Tuesday, August 18, 2009

80 years and counting!

This is My Grandad. The older grandchildren call him Gamdad but the younger ones call him Daddy Jack. Daddy Jack turned 80 today. I believe he will live to see 100.

Every time I visit Daddy Jack he always has a story to tell. Usually I have already heard the story but today was a new story and It was a special one.

We were talking about how smart kids are. He said that he remembered when he was 5 years old and his grandfather was dieing of pneumonia. Back then there were no antibiotics to cure pneumonia and most people died if they got it. He said that His mom told him to take a bath and get ready to go see his grandad. His grandad lived in Gadsden. He told his mom that they needed to pray for his grandad (her dad). She hesitated but then decided to pray. Daddy Jack started tearing up at this part of the story. When they got to Gadsden the family game running out telling them that he was doing better and about a hour before he made a turn for the better. Daddy Jack said that he lived 4 or 5 years longer. Daddy Jack said that not then, but later he realized how important that was and how prayer really works. You have to pray believing. I am a huge fan of prayer. I have seen God answer so many things I have prayed for. This is now one of my favorite story from Daddy Jack.

Oh, and another thing, when I was leaving he asked me if I noticed his soccer field in his back yard. My first thought was that he sold the land. He said that the neighbors asked if they could play soccer there and he didn't mind. They have chalked off a huge rectangle and put up goal post. A lot of his neighbors are Hispanic. There are not many people his age that are not raciest. He's doing ministry right in his back yard! I love it! He says some days there are 15 cars parked and tons of people out playing soccer in his backyard.

A Day in a Cave

Attn: I'm no longer going to apologize for so many pictures...lets just face it, I LOVE PICTURES! hahaha!! Enjoy!!

My Sister-in-law's family came into town this past weekend so Kerrie decided to take them to Cathedral Caverns and they invited me to go along. I've been at least once before but it's still blows my mind at how HUGE it is.

Kerrie and Deci waiting to go in.
Kerrie's Dad Marvin, Sister Wendy, Kerrie and Wade.

Deci and Wade

The Opening of the Cave from the inside.

A bat!

I should have made this picture bigger. You can see a little of how big the cave actually is. On the right side you can see the railing where you walk.

Deci thinking: "Hmm...What are we looking at exactly?"

Me and Deci

Deci: "Uhh..Is this it??"

We had a great time. I'm so glad I got to hang out with Kerrie's family while they were here!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My Summer Reads!

I thought our 7 blog followers maybe getting tired of pictures so I thought I would do a blog with no pictures. As school is starting back I feel like Summer is officially over...although it's not really...it's just always seemed like that to me. Soooo... I thought y'all might be interested in what I've read this summer. Ok, maybe not but I am going stir crazy to write a blog and this was the first things that came to mind. :)

Books I've read this summer (ish...some I may have read before Summer actually started, when school ended.)

1. The Time Traveler's Wife By: Audrey Niffenegger
This one probably wasn't summer but it was the starting book of a book club I'm in and I know I can go from there of the other books I've read this summer. This book was a little..umm...whats the word....Vulger...maybe. Some say I'm too sheltered but it had cussing and descriptive scenes...if you know what I mean. I'm going to see the movie tonight and I can't wait. The movie is PG13 so It should be clean. The book wasn't one of my favorites but it had a good storyline.

2.Firefly Lane By: Kristin Hannah
Great Girlfriend book about two friends growing up to be adults who take two different paths in life but fight to stay connected.

3.Love Starts With Elle By: Rachel Hauck
This one is a Christian fiction. It sounds cheesy but I thought it was good. It was a romance book. I hesitate to say that because every time I do my husband has to explain to whomever I'm talking to that I don't read those "trashy" Romance novels with the people half naked on the front cover.

4.The Healer By: Dee Henderson
This is book 5 in a series of 7 I think. The first few of this series I loved but after the first 2 they were Very predictable and harder for me to read because of that reason. I have the last one that I will read just to finish the series. They are about a family of 6 I believe who are orphans who adopt each other when they are kids. They all have very fascinating jobs and each book involved a love story.

5.The Host By: Stephenie Meyer
This was by the same woman that wrote the Twilight Saga. It wasn't as good as the Twilight books but I did enjoy reading this one. It's hard for me to even explain this book in a way that will make you want to read it. When I read the back of the book I didn't want to read it really. The main reason I wanted to read it was because I loved the Twilight books so much.

6.The irresistible Revolution: Living as an ordinary Radical. By: Shane Claiborne
I LOVED this book. Changed the way me and Q want to live our lives. I didn't agree with everything he believes or does. He is a man who lives in a colony type environment with others. They don't live on much and really try to live like Jesus lived. They hang out with the poor. They sleep on the streets with them and throw them pizza parties.

7.Every Now and Then By: Karen Kingsbury
This was also another book of a series I read a while back and just discovered this book was book 3 of that series. I enjoyed this book but like the first and second one better. She is a great christian author. I've read almost all of her books. This series deals with 9-11 and a wife who loses her husband on that day.

