Written on 05/24/2011
Cohen’s last day of school is Thursday! Today we have a field trip to Enchanted Forest. If you’re a Salemonian you know my secret excitement about this…. She has gone through a full year of preschool! She has grown so much and it’s so amazing to see her in that element. She’s a leader, she’s outgoing, she’s incredibly smart (her teachers tell me this, too) and I know she will continue to be a light to this world as she progresses through school. I don’t have plans to keep her in private school. As of now she attends a little private preschool inside a very lovely Lutheran Church just up the road from us. I am so thankful for the amazing women who have been there to teach her this year. She has learned a lot about Jesus and it’s a nice safe environment for her to grasp the concept of school and being away from me. I wanted to ease her into school and I think this has been a good way. It was torture for me at first, to be away from her! I went from having her all day every day since she was born to dropping her off with people I didn’t know and just had to go about my day. Obviously I have learned to enjoy this and so has Cohen. Once she is in Kindergarten I am pretty sure we will enroll her in the public elementary school near our home. Not only will she have the opportunity to love and minister to others, but I will as well! I know there is tons of opportunity to help in schools and I am sure they need dedicated people to step up. It scares me to imagine the kind of things she will be exposed to. It kills me to watch the local news about the things that happen in public schools. It saddens me to see the budget cuts and the neglect the schools are taking that are supposed to be a safe place for our children to be. I’m more than willing to step up and pay more in taxes if it means better schools for the children. I would have never given it a second thought before I had my kids but now that I am a parent, all I want is to see them flourish.
So, in a nut shell….. We’re closing another chapter in life. We’re heading into Summer of 2011, then Fall will come again and she will once again be in school! This time 3 days a week. I’m so madly in love with my sweet Cohen. She’s beyond amazing and I am so blessed to be the person to guide her and build her up to be a godly and strong woman someday. All I want is the best for her. I will always encourage her to pursue her dreams and I will push her to do her best. I will always be here for her.
Here’s to another chapter!
Here are some pictures I thought I would share. I know there are people who look forward to them!
Written on 05/22/2011
A very happy mommy.
#1: Alone time
#3: Adele on Rdio
Written on 05/17/2011
Today my husband is 30. He was 24 when he met me. He turned 25 shortly after we got engaged. Now, 5 years later he is the BIG 3-0. I’m shocked by this number but I am also happy to see where he is in life at this age. God has taken us so far together and I feel grateful for the place we are in life. I know Vin will thrive in his 30’s. In fact I feel this will be his year to shine. I love him for at least 30 reasons… maybe a few more :-) Life wouldn’t be what it is without Vin by my side. I look forward to 30 more years and then some.
Here’s to you, babe! Happy birthday!
Here are some pictures of our fun filled night of dinner and bowling with our dearest friends!
Written on 05/09/2011
–adjective1.mentally deranged; demented; insane. Kesha Thomas’s life these days.
2.senseless; impractical; totally unsound: a crazy scheme.
3.Informal . intensely enthusiastic; passionately excited: crazyabout baseball.
So yeah. There you have it. Even the dictionary agrees! These past few weeks have been nothing short of exhausting. There has been lots of life, sickness, recovering, appointments, places to go, people to see, pictures to edit, dinners to make, sick babies to care for (5 days of puke) kids to tend to, gardening to be done, Easter, Mother’s Day, church nursery duty, get the picture?
I haven’t even had time to sit alone and reflect. Thankfully this last Saturday I had a pedicure with my BFF. She always has brilliant ideas. Unless someone actually makes that appointment for me it probably wont happen. I’m thankful for her making that appointment!
I go through phases where I want to do so much. I say “YES” to too much and I find myself somewhere in between wondering how I got myself in this place? When you can’t even muster up the motivation or energy to take a shower you know you have too much pending in your life. I love being able to help and I love being able to work but the reality is…. my #1 priority right now is home with my family. I’ve been feeling neglectful and I know It’s The Lord telling me to take a step back and seek Him first. I want my husband and my kids to receive my first fruits. This is not an easy task but it’s not even a question. It’s a MUST.
So, to sum up the past couple weeks…. here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure! As I type this God is pouring out sunshine on my back porch. I think I need to soak some up for my sanity’s sake!
Happy Easter! Love, The Thomas Family.
Squeezing in some nice family time…. I love this sight. I love not thinking about anything else in my life other than this.
Uh oh. Isla is sick….. She can’t stop puking! Ask my carpet… it knows!
The Dr. Visit went ok. She seems better!
Next up, Cohen’s Dentist Appointment! Which she absolutely LOVED! Yay!
