Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Jayk

Son...

I rarely grab the wheel of writing anything on this blog anymore because Mom now handles these updates. However today I feel compelled to pen a few thoughts on your 3rd birthday (and yes we will have a cake you have been asking for a month now)....Jayk my son you have changed my life...I am so proud of you and how much you continue to grasp the realities of what it means to live like a man of courage! Oh granted we have our bad days when you and I may not see eye to eye but I will take those a few days because how you live full of passion, strength, virtue, courage and honor. From the day you were born and we brought you home till now I remember praying those words over you...The journey of life is going to be ever so full....adventures, faith stories, battles, and romance. I am thrilled every day to have you open our bedroom door and want to come lay in our bed right before we are going to get out of bed in the morning...with your pillow and two blankets...you have caused me more than once to sacrifice a morning workout to cuddle and watch some cartoons...I know those days will pass soon and I will be dragging you out of your bed so I am capturing them as much as possible. Your heart I can tell is full of love and care. I can see it, sense it, and I am praying it into your life. Son I have said it once to you if I have said it a few hundred times mommy and daddy love you more than anything in the world...and Jesus loves you even beyond that...you are loved...and secondly...I want you to know that you have what it takes...you are a warrior, a man of courage and you have what it takes to do whatever you desire in the world...let nothing hold you back. Oh you may fail, you my take a wrong turn every once in awhile...but that is part of the adventure...we will always fight going forward...if we fail may it be failing forward. I love you gifts and passions...and I am praying that the Lord Jesus would continue to gift you and bless you....but not for mom and I to spend thousands of dollars to make you better for yourself (we don't have money any way)...but that out of God blessing you...then you would understand that you are now to be a blessing to others....we get to give life away. This is how we measure life...not by what we get but how we give life away...more on that later as you grow...I am so proud of you and love you deeply....you are an amazing big brother to Judah...You just woke up from your nap so I will cut this short...Happy 3rd Bday...I love you...I am for you....I know tomorrow I will be writing about you leaving the house...but between now and then....live alive!

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Pop's Loves Me...

My Pop's loves me....he is willing to do anything for us to have fun and for me to know that I am loved...Even if it means putting on my cowboy costume and going on an "adbenture" with me...Thank you dad for loving Jayk and Judah...for playing with them and wanting them to experience all the joys being a kid can bring...Thank you for leading them to Jesus and loving them well...They are blessed to have you...Love you so much...and appreciate you...

Saturday, December 05, 2009

It snowed in H-town!!!!

What a fun Friday...It started out like every other normal friday in the Altic's lives...We wake up and go eat at Barnaby's...But today was a little different because we drove through snow to get there!!!!! So fun...When we got back from running some errands Jayk and Jerrell played in the snow...Judah was too pooped out from the mornings activities so he was taking a nap...Jayk loved it...What a fun memory we got to make yesterday....





Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Moment...

Today was going to be a long day because Jerrell had to leave early and then will be home late...so I was asking the Lord what we should do today, because long days are usually hard days because I am ready to see Jerrell...but I felt lead for us to go get a present today for the Christmas Store for our mission Church and for us to take it by there...I tried to explain to Jayk about getting a toy for a little boy that his mommy and daddy could get a gift for him, and this what Jesus wants us to do, and that we are a Christian family and this is what we do...so he did so great at toys r us...he wanted to get the little boy some tools...this is Jayks favorite thing to get for himself...so we took it to the mission and it was a little hard leaving it...but he didn't cry he just wanted to play with it...When we were walking from the car to the mission he wanted to carry it all by himself...I was so proud of him...It brought back huge memories for me and made me thankful for a dream I have had as a mom, to teach him to love people...That is my hearts desire for my sons that they would love God and out of that love people...I went as a little girl to the mission on Saturday mornings to pass bread out to apartment complexes and invite them to church the next day...my parents started us real young and I wanted this to be in Jayk and one day Judah's blood...for lack of a better term...I just want this to be apart of there DNA...it shaped my world as a little girl...it is what we did...we loved people...and my desperate pray is that my sons would live that out as well...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Judah's 1st Bday....Gigi came to town

We had an amazing time celebrating Judah!!!! We had a little party for him at our clubhouse room in our complex...Jerrell was the human jungle gym and the kids loved it...Judah was so tired that the last 30 minutes after we did the cake he slept on my shoulder...I have a journal that I write in to the boys, so that is where I put all the sentimental feelings I was feeling...because trust me I was this time, I did with Jayk but it hit me greater this time...just the fact that the boys are growing up and we are officially out of the baby stages with them...I love my sweet boys and am so blessed!!!...Love you Judah Happy Birthday Son...

Also Gigi came to town and WE HAVE MISSED US SOME GIGI...her and Wes moved to NY three months ago and it has been hard not having them around...But it meant more than words could express that she came in for Judah's bday...I couldn't imagine having a party and her not be here...We love us some GIGI!!!!!








Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sweet Day...

Yesterday was a real sweet day...we went to the Arboretum and ran around outside with some great friends...then we went to Becks Prime and ate outside for lunch is was so fun...

Recently Judah was a little fussy so I told Jayk that we were going to pray that Judah have Joy...and he said "What is Joy?" and I said happiness...but not just regular happiness...Joy is from Jesus...he looked at me and said "Oh, Joy is from Jesus"...

Then we were on a wagon ride and we were talking about being Christians and I asked him if he new what that meant...Obviously knowing he didn't...but I said it is being a Christ follower...We follow Jesus Christ...and he was like "Oh"...Like he was taking it in...