8.Jane Eyre By: Charlotte Bronte
This is a classic and some of you may hate me for this but I didn't enjoy this book much. First off it was hard to read. It took me the whole month of July to read this book. Most everyone else in my book club loved this book. I'm just weird.

9.The Hunger Games By: Suzanne Collins
This may be the best book I've read all summer. In the book these districts have 2 people each year to fight in the hunger games, which is a big arena where they fight until only one is left. (22 start off I believe) So, this 12 year old girls name gets drawn to fight and her older sister volunteers to go into the arena for her. It's sounds crazy gorey (my spell check says thats not a word...but you know what I mean right?) but it's not really. It's a very easy read. I couldn't put the book down.

10.Becoming the Woman God Wants me to be: A 90 Day Guide to Living the Proverbs 31 life By: Donna Partow
This book I'm actually 1 and 1/2 weeks away from finishing. It's a book I've been doing with some ladies from church. This book has been good for me to help me to take action in growing closer to be the woman I want to be. Although, like most books, I didn't agree with everything she writes about. It was hard to do Everything in the book but I just took what I could and over all it was a good read.

I am also currently reading Just Beyond the Clouds By: Karen Kingsbury. I'm only on the 2nd chapter so I don't have much to say about that one.

Please Share With Me Books You've Read this Summer! I read most of the books I read because someone recommends them to me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

In Need of an Adventure!

So my husband came up with this great idea to have a whole Sunday with no kid. He made plans to go eat in Huntsville with a few people for Allison's birthday. My mom was more than willing to keep Deci so we dropped her off after early service. Come to find out we couldn't go to Huntsville so after lunch Q wanted to go home and take a nap! Yes, a nap! That's his favorite thing to do. I, on the other hand, am thinking...No child equals do something that you can't do with a child. So we came up with this idea of going to Bucks Pocket to swim in the river. I had to pull Q kicking and Screaming. He really wanted his nap!

This first picture is the road we drove on to find the river. It was VERY bumpy.
Me and Q

Kerrie, Me, Holleigh, and Allison

The River Bed. There was not a drop of water in the River. It was beautiful! I made Q pull over so we could play.

Holleigh in Deep thought.

Check out the "Jump Here" sign!

Q and A

Q ended up loving the trip and being really glad he got to go. The only thing we didn't get to stay very long because he had to get back for a meeting. I was in much need of an adventure and I accomplished that Sunday. Thanks for going along with me guys!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Evans Family Reunion at the lake

Warning: You may get picture overload from looking at this post!

My dad and his brother Kenneth

Nash. This is my cousins boy. She has a blog page too.

Corrie and Deci playing Ring-around-the-Rosie (Which I may start calling R-O-R because I speak of it often and it's too long) :)

My Dad's brother Chuck playing R-O-R with Deci.

Nash and Deci swinging.

Missy pushing Will and Rome on the merry-go-round.

Ian showing Deci how to work the dump truck.

Rome and Deci jumping to Paw-Paw Bo.




I had to get Deci and her Bearcoon in a picture. Phillip, Missy's boyfriend, won this stuffed animal in a claw machine and gave it to Deci. She carried it around the whole time. She loved it but we couldn't decide what it was. It looks like a bear from the front to me but it has a long striped tail which looks like a Raccoons tail, so we called it a Bearcoon.

My Uncle Randy playing Washers. When I think of Randy I think of the game washers. He introduced the rest of the family to the game and got everyone addicted. It is now a must at our reunions. He's the best...or at least he thinks so! ha ha!

Missy and Philip

Corrie or "Co Co" as Deci called her because Corrie was too hard to say.

Cade and Lee playing washers.

Debbie feeding Deci home made Ice Cream.

She had more sugar this weekend than she has had in a while.

Q and Kyle

Deci had to join the picture.

Britt, Kyle and Kalyn

Future washer players.

Cade tired of me taking pictures! :)

We were at Guntersville State Park. I love this place!

Big Girl Bed

We finally got Deci off of her mattress in the floor! She is in a twin bed and she is soooo excited! You know me, I can't just do one thing at a time with her. Like before when I got her out of her baby bed the same week I started potty training. Well, last week I took her Paci away and then put up her twin bed. As far as taking the paci away it hasn't been as bad as I thought. I cut the tips off and she found them on her mattress when she went to sleep for her nap. She tried all 4 of them out and then looked at me and said, "Help me" I told her they were broken and she went and put them in the trash. She started crying then and took one back out. (I did put it back, yuck) She had one more "broken" paci that she held onto for another day until she left it at her cousins house. Naps and bedtime were hard for a few days. She would cry while trying to go to sleep because she couldn't sooth herself to sleep. Her paci's were her security blanket. That's been the hardest part for me knowing that was what soothed her to sleep but in the end I know it is a good decision and she will be fine in a few more days. It's already much better.