"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Should NOT be blogging this today

Gigi and Emery

Noonie and Grandy

I woke up this morning to some poopy news with Blake's job. We thought he had another couple days together before we didn't see him for 6 months, but they need him to come in Fri-Sunday (as well as Wed/Thurs). We had planned to surprise the kids with a quick trip to the beach Friday morning. They've never seen an ocean before. So I am a wee bit crabby, and for the first time since we got here I am feeling like Negative Nancy. I miss my friends and family soooo bad and now he's gone.

SO I am finally posting the pics from the kids' swim party before we left.

Seriously. What friends let you take pictures of them in their bathing suit 6 weeks after having a baby? But I couldn't NOT post this...she is such a dear friend. We met for one last coffee date before I left and she gave me a sign that says: "There are some people one loves instantly and forever, just to know they are in the world is quite enough." Is that not the sweetest quote? So I hope you forgive me for posting this pic, but we just don't have many pics together!!!

The sweet Satterfields! Boy, we are gonna miss you guys!

If I crop my butt outta this pic, I crop my sweet baby out too. Shoot. Love you Shettron crew!!

My neighbor Samantha!!! Thanks for the coffee and my new mug!!! I LOVE IT!

Awww! The Proctor family (minus their 2 adorable boys who were busy swimming with my lil men). Proctors, sometimes I get frustrated with God for the fact that we just met this past year. But when I think about how much I love you all, I know that knowing you longer would've only made this goodbye harder...if that's possible. We all tried not to cry, but we just couldn't help it. Look at Cailey covering her eyes...it makes my heart ache seeing this pic.

Samantha and Rachelle, more sweet neighbors! It's amazing how God brought us all together.

No way. Is my son really checking out their booties?

My mama. And to think when I was little I used to make fun of her big sunglasses! We looked like such goons saying goodbye to one another in front of the MARTA. We didn't care. It's hard leaving your mama no matter how old you are!

My sistas. Jamie brought her kiddos Jackson and Savannah "Bena" as Sadie calls her. And my sis Laura brought her littlest Luke, who Sadie is smitten with.

We had the party in the morning, so we had 10 dozen donut holes and a bunch of fruit for the kids. We only had 8 donut holes left over!!! Emme sure enjoyed some herself!!!

Keely Beth!!! Thank you for coming to swim with the kids. We sure do love you sweet girl!

Cailey and Chenna! Girls we miss you so much and hate the idea of starting school without you being there with us!

Looks like trouble to me! Nah. These guys sure do love their cousin Jackson!

My sweet Auntie Mary Anne! On my dad's bday (which is 2 days after mine) my parents had a lil party for my dad with the family. It was a good chance for me to get to squeeze everyone one last time.

Now, I realize that to most of you this probably seems absurd. Sorry, but it's just how I feel. I am a relationships kind of girl. To walk away from those dearest to me is beyond difficult. Even if for just a year. My peeps help me to be a better mom. And I take that job kind of seriously.

For lunch the kids and I used our new smoothie maker I got for my birthday. We had so much fun creating smoothies and even more fun when I took the lid off and proceeded to push the blend button. It went flyin and blobs clobbered my face and hair. We laughed so hard we all about tee teed right there in the kitchen. God knew how much I needed that!!!

I know I will just be fine, but I had to share these pictures while I was thinking about you all!


Norma said...

Oh, Molly! I'm so sorry Blake had to go into work! Know I will be praying he can get away and you guys can get to the ocean soon! Love, love, love the pics and all you shared... I just think we need a "week count down" for the Shockleys! I think it will help us all... We love and miss you guys!! Mom

Nate, Abbey, Noah and Blaire said...

Thinking about you! It's so hard to be away from those you love! Hope you feel better soon.

The one and only Lady said...

Oh my sweet friend! I understand how you feel...as excited as we were when we moved to OK we missed our family and friends! God is good and he will bless the time away and make the time together even more precious!! I love and miss you SO MUCH!!! I thank God everyday that he brought us together!!

Lesley said...

i love all the pictures! And now seems like a good time to tell you what cailey said..no screamed in the car. "WHY DO THEY ALWAYS HAFTA LEAVE?" broke my heart! we are focusing on how lucky we are that we did meet! and it being hard to say goodbye tells me that we got somethin! :) let's skype SOON!!! miss and love you all so much!

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Courtney said...

Ugh..what an awful picture of me and Talyn!! Miss you friend! Hope you and the kids are adjusting well to your new home. I know you are going to have a fabulous time in Atlanta. Hugs!

Julie said...

Molly, this just made me tear up reading it. I know how you feel! Being away for a year is almost harder than it being for longer. Praying that God will bring you godly friends for this time! I think St. Louis was probably my lonliest times, but it was such a great year. You should get the book, "After the Boxes are Unpacked" by Susan Miller. I read it and laughed and cried when we moved to OK. It's great! I know this year is going to be a great adventure for you all.