Starting Advent! December is ringing in

I love this time of year because we get to decorate and celebrate.

Tatum of course loves the chocolate part of Advent.

And the first day? A chocolate stocking!

We won’t forget the Coopy…

I’ll take that!!

And our classic standard advent one….the angel is first! Announcing HIM!!!

We also started Advent Blocks… The first day is the Adam and Eve story and our fall and NEED for rescue.

May the season be a restful, joyful celebration of our Savior’s birth.

Sunday: Church-ready, DogTV, Soup, and the Hay Blaze

Good morning, Tatum! Ready for church with your new do?

It’s the start of Advent this week at church, and we can’t wait!
Cooper is ready for us to leave with DOGTV. Yes…for doggies. He LOVES to watch the big box, but now, he has a reason. Tale-wagging. Motionless. Focused.

We put his little bed out (we’ll get a nicer one later) so he could be comfy cozy.

K, he’s in good hands.

Now, off we go. Later, Daddy worked on some turkey soup. The REAL thing, baby. He’s a master in the kitchen, ya know…but don’t tell him that or he’ll want my job! heehhee

He’s not only a whiz in the kitchen, but he also builds roaring fires! Perfect for our Hay Happens meeting and of course……fluffy toasted marshmallows!

Coopy wishes he was with us.

Tot and I love the warmth..

Ok, patiently, she waited. Our meetings can be a bit long when you are waiting for a treat! After discussion of our gratitudes, devotion, and plans for January, it’s time to roast! Wire hanger….check. Huge marshmallows…check. Strong lungs to blow out any marshmallow on fire? …check.

And so it was…toasty, creamy, and HOT! (and gone..in one bite I may add).

After dinner, there was a bit of a fire left, so she went out to do one more. Then…the wishbone!

Make a wish, Tot. Whomever has the biggest stick wins that wish.

Ahhh…what did you wish? Let’s just say it has something to do with Noah.

Happy Sunday!

Wait for it…….LIGHT IT UP and Launching Christmas!

Before:

Tada!! Wow, he worked SOOOO hard on this! Doug did the whole thing sans help. NOBODY else on our block did this; they either hired someone, or put up an inflatable. So grateful, honey.

My favorite part:

I’m also getting ready inside with decorations. First. I love these kale flowers and little houses on our island.

Tot is ringing in the season with a new “DO!” I say DO DO DO!! I love it, Brandy!

Stay tuned for more decorating and celebrating!

Happy Thanksgiving at the Hay Home

The morning was filled with gratitude and a craft. Every year we try to do something artsy in the morning coupled with some type of gratitude. So I thought of a gratitude tree. We got to work and Coopy watched…

Here’s the outline of our tree…

Now we started to share after we colored.

Tot: Us…yes, but let me highlight..Noah, Pikachu, God’s creation…..art..love it!

Daddy included HHW..(that’s me), Hay Happens…his guys, TOT, Austin…our family…laughter. LOVE HIS GENTLE HEART)

We posted them in our bar area…never forget your gratitudes! We probably missed a bunch, but at least we focused on these.

Later, Tatum played for a bit while Daddy and I got to work in the kitchen. He worked on the turkey, gravy and stuffing, and I did the sides.

And Tatum helped me with the salad! Chopping and dicing. Perfect job, Taties!

We finally were set and ready for our guests, but first, Tot had the timer on for clean up!

Now…..we wait and anticipate!

Daddy …looks so handsome! WOO! A cook and a hot guy! What a combo.

And me…

Austin came first…what a cutie. We enjoyed chatting with him and hearing about the Black Friday potential buys. (I’ll be avoiding these at all costs unless I can do it from my seat at home..HA!) He is doing so well. I pray he can do the GCU electrician program! GO AUSTIN!

Tot and I played Cat and Mouth to pass the time. A basically brainless pinball game but fun!

We just took more fun pics until Rick, Lisa and Mama arrived. Meanwhile the turkey is almost done! WOOHOO! Daddy and Tot. XO

Love you lovebug!
Coopy is looking for a friend.

My Hay team!

I think I hear Rick! No, that is the turkey calling..”I’m COOKED!”

and the gravy! Oh, honey…delish!

Alright, Rick and Lisa showed and we were ready. Still waiting for Mama…OH YEAH! SHE IS HERE! XXOO!!

Thanks Lisa for taking my pic too..

The spread….salad, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, my cauli mash, green beans, stuffing, turkey and…..GRAVY!

What a grateful meal. We opened with a prayer, and Mama and Tot shared a hymn and another prayer. It was perfect… After the pie of course.

Tatum and I always end the evening with reading and Bible. Coopy was O.U.T! Too much excitement for him.

Hi TOT! He loves the wiggling and the loving.

Family blessings. Time together. Gratitude. We all just basked in this tonight. No frills…just simple joy. Thank you family for making it really special.

A perfectly 10 years; let’s CELEBRATE the TOT!

Up early as usual, I had the gifts all ready to delegate out through the day. They had been in “anticipation” mode for her up on the dresser.

I set up the island with a sign and gift for more anticipation…and put a goodie in the Art/Play/Quiet time room for her to see as well. I figured she’d go in there to read her Bible and see it. HEEHEE…sneaky, eh?

And she did find it because she was wearing it when I got home from the gym.

