First Day of School(s)

 First day of Middle School for Avery and 4th for Ben and Sawyer.
And Hannah is starting school to be a sonographer.
I wish I could hold back my tears on the first day of school, but my tear ducts can not compete with how tall Ben looks and Sass wanting a side braid. And I dont know if middle schoolers still let their mom do their hair but avery asked for a crown braid (after we took this pic and dropped off the elementary school kids) and I just kept having to wipe my eyes.  That and everyone walking in on their own and talking about schedules and calculators and lockers and not forgetting their combination (ahh!).  I dont know how we got here so fast, but I am so thankful for their school.  For their friends and the families that go there.  I am so so excited for avery in middle school and all of the freedom and new experiences she will have. She is so excited and I know she will just thrive there.  And so will Hannah. I am so proud of her for going after her dreams and working so so hard.  She is such an inspiration to all of us and thankful for what she is teaching my kids.
Heres to 2017-2018!


Bakers Dozen

I took a play from Allison's playbook and wore my wedding dress on our anniversary and it was really just made the whole day.
 I did have to leave it open some of the way because the zipper was broken because I tried to stuff myself in it and it did not go well.
I even took it completely off at home and my mom tried to help to no avail.
But no one really noticed.  Or cared.  I mean maybe they did notice since I was in my wedding dress at torchys and target and the record store, but no one said anything.
Torchys was when it sunk in that I was really doing this.  Jeff said "you're brave" and I realized I had maybe not thought through this whole thing.  I was about to go in public with my wedding dress on and I had not done my roots, my face was totally broken out, and my dress wouldn't even zip, so people were going to feel so sorry for me if they thought I got married that morning.
Luckily only one girl said something and was super sweet and said I looked gorgeous although I really did not (roots and zits), but I told her it was my anniversary and I am pretty sure I could feel the relief through the booth.  She had to feel so glad that I had already put a ring on it.

 But it truly just gave the day this added umph and made it so special.  I cant wait to do it again next year on our golden anniversary!
 And then we went to the lake and my parents were so great to watch the kids.  We just hung out and watched The Defiant Ones on tv and it was amazing. My love for 90s hip hop just keeps growing.
And the zipper completely broke and jeff had to tear it open to get me out of the dress with his knife.  SO pretty sure I have to go get it fixed (and let out) so I can wear it next year.  Cheers to 13 years Jeff.  I love you more than I can ever ever tell you.


The Big Three's Baptism

Our church does baptisms once a year at someones house because we dont have a baptistry.  And of course anyone can get baptized anytime they want at any time, but they just like to host an official time for it every year in case someone wants to.
This year we were asked to host it.  
Without knowing it was at our house, avery told us that she wanted to be baptized.  We were so excited for her and when we started talking about it with her, the twins decided they wanted to be baptized too.
(not shea.  But she wanted to be in the pic)
We talked with them about what it means and met with our pastor with them also.  My mom got them Bibles and I thought it would be neat to have everyone highlight their favorite verses and sign their Bibles, so we put them out and people wrote in them throughout the party.
Sass and I also made some salvation bracelets for people to take home.
And when I was telling my cousin Christopher that I my kids were doing this he told me he had just ordered resurrection plants online and how cool they are.  They look completely dead, but given just a little bit of water you can see them grow and come alive as you watch them.  It is just incredible and such an awesome metaphor to how alive we become with Christ.  How dead we are before and how He comes into our hearts and lives and just literally brings life and joy and peace and newness.

I am so incredibly excited for them and for what lies ahead for them in their lives.  We are always praying so much for them and pray that they never forget that Jesus is their savior and is with them in all things, always and always.
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