It’s the first Saturday in June.

The first Saturday of Summer Vacation.


Maybe we’ll go to the beach.

Listen to the seagulls call overhead.  Smell the sunscreen and sunshine on our bodies.  Feel the cold water lap around our ankles as I hold EK up on her wobbly legs.  Taste the saltwater as she sucks it from her fingers.

Unfortunately, the nearest beach is about 12 hours away.  Not exactly a day trip.

Instead, we’ll settle for the prairie grasses of the Texas panhandle.  Instead, we’ll listen to the cluck of the chickens, smell the oil rigs pumping nearby,  feel the wind tussle our hair, and taste the freedom of summertime.



The freedom to sleep later than 6:00 a.m.

The freedom to go barefoot all day long.

The freedom to splash in a kiddie pool and instead imagine it’s the saltwater of the ocean.

Today, I celebrate summer.  And the days to come.

I did not sign a contract to teach school next year.

In faith, knowing God will provide for all our needs.  In faith, knowing He did not give me this baby so that I cannot enjoy every moment with her.  In faith, knowing I now have a new purpose and job.  In faith, knowing these years are going to fly by whether I make money or not.

I am officially a Stay-at-home-mom.

And I am grateful.

Thank you Lord for your awesomeness.

Thank you Lord for Emma Kate.

Happy Summer, y’all.



  1. Courtney says:

    I am SO happy for you that you get to stay home! EK’s smile is contagious. What a joy I know she is to y’all!


  2. Lenore Diane says:

    Wow, Angel. Congratulations. Amen.


  3. Brenda says:

    That is wonderful that you get to stay at home. Enjoy every second because they all go by too fast.


  4. Donna Mae Jones says:

    Good for you…Enjoy everything about her…She is the cutest baby I have ever seen…Love you all….


  5. Donna H. says:

    Amen to NO contract! Amen to understanding your purpose and accepting the sacrificies you may have to make (Trust me, in years to come, you will NEVER regret this decision). Amen to being a stay-at-home Mom (hardest job on earth) and Thank you Jesus for this beautiful precious gift to this amazing young couple, who I admire and respect beyond words, even though I do not know them personally! May You continue to dwell in their hearts and their home and sustain their faith in all days to come. Amen. Until next time … Donna H. P.S. (a “lot of money” and “saltwater” is highly over-rated … but THAT smile … PRICELESS) 🙂


  6. Elizabeth says:

    This is wonderful and I’m SO happy for y’all!!
    This is a true blessing! God is So Good and he will provide!


  7. i am so glad that you are getting to stay home with that precious baby that God gave you and jason! this just thrills me! the Lord does provide for his children. tell EK that her great auntie in okl loves her very much! love you too sweetie, have fun!!


  8. Good decision. A child must be cared for and taught by someone. Why not her mother? Blessings to two parents who have made a choice to perhaps sacrifice monetarily in order to be parents. Wish there were more of those.


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