Well, spring is officially here, and we have been spending as much time as we can outdoors. Jake loves going to new parks and playing in the back yard. Sometimes, on rainy days, we go to an indoor play place with slides, toys, trampolines, and more. Basically, everything a 3 year old could dream of. He loves all of it. This past weekend was gorgeous, so we headed to Gramma and Cappy's house (Shevin's parents) for Sunday lunch and an egg hunt in their back yard. Jake wasn't really into finding eggs until we showed him there was candy inside. Then there was no stopping him. He and his cousin, Lily, had a blast. Easter weekend is coming up, and normally we would take a short road trip to a distant cousin's ranch for a huge family reunion with my (Shevin's) mother's family. But we are taking another road trip to visit Corey's parents (Gran and Grandad). We didn't get to see them at Christmas because of a COVID exposure (everything is good there). Jake can't wait to see them, especially their cat, Ansel. Jake loves to run around their house looking for Ansel, who can usually be found hiding under the bed. Poor Ansel. Well, that's all for now. Thanks for reading. As always, if you are reading this, no matter what the reason, please know that you are known and loved. --Shevin
MarchMar 31, 2021
A prayer for expectant mothersFeb 09, 2021
Lord, I pray for the woman who is facing an unexpected pregnancy. You know who she is, and you love her. You see her. You have not forgotten her. I pray she knows just how much you love her. I pray you will give her courage and strength during this time. Comfort her if she is scared, and give her peace and clarity as she contemplates her path forward. Please put people in her path who will love and support her. Teach her to cast all her anxieties on you because you care for her. Give her courage for her journey, whatever it may entail. Most of all, show her that she is deeply loved by You. May she seek You, God, the One who sees her. The One who loves her beyond measure. May she trust in You. In Jesus name, Amen Genesis 16:13 “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’” "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
HolidaysJan 11, 2021
It's been a while since I've posted, but I'll try to keep it brief. We had a fun stretch of holidays. Starting with Halloween. Jake was Jake the Pirate, and we won a costume contest at our church's fall festival (Jake and the Neverland Pirates). We hosted Shevin's family for Thanksgiving. Shevin made the turkey, and it actually turned out pretty well. We spent the weekend decorating for Christmas, and Jake had a great time helping. We had a quiet Christmas Eve at home making cookies, drinking hot chocolate, and watching Christmas cartoons. After opening presents and eating pancakes on Christmas morning, we went to Gramma and Cappy's house. Cappy had made a sleigh out of a golf cart and dressed up as Santa and drove the kids around the yard. Jake thought it was the coolest. All in all, we had a great holiday season, and we are looking forward to visiting Gran and Grandad next week to celebrate Grandad's birthday.
We hope you had a Merry Christmas and that this new year brings you peace and love.
--Shevin and Corey
Summer FunAug 10, 2020
We're entering the dog days of summer and trying to find ways to keep busy. We took a family trip to the coast last month. Jake LOVED the beach, especially all the umbrellas (he's a little obsessed with umbrellas. IDK?) We recently went on a hike at a local wildlife refuge with my sister and her daughter. Jake was so sweet with this little cousin, and they were both troopers. We took the wrong trail to see the animals and ended up hiking for about a mile. Luckily it was a cloudy day, so it didn't get too hot. We got to see some deer, a screech owl, and a bobcat (they were in enclosures). Most of our days are spent at home taking walks, playing in the backyard, and watching Frozen 2 (Jake calls it "New Frozen"). Corey is still working from home and probably will be for the long haul. Jake and I love having him home everyday, and he enjoys it, too.
If you are reading this, we hope you are well and staying healthy and at peace in these crazy times.
Tay-toesJun 09, 2020
Well, I don't have too much to add since our last post. Quarantine has kept us home-bound mostly, but since restrictions have started easing, we have been out a little. Jake has had a couple of play dates with some good friends that have involved a back yard play house, water balloons, and pizza. Oh, and impromptu song/dance sessions to C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat." Jake now runs around the house singing (screaming?) "EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!" over and over. It's fun, really. We've also started visiting my parents more often. They live pretty close by, out in the country, so there's plenty of space for Jake to run around and play. He also likes taking walks to their neighbor's house to see the goats and horses.
Corey has also started a garden. When he's not working or playing with Jake, he's in the backyard taking care of the yard and his new plants. We're growing tomatoes (Jake calls them tay-toes), and jalepeno and banana peppers. Jake loves to mow the lawn and check on the "tay-toes" with Dadda.
Well, that's about as exciting as it gets right now. (Ha!) We're planning a road trip to the beach soon, so that will add some adventure to the mix.
If you are reading this trying to choose a family for your child, please know that we are praying for you. We may not know you or what you are going through, but God does. He knows you and He loves you. We pray that you may know Him and that He will give you wisdom, clarity, and peace with your decision.
Quarantine HappeningsApr 12, 2020
We have felt so fortunate during this pandemic that our lives haven't really changed too much. We are thankful that Corey's company has been deemed an essential business, so he has been able to keep his job and work from home. It's been great having him here all day, but it's sometimes a challenge to keep Jake out of his hair (he loves Daddy's computer keyboard). Since Jake and I don't get to go on our normal outings to the library or to swim lessons or weekly Bible class, when the weather is nice, we spend a lot of time outside picking dandelions, playing with roly-polys, and swimming in Jake's inflatable pool.
Easter has been a little different this year. We usually head to Central Texas for a big family reunion at a cousin's ranch, but we have spent this Easter weekend at home playing, cooking, and working in the yard. Jake woke up this morning to an Easter basket filled with some of his favorite things: a banana, fruit snacks, books, and colors. (The Easter bunny also included some Skittles and Reese's Pieces, but Corey and I are pretty sure those are for us.) I made pancakes and bacon for breakfast, and we hunted Easter eggs in the front yard. Since we couldn't go to church, we watched our church's live stream on TV. I also made a big Easter feast for lunch, so I think I've met my cooking quota for the week. ;) We're missing being with extended family this weekend, but it's also kind of nice to just relax and do our own thing.
If you are reading this, we pray God's blessings over you during this trying time, and we pray that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.
JakeFeb 19, 2020
Jake is our sweet, happy, funny two-year old. He's almost always smiling and laughing and coming up with new ways to entertain everyone. He's recently learned the word, "no!" and likes to try it out from time to time. He loves to go on walks, watch Curious George, and play with his toys. He also enjoys visits to the library and play dates with his cousins who live nearby.
BeauFeb 19, 2020
We have a very lazy Boxer mix named Beau. He has been part of our lives for over 10 years and we love him dearly. Beau is gentle and patient with Jake, and we find him to be the perfect family dog.