Sunday Scriptures

Psalm 18:2

This weekend Jacob decided that we each needed to lay a stone on our house that we are in the process of building. You can read about our forever home here. We asked the stone masons if we could and they laughed… “um, its YOUR house!” So, while we were laying the stones, I was reminded of this verse, Psalm 18:2.

Jake, Al and Luke with front door stone

As I picked up the rock I was to lay on the wall of the house, I was amazed at the weight of it… it was heavy, especially for its size. And I was reminded of why the Lord our God is compared to as our rock.

Allison and Luke laying stone

This rock I was holding in my hands was stout, sturdy, and extremely hard to break. It is tough and has withstood pressure from being inside the earth for thousands of years, yet it remains solid and unbroken. That rock (along with the others) will protect the inside of our home from what is outside. That rock I placed on our house isn’t going to easily be moved, burned, chipped away or destroyed. If someone wants to move that rock, it will be nearly impossible, if not impossible. And isn’t that how God is? He is unchanging. He is solid and sure. He is our protector. And He isn’t going anywhere. No one can move Him or change Him. Wow!

Luke laying a stone

After reading what I wrote, it sure seems silly to try to compare God to anything, especially a rock. He is our almighty Lord, but this weekend, I was reminded that He can be our ROCK!

Jake and Luke laying stone

And don’t worry, Lyla Rae actually got to help lay a stone on the house too. She just wasn’t up on the scaffolding when we took all of these pictures. Also thankful that OSHA was no where to been seen while the 5 year old was on the scaffolding! Hah!

Weekend Wrap-up

IMG_8824There are some days that you will never forget. Last Friday was one of those days. Our general contractor for our forever home, Charlie, called us Thursday night and asked if we would be busy on Friday… We were pretty busy but he had a surprise plan up his sleeve that would trump anything on our to-do list: We were finally going to break ground on the house!!!

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Family Photo on our future front porch!

Early Friday morning, we met Charlie and the excavation crew at Tamme Valley Farm. After a quick discussion over Burke’s donuts and coffee, we gave the go-ahead to break ground. They asked Luke if he wanted to do the honors and of course he said YES! It was certainly surreal seeing our son operating (obviously with help) heavy machinery and taking the first scoop of earth out of our future basement! And just like that, I was able to cross off #12 on my 30 in 30 list!

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Jacob and I started “building” this house in our heads and our hearts nearly three years ago and we have been working diligently over the past nine months with our architect to dial in every detail. This is our forever house. When we move in to this house, we plan to never move out. That statement alone brought me to tears on Friday. This is our HOME!

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Day one, done!

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Lyla Rae with the man who makes the magic happen on our house, Mr. Charlie!

On Saturday morning, my entire family ran in Jennie Carol’s Memorial Mother’s Day 5k Run. My five year old niece, Lucy, decided she wanted to run, so we all ran with her. Even my parents ran! I was SO proud of them! We thought they were going to walk it, but Lucy and my parents (and the rest of us) finished in 39 minutes!

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Jennie Carol’s Memorial Mother’s Day 5k Run

The picture below CRACKS ME UP! That’s Lucy running with her pony tail bouncing and just chatting away with Luke. She talked the entire race and never got out of breath! I wish I had that girl’s lungs! And then, can we talk about Lyla? She pulled her bow off and her headband down and was using it as a teether! Hah! She looks like she’s been kidnapped and gagged! I promise no baby girls were harmed during the race!

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After the race, we enjoyed brunch at The Bluebird with Jacob’s family. If you live in Central Kentucky and haven’t eaten there, you need to put it on the top of your to-do list! That evening we had a picnic and went hiking at Shakertown. There is a gorgeous waterfall on one of the hikes and the kids had a blast playing in the water.

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Mother’s Day morning was extra special because it was also Lyla Rae’s baby dedication at church. We celebrated with her cake on Friday night, since we had to drive back to Atlanta right after church ended. And, she gave me the best Mother’s Day gift ever… she *finally* slept through the night! Hallelujah!

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Jacob introducing Lyla Rae to our church family for her dedication to the Lord.

The privilege of dedicating Lyla to the Lord made this morning so special. We promised, along with the congregation, to bring her up in the ways of the Lord and to teach her about God’s word. I pray everyday that Jacob and I will not only teach her the Bible, but live it out daily for our children to see.

Of course, after church we had to take the obligatory Mother’s Day pictures!

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The Elmore Crew

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The Tamme Crew

I just love this picture of my mom with Luke!

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Late Sunday afternoon, we made the drive back to Atlanta. The babies slept nearly the entire drive, for which we were so very thankful!

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This is what a big weekend in Kentucky will do to a kid! Hah!