my brother finally graduated from the houston fire academy last week. we are so proud of him, and it was really fun to watch him be all serious in his uniform. it was downtown at the wortham center...very pretty. there were some...interesting...folks in his class, but they provided entertainment for the evening. anyways, i am extremely proud of my big brother, and i can't wait to hear all of his crazy stories from work. i just pray that the Lord keeps him safe and that he and rebecca are able to stay strong in thir marriage through all of the difficulties that come with being married to a firefighter. i know they'll be great!
they are such a cute couple!
when she was pinning his badge on him, the captain asked if she wanted a stool! so funny!
andy boyd graduated with my brother as well. jackie pinned his badge on. they get married this summer...so exciting!
many of you already know this...but our precious niece, kaylei, was born on my birthday, march 9, 3 years ago! it is insane that it has been three years...i seriously can't believe it. she is more and more beautiful every time we see her, and she is such a joy to be around. she is a lot like me in that she has a very strong personality...i think that is another reason i love her so much. she knows what she wants (and usually gets it ), she is so loving and sweet, super smart, and just down right great! last weekend we went up to dallas to see kaylei and her mommies and go to her birthday party at boomerangs...it's kind of like pump it up or one of those places...it's just jam packed with bouncy things for thekids to exhaust themselves on. all of our other cousins came too, so we got to see josh's aunt vicki and uncle jeff. polly and jason and their clan were there and micah and ramon and their kiddos. we didn't get to see the dobbs, which was sad, but know that you were missed! :) here are some pics from the day...
kaylei and campbell sharing icecream at dinner after the party
strawberry shortcake...yes, she's still around!
ellie hanging out in jumpy pool...isn't she so cute?
josh and liam...these boys seriously love josh!
kaylei was all smiles all day
josh wrestling with liam and aidan
kaylei and campbell again
it was such a fun day! thanks for the memories.
oh yeah, everyone pray for ellie! she is only 21 months old and she has had some medical issues. they just found out that her spleen is about 4 times the correct size, so they have some decisions to make. pray that everything goes smoothly. thanks!
i have a ton to post about, of course, but a couple of weeks ago we had disciple now at our church, and i never posted about it. it was a great weekend! i taught 11th and 12th grade girls...although technically no 11th graders came. we stayed at the bruce's house, same as last year, and it was so much fun. although i was a little disappointed at first, because only 5 girls signed up to come, and only 3 showed up, it ended up being perfect. we were able to discuss some things in small group and some decisions were made that i know would not have been if it were the typical 10 or so girls there. the weekend was about transforming our lives to represent Christ and the theme was transformers. it was a cool idea. we had many students commit to leadership, tons give up sin in their life or commit to work on getting rid of it, and the speaker taught to kids easy ways to stay in His word. it was a great weekend. josh had 11th and 12th grade boys, and he had 13 dudes at his house! dang! it was so crazy he even accidentally left one of them at the house during the day on saturday...hahaha! here are some pics from the weekend...
me and julie!
julie and jenna...probably related to the stupid dart game! :)
shelby and abby...2 of my beautiful 7th grade girls!
marissa playing the hula hoop game
one more thing before i go to bed...i turned 25 today! i can't believe i am half way to 50...it's ridiculous. seriously! but we had a great weekend. we went to dallas for kaylei's birthday party (will post more on this tomorrow) and then came home for church sunday. today my family took me out to lunch...mom, dad, heather, the kiddos, trav, rebecca, and niki. it was great! tonight after work josh took me to eat sushi. yummy! it was a great birthday! here is the present i picked out myself and got 2 weeks ago! :) it's a corner shelf in the dining room for all my willow tree!
oh yeah...and here is the finished product of our fence. we get grass planted tomorrow!