Monday, January 10, 2011

Meredith's Wedding

In early December, I had the privilege of being a bridesmaid in Meredith Alexander's wedding.  She has several posts written on her blog with pictures.

I've known Meredith since I was about 3 years old.  Our families were attending the same church, but we really got to know them when my parents took a Christian-based parenting class that Mr. and Mrs. Alexander were teaching. 

I have memories of Meredith painting my fingernails and letting me fix her hair while our parents visited.  Neither one of us had sisters at the time, and though God has since blessed her with one sweet little sister and me with four, I've always felt a special sister connection to her. 

Over the years, Meredith has remained a constant source of encouragement to me, even though I don't get to see her very often.   She's also been a huge blessing to others through her blog, Striving to Serve at Home. 

I  hope I can serve my family as diligently and joyfully as she has.  I love you Meredith!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Fall Re-cap

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving and Christmas our just around the corner!  Our family has had a fun, yet very busy fall. 

My grandmother had a really bad fall back in September.  She broke her left arm and hip and fractured her shoulder.  She is currently in the hospital waiting to be re-admitted to another rehibilitation center, as her insurance would no longer pay for the one she was previously staying at.  Mom has been back and forth between the hospital and the rehab center over the past couple months, so I've been sort of holding down the fort around here.  My parents would rather us not go online when they're not home, so that's one of the reasons why I haven't posted since September! 

On a lighter note, my mom found out that she is having a boy!  We are all so excited-- especially the boys.  They have wanted a little brother for a long time.  Mom and I have been enjoying looking in the "blue" section of Babies 'R Us for a change.  Becca seems excited, although she walks around the house saying, "baby girl".  I hope she won't be too dissapointed. 

God has been so faithful to our family over the past few months.  He has answered so many prayers.  We truly have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! 

Psalm 136:1  Give thanks to the Lord,  for He is good.  His love endures forever.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to School 2010

Since today is the first day of school for many families, I wish y'all a happy school year!
I pray that God will give us diligence and a hunger for wisdom as we continue to grow in our knowledge of Him and His creation. 

Colossians 2:6-7  So then, just as you recieved Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowimg with thankfulness.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

You Know You're the Youngest of Five Girls ...

. . .When your 9 year old sister puts five different pony-tail holders in your hair and the other two just stand there laughing at how cute you are.  It doesn't help when your oldest sister makes you sit still for a picture either.  :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm Excited to Announce...

that the Pollards are expecting another family addition!  Pollard baby #8 is due in March, and we are all very excited.  Mom and Dad told a few weeks ago, but delayed telling the others since they wanted to make sure everything was going smoothly.  It was so hard keeping a secret from my siblings and friends, but I'm excited to share it with you now. 

This baby is such an answer to our family's prayers.  After Becca was born, Mom had a issue called placenta acreda.  She had to have an emergency DNC, which left her with some scar tissue.  The doctor told her that it would be difficult for her to conceive again due to that fact.  Three months ago, our family decided to hand the matter over to the Lord.  If there were any more children in store for us, then we would gladly accept them.  If chunky baby girl was the last one, then we would accept that, too.  God truly answered our prayers and we are so thankful!   I look forward to posting up-dates!

  Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.  Psalms 127:3-5

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Catching Up

I know it must seem like I've disappeared from the face of the earth due to the lack of posts recently, but I'll try to catch everybody up. 

This summer our family has had season passes to Busch Gardens and we also purchased a membership to a local pool.  We've really been enjoying both since we didn't take a family vacation year.  Daddy and us older kids have especially enjoyed Busch Gardens. 

I have (finally) conquered my fear of roller coasters.  So far, I've ridden  the Lochness and Alpengiest, which is pretty good for me considering my previous experiences with roller coasters.  I rode my first roller coaster when I was 9.  Our family was planning a trip to Kings Dominion.  I told a neighborhood girl that we were going and she said that I just had to ride Volcano.  It just so happened that it was one of the fastest and most intense rides in the entire park.  I wasn't prepared at all.  When I got off of that thing I was shaking.  I was proud of the fact that I had been on it, and had bragging rights galore, but I wasn't in a hurry to expand my roller coaster repitoire after that.  So, it's taken me 6 years to get back on a roller coaster, but I'm really starting to enjoy them. 

The little girls all agree that they love the pool the best.  Emily is a strong swimmer and likes to jump off the high diving board.  Ashleigh and Laura have really been improving in their swimming skills as well and they doggie paddle all over the pool.  Becca is so cute in her little bathing suit and loves to be held in the water.  She splashes any big brother or sister that comes near.

Connor and I have been taking piano lessons through the summer, so I've busy practicing and doing theory homework.  A lady from our church blessed me with a spring-form pan so I've been enjoying experimenting with cheesecake making.  I've also had some baby-sitting jobs which have been a blessing since I'm starting to save money to go towards fall clothes.  I'm really looking forward to fall.  I have to say,  its my favorite time of the year.  I love the crisp fall air, baking pies, snuggling under the covers on a cool fall morning, and picking apples and pumpkins.  I'm even looking foward to school.  We will be starting next Monday.  I'm going into 10th grade, Connor in 8th, Landon 7th, Emily 4th, Ashleigh 2nd, and Laura is excited about starting kindergarten.  I actually think that after the start of school, I'll have more time to blog once we get into a good rutine. 

Well, that's a summary of my summer!  Have a blessed week.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dear Landon . . .

Happy Birthday!!! It's so hard to believe that your 12! I remember when I turned 12, I finally felt like I was an "older kid".

Landon, you've been such a blessing to me. I know you and I can be really different from each other, but I still look at you as being my best buddy. I really admire the way you can talk to people no matter who or what they are. There have been times I've watched you talk to people with such ease and admired they way you make them feel accepted. I know you have a big heart for God and I pray that you'll always serve Him faithfully. I'm also praying for your future wife--regardless of your feelings about marriage right now. :) I pray that you'll grow up to be a Godly man like Daddy and Paw Paw and be a good husband and father someday. You're a great brother. I love you Landon!

Your favorite big sis,

fall 2005

Uncle Rob's wedding, Christmas 2005

Great Wolf Lodge, February 2006

Family Vacation 2007, Outer Banks

The Wright Brothers Monument

At the apple orchard in the mountains, October 2007
Christmas 2008

April 2009

January 2010

Easter 2010

fall, 2007
guitar recital, December 2008

We all love you!!!