John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

52 Home--Week 41 Halloween Edition

Today is Halloween! We don't do the traditional door to door trick or treating. We normally do the trunk or treat at our church. We had Kameron and Karter this year so they got to go. Callum was helping with parking and Kobe decided he was too big to dress up so ... Sam is my only little one that wanted to dress up. He is an "Army Man".





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Guess Who?

Guess Who lost his first tooth???


THIS GUY!



He lost the bottom right (looking at him) tooth. The one on the left is so loose it is ready to come out too. In fact, it is so loose that it is leaning to the side and looks like he has just one tooth in the middle instead of on the left (looking at him) side! 

This was the first tooth I have ever pulled! I was kind of proud! 

He put his tooth under his pillow and got $4.00. When he saw that he said, "Man, I should have pulled the other one! I probably could have gotten $10 because it is a little bigger!". 

He is getting a little too big, too quickly!



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harvesting

God. He is REAL. Some pray to a God that they aren't sure even exists. 
It is habit. 
That is religion. 

But I am here to tell you that He is VERY much real and shows up in mighty ways if you will just allow Him to. He is a gentleman. He won't force himself on you... you have to be willing.

I have just gotten back from the Women's Encounter. One way that I know that God is real is because He changed me from the inside out. Anyone that knew before and after knows that to be true. I even had a friend come up this weekend and tell me that she KNEW when I got saved. She said she could tell it...she could just hear it in my voice. I had changed. Everything about me had changed. I even sounded different. Full of love, compassion, and patience. WOW! What a compliment.

A lot of great things happened this weekend. I go and I minister to other ladies and teach a session about getting free form your past (that in itself shows that God changes things... I used to would have NEVER been able to do that!). The enemy always tries to attack my testimony. He makes me feel like it isn't worthy. Like it doesn't matter. Like no one will get anything from it. I almost back out each time this weekend comes around. I never have but I almost do each time. This weekend was no exception. But I saw women changed. I saw broken women put back together. I saw women who didn't believe anyone could love them begin to love themselves. I saw a woman have a burden that she had carried for 47 years broken off of her. 

We had women from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida all come together to praise God and receive forgiveness and healing from things that have bound them to their past. 

I thank God that He allows me to have a part in this ministry. That He trusts me with it.

I wrote THIS post the other day. It was my sincere cry out to God for this weekend. My prayer was/is that I would plant seeds and harvest/reap what I sowed into others. That I was able to sow the right things into a harvest. Over TWO days I had three different ladies confirm that GOD does hear us. On three different occasions, three different women came to me and told me that my harvest was many. One lady told me that the Lord was prompting her to tell me that He showed her that I was casting out nets and bringing in so many fish that my nets were breaking! She said it had whales and dolphins in my nets too! I know this was God just confirming to me that He cares about what I care about.

I also had several other things spoken over me/my children this weekend. I was told that even though I didn't know it when I named Samuel but he has the "ears of Samuel"...Samuel in the Bible. Samuel is said to be the world's youngest prophet. In the Bible, God calls out to Samuel and Samuel hears him and answers, "Speak Lord, for your servant hears". It was revealed that the trouble with Samuel's ears will be his testimony. I don't know about you...but that right there just gives me joy. The Lord would take what was meant for harm and turn it into good. He cancelled the enemy's plan of destruction on Samuel's ears and has given him ears to hear Him...his Lord. It was also spoken that Samuel would begin to draw pictures and that these pictures would be anointed from the Lord. What they didn't know is that Samuel has already been drawing pictures. Here is one of them: 


He said that this is our family and that is Jesus at the top sitting in the "right seat" ... 
When I showed this picture to the lady speaking this over Samuel she fell down because she said the anointing was so strong on this picture. I receive that for Samuel's life.

It was also said that Kobe has the anointing of the prophet Isaiah on him. That he would not stand for injustice and that he would bridge races and generations. In the Word, the Lord asked who He could send and Isaiah answered, "Here I am Lord, send me!".  They said for me to speak the name Isaiah over him...what they didn't know is that Kobe's middle name is Isaiah. 

These things aren't coincidences. These are GOD things. 

I watched women get confirmation from people that they have never even seen or met before. Not because of us...but because of Him. All of it is to HIS glory. We were just willing vessels. I just prayed this all weekend long: Here I am Lord. Use Me. I am a willing vessel. 

