Tuesday, October 9, 2012

An Interview: Four Years Old

Last year I asked these same questions of Eisley, who was then three years old. You can read her responses here. Here's what Eisley has to say at four years old:

My favorite food is: Fruits, vegetables, pizza, and spaghetti
My favorite game to play is: Candy Land
The best TV show is: Bubble Guppies
The coolest person I know is: Kayla
My favorite thing to learn about in school is: Firemen
The thing I am best at is: Drawing pictures
If I could go anywhere in the world I'd go: to China (but she says she'd speak Spanish there...)
My favorite color is: Purple
When I grow up I'm going to be a: Princess
My favorite song is: All of my Vacation Bible School songs
My favorite book is: My Very Own Fairytale (It's a book her great great aunt & uncle gave her when she was born. It uses all the letters of her name to tell a story about fairy princesses)
Three words that describe me: nice, helpful, sweet
When I was little I: ate, pooped, and slept (Can you tell she's been observing her little sister lately?)
My favorite time of year is: Fall
My favorite snack is: Pretzels
One food I don't like is: Soup
My best friend is: All of my friends (Note: she gave this same response last year, too.)
My favorite memory is: Jubilee being born
My favorite place to go is: the Mayborn Museum
If I had one wish, it would be to: watch lots of movies

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Four Years

Four years ago, this girl entered our world and made it better.  Happy Birthday to our sweet girl.

Sandra Eisley Lawson
08/01/08 * 6 lbs. 15 oz. * 20 3/4 inches
One Year Old
Two Years Old
Three Years Old
Four Years Old

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Thank you!

Thank you to all who contributed through Team Lawson's fundraising page for World Hunger Relief, Inc.'s Ride for Relief. Thanks to our many donors, we raised $1,130 for WHRI... and since that amount is matched by Christian Mission Concerns, that really means we raised $2,260! In all, this year's Ride for Relief raised $4,100... or the matched amount of $8,200! Yay!

Team Lawson before the ride!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Shameless Plug

Billy and I are raising money for World Hunger Relief, Inc. through a fundraising bike ride that will take place this Saturday (April 14).  WHRI is an organization that Billy and I are proud to support. 

We are now just $15 away from being back in first place in the fundraising efforts! And to add an extra incentive (besides supporting a great cause), Billy and I are giving away $60 in gift cards to one lucky donor! No, they're not glamorous - $25 to TGI Fridays, $25 to Wal-Mart, and $10 to JC Penny. But it might be fun to go out to eat one night instead of cooking. Or to let us pick up the tab on something you might need, by getting it from Wal-Mart. Or maybe you need new pillowcases. You could get those at JC Penny. :)

So... for every $5 you give to our personal fundraising page before this Friday, your name goes in the drawing for the gift card set.  Thanks in advance for your help and for your support! You can make a contribution by clicking here.

We'll let you know if you win! We'll hold the drawing sometime Friday afternoon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Things I Love About Waco

Because the Texas heat is imminent, and I'll soon find myself waking up grumpy and going to bed grumpy because I just can't seem to cool off, I thought I'd take some time to reflect on the things there are to love about living in the Heart of Texas. I think it's important that I remind myself of these things before my daily mantra becomes "I hate living in Texas".  I sat with a friend tonight on her porch, on what happens to have been one of the most gorgeous spring nights we've had yet; she shared that she had recently contributed to a local magazine here and its annual list of 100 Things to Love About Waco. I wondered what would be on my list.  Here is a list of 10 of my favorite things about Waco. It is certainly in no particular order. If you're ever in the area, stop on by. We'd love to show you around.

1. Our church, Hope Fellowship of Waco. I love our church. If we had a fancy website, I'd link it for you. But we're not really a fancy group of people, and we don't have a fancy website. But these are our people, and we're happy to call Hope Fellowship our church home. 

Sub-item #1: The Wednesday childcare swap in which we participate. 
Sub-item #2: Our Wednesday night small group. Love those folks. 

Hope Fellowship Easter Retreat 2012

2. Our house. It'll celebrate its 100th birthday in 3 years, and I LOVE living here. It's got plenty of quirks, and it's simple and quaint. But I love calling this house home.

Sub-item #1: My front porch. It is AMAZING. 
Sub-item #2: The high ceilings. They're fabulous.
Sub-item #3: Close proximity to great neighbors! Many of the folks in our church live in this neighborhood, along with some other folks we've become friends with. We walk to worship on Sunday mornings, walk to dinner at friends' houses, borrow lawn mowers from friends/neighbors, trade off childcare with friends/neighbors, and generally have a great time living out community with our friends/church/neighbors.

The house all decorated for Eisley's birthday party last August

3. World Hunger Relief, Inc. I love working at WHRI. It's a great organization full of great people, that are doing great work. I've worked for WHRI for a little over a year now, I must say -- it's a place I enjoy spending my time.
Eisley petting one of the farm rabbits at Fall Farm Day 2011

4. Fox Sports Southwest. Yep. In Waco, I can watch ALL Dallas Mavericks games on FSSW. This makes me happy.

5. Cameron Park Zoo.  We spend a lot of time at the Cameron Park Zoo. Eisley loves it. So do I.

Eisley & her friends getting up close and person with a lion

6.  The Mayborn Museum at Baylor University. We spend a LOT of time at the Mayborn. It has provided hours upon hours of fun for our family.

