Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Jenkins’ in Levelland, Texas.

This year has been full of joy for us! Ronnie stayed busy with several different projects, one of which included his dad’s old Bayliner. Last spring Ronnie started to remodel his dad’s old boat that hadn’t seen the water in over 5 years. He put in new floors, fixed the motor, added new seats, worked over 150 man hours, spent a lot of money, and voila…we had a boat we enjoyed all summer. Ronnie has enjoyed fishing in it this fall as well. Ronnie continues in his position as Farm Loan Manager with the Farm Service Agency. He traveled to Virginia this year for training and is expecting a busy loan season this spring. He worked a Walk to Emmaus in Stanton this September and a Kairos, a prison ministry, last July in Brownfield. I had the privilege to work it with Ronnie and spent my time at the church preparing meals for the inmates while Ronnie and the other men ministered on the inside through testimonies, good food, and over 1200 dozen cookies. Sunday we were all allowed to go in and listen to the closing ceremony. I was BLOWN AWAY by the presence of God in that place. The inmates had their own praise band that rocked the house; in a way I was envious of the freedom they had to worship so unashamedly. The inmates all took turns sharing about how God had touched their lives during the four day experience. In listening to each young man I realized I was standing in that room with 36 men who were once someone’s innocent baby boy…just like my baby boys.

I am still a stay-at-home mom with my two boys. I am teaching 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls on Wednesday nights at church and LOVING IT!!! God has led the girls in several mission projects this year. The girls raised enough money to send over 117 care packages to the troops in Iraq. Each box included a DVD of the girls singing to the troops, 30 letters, sunflower seeds, beef jerky, candy and magazines. But the most amazing part was that the girls received over 80 letters from the troops this summer in response to their project. I am looking forward to what God has in store for this year's "G.A.s Love The Troops" project and the commuity-wide Lock-In in January. Wednesdays are awesome because I also attend the Young Ladies Bible Study at 9:00 p.m. The girls in my class are a means of grace to me...who would have imagined I would have found so many true friends in such a small town. At the Walk to Emmaus in November, I had the privilege to give my testimony and be part of the prayer team. I was amazed the entire four days as I breathed in God’s presence and marveled at how faithful HE is. I wish I had the ability to put the experience into words, but every time I try it does not do God justice. This year I had the opportunity to share my testimony three times, and it is my heart’s desire to have more opportunities to share what God has done in my life with others. God is so good because I have been asked to speak with the young ladies at the FBC in Seminole this coming February. I covet your prayers for God’s wisdom and guidance in this venture.

Drew and Kade are growing like weeds and eating us out of house and home. Drew just turned four and is 44 inches tall and weighs 43 pounds. He loves tractors, trains, and sports. He has enjoyed the basketball “shoot” (a.k.a. goal) he was given for his birthday. He is a picky eater (except when it comes to sweets), but is now eating meat to grow his “mooscles”, so he can tackle and play Childress Bobcat football (his Uncle Sich and Aunt LaLa took him to a game in Childress this fall-HE LOVED IT!!!). I am hoping John Deere will start sending a paycheck to Drew because unknown to them he has become their new official spokesman. Drew is obsessed with John Deere. He only colors with green, eats the green gum balls first, and has asked Santa a million times for a John Deere tractor. I love so many of Drew’s characteristics one being his ability to make the most mundane task exciting. He is full of laughter and loves to sing. He loves to be outside playing with dirt or riding his new bike. His new favorite game is hide-and-seek…he tells me, “Mom, I hide; you count, okay?” It is not uncommon to hear Drew talking/praying out loud to God. Drew prays for us all to be strong and for all of the John Deere tractors and front-end loaders. If you ask him, he will tell you that God helped him find his beloved Sissy and Baby Bear at Wal-Mart when they were lost.

