insta-friday.

Posted by Tori on Jun 1, 2012 in family., Instagram.

Here’s a glimpse of our life this week through the eyes of Instagram! This is definitely my new favorite way to capture the sweet, daily moments of our lives. Check out my Instagram profile and follow my photos here:

 

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This week began redeeming my Mother’s Day present! A spa day at Stella Nova, complete with manicure, pedicure, hot stone massage, salt scrub, lunch, and a haircut!! I may or may not have come home after all that and had a nap…

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Then, last Thursday, I loaded up the girls and we headed for GA to meet up with our guys! Brooklyn was so ready to see her daddy again!

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Let’s do this! 5 hours in the van with the baby ladies…they were angels!

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We all met up at William’s parents’ place in GA. They recently purchased a farm. This is the little house that sits up by the road.

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A certain little mister had hours of fun on this mule!

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He loved to feel like he was driving.

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I told him to make a funny face for the picture…this is what I got!

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So cute!

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Here are the girls when we got to the farm. Can you believe it…today these girls are 15 months old! Where has the time gone?! Before I get myself together we will be planning a second birthday party…

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Finally…I snuck some mint chocolate chip gelato in a dixie cup upstairs while the kids were napping…love this treat!

Link up and share your week in pictures too!

life rearranged

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a lovely, long weekend.

Posted by Tori on May 27, 2012 in family.

Last week, our family was all scattered. I hadn’t seen William in six days. William and Ayden hadn’t seen one another in seven. And Ayden and I were apart for five. It was a nutty week, to say the least. Then, to top it all off, Ayden had gotten sick while he was spending the week with his great-grandparents. Poor little mister. Saturday, we were finally all together again as a famliy at William’s parents’ lake house. It was glorious. Ayden had his first ride on the boat and jet ski! (Sorry…mama fail! I have no pictures of this. But I think LeLe [Ayden’s affectionate name for William’s mom] might have snagged a few.)

We are still here, soaking up the south Georgia sun and loving every single second. So thankful I get to do life with these people.

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This is Ayden watching Mr. Rogers visit a dairy farm. It is by far his favorite episode. He always says, “Mommy, watch Mr. Rogers see cows!”

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a mini stay-cation + a new weekly link up.

Posted by Tori on May 22, 2012 in family., worship wednesday.

This week has been the kind that is rare around here.

It started Saturday. We drove up to Columbia to see William’s family and to drop Ayden off with his great-grandmother for a few days! He has the best times with his Mamaw and Papa! I got a text on the way from my dear friend, Ruth. I love her to pieces. She does a great job encouraging me and keeping me focused on what really matters. William, the girls, and I met up with her at CIU for a visit. Not only was it great and refreshing to see her, but it was so fun to do it in that place where we met and shared so many memories. As we were heading back to the interstate, we spotted one of our former professors taking a jog. It made my heart so full. I am so thankful to the Lord for all the work He did in me in that place.

Then, on Sunday, William left for Atlanta. We had a great time together before he left that afternoon — just us and the baby ladies, as I like to call them! After we dropped him off to meet his ride, the baby ladies and I hit up Target and the grocery store for a few things we would need this week. Then, home. I had made a project list of organizing jobs that needed to be done around the house and I was excited to get started!

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That night, I had the worst time getting to sleep. Mainly because I was in that big ‘ole bed all by myself (the dog doesn’t count). Talked to William early the next morning and found out he didn’t sleep well either. We were just meant to be together. Neither one of us likes being apart.

It’s Tuesday now, and I have caught up on my cleaning, completely organized Ayden’s room, our room, my desk area, and our closet! It feels so good to know that all 5 of us will come home next Tuesday together…and that we will know where everything is and have a clean house to dirty up!

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Oh, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a new weekly link up I’m introducing with Mrs. Pate Writes! You will be blessed, I know it!!

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insta-friday.

Posted by Tori on May 18, 2012 in family., Instagram.

Welcome to a look at our week through Instagram! We had lots of fun seeing His grace shine through the little moments.

You can check out my Instagram profile and follow me here:

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Meet my hot date. My birthday was Wednesday, but the two of us celebrated on Tuesday with a fabulous meal and a trip to the spot where we got engaged five years ago. This was our first time back and it was so sweet to relive those moments. Love, love, love this man!

