Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Join us on the new blog!

Alex and Charlie have arrived, so we have started a new blog! Come join us over at :


We'll keep you up to date on our sweet boys as well as big sister Lucy! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Singing the way John Wesley intended us to. . .


In the front of the Methodist Hymnal, you will find John Wesley's instructions for singing. They are as follows:

I. Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please.

II. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.

III. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a single degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.

IV. Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, then when you sung the songs of Satan.

V. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.

VI. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to keep with it. Do not run before nor stay behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing to slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

VII. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

Lucy seems to have got number IV and VII down. . . . :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Singing for VBS

Lucy singing, "I Depend On You" from VBS

Operation Overboard

Last week was VBS at Salem. Lucy went last year, but we left many nights because she was still to young to really enjoy it. This year was different though. She LOVED everything and had such a great time with her friends. Her favorite parts were getting to watch "Ocho the Octopus" puppet and singing and dancing. Here are some pictures from the VBS program at church on Sunday.

Dancing and singing

Daddy got to participate in VBS too as the Dive Chief, or D.C.

Megan, Lucy, and Brody
 All the kids

Lucy with her VBS certificate

Lucy, did you have a good time?? I think you can guess the answer! :)

Baby Shower at Salem UMC

This past Saturday, the ladies of Salem UMC held a baby shower to help us celebrate the upcoming arrival of Alex and Charlie. It was a fun filled evening with lots of great food and some wonderful gifts for which we are so appreciative! What a wonderful church family we are a part of!!

We know how to eat at Salem! :)

Showered with so many gifts for the boys!

Lucy would carry around the gifts that we opened and show everyone all the new things for her "two brothers" :)

Such a sweet cake 

Handmade blankets for the boys

Several ladies were sweet to remember the Big Sister as well! Lucy got a new bath towel from one lady - she wore it around her like a cape! :)

We cannot wait for the boys to get here and every day, it becomes more and more of a reality. The nursery is now almost complete - I'll put up pictures once it's ready. We had another ultrasound last Friday and everything is looking good. They are both growing at the same rate; they measure a little small for their gestational age, but that isn't something to be surprised with for twins. Believe me, they are quickly running out of room to grow! Even though there are days it seems like they will never get here, it's hard to believe that in eight weeks or less, we will finally get to see their sweet faces!

Hands On Children's Museum

Michael was gone at the end of June on a Mission trip with the youth from Salem UMC. Lucy, Grammy and I decided to have a girls day and went to play at the Hands On Children's Museum down in Hendersonville. After Lucy got comfortable with the idea that she could play with everything that she saw, there was no stopping her!

I didn't start taking pictures of everything we did until after lunch. Not for lack of trying though - Lucy wouldn't let me that morning! So there aren't any pictures from her serving ice cream, or playing with the baby dolls or shopping or gardening or building a race car. . . after all of that fun, we went to lunch and came back for the afternoon. Lucy was so entranced by the following activities, I don't think she really noticed my camera! :)

Painting. . . a fun filled mess that I enjoy outside of my home :)

The artist, hard at work

The final product . . . . she said each one of the colored lines was a different person in her family.

Playing with the rice . . .

They had a whole dress up section with a large stage to perform on. Lucy was Cinderella for a while, but switched to Tinker Bell later.

We finally had to leave so that we wouldn't completely miss Lucy's naptime. We had also promised her some ice cream before we went home. She cried and cried as we left - I think she would have stayed and played all day. She was still sniffling and upset until we actually put a cup of chocolate ice cream in her hand. Ice cream always solves everything, right? She also really liked the goat statue outside of Kilwin's . . . .

We had such a fun day. . . Lucy wants to take her Daddy next time and show him all the fun she had!

Lucy turns 3!

 Yes, I realize that this post is about a month late, but other things have had my attention lately! ;)

Lucy had a great 3rd birthday. We went to "play park" at Lake Louise and had a Princess themed party. Lucy had so much fun playing with all her friends, opening presents, and eating Cinderella cake. It was a gorgeous morning to be out at the park - we couldn't have asked for a better day! What a wonderful way to celebrate my sweet baby. (She likes to remind me though that she is a big girl, not a baby!) Hope you enjoy these pictures. . .

Poppa, helping Lucy blow out her candles

Telling Emily all about Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother

Opening presents!

 Playing with Maddie on the playground

Lucy loves to slide!

Swinging is fun!

The next day, showing off her birthday gifts. 
Thanks to Uncle Day Day for the Princess Dress up clothes! :)