Saturday, March 30, 2013


Not sure how but she's nine.  Time has flown.

Favorite Color:Blue
Favorite Toy: The play set

Favorite Fruit: Oranges
Favorite TV show: True Jackson VP

Favorite outfit: Jean and a T
Fave animal: dogs

Favorite songs: Chris Tomlin
Fave friends: Abby and Lily

Fave cereal: Cornflakes
Favorite thing to do outside: play on the playset

Favorite Drink: Dr. Pepper
Fave Holiday: Easter

What do you take to bed at night: Lamby and mini lamb
What is your favorite breakfast food: donuts

What do you want for dinner on your birthday: Macaroni Grille
What do you want to be when you grow up: A teacher, a nurse, or a babysitter

Advent Wreath

For Christmas this year we really wanted to reach out to our neighbors.  So we made advent calendars for them and took delivered them door to door.  It was quite the undertaking but it was fun to do!  We got the idea from our friend Denise, and she got it from the Happy Home Fairy.  

Friday, March 29, 2013


We had our first sleepover birthday party for Gracie's birthday this year. The girls did great.

We decorated gingerbread houses and cupcakes....

But the girls were so full from eating candy from the houses that they ate their cupcakes for breakfast the next morning!

Happy Birthday Gracie!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hands Free

Life is about balance...and here is the other side of the post I wrote the other day on guilt...

There is guilt, which is not of the Lord and then there is godly conviction.  Like when God lays on your heart that you need to change in an area. He does this to me all the time. And this area of cell phone/computer use is definitely an area where I need to keep a check.  I am running two businesses and of course love staying in touch with friends and family throughout the day so these things can consume all my time if I let them.  It is a struggle to keep the Gibson girls and my man my priority.

About a year ago, a friend posted a link on facebook to a blog called Hands Free Mama. Boy, her motto is "Letting grasp what really matters."  It is such a good reminder to put my phone down and engage my children on a regular basis. They are what matters most.  I do have to be careful reading her stuff, balancing Godly conviction with ungodly guilt, but I love her Hands Free Pledge.  And over the past few months I have tried to practice this list.  Just to be honest...I still have a long ways to go in accomplishing it.

I’m going Hands Free. I want to make memories, not to-do-lists. I want to feel the squeeze of my daughter's arms, not the pressure of over-commitment. I want to get lost in conversation with my spouse, not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails. I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by extracurricular commitments that steal my joy. I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages. I am letting go of distraction, disconnection, and perfection to live a life that simply, so very simply, consists of what really matters. I’m going Hands Free. And if this sounds like a life you want to start living, come along.

I can't find the list on her site:(  I will keep looking but here is the gist of it...

It involves not being on your phone when there are connection times with your kids that 

are big. Like, on the way to school, when you pick them up in the afternoons, dinner time.  

Seize those times to be with your kids and engage them.

I did find this:

For those who are new to this journey, I provide some clarification about living “Hands Free.”
Living “Hands Free” does not mean:
-Giving up your electronic devices/technology 
-Giving up your work time, job responsibilities, and home duties
-Giving up “me” time or much needed adult alone time
-And it does not mean staring at your children 24 hours a day and never leaving their sides.
Living “Hands Free” means temporarily letting go of external or internal distraction (i.e.; phone, computer, unrealistic standards, perfection) to be fully present with someone or something meaningful in one’s life.
All day long, we have choices on how we spend our time. When you begin to develop a “Hands Free” mentality, you become mindful of these choices.
For example, you might find yourself asking:
Could this (phone call, work assignment, Facebook status update) be done later?
Could this (laundry folding, car washing, house cleaning, dinner preparation) be done as a family?
Sometimes the answer will be NO. That is life. As adults, sometimes we must do what we need to do.
But other times, you will find yourself saying, “Right now, I see an opportunity to connect with my child/loved one and that is the most important thing I must do right now.”
Whether you are able to let go of distraction for 10 minutes, two hours, or an entire day, meaningful connection can occur in that precious time.
And for the record, I have never regretted the choice to let of distraction and go “Hands Free.” In fact, I am always grateful I made the choice to connect to what really matters.