And He did.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36


52 Home---Week 40


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Real Talk

I generally try my best to keep my thoughts, my life, my texts, my conversations, my Facebook, my blog, and my heart positive and happy...but sometimes... life isn't always pretty. Sometimes there is ugly. Sometimes there are trials and tribulations. Sometimes you have to walk through hurt and storms and you don't understand it. 

I am there right now. 

I feel myself coming out of it ...but it has been brewing for a little while now.

I have prayed for a long time that God would remove the scales from my eyes to let me see the things that He wants me to see. I am slowly but surely adjusting to this new vision. And...let me just say... sometimes when you see true colors...they aren't always pretty ones.

I don't have a heart or a mind that would purposely set out to hurt someone by my words or my actions. So, when someone does it to me... I am floored. I mean, I am in shock. I can't understand. I just don't do that. It isn't me. When someone thinks I could do something like that and misinterprets something I have done or said and find themselves offended...it really sends me into confusion...because I like to think that the people I associate with can see my heart. They could know that isn't how I work. 

I work out of love. I work from a servant's heart. Anything that I do has a pure, non-malice, sincere heart behind it. Sometimes you do have to deal with hard things in life and you have to say some things that may not be easy....but they are the truth. They need to be said. They always need to be said out of love.

I have recently had a situation come up that has left me heart broken and reeling with disbelief. I am choosing to not let it steal my  joy. I choose life. I choose hope. I choose truth. I choose love. I choose Jesus. I choose to stay at the foot of the cross and not let this rip my eyes from Him. I know that in these cases it would be easy to turn my eyes away from what they are fixed on (Jesus and Kingdom business) and just get down and dirty with revenge, offense, rejection, or with condemnation...but I choose to keep pushing forward. I choose to keep my eyes fixed. I am being tested. I am passing.

I have been praying hard not to let this blind sighted shot over take me. Not let it consume me. Not let it dictate me. I can't control it. I can control me and my reaction. God is in control. He knows what He is doing. I am being refined by fire. The Word doesn't say it will be an easy life... in fact it says that trials and tribulations will come...but that He will NEVER leave my side. The tribulation is here. The hurt is present...and so is HE. 

While praying over this situation the Lord quickly reminded me that just because I have my blinders off...doesn't mean everyone does. 

If you don't believe the same things I do... I love you. If you don't love the same way I do... I love you. If you don't travel in my circle of acquaintances... I love you. If you don't go to the same church as me... I love you. My point is... I love you. I love people. Any and all people. It doesn't matter to me what they have done or what they will do. I am here. I am love...I am the extended hand of Jesus. 

I have prayed that the Lord would have me tied to NOTHING on this earth...but only to Him. 

I really want to be real on my blog. Not everyday is great. Not every thing that happens leaves us feeling happy and fulfilled. Sometimes it leaves you feeling broken. Crumbled. Hurt. Disappointed. Shocked. But, luckily, Jesus is a healer. He can heal all things in His time. He can heal a hurt or broken heart. A crushed spirit. A feeling of disappoint. 

I say... let Him. Choose to let go and just let Him. 

Like I said, I have had something happen that normally would just send me running for the hills...but not this time. I am facing it ...but not alone... With Jesus by my side. I used to say that a real friend was someone who walked in when the whole world walks out. Now I say... Jesus never walks out...He is a true friend and He stays close by so He never has to walk in to a situation...He is already there. In fact, He has already been there. He already knew that it was going to happen. He already knows how He will work together for my good and His glory.

He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. Cling to Him. 

I am posting the lyrics to a song that really helps me through tough times:

I Will Waste My Life by Misty Edwards


I will waste my life I'll be tested and tried
With no regrets inside of me to find I'm at Your feet

I'll leave my father's house and I'll leave my mother
I'll leave all I have known and I'll have no other

I am in love with You There is no cost
I am in love with You There is no loss
I am in love with You I want to take Your name
I am in love with You I want to cling to You Jesus
Just let me cling to You Jesus

I'll say goodbye to my father my mother
I'll turn my back on every other love and
I'll press on yes I'll press on



I just pray that I keep finding myself at the foot of the cross. 








Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Planting Seeds





As a mom I feel like I have little to no time to do what I want to do. I feel like my days are filled with doing for others. Which I do like serving others... but sometimes I do wish that I would make the time for myself. It isn't that I can't take time for ME it is that I CHOOSE to not take time for me. I feel awfully guilty when I do something for myself. I know that time away is good for a mom. A wife. Time away helps rejuvenate and restore. I know all of these things...but it is still hard for me to do.

