Friday, November 27, 2009


Some people don't get into the whole turkey for 4 days straight. Some people would rather be at home for the holidays than to travel to what used to be home. Some prefer to avoid traditions, but not me. I've always been a sentimentalist.. I LOVE the smell of food cooking; of waking up knowing that today we get to eat on fancier dishes, have more than our normal square meal, enjoy more than one dessert, laugh louder and listen longer than usual. I love fireplaces (though they irritate the heck out of my sinuses), i love scarfs and football and leaves and casseroles. I love seeing people that you only see once a year and tasting foods that have yummy ingredients like cranberries or marshmallows. 
THIS YEAR, our poor Brennan.. He cried through his Thanksgiving feast at Mother's Day Out, left without eating a bite, and fell asleep on the 3 minute drive home. When he awoke from a 3 hour nap his temp was 103.1. I called his pediatrician and he said there was nothing to do-just rotate the Tylenol/Motrin but that's it. I wanted a second opinion so i called our GP. He looked at him and though he couldn't find anything (ear/throat etc) he called in a prescription of azithromiacin. We went ahead and put him to bed and Ben went to get the medicine for morning. The next morning we gave him the med, packed and left for Alabama (Ben's family in Muscle Shoals-we celebrated early with my family). By Chattanooga we realized it was a bad idea and decided to turn around. That night we had our normal bedtime routine and Brennan started acting funny-jerky movements, fighting the routine, got worse and worse. Soon he was acting like he was out of his mind, thrusting himself at you or other objects then screaming, squirming..he seemed to be gripped with fear. We had never seen him act like this! It was quiet scary & frustrating. We called his pediatricians office and spoke with a triage nurse. She said to head to the ER. So we did. After about 2-3 hours of Brennan not going to anyone but me, having these fierce fits, not using any words or sign language, acting insane. (no really)We got in the car and he started speaking words..asking for "E I O" So...long story short-[ i could keep you up til 2am with the us, but i will spare you] I got online after no one could figure out what it was and it had all the symptoms of  anaphylaxis. (click to learn more)
Its a severe reaction to histamines (antibiotics, bee stings etc..) BOO!! So no more of that medicine for Big Guy and now he is just fine..But needless to say, i did not get my fill of turkey and dressing. However, the Simmons (thank you once again Dear Jesus) invited us to share in their thanksgiving leftovers. So we headed to Teliquah Falls to a beautiful cabin and after a fun photo shoot (click to see pics)  we enjoyed some of my favorite foods before little Brennan had had enough and we returned home (a 45 min drive). 
As i reflected on this season of my life and felt a teeny bit sorry for myself i read the following passage and it SO encouraged me:
1 peter 2:21-25This is the kind of life you've been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. 
He never did one thing wrong,  Not once said anything amiss.
They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing...
Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master... It's better to suffer for doing good, if that's what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That's what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others' sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.
hmmm..i don't know suffering do i?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Friends, I don't know how you feel about our President, but this is convicting:

1 Peter 2: 11-12 Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it. Don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.

 13-17Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God's emissaries for keeping order. It is God's will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you're a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.


Ever contemplated the fact that there is nothing good in us?? Here are 16 different references in the bible to this fact. I'm sure there are more but this is what i have found so far: 
Beginning in Psalms
14:1-2 There is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand any who seek God..all have turned aside, they have altogether become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one.
This same scripture is in Psalm 55:1-2
Surely i was sinful at birth from the time my mother conceived me..
Even from birth the wicked go astray, from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.
..for NO ONE living is righteous before you..
1 Kings 8:46
For there is no one who does not sin
JOb 15:14
What is man that he could be pure, or one born of woman that he could be righteous?
Proverbs 20:9
For who can say i have kept my heart pure, i am clean and without sin?
Ecc 7:20
There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
Isaiah 64:6
All of us have become like one who is unclean, all our righteous acts are like filthy rags
Galatians 3:22
But Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin
Ephesians 2:3
All of us lived among them at one time gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and the rest we were objects of wrath
Deut 9:7/Is 52:6/1 John 1:8/1 john 1 :10

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2 Peter 1

Okay guys, I know that this is long,but i am doing a study on 1 Peter 1, while i try to memorize it. Yes. The whole chapter. By telling you i am automatically accountable. So ask me how i'm doing every once in a while.. I wanted to share what i read this morning by W A Criswell: [click here to read the entire sermon]

"The faith is outside of us.  It is objective.  It is not in us.  It is something we procure.  It is something we secure.  It is something we receive.  It is something on the outside of us: This faith upon which we build our hope and our worship, our life in God.

Is that true?  Is that in keeping with the revelation of the Lord in the Holy Scriptures: That the faith that saves us, is something from the outside--it is something we receive--it is something God must do for us? 

Is that true?  Am I born with that faith?  By nature, am I given to it?  Do I just slide into holiness?  Do I just drift in the godliness?  Am I somehow saved already, and all I need is just for the inward salvation that I am born with by nature to be cultivated?  Is that true? 

