April Camping

First camping trip of the year in the books! It was just a quick weekend trip to Defeated Creek, but it was a good one. The kids had fun playing with Katie Ann, Wyatt, Kinley, and Sadie and eating all of Grammy and Pappy’s junk food. Jake and I relaxed and soaked up the sunshine. I finished up one book and read a whole other one.

Greek and Roman Day

Jack has been eagerly counting down the days until Greek and Roman day at school. He has been super excited to dress up as a gladiator, complete with a wooden sword and daggers that Pappy turned on the lathe, and a shield I made from an old plastic party platter.

He had a great day! They had a Greek and Roman style lunch and even had a sword fight at playtime. 🙂 thankful for a school where our kiddos get to have fun while they are learning :).

April Happy Moments

Here are some more happy moments I want to remember from April:

Two awesome books I’ve been reading this month. Especially that second one-it is one of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down.

Sweet little turtle Jake spotted in our driveway.

I took all the slipcovers off the couch one day to wash them, and pulled the couch out to vacuum around it….and this is only a PORTION of what I found in, under, and around the couch, LOL. There is a definitely a little boy who lives here.

I’ve been clear coating some furniture for Mama Judy’s new house. Clear coating is very satisfying to me.

We celebrated Nana’s birthday!

And Everett’s, and Wyatt’s, and Andy’s. 🙂 Lots of April birthdays around here!

Jack has driven the lawn mower plenty, but never actually mowed. One day he was driving it around the yard, and Jake decided to turn on the blades for him. He was so proud of his work!

These kiddos had a blast at field day at their school!

We hosted our community group for dinner on Saturday night. All the little kids had such a blast playing in the tree house, and it was a beautiful night for a fire.

Saturday night Josie had a youth group bonfire to go to (while we hosted our community group at our house). Hannah went with her, and then came back to our house to spend the night. They were so excited to be able to go to a youth group gathering again, and they had a blast. They also came home STARVING apparently, and fixed themselves a junk food feast, LOL. Josie is growing like a WEED these days and is always, always, hungry.

Sunday we had a belated Easter dinner at Mama Judy’s, and we of course had to do our yearly epic egg hunt. Hannah got to join in on the fun, too this year. The kids had a blast. 🙂

Love this girl. Even when her raging middle school hormones are, well, raging. Love her to PIECES.

This April certainly looks different from last April, and for that I am so, so grateful. I am so grateful for the Covid vaccine making it safe to finally see family in groups and have small gatherings with our church family. What a relief!


Right before Easter, I got all of the great-grandbabies together to take a surprise picture for Nana. I wanted to get her a canvas made for her birthday, because the last one she had was missing sweet Cora! It is always a bit of a zoo when you get 9 kiddos together to take pictures, especially when most of them are under the age of 7….but they did great! And we got some great shots! I love all of these kiddos, so, so much.

And, as predicted, Nana loved her canvas. 🙂

Happy Moments

Just wanted to share some happy moments from the last week. There is a lot of sadness in our life right now, but we are treasuring these moments of joy.

Not pictured-I got to go on a pong walk with Josie one day, just me and her. It was a good time for talking and enjoying each other’s company. Trying to carve out some alone time with her here lately-it seems especially important as she gets older.

Also not pictured-a fun dinner night at the Roses. It was so good to hang out with them.

Took Jack to the skatepark Thursday morning. It was a cool morning, but he and I had the place completely to ourselves, which was awesome! He rode his scooter and skateboard to his heart’s content, and I rollerbladed. It was fun to have some alone time with my boy.

Discovered a new coffee place on my way home from Nashville. It was good!

Jake and I got to have fancy date night on Wednesday. Someone had given me a gift card to Chateau West, a French restaurant in Nashville. It was so delicious!

A good reminder.

The kiddos went with Shshr to run errands and help pick up sticks at Nana’s on Saturday. Jake and I decided to try out the Greenbrier Greek food truck. We ate on our porch since it was a beautiful day. It was delicious! And a TON of food. Enough for at least 2 full meals.


Compared to last year, this Easter was a complete 180 difference! It was sunny. We went to church in person. We got to go to Nana’s and be all together for the first time since Christmas 2019-praise the Lord for Covid vaccines! I sang at church today for the first time in over a year.

Easter treats-a calligraphy book and a fun ring for Jo, bath bombs and Legos for Jack, a sticker, special cookie, and puffs (yes, puffs-my kids are weird) for both. 🙂

Church was so good. He is risen indeed!

It was so good to get be at Nana’s with everyone! We had a delicious lunch and spent the whole day outside on the porch watching the kids play. We had a HUGE Easter egg hunt. We all brought some eggs to hide, and when we put them together it was over 400! The kids had a blast. Chad even hid some way up high to give Josie and Jack a challenge :).