Monday, March 31, 2008

A Starbucks Addict is Born








I went through the drive-through at Starbucks last week. I ordered a Java Chip Light Frappacino with peppermint. When I got up to the window the lady said that she had accidentally made a regular instead of a light the first time . She asked me if I wanted both of them. I said sure, I'll give it to the kids, they'll love that! So she split it up into a few little cups for me and I handed it back to the kids. Emma and Jackson enjoyed theirs but Leah...you would have thought that I had just given her a million bucks! She was so excited to have her own frappacino. I see a lot of mother/ daughter bonding over lattes in our future...haha! The pictures say it all.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Watch this!


Do you remember, when you were a kid, saying "Mom, Dad, watch this!"? Maybe you were one of those kids that liked to make up plays or puppet shows and perform them for your parents.

My daughter, Emma, is really into dress up right now. She'll put on her Cinderella dress, come into the living room and say, "Look mom!" Then she'll twirl, spin and dance her heart out. Afterwards she'll look at me, waiting for a compliment. I'll say "Great job, Emma! Do another dance." She'll smile, so happy that she has pleased me with her performance.

My son, Jackson likes to swing. I'll push him and as he goes higher and higher, his grin will get wider and wider until he'll say cheerfully, "Look mom!" I'll say, "Wow! I see you Jackson, you're swinging so high like a big boy!" He laughs.

When I was little, we had what seemed like a huge hill in our back yard. My little brother and I would push our Big Wheels to the top of the hill and then ride them down as fast as we could fly, dodging bushes all the way. I can almost picture my little brother (who looked a lot like Jackson when he was little) standing at the top of that hill... a little daredevil with a wide smile looking to dad at the bottom of the hill and saying "Watch this!" Then he would fly down the hill, laughing all the way. When he got to the bottom, he would say "Did you see that, daddy?" Dad would say, something like "I saw you! That was awesome! Do it again!"

I spent this past weekend at a Church of God state youth convention with our new youth group from Greeneville. On Saturday night, I was in the service, experiencing an amazing time of worship along with the other 900 attendees. The worship leader was Jeff Deyo and he was singing a song called "Unveil My Eyes."

Now, most worship leaders come to a point when they are leading worship where the music kind of goes all instrumental. They'll stop singing the written words on the screen and just start singing what's on their heart. Whatever comes to mind. I'll have to admit that, in the past, I have always been frustrated by this....alright, I've been more than frustrated, even mad. I can't follow that. What are they thinking? Why don't they just sing the words on the screen so I can sing along. I would usually just use this as a prayer time, which is a good thing. But, on Saturday, I guess the spirit got the best of me. The music was pretty loud, so I decided that I would not be a distraction to those around me if I sang freestyle praises from my heart as the worship leader did. It was amazing.

After a few minutes, Jeff stopped singing and started to talk. He talked about being your own worship leader and not worrying so much about the words on the screen but to sing your own praises to God. Others around me started to do the same....singing whatever came to their heart until the whole room was praising in their own way. It should have been loud and unpleasing to the ears....all those different voices, tunes, words. But, it was probably some of the most beautiful praise and worship I had ever heard.

Okay, so, I'm having one of those weird God moments. I'm like, okay God, that is the first time that I ever try that, and immediately after, you speak through Jeff and seem to say that we should do exactly what I had just done.

It was like my brother flying down that hill on his Big Wheel....It was amazing!....It was wild!... It was free!... It was exhilerating!... and at the bottom of the hill, the father is standing there with a huge smile on his face, saying "I saw you! That was awesome! Do it again!"

Thursday, March 27, 2008

An Agreement!!

Wooo Hooooo....! We just accepted an offer on our house! If everything goes well, we will close on April 30th. This is just about perfect timing since that is right about the time Emma will be out of school. So, we will be able to move to Greeneville in about 6 weeks or so. I am excited that all of our family will all be able to live in one town very soon. It is starting to wear on us being apart from Josh 5 days a week. Thank you for your prayers on this!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter





This past weekend we celebrated an Easter like no other. We drove up to Greeneville Saturday morning to get there in time for the church's egg hunt. It was held at the camp ground and there were about 45 kids in attendance. The kids had a great time playing games and hunting eggs. We feel so blessed to be a part of a church with so many kids.

Then Sunday morning we woke up to find that the Easter bunny had made his annual visit. Josh has been staying at the parsonage which is unoccupied at this time. We stay there too when we go up for a church service. We sleep on a mattress in the floor and the kids sleep on cots and the pack-n-play...it's kind of like camping with nice bathrooms. It's definitely a fun adventure. This was a slight problem for the Easter Bunny, though. Without furniture and such to hide eggs under and around, he could not find very many challenging hiding spots. The kids had fun anyway. Then we hurried to church and on to meet Josh's parents for lunch. We then spent the afternoon being lazy and watching some new dvd's that the Easter Bunny left. Fun, Fun!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Spring Break