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This has been my reading material of late. We are taking this class together on Wednesday evenings and I cannot tell you what a blessing and encouragement it has been for us! Great read for those of you with littles in your life!

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This is from this morning during our play time! It brings me such joy to see Ayden show his love for his sisters. Thanks, Lord, for these priceless treasures.

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Another one from this morning. Ayden & Chelsea rolling around on the floor.

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All three of them dancing to Veggie Tales. They make me laugh so hard!

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Sprinkler fun with daddy!! This is definitely Ayden’s new favorite thing! Last year he was a little scared of the sprinkler…not anymore!

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Having a blast!! He would literally do this all day if he could!!

 

My first time linking up with…

life rearranged

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happy tuesday.

Posted by Tori on May 15, 2012 in family.

It’s safe to say that May is my favorite month. This May has definitely not disappointed!

I took the girls to the park while Ayden was at preschool last Friday. We had the best time!

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Brooklyn.

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Chelsea.

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Chelsea is on the move!

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Brooklyn.

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Mister Ayden posing for a picture!

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Ayden loves to play with the front-facing camera on my phone. He always makes faces at himself!

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my heart might explode.

Posted by Tori on May 1, 2012 in family., thankful heart.

CIUgals

I absolutely love these gals. Shared life with most of these sweet women for four solid years. I can’t say enough about how much influence each of them has had over me. I am so grateful for each moment, each laugh, each tear. I wish we could be together more often, but I am thankful that we still make time for one another even though we are all in different places now. Everyone should have a group of friends like this! Ladies, I love you more than you know!!

 

Later, after lunch with these friends, we took a family trip to the beach! This was the twins’ first beach trip!! Everyone had a great time.

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This is Chelsea with her daddy. She made us laugh the hardest! As soon as we set her down in the sand, she looked around, and then power-crawled as fast as she could and as far as she could! We would run after her and bring her back to the towel and she would take off again immediately! I don’t think she’d ever seen so much wide, open space!! We’ll have to keep an eye on this one…

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With all this grace and all these blessings, I think my heart might explode!! His goodness is beyond measure. These are just some of the little ways He reminds me everyday.

 

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amen & amen!

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mommy wow. i’m a big kid now.

Posted by Tori on Apr 25, 2012 in ayden., family.

Ok, so we started potty training Ayden last Saturday! We are silly people, I know…but he acted like he was ready, and one less baby in diapers is always a good thing, so we gave it a shot!

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I set up a little kit in the bathroom, complete with pull-ups, reading material (more for me than him), Wet Ones (in case anybody touched something they shouldn’t), baby wipes, flushable wipes (for the messy ones), and disinfecting wipes (for the potty). Man, who knew they made so many wipes?! Expert moms: feel free to let me know if I have forgotten anything important in my kit! 🙂

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And…success!! He was so excited to start learning. By now, we are in big boy underwear…hoping that he continues to keep up the good work.

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And, of course, we are equipped with a “special treat” when he does a good job.

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Probably the most important part when you are teaching a little one to use the potty. I intentionally wrote this as a reminder…in case I forgot. Good thing, too…because there were moments I referred to it!

As Ayden was starting to learn, for the first day or so, we decided to stay home as much as possible. Ayden must have gotten a little stir crazy himself, because I came downstairs to find that he had gone in the drawer where we keep old cell phones/chargers and pulled one out, along with a USB/mini-USB cord and a wall plug. He had successfully plugged the cord into the phone and the wall plug into the outlet, and charged up the phone enough to turn it on!! So…I asked him (you can imaging the tone of voice…), “What are you doing?” To which he replied, “Checking my email. Texting Mimi.” Really?! I looked over my shoulder to the “Love is patient and kind” note on the board. Then, I explained that he was not allowed to use the cord or plug things into the wall and that he needed to put that back immediately. He was pretty bumbed, but we moved on nonetheless.

Also, during the time we’ve been home, I have memorized most all of the Veggie Tales, Robin Good. It really is a great one, and Ayden has insisted on watching it at least twice everyday. The silly song in this one is called “Bubble Rap.” Now, he loves to watch this one several times in a row and actually sing along…which is really, really cute. So, since I had memorized the song, I caught myself singing along as I was folding some laundry. Ayden looks over at me and says, “No, only Ayden sing it!” Whoops! Didn’t mean to ruin the moment for him…

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The girls have been especially cute lately as well. The other night before bed, they donned their tootoos for some playtime. This is Chelsea.

