Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in Pictures: November & December

November was a crazy, busy month. I do not have any good pictures from November. I left my camera at school a lot, including over Thanksgiving Break.

On November 5th, the Crimson Tide played "the game of the century" against LSU. They lost by 3 points in overtime. I'm not gonna lie I was so upset...we outplayed them; we should've beat them. Our shot at the national championship seemed to be over. We finished out the season strong and maintained our #2 ranking.

Our friends Joel, Heather, Josiah, and Grayson came from Arkansas to celebrate Thanksgiving with us at my sister Calli's new house. We had such a nice, relaxing day. This was the first year in 5 years I didn't host was so nice just to be able to sit and visit with Joel and Heather and my family.

In December, we walked through Journey through Bethlehem at our church.

Here's Lucas all bundled up before church.

We finally got our tree up and decorated about two weeks before Christmas. We also drove around and looked at Christmas lights that night.

Logan at Polar Express Day at school.

Logan with Mr. Gonzalez our media specialist on Polar Express Day.

 Sweet little Kaitlyn Olivia Argumaniz:

We celebrated Christmas early with Joshua's parents on the 18th.

The boys had their picture made with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

They baked cookies for Santa with Grammie.

We baked and decorated a birthday cake for Jesus.

Showing off their Crimson Tide ornaments. Every year the boys get a new ornament they pick out themselves. This year they picked out  matching ornaments.

Our family on Christmas Eve. Justin was able to spend a couple of hours with us on Christmas Eve and then again on Christmas afternoon.

We put out reindeer food and...

cookies and milk for Santa.

Our family on Christmas morning after opening presents.

 Me and my boys on Christmas night.

11 Words for 2011

     Truth: The year started off with a very heartbreaking event that hurt a lot people. I was amazed that people would choose to believe a lie even when faced with the black and white evidence of the truth. Even though the truth of that situation is still unknown, I know that the lies that were told will be brought to light one day.

"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape." Proverbs 19:5

    Prayer: I was so thankful to begin my prayer partnership with Lisa. We get together, share our hearts, and pray when our schedules allows or one of us really needs it. I've been so blessed by her heart for the Lord and knows that she always covers me and family in prayer. God prompted me to pray over a coworker at work this past year. I was so blessed to be able to do that for her. I love her so much and have been so amazed to see how God has worked in every aspect of her life this year!

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20

    Dependence: Through some losses I faced this year, I have really learned to rely on God. He is the ONE constant in my life that always has and always will be there for me.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

    Change: I have faced lots of change this year. Some were easy and welcomed: relationships reconciled, new friendships made, and new leadership opportunities. Some were excruciating. I felt like I wouldn't survive them and went through them kicking and screaming inside and out: difficult people, losses as friends moved jobs or out of state. I know God had a purpose for those changes in my life...all of those changes are being used to bring more glory to Himself and mold me into being more like Him.

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

    Joy: Many things filled my heart with joy this year some big: Logan graduating preschool, Logan receiving the Mr. Sweetness award at preschool, births of Angie's little Katie Bug, Jean's little Kaison, Krista's little Miles, and Rikki's little Hannah. Some joys originated from small things: Logan loving learning and sharing his AWANAs Scriptures, Lucas and Logan's love for each other and their friendship, having my boys hug and kiss me on their own and tell me they love me, hearing Lucas say Mommy rocks! with such joy and excitement, having a job that allows me so much time off to spend with my boys, watching the light bulb turn on when one of my students gets a concept they've struggled with, and hosting high school boys for DNow weekend.

"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

    Sadness: I've loss several friends to jobs across town, down the street, or out of state. I've shed many tears over these friendships...

"Weeping may tarry for the night, joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5b

    Thankfulness: ...but I'm very thankful that God brought each one of those people into my life to teach me something about Himself and point me to Him.

"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy," Philippians 1:3-4

    Grace: I've really learned a lot about God's grace through the lack of grace I've been shown in a couple of situation this year. Even though people may choose NOT to show grace, God always shows grace and it's more than sufficient to cover my weaknesses. Besides my weaknesses provide with me opportunities to glorify God.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

    Perseverance: I've wrestled with some personal issues this past year. I've believed lies and felt like giving up and have been amazed at the ways and things God has used to get my attention to remind me that my purpose is to follow Him.

