Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happy 20th Anniversary!!

David and I are celebrating 20 years of marriage today!!!

I honestly can't believe it has been twenty years.
This photo was taken a few months after we got married
and I moved to Hawaii.

This is my absolute favorite photo of us. It was taken
a month maybe (?) after we met. (Whew, have mercy,
those eyes still get me......)

We got married at my little home town church in Alabama.

Our 5th anniversary was spent at Community Bible Church's
 Annual Oyster Roast in Beaufort, SC;

Our 10th anniversary was spent bringing home our 6th baby, 
Tristan, from the hospital in Columbia, SC;

Our 15th anniversary was spent driving across country
on our move to Oklahoma;

Our 20th is being spent working, homeschooling 
and then serving in Awana.

What will we be doing for our 25th?
I can't even imagine.

And, in case you're wondering how it all began......

I often think, "Twenty years just isn't long enough." We are at the point now where we just "get" each other. We each know what the other is thinking. We've figured out all the little habits and nuances of each other and I just enjoy being married to him. I enjoy the comfort of knowing all about him and the fact that he knows all about me. I pray everyday that the Lord would keep us together for many, many more years.

I think love is definitely a choice, and, after you've made that choice, it is work to keep loving.

But, I tell you what, the choice to keep loving is SO WORTH IT.

So many people enter into marriage expecting the other person to make them happy. And, expecting to selfishly get from the relationship instead of give. If that's what you think, I'll tell you right now,


People are human. They disappoint. They are frustrating and difficult. You can't control another person, but you CAN CONTROL YOURSELF.

You can choose to love and serve your husband and you can choose to be happy about it.

Now, I'm not saying you have to be stuck in a miserable marriage and just be happy about it and endure it. I'm saying, if you are in a miserable marriage, have you considered why? Have you considered the reason you aren't happy is because of you, not him?

You control how your react when your husband does something to frustrate you. You control how you react in an argument. You control expectations. Especially unrealistic ones.

Get control over yourself and you just may find that your husband makes you happy after all!

Some things that I choose to love about my husband..........

He can be gruff, but has a tender heart.

He is a protector. He is a supporter.

He is generous. Very generous.

He will try and make me laugh when I am stressed.

He has different interests than I have.

He enjoys talking to people. Anytime. Anywhere.

There are many, many more things that I love and appreciate about David. And in spite of all of my failings and disappointments, I know that he loves and appreciates me, too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Thomas and Tristan!

Our Birthday-palooza starts on February 12! Thomas turned 8 this year! 

Bethany and Brooke made him a Slugterra cake.

I wrapped up eight presents and had him open up
one every hour from lunchtime til 8 pm.
Bailey said she wanted to do the exact same thing only 
she wants to open all of her presents at
the same time. Ha!

Next up was Tristan's birthday on February 23rd. He turned TEN this year!

He was excited because this was the first
year it had snowed on his birthday.

Bethany and Brooke made him a Minecraft cake
and we took him to see Big Hero Six at the dollar theater.

The two of them got a little birthday money and I 
think they want to go to the store today and find
a new video game. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Musings

Just a few Sanchez kidisms...........

Brennan (2):  "I have a butter winich?" (peanut butter sandwich)

Bailey (5): "Brennan got into my san hanitizer." (hand sanitizer)

Trace (8 months) knows how to lean forward and give a smooch. So cute.

Tristan (9) bursting into song "Mom, OOOOOHHHHH, the weather outside is..........really nice so can we go outside and play?"  (Instead of doing math, but hey, who can pass up 75 degrees in January?)

Travis (4) has an imaginary friend named "Brat". (Fitting.) Anyway, our children's pastor knows this and asked him if Brat had come to church this morning. Travis looks at him with a completely straight face and said, "No. He had a dentist appointment."

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Post Where I Finally Wrap up Christmas Mid January

I am just now getting life back in order from the holidays. I would say "normal", but what is normal anyway? I guess that means starting back to homeschool and regular routine. And, while I am usually ready to take down Christmas decorations on Christmas Day becauseeverythingisbrokenbythen, this year I waited until after New Year's.  I think maybe because I just wasn't ready for Christmas to be over. I'm not sure it had really even mentally registered that it was already, in fact, Christmas. I think somewhere in the back of my mind we are still somewhere in SEPTEMBER.

