Monday, August 14, 2017

Things are a little quiet at our country retreat today. 

Most of the kids were home yesterday afternoon for Sunday dinner. I love making a big Sunday dinner for after church. I have fond memories as a child going to our family plantation home for big dinners where our extended families got together and everyone brought food and we enjoyed fellowship together. It really makes this Mama happy when my children are all gathered around the table and enjoying their favorite home cooked meals and hearing them talk about the various things going on in their life. Our Sunday table talks usually involve discussing the pastor's sermon and everyone usually shares something that they learned from the message that morning. One thing I know for sure is that in raising our children we never failed to point them to God and to His Word as the standard for living.  As they each move on in this life it is our prayer that in every thing they do that they would honor God and serve Him.

  
I was outside at our country retreat this morning and tried to catch a picture of a hummingbird enjoying this zinnia but the little bird was too quick to catch on camera! But I saw this beautiful zinnia with its flower starting to curl and fade and it reminded me that even though the flower may fade and the things of this world may pass away, the Word of the Lord will stand forever!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

As summer break is coming to an end and a new school year begins, I am thankful for so many things. This summer has looked different than most of our summers have over the past 28 years and I went into this uncharted territory not knowing what to expect. This was our first summer that for the most part we didn't have any children at home. I LOVE having our kids at home and I wasn't really sure that I was going to cope very well with them all being away. But it has been a great time of being together with my husband and we have really enjoyed having the time to ourselves.
Us!
 We certainly missed our children....a lot but we have really enjoyed having some time for just the two of us. I'm thankful that we were able to get a small taste of what the empty nest will look like and that there are things to enjoy in the different seasons of life. With that being said, I'm also very thankful that things are getting back to normal. The washing machine is going now with smelly clothes from the boys being at camp....but it makes me so happy because I know they are home!
I am so thankful for each of these that call me Mama.
Our oldest 
Thankful that our oldest child turned 27 this summer and she's been working for the last year at a job she really enjoys. 
Our second oldest
We're so thankful that our son who is a 3rd year student doctor has passed his boards this summer and is now doing his rotations at a hospital. His first rotation is surgery! 
Our middle child
So thankful that our middle child spent the summer in Japan teaching English at a christian school. Even more thankful that she's now safely back home.  Although she just left to return to the university to finish her masters degree. But she's back on this side of the world!

our two youngest sons
So thankful that both these boys spent their summer working at a christian camp. They've been learning to lead and to serve all sumer.  Really glad they are home! Smelly laundry and all!!!!!!! Thankful that the Lord is good no matter what season we are in.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

And Another Graduate!

And another graduate!!! This one has been a long time coming for sure! My husband received his Doctoral degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary last month. I am so very proud of him. He has worked long and hard and kept at it even during difficult seasons.

My husband receiving his Doctorate
 I was so proud when they introduced him as Dr. Phillips. 

3 of our 5 children with their Daddy
We enjoyed being on the beautiful seminary campus but my favorite thing (apart from seeing my husband walk across the stage) was the sound of the singing in the chapel! Such exuberance and expressive voices lifted up in worship and it was beautiful.
My husband with his parents
We all are so proud of our graduate. Our family has been very supportive and encouraging for my husband to keep pressing forward to earn his doctorate. I think he grew weary at times but he just kept plugging away and pressing on. Our prayer is that God will continue to use us to be an instrument to teach the Gospel, for my husband to preach, and for our family to be a witness and bring glory to God with our lives.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Graduation

And just like that.....we have another college graduate!!!!! Summa cum laude and was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Chi Honor Society of the Association for Biblical Higher Education! We are so proud!!!!!
Congratulations to our middle child
We loved celebrating her yesterday! I don't know where the time went but it seemed like we were just taking her to her freshman year of college and dropping her off and now here she is a graduate. She has graduated with high honors, no student loans, and is already working on her master's degree. Hard work and diligence certainly paid off!
Our graduate and her siblings
 Her graduation fell in the middle of exams for one of our other sons in college but he rescheduled it to be with her. Our son in medical school has been in extreme study mode for medical boards but thankfully worked it out to be with us. I love how much the kids are supportive of each other. They really do a great job at encouraging each other.
Silliness (or maybe the heat was getting to them)
Our graduate and her grandparents
Speaking of encouragement.....my in-laws always try to be at anything that the kids have going on. They have a lot of grandchildren but try to support them all as much as possible. I'm so grateful and thankful. I hope that when I have grandchildren that I will have at least half of their energy!
 I'm also thankful for the great relationships that were made during my daughter's college years.

She has made some wonderful, lifelong friends and that was an answered prayer.

One of the greatest highlights of life is seeing your children press on and accomplish their goals. I can't wait to see what the future holds. For now, I'm glad to have her home for a few weeks before she heads off to volunteer overseas for 6 weeks. I know that God has some great adventures in store for her!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Early Spring Outing & Sleepy Goats!

We had the opportunity to take a little family outing today. Since we were already headed up to the upstate to pick up the college boy for spring break we decided to see if the "love birds" were free and surprisingly they were! No med school today! So we picked them up along the way and headed up a little further north to a favorite little spot we like to visit in Flat Rock NC. 
The sun was bright and it was a gorgeous day! The wind still had brisk chill to it but it felt great in the sun and in the spots that were protected from the wind. The goats at the Carl Sandburg Home were feeling kind of lazy in the sunshine. I think we caught them taking their afternoon nap!

 They did seem to enjoy a little ear scratching and head rubbing though.
 This one was sooooo sleepy! It paid us no attention whatsoever!
 Cute little barn kitty named Joshua seemed to enjoy the snuggling and extra attention from our daughter and daughter in-law.
 Can't believe our middle child above will be graduating from college in just a few months!
 Also it is hard to believe that these 2 in the picture below will be celebrating 2 years of marriage in a few months. My how quickly the time seems to fly by. Can we slow it down a bit?
The day ended too quickly and we had to head back home. We had a great time together. Cherished moments for sure.

Monday, January 16, 2017

It has been awhile since I have posted. I guess I haven't really wanted to see it in words on a page so I have avoided writing about it. We've experienced a great loss in our family with my mother passing away in December. The weeks leading up to her death were excruciating. She became very ill and was hospitalized at the end of October and then eventually passed away on December the 3rd. I am comforted by the fact that she was a christian and that she is now in heaven and is suffering no more. But I miss her.
My sweet Mama