Monday, November 9, 2015

photos from Halloween

This year's Halloween was pretty interesting! I usually spend a lot of time in the month prior making and getting the boy's costumes ready. This year, however, we were travelling and so busy with life that I didn't start making their outfits until the Thursday before. I rushed to get their "Lego Guy" costumes finished in time for our church's trunk-or-treat Thursday night. I was like a little energizer bunny running around all day getting materials, painting yellow heads, and cutting out cute little faces. I finished with only minutes to spare, only to find out the boys didn't want to be "Leg Guys" anymore. 

After that, I gave up control and let them scrounge outfits from our costume bin. They ended up changing outfits about 7 times each for the next 2 days. It was infuriating and hilarious all at once. 

On Halloween, the kids played their last soccer games of the season and got to trick-or-treat with some of our best friends! It was such a blast and I'm so glad it's over. Now, on to the more fun holidays!

Here are some pictures from our Halloween adventures...

You definitely don't want to miss this video of Ande's evil laugh.

Also, last year's Halloween costumes were pretty awesome!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

on loss, and peace, and joy

A couple weeks ago, we got a dreaded phone call that my Grandmother, Minnie Belle, was in her last hours of life. I struggled about what to do. Should we drop everything and drive the 4 hours to see her, or did we need to stay home and keep up with our commitments? We ended up throwing clothes haphazardly into our suitcases and rushing up to see her in Hendersonville, NC. The boys missed school, soccer, and I missed an important church meeting, but we are all so thankful for our split second decision. We made it in time to spend the last 3 days of her life talking to her, holding her hand, and kissing her forehead.

The boys were amazing throughout the entire week. I was shocked that they weren't scared of the gruff noises my Grandma was making. And after she had passed, each boy walked right up to her casket to say their goodbyes with no fear or hesitation. The boys probably don't completely understand the depth of the situation, but I think their ability to smile and find joy during such a time helped us grown ups to feel a calm and peacefulness about it.

It was a hard time for my Mom and her siblings and it will continue to be, but I am so grateful for the chance we had to teach my children about heaven, and forever families.

I am also glad we got to spend some time in the most beautiful place during the fall. We enjoyed playing outside and strolling around downtown Hendersonville, with all it's small town charm and character! Below are some pictures of our time in the mountains!

More of our family travels here
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