Kade Devoy will turn 2 on January 2nd. He weighs 32 pounds and 35 inches tall. Kade was sick most of last spring with RSV and upper respiratory viruses, but made a quick recovery due to his hefty appetite. I have never seen a kid who eats meat, vegetables, and “grown-up” food like Kade. He is my little sweetheart…he can charm anyone with those bright blue eyes and smile. When Kade smiles his little nose wrinkles up, and I melt. Kade is very tender-hearted...he is always kissing “boo boos” and holding my face in his hands. He loves to sing, laugh, and push his cars and tractors around. Organization and cleaning are two of Kade's favorite things to do. You can't take your shoes off because Kade will put them back on your feet before you have a chance to sit down . Kade has taken to always wearing Drew's shoes and a hat…this summer he was wearing Drew’s red Lightening McQueen Crocs and an orange hard hat. He can say Mama, Daddy, Bubba, one more, more juice, please, thank you, ball, where are you, etc. His favorite song is the “Name Song” and loves to be outside with his Bubba.
The boys and I are blessed to be able to spend our days at home. Kade and Drew love to ride their Gator behind our house in the cotton fields, make roads in their sand box, rake leaves, shoot hoops, visit their Nana/Pops and Nonni/PaPa, go to church, and help me shop at Wal-Mart. Lately they have become best of friends, but on occasion this past year I have felt the need to rent a referee jersey and a whistle.

This summer we didn’t get to go on any exciting vacations, but we did get to go to the lake a handful of times and Joyland in Lubbock. Ronnie and I did sneak off for our annual “weekend away” in College Station to attend the first Texas Aggie football game (and we have been in mourning over our team ever since). The highlight of our fall was our ride on the Polar Express Train that took us to the “North Pole” to see Santa. It was just like the book/movie. When we pulled up to the North Pole and I looked at the boys' faces I could not help but get misty-eyed. We enjoyed Thanksgiving in Paige with my parents and will be with Ronnie’s parents in Childress on Christmas Day!

We pray this Christmas you enjoy the true gift of knowing that God sent His Only son to die just for you and me. And everyone that believes in Him, will never die but have everlasting life.

Ronnie and I pray that God will do "exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think" in 2009!

Because God loved us first,
Ronnie, Dawn, Drew and Kade Jenkins

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My New "Salty" Sister

Hey bloggin' buddies...I want to introduce my new friend, Jerriann's, blog site. Go leave her a comment and make her day!

Monday, December 8, 2008

All Aboard the Polar Express

I know it might sound cheesy but the ride on the Polar Express was magical for all four of us.
We boarded the train at 5:30. Sitting on the lower deck was a plus because the train rocked back and forth a lot.

It was pretty chilly and I forgot all three of our jackets. I guess I will withdraw my application for the "Mother of the Year Award..." =)

Drew was just amazed standing by the train. He was a little frightened at first by how large it was.

The train took off to the "North Pole" at 6:00. During the 30 minutes it took us to arrive in Santa Town the attendants served us hot chocolate and cookies, music played from the Polar Express Movie, and someone read the book version of the Polar Express. During one of the songs I call "Hot Chocolate" Drew started dancing in the isle (just like they do in the movie)!
Once we arrived at the North Pole Santa and the elves boarded our train. Look at their faces waiting for Santa to get to our row....PRICELESS. In fact I cried from the time we arrived at the North Pole until Santa finished talking to Drew.
Drew told Santa he wanted a John Deere tractor. Santa asked what Kade wanted and Drew said, "He wants a tractor too...maybe with a front end loader."

Kade took a picture with our elf named, Cupcake. They were so entertaining. They danced with the kids and everything.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving in Paige, Texas

To quote my brother, Chad, this was one of the best Thanksgivings we've had in a long time!
It takes us 10 hours to get to Paige (population 100) from Levelland. We left at 6:30 an arrived at 4:30. My parents run a 100 acre Beefmaster ranch 10 miles outside Giddings, Texas, off of Highway 290.

We'd only been home 10 minutes when Chad took both boys for a tractor ride. They used the front-end loader to haul some sand...Drew was in heaven! It was so funny because while they were loading the sand, Drew's favorite song came on the radio, "Amarillo Sky". The song is about tractors of course!!

We went to Drew's second favorite place next- the pasture that houses all the round bales. He counts them, talks to them, and loves to use the tractor to put them out with Pops. This visit, Uncle Chad taught Drew how to jump and run on top of the hay bales. After getting a lot of help...I even made it on top of the hay bales. It reminded me of what Chad and I use to do growing up in the country. There wasn't much to do when you live 10 miles out of town, but we could always play with Biscuit(our old dog) jump on the trampoline, pet on the baby calves, and jump the hay bales.
Not a great picture, but Drew loved playing with Sophie!

