VBS at SBC 2019: ABC’s

It’s another year of VBS. I’m not volunteering this year, but Tatum is still having a blast.

Just yesterday, she did pray for forgiveness of sins and to accept Jesus in her heart.

Now, yes, she has done this before with me. I have no idea if she understands what this all means. Doing it at VBS was more powerful because she was not WITH me. This was by her own will.

My biggest desire and I would say “goal” is for Tatum to develop her OWN relationship with Jesus. I want her to have a HEART for Jesus because kindness, love, joy..all of the fruits (including honor and obedience) don’t come from rules or fear of punishment; they come from one’s OWN heart and a desire to please Jesus/God. If she has this, then I know her life will not be empty of troubles, but it will be filled with tools to handle the problems armed with JOY and PEACE along the way.

So yesterday, they had her do the ABC’s:

Admit: It starts with admitting that you are a sinner.

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

That’s right: ALL OF US are sinners.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

Sin earns us death. That means eternal death, or separation from God for all eternity. But the Bible doesn’t leave us there. The rest of that statement gives us hope for eternal life, through Jesus Christ.


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16); Believe in the Lord and you’ll be saved (Acts 16:31)

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? The Bible says Jesus Christ is God’s son, sent here to die in our place.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Sin can’t go unpunished, but God wants us ALL to have eternal life and to live a life with HIM; that’s why He sent His son Jesus Christ to die in our place.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21)

You must admit that sin has separated you, and when you truly believe that Jesus Christ died to make it right: YOU RESPOND!

Commit (Confess):

…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; (Romans 10:9)

For it is by Grace you have been saved; not of your own doing; it is a gift from God. (Eph 2:8,9)

Now, it really is up to her to “work out” her salvation. She will understand the power of this gift as we grow together our walk with God. I’m excited to see what is next. All I can do is model and be Jesus, living out my faith.

She received a parent guide which we’ll go through.

We appreciate the volunteers! Especially Sarah. I pray that Tatum can do this one day for other little children.

Top Golf with Daddy!

We decided to take in a little golf. What could be better than the air-conditioned spaces to hit balls? Such is Top Golf, and we were on it!

Tatum needed a little help with her grip.

She is almost getting it. I know that a few lessons, she’ll be mastering her swing with her quick brain.

Now, yes, Tot…see where your aiming and GO!

Now, Daddy’s turn. GO BABE!

Those lessons paid off! He clocked it!

Now, I need a lot more practice, but I followed through.

So much fun. I hope to do more of this on a REAL course someday.

Another tooth bites the dust

Her fourth tooth became loose at VBS during craft. THEN, she was playing and it came out. There was much rejoicing on my part because I did not want anything to do with pulling it.

Do you like my smile, Mommy?

Yes, precious girl. And now, the tooth fairy must find a treat to put under her pillow.

Father’s Day 2019: Launch and flight

A start to our wonderful day was at SBC. Tatum got to pose with her Daddy! He’s our Rocket Man!

Now, I know that Tatum has always wanted to be an astronaut, but I figured I’d take the rocket for a test ride first. I must protect her from stray meteors. The truth of what is said on the signs cannot be understated. Daddy really is out of this world in that he is the most caring and intentional man in the world. What I mean is that he pays attention to all the details of our relationship and his relationship with Tatum. He never misses a beat, and if he does, he makes it right IMMEDIATELY. A Rocket Man in that he not only launches but he always lands, finishing what he starts.

So, we met mom in the cafe. They matched of course. Mama, you guys look so cute!

Then guess what? We needed more pics to celebrate the man we love so much. Tatum is now ready for the astronaut role.

We decided to use all the signs.

And can you say, that is enough pics? Not yet!!!

Sure, we look adorable in the pics, but it was 105 degrees and we were ready to literally chop someone’s head a tree and get home after this. Ha!

Ok so back at the ranch, we spent the day doing odds and ends. I spent the day chopping! No, not a tree or any body parts. Veggies. Yes, veggies…for my honey’s dinner.

BUT FIRST!!! GIFTS to celebrate our RM. Cooper wondered if he was going to get any attention.

Of course, little guy. He even posed for our first present.

Well, it was a card for Daddy that Tatum made. Apparently Copper was more interested in the camera than the card. It would have made a great chew toy, so good job, buddy, for staying paws off. Look at that cute card!!!

Now off to more cards. Cooper got Daddy a joke card because Cooper loves to laugh…see him cracking up here?

AND>… Daddy needed some new belts because he’s getting so svelte!! He’s lost a few lb’s since we got married and his pants are falling down. Since we don’t want him walking around naked…….Tatum definitely doesn’t want this to happen.

A picture: The HAY GIRLS LOVE YOU! To the BEST Dad ever.

One more gift, honey. I got both of you …..

Yes, both of you…. Daddy needed one for work (so he doesn’t have to cart his BIG ONE every day. And Tatum needed a creative coloring one). It’s…

A new Bible for you guys. I love you and LOVE the Word. Let’s all grow together in HIM! He is our foundation.

Well, remember those veggies I chopped and chopped. I made a

STIR FRY in the WOK! How fun it was to make! I was soooooo nervous about how it would taste. Let’s dig in. But first: A lesson in chopsticks. This will slow down our meal so we can talk and play Table Topics. Great plan, eh?

What a fun day to celebrate our RM, my honey, the best guy ever.

We love you to the MOON and back and beyond the galaxy.

Happy Father’s Day 2019.

Our kitchen is comin’ along!

This may be the coolest house ever after it’s finished. For now, the kitchen is sure coming along.

Baby, none of this would be possible without all of your fine attention to detail and passion. I LOVE YOU!

(Monty, you’re a gem as well!)

Planting our herbs!

Daddy bought us some potting soil. She’s ready to grow some herbs now!

It’ll be dill, thyme and basil.

Watch them grow into some yummy meals, right?

Tatum was inspired to draw some bees and flowers while, of course, Cooper, chilled out under her chair.

Oh, the life…..