can i get a hand?!

Posted by Tori on Nov 1, 2011 in family.

Ayden didn’t have preschool on Friday, so I wasn’t able to go to the grocery store. We left Friday afternoon for the UGA/FL game…so today I HAD to go to the store! It worked! The babies were so good, and a gentleman at the store gave Ayden a balloon. (I think he felt sorry for us!)

I snapped a photo because we were quite the spectacle!


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proud alumna.

Posted by Tori on Oct 28, 2011 in a good word., thankful heart.

Love my alma mater…way to go CIU students!


loving life.

Posted by Tori on Oct 25, 2011 in family.

So, funny things happen when you give me an iPhone and leave me alone with my babies. Here are some sweet moments we shared while we were waiting for William to get home from work.

Chelsea had just finished a snack and was chilling out in her high chair.



Then, Ayden discovered the front facing camera…  This proved to be a very fun mommy/Ayden bonding experience!







After we made our funny faces, he wanted to play outside. He has his own Cars lawn chair that he likes to sit in.



Then, he wanted to climb into the big lawn chair and put up his hood. I promise his did this all on his own…and this is the pose he made…a picture is worth a thousand words…



Brooklyn got tired of waiting for daddy to come home…



But, Ayden wanted her to play instead of nap…so he decided to wake her up…


I love my babies! And I love this life that the Lord has given me. So many blessings…and so much to show William when he gets home Smile!


laundry and linens.

Posted by Tori on Oct 25, 2011 in family.

We usually spend Mondays at home catching up on housework and getting ready for whatever the week hold. This morning began with one of my favorite treats! Oreos and coffee were meant to be together!!



Recently, we removed the baby gates going into our kitchen and dining rooms. We have enjoyed having it this way, but of course, it gives Ayden a lot more freedom. I heard something going on and then it got a little to quiet in there. I came in just in time to find Ayden with my chewing gum! He had climbed a dining room chair and grabbed my Bible study bag that was sitting on the table and helped himself to a new treat…what a silly, curious boy!




Once the laundry had begun, I brought a load down to fold. Ayden loves to help out!




Then, Ayden enjoyed his favorite lunch: peanut butter and apples!!



…which clearly tuckered him out…




sweet sundays.

Posted by Tori on Oct 23, 2011 in ayden.

Today after church we all got to play outside for a while. This weather has been so perfect…and Ayden would totally LIVE outside if we would let him!

Up until now, his bubble lawn mower has been an inside toy without the bubble action. Also up until now, Ayden has been convinced that his lawn mower was actually a vacuum cleaner. Well, today, all that changed.


Ayden’s first experience with bubbles in his lawn mower…





Since Ayden was still wearing his church outfit, I wanted to get a good picture before it got completely dirty. So, this is the face I got when I asked him to smile for the picture…




gotta brag a little.

Posted by Tori on Oct 22, 2011 in family.

So I have to brag on my brother-in-law, Mitch. Check out this awesome article about his dog and field training:


Mitch, we are so proud! We love you so much. You are an incredible guy!



weekend snapshots.

Posted by Tori on Oct 22, 2011 in family.

So…there are several snapshots to share! On Thursday, Ayden, the girls, and I went to Chick-Fil-A for a play date with a former college roommate and her 4 year old daughter. Ayden had the best time playing with her. She was so sweet to him. Her mother and I had lots to catch up on too! Just say the words, “Chick-Fil-A” and Ayden gets super excited…as you can see!



On Fridays, Ayden goes to preschool in the morning. He LOVES it and so do I because it gives me a chance to get out with the girls and get some errands run. Friday morning was chilly here, so the girls were bundled up in their new coats from their great-grandmother. We had the best time…doing our essential errands and meeting a friend for a “girls day” lunch.




On Saturday, Ayden tried on his Halloween costume. Last year, William’s mother gave me this costume that William’s younger brother wore. It was obviously too big last year, but fits him perfectly now! He LOVED wearing this!! He did not want to take it off. At first, I was concerned that he wouldn’t like the hat, but that was his favorite part. He was so upset when I made him take it off. I think he’s going to have a great time this Halloween!



Later on Saturday, some of my dearest friends from college came for a long-awaited, much-needed visit. There were a couple of us missing (Samantha & Andrea), which made it not quite the same, but we had a fantastic time! Ayden especially loved all the attention!! These ladies have no idea how much they mean to me! The Lord has used each one of them to literally change my life. They are the most incredible women I know!

Love y’all…today was just perfect!


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Posted by Tori on Oct 19, 2011 in family.

Sometimes I find it difficult to blog or update people on what is happening with our family because much of what we do seems so mundane to me. I want to try to take at least one photo everyday of something that we are doing…no matter how simple or mundane it seems. I don’t take enough pictures of my sweet ones so this will give me a reason to whip out the camera!

So here goes…we had a very normal day at home today. Mondays we don’t usually get out unless we plan something special….or unless we run out of formula…which is exactly what happened! I try to always stock up and plan ahead, but when I woke up I realized that I didn’t have enough to make it through the day. So, we loaded up the crew and headed to Target. I’m sure I was a spectacle pushing a double stroller down the aisles with Ayden on my hip! Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I don’t have a picture of this! We were successful in our quest, but I hope I don’t have to make a trip like that again.

Later in the evening when I was getting the girls ready for bed, Ayden was asking for some more milk. Since I was occupied I told him to ask William to get him some more. We are working with him to automatically say please and thank you when he asks for something. He took his cup over to William, held it up and said, “More.” William replied with, “What do you say?” Ayden was so confused an said, “More?!” We went back and forth like this a few times. Finally, William said, one last time, “How do you ask?” Ayden put his palms up, shrugged his shoulders, and said, “Ask?” It was the most precious thing. We laughed and told him to say, “Please!” Then he figured out what we were after and said, “Please!” and “Thank you!” once he had gotten his milk. One day it will click. He is so cute and sweet. He tries so hard to be polite. We are so incredibly proud of how he’s growing.


So there is is…a little snapshot into our world.

Thanks, Lord, for these three sweet miracles! We love them so much, but we remember they are yours…and so are we!

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lead me.

Posted by Tori on Oct 17, 2011 in family., video.

So, I have always liked the song, “Lead Me” by Sanctus Real, but last night I watched the story behind the song. I was so encouraged and moved by what the author did to reclaim his family for the Lord’s glory. Our marriages and our families are worth fighting for. They come first – over the job, the ministry, or whatever else is competing for our attention.

Lead Me.


repentance and rest. quietness and trust.

Posted by Tori on Oct 14, 2011 in a good word.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

So good to remember when I need His strength and salvation. I love Fridays…Ayden is at preschool (which he absolutely LOVES, by the way) and I am sipping some coffee sitting outside of Starbucks, and enjoying this beautiful weather with my sweet girls. They are singing and blowing raspberries while I type.

So looking forward to this weekend at home with my family. Yesterday William played hooky. It was so fun to have him home for a day in the middle of the week…just to play and spend time with the kids and rest. Much needed. I am already looking forward to next weekend when a group of my dearest friends from college are coming over! Times with them are so sweet and such a blessing to my soul. I love those girls!

His blessings are so abundant. I am desiring to abide in that repentance and rest, quietness and trust. He is God and He is good.

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