Mom and the boys at sunset.

Kade helped Nana make "Pink Stuff" , most people call it Fruit Salad. It has Cool Whip, Crushed Pineapple, Cherry Pie Filling, Eagle Bran Milk, etc. He was mashing all the marshmallows with his chubby hands and then placing them one at a time in the bowl! I think some chefs call that "tenderizing" your food! =)

Both the boys helping Nana make pink stuff in their Christmas Jamies she bought them.

Chad and Drew showing off their "mooscles"!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Chritmas

My sweet, dear friend Kelsey sent this to me in an email...I thought it was so cute, so I had to put it in a post!!!
Here is the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends...
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I don't know...I prefer to receive and give wrapped gifts but I usually give more gifts in sacks due to lack of material and my poor ability to wrap.
2. Real tree or Artificial? artificial. I have always wanted a real tree, but have never had one. My brother, Chad, was allergic growing up.
3. When do you put up the tree? usually after Thanksgiving, but this year we put it up before Thanksgiving because of our busy schedule after Turkey Day (Polar Express the 5th, Christmas Dinner Theatre the 13th , and Christmas with my family at our house - the 20th)
4. When do you take the tree down? after New Year's
5. Do you like eggnog? Not at all...and I don't like Fruit Cake
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably the year I got a "real" baby doll...she looked and felt so real!
7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad, brother, and Ronnie
8. Easiest person to buy for? Drew and Kade
9. Do you have a nativity scene? yes...I bought two of them this year. One is for the boys. It has a book that goes with it and discusses each of the figurines...I also bought my first
(drum roll please......)
Willow Tree Nativity set. I love it, love it, love it. It will probably take 3 years to get all the pieces for it, but I have to start somewhere.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? usually mail (over 100 a year) but this year I am going to email my cards with a link to my blog. I will probably do a mail out next year and just flip/flop every other year.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I can't think of one
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November this year
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? haha - yes. Hey, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? If we are at Ronnie's parent - Pumpkin bread. At my parents - it's dressing
17. Favorite Christmas song? All of them! I started listening to Christmas music at the beginning of November
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We are stayint at our home for the first time this year then after Santa comes we will go to Ronnie's mom
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen AND Do you recall the most famous Reindeer of all... Rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We don't have either yet...we are looking for something that is just right.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? both...from family Christmas eve and Santa Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? People who aren't in the holiday spirit
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? anything that symbolizes a memory from the past (for example the year we remodeled our house in Seminole, Ronnie was given a Bob the Builder OR the ornament that is filled with bonfire ashes from the last bonfire that burned at A&M)
24. Who do you want to respong? Well I guess I tag Charla, Haylee, Amanda, Stephanie, Carly, Shannon, Holly, Nicole, Erin, Steph. T., and Laura D
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I would like some nice shirts, tall boots for church, and/or money
26. What color lights do you prefer? We have twinklin' white lights on the tree and white and red outside
27. Favorite Christmas memory? The year Ronnie and I met I was suppose to fly to Lubbock but a terrible ice storm hit and the flight was cancelled. Ronnie surprised me at my apartment in college station. I had never built a snow man, so Ronnie brought me a snow man in his ice chest.
28. Worst Christmas memory? Two years ago I spent Christmas in the hospital because of the preclamsia I had when I was expecting Kade. It was awful not spending Christmas with the Drew and Ronnie.
29. Favorite Christmas candy? Ronnie's is peanut patties and mine is probably chocolate covered peanuts.
30. Favorite family tradition - In my mom's family we play a lot of Rummie, 42, etc. I am hoping this Christmas to start some traditions with the boys.

Leave me a comment and share your favorite Christmas tradition.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I have never known a love like this!

Have you ever looked at something and thought to yourself, "I wish I could bottle up this moment. I wish I could bottle up the sound of their chests rising and falling, the smell of dirt and baby lotion marrying together, the feel of their sweet skin when I kiss them, the touch of their chubby little hands and cheeks, and the sight of two of the biggest miracles in my life touching each other."

