Thursday, February 28, 2013

Easter Dress

I should have posted this weeks ago.

But I just realized a few days ago, there are only about 5 weeks to Easter!
So, if you just had the same realization as me and are scurrying to find the perfect dress for your 2 year old,
I have the perfect one for you!  

This beautiful dress is made of Antique Linen and Antique Italian Lace.
There is a long story how I ended up with an extra Easter Dress that I posted here last year.
This dress was only worn for these pictures.  When Sara Wells tried this dress on she got a small sucker smudge on the dress.  I had the dress dry cleaned and there is no trace of the sucker.

The dress is a size 3 and is 22 inches from shoulder to hem.  The back has 3 button closures.
And has a beautiful slip (that Sara Wells loves more than the dress) that closes with ribbon ties.
 (Just so you know, these pictures were take a year ago.  This is Sara Wells 2 years old in these pictures)
 Please let me know if you are interested in this dress.  The cost is $80.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Moving On...

I have been making it to my blog a little less often over the past couple of weeks.  There are lots of reasons, life is crazy, kids are keeping us busier than ever, there is so much laundry it is pouring out our windows...  But there are two main reasons I have been less frequent.  The first is we finally started watching Downton Abbey.  I know, I know.  Where have we been?  I don't know!  But we are so glad we finally caught on.  However, it is definitely keeping my away from my computer.  Oh well, its soooo good!  You will just have to bear with me:)

The second reason...

The most asked question Murray and I have gotten over the past 2 years is "how are things with your house coming along?"

Well, we can finally say, "It is all over!!!!"  Wahooooo!  We are finally moving on...
Hopefully within the next 6 or 7 months we will be finished with rental houses and will be in our forever home!
We are in the processing of selling our lot and are building on a lot in the neighborhood where Ella started school.
April 26, 2011 we never would have imagined what the next two years would look like.  But looking back now, it is amazing to see how even though this is never what we would have planned, God has gone before us every step of the way and prepared our perfect path.
Over and over and over and over again, the Lord provided exactly what we needed at exactly the right time!  This will be one of the experiences in our life that we will be able look back on as a family and always remember how faithful God is!  
One of the things that Murray misses most about having our own house is having projects to do around the house.  It seemed pretty fitting that our first project at the new lot was to bring over the tree that knocked down our house.
The kids were not thrilled that we choose one of the two days it has snowed this year to move the wood.
But the really cool culvert on the side of our lot helped get rid of bad attitudes.
Sadly, my camera died and I did not get anymore pictures of our new lot.  So, you will probably just get glimpses along the way:)

The last several weeks (and many, many, many more to come) have been spent planning, pouring over house plans, getting lots and lots of ideas and trying to decide what is best for our family.  I have been filling up my Pintrest boards!  We are so excited to finally be planning all the details for our home!

Praise the Lord how even when we did not understand His ways, he continued to be faithful to our family!  Thank you for all of your prayers for our family over the past two years!  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lessons from Miller

I tell you what, this little boy is the sweetest boy I know!

He is also the most thoughtful!  

This year Miller is in the Honey Bee Class Room.  Which means every student has a week where they are the Honey Bee of the Week.  Usually being the Honey Bee of the Week entails a special poster and being the Line Leader for the week.

But not for Miller!  In September, only weeks after he learned the details of Honey Bee of the Week, Miller saw this advertisement in a magazine.
And of course he knew they would be perfect for all of his friends in his class.   Since September, Miller has been pulling out this piece of paper and planning for the day that he gets to make his honey bees.

The week finally arrived.
It was finally time to make the Honey Bees.
I will admit, it was a little more work than I thought it would be... 
 but that did not phase Miller!  He worked for about an hour getting each Honey Bee just right!
And, oh my goodness where they cute!!!
 (Although Miller did tell me that ours did not look as good as the ones on the piece of paper!  It made me laugh because of course I was comparing ours to the ones in the advertisement and they came nowhere close in comparison.  So we had a quick lesson in comparing yourself to others - really more for me than him).
The next morning Miller woke up ecstatic that he was finally Honey Bee of the Week.  All morning we planned what he was going to tell say when explaining his poster to his friends.  And he just knew how excited his friends would be to get their very own Honey Bee.
 We went upstairs to brush our teeth before heading off to school...

And came downstairs to the worst scene ever...
Sage (our dog) had eaten the Honey Bees!

I don't know who was more heart broken.  Even Sara Wells knew the gravity of what had just happened.

Every tear that Miller shed just broke my heart to pieces! (there were quite a few tears)  Months and months of anticipation and planning just gone in 3 minutes!  It was A W F U L!!!

I think Miller knew making the Honey Bees again was out of the question, but I assured him I would find something special for his class.  As heartbroken as he was, Miller accepted what had happened and left the house that morning a little sad, but with a great attitude (he was not even upset with the dog!).  

I can definitely learn a lesson or two from my sweet boy.  If only I could handle disappointments and frustrations with such grace and forgiveness and willingness to let it go and move on!

Of course the really cute cookies I found really helped make everything better.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mercedes Marathon

We were honored this weekend to be a part of Team Bess
 in the Mercedes Marathon.
 Ella ran 25 miles at school
 and then ran the final mile
with thousands of other kids from the Birmingham area.
 It was a great morning.
We froze.
 Ella and Murray ran and stayed somewhat warm.
 We were all so happy to be part of the special day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

 We spent our cold, rainy Tuesday getting ready for Valentine's Day.
Of course any mention of a Holiday Celebration and the Lee Kids are thrilled!
Sara Wells and Millers picked out their Valentines
weeks ago
and have asked almost every day if it was time to make their Valentines.
And of course URlvd bags for the teachers
filled with our favorite pink cookies!
We are all ready for Valentine's Day here!
Can't you tell Sage it thrilled about her Valentine's sticker that Miller put on her?

I hope you all have a 

Happy Valentine's Day!