Over Christmas we had some very close friends come and visit during their move across country. They are the type of friends that you can go years without seeing, but pick back up right where you left off. We've known them for going on 15 years.

We had a great visit even though they had some illness going on. The kids enjoyed swimming in the hotel pool and playing games on Christmas day. I so enjoyed just visiting and soaking up the friendship and encouragement.

I actually got Christmas pictures made this year. It's always so hard to have all the kids together while dressed decently when we aren't flying out the door to get to church on time or something.

The boys.....

The girls......

The littles.........

The middles......

The bigs........

The "go ahead and act crazy" picture......

The crazy apparently never stopped.......

Right before singing on stage for the hanging of the green....

And, remember, it's impossible to take a normal picture with him.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Dream

Two nights ago I had a terrible dream. Normally I don't have bad dreams, but I always have weird dreams.

And for some reason, I don't like to hear other people recount their dreams. At all.

But, I'm going to do it here anyway.

So, in my dream we were living in some different house with a basement. The tornado sirens went off and I looked out the window, and sure enough, there was a huge tornado coming right for the house!

I yelled out to David and the kids to run down to the basement and FAST, but they all ignored me.

You know sometimes in dreams when you try to yell and sound urgent, but all that comes out is a whisper or sometimes you can't get anything out at all? That's what happened.

I was trying to SCREAM to my family to HURRY to the basement and I felt like the louder I tried to tell them, the more they didn't listen to me.

FINALLY, I was able to convince some of them to go downstairs, but the rest of them (and I especially remember Timothy for some reason) just stood there with blank looks on their faces. 

And, then I woke up.

It really upset me and I was just laying there all torn up about it thinking, "WHY would they just stand there when a tornado is coming instead of listening to me and running to SAFETY?????

I've had a problem reining the kids back in from Christmas break, so that's probably why I dreamed that they weren't listening to me. And David agreed that was probably the case, but I even teared up when I was telling him about it. And, I don't like to spiritualize every single incident in life, but I've faced a few challenges in the last few months, and maybe God was showing me what I have a tendency to do-stand there and wait for the tornado to hit me instead of running to His safety.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Musings..........

Bailey (5): "Brennan's shirt is all wet.":

Me: "Well, I guess she just spilled something all over herself."

Bailey: "It's called water, Mom."

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Tour of Homes!

Well, I was debating whether to even join Kelly's Christmas Tour of Homes, because most of my Christmas decorations look like this......

or this.......


and then I decided I would just keep it real and join up anyway, with my headless Joseph and my blind owl.

I guess in the grand scheme of things perfect decorations aren't really that important. As long as my kids are celebrating Jesus, that's all that matters

But, I did make a wreath this year that I've managed to keep in one piece so far. It was my first attempt at a wreath and I LOVE how it turned out!

Michael's had their burlap on sale 3 for 1 and the ribbon 50% off, so with a good deal and a you tube tutorial.......success!

So, I made this book out of Christmas cards a few years ago and I brought it back out this year to read through. Each of the 26 days has a verse to correspond with a letter of the alphabet and an activity. We didn't stick to all of the activities, but did a few new things this year.
What we did new this year.........

Made Candy Cane Popcorn

Made Frozen Themed Muddy Buddies

Made The Easiest Christmas Candy

Went Ice Skating

All of these were things we would do again! It was the first time the kids had been ice skating and they were so tired, sore and had blisters, but they were asking to go back again next month!

An icy pig nose.......

Poor Travis couldn't stay upright and they didn't
have any of those little walker thingies, so he
was a little cold and wet.

Saturday night the older kids had their youth Christmas party at church. There was an ugly sweater competition and they all made their shirts. Bethany spent all week crocheting that Grinch vest.

All last week I have been taking the kids to do their secret Santa shopping for each other and Saturday morning Brittany and I drove up to Bartlesville for a friend's college graduation.

The good news is that I am DONE Christmas shopping except for one thing for one child! The bad news is that I ate all the Christmas tree cakes I bought for the kids' stockings.

Just keeping it real.

Merry Christmas!

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