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And, here is Miss Brooklyn. Notice she has Chelsea’s paci in her mouth and her own paci in her hand. Silly lady. These two are such joys!! Love them all to pieces.

And…lastly, I decided to share the “Bubble Rap” with you…just to brighten your day and give you a little glimpse into mine. Enjoy!!

 

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JESUS LIVES.

Posted by Tori on Mar 22, 2012 in a good word., family.

This week has been a whirlwind! I received a phone call on Sunday that my only living grandfather was unwell. Monday morning, I packed up the babes and headed to GA. When we arrived, I got a call that William’s great-grandmother had passed away. Thankfully, my grandfather was doing much better than I expected. We had a wonderful visit. I will never forget the beautiful moments he spent sitting next to my sweet Chelsea, stroking her hair and telling her how precious she is. Tuesday morning we packed up, ready to head back to Charleston. My plan was to leave by 10. 11 rolls around and we are finally loaded in the car and ready to head out. Then…traffic stopped as far as the eye can see. We took 1 hour to drive 4 miles. We finally make it home at the same time William does from work. We wake up early the next morning to drive to Columbia for his great-grandmother’s service and then we make it home again by 9:30 that night. In all of this chaos and traveling, the Lord provided a few much-needed quiet moments to speak into my heart.

My life and my moments are His. Far too often I get distracted and try to make them mine. That’s when all measure of stress, discontent, strife, bickering, and frustration come flooding in. It doesn’t matter that I wanted to leave by 10 and that we really left at 11 and then crept along at a snail’s pace for another hour. What matters is realizing that my time is His and spending it on what He desires. I’ve never been so thankful for a traffic jam.

I kept playing this song in my head over and over again this week.

I am so thankful for a legacy of family that has gone before me, carrying His name. I am thankful that because He lives, my earthly grief fades to the background and the foreground is filled with His glory and celebration of the hope we have in Him. Come, Lord Jesus! Capture every moment of my crazy day. Make it yours. Give me eyes to see eternity in each circumstance.

Jesus lives.

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life lately.

Posted by Tori on Dec 15, 2011 in family.

Life around the Easom house is never dull! Week before last, William was sick with the annual cold that always comes at the most inconvenient of times. After he was all better, I sighed a little sigh of relief, thinking that the rest of the family had managed to sneak in under the radar. I sighed a little too early because then I came down with it. And then the three precious baby noses in our house started to run. Fast forward to today and we are all still sniffling! I am so ready for this to be done so we can move on & really enjoy the days leading up to Christmas.

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I have the BEST husband ever! Last Saturday, he took Ayden out for the morning so the ladies and I could rest a little. The two of them had a blast!! Daddy really is Ayden’s hero. And I love that.

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William and I have caught ourselves lately just watching the kids play from a distance. Yesterday, Ayden took a load of toys into the dining room and we snuck a peak. I am so thankful that they love each other and love playing together. I know these days have really just begun, but I am already savoring each beautiful moment. His grace is so, so deep!

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On Tuesday, my mom came to town for the sole purpose of staying at home with the babies so I could accomplish some Christmas shopping! For all you moms out there of little ones, you know how incredible this day was for me!! I had the best time. I had not been out by myself like that in WAY too long! I found this lamp at Pier 1 and fell in love. I have no idea why…but I want it! It makes me happy.

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Then, I went to Barnes & Noble. A friend had loaned this book to me and it is so good. I don’t know if you are like me at all…but I never really thought I had any issues with boundaries. This was a real eye-opener and a big encouragement to see how we can best honor Christ with our decisions. Highly recommend.

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And…finally, TODAY. Today is National Cupcake Day. So, of course, I made cookies! I really do love baking and I love giving…so this time of year is super fun for me! I’ll be sure to save you some…

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good times.

Posted by Tori on Nov 18, 2011 in family.

Wednesday night we had dinner with some friends and Ayden got to play with their son, Gavin. I love how these two are becoming such sweet buddies.

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Ayden.

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Gavin.

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Gavin’s adorable baby sister, Kiersten. Seeing her makes me want another…

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Thursday morning Ayden decided to help me out with some laundry. Yes, he totally climbed into the dryer…silly boy!

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Brooklyn & Chelsea are getting so big! Practicing holding their juice…love them so much!

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