Just a little tea party at the museum

7. Bluebonnets. In east Texas where I grew up, we didn't have them. I only saw them driving through other parts of Texas during bluebonnet season (late March-very early April).  But this year, they were absolutely stunning! And in our own town!

8.  Close Proximity to other places/people. We are one and a half hours from Austin and Dallas, three from San Antonio. We're two hours from my mom, 1:45 from Billy's parents, and 1:30 from my dad and stepmom. I know to many, those distances may not seem "close". But having spent 4 and a half years in Kentucky, where we were 14+ hours from our families, we'll take this!

9. Tex-Mex/Mexican/Latin American food on every corner. If you know me, you know how much I love my Tex-Mex. We've found a lot of great spots here - El Charro Tapatio is our neighborhood place we frequent. We eat there almost every Sunday after worship, and on every Friday morning for our weekly family breakfast burrito date. There's also a great El Salvadorian food truck we frequent, as well as a couple of other food trucks we love. There's a great taco place downtown, plus old favorites like On the Border and Ninfa's. I am in heaven!

10. Cameron Park. We spend a lot of time in the park. We play on the playgrounds and hike on the trails. We've kayaked on the river, and done lots of exploring. Apparently, Cameron Park is second only to Central Park in NYC, in size for a city park. It's a truly fabulous park.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter 2012

One of the unique things about our church is that for Easter, we go away together on retreat. We pack up our cars and head about 40 minutes northwest of Waco to Three Mountain Retreat Center, and spend the weekend together.  This was our second Easter to spend with Hope Fellowship on the Easter retreat. It is always such a special and wonderful time. We worshipped together on Friday at a Good Friday service, spent Saturday laughing, hiking, praying, singing, and playing (and of course enjoying the annual Lack-of-Talent Show), and spent Sunday morning in worship, having brunch, and Easter-egg-hunting! It was a rich, life-giving time with this community of people we love so dearly!  Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

E spent most of her time in the sand

On Saturday, the youth hung out with the kiddos, so the parents could go have some "off" time. It was great!

Eisley adding her handprint to the banner for Sunday morning worship.

The whole group! 
Asher, Lydia, and Eisley

Eisley sang one of her original songs in the talent show

Lawson family on Easter morning

The kiddos, ready for an egg hunt!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jubilee Estes

Eisley is getting a sister. A sister! I will soon have two daughters running around our house, and that excites me.  I was shocked last week when the ultrasound showed another girl.  I was convinced we were having a boy, and if I'm honest, I have to admit that I am still readjusting my thinking about it all. Two girls will no doubt be a great blessing. I adore my sister, and can't imagine life without her. I am thrilled knowing that Eisley and her sister will have each other. There really is no friend like a sister.

I am not quite ready to shout from the rooftops, our daughter's name. So instead I'll whisper it here, where I know only a small handful of people will read it.  For now.  We will shout it from the rooftops later.

The name we have chosen for our second daughter is Jubilee Estes Lawson. If you're interested in the story of why we chose that name, keep reading. If not, don't.  I know not everyone cares about name meanings like I do. But...
We did an Advent teaching/worship series at our church this past year based on Isaiah 61, and talked about Jesus as our Jubilee. We (Billy & I) love and are drawn to the biblical practice of Jubilee, and all it was about -- The Year of Jubilee happened every 50 years -- In the year of Jubilee, land returned to its original owners, debts were cancelled, captives were set free to return to their homes -- Jubilee was a time of great joy and celebration! And today, Jesus still brings Jubilee. He is the one that brings release to those in captivity, the one who binds up the broken-hearted, the one who proclaims good news to the poor.

It was was around the time of Advent that we found out we were expecting this child (We found out on Thanksgiving day), and as we walked through that teaching series at Advent, we started thinking that Jubilee would make a great name for a little girl. We love what it means and we pray that this little girl would grow to know the Triune God, and that her life would be about following this God of love. 
As for Estes... we decided on the middle name of Estes for a little girl before we even found out we were expecting.  We started thinking about the years we lived in Kentucky and what an important and transformative season in our lives those years were for us... we started brainstorming name ideas that would somehow connect to Kentucky. And then we thought of Estes chapel, the chapel located at the seminary where I was a student. Estes Chapel was a HUGELY important place for me! For our family.
Estes means "from the east".  Matthew 24:27 says "For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man"; the name Estes sort of seemed to fit well with the name Jubilee!

And that's the story of Jubilee Estes Lawson.

(And, hey. it is a great bonus that Jubilee's name continues our trend of the "ly/ley/lee" name-ending that we have going in our family... Billy, Kelly, Eisley, and Jubilee!)