Earlier this week we came home to a notice from our home owners' association letting us know of a meeting coming up to discuss replacement of the roof on the townhomes and the financing of the replacement. Following is the comments made after I told Matt about the notice.
"Dear God, thank you for Mommy, Daddy, and Savannah. Thank you for my cousins. Thank you for all the trees that God made for us. Thank you for the horsies and the fences, and the cars. Thank you our houses. Thank you for our bodies. Thank you for Jesus' blood and Jesus' body. Thank you for Jesus rose from the grave and the disciples. Thank you for all of my friends at school today. Thank you for when we get home tonight that I can get some gum. Thank you for all the people that we love. Thank you for all of the animals at our zoo. In Jesus Name, AMEN. Mommy I said a long prayer!" (I am sure I did not document every "thank you" from the prayer. It was much longer than this and oh so much sweeter to hear it said by my sweet 3 year old boy!)
Matthew 18:3 NIV And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Please pray for Matt, Patrice, & Jonah Williams. Patrice gave birth to baby Jonah yesterday. He has a skin condition for which diagnosis is yet to be finalized. Last April, Jonah's big brother Gabe was taken to heaven during the 37th week of pregnancy. This family has been through so much this year and continued to praise our LORD through it all. Please pray for them. Updates can be found at their blog below.
We left Nana & Pawpaw's & headed to Gram Gram & Papa G's house. It was a busy & exciting week. All of the "Bradshaw kids" were home for Christmas for longer than 24 hours. It had been quite a few years since that had happened. We had a lot of fun along with the usual travel illness & bumps on the head. We got there on Sat. night & by Sunday afternoon Cole had pink eye & a nice size knot on his forehead. Gotta love traveling....
They just couldn't be serious for a nice photo. Not even for a couple of seconds!
Gram Gram reading to ALL of her grandkids!
Cole's awesome photography take 1.
Cole's awesome photography take 2.
He has such a gift with the camera!
Aunt Cristina, Uncle Daniel, & Ben got Savannah this neat tent for her birthday. Doesn't Papa G look good in pink!
He used to be wrapped around my little finger....
Gram Gram took her turn in the tent too!
All of the grandkids riding on Papa G's back.
Cristina's face says it all - we were afraid that they would break his back!
And nobody even fell off!
Cole's awesome photography take 3. This is Cole's favorite Christmas toy at Gram Gram's house. It plays "Jingle Bells".
Great Uncle Chris & cousin Taylor with Cole, Ben, & Savannah
Playing the "Jingle Bells" AGAIN!
Snacking on Snickerdoodles & milk on Christmas Eve
Leaving Snickerdoodles & milk for Santa
Papa G & Gram Gram with the kiddos on Christmas Eve
Santa Claus came to town!
Santa brought Cole a firetruck & a full fireman's suit.
Santa brought Savannah an easel with all of the art supplies she could think of and a Minnie Mouse dress.
Santa brought Ben a kitchen.
Check out the fireman!
Definately the cutest Minnie Mouse I have ever seen!
Cousins sharing a moment with Gram Gram's old fashioned sugar cookies. Yummy!
Ellen came to play!
Poppi with all of the grandkids in town!
top row - Cristina, Daniel, Poppi, Matt, me
big bottom row - Forrest, Dalton, Rachel, Taylor
little bottom row - Savannah, Ben, Cole
She just couldn't take any more....
Hanging out with Papa G.
Artists hard at work.
"I can spell my name!"
These are the letters that came with one of Cole's Christmas gifts.
We had such a nice week. By the time the week came to a close, it was definately time to get the kids back home & on a schedule, but we wouldn't trade a minute of the chaos for anything.