Saturday, June 7, 2014

Kittens

 We adopted three male kittens to contain our mouse population. They are so cute! The kids have named them: Lion, Tiger, and Rosebud. Can you guess who named their kitty Rosebud? Abby didn't care that it was a boy, it was going to have a girl name!

They are loving country life, sleeping in the garage and playing with the dog. They are  not too sure about the chickens that come over to the front porch, or the neighbors ducks.

The kids are in love and cart them everywhere. They seem well adjusted despite my children's mailing!
Rosebud & Tiger


Lion on the prowl

See, they fit our family well, even the kittens love books!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Moving Day and Getting Settled

We have finally moved into our new home. It has been a roller-coaster ride - I keep singing the VBS song - Colossal Coaster Ride -  in my head.

We're at the gate and we can't wait to get inside and ride all the rides......
Colossal coaster world, facing fear, trusting God - with everything that we've got
He's given us the spirit of sound judgement from above
Can't wait to see how He's going to
Can't wait to see what He's going to do,
Through every twist and turn and dive,
Come one, get going!
We've got a ticket to Ride!

It seems very appropriate for this  age and phase of life! We're  facing lots of fears and trusting God. It was a long journey and now we get to sit back and enjoy the country ride and pace of life! We delt with a lot of delays, setbacks, stressed, anxiety prior to our move. We had a death in the family, moved 3 months later than expected, the driveway was removed on the new house only to be put back a month later, we had an easement issue, unexpected travel, the mourning of saying good-bye to our long time companion Kitty.  It was a rough November-January. We grew and were strengthened in faith and the Lord was near to us in all the unexpected chaos of life. We are now in, moved 4/28, and our lot size (1.5 acres) is perfect for our family (not too much to be overwhelmed, but enough to have chickens and a garden and an orchard), the price was just low enough for John to get that shop he always wanted! We feel immensely undeserving of what God has given us stewardship over.  The home we prayed for is perfect and came with many miracles and an unheard of price-tag (low, not high)! The builder was not the easiest to work with, but the price we locked in at last May was well below market value. It was overwhelming to sign on our house and realize we already had 50,000 in equity. The price was below our budget enough that John's shop is going to become a reality. He is beyond excited to start up his Wood Working business and have a stop that will meet his needs.

We have just a few months left of school - we're  diligently working to get it all done, which is easier when you stay home all day and have to plan visits to the grocery store!.

The kids are making a lot of new friends and I'm  enjoying gardening again. I missed the slow pace of life, the simple pleasures of growing a garden and beautifying the yard. Isaiah 58:11 sums up our new place in life. We are delighted with the move and room for our children to play and grow in the Lord. 

We are in a peaceful place!

And the LORD will continually guide you, 
And satisfy your desire in scorched places, 
And give strength to your bones; 
And you will be like a watered garden, 
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Isaiah 58:11




Friday, January 24, 2014

Inscriptions for Drew - Happy 9th Birthday!


Drew - I delight so much in you. God gave you a mind that thing and dreams and imagines! I pray that you would use this precious gift for God's glory. I also hope that I do not squash your dream and inventions, you are constantly on the move and I find your pace very exhausting,  This year you grew and matured into a boy right before my eyes, You are now able to focus more on your school work and care for your siblings. Just last week you had me teach you how to make Pancakes and this morning you got up and made pancakes for your siblings all by yourself so mommy and daddy could sleep in. What a servant heart you have - I love it that you enjoy cooking and caring for others!

This year you are learning at home - you had art classes and jiujitsu outside the home but everything else you have been working on with mommy. I am so blessed to be your teacher and guide you down the path of righteousness. You love our science lessons and learning all about flying creatures. You are especially in love with the hands on science experiments. 

This was the year of many changes - you started showing by yourself, stopped wetting the bed after many years of trying, you said good-bye to Max and Kitty and are moving to a new home in just about a month. Its been a lot of changes and you have handled it all with grace and patience. You are a unique son and I am blessed to call you mine!

