Summer Family Fun 2014

This past weekend has been one I will definitely cherish. To better recall it in the future I am blogging about it here. Because as I’ve stated before, this blog is a means to track this crazy-messy-wonderFULL of God given grace- Georgia Graham life. 🙂

I have had the privilege of sharing our new home with my parents, my oldest brother and his wife and children. It has been such a treat! We currently have not made many (and by that I mean zero) friends here. We are still looking for a church home and that is more than likely where we will form a lot of new friendships. So we haven’t gotten to have people over much yet. (Feel free to visit us friends!) I really enjoyed hosting and doing my best to serve my family in whatever capacity I could. Cooking is always more fun for me when I’m cooking for family and friends. 😉 I am so grateful that God not only created us but he gave us family. And whether our “family” is blood or some very amazing friendships with a depth and love that resembles family, it’s all from God. God created man and our chief purpose is to love and honor God which is primarily conducted through relationship. Family and friends are such a gift. I am so thankful for all the people in my life.

My parents are staying through the week but my brother, his wife and their 3 youngest children came for the weekend. They have a son who had made a prior commitment and we missed having him but look forward to when he is able to have a visit with us in the future. So we had 6 children, 6 adults, and never a dull moment. Two 2 year olds, a 4 year old, two almost 6 year olds, and a 7 year old. I love having a big family. It is so much fun to see all the personalities and interaction between the kids and the adults. My sister in law, Jamie, is so crafty and thoughtful and came with beautiful gifts bags full of bows (that she made) and polish and gorgeous hand made picture frames for my girls. She spent several hours painting nails, faces, and even giving me a little mini makeover. 🙂 I am so thankful God gave me sister in laws that didn’t just marry into our family but have truly become like sisters. My niece and nephews bring a special “White family” 😉 kind of life and excitement. We had so much fun introducing them to our animals and letting them have a little part in feeding, gardening, 4 wheeling, berry picking, firefly catching and front porch rocking. It was wonderful to spend so much time with my brother, CJ. He normally spends long hours at work or studying for his seminary classes. So it was nice getting 3 full days with all of them. I just love waking up and having people to drink coffee with. And I particularly enjoyed the couples time that Jason and I had with CJ and Jamie. It’s rare the 4 of us get a moment alone but we had some good late night chats and laughs that mean a whole lot to me. I’m so glad they made it up for a visit this summer.

We celebrated Independence Day. Which next year I want to be more intentional with my family about why we celebrate. The girls are getting old enough to understand the sacrifices people made for our freedom and I want to be continually instilling in all of us appreciation and thanks for the freedom we have in our country and also the freedom we have in Christ. I am guilty of reminding myself what individuals gave up for us and I do want to take the time to reflect AND celebrate. So THANK YOU to all who serve, have served, or have family who served. I don’t know that I’ll ever fully understand the magnitude of your sacrifices, I have not experienced the weight of the loss involved but I know that we are incredibly blessed by all who have played a role in serving and protecting our country. Thank you!

We also celebrated Caleb’s birthday. My baby boy is 2 now! So hard to believe. Caleb, you my boy are your daddy’s son. You love all things loud, dirty, athletic, adventurous, and most of all for now, all things tractor. I am thrilled to be your mommy and to be partnered with God and your daddy in raising you to be exactly who God intends for you to be. We pray you become a man that loves Jesus with everything you have and that you find your own unique way of living out how much you love God and his people.

Here are some fun pictures from our special weekend. 🙂

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Micaila, 6 going on 16

Good grief we have a 6 year old!! Happy Birthday Micaila 🙂

Micaila, you my daughter, are one of a kind. You have so many good qualities I’m not sure where to start.

I suppose we’ll start with the obvious and it’s your role as the oldest, the big sister. You take a lot of pride in this position and honestly I take pride in YOU because you do it so well. You love your sister and brother. The majority of the time you are eager and willing to help them with whatever they may need. You have really become interested in caring for Caleb, whether its feeding, holding, or bathing him. Heck you’d be willing to change his diaper if I’d let you! You love to teach your siblings things you have learned and like your daddy you are a very good teacher. You explain things well and with patience. I really enjoy listening in on conversations between you and your sister and brother.

You are very smart Micaila and you like to learn. This has made homeschooling you a breeze. Yes, sometimes you and I butt heads, you want to do things precise and perfect and well, that may have been passed down from me. But your determination pays off and you are already blowing through your school curriculum. I hope you remain this eager to learn and grow in academic and spiritual knowledge through out your life. It’s such a great quality of yours!

Because you are a natural smarty this makes you a thinker which makes you very inquisitive. In fact Daddy and Mommy aren’t always sure how to answer your questions, like “how did Caleb get in your belly?” And “how will Caleb get out?” We feel as though you are a little mature for your age and sometimes we’re just not ready for you to grow a little more. You amaze us with your ability to act so mature though. Truly, you act like your 6 going on 16 sometimes and quite frankly it scares us!

When it comes to extra curricular activities you, again like your daddy, excel at everything. Whether its baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, anything that requires coordination and natural athletic ability, you got it! We hope you hone into whatever sports you enjoy and use the talents and gifts God graced you with to glorify Him.

One thing I know about you Micaila, even at a young age, you don’t step into anything lightly. You make careful thought out decisions and this is most definitely an excellent characteristic.

This year we had quite the scare didn’t we? We praise God for wrapping His loving arms around you and carrying us through that time of confusion, uncertainty, discomfort, and waiting. It seems like it really wasn’t that lengthy looking back but in the midst of it all it felt long and scary. You were so brave and for the most part (considering the circumstances) you had a really good attitude. Even though that time was unpleasant it was a time of bonding for you and I, Micaila. We had a couple of trips alone to the hospital and this threw us both into the loving arms of Jesus and relying on Him to get us through. We couldn’t have done it with out Him.

We pray that as you continue to grow into a young lady that you would be aware of how much Jesus loves you. That you would realize your need for Him and that the only thing in life worth pursuing, with everything you have is relationship with Christ. We pray that you would find satisfaction and joy in Him and bringing Him glory with the life he blessed you with.

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:9-12 NIV)

We love you Micaila Elise!