Dr. Bateman counting her 20 beautiful little teeth!
Day three of puking…. not fun.
Day 5 of puking. The worst night yet…. Up til past midnight with a very tired and sick baby.
Mother’s Day! Without Vin and Isla….
Celebrating with my Mom and my Grandma! Poor Isla is home sick with her Dad.
Thankfully Isla finally after 5 days straight had a night FREE from puke! We’re hanging out low key this morning hoping her tummy is on the mend. I have zero groceries and my laundry pile is about as tall as the Eiffel tower….
Written on 04/30/2011
My little girls and I need to be out in the sunshine and fresh air, soaking up the vitamin D! Please, Lord. Have mercy on Salem, Oregon.
Written on 04/26/2011
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
He means it, people. His word is truth. Because HE loves us we are not consumed by this world and everything that surrounds us. His compassion is so great for us, it NEVER fails us.
His Compassion is NEW every morning. His mercy on us is NEW every morning. He does not hold a grudge on us. He does not dwell on our sin. He has forgiven us. He loves us.
Receive it. Embrace it. Allow His mercy to guide you and mold you. Keep your mind on The Lord and great things are bound to happen!
Written on 04/12/2011
Warning. Extreme babbling ahead. Proceed with patience….
I’m thinking about how confusing this life on earth is. I can’t really imagine not knowing Jesus and not having that security in where I will be when I die. I’m so thankful for the way that God made for me as a sinner to come back to Him, perfect and holy, and be with Him for all eternity. I’m so thankful for the bible and it’s truth. How do I know the bible is true? Because God himself says so. It has remained true since it was created. God IS truth, therefore if he says it, it is.
I believe faith in Jesus Christ and faith in the bible is divine. I have a total sense of confidence in the most important belief in my life. Sometimes I ask myself, “How am I SO sure?”
I just know. God has confirmed this in my heart. He truly cares for me and we have a personal relationship apart from anyone else.
It’s fascinating yet convicting. It’s tough to obey God. The things I want are usually not things that will lead my life in a positive direction. Thankfully I don’t count on my good works or deeds to get me to heaven, Jesus already paid this debt for me by simply believing I needed Him and His death in my place. It truly is so simple. We need forgiveness. Jesus forgives. We trust Jesus. We are forgiven, and heaven here we come! But living out what the bible asks…. not so simple.
Why can’t living out a godly life be simple? Where is that line when it comes to worldly desires and what God desires from me? When have I chosen a path that is sinful and when have I crossed that path that is leading me astray or keeping me in a stagnant place spiritually? I wish I knew. All I can do is choose to love, each and every person in my life. No matter how close I am with them, I want to show them the love of God. It’s alive in me, therefore I know I can spread it around to anyone I choose.
When I think of the things that reach my soul, it comes back to love. Love fuels everything good inside of me. It cheers me up, encourages me, makes me feel worthy, gives me hope, gives me strength, builds me up, builds trust, shows compassion and concern…. these are the emotions that help me get through life! I know love can be in many forms, but when it’s in it’s purest form it can only change everything around it for the good.
I hope I can show more pure love…. I hope I can show the love of Christ to all…. The true honest love of Christ.
Written on 04/12/2011
Aren’t we just so cute?
Written on 04/12/2011
In my perfect world, I would have awoke to this weather forecast
And then I would have marched cheerfully upstairs (while whistling) to put on this very weather appropriate outfit (made virtually by me on Nordstrom.com)
Doesn’t that sound nice?
I think so.
Ok. Back to reality. Just spilled coffee on my pink granny robe, and Isla is
crying screaming. I think she might want to get out of her crib?
Written on 04/11/2011
It’s been a bit of a long month for me. I’ve had so much going on emotionally and just being home a TON with my girls without the much needed breaks to bring me back to sanity. I know there will be seasons like this in my life where things seem so mundane and repetitive. The fact that the weather hasn’t been great also takes a bit of a toll on my ability to entertain my girls and myself!
Today I told vin, “I think I am going to have a mental breakdown. I am going to get out a bit tonight and have some time to myself!”
It’s a bit dramatic, I know. It was on skype so I wanted to overload the emotion a bit :-)
So here I am. Sitting at a coffee shop. My mind feels free. I am smelling fresh coffee brewing, listening to people (real adult people!) talking and laughing, I have my computer open, I am editing pictures, drinking cold coffee (it’s ok, I am used to it), watching traffic drive by. I feel a sense of freedom and independence. It’s tough to feel that when you are home 95% of the time caring for toddlers. I needed this.
It’s going to be a busy couple months. I am ready for it as long as I allow these times for myself.
Here’s to “me” time.
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