April 26, 2013


Good afternoon everyone.  It's finally Friday!  Woohoo.  I just love weekends.  If he isn't on call, hubby is home with us and we usually stay busy.  I just love it when he is here with us.  Darbee does too.  She likes having him to play outside.  We laugh all the time about how nice it would be if he didn't have to work and could just be here with us all the time.  Do you think we would get tired of each other?  Hmmmm....

Anyway...I posted yesterday that Blogger wouldn't let me upload any pictures.  Not sure what was wrong, but as I tried again today, it worked perfectly!  Whew!  I didn't want you all to think I had given up on my blog.  I haven't.  Just needed a break I guess.

So...since I last posted, we have been keeping busy.  Darbee is nearing the end of her school year and is very excited about her graduation. She is growing so tall and I can't believe my baby is nearly done with her first year of school. 
Here she is on the morning of her cap and gown pictures.  Yes, you read that right.  Cap and gown pictures.  She was so excited.

I received the proofs this week and let me tell ya....my heart skipped a beat.  They are absolutely adorable.  I can't wait to share them with you.

The weather has been warmer and we are really enjoying that.  Darbee loves being outside.  Me-not so much but I will go out some.  
We have already enjoyed our first picnic.
I pulled out an old quilt and we headed up to the lake.

There was a nice breeze blowing and it was a great afternoon.
Hubby tried to teach Darbee how to skip rocks.  
She tried sooo hard but hasn't quite mastered that skill yet.

I know it won't be long with her determination and she will do it.

The warmer weather has allowed us to have outside playdates too!  
We had a fun day with Bayleigh and Braxton and Ms. Stephanie.  
We enjoyed lunch at a local Chinese restaurant and Miss Darbee learned that she LOVED their rice and sweet and sour chicken.  She now asks all the time to go back there.  
I guess eating rice with a large soup spoon makes it better huh?

These two girls have so much fun together can't you tell?  Ha!

We have even had fun when it was raining too. 
Darbee begged to put on her rain gear and play in the puddles.
I couldn't say no.  

She had the BEST time.  
Oh the simple pleasures of being a kid.

Papa has now finished his part of the playhouse.  
It is done.  
Now comes the hard part for us....Painting.  Ugh...
We have to paint the trim, the porch and the inside.  

Look at the counter Papa built.  This will end up being the sink and counter.

We did get the door painted.  It's a bright lime green.

Sorry for the shadow.  
We have a door knocker and a metal mail box to add to the door.  
It is going to be so cute!

The latest news is Darbee's eyes.
She had an eye doctor appointment in Atlanta this week. 
She did great.  She got a great report.  Her eyes look super healthy and her prescription was only increased a little bit.

She was a little nervous, but the nurses and doctor were great!
This was a pediatric doctor so they knew how to make her laugh!

They even had child size disposable sunglasses.  They were so cute!

The hardest part was choosing glasses.
I love the brown ones that she wears now.  We will more than likely have new lenses put in those but Darbee wanted a new look.  I don't blame her.  BUT...picking them out was a tough job.

I got many looks like this.  smile.
Thanks to Nana's opinion, we finally decided on several pair as well as a cool Hello Kitty pair of sunglasses.  They should be back in a week or so.  Can't wait to show you.

I think that's about all for now.  
I promise to do better and update again soon.  

I hope all of you have a great weekend!!

April 25, 2013

Popping in to say hi

Hey everybody!  I realize it has been twenty something days since I updated my blog.  Sorry!  I have just been in a rut.  A rut with my blog, decorating....everything!  I got on this morning to update and blogger will not cooperate.  For some reason I cannot upload any pictures.  So....I just wanted to say hello and let you know I haven't forgotten my blog.  As soon as blogger cooperates, I will post an update complete with pictures.

April 08, 2013

A tough job....

Good evening friends.  I have been a slacker again.  I have been visiting your blogs but I haven't been posting much on mine.  Last week was spring break.  We hung around here and didn't have any major plans.  Life happened and we ended up being pretty busy most every day.
Last night, our preacher's wife called to say a sweet lady in our church had just been rushed to the hospital with no heart beat.  We were over at my aunt's house who also attends our church so she and I headed up to the hospital. We ended up staying until after midnight and sadly she passed away.
Hubby was with Darbee Rae who was very excited that she got to stay over at Kakee's house late and get to be up super late.  She was bouncing off the walls when we got back close to 1:00 a.m.
On the way home she began to question about the lady's death.  What happened?  Is she happy now?  Was she really sick?  Things like that.  She has been to funeral homes and funerals and we have explained to her before that Jesus calls their names and brings them up to heaven to live with him and they are so happy and not sick anymore.  That has always been good enough.
Of course last night when it is so late and we are ready to come in and get ready for bed, she wants to know more.  The conversation went a little like this:

"Mommy, what happened when Ms. Leeda died?"

ME: Well, it's like we have told you.  Jesus called her name and told her to come to him and she went to sleep and Jesus took her to Heaven to live with him.

"O.k. but what really happened?  Did it hurt?"

ME:  No, I don't think she was hurting.  If so, the minute Jesus called her name and she got to Heaven, she wasn't hurting anymore.  She was so happy.

"But what really happened mommy?  Did her body disappear when she died? Where is she really?"

Oh no....I knew I was cornered.  She is smart enough to know that once they are dead they are in heaven but she also has now put two and two together and wants to know more.  She knows they are in Heaven but yet she knows they are still "in the box."  This was a hard one.

I asked hubby how to explain it.  I knew the concept of a soul was a little deep for her yet.  I had to explain and I had to think of something in a hurry.  She came in the house, sat on the couch, crossed her arms and said, "So mommy, what happens?"  I was in trouble.  I had to think quick.

It had to be the Lord that helped me.  This is what I said.  I told her to think of it this way.  Think of your body as a house.  Your skin and bones are the house.  YOU are living inside that "house."  When it comes time to die, Jesus is "magic."  He calls your name and asks you to come live with him.  We can't see it but your "house" stays here and Jesus magically "pulls" you out of your house and flies you up to Heaven.  When you get there, he gives you a new body that isn't sick or hurting or anything.  The old "house body" stays here because it is sick.  Jesus doesn't need it.  He gives you a brand new perfect one.  Whew....I was silently hoping and praying that was good enough.  She responds with a smile and says, "So it's kind of like he tears a hole in your head and pulls you out."  Sure...if that's how you want to think about it.  Sure.  I think she got it.  She did have one more question and it blew me away.  "So mommy, now am I old enough to know how babies are born? "  Oh my little girl....toooooo much for tonight.  No kiddo....you're not old enough yet.  :)