I have never known a love like this!

Our neighbor Debbie took a picture of the cotton behind our house getting picked. I wish I could bottled up this moment as well...the excitement in Drew's face was priceless. I have never known a child to love John Deere so much. He prays for John Deere, he only colors with green, he eats all the green gum balls first.

I have never known a love like this!

There is nothing I wouldn't give my boys...
Play in the mud, why not? Sing "Jingle Bells" for the millionth time...I would love too!
Put the Christmas tree up before problem!
Let you wear an orange hard hat to church...what will it hurt?

I have never known a love like this!

But here is the thing Max Lucado's book "He Chose The Nails" has me thinking about... God loves me more!

It's a fact, I have never known a love like the one I have for Drew and Kade. It's the pounding of my heart, lump in my throat, goose bumps on my skin kind of love that started the day they were born. They couldn't offer me anything in return. All they did was cry and eat and poop, but woe be it to the person who tried to harm them. As soon as they were born I saw beauty...the wrinkled nose, the peeling red skin, the gooey bell button.

But God loves me more?
Romans 5:8 says, "But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."
When I was ugly and grotesque in my sin...God still loved me. In fact, He sent His only Son to be beaten, mocked, spit on, and nailed to a cross only to bear the shame of every one of my sins that was nailed to the cross with him. No, you might not have seen the list of wrongs, but they were there between his hand and the cross. His blood blotted each one of them out. Now I am no longer seperated from the Father.
I have never known a love like this!
I love Ronnie, my parents, Chad, Charla, my friends. I would like to think I would give my own life for them, but I could never sacrifice one of my boys for any of their lives. I just couldn't!
I have never known a love like this!

I would make any sacrifice gladly to for my boys because I love them. I love to give them gifts, there is just nothing like seeing their eyes light up with excitement and gratefulness. I will go without shoes, a new car, vacations, expensive make-up, etc gladly...just like the sacrifice my mom made when she went without braces for 27 years so my brother and I could have the priviledge to smile with perfectly straight teeth! There is no sacrifice to large to make for your price too high! Don't you agree?
Matthew 7:11 says, "If you hardhearted, sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won't your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them."
James 1:17 in the Message says, "Every desirable and beneficial gift comes from heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light."
Do we realize that every gift and blessing in our life is a cascade of light that reveals the heart of God, that reveals the face of God? Thanksgiving Day is remembering that our God is a giving God, a loving God, a compassionate God. His priceless gift did not come wrapped with a bow under the Christmas tree, but was nailed with love to a cross.
I have never known a love like this!
You want to know the best part? We don't have to bottle up this love and put it away. God makes his mercies new every morning. We can live it, breathe it, visit it, taste it, and smell the love every day!
I have never known a love like this!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

8 Things

Well I got tagged by my favorite SIL, Charla, so here goes!

8 Shows I Love to Watch:
1. Cold Case
2. Criminal Minds
3. O'Reilly Factor
4. Joyce Meyer
5. Jon and Kate Plus 8
6. Without a Trace
7. Biggest Loser
8. Bones

8 Restaurants I Love:
1. On The Border
2. Wings and More (In College Station)
3. Hunan's (in Giddings)
4. Pei Wei
5. Texas Land and Cattle Co.
6. Subway
7. KBOB's in Childress (Great Salad Wagon)
8. Kettle - I love their pancakes!!!

8 Things That Happened Today:
1. I woke up at 8:30 (I am blessed by boys that sleep in=)
2. Sang "Do Lord" with Kade...He can sing the song now. I sing "Do Lord, O do Lord, O do remember..." and He sings "Me". It is the cutest thing you have ever heard!
3. Made the boys breakfast (milk and cinnamon toast)
4. Did a load of laundry
5. Turned on my IPOD- I got an awesome new CD at our walk!!!
6. Did the dishes
7. Checked my email
8. Started the boys on a painting project

8 Things I am looking forward To:
1. Thanksgiving - I am going to my mom's
2. The Polar Express Train Ride - December 5th
3. Christmas shopping with Ronnie - December 6th
4. Aggie Basketball starting
5. Christmas Morning at our house with the boys- for the first time!
6. Beth Moore Conference in February
7. Sea World Vacation
8. Starting my project to refinish my old bedroom furniture for Kade's room. (I am going to distress it)- You can go check out his new bedding if you click here.

