Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites - BUSY BUSY Edition

Happy Friday, Friends!!! This week has been a WHIRLWIND and I am so glad it's (almost) the weekend... except that we're headed to a football game tonight, an 8 am soccer game tomorrow and then hitting the birthday party circuit. ;)

As always, Erika, Narci and I are sharing our FAVORITES this week and we'd love for you to share as well!  Grab our graphic, link back to one (or all) of us and share yours!

Evenings outside have been our FAVORITE lately.  Now if we could just get the temperature to drop about 35 degrees ;)

I mentioned last weekend that I stopped in to Anthro and picked up a few cute things - well all Sale items are now an additional 30% off!  Click HERE to shop all sale!

I am LOVING this mustard tote I picked up!

Next up is another sweet braid courtesy of Miss Maria and the Country Club.  Fishtail for the win!

One of Mason's friends wears glasses and when his mom was helping out this week he got to try them on and she sent me this picture!  Homeboy needs a haircut and some MAJOR gel... but HOW CUTE IS HE?!?!?!  That little smile is my FAVORITE!

Yesterday was the first day of Fall, but this girl opted to wear a few of her summer FAVORITES 

I'm a total sucker for mugs, so it should come as no surprise that these socks are a new FAVORITE.

Yes... they say mug life.  ;)

They are thick and cozy and soooooo cute!!!

How cute would this be with or without a Starbucks card attached?!?!  

Griffin got a new pair of clogs yesterday (more about them later because they are FANTASTIC!) and I have a feeling they're going to be her new FAVORITE shoes.  She wore them around the house last night and then put them on again after her bath ;)  

I've been at MCA for 11 years and working there is my FAVORITE.  The school has grown A LOT since I started and this week we broke ground on a new high school building!  So exciting, right?

In fact, my mom worked in the office at MCA when I was in High School!  The school was meeting in an old bank building and her office was in the vault.  No joke.

The groundbreaking ceremony was on Wednesday night and I think Griffin's FAVORITE part was eating hot dogs in the bleachers before it started :) 

More crazies in the bleachers ;)

Sno cones for everyone!!!

When the ceremony started Luke's class recited a scripture verse and even though you can't see him in the picture he was so cute!

We're SO EXCITED about this next phase of MCA (and I get to move back into a bigger classroom!!! #allthepraisehands) 

What's crazy is that it doesn't feel like that long ago that we broke ground on our Student Life Center!

 I talk often about the "Happy Morning pictures" that Dave sends me and these did NOT disappoint.  Her crazy faces are my FAVORITE.

The highlight of the week was Wednesday night when we were able to go to the airport and welcome home Madeley (and the other Shulls, too. hahaha)

This crazy crew couldn't wait to meet their newest member.

GG's face in the picture below cracks me up.  It was later than a normal night for us, but my kids hung in there like champs.  On the way down there we were talking about when we went to the airport to welcome Ashby home and I think it's so special that all these kids will have memories of being at the airport to greet their friends.  Adoption is such an amazing thing and I am so grateful that my kids have been able to witness firsthand how special it is.

I think that I see cheerleading in Ebby Lee's future.  Girlfriend can hold a sign up like nobody's business :)

Here they come!!!

Kensington came running down and this is totally where I teared up.  I mean - so sweet!!! I am a total sucker for airport reunions :)

YAY Smith! (And an awkward wave from one of my kids, surprise surprise! hahaha)  Also, check out Ebby Lee and Kensington's little arms around each other!

And ASHBY!!!   #getitgirl 

It was SOOOO surreal to see her come running down toward us all smiles and giggles because it wasn't that long ago she was the one attached to Shay's hip, nervous and timid, taking us all in. And here she was barreling full speed toward us on her own accord.  Full circle moment FOR SURE!  

The picture below may be my FAVORITE from the whole night.  The girls hugging in the foreground, Ashby running, Bowen's little wave, Lovie clapping, #allthecellphones... the whole thing was so sweet.  And again - what a full circle moment!