I read Galatians 6:7 (Contemporary Version) You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant.

You will reap what you sow.

I want to sow and I want it to be out of love...not necessity.

That got me to thinking about what I am planting in the lives of my family. God gave me this family. He hand picked me as John's wife and chose us to be earthly parents to these kids. 

So, although I may not be winning any awards or making "big" differences in the eyes of others...when I:

*Wake a child with a hug and a good morning
*Tell my children bye each morning and tell them how much I love them
*Have family dinner at our dinner table every night
*Have Rainey Family Cinema Night
*Hold a child who has had a tough day
*Kiss a child who is sick
*Hug a child who seems down
*Make sure there favorite shirt or pants are clean
*Pick up their favorite snack or drink at the store
*Surprise them with an outing
*Pass up those cute boots for me to take them to McDonald's Play Place and the movies
*Place notes in lunch boxes or suitcases
*Rub a head that hurts or a back at bedtime
*Listen to knock knock jokes
*Watch the same movies 6516875154 times
*Stand on the sidelines and wave like a crazy mom when they look my way
*Go out at 2:00 A.M. to bring a child home who changed their mind about spending the night
*Fix their favorite meals on their birthday
*Make their birthday special because it is the only ONE day that is theirs out of 365
*Buy terrible, yet thoughtful gifts for my husband!
*Try to give them the best that I can
*Search high and low for that one particular thing on their wish list
*Go without sleep to make sure those cupcakes or goody bags are ready for school the next day
*Spend my life driving kids everywhere!
*Make sacrifices that they will never, ever know about just to see them smile
*Make sure they have all they need and most all of what they want
*Listen
*Get involved
*Call or text a simple I love you. Have a good day.
*Pour a drink
*Fix a sandwich
*Do laundry
*Surprise them and mow the yard so they don't have to
*Help them with homework
*Help them with chores
*Help them figure out what to do about a life situation
*Tape Bible verses to the mirror in the bathroom and on the back of the cabinet doors
*Make sure they eat well and wash well
*Take them to church
*Walk what I talk
*Practice what I preach
*Give to strangers
*Love others
*Say I am sorry
*Show that I am not perfect
*Discipline when I need to
*Brag on them and show them I am proud of them
*Stick to my word
*Make promises....and keep them
*Smile at them in the rear view mirror when I catch them looking at me
*Let them linger a little longer even though it is past bedtime
*Give them a say
*Teach them to make their own decisions
*Stick up for them
*Show them right from wrong
*Pray for them each and every day
*Love them unconditionally...no.matter.what

When a gardener plants the seeds in the darkness of the soil, where one cannot see the growth in the light of day... it requires faith to see the flower which will grow at a future date.

{momheart.org}

God goes before us and prepares a way...even when there seems to be NO way. He has already been where we are going...He sees the harvest!


I am sowing love, trust, patience, joy, peace, gentleness, a sense of family...belonging, and I am setting a Christ-like example. I am planting little seeds every single day that will bloom when they are older. As I read over the list (Which I could have gone on and on!) and reflect... that isn't such a bad gig, huh? I like taking care of all of them. I love being available and I like what I am planting... I know it will sow great things in this life!




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happy Fall Ya'll!

This past weekend while John was gone being a man with his buddies while sleeping in a cave and eating beanie weenies  camping and exploring caves the boys and I went and bought everything we needed for our front porch for Fall. It is starting to really feel like Fall here in Alabama and I honestly did not know if we would ever feel cool after this past summer...but here we are...and here I am in my fall boots! I let the boys each paint a pumpkin. I try to bribe encourage them to use the colors that I am using for the theme each year but... it never happens. So, this year I have a pumpkin with neon blue, pink, green, and yellow and one with black and red, purple, and green. I would be lying if I said I wouldn't like for the porch to be all coordinated...but I LOVE anything they make so I proudly displayed those mis-matched pumpkins!



I had to pretty much MAKE Kobe get in this picture. You can see their little painted pumpkins on the front right of the porch stairs.

I am VERY happy that the cooler weather is here and that I can put out all of my fall things! I LOVE the new fragrance I got for our home. It is called Caramel Frappe. It smells SO good!

So bring on the Fall Festivals, pumpkins, and hayrides. The Raineys are ready!

52 Home---Week 39

Watch out Football.... Sam is now a Dolphin!

Tuesday Ten: Favorite E-cards

I haven't linked up in a while. I don't know why...no particular reason. BUT when I saw today's topic... I HAD TO! So today I am linking up to Ms. Lena B So... here you go...my top ten favorite E-cards!