8 Things On My Wish List:
1. Getting new bedroom furniture this Spring - you can check it out on Pottery Barn- The Hudson Line
2. Getting to have more opportunities to speak and share my testimony
3. Our church is looking for a new preacher - I am praying for a man who is on fire for God and who is Spirit-filled!
4. A King-sized bed
5. A new camera
6. Building a house in the country soon!
7. New tenny-shoes
8. For our women's ministry at our church to explode (we are launching it next Spring)

8 People I tag to do this on their blog:
1. Nicole
2. Haylee
3. Holly
4. Amanda
5. Carly
6. Shannon
7. Brandi
8. Stephanie

Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Haylee

Today I just wanted to wish Haylee a Happy, Happy Birthday!

"Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday dear Haylee,

Happy Birthday to You!"

A few things I really admire about Haylee

1. I have never seen her without a smile on her face.

2. She loves her hubby, Chance.

3. She is an awesome, awesome Mom to Rayden and Casen.

4. She is always willing to help at a moments notice.

5. She is real, authentic, and genuine. What you see is what you get - and I appreciate that!

Feel free to go by her blog and leave her a birthday wish!

Living In the Overflow of God's Love

I just finished Max Lucado's book called A Love Worth Giving - I wanted to share a few revelations from his book!

Max says when we try to love people with out knowing how much God loves us it is like writing a check without making a deposit. The whole book is based on what 1 Corinthians 13 says about love, "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." Each chapter takes a look at the different aspects of love.

Points I liked:
1. Love is Kind- Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light." Max makes the point that in ancient Israel Farmers trained young oxen by yoking them to older ones - so the older ones could carry the load. Jesus is saying in this verse, "Dawn, let me carry your load. We are yoked together." Max asks, "I wonder how many burdens is Jesus carrying for us that we know nothing about?" There have been times this last year when something bad has happened and I have asked God, "You know, this should be hurting a lot more." It was like God was holding back the tidal wave of pain and only allowing me to be sprinkled with the mist. He is my burden carrier.

2. Love is not proud - Talk about a Christmas gift; when Jesus was born, Max writes, "He humbled himself. He went from commanding angels to sleeping in straw. From holding stars in his hand to clutching Mary's fingers. The palm that held the universe took a nail of a soldier. Why? Because that's what love does." Think about it...Christ who was there when the earth was formed reduced himself down to the size of a fertilized egg (invisible to the eye) only to wait in an unwed teenage mother's womb for 9 months for me and for you. "Amazing love how can it be,
that you my King would die for me.
Amazing love, I know that its true,
and its my joy to honor you in all I do."

3. Love is courteous - Jesus is a gentlemen! He tells you His name (Acts 2:38) and calls you by your name (John 10:3). Have you ever thought about it, Christ never barges in? He waits for you to invite him into your heart (Rev 3:20). When you pray Christ never interrupts you even though he knows everything you are going to say...even the things you don't say but think (Eph 3:20)

4. Love always protects - when Adam and Eve sinned they tried to cover themselves with fig leaves, but it wasn't enough.
"The Lord made clothes from animal skins for the man and his wife and dressed them." Eph 3:21
Just soak that in for a moment, God made the clothes and DRESSED THEM. You know I never realized that this was the first blood sacrifice that atoned for sin. God had to kill an innocent animal - one of Adam's best friends; he was the one that named all the animals. God was not angry with Adam and Even; he saw they were in need of covering, and he made the clothes. Then when the clothes were finished he didn't through them at their feet and kick them out of the garden, he dressed them - WOW! Some people see God as angry and a judge because he threw them out of the garden, but I believe that was his first act of grace. You see in the garden the trees Adam and Eve ate from would allow them to live forever. When they sinned it separated them from God. If they continued to eat from the trees of life, God would have no way of bringing them back to him because they would live forever in our sinful world. God sent them out of the garden, I bet he had tears in his eyes, but
Love always protects.

