Saturday, May 22, 2010

My sweet Lil






She's getting so big!
I love watching her grow, though, and getting to see how she lives life with all the LORD's given her is beautiful.
I just love her.














That little country kid







There's just something about puddles!


*SMILE*




Everybody's doing it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Just how things go

I love how in our home, "What am I gonna do with you?" isn't a rhetorical question...

We all grow up knowing the answer and it comes out without us even thinking, anymore.

"Love me and keep me foh-evah!"

***
I love it here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Baby blue...

... like the Colorado skies."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, he praises her..

Though I'll never be able to put into words the love I have for Mommy, I can try and give a little bit of the big picture....

***

She is my best friend.
I have never had someone I can share my feelings with more freely. She always listens when I need her to. She's there when I need someone to cry with, and she's always ready to laugh with me afterwards!

We really are very different, yet we're exactly what the other needs! She is teaching me to manage my time well, and I couldn't ask for a better teacher!
Through all of the trials the LORD has brought, she is learning to trust Him even more. And by doing so, she's teaching me to do the same! When I hurt, she and Daddy remind me of God's sovereignty. They remind me that God ordained what we're going through, and that He's molding us through the pain.

She is the helpmeet God made for Daddy, and he loves her with all his heart.

Proverbs 31:11-12
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of his life.

She stays at home, teaches, and loves us, while being productive in her home business! We're so grateful and blessed that she's honoring the LORD with this choice. I'm learning from her experiences, and she's helping me make good investments.

31:16-18
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings, she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

Her patience with my me and my brothers and sister is amazing! She guides us with gentleness and encouragement. Love suffers long.

She doesn't pretend to be perfect, while always trying to be the best example to us. She reminds me that God designed my heart, that He made me who I am. While reminding me that I need to always be striving to honor Him, giving Him the glory, and repenting when I fall, she tells me to just be Rachel!

I love you more than I could ever tell you, Mommy. I am forever grateful God sent me to you and Daddy. Thank you!

How we celebrated Mother's Day....


So, for Mother's Day, we got to spend the day with some of our best friends! We had planned to go to Champps, a restaurant that was offering a really good deal for the special occasion, and were very happy when the Giedds could go with us! (So, of course we dragged James with us... =)


Champps is in the Shops at Briargate plaza, so while we waited for a table, we got to walk around there. Which! happens to be a certain some one's *cough cough, Mandie's* favorite.


First on the list was Starbucks! Up until May 16th, they're doing a happy hour on their frappacinos, from 3-5:00. This is good info, people!



Yeah, I really don't get why they're all frowning in this picture. Don't they know where they are?!


And, of course, Adam was one of the highlights.





After our frappacinos, Kyle, James, and I went to the Apple store and ended up playing with the new iPad. Which, I will admit to thinking was stupid.... up until I played on it....

And to top it off, I beat the boys at TapTap! *triumph*






Adam *loves* Daddy. And.... sucking on his sunglasses....








Ha! Kyle's reaction to Daniel's corndog gun-

"You're kidding me."








Tic Tac Toe- just one of the reasons Daniel likes James so much!




Kyle and James being..... Kyle and.... James...




Elise just loves these little boys so much! And I have a feeling, they kinda like her too....


We had a wonderful day celebrating Mommy and Mrs. Giedd. They're beautiful and priceless treasures sent from the LORD. They mean more to us than they'll ever know!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More pottery, more paint..

Wednesday, we went to a new pottery place for our art class. It was bright and fun, but I didn't like it half as much as I do Puttin' On the Paint! Besides, how could I prefer regular old "town" to my Old Colorado City?



Most of these pictures are of people and not pottery, because I do believe a special day comes this Sunday, mmmm? Wouldn't want to give away any surprises....




Mrs. Inman was painting a goblet for Lindsey and Garrett's wedding. It was perfectly dramatic, and very beautiful. I can't wait to see it glazed!



The only way I can get a real smile out of Daniel, is by telling him a joke while I take the picture! After using up the good 3 jokes I know, I thought I should probably borrow a joke book from Justin! It doesn't matter if it makes sense or is even funny! If it's remotely ridiculous, Daniel will happily laugh. Just look at the picture!
He and Lily love being silly together. Aren't they sweet??





My goofy. :)



And Mommy, no fair clicking on this picture and enlarging it! I just had to put this in, though... He was having such a good time! Normally, it takes a lot to get him into whatever art project we're doing. But not this time; he knew exactly what colors and design he thought Mommy would like!



But He can only sit still for so long!


About now he started to hit the loopy point....


Yeah, there's no turning back now!


Monday, May 3, 2010