I have come to the conclusion…
it is impossible…
to get a good family picture!
Where everyone is looking…
at the camera, smiling, and have their eyes open!
Once upon a time, there was a young woman (girl really) who went off to college at the ripe old age of 17. Her first semester started in January. Her mom came to pick her up from college and off they went to NC to visit family and friends. While there her mom got wind of a young man preaching his first sermon at the church she had grown up in. The mother said to the daughter “lets go hear him preach, I knew him when he was a baby!” So off they went! While the young man was preaching the mom leaned over to the daughter and said, “that is who you will marry one day!” “Whatever,” thought the daughter. The service ended and all went home, not a thing was said between the young man and young woman. A week went by and the young woman, her mom, and sister went back to said church and sang, still nothing was said between the two. The young woman and her mother left the next day to go back to their home in Texas, and all was forgotten. But not for long… that Friday the young woman got a letter in the mail from the young man. In the letter, he introduced himself, sent a picture (for a reminder), and proclaimed she was the woman he had been praying for. “Well… the young woman was quite taken aback and didn’t know what to think. Soooo, she prayed and prayed seeking the Lord’s direction in this matter. Meanwhile, all the young mans friends and family was trying to set him up with all kinds of people, he kindly refused. There was a time, or so it’s been said, he had almost given up, the young woman was taking forever getting back to him. Then, one day he got the long awaited letter he had been looking for. She didn’t think he had completely lost his mind! From there, they wrote back and forth for a couple of months. The young woman called him on his birthday, the first time they had actually spoken. Then in September, the young lady and young man, met in their hometown. For their first date, the young man took the young lady to his cousin’s house and jumped on the trampoline all day! (What a romantic!) Later, they spent some time together getting to know each other. The next weekend, the man found himself in Pensacola, visiting the young lady for her birthday. They attended a fine arts program. He met her at the door with roses! (See there was a romantic locked within!) Around Thanksgiving, they started talking of getting married. The date was set, a wedding was planned. Once again they met in their hometown. The young lady met the young man’s parents on the day of his college graduation, 3 weeks before the wedding. After a crazy three weeks, they were married on January 6th. Within six months they found out she was expecting their first child. Oh, how excited they were. A baby was on the way! They really had no idea what they were getting themselves into. In March, a baby boy joined the family! Oh, how spoiled he became, the young lady had nothing to do all day! In July, a big move was in store. Off to Maryland the family moved. The young man had surrendered his life to God and was now entering Seminary. Nine months after the first baby boy was born, they found out another baby was on the way again. By now the young couple was finding out how hard life could be, but they were still so excited about the new little one on the way. Nine months later, another little boy joined the family. How precious he was, so laid back, with never a care, but not long after he was born he started suffering from ear infections and reactive airway (asthma). Times were hard for the little family, but God always supplied their needs. Nine months later, the couple found out another little blessing was on the way. The young woman, just knew this one was her little girl, the young man had a completely different view. Another nine months and a little girl joined the family. Oh, how excited the big brothers were! Within a couple of months, the young man took over the assistant pastorate at the church they were attending. The little family then became increasingly busy. The youth, dean of men, and doing the duties of the assistant pastor kept the young man super busy, giving the young couple a taste of what life was going to be like for them. A year later, while on a missions trip, the young lady had her first miscarriage. How broken hearted they were, a little one they would have to wait till they get to Heaven to get to know. Another busy year passed, and the couple found themselves expecting another little one. Not long after the oldest went to kindergarten, the baby, another little boy was born. What a handful this little one was. Oh, soooo active! (couldn’t have been all the mountain dew the mother consumed!) The family, which isn’t really considered little any more, grew out of their dwelling place moved into a larger place. There they had lots of youth outing, college outings, birthday parties and were content to spend the rest of their lives there. They suffered another loss, another miscarriage of a little one. They could see the hand of God, had this little one lived, it would have had been terribly deformed. Still yet their hearts hurt. Another little one they would have to wait until Heaven to meet. God was working in the heart of the then, Man. He was speaking to him, telling him He had something else for them. Church planting was laid upon the heart of the Man. He began searching and searching for what God would have him do. The place God had laid upon his heart was in the Bible Belt, why start another church there. But he obeyed and now there is an Independent Baptist Church started where there were none. The couple suffered another loss not long after they moved, another little one they would have wait to meet, but God being faithful blessed again with another little girl. A little one with golden blonde hair and ole so much personality. The family busied themselves in the ministry and saw the church grow. Once again, God blessed the family with a precious little boy whose smile will light up a whole room. Fifteen years of love, laughter, and loss, fifteen years of beginnings, changes, trials, and new beginnings. It’s a time to celebrate, not all marriages last 15 years, and it’s only by God’s Grace ours has.
