Thursday, September 15, 2011


No pictures today. Instead all of my pictures are memories. Today, when I started my day the weather was a little overcast, can feel that fall is on its way. After getting the kids off to school I came home cracked some windows, sprayed some clorox to get some cleaning done and was transported back in time. I was a little girl again, in my room playing. My mom is on her usual cleaning spree (hence the clorox smell) I can hear the vacuum cleaner going next door in the den and the tv is on to All My Children. I am sure that if I rounded the corner I would probably see the ironing board set up with a laundry basket beside it...In my room I see my cream colored four poster bed that I think every little girl my age had, it has perfectly placed lacy pillows against the headboard. I can hear the helicopters from Ft Rucker flying overhead...

Memories are such a precious thing that God has given us. My mom passed away 13 years ago but thanks to my memories I can go back and remember her and so many others that we have lost along the way. Today I am thankful, thankful for my many blessings, thankful for my memories.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy and dirty baby!

Yum...homemade ice cream!

Caleb was decorating his bike for the children's parade

Clay Jr. decorated Emma James' bike for the parade and pushed her in it.

Some of the best friends a girl could ask for!

Emma James didn't really care about the fireworks, she just wanted to go to sleep!

Most of the kids in the pool watching the fireworks

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A camping we will go...

We went to Deerlick for Memorial Day weekend and had a great time with lots of friends, food and just plain fun...

A hard day of camping for Sarah Elizabeth...

Emma James loved the watermelon...

These two pictures include Caleb who was very hard to photograph because he was gone on his bike constantly!!

Again, she was asleep! She wore herself out completely!

Emma James again with watermelon but a different camping trip...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

All Stars!

Caleb made All Stars!! We are so proud of our little baseball player!

Shark Tooth Creek

The last field trip of 2nd grade for Caleb was to Shark Tooth Creek. I was able to go on this one and we had a wonderful time! Although I can't believe I was able to walk through that water and not freak out! Caleb had no problem with it, I guess that's a boy for ya...

Friday, December 17, 2010

up to date

Well I am obviously not very good about updating this blog! Ha! Life gets kinda crazy around our house!

Emma James...
Our wonderful surprise, she is 11 months old and crawling around like crazy! She is such an amazing blessing! She has cut 6 teeth and is learning how to stand on her own(not holding on to anything to pull herself up with!) She is such a delight, always happy, sleeps like a dream and has since she was 8 weeks old!

Sarah Elizabeth...
My precious drama queen! She is so much fun! My only blue eyed child is taking dance once a week and really loves it! She is so smart and funny, I always have the pleasure of hearing about her latest antics from her teachers at church! She is teaching me to "chill out" and enjoy life!

My sweet lovable first born and only boy! I LOVE having a little boy! He is an awesome big brother full of life, love and happiness! I am constantly amazed and challenged by my highly spirited sweetie! I cherish those rare moments when he will slip in my arms and give me a big hug! Sadly, those days are fewer and farther between, but I am always pleased when he is willing to show the tender side that still resides in that precious child.

Caleb is still attending West Alabama Christian and is in the 2nd Grade. I am so thankful for the opportunity he has to learn about our world from a Godly prespective. The school has proven to be the perfect place for him, he is being challenged both through education and his spirituality. Dont' think your child is ever too young to be exposed or to experience Christ in their lives! I am amazed at his knowledge and love for our God!

Christmas is in the air!!

I love Christmas and everything that goes along with it! I love the music, smells, stories, traditions...It can be a very difficult time for me as well. I am so blessed in that, although I miss loved ones more this time of year than any other, I have the opportunity to experience pure joy through and with my children and family. I have the hope of eternal life and because of this I know I will see my loved ones again. I get to tell my children stories of Christmases past when those loved ones were here and they get to see me smile at the memories. I pray that they see the peace I have that comes directly from Christ, so that they will also have that peace.

Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

catching up

WE HAD A BABY!!!!!!!

Well, 6 months ago we did...

Emma James Parten was born on January 6th at about 4:30 in the morning...AT HOME!!! She has been a surprise to us from the moment we found out I was pregnant and her birth was no different! We were blessed that her arrival was very easy and uncomplicated! Marcus actually "caught" her! She has been a wonderful baby and we have been blessed beyond measure to have her in our lives!

Caleb has completed the 1st grade and will be entering 2nd grade with Mrs Farmer in August! He moved up to the 7-8 year old baseball league this year and played pitcher. His batting is awesome! This summer Marcus and Caleb are working on his fielding and he is doing great! He LOVES to play dress up, mostly he dresses up as Peter from The Chronicles of Narnia! He always asks why we didn't name him Peter!

Sarah Elizabeth is 3 years old and beautiful! She participated in a dance class for the first time this year and was precious in her little outfit! She is SO smart! She is learning to read, she could probably read novels by now if I would take more time to teach her!