Wednesday, April 29, 2009


On the way to work this morning the song, "Praise You in this Storm" came on the radio and I just started crying. This was one of the songs that Trent Austin sang the weekend after I delivered Isaiah. I couldn't sing...I just sobbed and sobbed right there in church. I remember Chris lead me down to the front to take communion and pray with me. I knew that God was there but I just couldn't physically sing. I haven't heard the song since then and this morning for the first time I sang along while tears were streaming down my face. So glad the kids were in the backseat playing/talking with each other and didn't notice mommy crying. I feel like I am getting hit all day with little reminders of our little boy that is in heaven with Jesus, first I read this post by Angela Smith while at work and my eyes welled up, and then Marcy's song "House of Mourning" came on my itunes right after that. Feel like I've been hit by all sides today. All I want to do is go home, climb in bed and cry it all out but unfortunately life won't let me do that today. Maybe tomorrow...

Also if you aren't following the Compassion bloggers during their India trip, you are missing out on some wonderful, heart-touching and wrenching stories of what Compassion is doing to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. Love it!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I was going to wait to share more pics (story about that is below), but my big sis is you Jackie! :)

Meet Rumble...he is the newest member of the Branson family.

He is part Beagle, part Border Collie. Mikah named him Rumble after the OKC Thunder Mascot, Rumble the Bison! The photo was taken when he was 6 weeks old, he is now 8 1/2 weeks old. This is the only picture I have right now. We let Chris' dad borrow our camera as he is on a trip with the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma to Armenia and Isreal for 2 weeks (very excited to hear all his stories and see pics when he comes home). When we get the camera back, I will make sure and take lots of pictures of Rumble to post his cuteness!!!

Mikah and Gavyn are enjoying him (well when he isn't jumping or nipping at them-we are working on that) and are learning how to take care of him. Gavyn is like a little mother, "Rumble, Rumble, be careful, Rumble" which is so cute in her little 3 year old voice.

He is almost housebroken...only a few accidents in the house, so that is a good thing. I have been going home during lunch to let him out (we have him in a kennel) and run around the yard with him. He has been waking up around 6 every morning, so I have been using that time to read my Bible and pray, which has been really good for me. Don't have/make much time for that most days.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Thursday LifeChurch is hosting an awesome event Town Hall for Hope with Dave Ramsey. I highly encourage everyone to find a venue near you or watch it on Fox Business. It's going to be good!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Gavyn's Princess Party

Our little girl turned 3 and with that came a Princess Party! We invited all of her friends from school and asked them to come in their princess dresses. Here is pic of a few of them (some were too shy, didn't want their picture taken). We had 3 stations set up, one for hair, nails and make-up. Our camera battery was dead and so we don't have any pictures of the girls getting all princessed up. But then our good friend Bryce Bandy saved the day and showed up to take some pictures.

Tatum, Gavyn, Abi, and Jasmyn (3 Cinderella's and one Snow White!)

Eating lunch and watching a Princess Sing-a-long that we borrowed from the Library. Lunch consisted of heart and star shaped sandwiches for the kids and an all out Sandwich Sub Bar for the adults, chips and we were supposed to have grapes out, but we forgot and left them in the fridge. Oops!

Princess Gavyn!

She is such a cute Princess!!! :)

Time to open presents and everyone wanted to help! It was really cute.

Me telling Gavyn to slow down and say "Thank you" to the those who gave her gifts. She was going from one gift to the other without stopping she was so excited. I made her give out hugs and thank you's after each gift. :)

She was trying so hard to open this one, Jasmyn was helping too! I finally got the ribbon off, so she could rip the paper open.

Showing off her new My Little Pony to her Opa. She was serious about showing him!

All the princesses wondering what to do now that all the gifts were open....

Gavyn knew what to do.....EAT cake! I love this pic that Bryce took! So cute!

And here is the cake that a friend and co-worker of mine (Abbi Zeliff soon-to-be Meadows) made. We had 4 princess figurines on top, as you can tell from the indentions. I thought we had a pic of the cake with the toppers, but I was wrong, so unfortunatly this is it. Bummer - it was even cuter with the princess toppers! All in all it was a fun and very princessy party! Gavyn loved every minute.