Ok, now it is time to launch the fun! Daddy…are you ready back there?

Tatum LOVES…did I mention that she LOOOOOOOVES Pikachu?
So, why not have a mini one around for always!? And of course he needs to be able to see!

She played for awhile until Daddy had the best surprise for her! She has been begging for this. PENCILS! HA! (no…not this, so you’ll just have to wait).

Until then, she helped me in the kitchen with my sourdough bread. I needed a good “knead,” and her Tot hands did the trick. Thank you! I paid her with a hot cocoa. (with marshmallows of course!)

Oh, and in the meantime, guess who texted her?

Yes, Noah..(well Kate, Noah’s mom). He wants to FaceTime with her later. CUTE!
Ok…I think we are ready for more fun for play…

SHE LOVES Legos…and now Lego Friends.

So she immediately got started building while SuperBook played. She loves these Bible History shows.

Connie got her some money, so we decided to head to Target later and purchase a few more “FRIENDS.”

NOW.. it’s time…the OUTING …the surprise from Daddy!

It’s….it’s…

Let’s look closer..

So we decided to head to SBC since they have a Cafe AND a B-ball court next door. Perfect!

Coopy didn’t want us to go.

She immediately started bouncing when we got there..

And we got all warmed up. Go Daddy!

And Tot…she throws with such passion!

We had so much fun!

We then headed to Target to get those FRIENDS!

We did this until………The best part (for me)….HOT FUDGE SUNDAES!

Hopefully your wishes are coming true, Lovebug!

Later, we went to the pool and brought some friends a few cookies. When we got home, we did the rest of the gifts with Daddy and waited for mom to come.

Let’s go!! WE LOVE YOU!!!

First….JAMMIES!

Now, she BEGGED…I mean BEGGED for a history textbook and a grammar textbook (5th grade) It is so.

Shurley grammar ( a girl after my heart!)

Well, if you are going to study, you need some smelly yummy essential oils. In a dog container of course.

Mama!
She always gives cute cards and clothes.

She’ll look adorbs in this! Thank you, Mama!
Later, Tot and I had our girl’s night since Daddy had his men’s group..we planned to celebrate dinner another night. We rented ELF and watched with dinner. Well, Coopy really watched. He is so funny.

And the delish cookies to top it all off. Make another wish, my dear!

What a fun day. When I came to say good morning the next day, guess what she was reading?

History. Yep. and the FRIENDS nearby.

Tatum Hay, these last ten years have been the best, most life-changing/enriching years of MY LIFE. I couldn’t be more grateful and blessed to be YOUR mommy. It’s an honor each and every day to be a part of your life. I get a front seat to see how God is going to use you in this world. He’s already using you in my life and so many others.

MAY HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU.

XXOO FOREVER and EVER

Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine so that they may see your good works and give glory to God the Father in heaven.”

I LOVE YOU!

The Chosen and seeing the impact

Our family has been following a show for the past two years. It’s not just any show, but a retell of the Bible with actors and a few “poetic licenses” to add some dramatic effects.
Tatum has been moved by it, but more importantly, she’s resonated with the man who plays Jesus. He is extremely effective as HIM, and He truly adds to the show with awe and wonder. Just like The Ten Commandments and Charlton Heston playing Moses…we see a visual in our minds as we read the OT; hopefully Tatum has some visuals as she relates to the NT.

Well, this year, Season 3 is launched, and they decided to put the first two episodes in theaters. It did not disappoint!
Being about 3 hours long, I wondered if she could sit through it all, but low and behold, she was mesmerized.

The first part of the movie covered the Sermon on the Mount, the introduction to Judas, and the disciples becoming transformed into humbled men (and the women as well). Jesus LOVED ALL people, and He had no distinction in terms of how He treats ANYONE (no matter their sex/color/religion…). He only cared about their dedication in their hearts to being more like Him.

At one point, Matthew returned home to ask for forgiveness from his estranged parents. It was a beautiful scene of humility (on both parts) plus a reunion of new beginnings. His mom commented that Matthew always felt “different….odd,” but she then made him realize that Jesus picked him for a purpose! His “differentness” is now being used to BLESS others and truly make a difference in the world. At that point, I put my hand on Tot’s leg and said…THIS IS YOU, MY DEAR GIRL! I saw this in you when you were born (per her verse Matt 5:16..”Let your Light Shine!”). She always says she feels different/ odd but I always say “EMBRACE THIS and BE YOU!” It was beautiful.

The second part of the movie was about the disciples being assigned to go out and preach. They all stared at Jesus like HOW!? WHAT!? We are NOT equipped! Jesus assured them that they would have all that they need! AND that soon they would have FULL power FULL time (the Holy Spirit), but for now, He is giving them the POWER to heal the sick and perform miracles. They have FEAR and DOUBT (just like we do), but we have not to be anxious for anything (nor fearful) for HE is with us always.

We all walked out of there in silence. (Tatum didn’t want to leave for she wanted to see the next show!)

At dinner, we all shared how much we loved it, and how the Bible truly comes to life as we watch it.

Also, Tatum and I had a lovely talk after the movie that night; she feels so close to God, and she is so passionate about Jesus and filling daily with the Holy Spirit’s power. May we all continue to grow and Christ.
Thank you, Chosen, for inspiring our family.