Yesterday, around three Cocoa decided it was time to have her babies. Oh boy, what a stir it did cause! Poor thing started around 3pm and around 9pm she only had two. This morning we woke up to four puppies! Can you imagine how excited these Beans are?
Tabs was down for her nap, so when she woke up we had to show her what had happened overnight! Needless to say, she was excited!
They are sooo cute! I tried to get a close up of their faces, but it turned out blurry. Anyone looking for a puppy? In about 6 weeks we will be ready to get rid of some to the dismay of all the beans! They want to keep them all! Let me know if you are interested. They are part Lab part who knows!
I feel the need to go back a couple of weeks and explain. So much has been going on lately. As for my wordless Wednesday last week, I guess you can tell we took a trip. A very long trip! After 13 years of waiting, we finally went to Texas. Can you believe it? Somehow, I’m still wondering how everything worked out, we were able to go visit my parents. It was the first time in almost 6 years I’d seen my dad over two for my mom. It was sooo good to see them and be able to spend some time with them without outside pressures. Tabitha took to them amazingly. We weren’t there long at all and she was reaching for Momma from me! We were also able to see my sister and her family. The beans were able to spend some time with their cousins a rare treat indeed! I wish I had posted this sooner while the emotions of everything were still high! Oh, and I was able to meet some blog friends/facebook friends! Small world sometimes! Here are some pictures to remember the week by. If you are a facebook friend these are probably reruns!
What a lovely couple! Wile we were there, Mom and Dad had a wedding to attend. A very formal wedding by the looks of it! See that Texas sky in the backgrounds… Leah asked if the sky in Texas was bigger than the one in NC!
Honestly, you can’t get more alike than these two! My niece Laura has amazing patience with Leah who is always following her around!
Caleb took to Daddy like ducks take to water. He talked to Daddy just like he was his best friend. Daddy hadn’t seen Caleb since he was one, but they hit it off!
Granny Boo Boo with her snuff cup and jokers. Poor thing she was soo homesick the entire time we were there.
I was privileged to have this time to take pictures of the kids with their great grandma. I need to fix each of them a book so they will remember their Granny Crump!
The beans were able to take part in the services at my Dad’s church and my Kim’s church. Poor things they were sooo nervous!
Tabs really took to driving!
And to Texas life in general!
Monday, we went to the zoo. The first one Caleb remembers! He loved the different animals. They had some of the biggest tortoises I’ve ever seen!
Such good memories!
I love the relationship these two have!
While fighting the alligators, Jonathan just about got his head taken off!
But the Beans were able to wrestle him down.
Gramma taught Tabs how to drink from a straw. As you can tell she hasn’t got the suck, swallow thing too good yet!
Tuesday, Kim took off from work and we were able to go to Padre Island. The Beans were able to hold parrots for the first time!
Tabs just wasn’t quiet sure as to what to think!
Neither did Seth!
We ran into so very scary Pirates!
But Granny charmed them immediately!
I love the look on Luke’s face. My goodness how this child has grown. He is close to 6 feet tall, and he is only a year older than Jonathan!
The pirate’s ship of course!
These guys loved the waves!
Tabs first time at the beach!
Oh my how she loved the water! She wasn’t afraid of it at all. She would lunge for the water when it would roll in. I guess she’ll be crazy about water like the rest of the Beans!
Bryan, Daddy and Caleb walked out to a jetty and did some exploring.
Took some beautiful pictures,
and found some crabs!
On Wednesday, Mom and I braved the border. I didn’t have a passport, which is required, but I went over anyway. I received a reprimand by the border patrol, but it was worth it all the same. Not much has changed in 13 years! I do wish I could have taken the kids, but we were afraid of what the bp might say.
The streets with all their little shops and stores.
It’s amazing the boot store is still their, Angels, and the Canada store. The street vendors, and the men who help park cars. It’s as if you are stepping back in time. Not much has changed, although I didn’t see any little kids asking for nickels. That used to be a common occurrence!
Can you see the tank in the middle of the street? As we went out the Mexican police checked us. Smile at them and you get across with no problem!
Coming back across,
Whew, stateside border patrol!
Good bye pictures…
Tabs wasn’t real sure she was liking what was going on!
Oh how she loves her Gramma!
Oh how I wish it didn’t have to be so long until we see them again!
Me, the daddies girl that I am, dreading saying good bye!
One last together picture.
Well, maybe one more!
Oh and yes the Beans would like to get into Paw Paw’s plane.
No, they didn’t get to go up, but would have loved to!
Okay, we’re through, I’ve tortured you enough!