  • Purity: Drew I pray often that you would keep your mind pure of heart and your tongue from evil. I know the world we live in has many temptations and I seek God's favor and ask that you would guard your mind and eyes from the evil temptations in this world and walk in the Light with your eyes fixed on Him. I pray your future wife is a godly model of Christ and is being raised to love and revere the Lord.
  • Relationships: I pray Drew would  develop strong relationships with the Lord  - a deep intimate one that will overcome the testing of fire/ May you also grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and with men. (Luke 2:52)
  • Protection: Drew,  this world has so many amazing gifts and joys, but there is also evil lurking and I pray that God would be your rock and in him you would trust him to be your shield and salvation. Just like in 2 Samuel 22: 3-4 which says, "
    The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou saved me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
  • Personal weaknesses: Drew - I pray for diligence and focus, you have a mind that can accomplish so much, do no let it grow lazy or idle. Focus that energy on the passions and gifts that God has provided to you. Do no grow weary or tired of doing what is good, but overcome and persevere. I pray you would KNOW the word of God - inside and out. I pray you would study and and write it on your heart and never turn away from it. The Word of the Lord is pure and undefiled and it will never send you in the wrong direction - cling to it and lead your family down the path of pure living.

  • Thanks:  Lord, Drew is an amazing child who loves life and all its nuances. He isn't content to know something, he wants to discover that for himself and understand the inner workings of your creation. Thank you for such a dear child who loves all living creatures and is passionate about so many things. I ask that these passions would turn into a passion for reading and memorizing your Words - such a gift is never returned void.
I love you Drew - you are my first born and it was a pleasure to spend 3 years home cuddling and singing and smiling with you, May we spend many more years on that couch reading books like Hatchet and My Fathers Dragon and dreaming with the children of Narnia. I love you sweet child!

Love,
Mommy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Inscriptions for Abby - Your turning 4!

 Abby Mae - my Fairy Princess! You are so full of life, I am in awe of the joy you find in the simplest of pleasures,you delight in everything this world has - especially markers, scissors and glue. You love to create, you turn the messy into the beautiful. I've never met a child so full of life and passion.
God will use you, like he used Esther, to change culture and nations. You were created for greatness!

I can not wait to watch you love on your children, invest in their lives and bring up the next generation. You will be an amazing mother to the motherless and a kindred spirit to those in need.
Your smile is contagious and draws in the most unhappy of creatures. I adore watching you create and design and contemplate life. Your brothers often complain to me that they "just don't get you." You exasperate them with your constant chatter and inquiry. They love to protect you and remind you of the Williams way. You are a blessing and joy to our home and I am so privileged to be your mommy.


Never stop smiling my dear daughter, that smile in contagious and will change the hearts of all you meet and bring the Lord glory and honor.
Happy 4th Birthday Abby, life with you is never boring or mundane, you light up our lives and keep us all on our toes!

Love, Momma

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Williams Christmas Letter 2013





Christmas 2013               
Blessings from the Williams!
2013 for our family was consistent – not many changes to our immediate family, but Missy did experience the passing of both grandparents this year. The consistency of 2013 was a nice reprieve in anticipation of our country move this coming February. We have been working with a builder since May to build us a country home in Rhome Texas on 1.5 acres. We are excited to experience country life and all that comes with it – like gardens and chickens and hopefully a workshop in the next few years.

I (John) am in my fifth year of working for Fort Worth ISD as 6-8 grade special education teacher. I come home tired, but I also have an immense feeling of significance and accomplishment at the end of each day.  In-between working with Jr. High students and wrangling three littles at home; I am still able to spend some time in the garage making the occasional batch of sawdust to help exercise my creativity. In 2013 I finally finished our custom wood bed that I’d been dreaming of for years. Missy is quite delighted!

