Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We are 8 years blessed and so thankful!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy 4th....sorry so late!

Don't worry, we're not totally confused and our calendar is definitely accurate...I'm just VERY delayed in posting all of our fun from July.

Our family enjoyed a fabulous 4th of July!
It was filled with all of our favorite things...

...Italian Ice...

...Fun at the pool....


....cookout with friends and of course, fireworks!!!!!

We feel so blessed to spend special weekends like this with each other doing the things that we love to do! We hope that all of you enjoyed a happy 4th too!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy 3rd Bryleigh!

Just typing the title of this blog made me tear up some!
It is a weird feeling to say that my "baby" is 3 years old!
Holy cow!

Just like all milestones, this celebration is very bittersweet!
Bitter because it's hard to see her growing up and becoming more independent. Sweet because I'm so thankful for the girl that she is and for the role that she plays in our family!
I am still so in-love with her and feel so blessed that God gave her to me!

We had her birthday party this weekend (don't worry I'll post those pictures soon) and after it was over I felt very bummed. I wasn't quite sure why I felt this way...the party was great, lots of her friends were able to make it, most of our family was there, and it seemed like everyone had a good time...so there seemed to be no good reason for the feelings! Then, it hit me...I'm bummed because this is my baby! My heart is so full of love and appreciation for her but at the same time there is a slight ache knowing that she is my "baby" no more!

I had wanted to share a little story with our friends and family at Bry's party, but didn't have the nerve to...yes, I'm a teacher but I HATE speaking in public/crowds! So, I thought that I would share "her" story quickly here! I know that most of you know this already, but I love to tell it because it is a reminder to me every year of how blessed we are!

So...here it goes!

Bryleigh was due to arrive and join our family on August 21, 2008. Everything was going great with the pregnancy...as expected considering my history with Brenden. I was feeling good surviving the summer heat, and looking forward to starting another school year at work. Little did we know that "our plans" did not match God's plan for our life! On July 24th I went to the doctor because I was feeling "weird" and wondered if my water was leaking. After examining me they decided that my water was in fact leaking and that I needed to go ahead and head to the hospital. This sent me straight to panic mode. None of this matched my plans...personally or professionally. I was worried sick about Bryleigh's health, about how pitiful her nursery looked, and about abandoning my students and co-workers.

We prayed and prayed about this news and then headed over to the hospital. Bobby was such a breath of fresh air and the calm Godly voice that I needed to hear at that time. We rushed over to the hospital only to sit and wait the day away. I found myself getting more and more eager to greet her and less and less fearful of the "what ifs". Finally, shortly after midnight they completely broke my water which sent me straight into full-blown labor. A few pushes (and a lot of pain) later and she was here....our blessing!!!

We were amazed to see her! She looked so healthy! So alive! So perfect!

I still cannot believe how blessed we were to have Bryleigh join our family 4 weeks prior to her due date and in such a healthy state!! There were absolutely NO complications from her early delivery and we were able to hold her, feed her, and take her home just as we had hoped and prayed! She was actually probably healthier than Brenden was being born only a week early!

Still to this day we are amazed by this girl! We are in awe of the blessings that she brings to our family! We are so thankful for the gift that God gave us by giving us her! We are so proud to be her parents!

Here are some pictures of her each year of her life. I love to look at how much she has changed in such a short period of time!!! :) We hope that you enjoy them and thank you for reading the wordy story about our "Tinkerbell"!

(Above: At birth...ready to head home)

(Above: 1 year old)

(Above: 2 years old)

(Above: 3 years old)

Monday, July 4, 2011

"Just the Two of Us" - Again

The other weekend Bobby and I went to Concord for our 2nd annual summer getaway.
(Click here to see our getaway from last year.)

If you ask me, I think the getaway this year was
just as good as last year, if not better!

Bobby took some extra time off work which helped us get some extra time together. We left on a Friday morning and came back on a Monday afternoon...super nice!! While in Concord we enjoyed some of the same things that we loved about our trip last year...shopping, time with my brother, great food, and most importantly...a little 1:1 time with each other. We also added something new this year...CAROWINDS!!!

Below are some pictures from our weekend...sorry there aren't more but I didn't carry the camera with me everywhere like I normally do! ;)

(Above: Bobby enjoying one of our daily treats....Starbucks!)

(Above: Bobby with some of our shopping "loot"!)

(Above: We enjoyed a day at Carowinds on Sunday...it was amazing how much we could accomplish there without the kids! In the pics above we're standing in front of our favorite rides.)
(Above: Just the 2 of us at dinner...yep, Olive Garden!!!)

It was a great weekend and I find myself looking
forward to next year already! Sad, but true!

(I want to be sure to mention that I'm so thankful for an amazing MIL
that keeps our kids each year so that we can enjoy this weekend!
She is such a blessing to me, to my kids, and to
my marriage! I'm a very lucky girl!)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. "
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

We just received news that our Granddaddy has passed away.
This is news that we have been trying to prepare ourselves for over the past few months...
However, now when we're faced with the news our hearts are breaking,
our tears are flowing, and our questions have already started forming.

We had big plans to visit Granddaddy this weekend.
We had wanted to see him, a belated Father's Day visit.
We were so eager for the weekend to arrive and now we're left feeling like a precious moment has been ripped away from us before we were ready.

We have spent every night since May praying for Granddaddy as a family.
In May we attended a doctors visit with him where they shared some results.
The words still haunt us...it was definitely cancer and it had spread through the blood to his bones. We will never forget that moment with Granddaddy.
His hope was that if he received treatment for his cancer then maybe, just maybe, he could be with all of us a bit longer.
The treatments have been hard...making him weak, tired, and very sick.
Our prayer has been for healing for our Granddaddy.
"Dear God, Please help Granddaddy not be sick" was often the prayer Brenden would pray.

