Friday, January 2, 2009

Just sitting around......

I really don't have much to say, my husband is working late tonight and I am not able to fall asleep till he is home. As you all can tell, I changed my blog back ground and I am happy to say, I figured it out without my husband ( I am not very computer smart ).

My husbands dad and sister surprised us with a visit from Ky yesterday. We were not expecting them till the 5th. Shannon ( Andrew's sister ) has a 7 mo old little girl Annette and she is beautiful.

I bet the family in Ky will be missing on this precious child. We have been enjoying her very much. We have taken a few pictures that I will post later on. Well my Andrew walked through the door I guess I can go to sleep now.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

I just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that everyone had a wonderful New Years Eve, and having a joyful New Years day.

I just wanted to post a few pictures that we took in the past year.

Clarissa ( Rissy Roo )

She is getting big to fast, it is amazing how fast they grow. Her personality has come out in her so much. She has learned how to walk, she has received all of her teeth ( ouch ). Anytime she opens up a book she sings so joyfully. Her favorite song is God Loves You. She has learned so much in the first year of her little life I could go on and on.

Hunter ( Snuggle Bear )

Hunter is so much like is daddy, silly and fun. Although he is a boy and so silly at times, he is also so lovable, caring, and helpful. It is not uncommon for him to jump into the chair and want to sit there for an hour curled up sucking his thumb and reading a book. He also loves to sneak into our bed and curl up next to daddy about every night. He also has the boy side, plays cars, rides bikes, and likes to get dirty. He has grown so much with in the past year.

Chloe ( Lo Lo )

This is my helper, my little miss homemaker in the training. Most of you know that Chloe loves to help mommy in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning. Although Chloe has not always been this way, it use to be we could not get her to play with a doll, all she wanted was a GI Joe or a car. With in the past year, she loves to play with dolls, help mommy cook supper and bake. She enjoys helping mommy do dishes and helping fold the laundry. Let me make mention she still enjoys playing army men with the boys.

Gage ( Stubby )

Oh boy, they grow up so fast. Gage is an out door boy. He enjoys hunting. shooting his BB gun, riding bikes, riding his four wheeler, and enjoys going with daddy on the side jobs. I would like to mention he is not one to sit inside and do school work, he would much rather be outside getting dirty and building. It is hard to believe that I have a child that can go hunting, shoot guns, and carry around a pocket knife.

Deacon ( ????? )

Deacon, we are not sure what the nick name is going to be yet, but I am sure it will come soon. He is the newest Stroupe, only being 2 weeks old, and oh what a joy he has been already. Although, being to young to be able to tell his personality, we know that he is very alert, and loves to be held.

Chester ( Chess )

Our Cocker Spaniel. He is also new this year, he will be a year old in May. We have enjoyed him very much. He enjoys being outside with the children running, but also loves to be hugged and petted on.

Andrew and Jamie ( daddy and mommy )

As for Andrew and I we strive more and more everyday to walk in the Lord, and to raise our children to fallow him. Andrew has been working hard this year with his daily job, overtime, and also with his side job with heating and cooling.

For me, I have been keeping busy with the house and homeschooling the children. Some days can be rougher that others, but in the end I think the Lord for the ability to have the freedom to teach my children at home, and raise them in the Lords name.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

He is back to work....

So my husband went back to work yesterday, and although it was depressing to see him go, the children and I had a decent day yesterday.

I was figuring getting back into the swing of things would be difficult, being we had not sat down and opened a school book in 2 weeks. Everything went smoothly, and the kids were wonderful. It made daddy's going back to work much easier.

There is no need to complain about Andrew going back to work, being, he has another extra day off tomorrow. We have his dad, sister, and her daughter coming up from Ky on the 5th, so that is something exciting to look forward too.

A few more pics from the past couple of weeks.......

This is Hakeem, Destini, and Adessa, my nephew and nieces on Christmas day.

This is my Uncle Steve holding Deacon on Christmas day. Can you tell he is a little nervous holding a new born???? I don't think that he had much of a choice, Sheila, his wife, just kind of said " here you go Steve " you should have seen his eyes. ( His little ones are in college ).

This is Hunter shooting a bad guy up in the tree house with a camera...

This is Clarissa on the potty chair, trying to conquer the challenge of potty training.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Back to the routine...

This week we have to get back to a normal routine. Daddy has to return back to work, and the children and I have to return back to school and daily chores. Not only do we have to get back to daily chores, but we also have to play major catch up. I will admit, after the arrival of Deacon I have slacked with house work, and now I have to think about how I have to play catch up this whole next week. I do have 1 more day before Andrew has to go back to work, and sense New Years is next week he works 2 off 1 works 2 off 2 so at least he is slowwwwly going back to work. For now here are some more pictures of what has been going on the past 2 weeks.......This is a picture of Hunter resting, this is something that we have done a lot these past 2 weeks.

This picture is in front of our home. Every year when the weather is slick we always have a vehicle go off into the ditch. This semi truck was not stuck but had to run over the stop sign to get out.
This is Gage praying during Christmas morning devotions. We had a wonderful Christmas filled with prayer, devotions, family and fellowship.