Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Miss Priss

This girl. My goodness is she her own person. This morning I told her it was time to get dressed. She grabbed my finger and dragged me upstairs to her room. She opened her drawer and pulled the outfit out below and made it clear this is what she wanted to wear today. She even went as far as putting the tights on herself. When she had both feet in one leg, I stepped in to help.

What have we gotten ourselves into!? She is fiercely independent and a wee bit strong willed. But she's two...should I expect anything different?! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas is my favorite holiday for several reasons. First and most importantly, this is the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. And Jesus is everything to me. Second, it's all about family. And this year our sweet little family had our very first Colorado Christmas. It was glorious. All were healthy (unlike last year) and all were pleasant. The day was slow, memorable, savored and beautiful. The kids were cute (as always) and liked each other most of the day. Michael and I worked hard the day before so that on Christmas Day we could just sit and relax and be STILL.

The kids were up early, but apparently we taught them early on that rushing into the day isn't the thing to do. I ran downstairs at 8:00 to throw the previously made Monkey Bread in the oven to cook for breakfast, then proceeded immediately back upstairs for a 35 more minutes of shut eye.

After the timer indicating the bread was ready (the smell alone could have done that...YUM!) went off, Michael and I went downstairs and got the day going. While we finished up breakfast, I noticed that the last Christmas picture framed in my house was the first one we took with FOUR little ones... (it's a little dusty...I have FOUR little ones...)

Drew wanted his picture taken with Ruff-Anakin...

The living room on Christmas morning...so clean and pretty! It didn't last long...

Christmas breakfast...sausage balls, monkey bread, and a Jesus cake.

This is a new tradition. Michael and I really want our kids to know and understand and honor the meaning of Christmas. It's not about gifts and Santa and caroling...it's about our Savior, Jesus Christ. If it wasn't for His birth (and His death) then our lives our void, meaningless. So this year we baked a cake, decorated it nicely, and sang to our Savior. It was beautiful and sweet and a great way to start the day remembering the meaning of it all...

After our breakfast, we all sat down and read the story of His birth.
Drew read it in his Bible while waiting for us to get situated to read it together.

Sweet Isaac

Lindley noticed her kitchen and just loves it!!!

Here we go...trying to get a decent picture of all four.
I probably took twenty...these are our favorites. :)

Let the festivities begin!

After opening our presents, we had a lazy afternoon...the boys played with their new toys and the rest of us took a nice long nap. Then we had dinner...ribs (in the crock-pot), cheesy potatoes, and biscuits.

Once all of that was over, we were thoroughly exhausted, but still went to our good friends house for a night of movies (the kids) and games!

What a super great day celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Man's Best Friend

Well, we did it. We added a furry canine to our bunch. And he is fantastic. So good with the kids. So cute. So soft. So loyal. Welcome to our family, Ruff-Anakin Rex Fernihough. You are a blessing already...

Ruff is an 8 month old Goldendoodle. He is kind and gentle and very loyal...yet, still such a puppy. He likes to chew socks...and Legos...and get into the bathroom trash cans. He burps. Have you ever heard a dog burp?

We love him. He loves us.

He came to us super fluffy with really long hair...looking more like a Sheepdog than anything.

But now he looks like a classic Goldendoodle and is just striking! We get lots of compliments on him when we are out and about with him.

Ruff is so great with the kids...even a menacing two-year old Princess who thinks
she rules the roost!

Lindley likes to cuddle up and share her snack with Ruff. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I stand in awe...

Today at church, during worship, I just stood in awe. My heart was singing praises, my mouth was moving and releasing the correct words, but my eyes were full of tears (that just wouldn't release in full force). As I sat and observed while the Lord spoke straight to my heart, I was just humbled beyond belief. The Lord is so good. So, so, so good. This little church that had just under a hundred people when we moved here 15 months ago has grown leaps and bounds…not just in numbers, but in genuine community. I look around and can easily spot a multitude of new friends that I could pour out anything to, that I'm not afraid to be me, that I'm not afraid to fail in front of, or to not be a perfect wife, mother, friend, acquaintenance in front of. I see women who have challenged me from they way they lead their lives, the way they mother their children, the way they love their husbands. I see men who have poured into my Michael and done the same for him. I see the parents of children who my boys call "BFF…FFFFFF" and my heart is filled with delight. I see older women who I just want to get to know, to hear their stories, the share mine. I see younger women who I just want to share all my trials and tribulations with to encourage them in theirs. I see families and individuals going to the cross to take communion with their Savior. I see husbands leading their families to that cross to pick up the elements, then they move off to the side and kneel with their family. I know that man is praying over his family and laying himself before the Lord…I know that because most days my husband leads me to do the same. But this day, my Michael was on stage, guitar strapped to him, belting out praises to the Lord as he leads the congregation. Beside him is a woman who I have learned to love and cherish and is a friend I hold dear. Her voice sends me to His presence each Sunday and I leave more and more in love with the One who loves me even more. I look over at a Christmas tree that is stocked with little ornaments that hold the names of children who lost everything in the Joplin tornado earlier this year…their Christmas list inscribed on little sheets of paper. Throughout our time of worship I see person after person, couple after couple, family after family go up to that tree and choose an ornament. Before worship is even over, every single one of those little ornaments is gone…and that is what makes the tears start flowing. I'm surrounded by people who not only love the Lord with their heart, soul, mind and body, but these same people just love people and want to serve.

