Sunday, December 23, 2007
Selling--the fact that we sold our home in this terrible housing market is the biggest indication of God's work! Also, that our home was priced higher than many of the other homes in our subdivision and yet our buyers still chose our house. We prayed for our buyers to come and God brought them!
Timing--we received the offer on the house the day before Thanksgiving. I am SO THANKFUL that we didn't get well into the Christmas season and have to take down our Christmas tree and the sentimental decorations. That seems silly and trivial I'm sure, but taking down the tree really would have made the move even tougher for the children--and more work and emotion for me!
Friends--During the week of packing and moving we had so many wonderful friends who took our children and cared for them as their own. We had friends who offered their 'muscles' to help move heavy furniture. We had friends who brought a meal to save us from eating pizza or fast food. We had friends who simply called or emailed to make sure we were doing okay. Thank you Lord for surrounding us with such an incredible support group!
New Home--Andrea Jenkins was so thoughtful to let us know of a mutual friend with a furnished basement. It has been the perfect arrangement for us; it is completely furnished so that we were able to put everything in storage. Definitely beats moving twice--well, unpacking twice! Everyone seems to enjoy the new living arrangements. Doug and Karen have done more than necessary to make us feel comfortable and the kids have loved getting to know each other. Anna Beth has been a little 'weepy' with all of the changes, but she is adjusting. Also, our 13-year-old black lab Bailey has adjusted to a new home as well--she is used to sleeping in our basement and has now taken-up residence outdoors. She absolutely LOVES her new igloo doghouse; it has really surprised us all that she has adjusted so well. Although it really shouldn't come as a surprise--the boys prayed for her and God has answered.
Family--the timing of this move allowed us the perfect opportunity to spend the holidays with our family. Normally we rush down to Warner Robins on the afternoon of Christmas, spending two hours on the highway, enjoy some time with our parents and then head back a day or two later. This year we decided to spend the whole week with family, enjoying time in a familiar environment. We've been here 24 hours and it has been a blessing already.
Those are just a few examples of the many blessings we've been given during the past few weeks. God is so good and we are so thankful for all He has done. I encourage you to look for His fingerprints in your life as well!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
This will probably be my last post for awhile. As many of you know, we have a sale contract on our house and have two weeks to pack up and move to a rental. Thanks be to God for his work in this terrible housing market, he deserves ALL of the glory and praise! Thank you also to all of you who have prayed with us. Your calls and emails pledging your prayers and then follow-ups to see how we were doing mean more than we can even express. Several of you even offered your homes, your basements, your trucks for moving, info on homes for rent--we have been so blessed with such an incredible circle of friends! Thank you for giving of your time and yourselves--we pray that we can help you in a time of need as well.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Moms for Modesty Mission Statement
As a Mom for Modesty I believe in common-sense modesty for girls and young women.
I believe in refraining from sexualizing our girls and young women.
I believe that it is unwise and unfair to taunt boys and young men by permitting my daughter(s) to dress in an immodest manner.
I believe that true beauty comes from within and I strive to teach my daughter(s) this truth.
I will loyally shop at retailers that provide girls' and young womens clothing that is modest, affordable and stylish.
You probably won't be able to tell a lot by the pictures, but I'm so excited that I had to post them. This is really the stage where the house takes shape. It is looking great and we absolutely LOVE it. We hope to have more picts up soon as soon as we have trim, flooring, etc.
Friday, November 16, 2007
This past weekend we were given the greatest joy a parent can experience--Graham, our seven-year-old son, accepted Christ as his personal Saviour! Graham said that he made this decision back in January when his brother Ethan made his decision for Christ; however, our talks with him have really concerned us that he was not certain. I have been so burdened about this and have prayed that God would just speak to Graham and bring him on his own. I have specifically prayed that his decision would not be the result of a friend or sibling's conviction, but his own. On Sunday night, after hearing a christian illusionist's incredible presentation of the Gospel, he prayed and accepted Christ. He is such a private person that he didn't want to go forward in the service; however, we had a special time of confirmation later at home. Soon, our sons will be baptized together--what a blessing!
I have no greater joy than to hear
Enjoy the highlights in the slide show below!
Graham really improved this year with the Pirates. Coach Jay and Coach Dave were the best--they made the game FUN for the boys and taught them so much. Graham is looking forward to playing again in the Spring.
Ethan had a great year as well--it wasn't a winning season, but it WAS a learning season. Ethan was given a lot more playing time this year and he improved in so many ways. Kip was the offensive line coach, which made the season special for both father and son.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I meant to link to this post this earlier--when Andrea Jenkins first posted it on her site! The Jenkins family will soon be one of our new neighbors in 'The Cleft'. This community has been their dream, along with the Warbingtons, for many years. In her blog, she explains the origination of the name of our little community of five homes. We feel so blessed to share in their dream, and make a part of it ours as well. As Andrea so aptly stated in her blog:
"Our desire for The Cleft is to be a safe haven for our families, a place where we can all come and rest and find safety. We also want it to be a place where we all seek to see the LORD and all His glory - not only for us, but for all who come to visit."
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The elliptical arches over the windows were a last minute decision, but we love the end result.
Our future front porch in the making!