It is with tears that we say God has heard our prayers!

He has truly healed Granddaddy and has welcomed him home today.
Granddaddy had amazing faith and we have no doubt in our minds about the welcome that he received at heaven when he arrived.

We ask now that each of you pray for us and our family.
Granddaddy has been the only grandfather that I have known and has been one of the most influential men in Bobby's life.
I am so thankful for how he has loved me since I've joined their family.
I am so blessed that my kids got to know him over these years.
I'm so appreciative of all that he has done in molding my husband into the man he is today.

However, I'm so sad to say goodbye.

Please pray that even though our grief is strong during this time of sorrow, that we will find comfort in the memories that we have made with him that will carry us into each tomorrow!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Daddy's Day!

Happy Daddy's Day, Bobby!
I am so blessed to have you as my hubby and I couldn't have hand-picked a better Daddy for our kids! Your constant love, support, encouragement, help, forgiveness, and faith always amaze me and I hope you feel extra loved this Father's day! Thank you for being you and for also being the Best Daddy Ever! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Brenden's Preschool Graduation

Can you believe it?!
I know, it is amazing but it's true...
Brenden is now a preschool graduate!!!
His graduation was on Thursday, May 26th.
He was super excited about his special day and we all had a blast celebrating it with him!
His preschool had a very nice morning for all of the graduates and their families.
We had a ceremony first thing where the kids sang songs, did a little skit, and then received certificates. After that we had a mini photo shoot before heading over to the reception that they had for everyone....Brenden and Bryleigh loved that part since they both got cake with icing! :)
Below are the pictures of our morning and of our big boy. Enjoy!

He was grinning like this all day! :)

He woke up bouncing out of bed and ready to go!

Walking in for the ceremony.

Opening Prayer

Receiving his certificate

Shaking hands with his teacher, Mrs. Jill.

Proud Nana and Papa

Mommy and Daddy were also super proud of this boy!

Still grinning from ear to ear!

Posing with some of his preschool buddies

His buddy since birth, Avery.

Best of Friends...all of us!

Brenden, we are so happy for you and so proud of all that you've accomplished at Aldersgate!
As you approach Kindergarten and the years ahead of you our prayer for you is that you always remember that we love you and that we will always be your biggest fans!

You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." ~ Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fun at the Museum

About a month ago (April 15th to be exact) The Hicks girls invited us to join them for an afternoon at the Museum of Life and Science. We had an absolute blast and it was such a great time out with the cousins!
I won't add a lot of words, just a lot of pictures of our fun!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Easter 2011

Our family really had an amazing Easter!
The older my kids get (and the older I get) I feel like I grow more and more convicted of how it's the simple things that make these days so special for us all.
The more I do the more it complicates the day and distracts me from the things that are most important to me.

We woke up early so we could show the kids their Easter "baskets" before church.
The kids couldn't wait to check them out.They were definitely VERY excited to see all of their loot...
especially Brenden...Ha!
He actually asked me to take a picture of him with that face! ;)
However, I think their all-time favorite gift were their jump ropes!
They both absolutely LOVED this!
After Easter baskets we ate our breakfast and headed to church.
We had a great time hanging out with our friends there.
After church we headed outside for some pics and then lunch at Bo's.
(Brenden's request).

The rest of the day was just perfect.
We spent all afternoon/evening outside.
We hunted for eggs, played baseball, and cooked out.
The weather was perfect, the kids had a blast, and it was the best way to spend the rest of the day!

We feel so blessed and love that we have these special memories to cherish on life's journey.
We have found that nothing satisfies us more than time with the Lord, company of friends, love of our family, sunshine on our face, and laughter all around us!

We hope the same for each of you!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!
Love always ~ The Farrs

Sunday, April 17, 2011

April showers bring....

Baseball players!

Yeah, I know that's not how the saying goes, but it's true!
It is officially baseball season and no one is more excited about that than this boy...

Brenden Farr


He was drafted to play with the Tampa Bay Rays this year and he is THRILLED!
So far the season is off to an awesome start so stay tuned for more pictures, posts and updates.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The other weekend our family loaded up in the van and headed west for the weekend. We always love going to Blowing Rock and have tried to visit there yearly since we first started dating. That was an easy task before kids but it has been harder for us to do now that we're parents. It is definitely one of our favorite getaway spots but we haven't been able to go in awhile which made us extra eager to get on the road and enjoy your weekend away!

Both Brenden and Bryleigh have both been to Blowing Rock before...you can read about that here...but neither of them really remember this visit. They were both SUPER excited about this trip to the mountains. Brenden was especially excited about getting to the mountains.

Every time we visit Blowing Rock we always stay in a local inn. This year we asked Nana and Papa if they wanted to join us and we stayed in a suite at one of our favorite inns. The suite was so nice and was just perfect for the 6 of us. The kids loved the big bath tub. :)

Our absolute favorite thing to do in the mountains (aside from eating and shopping) is spend some time outdoors. The weather wasn't great while we were there but it was definitely nice enough that we got to spend some time doing what we enjoy the most. We headed out to Linville area first thing Saturday morning. Above are some pictures that we took while exploring the water area near Linville Caverns.

We also wanted to visit Linville Caverns during our visit this time. Brenden and Bryleigh were so excited about getting to "go into a cave". Brenden was bouncing everywhere with anticipation. The caverns were such a fun activity and we loved this visit. Brenden was like a sponge listening to everything the tour guide was telling him about the rocks, water, exhibits, etc. Bryleigh was way too brave wanting to explore the cave without any assistance. Overall, it was a big win for the whole family and we highly recommend it to everyone.

It was an amazing weekend, with amazing people, and we definitely created some amazing memories! We can't wait to do it again next year!!!