Tonight we had Kindergarten 101 and thanks to Skip To My Lou I was able to bring this little happy to Ms. Roberts. I hope you can use this cute little tag to offer a helping hand to someone too. 😊
Most of the pictures on here I've been taking on my phone. It's easy and convenient, but then I fill my phone up! I have a problem! I'm a pathological picture taker! I absolutely love taking pictures! Forgive me if I've said this before, but I have the worst memory. My pictures help preserve all the sweet moments in my life...especially of my three loves. With all of that being said...I didn't get to two of my blog post with VBS, because I filled my phone up before I could blog! Hehe!
So, the lesson for this day was that even though we don't always make the best choices, Christ's Loves us and sent his son for us. I was going to do cross shaped Rice Krispy treats, but I ran out of supplies and as I've said before...I'm a procrastinator! The store was closed and I needed these bright and early...I had to come up with something using what I had in my pantry. Luckily I had Ritz crackers and almond bark. If you are like me, you love salty and sweet! I figured I couldn't go wrong with the two and crosses would look cute for the snack and a reminder that Christ sent his son for us.
I used a cross outline on cardstock for the little ones to fill in with tiny tissue paper squares anyway they wanted.
My little loves enjoyed making their own cross/heart crackers for breakfast! Ha! Such a nutritious mom I am!
Hoping you will enjoy this last little bit...
After VBS we went to have lunch with sweet friends. Aren't they cute?!?! Well...
Some days my Hughes Happiness feels a bit like Hughes Hell! Hehe! The best thing about it is the next day I couldn't tell you anything other than my kids are absolutely precious! You know the saying Love is Blind...it sure is with these little loves! Even though it can feel insanely crazy at times it is still my "Hughes Happiness", joy, blessing and all things wonderful!
So back to the story...This is the day I broke my phone screen because I was carrying Layla Westyn out of the restaurant because she was squeezing her juice box until it was empty all over the table, throwing chicken fingers at her sister, crawling out of the high chair to get in the booth, screaming, and pooping in her pants. As I carried her out of the restaurant (mainly because I feared letting her walk because if you know her, you know she doesn't think twice about running out into a parking lot or road) my phone fell out of my pocket. Isn't she cute though!?! Who couldn't be head over heels in love with this baby?!?!
With all of this being said, in no way is my Hughes Happiness perfect, but God has blessed me and given me joy beyond measure!
On June 27th we left home and headed for the beach for a month! I had all these goals to blog and organize pictures...what was I thinking?!?! The wifi stunk and why did I think I would have the time to be on the computer?!? The girls and I go every summer for a month and Heath comes on the weekends. We are so far from our normal schedule it isn't even funny! So, here I am a week away from summer break being over and I have to say that even though I have not accomplished a few of my goals, I have made some amazing memories with my sweet family and precious friends! My girls have been sleeping later than usual so Ive had some time in the mornings this week to organize some pictures. I came across this one and thought I would post...
These skirts came from Fireflies and Fairytales and I made the shirts.
This picture makes me laugh because Layla Cakes was mad at us for taking her waffle...
We gave it back! Ha!
As I reflect on this past school year I am so thankful for the amazing people that God placed in our lives since we all changed schools. That first day back to school was super emotional for me and Ava Greer, but as usual God took care of us and blessed us beyond imagination.
It's hard to believe that Ava Greer is coming to Kindergarten! I look forward to seeing that sweet little face throughout the day.
I wanted a fun different way to display my pictures and what better place to turn for ideas than Pinterest! So, I found something similar to this and put my own spin on it. My husband owns his own cabinet business, so I'm pretty lucky when it comes to wood projects...honestly, it doesn't have to be wood related- I think he can do it all! :) Can you tell I'm a proud wife?!?! Our little girls spent a few days with their Nana and PopPop so I went out to Heath's shop to make these. We could've used old barn wood, but pallets worked great. He used a special saw with a long thin blade to cut the boards off of the top of the pallets. The blade allowed him to cut straight through the old nails. Saws All I think. After that, he drilled a flat thin piece of wood on the back to hold them altogether. It was a 1/4 scrap wood. I realize I should know all of these terms dealing with wood and saws and such...too much to remember. When I got the boards home I used my Cameo Silhouette to make vinyl letters for the top. I just hot glued clothes pins on. The pictures on the "Blessed" board were all printed from a company called Print Studio. The quality and service are amazing! I was so pleased with this company! My sweet friend and her husband Sean came over that night for dinner, so she and I finished them up together. It was a fun crafting project and of course we made her one too! Since we used a smaller display for her, we used mini clothes pins rather than the large ones.
I work with some of the most thoughtful people. Back in May, my assistant principal wanted to do something special for our bus drivers so she decided to give them a Chickfila breakfast with goodies. She had kiddos write letters to each of them and then she had an envelope with a kid drawn bus on the front to hold the letters! They were so cute! She picked up these water bottles and I offered to put a bus and their name on them. The men just had a small bus to make it a little more masculine though. Maybe this could give you an idea of how to show love to your child's bus driver. 😉
As you saw in an earlier post this is a precious friend of mine, Cindy Smith. She became a fast friend and major blessing in my life back in August of 2013. I adore her.
Cindy was asked to speak at a local church about praying for the next generation and I had the privilege of going and being impacted by her yet again.
I am constantly fearing I am going to scar my girls somehow or they are going to get all my bad qualities. It's quiet eye opening though that God knew this would happen yet he still chose me to be their mommy. He never intended for us to do it alone. His design was for us to trust in him especially when it came to the raising of our little loves. He desires for us to talk to him, PRAY, so that we put our trust in him... Not ourselves!
There were four prayer points Cindy shared with us. The first prayer point was for our children to find their identity in Christ. Cindy pointed out that we live in a constantly changing world, but with a God that remains Constant!!! What comfort and peace! What comfort we have that he will remain constant and steadfast. He will always be there for us and always have our best interested at heart. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for your declares The Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
The second prayer point was for the next generation to find their self-worth in Christ not all that the world challenges them and us to! This is a lesson and reminder for me too. I posted this around Mother's Day as well-It is a struggle not to seek approval from others. I want to and I want my girls to be able to seek that approval just from The Lord, the one and only that provides that everlasting love that we can't even truly begin to comprehend. We want our little loves to know this truth so that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and who knows what else doesn't control their joy... Our Joy is in The Lord!
The third prayer point was purity. I wish we could guard our babies from every bad choice they could possibly make, but we can't. The Lord is all powerful though...If we pray this pray for our little loves to be pure in heart and sexually pure as well we have to seek our hope in that. They may not always make the choices we hope for them, but those choices will be the ones that make their story what it is. All we can do is PRAY!
The final prayer point was for the next generation to guard their hearts. What a great testimony if we model for them our love for The Lord. If we are filled with the fruits of the spirit and show that we love The Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind it's gotta be contagious, right?!?!?
I hope that this post will be encouragement for you to pray for our next generation. You may not have children of your own, but if you teach or have friends or relatives I hope that you could use this as a guide to be intentional about your prayer time for our youth and future.
I would like to thank Cindy for sharing with us and providing us with encouragement and a guide to pray for our youth. I would also like to thank Melissa for making this outline based on what Cindy shared so we could have a visual. I'm blessed to have these Godly women in my life.
If you would like this in a PDF just comment with your email and I'll send it to you. I'm not sure how to put the PDF file on here.