Of course, all of that brick and stone caused a BIG mess, so the Stokes Clean-up Crew was on the job:
Kip won't be happy about the photo above, but I couldn't resist, lol!
Everything seems to be moving right along and we are excited about our future in this home. One special request: Please continue to pray with us that God will send the buyer for our home in His perfect time. We covet your prayers!
Just take a GOOD look at Ethan, our well-fed, near-sighted referee! Ethan and Kip locked themselves in the closet this afternoon and came up with this creation--and it was a hit! Graham was going to be a football player, but opted to wear his favorite Ninja costume from two years ago--the weapons are just too fun.
Anna Beth was MORE than happy to doll-up in her favorite Belle gown--she loves any excuse to wear a little make-up and a pretty dress!
We've been so busy lately, we had to quickly carve our pumpkins before heading out to trick or treat--the boys designed the faces and mommy carved. OH--and then Ethan ate the roasted pumpkin seeds, lol! There is never any waste at the Stokes house!
All in all, it was a 'BOO-tiful' evening--lots of candy and tons of fun!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Four jobs I have had in my life:
- A Fabric-cutter at Hancock Fabrics (during college years)
- Promotional Coordinator for a Publisher
- Marketing Coordinator for an Engineering Firm
- A Mom (my favorite job, by the way!)
I hate watching movies, so I don't really have one! If I were to sit down and watch one more than once, my two favorites are:
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Facing the Giants
Four TV shows I like to watch:
- Extreme Home-Makeover (our whole family watches it after church on Sunday nights--we love it, we ALL cry together!)
- Designed to Sell (and all of the other house selling shows--b/c I'm trying to get tips to sell our house!)
- Divine Design and any other Design show on HGTV
- Brothers and Sisters (probably shouldn't, but I do--I like Calista Flockheart)
- Niagra Falls/Canada
- Florida--the beach, of course!
Four of my favorite dishes:
- SALAD--any kind, I absolutely LOVE it--especially with fruit, cheese and nuts!
- Seafood--anything broiled (I hate fried food)
- Pizza--wish I didn't love it!
- Italian food--whole-wheat pasta only, of course!
- Our realtor's site (for some reason--see if there is any change!)
- My bank account site to update hubby's work expenses
- My friends' blogs to check for updates and be encouraged!
- During change of seasons--EBAY--where I shop for the kids clothes!
Four places I would rather be (beyond the obvious "Heaven"!):
- In our new home!
- On another cruise--maybe without kids this time (although it was great with them)
- Touring Europe with Kip--he has never been there
- Anywhere with my husband and kids with plenty of time to spend together
Sunday, September 30, 2007
And by the way: YES, there are many different colored bricks here and there is supposed to be paint splattered on the brick, LOL--we are trying to achieve a distressed, old cottage look. The brown bricks will look even better once the trim, shake and siding are painted a deeper color. We hope to have more pictures up soon once all of the brick work is completed!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I know that spending time there this weekend--working, fishing, exploring--is making us anxious for the move. The house is coming along quickly; they are installing the siding and shake right now and the stone and brick should be next. On the inside, the rough plumbing is done and the electrical should be going in next. Our builder, Steve Harrison, is doing a wonderful job!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Many thanks to those who have been praying for our sisters--for those who don't know, both my sister AND Kip's sister were due with little ones in the month of August! We are so excited that both babies have arrived safely and everyone is doing fine . . . here are the details:
Ella Caroline was born to my sister Angie and her husband Rabb on August 23rd--this little one is long-awaited by everyone! Many of you have prayed for them during their infertility, in-vitro and high risk pregancy . . . and here is the beautiful result of our prayers and God's goodness! Ella weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long--She is doing great and Angie and Rabb are surviving with a few hours of sleep here and there. We were able to visit with little Ella this weekend and it was such a special time . . . I had to get out of there quickly before those 'baby emotions' got the best of me!
Ryder Stokes was born to Kip's sister Kaci and her husband Spencer on August 31st (just in time for that school year deadline, lol!). Ryder weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, 21 inches long, and looks SO much like big sister Kadence. He had a pretty dramatic entrance, trying to enter the world fist first with his umbilical cord in hand. Needless to say, Kaci had a very scary emergency c-section. Everyone is doing well now and they should be resting at home soon--please keep Kaci in your prayers as she endures a longer recovery.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Ethan is playing center for the offensive line as you can see in the photo above--Big number 44! He has worked so hard to learn this new position and do his best--we are so proud of his effort this year! Kip has encouraged him to use his position as center to be the leader of the offensive line.
An added bonus to the season this year is that Kip was asked to coach the offensive linemen! We all know this is SUCH a chore for him, LOL, but he is managing somehow. Honestly though, I think he now has a new appreciation for the time, emotion and responsibility that goes into coaching these boys.
Although I don't have a lot of free time to blog, I absolutely love the idea and have been enticed by the incredible blogs of Andrea Jenkins and Carol Hatcher--you two do such a great job! I thought this would be the perfect way to communicate to our friends and family what is happening in our lives . . . I may not be as consistent as some of you with my entries, but I will certainly do my best!
As the stories of our family are shared in the days to come, we pray they will be a blessing and encouragement to you. Most importantly, we thank God for the incredible story he has written for our lives.
"Lord, you establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished you have done for us."
~ Isaiah 26:12 ~