Friday, September 29, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
We had another fun week-end. Samuel did great again at the football game. Not that the score matters...but, Samuel scored the only two touchdowns for his team!
After the football game, we went to Niven's Apple Farm with Aunt Kendra and Memama and Granddaddy. We had a great time picking apples and pumkins. Faith was so funny, she was telling Grammy about it and she said, "I picked an apple from a tree!" I hadn't thought that she didn't know that apples came from a tree, not the store.
Here are a few pictures!
Aunt Kendra and the Perfect Pumpkin for her classroom
Friday, September 22, 2006
When Hannah Grace is talking about herself, she refers to herself as "my". Like, "My going to play in my room". Well yesterday she got very confused while I was trying to teach her the correct way to refer to herself.
She was sitting the floor playing with Seth and he was laughing really hard at her. She looked up at me and said, "Seth thinks my funny." I told her, you say, "Seth thinks I'm funny." She looked at me as serious as she could and said, "Seth doesn't think your funny, he thinks my funny!"
Yes, Hannah Grace you are funny!!!
The newest Sparks Baby was born yesterday. It is a little girl, Meredith Annette. She weighed 8 lbs 14 oz and was 22 inches long. Eric, Kristi, Lydia, Steven, and Meredith are all at home doing well. I hope to have a picture to post later in the day. Grammy and Big Daddy headed down late last night and we hope to go down soon. Thanks to all who prayed.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
It looks like baby's going to come today! Yay!
I have started early labor, and my contractions are coming a little closer together by the hour. Eric and I hope it will be sometime later today (and not the middle of the night)!
Please pray for us today, for Lydia and Steven, and the baby, who we'll introduce you to soon, God willing!
Please pray for them today as the Seventh Sparks Grandbaby arrives today.
Thanks - Love, Alyssa for the entire Sparks Family
Monday, September 18, 2006
Samuel had another football game on Saturday morning and it is amazing how much he has improved in his ability and skills from last year. We are so proud of him. Last year, he knew what he was doing and enjoyed playing, but this year it has just clicked with him about the skills of the game. Or so I'm told, I don't know much about football. Ask me pretty much anything about racing and I can tell you, but football, I having to learn. He scored another touchdown and got many flags. And, what is so great - he is having fun and learning Christ-like sportsmanship and more about Christ. What could be better for a 9-year-old boy!!!!!
A boy that Samuel was in Kindergarten and First grade with was on the other team this week. I was talking with his aunt and he was so excited to get to play with Samuel again. They were the best of friends. They no longer go to school together, so it was great for Samuel to see him. God has given Samuel they biggest and tender heart. It always seems that Samuel becomes friends with those who might not have many friends. We have seen this since he was in 4K. He "best" friend then didn't speak a work of English, Samuel would come home asking for things in Spanish. Again, this year Samuel has made friends with a little boy whose Uncle was shot in their front yard. Samuel came home the first day and was telling me that he was able to tell this boy how he knew how he felt and knew that he was sad because his Great-Grandparents were shot too. I am so thankful for the young man that Samuel is becoming.
Hannah Grace and Faith had a great time playing with their friend Kendall at the game.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Last night I had taken Samuel to football practice and the girls and I were headed back home and they both kept asking where we were going. I continued to tell them we were going home to take and bath and get ready for bed. Hannah Grace said she wanted to go to Target and Faith said she wanted to go to Wal-mart and they just wouldn't take no for an answer. They had both started crying. I proceeded to them that I didn't want to take them anywhere with the way they were both acting. Faith stopped crying real fast and said, "'Cause why, I'm fun!"
Have a great, beautiful week-end!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
This post will include a few things that we have been doing over the past couple of weeks. Since I have started work, I don't have as much time on the computer.
This past Sunday was Grandparents Day, and my kids have great grandparents! So, do I!!! Granddaddy came up last Friday to attend "Goodies With Grandparents" with Samuel. Samuel was so proud to take him to school and have breakfast and show him his classroom.
This is right before he caught the touch-down pass
Saturday was Travis' 31st birthday. The kids and I made him a card with 31 Reason's We Love Him.
Here is what the kids said:
We Love Daddy...
...Because he's fun, Samuel
...'Cause Why, Faith
...I Love Daddy, because Daddy goes to work everyday, Hannah Grace
Here are just a few reasons I Love Travis:
...the way he brushes Hannah Graces' hair and tries to put it up in a pony-tail
...the way he lets Faith climb up in bed beside him in the early morning
...the way he forgives me when I mess up
...the way he leans up to read the scores on ESPN
...when he talks with Samuel about sports
...the way he misses Nannie and Papa
...eating cookies and milk in bed with him after the kids are asleep
...how he is funny without trying to be funny
...the way he loves Christ
...his vast amount of useless knowledge
...to play the piano as he leads worship
...and many more!!!
I have more pictures to share, but Blogger won't work for me right now. Have a great day!
Friday, September 08, 2006
Anyway, one day this week, Travis reverted back to his childhood. It was so funny!
We were in our bedroom watching TV, Samuel was in his room watching TV and the girls were playing and Hannah Grace came in and was asking for something (I really can't remember what she was asking for) and Travis told her to wait just a minute and he would get it. A "minute" passed and Hannah Grace was back asking for it again. *This is when Travis became a 9-year old little boy again* He told her, "Just go ask Eric to get it for you".
Travis turns 31 tomorrow and I told him that his age was starting to show!!
Have a good week-end and Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband!!!!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I hear they talked the whole way and then talked all the way to Aunt Amanda's house about the BIG hole and the "Eternal Flame".
I love to see a Daddy with His Girls!
Friday, September 01, 2006
A man was walking through the Sahara desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he walked toward the image, only to find a little old woman sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid out on it.
The thirsty man asked, "Please, I'm dying of thirst, can I have some water?" The woman replied "I don't have any water, but why don't you buy a tie? Here's one that goes nicely with your outfit."
The man shouted, "I don't want a tie Lady, I need water!" "Okay, don't buy a tie. But to show you what a nice person I am, I'll tell you that over that hill there, about four miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, they'll give you all the water you want."
The dehydrated soul thanked the woman and walked away toward the hill and eventually disappeared. Three hours later he returned crawling back to where the woman was still sitting behind her card table. She said "I told you, about four miles over that hill. Couldn't you find it?"
The man rasped, "I found it all right. They wouldn't let me in without a tie."
Sometimes God prompts us to do something that doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. We rationalize, argue, and complain, but in the end we discover that we should have simply listened and obeyed. 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us that "we walk by faith, not by sight".
Have a good week-end!