I highly recommend this book! I so wish you and I could sit across the table from each other and discuss it in length.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Welcome Neighbor's Grandbaby

Our good, good friends and next door neighbors saw their first grand baby today. Kate Ryann was born Friday the 7th weighing 7 oz to Kelly and Justin of Amarillo. We couldn't be happier for Debbie and Royce "Boyce"! They are such great surrogate grandparents to our boys...I can't wait to see them with Kate Ryann!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fall Fun

Drew and Kade enjoyed playing in the leaves outside today!

Kade was "tackling" the leaves.

Drew wanted to slide in the leaves. Then the boys decided they would be "steam-rollers" down the "mountain"!

Thanks Aunt "T" for our John Deere bears. The boys loved "building" them and they sleep with them every night!
Drew earned his first dollar today raking leaves.

We are trying to teach him that all money is God's money, so he put 10 cents in God's Jar!
I asked him what he was saving for and he said, "Hmm...chicken nuggets and a tractor!"

Monday, November 3, 2008

Random Updates

This is my brother, Chad, and some of his friends at a Halloween party. He is the one with orange on! Chad lives in Houston and works for Ryan & Company.
Funny things Drew is saying:
Last Thursday, Kade's ball rolled out in the street. Drew knows not to chase the ball so he held Kade back. When it rolled back to the drive way, Drew retrieved it for Kade. He was so proud of himself; he said, "I am a super hero...I can do anything "anyfing". Mom, I am so strong."
Then this morning he came to the kitchen and told me, "Mom, I brushed my teeth because I don't want my teeth to fall off."
The boys spent the weekend with their Daddy. Ronnie took them to Childress and I had two entire days to myself. I cleaned the house (and it stayed clean...amazing!!), worked on some Walk to Emmaus stuff, watched girlie movies, shopped in Lubbock, went to church, and slept. It was so great. Thank you Ronnie!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fall Festival

This was Jack in the making...I forgot to post it yesterday.
My two sweet boys. I wanted to take their pics and told Drew to take off his helmet. Kade followed suite. It amazes me when I watch Kade try to sit like Drew, jump like Drew, run like Drew, shoot like Drew. They are really starting to take on big brother/little brother roles and it warms my heart!

Tonight Drew and Kade dressed up for the Fall Festival at church. I wanted Kade to be a lion like Drew was when he was 1 1/2, but he was having none of the lion head piece. He wanted to wear his hard hat...go figure? So we added his overalls, a tool belt, and some tools and viola...we have our very own Kade the Carpenter.

Drew was a Aggie Football player again. Last minute he told me he wanted to be a tractor.
I said, "Okay, that sounds great you can be a farmer son!"
He replied, "No, I want to be a tractor...I want to be a John Deere Mom"

Due to the fact that I didn't know how/where to get a tractor costume last minute, I talked him into being a "strong Aggie football player."

Drew jumping on the "jump-o-leen" at the festival.

After the "jump-o-leen, Drew spotted a huge rock wall. He told me, "I wanna do that Mom." The man said the only rule was each climber had to weigh at least 40, it was a go for Drew. Here in the picture, Drew was getting ready to climb the rock wall. He made it about 7 foot up and decided that was high enough. I was so proud of him for wanting to try!

Kade using his tools in the his John Deere tool belt!

Meet Jack

Drew and Ronnie carved out our pumpkin last night. Drew told Ronnie he wanted circle eyes, rectangle nose, and a happy face. While Ronnie was carving the pumpkin, Drew and I planted the seeds behind the house. Then the boys got busy with the wheel barrow haulin' dirt to "make a road."
The other night I was cleaning the bath room while the boys were taking a bath. To buy some extra time, we got out the mud soap. The boys had a blast "painting" each other with the mud.

Kade kept trying to blow the candle out.
The boys and their new pumpkin friend, Jack!
Kade's new word is "boo" and he is constantly trying to hide. The other day I was getting their bath ready and could not find him. I almost broke into that crazy, howling mom cry when I saw his little chubby hand sticking out fr0om under his crib. The little stinker crawled under there and was being as quiet as a mouse.
Drew has had fun saying "p..p..kacon" (a.k.a. pecan) because our neighbors are sharing pecans that are falling off their tree with us. Drew's new thing to say anytime you ask him a question is...
"Sure, I can!" He definitely sounds like he is from the south when he says "sure".


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