Monday, December 5, 2011


I thought I should probably post about Thanksgiving before New Years Eve. I know you have all been on the edge of your seat waiting for this update. Well, your long wait is over. And if you don't know by now that I am kidding, then you don't read this blog nearly enough.

First of all, these are two of the things I am most grateful for. There aren't enough words to express the amount of gratitude I feel to God for entrusting me with the care of these two exquisite human beings. I am humbled and awed at the responsibility.

And I am kind of thankful for their Dad as well. Okay, beyond thankful. I can't believe to this day that God blessed me with the kindest husband I could have ever hoped for. I wake up every day still feeling like I hit the jack pot.
We had Bennett's Thanksgiving feast at her pre school. We thought she would be so excited to see us there. She wasn't. She was only happy to see her brother. She literally freaked out when he walked into her room. She is so  so proud of him.

Another angle. She was still over the moon that he was there.
What is she most thankful for? If anyone didn't know that horses would be at the top of her list, then you don't know my child.

For the actual Thanksgiving holiday we went down South to Sweet Home Alabama. We drove 16 hours from Kansas City to Montgomery, Alabama in ONE DAY! And you know what? It was so easy. We got stuck in traffic in Nashville, but the kids did great! Rob and I could not get over how easy the trip was. It flew by and we were so happy to pull into my parents driveway.

The next day my sister and her family drove down from Birmingham to spend the weekend with us. Bennett and Will were so happy to see their grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins. And you know what? So was I!

We had a great Thanksgiving filled with wonderful food and blessings that are far too numerous to count. That night the 5 cousins attempted their first movie outing all together. The whole family went to see "The Muppet Movie." Will lasted.... I don't know..... 20 minutes? And then he spent the rest of the time wandering from one relative to another and then back to his seat.
He did LOVE it though when the muppets sang the Mahna Mahna song during the closing credits. Mainly because Rob has been playing this video for the kids since they were babies. Will and Bennett recognized it instantly and went nuts. Here's the original video in case you have somehow missed it. If you have small children, show it to them. Trust me.

Anyhoo.... where was I? Oh, yes. The day after Thanksgiving I was able to spend some amazing quality time with my dear cousins, Erin and Elliot. I have blogged many times over the years about how these two are more like sisters than cousins to me. We were all raised together only a few miles apart and all went to the same private school together growing up. They were my first playmates and we did everything together when we were kids. Dance lessons, recitals, summers spent in the pool..... In fact, Erin and I were in the same class because we are only 5 months apart in age. She is due to have a baby girl in about a month and so I was thrilled to see her. It was our first time to all be together since my Grandmother's funeral this summer.

A lot has actually happened since my Grandmother passed away. Just about a month or so after Elliot was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was a shock to the whole family, but she is dealing with it like she deals with everything in her life. With strength, grace, beauty, and the strongest faith in Jesus Christ imaginable. I humbly ask for any of you reading this to pray for her healing and for her recovery. She can explain things so much more eloquently in her own words.

Seeing her alone was worth the entire trip.

Here are me and my sister with our cousins. The four Granddaughters of the incomparable Polly Patterson.

And here we are with all of our kids. Grandmom loved each of these "angel babies" so very much.

I love this picture. Of course I wish I had been smiling and not doing whatever I was doing, but I love the way Bennett and Elliot are looking at each other. Priceless.

Will wanted to kiss away Elliot's boo boo's.

I love my family!!

So, the next day was the Iron Bowl! Forget Christmas. If you live in Alabama you wait 364 days for this game. It is a big deal. It was held in Auburn this year which is only 45 minutes from where my parents live. Plus College Game Day way going to be there, so that settled it. I needed to drive to Auburn to to try to find Kirk Herbstreit and Erin Andrews. Forget Lee Corso. H's on my bad list ever since he picked LSU to beat Bama this year. Never mind that they did. Croso is not my friend anymore.  But we went, had a great time, and ran into some dear friends. Oh, and ummmm.... we won! ROLL TIDE!

All in all, being home was absolutely wonderful. I got to shop for cute southern clothes. This is the boys section by the way. I feel as if I needed to explain that to the 99% of you that are scratching your head in disbelief. Get over it. It's cute, dangit.
I got to eat good southern food!!

I got to catch up with dear friends who are so good for my soul.
I was able to worship at my home church. And best of all, I was able to spend Thanksgiving with the people who mean the most in the world to me. My family.

Although we had the easiest trip down, our trip home was a nightmare. We got majorly stuck in Thanksgiving traffic, the kids were terrible, and Will threw up the entire last leg of our trip. We couldn't even make it to exit ramps. We had to stop on the side of the road and change his clothes and clean the car seat in 30 degree weather multiple times. It was awful. And I was sad. I missed my family. But when I got home, I opened my phone and saw this note a certain someone had left me.
I can't wait to go home again at Christmas. And again, I do humbly ask that you keep Elliot in your prayers. We are confident that God's ways are perfect and that He is carrying her daily as she kicks this terrible disease to the curb.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11


Brittny said...

Ok, we HAVE to see each other at Christmas when you come back!!!!! I can't believe I was sick the one time I could have seen you, but not this time. Love you, miss you and SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you had a great trip!!!!

Lauren W said...

Miss you so so so much too, Brit!!! You have no idea how much. I'll be home in 3 weeks! Put it on your calendar!

starnes family said...

Love the outdoor pics of the fam, as always. Your pictures are consistently fabulous. Kind of makes me sick.

Ready for round 2?