"But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13b-14

    Love: I've known several people who lost babies this year either through miscarriages, during delivery, or shortly after delivery. Both of my boys had traumatic births, where losing them was a very real possibility. Being a parent in general  has opened my eyes to the awesomeness that is God's love, but watching these sweet families go through this has really blown my mind about the depth and power of God's love. He loved us when we didn't love Him and He CHOOSE to SACRIFICE His SON for us knowing we would wander away from Him or reject Him completely and yet His love for us nailed His perfect sinless Son to a cross to redeem us to Himself.

"In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:10

    Hope: This has been a very difficult year for me but, I have hope as I remember God's faithfulness to me and my family in the past and cling to the promises He has made me.

"This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I hope in Him!" Lamentations 3:21-24

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 in Pictures: September & October

In September, we celebrated Joshua's 31st birthday. I don't have any pictures from that. :( Crimson Tide football started, the time of year when we I plan our Saturdays around the Tide's games. Here's a picture of my boys sporting their Crimson Tide pride!

On September 21st, our sweet little friend Miles Ryan Clark was born.

Unfortunately around the time Miles was born, I came home with a stomach bug and was sick for two days, then Logan, then Lucas, and finally Mom got the bug. We were sick at my house for two weeks! It was awful.

We also had Rikki's baby shower; Heather was supposed to come down from Arkansas, but Joel and Siah got the stomach bug, so she wasn't able to come.

In October, the firefighters visited the kindergarteners at our school. Logan was so excited!

We were out for Fair Day. Instead of going to the fair, since Daddy couldn't take off of work, we had breakfast at MiMi's cafe, played at the park, and then went to Sonic happy hour.

The following Sunday we went to the State Fair of Texas. The boys were lucky because both Grandma and Grammie went with us. We ate breakfast at McDonald's first. Here's the boys with Big Tex.

On October 19th, our friend sweet little Hannah Grace Hester was born. Logan was so excited to get to hold her.

We went to spend the day with Grandma and Papaw (Josh's parents) in Weather. We went to Central Park Azle. The boys had so much fun playing. They were also having a little fair.

We picked out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch.

The boys rode motorcycles.

Here's my sweet sleeping angels.

The boys riding their bikes.

Luke Skywalker and Master Yoda for Halloween.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Pictures: July & August

In July, I went to Student Life Camp in Tennessee with our church. I had so much fun, but missed my boys! Here's my family group for the week.

 Shortly after I got back, Joshua started throwing up. I took him to CareNow, turns out he had strep throat. Here he is waiting for the doctor.

We went to Chili's to eat dinner. While Logan ate dinner...

Lucas was crawling under the table.

In August, we celebrated Logan's 5th birthday at Texas Roadhouse. Here he is riding the saddle.

Logan and his presents.

Lucas with his little friends Melody and Grayson.

We bought a new couch for the playroom. Logan was so upset when Daddy put the old couch out at the curb. He said he was staying til the garbage man came. He lasted about 10 minutes.

 Justin celebrating his 10th birthday at his mom's apartment complex.

 One last play date at McDonald's with the Owen boys before they moved to Arkansas.

Lukie celebrating his 2nd birthday at home.

We had our 2nd annual birthday bash celebrating all three boys' birthdays along with celebrating our friends Chelsea, Marco, Ester, and Sean's birthdays as well.

We had Krista's baby shower at Texas Land & Cattle. We took a picture together before Heather moved to Arkansas.

One last picture of the Fab 4 the Sequel: Lucas, Melody, Grayson, and Lauren.

One last picture of the Fab 4: Josiah, Chelsea, Logan, and Rachel.

With the Owen boys at our church's farewell reception for the Owens. They're wearing their Team Joel shirts, our friend Isiah made them.

Logan with his teacher Mrs. Loftus on Sneak a Peek night.

 Logan's first day of kindergarten.

Logan was so exhausted the second day of school, he stumbled into the house from the garage and passed out in the rocking chair in the playroom.