I couldn't get our video to upload to my email so this is our "christmas letter" to Uncle Dobuf. If I can get one of Rodney I'll add it as well. He's still sick and sleeping all the time. This is our first snow that we've gotten to play in. The first one was a few flurries then it melted. So I figured we'd better go play in it while we could.
This one is from today (a few days later). We got a lot more snow this morning and mikey made a snowman.
So chick fil a had their cow appreciation day. You come with something cow themed and you get a free sandwich, come dressed horn to hoof as a cow and you get a full meal for free. And of course, free food is always a plus when you have children.
So Sarah and I spent our moornings making cow costumes. Hers were way cuter than mine cause she actually sewed them. I just used paper and tape...but I still got the free meal.
Note the udder cuteness of lydia.
And I seriously can't get enough of this kid...oh wait thats a baby goat...this calf...thats just weird.
My boys in their cowstumes. Mikey was a texas longhorn, Gavin was a Zebu (he even used our mullet wig as the hump on his back (it fell off), Xander went as Babe, paul bunyons big blue ox. And Owen went as a Dead cow. hehehe. They never specified they had to be alive.
Sarah and her monkies...cows....children....you know, those hoodlums running around.
Danton and his bull nose ring.
Sarah and Risa
me and owen just after we got home. My "pig tails" were suposed to be horns. They started out a little whiter than that, but most the flour fell out by the time we got home. Yes...I put flour in my hair. I've heard a little flour in your hair makes you look pretty. meh heh heh. All in all it was fun. I even had leftovers to take to daddy when we went home. Totally worth it.
So, I don't know if others saw, but Oreo posted a rainbow oreo cookie on FB to "spread love." Me...I'm disappointed. I've always connected those cookies with fun family evenings. That picture just brought out some heart ache. I'm just going to say this now, I'm not a homophobe, but I don't believe it is right to give in to those feelings. So many people in this world do have same gender attraction, but the lord wont give you a trial unless you can overcome it. I have some dear friends of mine who have decided to take those feelings and run with them. And the first thing I've noticed is that when they run, they run further away from the people who truly love and care about them. People may call me cruel or intolerant, the fact is, I'm just trying to keep a hold of my own beliefs. I firmly believe that everyone in this world is entitled to their own opinions. I don't want to impose my beliefs on anyone, but I have no problem telling people what I believe. I believe that a man is not whole without a woman, and a woman is not whole without a man. Both man and woman have different roles to play in life. And BOTH roles are essential for the human race.
For me. The purpose of life is to find JOY (not just happiness) and to create more life. I have a sweet husband of 7 years and 5 wonderful children of our own. What I have noticed throughout my life is that my JOY comes from serving others. That's why I became a mother. Each child we have brings new life into our home. Its more work and I have less and less time for myself. But I GIVE my time to my children and husband. I find that the more time I GIVE to my family the more I want time WITH my family. I find joy in knowing that my children love to work and play along side each other.
I bring this up because I do have those who are close to me who have decided they want to give into the feelings of same gender attraction. One of which I had "adopted" as a little brother. Before he had decided to be gay he told me he wanted to be a father. I, having children of my own, also wanted that joy that I felt myself, for this young man I had come to care so greatly about. He is a kind soul and loving friend and would have made an amazing husband and father. Then on one day I wouldn't forget, I found out that he had given in to same gender attraction. I hadn't heard from him in weeks and he had unfriended and blocked me from facebook. I happened to be in the hospital at this time, so I had time on my hands to give him a call. We talked and I cried. I let him know how deeply hurt I was that he would try to cut communications from his family. My mind wanted to tell him, 'FINE if you don't want to talk to us then we will just let go of you as well!' but I couldn't say it in my heart. Instead what I said was quite the contrary. "We love you, and if you want to let go of us, it's not going to happen. We're family and we will always care for you."
The next time I saw him I did give him a hug. He was still the same person I knew, he just lived different. I do see this young man every now and then, he stops by to say hello to our family, but there is always that feeling inside me that hurts for this young man. He had so much potential to become an amazing husband and father and turned it away for something he thought would make him happy. I can tell you right now, the joy in life will not come from thinking of yourself, but in thinking of others.
Yesterday was so much fun. I got to have some of my absolute favorite people stay at my house all day. My sister and her 3 kids, my cousin and her 4 kids, and my other cousin and her 3 kids. We decided to hold a garage sale to get rid of some of the stuff cluttering our house, and then decided to donate the proceeds to develop the willis family cemetery. Let me tell you, it was work, but it was so fun. The kids played in the hose ALL DAY, and us moms got to sit and talk and be together all day. It was fun. Not as good of a turn out as I would have liked, but we have plenty left overs and we're going to sell them again next week. Here are a few pictures from the day that I thefted from Kristin. Benny and Owen "selling" cookies at the garage sale. SOME of the kids eating pizza for lunch. It was a blast. We all sang primary songs while we waited for the pizza to cool off.
That is IT! It's officially summer! Mikey got out of school yesterday. We decided the best way to kick off summer vacation is to go on a family camp out! We have a tent that hasn't seen much use for the past 3 years. We got it just after Mikey was born. We can probably count the number of times we've used it on one hand. I'm getting so stoked for this trip though. We set up the tent in the backyard to make sure it was in good working order. It's ready to go! We got it all folded back up and in the Garage until Daddy's weekend. His weekend is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. So the soonest we can camp out is next week. I just checked the weather forcast and it's going to be nice and sunny. Time to go dig out my camping gear. I'm PUMPED!
So....I haven't been able to get one any of my blogs because I have the worst memory in a million years...but I've now refound the password to this one so hopefully we'll get some bloggin done. I am quite tired of facebook. Yes, I realize the last post was ages ago so...here we go again. the Resurrection of my blog. lets get it started!