Wednesday, July 30, 2014

9 Years

On this very day nine years ago, I married my best friend.
Tab and I met in college (Arkansas State University).  We met my sophomore year while I was "talking" to his friend!  YIKES!  Yes, that's totally how we met!  Fast forward two summers later...(I wasn't talking to his friend anymore.  Thank goodness!) the summer before our senior year we saw each other at the apartment pool.  I invited him over to our apartment for tacos.  ha!  

We instantly hit it off and started talking marriage SOON.  That December Tab graduated and moved to Dallas for a real-big boy job!  We began the long distance thing for a couple months.

In February, he surprised me with a RING!!!  We got engaged and were married a few months later....on July 30, 2005.

We loaded up and started our journey in Arlington, TX.  I had to finish my last semester of student teaching and a college in Arlington agreed to work with ASU to evaluate me.

In the spring, we bought our first home in McKinney.  We pretty much looked ALL around the Dallas area and felt like God was saying, "McKinney!!".  

I got my first real-big girl job teaching third grade.  Tab moved jobs to one a little closer to home.

I'm not going to lie.  Everything hasn't been super rosy in the last nine years.  Marriage is HARD!  We've dealt with infertility, job issues, and lots of other things.  But...I'm so thankful THIS guy has been by my side. 

Since then...we've had three beautiful babies.  

We've been through several different jobs.

We've moved into a new house.

And...we've had an absolute blast doing it together!

Thankful I found a guy who is constantly seeking the Lord and His guidance!!  We couldn't do it without our relationship with Christ.  There's no way!

Love this guy and am so thankful I get to do life with him!

Happy Anniversary, Tab Slaughter!!!  
Here is to MANY MANY more!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Favorite Things Party

Happy Tuesday, Girlies!!  Andrea and I are partying today!!  This is a monthly party we have.  It's super simple to join!  Blog your favorite thing (or two) $10 or under and then link up so we can ALL see your goodies!

This book was one of those random purchases on Amazon. You know when they "recommend" other things you should purchase.  It's a devotional with super short daily stories, but Kristen is SO real!  I think any mom can relate to what she's saying.  You should totally check it out!!

Folger's Cinnamom Swirl Coffee

I know I've blogged about my love for this coffee before, but I'm doing it again!  I LOVE this coffee!  The cinnamon is so yummy!'s SO cheap!!  I can only find it at Wal-mart.  When I go I stock up!

Suave Kids' Detangler

Ebby Lee's hair is growing!!  Yay!!  But...that also means she's finally getting tangles in hair.  I picked this up a couple grocery trips ago and it makes a huge difference!!

That's my super random list for today, girls!!  Can't wait to see your faves!!

Some Randomness, Some Pizza, and Some Jesus

Ebby Lee started ballet/tap this summer and has been loving every second of it!  I took her a couple weeks ago and couldn't stand it.  She looked so stinkin' cute in that little outfit!

You guys know Nixon has a TINY obsession with dogs.  At any second of any day, you can see this at my house.  Bowen even does it too.  :)

The kiddos and I took a walk/bike ride around the neighborhood last week.  The boys spotted a dog. ha!

Smith came over to our house for a SLEEPOVER!!  (Ebby Lee went over to Kensington's)  The boys were SO good!  They played in Nixon's room, they played Lego's, they played with Bowen, and then we made homemade pizzas.  

These little chefs whipped up their own personal pizzas.  I can't stress this enough...they were SO good! I told Shay that Smith can stay with us anytime!!  Seriously, they played SO well!

Bowen managed to fall asleep sitting up at the pool.  How does this happen?  

Don't we all as Moms have those moments when we think "GOD, AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?".  

I was totally having one of those days last week.  The kiddos and I had been to the pool.  After naps we hit up the grocery store for a couple things (my kiddos were super exhausted), it was the kind of trip where the big kids fought over who got to sit in the cart with Bowen and by the end, there was not ONE SINGLE KID left in my cart!!  You know the kind I'm talking about, right?  A crazy chaotic PLEASE let's go this over with kind of grocery run.  I was in a horrible mood pushing my cart to the car. I turned the car on and loaded the kiddos first.  Apparently my radio was on (I really wasn't paying any attention), but I threw the groceries in the back.  As I put my cart away, I heard the Newboys song, "We Believe" and two little voices in my backseat were singing right along..."We believe in God the Father.  We believe in Jesus Christ.  We believe in the Holy Spirit.  And he's given us new life.".  

It was JUST what I needed to hear.  Who cares if every person in the grocery store thought I had lost my mind (and control over my three littles), right?  My kiddos were reminding me what really matters. In that moment, God totally put me in my place with two sweet little voices and a song on the radio.  :)

And...tomorrow Andrea and I are having a PARTY!!!  A Favorite Things Party!!  Sorry, we usually do this the last Monday of the month, but we forgot to remind you.  We thought we'd give everyone an extra day to prepare.  If you blogged it today, no problem!  Just link up with us tomorrow!!  We love getting to see what your favorites are every month!!