Lol love it!


 So true!!!!!

yes!

so true.

lol

Too funny!!

haha


LOL, Oh yeah, I've done it!

haha

AND...my MOST favorite Ecard:

HAHA! I know John will!

This one just makes me die out laughing... I don't know if I have ever written this in my blog but I will since I just posted this E-card. One morning I feverishly sent John a text and it read:  Sorry I was too busy planning for the zombie apocalypse with you to tell you to have a good day.

I DIED out laughing when I re-read that later. I don't know why it struck me so funny but it did! 


I know it isn't an E-card but I love this SO much I just have to share it!

Yep!

AND... the last bonus for the day:

Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom!!!  HA! I had to laugh at this one!


I LOVE my kids...but you gotta admit...these are funny!


Have a great Tuesday!!


Monday, October 8, 2012

They're Creepy and They're Kooky

I was just sitting here finalizing the details for the boys' Halloween costumes this year and I started looking back through some old Halloween pictures. I thought I would share. For memory's sake I am going to list what they have been each year up until now.

Kobe:

1st Halloween: Puppy (pictured)
2nd Halloween: Elmo
3rd Halloween: Power Ranger
4th Halloween: Batman
5th Halloween: Darth Vader
6th Halloween: Football Player
7th Halloween: Scary Gate Keeper Man (pictured)
8th Halloween: Mr. T (pictured)
9th Halloween: Steve Urkel


Samuel:

1st Halloween: Yoda
2nd Halloween: Cowboy
3rd Halloween: Boxer (pictured)
4th Halloween: Buzz Lightyear (pictured)
5th Halloween: Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks (pictured)


We will debut this year's costumes soon...


My little Knock Out!

Such a CUTE Little "Fighter Man" as he called it!

John did great with Kobe's makeup..he was creepy!



DONE with all the dress up stuff!

Mr. T


Buzz

ALVIN!

"Did I do that??"

"Gosh....whatever I feel like..."

Just for fun!

Cowboy Sam

Sam and a buddy were matching Buzz Lightyears that year!

We had him walk around and say "I Pity the Fool" all night!





I Made It!

Well, since I am typing this... I guess you can see that I made it through the weekend.

John went caving this past weekend on Friday night and came home later Saturday evening. He went with a couple of his friends and from what I can tell...they had a great time exploring the cave and just being men! The whole outdoorsy thing just isn't for me so I am glad he has a couple of friends that like it as much as he does that he can share that with.

I had plans of picking Sam up from school, getting Kobe from track practice, and getting Callum picked up from school. I then planned to order pizza and have a movie night with them...and the dogs of course. I planned to sleep in on Saturday and have a relaxing day of cleaning and hanging out with my little guys until time for my parents to come over to celebrate my mom's birthday dinner.

BUT...here's what REALLY happened....

On Thursday Sam's teacher, Mrs. Frederick, called about 2:45 (15 more minutes until school let out) very frantic and told me I had to come get Sam right away. I feared he had done what I keep expecting and broken a leg or an arm jumping from something. I asked. She confirmed that it was not a broken bone but instead a fever that just spiked up (which Sam does have a hard time with) to 104! My poor baby! By the time we got to the doctor's office ( I took him straight there) it was 104.7. He felt and looked pitiful. He was literally burning up and sweating and his little face was RED and his lips were parched. I felt terrible for him. They tested him for EVERYTHING and nothing came back positive. The doctor wouldn't even let them test him for anything until after she gave him some Advil (I had given him Tylenol on the way over...yes, I keep stuff like that handy in a little pouch in my SUV). She decided to give him a Roseffin shot and an oral antibiotic and send us on our way. She said if the fever hadn't broken by bedtime to call her. He took getting a shot A LOT harder than I thought he would and I had just been to Wal-Mart to pick a gift up for a friend's birthday .... so, I did what any mother would do... I totally gave him that Lego set. It seemed to work for a little while. We got home and got him all comfy and cozy and turned on his favorite show and got him some juice and a snack and he seemed fine. He got progressively better throughout the night and was feeling much better on Friday. But, because of the fever he stayed home with his Nana just to be sure he wasn't contagious.

Around 3:30 I met my mom at Kobe's school and we watched him run on the track during running club practice. Sam ran around the stadium and climbed on the bleachers...and I let him. I let him because I was just glad he felt better enough to do it. While we were waiting to leave Callum came up behind me and asked to ride home with a friend. So, I said that would be OK and started loading the little guys into my car. 

