Saturday, November 30, 2013

Chippy Fussell

I wrote all of this a week ago and when I couldn't find it I realized I had saved it as a draft instead of posting it. I'm posting this straight from last Saturday So here you go!

-This is late at night, so I apologize. This morning I ran in my first 5k and tonight we bought a Christmas tree for the front room {we'll still cut down another tree next week}. We've had a busy and fun day and there's been no time for blogging!

In our house, we choose to do Elf on the Shelf. Apparently, some people are really weirded out by this. I've seen more than one comment on Facebook lately about people who say they will never ever have one of those things in their house. So if you choose to skip out on this tradition, that's fine. And if you're offended by it, then you don't have to read this. I bought Lincoln's elf last year and ended up not doing it with him because the closer we got to it the more I realized he wouldn't get anything out of it.

On Friday, I took Lincoln to see Santa! I decided that after I took him to see Santa that Santa would send an elf to our house for Lincoln. I had Santa tell Lincoln that he was going to send him an elf so Saturday morning we woke up and our elf was here! I asked Lincoln what he wanted to name his elf and he decided on Chippy {like the movie}.

So every Saturday I'm going to upload our Chippy pictures from the previous week.. Enjoy!

Saturday morning he was hiding on our Christmas tree in my room.
Sunday morning he was hanging out in Lincoln's stocking.
Morning morning he fed DoDo for us.
Tuesday morning he was sitting on the light in the kitchen.

Wednesday morning he was hanging out in the stable with Jesus.
Thursday morning he was hanging on the oven.
Friday morning he was in Lincoln's basketball goal {which I'm trying to sell, by the way. I need it gone by Christmas}.
And this morning {Saturday} he was hanging on my mom's Christmas tree in the kitchen."
Here are my posts from this week.
Chippy was on the firetruck ladder. {Linc thought this was hilarious.}

Riding on Horton.

Riding in the buggy.

Hiding in the pantry.

Riding on the horse.
I think this year I'll keep it simple with the places I hide him. Next year I might make them more creative and fun. But for now.. sitting on things is fine! Have an amazing Saturday!

Friday, November 29, 2013

High Five for Friday!

It's Friday, people! And my family is going to Douglas, Georgia today to cut down our tree! Yay! Isn't that wonderful! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving! Here are my five things!

{One} We took our Christmas card pictures on Monday and Lincoln was in a terrible mood and it rained. My hair looked like I hadn't brushed it all day {so cute, right?} by the end and Linc fell asleep as soon as we started driving. Pam Bell {who took his pictures} has put some on Facebook and I am loving them! Yay! Here's a preview!

If you'd like to see the others she posted you can see those here. And her website is here. She also posted a blog and Lincoln's pictures are the first ones on the page. You can see that here.
{Two} My WHOLE family hung out yesterday and we're spending the whole day together today. How awesome is that! It's a rarity that we're all in one place at once, so I'm so excited! Yay!
{Three} My sister, Lincoln, and I went to see Frozen on Wednesday. I have been talking about it non-stop. I realize it's 'technically' a kids movie but it's really not at all. It may be one of my new favorites. I've already bought the soundtrack. I may or may not be listening to it right now. You need to go see the movie. You need to buy the soundtrack and sing it around your house like we did yesterday. It's wonderful. You're welcome!
{Four} After you go see Frozen like I pushed you to suggested, you need to go read this blog post. Read it now, thank me later. It's amazing!
{Five} In the next few weeks we have a Christmas party, Disney World, my birthday, my moms birthday, and Christmas. I'm so dang excited. My heart is so happy!
I hope you have an amazing Friday and an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today's post is going to be my normal Thankful Thursday.. that I'm writing Wednesday night. Here's what I've been thankful for this past week.
Day 22: I'm thankful for the smell of real Christmas trees. I mean, really, you can't beat it.
Day 23: I'm thankful for the ability to exercise. I guess this goes along with my health that I talked about two weeks ago, but it's important to me. There are so many people who are missing limbs, or don't have the good health to be able to exercise. It's a blessing that I can run three miles whenever I want to.
Day 24: I'm thankful that God blesses me in spite of myself. I disobeyed God and yet He blessed me with Lincoln. I fail daily, and He still showers blessings on me. That is a loving God.
Day 25: I'm thankful for my relationship with my brother. He says I was "weird" in high school and I say he was mean. We didn't get along, at all. We have a better relationship now than we ever had and that is such a blessing.
Day 26: I'm thankful for forgiveness. I need to give it and I need to receive it and although I'm not so great at it, God's working on me.
Day 27: I'm thankful for Christmas lights. They just make me happy.
Day 28: I'm thankful for time spent with my whole family. It's a rarity that we're all in one place at the same time, so I'm so excited to spend the whole day with everyone tomorrow!
I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving and spending lots of time surrounded by your friends and family! God bless!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Our Visit with Santa!

