Mommy and me Journaling and Girl’s Night Fun

Oh, the fun of summer. Tatum and I are having fun with our new MOM and ME Journal. Every Monday and Friday I put it out and we have all day to fill in our part.

Here are the latest entries.

Elaborate, Tot!!

Next one….

Love this…

What would she do?

EEEEWW! I work too much.

Ok…moving on.

And she would….(I didn’t talk to her about this!!)

We are on the next one, and I cannot wait to share this.

We happened to have Girl’s Night tonight, and I needed it. She loved on my all day with my intestinal issues with prayers, hugs and compassion. I needed to say thank you.

After this, she fed me well. Dino and Bella joined the feast.

And the offerings were abundant!

I was so stuffed, so we each had a Zevia and played matching face game.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner that now I got to make for her (a quesadilla and salad), and then she showed me the COOPER show.

Which toy will you pick, buddy?

Down Cooper…that’s a good boy!

Do I have to do this, Mommy?

Oh, Coopy, Tot is so proud of you!

What a fun night with the Tot. More to come as our journal unfolds.

Landscaping with Tot; thank you, Balance!

She loves helping. We are having our front and backyard landscaped, and Tot is loving helping out. We love our workers from Balance, and we love not only spoiling them with Gatorade and donuts, but we also like helping them out. In fact, I found Tot out there with her shovel this morning.

Check out that fountain that Daddy is going to build! So exciting.

OK, Tot, come in for breakfast and let the boys work. She’s worked up a sweat!

Later, she wanted to make them a picture.

It’s fun to see the progress! More to come.

Happy Father’s Day my love!!

It’s your first Father’s Day as Tot’s OFFICIAL daddy since you adopted her last year on July 9th. This is a big day!

I never was really into Father’s Days since for me it was kind of bittersweet. My dad was never really involved in my life as a true daddy, so for me, Father’s Day was kind of just another day. I love to celebrate my TRUE Father being my Lord and Savior.

Ok, so of course, I wanted to start it a day before so he could preview some scents. My honey smells so delightful, but we wanted to up the ante with some new ideas. Which one would he choose? I got him some Dolce and Gabana Light Blue and Curve. Not sure how they’d work on him, but that didn’t stop us from trying them on too!

The verdict is still out. My HHH will have to try them both at different times. In the meantime, we all enjoyed covering our bodies with both…especially the Tot.

Sunday, we would truly celebrate. Tot and I performed a puppet show, but Cooper wanted a part. OH boy. Piggie, Elephant, and Scaredy Squirrel were the stars, but Cooper hopped up and stole Elephant mid-show! COOPER!

What? What did I do wrong?
Don’t let this face fool you.

Ok, back to the extravaganza.

Honey had to sit in his chair so we could shower him with…..first, cards. Tot gave him like 50 of them. Let’s review.

They have a bond with boats and water so this was appropriate.



Still more? Yes! She wanted to frame a picture of them.

AND she wanted a picture of Daddy and me together. Her two biggest fans!

We are so cute together.

Ok, then we made a BOOK for the Daddy. WHO IS DOUGLAS HAY really!???

Let’s go through:


“O”ne of a kind….other men? Triangles. My honey? a heart.

“U”nique…not many are both number smart AND creative!

“G”od’s Child. Look at that arm of God’s wrapping around my honey.

“H”onorable. …yes he even takes out the trash.

“A”ble! He is so strong and fixes everything.

“Y”oung. How does he keep that youthful glow!!?

He loved it!
Then, I bought them BOTH some Dawgs since they are the “dawg!” of a Daddy/Daughter team.

What a fun evening. We enjoyed taco bar and some games to end the evening.

Your girls sure love you!

Everything I wrote is T.R.U.E, my love.

VBS at SBC 2021: God’s Construction Site

He is at work at SBC! He is working on the kiddos, and I love every minute of this. Thank you, Karen Montgomery for all you do for our kids.

Tot entered on Monday not sure what to expect.

She met Beverly, Caleb, and Cheryl as her leaders.

Every day she would come home raving about how much fun she had with the leaders, especially Caleb (17 year old nice boy!). (She had a crush on him *wince*)

The boys and girls were to raise money for beds for the needy. Tatum wanted to give out of her save, so she gave $10 and I matched it.

Pastor Karen or Pastor Hank would have to eat some scary food whoever lost. Who would win???

WOW LOOK AT ALL OF THIS MONEY! This was also so exciting because Pastor Hank would have to drink a compilation of dog food, mustard, and various other random nasty foods!

YUCK but for a good cause!

Tatum said many came to the Lord this week. It was so exciting to see her so excited for friends.

I love seeing her heart so excited to learn more about Jesus.

Tatum YOU DO SEE!!! YOU NOTICE IT ALL. I love that about you.

Thank you SBC for all you do for families.

IDEAS June Dinner!

This is our sixth one, and they are going so well. I’m so grateful for my family stepping it up and coming up with some great ideas.

First, I planned salmon burgers, whipped cauliflower, and maple glazed carrots.

Tot was up first. She had so many!

Ok, the lemonade stand I love. We may have to start a business. She wants to hire daddy and me to help.

I also love the mom and me book, although we are doing the mom and me journal.

Daddy was next. He is ALWAYS filled with brilliant ideas.

I love the art idea! I had something similar. Also, of course I’ll make shrimp creole! Lime tree!!? YES!
All of these are great.

Now me.

We are going to now discuss our favs. This means I need to make a note and write these in my planner to make them happen!
Ok, favs…

See you in July! We’ll see what we have accomplished.

Hay Happens meeting June: Loving on each other

Ministry starts at the home. It’s one thing to be a light and love on others when we are out and about; it’s another to be this way at home.

Such was a Hay Happens meeting on Sunday this week. I wanted to do a family craft, but I wanted it to be intentional and purposeful. I set it all up with our mission statement and verse. ALL READY!

We each got two cards: One for each of us to give to the other.

On the front: What you are grateful for that person. In the inside: An encouragement and a prayer for the week.

After much coloring and thought, we presented them to each other. Tot started. She read mine to me.

I love you, Tot.

Now Daddy’s.

She nails it. I love her heart.

Now, it’s my turn to share Tatum’s. This is her cover….grateful for her!

Then the inside: Encouragement and prayer

Then my HHH.

What does it say inside?

I love you honey.

Now Doug will share Tatum’s first.

Look how cute his drawing is! Tot’s hair turned pink!

And inside:

Now, my HHH will share the one for me, his HHW.

Blue hair? OK!
And inside? WOW.

We all just spoiled each other. Let’s live this this week and pray and encourage each other.

We love you too you sweet little doggie!!

Date with my HONEY!

YAY! We get to go out!
And guess what? One of my past students is our babysitter. WOW! Lauren Breakstone, a lovely now 18-year old, was my student back at Tesseract eight years ago. I ran into her at Sprouts, and now she can babysit. She even attended Tot’s first birthday party. (this was in November 2013!!)

Isn’t that cool? I also had her older brother, Gabe, and I went to college with her mom, Susan. It has come back around as now she can hang out with the Tot while honey and I go out. Such was last night.

He’s a handsome dude, that HHH.

What a blessing all around!