BUT WAIT! Kobe forgot the fish he got for Sam. Earlier in the week, I sent a note to school saying that Kobe could bring home an eco-column that his science class had made. There were only about six groups so they put all the kids (whose parents had agreed) names in a big pile and drew for who would take home these prized eco-columns. They had plants, tadpoles, fish, and snails inside. A living eco system. I didn't mind the idea of one because I knew that it would be self-sustaining because it already had food and water inside. Well, Kobe didn't get his name drawn. But the teacher said that she had a few fish left over and that they were a first come first serve prize. She said whoever got to her room first after the bell rang at the end of the day could have one until she ran out. Kobe said he ran through the hall like he was on the football field, just dodging everyone because he wanted to get one for Sam since he was sick. {That's a good brother right there!} He got one and was very pleased with himself... as was Sam. Me? Not.so.much. Why you ask? I mean, I did sign saying he could bring it home. Well, yes I did. And really, I was glad he brought Sam one home but I had to go buy a fish bowl, that stuff to put in the water so they don't die, and food. Kobe brought Sam home a fish (I can't remember the name right now) that eats dehydrated blood worms {YUCK!}. Sam LOVES this little fish. He named it Captain America. He also put a LARGE Captain America sticker on the side of the bowl. 

Kobe quickly made plans to go to the football game with friends which left Sam and I alone. I have a feeling that this is going to become more and more common since Callum is now in the tenth grade and Kobe is beginning to do things with friends as well. I love seeing them spread their wings but it also breaks my heart a little. So, we decided on a date night. I let him pick. He chose McDonald's Play Place. So we ate and played and enjoyed dessert together. It was really a fun time. After the game I picked up Kobe and Callum said he wanted to go with a friend so I let him. The two little boys and myself went straight home and I started cleaning while they played. I was so pleased with how sweet everyone had been and how they had gotten along (Callum let Kobe walk into the game with him and Callum walked him out and made sure he was in my car before he left with friends). I even gave the dogs a bath and started laundry. 

I was up and down all night long because the wind was really blowing which was driving my dogs crazy and their barking and growling was driving me crazy. I finally really went to sleep around 3:30 AM. Sam woke me up hungry for breakfast at 7:30. I told him it was too early and made him lay back down with me (I almost forgot, we got a new mattress this weekend and I LOVE IT!) for a little while. About an hour later he tapped me on the face and asked if I had forgotten he was hungry! So we got up and made homemade cinnamon toast. My mom and I used to do that together so it was fun to do it with Kobe and Sam. Shortly after that my mom and I decided to go shopping. We took Sam and Kobe and went all over town! We finished up getting Sam's Halloween costume all together and I found a cute pair of boots.  Saturday was also my mom's birthday so I planned to cook a birthday dinner for her and bake her cake and have everyone to our house to celebrate. I made what she requested: Chicken Casserole, green beans, French Onion Potatoes, Mac and Cheese, Rolls, and German Chocolate Cake. John made it home just in time and we all enjoyed giving my mom her gifts and eating and hanging out with her.

Sunday was a great day at church. It was baptism Sunday, or as our church calls it, Take the Plunge! I love watching people get baptized. I just love seeing transformation take place in people's lives. Speaking of transformation... I am getting ready to head out to the Women's Encounter and minister to a great group of ladies. I will be speaking on Freedom from the Past and I would truly appreciate any prayers that you could offer for the ladies involved and for the women who will be serving in ministry that weekend. It is all happening next weekend! It is one of my favorite things to go to. I believe in God's healing and I know that He can and WILL heal and deliver us from our past and our present. 

Needless to say, I FELL into bed last night. Tonight Sam has a football game and then we are going home to watch ET. He has been begging me for MONTHS to watch it and so tonight is the night! Popcorn, ET, and M&Ms...what is better?




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

6 Down

6 Weeks that is. 6 weeks of school is in the books for this school year. It seems like much more but believe me, it has only been six. I counted. 

We have been through the first day jitters, the remembering of locker combinations and lunch room account numbers. We have gone through three weeks of me leaving a sad Sam at Kindergarten. We have gone through that initial "getting used to the way the teacher tests" period. We have gotten back into our good habits...and some bad ones (like always) have crept in as well.

It is AMAZING what can change in just six weeks. I am watching Kobe grow more and more responsible and literally grow up right before my eyes. I have watched a little boy who hated Kindergarten begin to absolutely love it. So much so that he begs me to stay. Instead of crying when I drop him off in the mornings, he now cries when it is time to leave. 

