to blossom in the years to come.
My Fab Four who I Adore