A week ago, on Friday, my mom and I took Lincoln to the mall to see Santa. We took him during school hours so we were the only ones in line, and I just knew it would go wonderfully. Yeah right. As soon as Lincoln saw him, he wanted to get down. So we told Santa bye and left to get a pretzel. We had basically driven to Jacksonville to eat a pretzel..

I was going to let Lincoln ride on the train so we went to stand in line. After waiting about five minutes he decided he'd rather play in the kid area.

He looks SO old in this picture.
After playing for about 15 minutes we headed to Build-A-Bear. Lincoln's never been and since we had walked by three times, we decided to go make something. Linc decided to make Rudolph.
Picking out Rudolph's clothes.
He was SO excited to carry Rudolph around.
When we went the first time to see Santa, they said we could try to come back later and get a picture if we wanted. I asked Lincoln if he wanted to show Santa his Rudolph and he said yes.. So away to Santa we went {again!}. And this time was much better! He still wouldn't take a picture by himself, but we did get a few pictures!
It's not quite as scary if Momma holds me.

So proud of his Rudolph!
He LOVES Rudolph. So so much!
Then we headed to Hobby Lobby.. Aka, our favorite store!
And then we took the cutest picture in the world. My new favorite picture. I know, I know.. I say that once a week. But it's true!
I hope your children's visit with Santa goes well this year. Sometimes it takes Rudolph's red nose to help build up some courage! Happy Sunday, friends!

Friday, November 22, 2013

High Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! Here are my five things this week!

{One} My brother will be home in SIX days! I am SO excited. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it at least five times on the blog lately. I love my brother and don't get to see him nearly enough, so it's awesome that he'll be home for Thanksgiving! It's almost time to go to Douglas and pick out a Christmas tree!!!!!

{Two} I found this week and may or may not have spent a long time reading old posts. I came across this post and this post and just loved them immediately. Please girls, go check them both out! They are so so good.

{Three} OUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ARE UP!!!!!!!!!! I really felt like that deserved capital letters and a lot of explanation points. Just go with it. Now all we're missing is the lights outside and the two Christmas trees inside!

{Four} The other day Lincoln had a friend over and wasn't being very nice so my mom asked him "Are you being sweet?" He looked at me with the saddest face and said, "Momma! She not ask me if I be sweet! YOU ask me if I be sweet!" We tried to hide our laughter so he wouldn't think he could get away with it. {Yes. I let him know that she's allowed to ask him that.. Once I stopped laughing.}

{Five} Linc has decided that before bed he wants me to sing him songs.. But not real songs. Songs about random topics that I have to make up. Last night I sang about our car, Christmas lights, our fan, my jacket, a tree, the color green, the color pink, my dresser, and Lincoln's blue toy. And he asked me to sing them "real pretty." Obviously he isn't aware that his mom doesn't have a "real pretty" voice.

Are you getting so excited for Thanksgiving?! What are some of your traditions?? Have an amazing Friday, friends!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Husband will Never Complete Me

I believe in love. I love fairytales and happily ever afters. I love movies like The Notebook because somewhere in my brain I really do believe that when marriages are played out by God's standards, they can be our beautiful happily ever afters. I'll go a step further and admit I am that girl who sits smiling {unbeknownst to me} stupidly at the screen/pages as I watch/read about two people falling in love.

But somewhere down the road of pretty rings, lace dresses, and adorable ring bearers, our society twisted our views on marriage and the role of the person that we marry.

Entirely too often I hear people say, "He/she completes me." Hold up. I'm sorry. Were you not whole to start with? You were incomplete all of those years of singleness? I must be missing something. Does that mean I'm incomplete right now? The more and more I think about that statement, the more I realize how ridiculous it is. {Please, future husband, never say those words to me.}

The truth is, we've fallen captive to the thought that somehow our lives and our being starts when we get married. When we find that person, then we can do great things. Then we can be who it is God has called us to be. But what about the years that we're single? Do they not have any meaning? Are we supposed to wait, completely discontent with being alone? I don't think so.

God has called us to be His in our childhood, our teenage years, our 20s, our 30s.. and so on regardless of our marital status. He calls us to be whole in Him, to find our worth in Him, before that person comes along. So often we {especially women} say things like, "I can't really make a difference right now, but when I get married I'll be able to do this, this, and this." Your worth is not tied up in your future spouse, is it tied up in what Christ did for you on the cross. And when we know this and understand it, we find our worth long before that person arrives.

