Monday, May 30, 2011

A Birthday Surprise

Back in early April, my Marmee's friend, Melissa came to MaKenna and I and asked if we would help her plan a surprise birthday party for my Marmee.  Of course we said yes!  Then began the semi-stressful, ultra-fun times that come with planning a surprise party - along with the secrets, awkward silences when she asked us questions, similes, giggles... you get the picture!

Fast Foreword to May 23... Melissa had invited us over for dinner, little did my mother know that she was about to get the surprise of her life!  As she walked in the door, and was bombarded by 40+ friends we all shouted surprise (what else do you do at a surprise party?? 8] )... But that wasn't all!  The even bigger surprise came when her best friend, Kimi came around the corner.  Because she lives in Alabama, they don't get to see each other very often.  It worked out perfectly that she was coming down to Florida for FPEA Homeschool Convention that weekend and was able to be there for the party!

We had a wonderful time fellow-shipping with our dear friends... talking late into the night (literally, we didn't leave till after 11 o'clock!) and eating the most delicious food!

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking!

Silly Alyssa!

Diane and Marmee

Playing with the kids

{Friends} MaKenna, MaKayla, and Me

"How does this thing work?"

"I did it!!"


Daddy and Micah


Marmee and Alyssa

Three Creed children (Madilyn, Max, and Charlotte) plus Christina

Micaylah, Marmee, and Garrett

Camille and Marmee


Tracy and Marmee

Beth and Marmee

Aunt Kimi and Marmee

Just us girls!

Dawn and Marmee

Nina and Marmee

Melissa and Marmee

Happy Birthday Marmee Dear!  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Don't Be Afraid

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

~Isaiah 41:10

Just a little encouragement for your Wednesday - Whatever comes or doesn't come today, know that God is with you... upholding you and strengthening you!  Have a blessed day!

P.S. I can't wait to blog about my Marmee's Birthday Surprise... unfortunately that will have to wait for another day!  

Monday, May 23, 2011

An Extra Special Day

Yay!  My first post on my new blog!  This is an extra special post, because it is an extra special day, for an extra special person.

Are you ready for me to stop using the phrase "extra special" yet? Yes, I thought so!

Why is this day so important, you ask???  Wellll... 40 years ago today on May 23 (Drum roll please) *Anticipation builds* - My mother was born!!

Despite many of you thinking your mother is the best, you are sadly mistaken - that award has already been given to my Marmee-Dear! =)

Anyhoo... I am so blessed to have such a wonderful, Godly, loving mother who also happens to be my friend!  She is the best cook, homeschool mom, quiz coach, Kid's Connection leader... need I go on???

Marmee - I love you so very, very much!  I am so thankful that God has intertwined our lives and made you my Marmee!  I hope you have the very bestest 40th birthday every!

Your Holly Lou =)