Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
So it was, that while they were there, they days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
That was my prayer for three years and then the Lord answered my prayers on December 19, 2002.
2003 - One Year Old
2005 - Three Years Old
2005 - Four Years Old
Friday, December 15, 2006
2005- Two Year's Old
2006 - Three Years Old
Friday, December 08, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Last Saturday when we got home from Kentucky we were all tired. Faith was asleep in her room, Samuel was in his room watching TV, I was on the couch (asleep), Travis was in his chair watching football and Hannah Grace was in our room watching TV. (Really, we all just needed time to ourselves for a while)
Anyway, after about an hour, Samuel came running into the living room - he said, "Where did all the hair in the kitchen come from?" I jumped up from my soft couch, knowing there was a little Sparks girlwith hair that had been cut, I was just not sure which one it was. Faith was my first guess, after all she did paint herself. She was still asleep. On to Hannah Grace. We found her on our bed, crying, with her face down. She wouldn't lift her head up. Her hair was still in a pony-tail, so I looked at it and it still looked to be the same length. We finally got her to look up at us and she had cut, to the scalp, the front of her hair - right in the middle.
Now this was a hard thing to talk to her about, because we didn't want her to think that we were upset by the way she looked, but we were upset that she had disobeyed us and cut something other than paper.
Well, we went to church and no one really said anything to her, they just ask us what had happened. We told her that when she went to school her teacher was going to ask her what happened. We said, "Hannah Grace, what are you going to tell your teacher?" She looked up at us and said, "I'm going to tell her it's a secret."
Have a great week-end!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The Christmas Season also offically starts in our house when our Christmas decorations are up and when Travis and I put the kids to bed and we sit down and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and eat Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes and drink Coke.
Sounds fun doesn't it!!! All that has been done and we are ready to enjoy Christmas.
We had a great time in Kentucky for Thanksgiving. I have a few pictures I will share later in the week and a GREAT Friday Family Funny to share come Friday.
I captured these two great pictures at church on Sunday. I pray they remind me why we really celebrate Christmas each year.
Big Daddy was sharing the Children's Sermon at church and Samuel and Hannah Grace were the only kids, don't they look so sweet listening intently to their Big Daddy. He was sharing about Mike Houser, a missionary in West Africa. They have both prayed for his each night since Sunday.
We had "The Hanging of the Green" at church on Sunday evening. Samuel, Hannah Grace and I were asked to place the Nativity out. When Faith came into the santuary after the service the first place she went was to look at the Nativity and all she wanted to know was,
"Where is Baby Jesus?"
I am so thankful for my kids and the lessons they have taught me this past Sunday.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
In Everything Give Thanks I Thessalonians 5:18
Friday, November 17, 2006
Last night we began to put up our Christmas decorations. (I know some of you are gasping at how early we are putting them up, but because of our Thanksgiving plans, we like to put them up the week before Thanksgiving.) Well our little night owl, Faith, was up with us as Daddy was putting up the tree. I had finished all I could do for the evening and was trying to figure out where we are going to put to Christmas Stocking since we don't have a mantel. I told Travis, "all I need to do now is fine somewhere to put our stockings", Faith popped her little head up from the pillow and said, "I know, let me try them on!"
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Most of the time we use this blog to just share pictures of what we are doing as a family. But, today I want to share with you something that our church family has done:
I can not tell you how excited I was for the girls and I to deliever 51 shoes boxes yesterday from Ben Avon Baptist Church.
Now, for some of you who are from larger churches this may not seem like a big number to you, but God did a great thing this year at Ben Avon.
Last year they collected 12 boxes. We set a goal this year to double that number- 25 boxes, and God doubled our goal and there are about five or so boxes coming on Sunday. Isn't it great to see God's people respond to His work.
Every year, I am overwhelmed and amazed at the fact that God already knows the indiviual child that will receive each one of the boxes. Not that a child will receive one of the boxes - He know the child's name who will receive Samuel's box. What a wonderful God we serve!!!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
I remember my first Clemson game. It was the textile bowl vs. NC State and Clemson won easily and won the ACC title that day. I was about 10 years old and remember daddy getting a parking pass from someone and us parking his brown Pinto beside a Cadillac. Well last Saturday I got the fun of taking Samuel to his first Clemson game. The outcome was not as good as mine but it was still a great time with him. We saw Howard's Rock and got to see the most exciting 20 seconds in college football. This was one of those things that I wanted to do the day I found out I was having a son.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
This is what you see when you turn into Upward's new building; it is a statue of Jesus washing the feet of a disciple. Every time we are coming or leaving Upward Hannah Grace says,
Big Daddy used this in his sermon Sunday morning. We all need to slow down and see Jesus. See Jesus for what he did for us on the cross.
As Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approach, that is my prayer that I will slow down and see Jesus.
Have a great week-end and slow down.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Not much going on in this Sparks household this week (compared to last week). We are all finally feeling better and we have been getting ready for our Fall Festival and Trunk-n-Treat at church on Saturday night. I'm sure I will have lots of pictures to share next week!
If your in the area, please come by Ben Avon Baptist Church, Saturday night (October 28th) starting at 5:30pm with a free hot dog supper and ending with Trunk-n-Treat with lots of fun stuff in the middle. We would love to have you.
Mark your calendars!!
Another great event coming to Ben Avon on Friday, November 17th
A Premiere of Big Idea's newest Veggie Tales DVD - Gideon Tuba Warrior
The fun will start at 6:30pm
Please come and bring the entire family for a movie and popcorn, all for FREE.
Have a great week-end!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I don't know what I would have done this week without Travis. He has helped me so much. He stayed home with the girls yesterday morning and when I got home he had changed all the sheets on the beds, vacuumed, and folded all the cloths (including matching the socks - which I HATE to do!) What a husband I have been blessed with!
We have had a great week at church, we have had revival. Rev. Johnny McDaniel has been preaching. Travis and I love him and his sweet wife (who also had a week with sick children, plus a flat tire) and his sweet girls. We were introduced to Johnny by Eric and then he went to Jamaica with us one year. He has a such a heart for the people of the church and for the lost. We were very blessed to have him and his family here this week. Eric came up on Sunday night with Steven to sing.
Steven joined us for Funnel Cakes.
So, things have settled down a little bit, for how.
Today was "Western Day" for Hannah Grace. She was so excited to were to red boots to school today.
Here is my sweet Faith, before she was so sick.
OK, Blogger is done uploading pictures. So I can't post one of Samuel. I'll again tomorrow. Have a great day!
Friday, October 13, 2006
Yesterday, I was able to take the day off from work and go to the Pumpkin Patch with Hannah Grace's class. Yesterday was a big day for Hannah Grace, not only was she going to the Pumpkin Patch, she was the line leader and on line leader day you get to bring snack. We had a great time.
Today was "Muffins With Mom" at Samuel's school. We had a great breakfast together and we were joined by a sweet little girl in K-5 who sat down with us in tears because her Mommy was not able to eat with her. Travis and his Dad went to the race track last night and got in late, so I let him and the girls sleep this morning. That meant that there was no one to take Samuel and I's picture. We sat the camera on the TV and posed...
...and was too slow the first time.
...was a keeper!
My sweet boy even let his Mom hug and kiss him good-bye and made sure he told me he loved me before I left.
Now, Faith was not going to let herself be left out in all the Mommy-time.
And I have the sweetest picture of us and blogger won't upload it!!!!
Travis' cousin Cindy and her husband Jeff have three boys and they have an adopted three-year-old daughter from China, Emma. The first day of school, their youngest son, Luke, was playing a game with his class to get to know his classmates. The game was called That's Me. The teacher would call out something, ...I have a brother etc and the student was to stand up and say, "...that's me ________". She first called out, "I have a brother..." and Luke stood up and said, "...that's me, I have two brothers". Then she called out, "I have a sister..." and Luke again stood up and said, "...that's me, I have a sister and and we went to China and bought her!"
Emma goes to the same preschool Hannah Grace goes to and yesterday was Pumpkin Patch day, here is a picture of Cindy, Emma, Hannah Grace and I.
Friday, October 06, 2006
I can't remember if I told this story about Faith and the apple farm, but if I did - it is still funny.
After our visit to the apple farm, Faith was talking to Grammy about what she did. She told her about the pumpkins and the hayride and then proudly said, "I picked an apple - from a tree!!!" I had not thought about that she didn't think of an apple coming from a tree - I guess she thought they just came from the store.
Have a great week-end!!!
*A note of thanks to Travis for writing last weeks Friday Family Funny - I had a very busy day at work and couldn't get to it.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
The past couple of post, I have forgot to tell you the BIG news around our house - Faith is potty trained!!!
Now, I know some of you may not be as excited as we are but, it has been almost four years since we have not had to buy diapers. We feel like we have got a "raise". It just clicked with her Homecoming Sunday at church and she has been out of diapers and pull-ups ever since.
We are finally a diaper-free house!!!!!!!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Samuel and Meredith
Three Little Mommies
Uncle Travis reading with Lydia
Here is a sweet picture I took of the kids on the way to church Sunday morning.
Have a great week!