When we expect our spouse to complete us, we put an incredibly heavy burden on their shoulders. We begin to idolize the person, instead of idolizing God. They literally become everything in our lives, and we put the God who saved us on the back burner. In every way, your spouse should complement you. They should lift you up, they should love you with action, and they should spend their lives learning how to love you more every day. But never should they complete you. Because the truth us, it's not our spouses job to complete us. The Creator completed us; that role is already filled.

It's much like having kids. Just because we don't have children doesn't mean we're not complete and can't do incredible things. We may want children, pray for them, and hope to have them one day, but the absence of children does not make us incomplete. When we realize who God is and the completeness we have in Him, the beauty of the love he brings us is that much more radiant. The beauty is that a holy God would allow us to know His love so that we can better love and serve our spouses.

So future husband, you can complement me, but you'll never complete me.

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday, friends! Here are the things I've been thankful for this week!

Day 15: I'm thankful my car. It's paid off, it's the perfect height, and it doesn't guzzle {too much} gas. It's a blessing that I take for granted on a daily basis.

Day 16: I'm thankful for Lincoln's obedience. When I went to pick Lincoln up from his class at church on Sunday, the woman there bragged about how great he was. It also happened Tuesday night at church. It's one thing to brag on how well behaved and well mannered your child is, it's another when other people do it.

Day 17: I'm thankful for blogging. I like being able to document all that Lincoln is doing and I love being able to write down what God is speaking to me about. The friendships I've made through blogging are so great, too!

Day 18: I'm thankful for grace. I need grace daily. To be loved by a God who knows I mess up constantly, and still loves and forgives me is incredible. And to know that despite the fact that I deserve hell, and God has given me the choice to go to Heaven, that's unfathomable.

Day 19: I'm thankful for coffee creamer. What would coffee be without creamer?? All you black coffee drinking people, don't judge.

Day 20: I'm thankful for the opportunity to go to school. I understand that many people in my situation don't have the blessing to go to college and I don't take that lightly.

Day 21: I'm thankful for God conversations. Yesterday I was in Starbucks studying while Linc was at school and someone I haven't seen in quite a while walked in and we got on the subject of how Lincoln was a God sent blessing and all the amazing things that God is doing. Conversations like that always put me in a good mood. It's such a sweet time when we get to proclaim what amazing things God has done and is doing!

And I'm always thankful for this sweet boy.

Thanksgiving is in one week! How is time moving so fast?? What are you thankful for today??

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Spooktacular at the Zoo

Before I upload all the pictures and write about this event.. I should say that we basically paid a whole lot of money for Lincoln to see Santa. Seriously. That was his favorite part. I think over all it was okay. I might take Lincoln back next year, but maybe not. For one, it was one way and the crowd was huge. It was also dark. Considering how crazy people are getting, I kept a hand on Lincoln the whole time and worried terribly about him being abducted. That sounds silly written out, but it's true. In the middle of the whole event, there was a place with bounce houses and the one Lincoln went in, I couldn't see him unless I was at the opening and it was dark so anyone could've taken him and me not known it. Needless to say, we didn't stay at that part long. My mom, dad, and sister went with us.

I'm sorry but I didn't get many pictures. The ones I did get are from the beginning. As time went on it got dark and I was paying more attention to making sure he didn't get lost or run off.

At the very beginning they had these characters. Linc gave this one a high five.

He's really into the picture taking, obviously.

There was a crazy person in front of my sister.

Yeah. That's all the pictures I got. I wish I had a picture of Lincoln and Santa. Maybe next year if we go he'll get more out of it. It was fun though. It's always fun to be with family and to do new things together. Tomorrow I will have Thankful Thursday up! Have an amazing night!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall Party

Lincoln had his Fall party forever ago. Seriously though, back in Halloween he had a Fall party and next week is his Thanksgiving party, so I figured I might as well blog about it before I'm two parties behind. For their Fall party, his class got to wear their costumes. I was a little nervous that he wouldn't wear his so I sent a Halloween shirt, too, just in case. He ended up wearing his outfit all day!
Spider-Man is hard to catch, apparently.
Trying to get him to sit still. {This trampoline is one of the best presents I've ever given Linc.}
"Mom, I really don't want you to take a picture."
I made Linc sit down in the foyer to take a picture. Yep. I'm THAT mom.
Right after the kids sat down Lincoln raised his hand and said "I want a cupcake!" How that boy knew there were going to be cupcakes, I have no idea!
Lincoln's table at school.
Lincoln and Foster {boy to the left of Linc} were the last ones eating. They were loving the food! {Aren't the plates and napkins cute? That's what I brought.}
Happy boy!
I let Linc play after school on the playground.
It was a good party and it was so sweet to see Linc interact with the kids in his class. I'm excited to be able to go to his party on Monday, also. I'm working on another Halloween post.. I'm awful, I know. But it should be up sometime this week! Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!