In three weeks we will get the first report card. What does that mean to me? That means I have to open my wallet and pay out the "big bucks" for a good report card. If they make below a C ... they owe me. AND they can't pay me in money either. They pay me by chores. Each chore is only worth a whopping $0.25! I rarely have to hand these punishments out...but they are in our grade contract that we all signed. Yep, I made grade contracts. I outlined what I expect of them (A&Bs) and what their reward is for said grades. I then outlined what would happen if they made a C,D, (or Heaven forbid) the dreaded F. Then we ALL signed them and we each got a copy of them. Mine hangs on the side of the refrigerator so that I have it handy. This way, no one can say, OH I forgot!  No, you didn't. You just wish I would! 

Last week was homecoming for both Muscle Shoals and for UNA. The week was FILLED with activities. Somehow, I survived. At Muscle Shoals, they dressed up each day. 

Monday: Crazy Sock Day
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: Inside Out Day
Thursday: Tie Up the Bulldogs (wear a tie)
Friday: Spirit Day (red and black)

I didn't get a picture each morning (I wish I would have) but I did get one on Tie Up the Bulldogs Day:


Samuel's school didn't really do the whole dress up day throughout the week but they had activities at school. Samuel said they got to walk over and watch the band practice and they got to go visit our school's mascots: The live lions, Una and Leo.

Muscle Shoals had a Homecoming parade on Friday which both boys participated in... Kobe for his football team (Muscle Shoals White 9-10 football) and Samuel for his flag football team (Dolphins). They had not yet received their jerseys so they were told to just wear red and black. {Side Story: I was not prepared for Sam to be in the parade because just the night before he told me he no longer wanted to play flag football. I was kind of bummed because I had a shirt made for him that was black with a red tie on it for him to wear in the parade and then... he wasn't even going to play anymore. Until we got to the parade line up, that is. He decided real quick and in a hurry that he did in fact want to be with his friends. I reminded him that if he rode in that parade he would be playing in the games. He agreed with that so I let him ride in the parade with his team.} I quickly grabbed a jersey out of my SUV and put it on him and he looked adorable! 

Go Trojans!


Kobe on his team's float

Sam on his team's float

Best buds from preschool : Parker and Sam

Kobe, Sam, and myself... I don't know why Kobe wouldn't get any closer...maybe because everything was wet since it had just poured down rain.

His "I'm too cool for getting my picture taken" face

Kobe and Callum ended up going to the game at the high school on Friday night. Sam decided at the last minute that he didn't want to go so it was just us until John got home from work. I was just sitting there on the couch wondering what to do for dinner when it hit me. I decided that since it was "technically" just the two of us (me and John) we would have a date night. Sam and I called in an order to Outback's curbside takeaway. I went ahead and fed Sam while I set the table and got Pandora playing on John's favorite channel, Glee. Soon he was home and I met him at the door and showed him to his seat and served him his favorite dinner. I decided to put on a video for Sam so that we could eat and talk without interruptions. I can honestly say that is probably one of my  most favorite moments of this week.

Saturday was UNAs homecoming parade. I had to have Sam there bright and early. The floats turned out great and he had a fun time participating! The sixth grade students each get paired up with a Kindergarten student at the beginning of the year. Both ages love it! So, the kindergarten students ride on the sixth grade float with their "buddies". The theme this year was My future is so bright I have to wear shades. UNAs theme was #Backforthefuture.

His future is so bright!

Sam and Quinton... his buddy for the day

Sam

Sam...waving at me

Sam and his teachers

They encourage a parent to walk alongside or behind the floats to throw candy to the crowd. Guess who volunteered?

He is a good daddy! He had left about 5:00 that morning to go to the hunting club with my dad and Kobe to help Kobe practice shooting his hunting gun and then RUSHED over and threw on a Kilby shirt and walked in the parade with Sam. 


And just because it tickled me:
LEO!

Of course, that is when my phone battery DIED. The live mascots were in the parade and I really wanted a picture of Leo and Una...but it just didn't happen.

After that we loaded into the car and went to Texas Roadhouse for lunch. We got to chat with one of sweet friends, Ms. Tiffany. Who not only is a family friend but a student teacher at Sam's school.  Then we ran a couple of errands (the mall, Gander Mountain, Military Surplus Store, my favorite local clothing boutique, and ended up at the flea market. It was a nice day spent with my favorite guys.