It’s always fun to look back and see how things have changed in just a year’s time. SONY DSC Last year on Halloween night, it was freezing cold. We lived in a big city and had a one-year-old baby who wasn’t quite walking yet. We went to our small, inner-city church to hang out (briefly) as they passed out hot chocolate to Trick-or-treaters. Luke really had no concept of the goodness of candy at the time.

SONY DSCThis year, Halloween highs were in the 70’s. We now live in small-town Alabama and have an extremely active toddler AND a precious, chubby little 5-month-old. This year, we helped with trunk-or-treat at our new church. Luke definitely had {and has} a grasp on candy. There was no shortage of suckers {or Hawaiian punch} for the little man. Sugar high doesn’t even cover it. He ran all over the parking lot from trunk to trunk with various people supervising him for at least 2 hours, having an absolute ball. Even though the place was packed, I wasn’t too worried about losing him. I promise you could hear him in the next state. Have I mentioned that we do not have a quiet child? We do not have a quiet child.

SONY DSC{Before we even got to the church, John Wicks was screaming, “Get me out of this duck furball suit!”}

SONY DSCTrunk-or-Treat was a huge success in terms of community outreach. Like I said, tons of people came through. Most of them weren’t church members.



And finally, I just have to share a picture of my favorite trunk and costume combo. We saw lots of camo and long gray beards throughout the night {no telling how much the Duck Dynasty crew made off costumes this year}, but Keith and Angie definitely won the prize in my book! They went all out.

SONY DSCIt was a fun Halloween eve. Our animated, rosy-cheeked little fireman enjoyed it so.

SONY DSC{On the real Halloween night we stayed home–cozy, warm, and dry! We had a total of 2 trick-or-treaters come to our door. So, Adam and I may or may not have consumed an obscene amount of chocolate over the past week} 😉

Halloween and Thankfulness

I’m finally getting around to posting a few pictures from Halloween. However, there’s virtually nothing to share about the night since the only thing we did was dress Mr. Boy up and take a few pictures. Why trick-or-treat in the cold when you don’t have to yet?

{I feel like my hair has somewhat of a purple-ish red tint in these photos. I’m hoping it’s just the instagram filter because…yikes!}

We did drive over to our church where they were passing out hot chocolate to trick-or-treaters. But we stayed a total of about ten minutes because they had plenty of help and, like I said, the air was frigid.

The little tiger still hasn’t ventured out and taken any steps on his own. Conservative little fella he is. Not willing to take any chances. Why would he when he can crawl at 90 mph?

As long as he’s walking by the time dos arrives, I’m good. I think he made a cute little tiger, if I do say so myself.

Since there is nothing eventful to share about Halloween, I thought I would share some “thankfuls” that I’ve had on my heart today.

I love the “thanksgivings that people are sharing on Facebook each day. Such a good exercise in cultivating thankful hearts, especially in a culture where we tend to focus a lot more on what we want than on what we have. I’m guilty.

So here are my “thankfuls” for today, that I may dwell on the kindness of the Lord in the big and the small. . .

1. 2 hours of complete ALONE time. Adam was sweet to take Mr. Boy out tonight so that I could get some things done. And it’s truly amazing what you can get done with 2 hours of undistracted time. The upstairs of our house no longer looks like a war zone.

2. Not one but TWO rich and fruitful conversations today. One with a dear college friend who encouraged me so by sharing ways that she has been following after Christ and walking by faith in the midst of some deep suffering. She’s the real deal. It blessed my heart. And another conversation about adoption and parenting issues with a friend that I just love doing life with right now. What a gift to have friends in the same place in life.  And so MANY friends who are passionate about adoption and orphan care.

3. ONLY FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL THANKSGIVING VACATION STARTS FOR ME. This is huge. Huge. Only one major research paper left, and I am done with this crazy, busy, work-intensive semester. I don’t think I’ve ever been more thankful.