Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Despite the rain, we did have a couple of beautiful days this week. One day was perfect for playing outside.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Our town's Chick-Fil-A opened! Now if you have had a Chick-Fil-A in your town for years, this might not seem like a very big deal. But imagine if you DIDN'T have one!!
We love Chick-Fil-A. If I am ever in a town with one, I'll pass up ANYTHING to eat it. Jason and I ate it the night we got married. We were in Birmingham, AL on a Saturday night and could have had anything we wanted...but we picked Chick-Fil-A...that is how much we love it!!
*Ü* I knew it would be mass chaos on the first day...so honestly, I wasn't really planning on going by there yesterday. The girls and I had to run a quick errand after school and happened to ride by it when there was a little lull though, so we just HAD to go.
I am a chicken strip girl...with Chick-Fil-A sauce. I am also in love with their yogurt parfaits with granola...yummy!
I have a sweet friend who shares my fondness. Looks like we have both really enjoyed having our own Chick-Fil-A! So we had it yesterday, and then again tonight! We just can't get enough!!!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Out of respect for her family who is grieving so terribly right now, I will not say much, but I lost a very special Aunt...JoAnn Graham...just this past week. She was the person that I idolized...the kind of person I have always wanted to be when I grow up. She was an icon of our town. Everybody knew her, and if you knew her or even just knew of her, you loved her. She had a picture perfect life...she was absolutely beautiful, she had a husband that adored her and children who loved her, a beautiful home...just a perfectly beautiful life. She had a knack for gardening and collecting. And she shared ALL that she had with others. She has battled cancer for the past 5 1/2 years. This past Thursday, she went to be with Jesus. She loved life and even considered her struggle with cancer a beautiful part of her life. An amazing woman was she, and her legacy will live on and on and on. Her funeral service was the most beautiful I have ever attended. But it is still sad, and it still hurts. And I think that is why I have avoided blogging...because while life goes on, her life has ended. It is so hard to believe that she is gone, and still seems so very unreal.
I do want (and need) to catch up on my blogging. Honestly, I have taken very few pictures since the first of the year. The break from blogging has been kind of nice, but I really have missed it. I have to tell you the funniest thing...I walked into the bathroom to dry the girls off after their shower several nights ago...Lucy was sitting on the seat in the shower wiping a cut on her knee. I immediately asked if she had fallen in the shower, to which she so matter-of-factly answered...
"No ma'am, I was just shaving."
Excuse me? Shaving?
"Oh yes ma'am, I do it all the time."
Well, I do not really believe that she does it all the time. But apparantly this wasn't the first time it has happened. Can you say six going on sixtenn? Oh the horrors. I enjoyed them being out of school over Christmas break so much. I think ya'll know that my favorite days are days when the girls are at home with me all day (more specifically at home and in our pajamas all day!). And we had lots of those days over the holidays.
We made coffee filter snowflakes... And Macy decided to write a "newspaper" to chronicle the life of the Willcutts. She never fails to make me laugh! She even included a copyright...
Sunday, January 1, 2012
We had a wonderful church service today. We talked about new beginnings. About how 2012 is probably going to be a lot like 2011...there will be happy times and sad times, times where we are content and times where we will worry, new people will come into our lives and sadly, there will be people who will leave us. Things will happen that we will expect to happen, and things will happen that will take us by surprise...we may even get the wind knocked out of us for a time. But we will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and by the grace of God...we will go on.
One of the most comforting thoughts to me is that God has already been where we are going. He has already seen us so excited and full of happiness and joy that we will literally want to squeeze somebody. And He has already seen the tears that we will shed. Nothing...NOTHING takes Him by surprise.
I pray that 2012 is going to be a good year. I pray that babies will be born to people who have dealt with infertility. I pray that those who are single will find love. I pray that those who have dealt with depression will overcome it. I pray that those who are hurting will be healed. I pray that those who have dealt with or will deal with loss will find peace. I pray that those with unforgiveness in their hearts will find the courage to forgive...forgive others and forgive themselves. I pray that 2012 will be a wonderful year for my family and for each and every one of you and your families.
After our church service today, we headed to Jason's parents' to ride Prince. This was a much anticipated day, as it was the first day the girls actually got to ride him since finding out he was theirs! I have to say, I am totally smitten with this horse. We love him so much, and what is so great is that I think he loves us just as much. Especially if we bring sugar cubes with us when we visit! Macy rides like a little pro. She has put her whole heart into learning how to ride him, and it shows. Seeing how happy the girls are around their horse brings Jason and me such joy. When I was downloading these pictures, the next picture got me tickled. It's hard to tell without being able to zoom in, but Macy is raring back to stop Prince, and his nostrils are blown out as far as they can go, and it looks like he is giving the biggest gummiest smile. Lucy was very full of herself today. She kept telling me cowgirls don't smile for pictures and that the camera was distracting her. Funny how she had the biggest smile on her face riding him the ENTIRE time...EXCEPT for when I wanted to take a picture (or when she didn't know I was taking one). I love the way you can see the sunbeams shining through in this next picture... We had a few things we needed to get at Wal-Mart this evening (where I was checked out by THE sweetest girl ever), then we decided to pick up chinese food at our favorite chinese take-out place. One thing we love about this place is that there is always plenty of food for two meals...so guess what we'll be having for dinner again tomorrow night?! I did attempt to make real black-eyed peas. And much to all of our surprise, they turned out so yummy! The instructions from the sweet people at the grocery store worked perfectly! Macy loves black-eyed peas, so she was an eager taste-tester. She approved! But I had to promise her she could have oreos afterwards. Dipped in milk, of course. Poor Lucy missed out on all the black-eyed pea excitement. Sister fell sound asleep right after her bath. I have said it before, and I'll say it again...we are so truly blessed. We are ALL so truly blessed.
May we all continue to be blessed...AND MORE AWARE OF AND THANKFUL FOR OUR BLESSINGS...in the new year!