For me, here's what I've sought to do:

-Have my quiet time in the mornings before my kids are awake so that once they are up I 

am more available for them.

-Not be on my phone while dropping off or picking the girls up from school

-Watch more Dora and Nick Jr and play outside with Reese

-Work more at night than during the day

-Stop obsessing over my need to have every email, fb status, and blog post read before I can 

go to bed.  (I know, that's completely ridiculous.  But for this type A girl, I like it to be 

complete. all.the.way.)

-read more books with the girls

-start preschool fun with Reese (she is hilarious with this of course)

You can pray for me in this area if you think about it.  It's such an area for satan to use 

guilt.  But I want to be able to hear my Heavenly Father's voice when He is bringing Godly 


Thursday, March 7, 2013


A week ago I started writing out a post that is raw for me and involves what God has been teaching me this year.  It includes the word that I believe the Lord gave me for this year and how he has already been calling me to exercise that word.  But I can't seem to finish it.  Then today, I read a FB post by my friend Carrie.  And oh it was on this topic...


That word. It plagues me. This is the definition from wikipedia: Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation.[1] It is closely related to the concept of remorse.

Does anyone hear me?  Mom guilt. I don't live up to this person's standard, that persons idea of the mom I should be, I am not a good enough wife, I don't cook enough, I just spent too much money, I travel too much...the list goes on and on.  Well it's SIN and it needs to STOP. The guilt needs to stop.  WHY do we do this to ourselves? Why do I do this to myself?  I am here to please One and One only,My FATHER GOD.  He loves me and sees me as perfect.  Whew!! Why do I feel guilty then?  Because I lose sight of the ONE I am supposed to please. 

For far too long I have been so entrenched in guilt that I haven't been able to see the cross. The see my Lord's finished work for me.  I cannot serve two masters! "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and man." Matthew 6:24

I am totally convinced that guilt is one of satan's most powerful tools to keep us from our heavenly father who loves us and accepts us just as we are. Do you see the, "or not" part of the definition?  A lot of the time, satan makes me feel guilty for stuff where there is no foundation! I am going to stop giving him this power.  

Today was a rough day. I was giving into guilt a lot. Thankfully, God has provided friends here to encourage me in the truth and to pray with me.  Friends are such a means of grace.  And so is God's Word.  

I want you to go and read this post



It's Tradition to take Christmas Card Pictures on Thanksgiving...

Meemaw with all of her greats!

We are blessed:)


Even though I can't find the kids birthday party pictures, and various other things from the month of August, I did, believe it or not, ask her questions...

So here you go...From the mouth of babe Reese:

1.What is your favorite color?  Geen...(green)
2. What is your favorite toy? The mote (remote), painting, and baby dolls
3. What is your favorite fruit? gapes
4. What is your favorite TV show? Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
5. What do you eat for lunch? hotdogs and blue berries (don't hate, they're applegate farms)
6. What is your favorite outfit? purple boots
7. What is your favorite snack? cackers
8. Who is your best friend? La la (her aunt)
9. What is your favorite cereal? Dora  (she's only had this once?)
10. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump on the trampoline
11. What is your favorite drink? OJ
12. What do you take to bed at night? her doll and scarf
13. What is your favorite breakfast food? She said, "I'm not sure." But it's eggs
14. What did you have for dinner on your birthday? A puccake
15. What do you want to be when you grow up? nufhin

Oh this kid!! She is something else.

Some of my favorite lines she says....If she is in trouble, which is often, and she has to ask for forgiveness, she says, "Sorry, I forgive you."

"Mommy, I wuv you the best day evuh"

"I wike you" (like)

And she is constantly asking us if we like her.  Not do we love her, that's not good enough, we have to say we like her.  It's a little disturbing actually:)

These are literally straight off of my iPhone....

Reese and her buddy Goshua (Joshua)

So sweet when sleeping

Girlfriend LOVES the water

This pic is really from her birthday!!:) yeah, the blurry one!