The Apostle writes here that the faith of Jesus Christ that saves us is not in us.  It is something outside of us.  We're not born with it.  It's something we get, we secure.  We obtain it, and that is the universal presentation and revelation of the Word of God.   

Paul wrote it like this in Ephesians 2: 8, and 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourself."  It's not in you: “… And that not of yourselves.”  It comes from God.  It comes from outside of us.  It is something we obtain, we secure, not of work, not of my cultivation, lest I should boast that I did it. 

Or, take, again, in Titus 3:5:

For not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His grace and His mercy are we saved by the labor--the washing--of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. 

My salvation is something God gives me.  And, my disposition to holiness and godliness is something that God does for me because, by nature, I am not that way. "

Thursday, November 12, 2009

For my mom

HOW do you rotate these pictures?? an updated picture of Knox..
Brennan got to go pick up hay with PAPA!!

Brennan had to wear his boots like PAPA!

My mom wanted a picture of me and the boys with my long hair before it cut..sorry that Bailey got in the picture too.

Tardy Family Pics

For October 31 we were LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS OH MY!  Ben and I were the Tigers with our Auburn sweatshirts and Knox was a bear and Brennan the Lion. It was so cute you would ask Brennan what the Lion said and he would roar!

Here is Knoxie the fierce bear..maybe its hibernation season!
And the lion that likes to work..
and yes i am the only one looking at the camera!

on our way to the Mayfield farm..
If you were not aware (for those of my out of town friends) Athens TN is home to Mayfield Milk Dairy Farm. Ben grew up with the Mayfield boys and i am sure i put this in last years' post, anyway..each year they have activities at the farm the entire month of October. We decided to make it a tradition instead of trickor treating. They have a hayride, fresh kettle corn, a bonfire, hotdogs and other concessions, a corn maze, a corn cob shoooting, a corn box (like a sand box) for kids to play in, a cow train, a petting zoo and milking station and more! Its super are a few snaps.
our hayride..
petting the llamas and donkey..

our personal tour of Mayfield's original dairy by Mr. Scotty Mayfield himself..
Him showing Brennan and Chase how to honk the horn on the old car..
Ben and the boys milking the pretend cow..
My tiger!
Wook at wittle Knox!

Monday, November 9, 2009


My day began with my son marking with permanent marker on our WHITE duvet cover on our master bed. Continued on to that same son finding my oversized Sharpie and marking on the computer, taking a nap three hours late (probably because he had a banana popsicle for breakfast!) thus pushing bedtime to an hour later. When i tried to read books for bedtime routine he simply went and got his shoes and mine and went to the door to our garage and said "go!" showing me that it was NOT time to sleep yet..And it ended with my newborn running a temp of 100.5.
BUT John 1:16 from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace
So today i celebrate that:
i had a car to put the boys in and drive til Brennan fell asleep
that i had a tredmill to get on and run the heck out of once he was asleep (to get out my frustrations)
that i did get to the grocery store
that i only had to spend 54 dollars on groceries
that Knox went to bed easy although not feeling well
that i have medicine for both boys
that my hubby cleaned up the kitchen
..and bathed both boys
that while they were napping i got to catch up on Bible study AND shower
that supper was a bake-for- an-hour hassle free
that i got to have some computer time cacthing up with friends

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I Love the FALL! i think its because i grew up with a yard full of vibrant maple trees that came ablaze each autumn. Our family had friends drive from all over to visit each October...its a bittersweet season though, because although beautiful its short lived and is a sign of death.. (oops that sounded morbid)..But it makes me think about all the seasons of life. Seasons of places and freindships and family.

I am at my parents visiting this week as Ben in in New Orleans at a Photography conference. It was better than some very long without-Daddy-days at home by myself! As i drove past my old high school its seems another life ago. I think about just the changes in friendships in this past year of my life and how the dynamics of a family change with each additional birth.

Right now its seems impossible for my sister and i to have a conversation with 4 little ones under 4 between us. But i can remember times where the last things i wanted to do was have a conversation with my sister..I laid in bed the other night walking through my elementary school years..each teacher & a memory from each year-friends and how our family looked back then. I am SO thankful for my family and the way i was raised. I see God's grace & favor throughout those years. His mercy for not giving me what i deserved in my self centered state and His grace giving me good thing after good thing..What a Father!!

I am working on concentrating on that-truly meditating on ways God has shown Grace to me on a daily basis. Recognizing that ANYTHING and ALL things GOOD come from Him. So here goes for yesterday and today:

1. Brennan took TWO naps yesterday.

2. Last night while my parents were at revival both boys got baths and went to bed with no problem.

3. I got to encourage my sister on a bad mommyhood day for her.
4. Knox slept til 5am this morning

5. Brennan woke up joyful

6. My mom cooked breakfst for us all

7. Our family friend Paul Harbison took Brennan for a walk to see the animals in Papa's absence this morning (he is doing the music for the revival) so i could nurse Knox

8. Knox was happy while i bathed Brennan & got him down for the night

9. I had a few minutes to restfully type with all of my brain engaged in what i was doing (SUPER RARE!) while everyone is at revival.

10. God has brought songs and scripture to mind to bless me the last few days