Thursday, December 30, 2010

Our Year in Pictures - 2010













Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

1 chair + 1 laundry basket full of toys + 1 imaginative boy = Santa and his sleigh!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Olivia's 1 year portraits - click on the links to view

Image Center - Olan Mills Portrait Studios
Image Center - Olan Mills Portrait Studios
Image Center - Olan Mills Portrait Studios
Image Center - Olan Mills Portrait Studios

Olivia turned 1!

Olivia likes playing with blocks,

playing with Sawyer's train table when he's not looking:),

playing with the calculator,

looking at books, and...

playing so hard she gets exhausted!

Olivia's 1st Birthday Party!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Olivia playing

The laundry basket is one of Olivia's favorite toys!:)

Sweetwater Valley Pumpkin Patch

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I've added Sawyer's field trip pictures to this album. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Multitude Monday: bowls of prayer

I'm studying the book of Revelation right now by using Beth Moore's study: Here and Now...There and Then. I'm so thankful for this study that is helping me understand better the book of Revelation. Notice that I said understand "better"...not sure if we can ever understand the book of Revelation completely! But what a joy it is to understand pieces of scripture for the first time.

Beth says that our prayers "...are sitting right before God in a bowl".

"Each one (the 24 elders) had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." Revelation 5:8b

I praise God that our voices are heard when we pray and that our prayers are like incense to Him!

Psalm 141:1-2 (New International Version)

1 O LORD, I call to you; come quickly to me.
Hear my voice when I call to you.

2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

holy experience

Hebrews 4:16 (New International Version)

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Friday, September 24, 2010

I love winning blog giveaways!

I have to admit that one of my favorite hobbies is reading blogs AND entering to win freebies on blogs!! I just love the thrill of getting something for free! I only enter giveaways that are actually giving away something that I want. Believe it or not, there are giveaways out there that are really a waste of time but I enjoy entering giveaways that will be a nice gift for myself or my children. A couple of months ago you may have seen the post where I showed the painting I won. Yes it was hand-painted! I can't wait to hang it up in our next home. So lately I have won two more things! I won a book for Sawyer and a pair of hair clips for Olivia. Here they are...

I won 1 free item from Little One Books ( I could choose any 1 item from their website. Since Sawyer and I both love Eric Carle books, I chose this book written by Eric Carle.

I won a pair of clips from Lilla Hairclips (

Olivia can even wear the clip with her helmet!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My 30th!

beautiful roses from Eric

I made this oreo cheesecake for mine and Lori's birthdays.
For the recipe, visit

Robert, Ryan, Eric, Lori, and I went to the Marietta Diner to celebrate. What an incredible restaurant! I want to go back there sometime! The menu is huge! I ordered moussaka, a international favorite of mine.

Mom took me to Plates in Carrollton for my birthday lunch. Their sweet potato fries are quite tasty! Olivia thought so too:)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

brother and sister in helmets :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

wearing her STARband for Plagiocephaly

Olivia got her STARband helmet yesterday. She is being treated at Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. All of the employees at Scottish Rite have been extremely nice and helpful!

Information below is taken from:

The STARband is an effective treatment for babies between 3 and 18 months of age, and has been successfully used to treat babies with head shape problems since 2001.

Correction usually occurs within 3-6 months when the baby begins orthotic treatment before 12 months of age.

The baby's active growth is a dynamic component of the treatment. Compliance to the twenty-three hour per day wearing schedule is crucial to a successful outcome.

Besides torticollis, another postnatal cause of deformational plagiocephaly occurs when the back of the baby's head rests for prolonged periods of time against a hard surface like an infant carrier, car seat, swing, or stroller. Before 1992, babies were put to sleep on their tummies, which varied the amount of pressure on the back of the head. However, since the very successful "Back to Sleep" program was initiated in an effort to end Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), babies now spend all night on their backs until they are able to roll and reposition themselves. The Back to Sleep program has dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS and is one of the most effective health programs ever initiated. Unfortunately, the combination of the carriers we use to hold and position our babies during the day and placing babies to sleep on their backs all night has increased the potential for the development of head shape deformities. Practitioners and caregivers should support the American Academy of Pediatrics Back to Sleep Program and encourage tummy time during the day while the baby is awake and supervised in order to minimize the effects of continuous spine positioning on the head.