Missy is in her 15th year working for WesTower as a Senior Accountant and over the last year, her job has gone through many changes, but she added more brain cells, adapted, tried not to grumble and even managed to learn a new software program. Missy is still enjoying being able to work from home, yet occasionally partaking in a business trip or two to get her out of the house. Although, I will admit when mommy is away, the home never runs quite as smooth. She has the art of homeschooling my boys and walks that line of structure and chaos very well – the boys challenge her type A charts and schedule on a daily basis and she does her best to be flexible! She also chases after our Cutie Pie Abby and keeps her little mind active and hands busy. Missy has the blessing of two helpers who come throughout the week who tutor and assist with the children’s schooling and take the kids out on field trips or swimming or fishing or whatever our stellar babysitter Mrs. Kelly has up her sleeve while Missy works. 

Drew will turn 9 in January and is turning into a responsible and diligent young man. Drew enjoys the flexibility of homeschooling, weekly Art classes, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to focus his overflowing energy. He will take his yellow belt test in the next month and is excited!  In Drew’s free time, he enjoys building with anything he can get his hands on including daddy’s tools or inventing with LEGO’s or making zip lines off his bunk bed – all while listening to audio books.  Please pray we would continue to inspire Drew’s creativity while teaching him to regulate his energy and enthusiasm into productive avenues.


Gabe just turned 6 in November and is already trying to create his own passageway in this world. He does spends a lot of his time playing with his brother and we are blessed that they get along so well; however Gabe is his own person with his own ideas. Gabe loves to draw and read, he also enjoys LEGOS and is often found in quiet places contemplating the size of the universe or if God wears underwear. Gabe is also partaking in Jiu Jitsu and is doing very well. He is always the first to answer any question and loves to please his teachers. Gabe is very sensitive, yet has quite the sense of humor; he always wants to help the kids around him and is a peacemaker, which can be an interesting mix when they are sparring. Please pray that Gabe’s heart always stays tender and that his compassion never diminishes.

Abigail (my little one) will be turning 4 in the next month and as far as she is concerned she is ready to snatch the world with both hands. To say that Abigail has her personality already solidified would be a slight understatement. Abigail is not a follower at all (although she is often running behind her brothers) she is developing her point of view and opinions much faster than the boys ever did. She has also been a little bit more vocal or wordy than the Williams boys. She is hoping to get involved in Jiu Jitsu sometime in the next year. Abby enjoys 2 days of preschool and participated in Art, speech, and Ballet classes this year. Please pray that we are able to hone her fearlessness and wild personality; focusing it on serving the Lord with gladness– I think she will be a world changer one day or a politician!

Kitty (our 14 year old black lab) recently got a new partner in crime Belle (our new eight-month-old Belgian Malinois). It is amazing how much a new puppy is like having a new baby in the house! Belle adores the children, loves to chew on deer antlers and bones and enjoys going to the dog park almost as much as the kids.   

To summarize - the Williams clan is happy, healthy, and truly blessed - we pray the same for you and yours this Christmas Season. As we gather, we pray you reflect on how God sent his Son for us so that we may all experience His grace and forgiveness.  

We pray that … “the God of hope fill(s) you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
~ Romans 15:13 ~


Just for a good laugh – here is a list of commonly heard phrases around our house:

Stop doing Jiu Jitsu at the dinner table!
Boy, where did your pants go, you just put them on!

Gabe your pants are on backwards and your shirt is inside out and backwards.
 I know, I'm backwards boy!

Abigail you are not supposed to mix plaid with stripes and a pink tutu.
Stop interrupting me!

Where did my drill go, I have four drills I should be able to find one.

Stop practicing the LVNR on your brother.

No roller blades on the stairs, especially at 6am!

Princess dresses are really itchy to sleep in.

Mommy is not your sparring partner.
It will feel better when it quits hurting.
No weapons at the table – that includes LEGO knives!

