Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy birthday daddy and Aunt Anne!

Today is a great is the birthday of our most favorite person in the world...our daddy. It is also the birthday of his very favorite sister...Aunt Anne! Happy birthday to these 2 wonderful people!!! We can't wait to celebrate the two of you! Untitled Untitled IMG_8850

Friday, May 30, 2014

Take me out to the ballgame

Saturday night we went to a Redbirds game.  The boys have been asking to go so we thought this past weekend was the best time to go.  We sat in a box provided by David's work and I am so thankful we had seats there.  Maggie is into everything and I can't imagine if she had free reign to run around.  She was at least contained in the box.
Austin's baseball team this year is the Cardinals so he wanted to wear his team shirt and hat.  Miller stayed true to our favorite team.

One of the ways to keep Maggie contained is to feed her.  She LOVES to eat and especially loves ice cream.

It was a really fun night and something we hope to do again this summer and lots more in the future.
Summer has officially started for the Spence family! #memphisredbirds

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Happy birthday Yaya!

Happy Birthday Yaya!  We love you and are so very thankful for you!  You brighten all our lives and bring smiles to everyone who meets you.  Thank you for loving us as well as you do!  We hope you have a special day and we can't wait to celebrate you! IMG_0071 Untitled

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

End of the Year School Stuff

Austin loved all the activities at the end of the school year.  Field day was a big hit and he especially loved tug of war.
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Sweet Miller goes to all of Austin's events and is so eager to be at the same school as him next year.IMG_9616
Once again his school did a wonderful end of the year program.  We are so thankful for his school and the precious friends he has made over the past years.
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Yaya and Gigi came to watch him in his program as well.  IMG_0150 IMG_0148 IMG_0153
We love you Austin and are so proud of the boy you are growing up to be.  Your heart is full of love and joy and your eagerness to learn is infectious.  I truly can't wait to walk beside you as you learn more about yourself and others.  I love you buddy!  IMG_0158

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day from our little family! Summer has officially started for the Spence family! #memphisredbirds We are so thankful for all the men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces. Thank you for serving so we can have freedom.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five for Friday

1. Last Thursday night a quick storm rolled into Memphis (while we were at the ballfield) and 
afterwards we saw the most amazing double rainbow. It was the boys first time to ever 
see a rainbow.IMG_9618IMG_96222.  Last Saturday night we had a date night.  We started at the Old Tennessee Brewery at 
Untapped.  It was a really neat venue and something I am glad we checked out but the 
weather was terrible.  Cold, rainy and just dreary but the concept and venue is awesome.  
Date night at the old Tennessee Brewery.3. This one is a good mix of girly and tough. She loves to play in the dirt, mud and as you can 
see in this picture, collect rocks but she also loves to dance, sing, play with her kitchen, 
and feed her baby. I love this little girl!

4.  I think he has the right idea. He said if he was going to push her than he was going to 
sit down while doing it. She got a big kick out of it.I think he has the right idea. He said if he was going to push her than he was going to sit down while doing it.5.  We have purchased some new art recently for different areas of the house.  I love having 
some things up on the walls.  It's amazing how much something on the wall can make a house 
fill much more cozy.  We still have a huge space in our front entry that needs a big piece of art 
and a couple other spots around our house as well.  Any new artists you think I should take a 
ook at?

Mary Long Postal
IMG_0161IMG_0162IMG_0163Not sure of the artist below.  Found these at Palladio in Memphis. IMG_0164IMG_0167IMG_0168Kelsey Windham
IMG_0165IMG_0166Happy Friday friends!  Hope you have a wonderful Memorial weekend!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Trip to CA and WA

David had a conference in Los Angeles, CA so I decided to go along for the trip. Untitled
It was exactly what I needed.  Everyone couldn't believe that I had absolutely no plans but that is exactly what I do nothing!  It was perfect.  I read 4.5 books while I was gone.  I LOVE to read but just don't have time to do it at home so when I leave town I hunker down and read and relax.  David always says I have the hardest time relaxing at home but man do I know how to relax on vacation (sans kids).  We flew out to CA on Tuesday and took it easy that night.  Wednesday morning we woke up and had breakfast together and then I found my place next to the pool and started reading.  I fried myself and I am still peeling from it but it was worth it.
Enjoying every minute of our trip to LA for David's work conference. This momma needed a major break from the normal routine of life.
Wednesday night I met up with him for drinks with friends and then a nice dinner just the two of us. Enjoyed a great dinner last night with David and old friends from our time in Boston. #latergram While we were at dinner we looked over and recognized Seth MacFarlane (Family guy). Seth_MacFarlane
We went through the rest of dinner not really thinking much of it and right after Seth left the restaurant David remembered that one of his teenager patients who has a bad diagnosis really likes Funny Guy so David decided to see if he could catch Seth outside.  He catches up to him outside the restaurant waiting at the valet for his car and asks if he is Seth MacFarlane.  Seth says it depends on who's asking.  David says that he's a physician in Memphis but that doesn't really matter...he has a teenager patient that loves his show and would Seth be willing to sign anything for him?  Seth immediately says yes and rips a piece of paper out of the valets pad and does this below.  David came back in to the restaurant pretty fired up and has since given this to his patient who was pretty pumped.  Definitely a highlight to the trip.
Thursday morning I did more pool side and then met David for a hike through Runyan Canyon.  It was a beautiful hike and perfect weather.

After the hike we headed back to the hotel to change clothes and met up with David's co-fellows from his fellowship in Boston.  It was a great night of catching up and enjoying a nice dinner.

Friday I spent the morning by the pool and then spent time that afternoon at the spa getting an amazing massage.  It was a great way to end our time in CA before we flew to WA.
 Friday night we caught a flight to Tacoma, WA to see David's brother and sister in law and meet the newest member of the Spence clan, Jacob. Ryan picked us up Saturday morning from our hotel and drove us around Seattle and Tacoma to see some sights and then we headed back to spend the afternoon with our new precious nephew.  We started by picking up our breakfast from the Farmers Market.
Ryan is super talented and has so many gifts and one of them is creating and building.  He designed and helped build this amazing skate board ramp.  It is extremely tall and is enclosed completely with a roof on top of it.  Pro-skateboarders come to skate on this thing.  It was really neat to see something he put so much time and love into.
We then stopped by the famous Public Market and walked around.  
We grabbed a Piroshky from Ryan's favorite stop.       Seattle Pike Place Market
We then headed back to their place to spend quality time with Corinne and little Jacob!

I loved having him fall asleep on my chest.  Such a sweet moment that I loved having with him.
    I'm in hog heaven!  Just met my new nephew Jacob in Tacoma. He's perfect!
That night we headed to dinner at a nice restaurant in Tacoma.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday!

The kids were well loved on and cared for by Dingdad and Yaya in Memphis.  
Thank you Yaya and Dingdad for taking care of the kids so we could have this getaway!  It was a wonderful trip!