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memorial day weekend

We had a great Memorial Day weekend!  We swam in the pool at Mimi & Papa Joe’s in Dothan…

Went to church…Chris had to drive back to Birmingham to work, so Smith & I drove on to Pensacola Beach…Enjoyed some watermelon…Then face-planted in the sand…oh yes, we did leave the sand on to take a picture.And went blueberry picking on the way home.  Note to self:  do not get hot and sweaty blueberry picking then continue to drive three and a half hours in the car. Not a fun ride home for Smith or myself.


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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.      1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The sweet girl that made me a Mama.  

Chris and his beautiful Mom in Panama City Beach, 2007.

My wonderful Mom and I in Spain, 2006.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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Hello from Africa!

Some of my favorite memories as a child were spent in Girls in Action at First Baptist Church of Ozark, Missouri.  I talk about it a bit more in my post here.

As soon as I joined Dawson back in 2007, I immediately began teaching 3rd grade GAs and have been there ever since!  It’s such a joy to teach young girls about different cultures all over the world and those who commit their lives to Christ and teach others of His love.  My sister Abby and her husband Andrew are currently serving as missionaries in Nanyuki, Kenya, so I’ve been wanting to incorporate them with our girls for a while.  We learn about missionaries every week, and it was so fun for the girls to be able to actually interact with missionaries across the world.  

We looked at their pictures from Africa and I told them about their ministry and daily lives, then the girls got to ask questions for Abby & Andrew to answer.  They made a video and called each of the girls by name when they answered their questions.  It was SO CUTE when we played it back for them…when they would call out a name all the girls would look around for that particular girl and she would be beaming with pride at her few seconds of fame.  And it happened like that for each and every question!  HA!  And for the first time since I started teaching this group, there was complete silence for 15 minutes!!  They very much enjoyed the video and it was so special for them to take the time to make it!  Check it out, the girls had some great questions!

Abby & Andrew are also expecting their first child in August!! 🙂

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Smith – the first months

I’ll say it again…I’m the worst blogger ever.  So here are the past eight months of our lives condensed into four minutes.  Enjoy. 🙂

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first easter

We spent Smith’s first Easter in Pensacola. My mom declared Easter “her holiday” several years ago, so we have been going to Pensacola every year to celebrate the weekend.  Chris ended up having to work the weekend and Smith was up screaming all Saturday night (probably just teething), so we didn’t even get to attend church.  It was still a wonderful weekend and we enjoyed the time with family and friends.

***7/1/12 update…looking back on these pictures, Chris delicately named this her “little piggy” stage…she has definitely thinned out a bit since these pictures!  LOL, my sweet girl!

sweet Amy girlgood times with Nana DurhamUncle Barry & Aunt Dene

How cute is this pic?

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Friday Phone Dump & A Birthday Greeting

Today is my Papa Durham’s birthday…he is truly the most selfless man I know and we all love him so much!

I have been a terrible blogger lately.  I have much to catch up on, then hopefully some updates will happen!  Until then, here’s a little phone dumperoo for you.

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Friday Phone Dump

Happy Weekend!

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