Hay Family Meeting: Prayer, Science, and Blessings!

It’s important to match for our weekly meetings, you see. Hay Happens shirts!

Now that we are dressed properly, we can focus on our mission statement.



Daddy then asked us a multiple choice question: Would you like to hear a Bible verse, go on a field trip or conduct a science experiment?

Tot answered correctly: SCIENCE, Daddy!

He talked to us about why we pray. Prayer enlarges our heart and grows our relationship with God. It’s a way we can get closer to Him and a way to grow in LOVE.

We are ready, Daddy, for our experiment. Let’s open the lab now.

He had us write our names on these cups, and then we had a fourth cup for a person who doesn’t not know Jesus (yet!)

Then we added soil and seeds to each cup.

Now, a prayer cup filled with water.

Tatum added water to each cup, but did not add water to the cup for the person who didn’t know Jesus. (and therefore doesn’t pray).

Without prayer, it’s hard to grow. We will watch our cups sprout as time goes on. What a great lesson. The goal here is discussed in 1Thess 5:15. We shall pray without ceasing, but at the same time, rejoicing and thanking God ALWAYS. He grows our hearts as we keep our focus vertically.

I decided to make a BLESSING BOX for our home to make this stick and to remind us to stay focused on our blessings, but also to remember our prayers and see HOW God will answer them.

The yellow cards are for blessings:

Blessings include: our family and family dinners! Tot is grateful for Mommy, Daddy, Mama and Coti.

Prayers are on the orange card.

We’ll keep track of our prayers and write down when they are answered. This is a way to memorialize our blessings and prayers. It’s so important to keep track so we can stay grateful, remembering how GOOD GOD IS. (despite our circumstances).

Thank you, Hay’s, for a great meeting.

McCormick Mayhem to Merriment: Demolition will begin!

Sunday, April 14th, the Hay fam took a bike trip to the new home. We are finally going to start begin the remodeling process. Daddy had to head over to do some yardwork, so we joined him via our bikes.

Here we are! Tot needed to rehydrate with all that pedaling.

Here is a full view!

We entered the kitchen to go over what was going to be done. Doug LOVES these valences.

He should have told me this before we got married so I could reconsider. HAHA. Ok, not really, We’ll use them as cleaning rags most likely. Sorry, past owners.

See the rest! (new appliances, but the rest is going to be torn down).

Now the living room. Goodbye regally tall fireplace!



We’ll fill in this sunken living room and fix the foyer. Such exciting mysterious mayhem about to happen here.

We’re excited to see what will happen in the next few months.
The Hay Family will be enjoying the mayhem, but truly it’s merriment because the process is to be valued.

PJ Day at School: Read-a-Rama

Today, Tatum gets to wear PJ’s to school. They are going to be reading all day long and eating popcorn.

She opted for a giraffe theme. I caught her practicing reading early this morning when she thought I was still in my bedroom.

Then, I came in and she read the I AM NOT A CHAIR book to me. This is what she wants me to come in and read to the class today.

We are ready to go!

The class loved the book! It was fun to be a part of the day.

Entertaining herself always

Tatum never ceases to amaze me. Why? Because she makes the most of her time. I have never heard her ONCE say, “I don’t know what to do. Entertain me!.” Nope. She comes up with ways to make any object become a toy.

Case in point: Today, I had to pick her up early from school because of that wicked cough of hers. OYE! That thing haunts me because it is her biggest physical challenge. Well, her throat hurt from all that coughing so we headed to urgent care once again and she worked on her homework.

They treated her for strep, but we won’t know for four days.
When we got home, I had to work, so I suggested she take her KIDS out for recess.

She had to go over the rules with them first.

They seemed to listen…..

but little Ella needed some TLC. She was crying a bunch, apparently.

Finally, recess time. We made a swing out of my scarf. She added in the seats.

Dino and Bella were ready now. All buckled in.

She had a great attitude after having to miss school. We pray that she gets to go to Read-a-Rama tomorrow.

How Tatum feels loved

There are times when we must reflect on how our children touch our lives. Of course, every single day, I’m blown away by the fact that I GET to be Tatum’s mommy. How is it that God has blessed me with such a delightful girl? She also challenges me in every way. But with every challenge, there is an opportunity to be refined and grow.

She puts her mind to what she will create, and then upon completion…

she presents it. What is she looking for? Words of affirmation.

Mommy, what do you think? How did I do? Do you like it? I am seeing her gifts emerge, but I’m also seeing how she needs to feel loved.

She loves to perform, but only if I can applaud. I’m going to sing you a song, Mommy.

Dancing? Of course. She will perform, and she always has her audience set up.

It is so fun to see her grow into the young girl God has made her to be. She continues to light up my life with little surprises. Just this morning, she was up before me and this was slid under my door.


Her GIFT to me was just a word of affirmation for ME! This tells me that I need to make sure I’m constantly encouraging HER, and providing her with POSITIVE feedback. When I do have to correct her, I cushion it with love and grace. Like Jesus, a balance of grace and truth gives the person a large dose of LOVE. She is such a sensitive child who can easily be SO HARD on herself. Knowing her love language and the way she feels loved allows me to be her BEST parent, and to empower to be her BEST self.

Thank you Jesus for my precious gift: TATUM.

Hay Happens to be on our new shirts!

As a family, we needed to have some type of celebration to show UNITY. What better way than through a cool new t-shirt!?

We happen!

We make things happen and we want to live intentionally, not wasting anything. We want to make our lives examples for others, and we want to be lights. That means we live with our eyes on God and our eyes on how can we make this world a better place.

Our mission statement will be posted soon as we are in the process of finalizing it. All I know is that it is fun to make FAMILY and GOD our cornerstones of gratitude and how we will live our lives. Gratitude pours out of our home.

After the unveiling, it was time for a delightful dinner. Hot dog!! (turkey dog with cheese and turkey bacon). and cauliflower mashed potatoes, butternut squash and salad.

Not bad, Hay’s!



Food Hugs

There is a particular kind of hug that you receive when you serve a delicious meal or snack. It is an embrace that occurs around your leg, usually the left. Sometimes the right, but either way, it is an appreciation of a scrumptious taste.

Tatum makes it very clear when she likes what I serve her. She gives me a big FOOD HUG. She never takes for granted what she receives. She shows gratitude for the work involved, the aesthetics, and the taste. I love that about her!

The fried egg is always a favorite. I try to make it so the “juice” oozes out.

Doug has been enjoying my creations lately as well. It’s been SOOOO MUCH FUN to spoil them with what I attempt to make in the kitchen.

Sometimes it’s just a lettuce wrapped in hamburger and avocado, or roast beef roll-ups with hummus. Maybe it’s a Spanish rice concoction made with riced cauliflower.

Gotta make it pretty and colorful because we eat with our eyes.


I attempted a shrimp stir fry with cauliflower mash, turkey bacon and sweet potato chips for garnish. It was a hit!

Whatever I make, they are both so kind in giving me appreciation with a big food hug. The goal has been to make healthy food taste delectable. So far so good.

They eat it all up, and that is the biggest compliment I could receive.
I love you guys!