Where are your shoes?
Focus....!
Where is my pencil?
Give me hugs!
You so sweet (Abby)!
“Oh, you the best Momma”

You can have that when you have a license, a degree and have worked 10 years!

Love,
The Williams





Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inscriptions - Happy Birthday Gabe!

Happy 6th Birthday Gabe! How can you be 6 already? Your growing up so quickly and turning into such a fine young boy. This past year you have developed so much, you started Jiujitsu and have developed the drive to never give up - I love your attitude! Just last week you completed the 3rd Explode the Code phonics book and moved on to the 4th book. You were so proud and we were proud of all your hard work.

Gabe I love to see you smile and delight in watching your energy. You love serving others and are a blessing to everyone you meet. Your reading has blossomed this year, you love Dick and Jane books and are starting to tackle Henry and Mudge. You are able to focus and get most of your work done quickly.
  • Purity: I pray for purity you Gabe, that you would guard your eyes and mind and for your future spouse. I pray your future wife is a godly model of Christ and is being raised to love and revere the Lord.
  • Relationships: I pray Gabe would  develop strong relationships with the Lord and would grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and with men. (Luke 2:52)
  • Protection: Gabe, the world is a dangerous place filled with all kinds of evil. I pray for physical, spiritual and emotional protection. 
    The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou saved me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 2 Samuel 22:3-4
  • Personal weaknesses: Gabe I pray for your words - may the words of your mouth and meditation of your heart be pleasing to the Lord. I pray for words of truth and gentleless to flow from your mouth.  . I pray that God will shape your character and turn those weaknesses to strengths.
  • Thanks:Lord thank you for this blessed hope that shines within our home each and every day, Gabe has a child like faith that pours out of him, he invites people to church and loves to talk with others about the lord - even at 6! Thank you for his conviction to me to have more of a child like faith. Gabe loves his siblings and his family, thank you that his smiles is contagious and rubs off on all the rest of us!

 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:11-13

May you search for the Lord and find him in the days of your youth so it will be well with you!

Momma

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Married to a special needs husband

According to this article, its important for children to have special needs friends. I totally agree! But those special needs children grow up into special needs adults. Then what happens?  I was reading this article and though that is it a blessing and benefit for my kids to have friends that require more from them, but I also realized how much of a blessing it is to be married to a husband with Cerebral Palsy. Many people may think this is crazy, but its so true, my husband is an amazing man.He appreciates life more than anyone I know. He has passions and has complex dreams and he isn't afraid to sacrifice to accomplish them. John spent a lot of time contemplating life while sitting in hospital rooms or watching other kids do what he could not; he is a deep thinker and so smart because of all the thinking and dreaming!

I am a blessed woman to be married to a special needs husband - though for 99.9% of my married life I've never thought of him in that way. John is more compassionate, empathetic and also harder on people than I would be. He makes me a better wife and his pain has conditioned me to be more sensitive, gentle and uplifting. 

I love you John and I'm so blessed that our kids get to have you for a daddy. We're truly blessed by your faithfulness and devotion to us!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Kites and Kids and Birthdays

The month of October represents birthdays! We have a lot of family birthdays so it was so fun to head to OKC and celebrate another year of family with a lot of fun. My sister picked up some kites and we look the kids to the lake; they were in heaven! Kids and Kites make a great adventure!
Cousin Jonah enjoyed the kites too!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Belle

We made the leap into puppyhood - today we purchased a 5 month old Belgian Malinois. We named her Belle. Can you tell by the pictures that she has a lot of energy? Believe it or not for a Mal she is calm - which is why the gentleman was selling her. She loves laps and routines and is potty training well. She sleeps with the boys in Gabe's bed and crews on their toys at night. She hates to be left alone and also hates (destroyed) crates. Belle makes me really appreciate how easy Kitty is, she came trained and after a year had no real issues. Here is hoping Belle's puppyhood is short and she adjusts soon so we can leave her home alone!