This week we had visitors from Texas. The kids' cousins were here for spring break. They had a blast! On Monday, we all went to Cade's Cove to sight see and have a picnic. The kids loved running in the meadows backdropped by the pretty mountains. On Tuesday, we split up into girls and guys. Emma and cousin Becca got makeovers at Libby Lu's to look like Sharpay from "High School Musical". Cousin Kate got her ears pierced and then we did a little shopping for Easter atire. Jackson went with cousin Jacob and cousin Nate to play miniature golf with the big guys (except Josh, he had to study). Wednesday we went to see "Enchanted" (Emma's 3rd Time). We love that movie. Mom too- Patrick Dempsey is pretty McDreamy in it! They spent their last day on Thursday doing a big Easter Egg Hunt before they left today. We had a great time and can't wait until the next visit!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jackson Is A Flirt


Last Thanksgiving we had a nice young lady come to our church to sing. Her name was Courtney Lynn. She was only about 18 and very pretty. She spent the Saturday night before the church service hanging out with the youth group at their Thanksgiving get together. Jackson really liked her. Now, if any of you know Jackson very well, you know that he's not really sure about most people. He doesn't really like to sit on your lap or snuggle unless he's tired. But, he spent most of the evening on Courtney's Lap, flirting. The next day Courtney was at the church singing (which she did beautifully). At one point, she asked all of the children to come up front for a special children's song about Noah's ark. I went up with Jackson and Emma. We sat down, and Courtney started to talk to the kids. Jackson was laughing and trying to flirt again. When Courtney saw him she said, "Jackson, I just love you. Can I take you home with me." Then it came, his response. Loud enough for the whole congregation to here, he said, "Oh, sure babe!" I'm sure I turned 14 different shades of red.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Emma's Baptism




A little over 6 months ago, not long after Emma turned five. Josh and I were tucking her into bed. We have our nightly routine. The usual- we brush teeth and hair, read a story and then say nightime prayers. On this particular night Emma was asking a lot of questions about Jesus. Josh and I answered the best we could. As the conversation went on we soon realized that this was a special night. Emma asked Jesus into her heart. Now, working with youth, I have heard many teenagers pray for salvation. Every time it is a moving thing to here. But never was it so moving as when I heard my own child pray this prayer. Time has passed since then and Emma continues to enjoy spending time with friends at church. As she saw some children being baptized at church a couple months ago, she said that she did not want to be baptized until she was a grown-up. Not wanting to push her, we just said okay and went on about things. But then, a couple of weeks ago for whatever reason she changed her mind. "I want to be baptized, now, as a kid," she said. Of course, Josh moved quickly to secure the soonest time to have it done. And, so, yesterday we rejoiced with family as we watched Josh baptize Emma. Josh has had the privilege of baptizing teenagers in the youth group which has always been very special, but, just as it was so much more sweet for me as I prayed with Emma, so it was for him, as he baptized her. He, understandably, had a hard time maintaining composure as he retold mostly what I have told you here before baptizing her. He also told of his conversation with her before her baptism. He asked her, "Do you know why you are being baptized?" She replied, "Because I love Jesus and I love to read my bible." He told her that when she prayed for Jesus to come into her heart that she became a disciple. "Really," she asked in amazement. What a special day. Emma looked so precious up there as her daddy told everyone about her. My heart swelled with pride for both my daughter and my husband. I beleive just about every person in the sanctuary cried tears of joy. It was a day I will treasure in my heart forever.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Potty Training

Potty Training Emma was a breeze. I think she was born knowing what she should do. With her, we started potty training at 18 months and she was pretty much good to go by 2 years. I guess that is why I have been caught a little off guard by our son who has just turned 3 and still shows no interest whatsoever. I have the books and dvd's for him to watch and he knows what he should do, just doesn't want to do it. Who would have thought two siblings could be so different. It probably doesn't help that mom cannot give her full attention to Jackson like she did Emma. And then there is Leah, fast on the heels of her brother. She's past the age now that Emma was when we started potty training her. And yet, training her seems absurd since her older brother is still in diapers. So, I was thinking...why not make it a group effort. Side by side Jackson and Leah listen to mommy's urges to pee pee in the potty. It's still slow going but we're hoping that a little jealousy might work out to be a good thing in this situation.

Our Crazy Wonderful Life

As more and more of my friends have started blogs to keep friends and family updated on the constant changes that life brings, I guess peer pressure has got the best of me. So here I am to start a blog about our little (or should I say big) family.

My life is mostly centered around my family. I married Josh Beddingfield on October 16, 1999. We met at the University of Tennessee where we had many wild and memorable times with friends that we cherish to this day. Since then, we have started a life devoted to our 3 children and ministry. Emma Elizabeth came into our lives greeted by the paparazzi on June 6, 2002. Jackson Brooks came along on January 7, 2005. I think he's been running and screaming like a crazy man ever since. LOL. Leah Caroline is our youngest and she was born on June 30, 2006, named in honor of grandmother Lee Ann Sapp and great grandmother Carolyn Courtney. Josh works as a Youth Pastor in a small town in East Tennessee. We love it here in the hills!

There are a so many cute things that the kids do and say every day. I always say I should write that down in the kids' baby books. But, as busy as life is, digging those books out and making the documentation never seems to happen. I am hoping that this might make it a little easier (since I am on the computer quite a bit). Also, it might help me keep everyone else updated too.

Here's fair warning - I am not a very good writer. So this may be a little boring to some but I hope the humerous stories provided by our children will serve for entertainment in itself. Enjoy!