Monday, September 14, 2015

Do Y'all Like The Ravens Or Something? {Well, since you asked...}

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

What can make me blog again?

Well, the Ravens. OBVS.

I was watching my little ones yesterday - as I shot our annual "We are a RAVENS family" photos and STOPPED IN MY TRACKS because I remembered that they were once this:

And, this...

And, then Whit grew the most glorious head of hair. And they became this...

And, OH MY SWEET HEAVENS, we got the surprise of our LIVES and our testosterone laden abode got a tiny, pink, squealing dose of this...

One year later...{AKA The Year of Bad Haircuts and Real Smiles for Miles}

And here we are today.

I pulled out my camera when we got home from church, in which we PAINTED THE TEMPLE purple because SOMEONE HAS GOT TO REPRESENT the purple and black down here. The struggle is REAL living in a city/state where red and black don't mean the Terps, but a pack of wolves. Where Carolina blue is not only the color of the sky, but of cars, t-shirts, flags, flip-flops, and underwear.

So. We proudly represent the Baltimore Ravens - the city and team that we love.

Speaking of love...

How much do I LOVE these tiny creatures?

Holly grabbed the football and took off. Which is indicative of her brothers' normal mantra where she's concerned:

She can do no wrong.

God bless the man that has to make it through these four to win her heart.

I watched the boys playing in the cul-de-sac before I went inside. Gosh, they are awesome kids.

Jason and I? We're exactly the same as we were five years ago when this photo was taken.

No wrinkles. No grey hair. Nada. Exactly the same.


The Ravens lost yesterday. In which a very disappointed Jack reminded us that at least Christmas is coming soon.

There's always that.

Perspective. All about perspective, right?

And, really? I was disappointed, too.

But, knowing that this purple-clad quintet calls me "Mama" - I guess I could borrow from Jack and say that looking at these photos, it's kinda like Christmas for me most days - messy, busy, colorful, lots to clean up, Meltdown City, exhausting, over-stimulating, PLEASE PASS THE COOKIES...

But, all that joy.

Isn't that life as "Mama" though? Just a big ol' mix of it all. And, finding the joy scattered about, and choosing to focus on it.


Thankful today for this joy right here.


  1. It's so great to see you back blogging! Your kiddos are adorable, and yes, that is one loved little girl. God bless!

  2. Love this! I too was born and raised in Maryland and live in the Carolinas now with my 5 kids. Two girls and three boys. All huge Raven fans as well!

  3. Love this one Sarah! So glad you're back to blogging! Mom of 9 in Seattle