Monday, December 22, 2014

How to Be a Cool Aunt

As many of you know, my sister, Regina Jennings is an author for Bethany House Publishing. Her 5th book just came out and you can buy it here.

Over Thanksgiving, Chapel gave her a blank book and said he wanted her to write one. Being a good aunt.... no... a cool aunt... she sent this for Chapel's Birthday. We decided we had to share it, knowing her fans would enjoy seeing this side of her writing.

Once upon a time there was a boy named Chapel. He was the cutest boy in Missouri. He had 3 big brothers named Deacon, Bo & Jake.

One day Jake disappeared. Deacon looked in all the high places and couldn't find him. Bo didn't want to look for Jake. Instead he took Jake's ipod and started playing it.

Chapel was mad that Bo wouldn't help, so he had to find Jake by himself.

He searched the woods and found a book titled How to Fly.

Chapel climbed a tree and found a book titled How to Be a Dog.

Chapel looked in Annie's doghouse and found a book titled How to Be a Fish.

Chapel went to the pool, and there were Jake's clothes, but Jake wasn't in the pool.

Now Chapel had to go the bathroom. He went inside the house and started peeing in the urinal, and then saw a goldfish with brown hair swimming in the urinal. It was Jake!

Chapel didn't know what to do. He went and got Deacon. Deacon said, "Let's find the book How to Be the Best Boy Ever and maybe Jake can change back to a boy!?"

Bo came in and said "Don't let him read that. I want to keep his ipod."

Deacon said, "Come to think of it, I want to be the best. I think I'll read that for myself." 

Jake bubbled to Chapel "You have to help me!"

Chapel put Jake in a cup of clean water and hid him until he came home from school the next day. 

He brought 2 books home from the school library. Since Deacon had the "Best Boy" book, all he could let Jake read was How to Be a Charming Mess. But it worked. Just like magic Jake stopped being a goldfish and turned back into brother.

He hugged Chapel. "What is that other book he asked?"

Chapel said "I want to read it. It's called How to Be a Hero."

Jake smiled and just before he went to fight Bo, he said "You don't need that book, Chappy. You already are a hero!

The End

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I ♥ This Small Town, Especially During Football Season

Football Season is always much anticipated at our house! We try on uniforms and even decorate long before the first game. This football season stood out to me, showing me all there is to be thankful for, living in this small town.

So here's my list...
21 Things I ♥ About This Small Town

1. I ♥ how the high school students support their team with a "dress up" theme. Every home game they spread the word and come fully decked out. (Beach night)

2. I ♥ how some of the Freshman football team had a tradition of going together to away games and watching their Varsity teammates. 

3. I ♥ that our children are receiving instruction from volunteer dads who just want to GIVE of their time.

4. I ♥ how we have close friends that are willing to pick up and take care of our younger kids when the older are playing.

5. I ♥ how the booster club encourages athletes to do their part by volunteering in the concessions.

6. I ♥ how athletes are able to show their faith in public.

7. I ♥ how the "older" boys show up on Saturday to support the Y teams.

8. I ♥ how boys are so proud of their classmate, being the FIRST in a long time to start Varsity as a Freshman. (I'm hoping this was western night.)

9. I ♥ how newcomers don't feel that way for long.

10. I ♥ how friends catch great pics of your kids when you forgot your camera.

11. I ♥ how the games are online so my parents can watch... and how the commentators give details specifically for them. 

12. I ♥ our sweet uniforms!

13. I ♥ that after a tough game a friend reminds me of what our emphasis should be.

14. I ♥ intense moments.

15. I ♥ the personal attention the HS coaches give the players.

16. I ♥ how our school colors are good to decorate with :-)

 17. I ♥ the tradition of having a girl wear your uniform.

18. I ♥ Momerators, (Moms of Liberators) who feed the players a meal every Thursday night.

19. I ♥ Homecoming parades...

20.  and Homecoming parade fans.

21. I ♥ the relationships between all ages.

I'll end with my favorite story from this season... Jake hasn't quite yet got the love or drive for sports the others have. He does enjoy them, because of friends! He wasn't getting to play much and I was hoping to motivate him a little, I asked "Jake, you're on the sidelines a lot. Does that bother you?" To which he replied, "Oh no! It's fine. It gives me time to relax!"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Micah & Preston's Wedding

We were so happy and felt so honored that Chapel was asked to be the ring bearer for Preston Guiot and Micah Cribbs wedding. Ok, so these are random pics, mostly of Chapel cuteness. Enjoy, like we did, this BEAUTIFUL wedding!

 (not sure what was going on here??)

 Coach Guiot brings out the ornery in everyone.

Chapel and his "Payt"

Rehearsal dinner, Coach Blair making Smores with Chap.

 Gorgeous Bride and Groom

 Chap with the Cribbs' sisters... Coach Guiot asked these girls, "do you girls think he's cute?" Carly shook her head "no." Chapel crossed his arms and smugly said "yes she does."

Holy Cuteness

 Half of the Harris kids... my boys have ALWAYS been able to say "my babysitter is prettier than yours!" :-)

 Our precious JoNeita
Handsome fellas, Kahl & Jake

 "Smore" of Kahl and Jake

 Is it me or does he look Amish? 
But Jake sure doesn't :-)

Don't worry, he wasn't hogging the dance floor, it was just his turn down the lane ;-)

This is so Coach Guiot... the reception is going strong and Father of the Groom is taking time out to play with Chap.

It was a perfect night!

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