Friday, June 1, 2012

Three

A few weeks ago we all celebrated my brother being clean and sober for THREE years!  There aren't enough words to explain just how proud of my big brother I really am.  I don't know if I would have had the courage and strength that he does to get him to THREE years! THREE years...that's amazing!


And then exactly THREE months from day I will receive the best birthday gift ever.  I told my brother for my 30th birthday that I wanted his gift to me to be that he would quit smoking.  So he's got THREE months left and then he will officially be the best gift giver ever...and a whole lot healthier!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Smile.

Yet again I came home to find something that makes me so incredibly happy...






Here are the 3 reasons I love this:
3.  It's a note from one of my most precious friends CP and her husband.
2.  It's one check closer to raising all my support for my Rwanda trip.
1.  It has the traced handprint of one of my fake nephews, Noah.  Love, love, love that little man!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Instant Pick Me Up


When you’re having a bad day that just makes you uber frustrated with life AND then you end up sitting in traffic in the city that you currently despise…well then you kinda feel like just yelling the F word. 

That is until you get this text message on the drive:


 And then you get home and find this in the mailbox:



Houston owes those two sweet boys big fat THANK YOUs because otherwise I would have come straight inside to the computer to look for jobs that got me the H out of this city.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Meet My Godson

This is a month overdue...actually it's almost 2 months overdue. But it's never too late to share about the little boy that made me a Godmommy for the first time.

Meet Joshua Mack Crawford...my sweet, sweet Godson...




One of the things I love most about this little Snugglebug is how much he looks like his mama. Cause you see his mama is my bestie and this world can never have too much of her.

She is lovely, crazy, inappropriate, comforting, funny, Jesus lovin, fashionable, and way too many other things.

I'm a lucky girl to have this girl as my bestie...


To have her first born as my Lovebug...




And to have her newest as my Godson and Snugglebug...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Meeting the Tickler

It’s no mystery that I love with a fierce love when it comes to my friend’s kids.  Currently that love is being divvyed out on a daily basis to 16 little loves.  With each one I silently wonder if I will still have love left for them…and yet there are still more to come in the coming years!

Well all those fears of running out of love were quickly put to rest when I landed in DC on Thursday night and was surprised to see Michelle and baby Kase walking up to meet me.  I ran and hugged her tightly and didn’t want to let go because I was honestly nervous to see him for the first time.  Would he like me?  Would I recognize him?  What if people saw me cry?  What if I'd built it up too much and he was just like any other baby?  Would I love him enough?

And then I saw him and as perfect as I thought he was in pictures, they did not do justice to looking at him in person.  It took everything in me to not frantically undo the car seat and scoop him up into my arms.  But just about a hour later he was placed in my arms for the first time and I just stared at his sleeping face and fell in love hard.

Oh it was a great weekend!  I had three full days with perfect weather, best friends, and the newest love of my life.  We dined on all the yummy meals delivered, slept when we could, laughed about how well we thought we knew each other, saw some DC sights for the first and last time, and all the while marveled at this new little boy and imagined what life was ever like before him.

I snuggled with Kase, helped bathe him, changed yucky diapers, mastered getting him in and out of the car, learned what makes an outfit worthy in Michelle's eyes, woke up for 2 am feedings, learned the art of swaddling, and perfected how to bounce him just right to help him fall asleep.  Oh yeah…and hung out with Michelle and Daniel part of the time too!

I had been counting down the days until this visit and all the anticipation did not disappoint.  Every time I’ve visited them in DC, I’ve left claiming it was the best trip yet and this time was no different.

However, this time I left with tears streaming down my face and trying not to focus on the fact that it will be at least six months before I hug my best friends again and hold that sweet little boy.  Even right now as I type high in the air the tears are flowing and the lady next to me keeps making sideways glances at me and I’m sure wondering what the H is wrong with me.

I realize I'm acting like a big 30 year old baby crying over saying good-bye to friends, but...hell I'm 30 and cry like a baby if I want to!

Thank goodness for Instagram and a fancy new camera these pictures do a much better job of telling what I did this Easter weekend...













Monday, February 13, 2012

Reasons I Love February


February usually isn’t a very monumental month in the years of my life…with the exception that it holds one of my most favorite holidays: Valentine’s Day!

However, this February its going to be spectacular for three very different reasons.

Reason #1:  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I absolutely LOVE Love Day!!  I don’t even care that I’m single and will most likely spend this year’s Valentine’s Day baking and watching reruns of my favorite TV couple falling in love.  Shout out to Ben and Felicity!

I love having a day where I get to boldly proclaim how much I love people.  And I do love a lot of people!  On Saturday I mailed out over 20 Valentine’s Day cards to friends and family.  I’ll be making goodies for the teachers that I work with and there will be several phone calls, texts, and Facebook videos tomorrow to some of my most favorite people. 

This day just makes me so HAPPY!

Reason #2:  In about 4 days one of my newest fake nephews will be making his appearance on this earth.  Jodi is set to be induced Friday morning, unless Mack comes earlier, and then I’ll be getting to Dallas this weekend to lavish my new Snugglebug with all kinds of embarrassing love.  This one is even more special to me because I get to be Godmommy to this little guy…



Oh I can’t wait to meet him!  I wake up every morning wondering if this will be the day and lately when I’m running and really wanting to quit I start trying to imagine his sweet little face to keep me distracted long enough to finish whatever mile I’m on.

Reason #3:  On the 28th of this month the Houston Rodeo will get kicked off.  This event every year is a bittersweet one for me.  The Houston Rodeo was one of my dad’s most favorite things.  Even now when I’m there it feels like home because of him.  Along with that, somehow several years ago he convinced my brother to start working it too.  So that means in just a few weeks there will be a whole lot of this…



And as if that wasn’t good enough…this wonderful invention will make me laugh and scream a bazillion times!!



I freaking LOVE the Zipper ride!  And now Bubba and I ride it once together at the Rodeo each year.

It’s gonna be a good month!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Make My Heart Happy


This weekend I headed back to Dallas to help out at Chi Alpha because I had a long weekend.  Last year my favorite part about Chi Alpha was watching my former “kids” come back as leaders.  This year I was told that none of them would be leaders this year so I was a little saddened.

Then imagine my surprise when Friday night I was standing behind the CafĂ© and see the one and only face of Kaley Janes come walking up!  I about lost it and started jumping up and down.  Then as if my excitement couldn’t get any bigger she proceeds to tell me that not only is she here, but so is Millie, Ashton, Drew, Austen, Spenny, and Troy!

Then one by one that night I saw each of their faces and hugged their necks.

I ended up getting sick on Saturday night and didn’t make it back up to church that night.  This morning I made myself get up and push through the pain because I knew if I made it to church I would get to see my kids again and hopefully even get a picture of us.

And seeing as how we were in the Lord’s house…man did He deliver!



These kids, and some other who weren’t there, make my heart so flippin happy. 

I’ve loved them since they were sophomores in high school.  I’ve cried with them, laughed until I cried with them, had hard conversations with them, prayed with them, watched them make good and not-so-good choices, and watched them grow up.

Austen and I were laughing and reminiscing this morning about the first Chi Alpha I did with them and how they slid through mayonnaise and ate a whole head of lettuce and basically did some of the dumbest things.  And then I stood there and watched him fill out his forms about the boys in his group.  I held back my tears of pride as I watched him. 

When my eyes see one of these special people it makes me smile and scream and do a silly little dance and make me utter the words, “Seeing you makes this my best day!”

I’m so lucky to have been chosen to be their leader for several years and to get to watch firsthand as the Lord molds and shapes them and takes them on the craziest adventures.

Love these more than words!