Needless to say, I had a great morning at Alethia. I left encouraged and challenged. Tyler brought the Word and so much is still playing in my head.

Thank you, Lord, for bringing us here. Thank you for pushing us toward faith, toward a season where You are our survival.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Another Blog of Mine

School is in full swing…has been since late August. Drew is in 1st grade at The Classical Academy, Noah is in Kindergarten at Martinez Elementary and Isaac is in pre-school at Springs Community Church. I am teaching two days a week with the Cottage School at The Classical Academy, so every Tuesday and Thursday sweet Drew gets to ride to school with me and we catch glimpses of each other throughout our days. I love it. I can't wait for Noah to be there next year!

As for me, I'm teaching 5th grade this year. Last year I taught 8th graders. I was a little uncertain as to how I would like 5th grade, but I LOVE it. I have super great students who are just so eager to learn and just absorb everything like sponges. I am genuinely excited to wake up and go to school each Tuesday and Thursday.

This year I'm trying to really be on top of things and stay on top. I decided early on to create a class blog as a tool for students and parents. It has been such a hit! Go check it out... Mrs. Fernihough's 5th Grade Last week I created a blog for each student that is linked off of my page. I'm using a site called KidBlogs.org and it is amazing! They students are loving it. :)

I know this isn't the most exciting return to blogging, but it's one of the things I'm super excited about right now…the education of my children and my role as an educator!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Today was a hard day. It started out okay...pretty typical. But it quickly went downhill. It was one of those morning where none of my little treasures were listening and I had to repeat myself way too many times. "First time obedience" was completely out the door and that just puts me in a bad mood. So instead of shutting myself away and dropping to my knees, I let the anger consumer me. I yelled. I spanked. I was frustrated beyond belief. And for what? Toys on the ground...dishes in the sink...messy rooms...little boys in pajamas instead of "church" clothes... Really, Mandy? You got in a frenzy from this? You are a mom of four precious treasures who are too young to live in perfection. They are too young to know that a good reaction for a mommy in a bad mood is to clean. They are just too young for unrealistic expectations.

At church this morning the Lord revealed my sin in flashing lights. Anger. At times it stays contained and controlled in my heart. At other times it makes its nasty appearance and rules. Not okay. Not okay at all.

"Everyone (Mandy) should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger, for man's (Mandy's) anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires." (James 1:19-20)

As soon as I got home, I wrote this verse on my bathroom mirror...big and in bold. And I can't tell you how often I prayed this back to the Lord today. Take my anger...I want that righteous life You desire for me. I don't want my kids to have to walk on eggshells...not knowing my current mood. This verse is now stored in my heart and will hopefully snuff the anger out.

Plus, just look at these sweet faces... How can I allow my anger to cause them angst?

Maybe I'll share the other revelation He laid on my heart later. This is a pretty vulnerable post for me.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blogging Slacker

Life has been busy. Actually, busy is an understatement. Life has been downright crazy this summer. We have had non-stop company this summer, which was so great, but hard to find time to do anything! I haven't blogged, I haven't cleaned my house, I haven't done most of my to-do list for this summer! But I did host a ton of great friends and had a great summer! I did do fun things with my family and friends. I did spend more time in the Word this summer. I did thoroughly rest, relax and refresh this summer. Now that we are back into the swing of school, hopefully I can get back on track. I hate to even put this out there, but my goal is to blog twice a week. But now I've said it, it's out there, and I'm going to try really hard!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pastor Date Night!

The first Friday of every other month is Pastor Date Night. This is a time that as pastors and wives we can all get together and just have a night of pure fun. This was implemented to build community amongst us build deeper bonds that go beyond the doors of the church. Each couple is assigned a date night to plan together. This particular one that I documented through great photography was planned by the Peeks. I think it was called "Burritos, Bowling, and Bow Ties." Meaning we ate at Qdoba, went to a local bowling alley and played a few intense bowling games, then ended the night at the Golden Bee at The Broadmoor. The "Bow Tie" part was that we were all to dress up! :)

Here are a few shots from Qdoba. Love that place!

{The love of my life...}
{The love of my life being silly!}
{Kim and Manny}
{Kim and Manny being silly!}

Here are a few pictures from the bowling alley!

{Tyler and Kaci}
{Rick and Laura}
{Adam and Tara}
{Sam and Amber}
{The girls!}
(The whole clan!}

And finally...a few pictures from the Golden Bee!

{Kaci checking out the song book!}
{A few of the girls waiting for a table!}

That night was super fun. Michael and I feel completely blessed to be a part of this group and to call them all friends. Looking forward to our next date night!

***The only bummer (and it was a big bummer!!!) of the evening is that Joey and Kacy could not be there.

{Joey and Kacy}