March 20, 2012

I love eKidz!

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Our children's ministry is first class.  A while back they created a blog that is so helpful!  I no longer have to wonder what my kids are learning about in church, or rely on their interpretation of what they were taught each week.

The eKidz blog gives a weekend recap every Monday, so I know exactly what concepts I can be reinforcing at home.  They also post about upcoming events, contests they are doing and other helpful information as well as the memory verses for each month.

I am so proud of our children's ministers.  They work so hard to make Elevation an exciting place for kids.  My kids love going to church and that makes me so happy!

Last month, Graham's age group did a spy contest.  This month it's all about basketball in Elijah's group.  Here are their pictures that they entered...


You can check out their blog here.

February 22, 2012

Snuggles and Sneezes

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Graham and Abbey have been under the weather this week with the Flu.  So we have been taking it easy.  Abbey has had a pretty rough fever for several days.  It finally broke today some time during her 4 hour hibernation/nap, she woke up drenched in sweat.  Graham only had a fever one night but has been sneezing like crazy.

We have done a lot of snuggling.  Yesterday Graham watched Lion King all the way through for the first time.  I think he almost cried when Mufasa died.  Abbey has spent a lot of time in my lap and in my arms.  Today we resume life as usual (and pray the rest of us don't get it).

January 11, 2012

Say cheese, PLEASE!

I am kind of funny about what I think makes a picture good.  Honestly, I know this is old fashioned, but I really like when everybody is looking at the camera and smiling.  I know, a lot of creativity is lacking on my part here.

As you know with young children, this can be quite difficult to acheive.  Here are a few pictures taken of my kids over the holidays I thought you might enjoy...

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And one that finally satisfied me!

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CODE ORANGE REVIVAL Update: Code Orange Revival starts tonight!  We are kicking it off with Pastor Craig Groschel.  You can join us at Blakeney or Matthews at 7pm or live online at our new Elevation 24 Hour Network.

December 23, 2011

A bit of bragging about my kids...

As all kids do this time of year, our kids have been busy little perfomers and I though I would share a few videos with you!

Elijah began taking piano lessons this fall.  He had his first recital this winter and, personally, I think he stole the show. 

Here he is just before the recital began.  He looks so nervous!

Here he is playing a Christmas medley of Go Tell It on the Mountain and Away in a Manger.


Graham is up next.  He is in 3 year old preschool a few days a week.  Here he is with his dad.  I had to get a full shot of his precious outfit.

And here is Graham singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas...


And we cannot leave Abbey out!  She is all over the place and becoming increasingly difficult to photograph :)

I have been working with Abbey on how to be a nurturing mother lately.  Here she is giving her baby kisses...

December 14, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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November 02, 2011

Hooked on the brothers




October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Tradition

Every year for the past 3 years we have gone to Riverbend Pumpkin Patch in Midland, NC.  It is such a wonderful little place that we have really grown to love.  I thought you would enjoy seeing some of the pictures I took.

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October 19, 2011

The caped crusader celebrates

Graham's birthday was a few weeks ago, but I couldn't not share some of the pictures from the party.  I somehow managed to pull off a sleepover with 5 little boys, and we had a great time. 

My kids really get into naming the food, so I went all out with that (thank the Lord for the internet!).  We had Poison Ivy Punch (green koo-laid ice cubes in ginger ale), Cat Claws (Bugles), Penguin Poppers (frozen pizza rolls), Bats in Blanket (pigs in a blanket), Mr. Freeze ice cream, Two Face cookies (vanilla and chocolate oreos), and for breakfast the next day we had Robin eggs, Riddler Rolls (cinnamon rolls) and Bat Fruit.  I know that was a lot of junk food.  Don't judge me, it was a party.

The highlights of the party were when my sweet husband wrote a scavenger hunt for the villains and dressed up as the Riddler.  And then when Elijah preached a birthday sermon.  No one got saved but we did take up an offering (just a joke).

Here are a few pictures of the celebration...

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October 04, 2011

Picture Pages


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  She's gonna be a tough little girl.  She's gotta be if she is going to survive.

September 28, 2011

Monkey in the middle turns 4

Today is Graham's 4th birthday.  4 years ago today, Graham entered the world quite dramatically and he continues to keep us on our toes.  I have a special connection with Graham as we are both middle children.  He has such a fun little personality.  I wish everyone could know him.  The woman who catches him in about 25 years is a lucky girl.

I stole the pictures from this post from last year and I thought I would add to it.  These pictures were either take by Sean Lyon or Cheyenne Shultz.  Here is Graham's life in pictures.

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1 Year

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2 Years


2 1/2 Years

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3 Years


3 1/2 Years