Later on in the evening when I was telling Jerrell about those two conversations...I was overwhelmed with joy and the kindness of God that I got to share those two things with my son...It really blew me away...Thank you Jesus for Jayk...may you continue to stir his heart towards You....

Monday, November 09, 2009

What we have been up to....

We had a great weekend together as a family...we moved around furniture and are continuing to "simplfy"...getting rid of things and making room in our condo for two walking boys...yes I did say 2 walking boys...judah took his first steps about a month ago but it is now getting better and better with each day...Yesterday was a very full day for us...Jerrell preached at a local church in the city and then he had to rush back to HFBC to a luncheon..I wanted to post some pictures that a dear friend of mine took of us...She is so awesome and loves our family so the boys responded so great to her...I have some fun pictures and a story I will post later...I just have to get the pictures downloaded..





Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Praying for wisdom today....

We have been going through a new season with Jayk lately...he has not been listening as well as he had been...I know this could just be that he is about to be 3...but I have really been praying about it for him and for me and Jerrell to have wisdom how to engage him in all of this...I don't want to be an overbearing parent dicipling constantly but that is what it has been lately...diciplining...not sure if I have been overbearing? I know I have had my moments :) ...we have been trying to put our finger on it with why he is struggling with this so much, is it rebellion? is it attention?...the answer to all of it is probably yes...but this morning I was just praying for his little heart that he would not look for negative attention...and that God would meet the deep needs of his heart...I feel like I am giving him attention, but I prayed this morning that God would show me if I am missing something...what does he need?...But ultimately I know that I can't meet all his needs...he needs Jesus to meet those...so my prayer for my little guy has been Lord please meet his deep needs...as I was praying this for him...I so thought of myself...Lord please meet my deep needs so I don't run to other things or other ways to get my needs met...You oh Lord know the deep needs of our heart...may we listen to you today and recieve what you are offereing...Yourself....

Monday, November 02, 2009

So I am thinking about coming back....

So I am thinking about coming back into blog world...I have to admit I have kinda missed this outlet of sharing about the family...alot has happened since I last wrote...Judah is about to be one...Jayk and Judah actually are playing together...I am feeling more and more comfortable with being a mom of two little boys...so alot has happened...I think I will jump back into the game and try to be a bit more faithful...I hope I have friends that will still be interested in reading or at least seeing the pics... :)


Sunday, May 10, 2009

I am the most blessed of all women...

I am the most blessed among women...I have an amazing husband that goes out of his way to make me feel loved and wanted...appreciated...and accepted... he forgives me often...I am so blessed..then God gave us two amazing little boys that I love so much...that I laugh at everyday and am amazed everyday that God gave them to us...Thank you Jesus for my sweet family...


Monday, April 20, 2009

Mustache anyone????

Here are some fun Easter pics and a fun one that we took the other day of the boys having blue Mustaches...for some reason Jayk loves playing with the blue tape...I love my sweet boys...Judah is growing so much...we just started him eating squash, sweet potatoes, pears and apples...he loves to eat!!!!!





Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My favorite little Cowboy!!!!

You can't live in Houston and not go to the Rodeo...so this year we took Jayk all by himself to the Rodeo to have some time with just me and Jerrell...We had the greatest time...he wanted to get a hat like mommy and daddy have...we went the night before we took Jayk, so he saw us dressed up...we rode the big slide, drove tractors and ate Rodeo food...we had a blast...I love my little Cowboy and can't wait till we can all go next year!!!





Monday, March 09, 2009

Oh How I love them....

The pictures explain the words...I love both these little bits so much...they keep my days full and moving, and bring a huge smile to my face and sometimes/often I laugh out loud at what they do...Thank you Jesus for two special boys in my life...



Monday, February 23, 2009

Nina (Jayk's version of Nana) and Papa Came to Visit...

We had a great time with Nina and Papa coming to visit...they got to hang with Jayk and see little Judah...Jayk got Nina's homemade cookies at 6:30 in the morning and had a blast playing with Papa on the floor...We love them and it was so good to watch our boys love on them so much...We were switching Judah over to a bottle that week and so it was a blessing to have Nina here to help with that...she bottle fed all her boys so she was an expert at helping me...thank you Jan...It was a blessing to see them and we are going up to see them in June...








Sunday, February 08, 2009

What have ya'll been up to?

Here are some updated pics of what we have been up to lately...Jayk LOVES music...which for those of you who know Jerrell and I we have a deep appreciation for music but are NOT musical at all...But Jaykers has a huge love for it so we foster that and this is what we do alot around our house...I also started Judah on a little cereal because the boy is so big he needs it to make it through the nite...he likes it now but these pics are from his first night...he wasn't to sure what was going on...We are doing good with the boys, just busy around here...Jayk has been struggling to stay in his bed, so that has brought hard nights for us...but I felt the Lord say to my heart the other day..."Walk with him in this season"...and so we are trying...he isn't mad or upset when he gets out of bed it is usually just him wanting to say "hi"...but for us as parents hi isn't something we want 3 times a night at random hours...but the Lord is teaching me to walk in this season with him...don't get mad...just walk with him...this thought has poured over into other areas of my life with marriage, family and friends...may we just walk through the seasons of life together...hard ones, inconvenient ones, and the amazing ones...mine is a combo of a little hard and amazing...amazing that I get to be a mom to Jayk and hard just because of sleep...but hey what is a little sleep anyway? :)