I happened to snap a few pictures of Bowen and Ashby's reunion and it was priceless!  The giggling, gazing, face touching and hugging was over the top cute.  Their little friendship is the sweetest thing ever.

So sweet, right?

In December 2010,  Shay and I were in a car together with Kensington, Smith and Luke and we had them all in their Christmas pjs waiting to drive through the Christmas Journey program at our church.  I'm not sure how adoption came up, but we had a really honest conversation about it and Shay told me that she felt like they were being led to adopt.  Since then it has been such an honor to get to watch their whole journey unfold and pray for their girls before they even knew who they were.  It's inspiring to watch friends listen, hear and follow through with what they feel God's calling them to do.  

Well, that's my list for the week!!! I can't wait to have a few minutes this weekend to look through y'alls lists as well!  I'm hoping that we get some rain and cool weather and I have an excuse to snuggle up on the couch ;)

Happy Friday, Friends!

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  1. I remember that night in the car so well :). I'm so blessed to have a friend like you to share my dreams, hopes, fears and blessings with. Love you.

  2. Andrea!! You took some of the cutest pictures on Wednesday night. The kids all running was so sweet. Great job, Mama!

  3. So sweet!! I love all of the pictures! And we are ready for cool weather also! Hurry up Fall!!

  4. What a sweet post, your little Griffin is a doll, and the support y'all have as friends to each other is very sweet and inspiring too! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. How exciting for your school!! And you all have such amazing friendships, you're very lucky!

  6. Hands down I think my favorite thing about the welcome wagon pictures are the smiles on the other passenger's faces as they see the crew! What a testimony to that sweet babe's life.

  7. Wow all the tears for this post! Airport reunions get me every time too! Loved the pics.. Happy Friday! :)

  8. American Beauty will forever be my favorite Matilda Jane dress!!

  9. Your airport welcome home pictures are the best! You can really see the beautiful friendship you and your friends share with each other is an awesome example for all of the kids from each of the families to follow. So sweet!

  10. I know I don't have to tell you that you have the absolute sweetest community of friends and are so blessed. Those airport pictures were adorable and as soon as I saw them the tears welled up in my eyes. So precious!!!❤️

  11. Aww this such a sweet post! From beginning to end!! Just a random question, do Kensington and Luke still say that they're going to marry each other? I thought I read that in either your blog or Shay's blog. I just think all of the friendships, not only between the parents but also the kids make for such a great life. Thank you for sharing it with us, have a great weekend!!

  12. Ohmygoodness! Your pictures from the Welcome Home Reunion are amazing! I am totally tearing up in the coffee shop I'm in right now. I love getting to see the friendship between y'all's kiddos. It's obvious that you mamas do an awesome job of showing them what true friendship is like.

  13. Your airport pictures were my FAV! Couldn't help the tears from falling! What a blessing you guys are to each other!

  14. OH MY! I have sat at my desk doing the ugly cry! This post is too much! If I were a blogger this post would make it to my Friday Favorites! All the heart eyes!!

  15. Oh my word! That picture of Bowen and Ashby is the cutest!!! I hope you have a great weekend! Here's to hoping our weather swaps. I'll take yours and you can have mine! :)

  16. That picture of Ashby and Bowen made me tear up. What a sweet friendship the two of them have.

  17. Ashby and Bowen...seriously so CUTE!!! All these pictures, so precious, what an awesome thing to witness!

  18. Oh my heart! I'm tearing up at all the welcome home pics, especially the ones of the kids running! So so so sweet!

  19. Love the sweet relationship you have with your friends . . . us women need to stick together! Happy weekending!

  20. These homecoming pictures bring tears to my eyes, what a special moments. And that Ashby girl, so precious! How amazing to see the difference the last 1-1/2 year has made. Her and Bowen, I have no words, what a bond those two have and you can just feel it in the picture of the two of them.

  21. I've been so behind on blog post and I follow both you and Shay (and have for a few years), and the picture with Ashby running made me tear up! How powerful of a moment.


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