Monday, December 7, 2009

Oklahoma for Thanksgiving

Colton, Coleman and I made the 9 1/2 hour drive to see Colton's whole Family
in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Coleman loved playing on the Farm. He played with Piggy Piggy, fed the chickens and looked intently at the Horses.
Colton got a group of his High School buddies together for some Basketball in his old Gym (he was ballin'), we went to the OU vs OSU game and I did a little hunting (killed a nice little buck)
Here are some pictures from the trip...





Saturday, November 14, 2009

Playing with Mama and Raking Leaves with Daddy (9 months old)



Watching Daddy rake leaves, while trying to steal the rake and eat the leaves






Monday, October 26, 2009

PUMPKIN PATCH

Coleman and I went to the Pumpkin Patch today with the other kids in his baby school.
He even got his own little pumpkin.




Friday, October 16, 2009

Thoughts on Confession & Repentance

I have the great privilige of talking with Women (usually ages 18-35) about the joys of the Gospel and the pains of sin.
Lately I have been thinking about Confession & Repentance with regard to some of these conversations.

Here are some thouhts...
Psalm 32:3 "When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long." I am convinced that one of the greatest gifts God gives to His children is the ability to CONFESS our sins to one another. The act of confession seems to be a "lost art" among many Christian communities. I am not sure if we are hesitant because we have not found trustworthy ears, or if we don't know how to confess, we haven't seen or tasted the benefits of confession or maybe we just don't want to confess. Maybe the "darling sin" that we so greatly want to protect is more imoportant than exposing light onto its devastating effects. When sin is hidden, it is deadly. Our bones waste away, as David points out in Psalm 32. We "stay in the sin" and harbor it and often there is no REPENTANCE. Confession does not equal repentance. However, there is something very powerful and beautiful about exposing, with great honesty and vulnerability the sin that so violently entagles are souls. Scary? Yes. Freeing? Absolutely. Exposing our sin to someone we trust is amazing. I cannot tell you how many times I have confessed to a friend and seen repentance almost immediately. It was as if the words needed to come out of my mouth so that I could actually feel the FREEDOM and FORGIVENESS that is offered in Christ and therefore have the ability to turn from the sin. Confession can bring about great relief.

Often the flip side to a lack of confession is Confession ONLY.
There is a sense in which we confess our sin(s) and feel free, but there is no repentance. That is not a good place to be. It is not enough to confess only. We are called to repentance (turning away from the sin).
We want so badly to let people know that we don't have it all together, so we tell them our junk and think that is enough. It is not. We cannot confess and then just wait for God to take away the struggle. We must confess and then turn (we do the turning) from the sin (relationship, private acts, idolatry, gossip etc).

CONFESSION is beautiful and freeing. CONFESSION alone is just that...alone.
Our boldness in repentance must be as bold as the words we confess to one another.

CONFESSION is to one another (and to the Lord). REPENTANCE is to the Lord.

Friday Lunch Dates, Eating Good Food and Strolling in Beautiful Weather...

Colton, Coleman and I usually have lunch at Central BBQ on Friday's.
I am home with Coleman all day on Friday's and when the weather is fairly cold,
we (I guess he does not care, but I sure do) like to get out of the house.
We like the break and especially lunch time with Daddy.

Feeling Fat & Happy after some good ole Sweet Potatoes

Coleman and I enjoyed some BEAUTIFUL weather outside last week

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Guinness: 2/16/99 - 10/7/2009

Colton and I had to put our wonderful dog, Guinness, to sleep last night.
He was dying from Congestive Heart Failure, and we did not want him to suffer.
It is sad. He was a great dog. He tolerated a lot of changes over (almost) 11 years:
different roommates, a move, a new man of the house, a hormonal/irritated mama and a new little man of the house. He graciously tolerated having his ears pulled, tail squeezed and bottom pinched by Coleman.
We miss him terribly...

(We put Guinness on Coleman's walker, and it kind of shocked Coleman) :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

One last time for "Whiskey River" to take our minds...


Colton and I have decided to make this Willie Nelson Concert our last (insert tear).
It has been a lot of fun seeing him so many times, however, he is gettting a little older and only playing about an hour these days. After 8 and 11 concerts respectively, we have decided to hang up our Willie Bandanas and enjoy him from afar.
We are NOT opposed to hopping on his bus with him some day...just waiting for him to invite us.
This picture is right before we went down to the River to see him play.
It was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

RUNNING FOR A REASON...A VERY GOOD REASON


This Saturday, September 12th, Colton, Coleman and I will be a part of something very special. David and Brittany Spence lost their little man, Forrest, 2 years ago.
He lived for 55 days at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.
The 2nd Annual Forrest Spence 5K will take place here in Memphis Saturday Morning.
If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please go to the web address listed below.
They are such a special family!
God has given them a great desire to provide for Family's in LeBonheur through the Forrest Spence Fund: www.forrestspencefund.com
Please pray for them Brittany and David! Forrest would have been 2 years old tomorrow, September 10th

Almost 7 months old

CHECK OUT MY NEW JAMMIES



TIME FOR SOME FOOOOOOTTBBAAAAAAALLLL!!!
(the favorite time of year for our family)


READY FOR BABY SCHOOL


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cockrum Men

Hanging out on the bed...




Colton and Coleman have Daddy/Son time each night (when the weather is nice) on the front porch before bed time...
Coleman is fascinated with bottles. He kept grabbing Daddy's bottle of the good stuff.


Colton and Coleman took a little "Man-Cation" to West Plains, MO
They were able to take a 4 Generation Cockrum Man Picture.
Colton's Papa Charley, Colton's Dad, Colton and Coleman.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My, how he has grown...

Our little man will be 6 months old this Saturday (the 15th).
Here is a journey from now to the beginning...
I pray for many more years with our little man.











Friday, July 24, 2009

HUNKA HUNKA BURNIN' LOVE




Coleman is wearing this shirt for his G-Daddy (Casey's Daddy), who loves Elvis!

Peas and Carrots, Please...




Coleman is a fan of both Peas and Carrots.
I think more got on his face than in his mouth...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pondering...

I will be 34 years old tomorrow. WOW! I remember turning 7 and and having a McDonald's Birthday Party, turning 15 and getting my drivers license, turning 21 and having my first beer (ok, legal beer), turning 33 last year and hearing our little man's heartbeat for the first time (by far the best birthday present ever!) Now, Colton and I are loving having Coleman in our little family. As I age and feel my body ache more and more with each passing year...I am reminded (with great Hope) that with each passing day and year is one step closer to Heaven. I have never been more happy in my life...EVER!!! God has blessed me with an Amazing Husband and Stud little boy. As far as earthly happiness goes, I feel like I have peaked. Yet, the reality is...we are groaning for the oneday someday of Heaven and being in perfect communion with our King.

Oh Lord Haste the Day...

But, until then...I am fired up about turning 34 and going to Tunica with Colton this weekend. We are going to see the Black Crowes Concert and spend the night at the Casino. (my birthday present from Colton & the 2nd best birthday present ever!)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wille Nelson Fan already

5 Months Old and Sporting a Willie Nelson Onesie
(given by Courtney and Paul Loosemore)

Monday, July 6, 2009

tummy time...

almost 5 months old

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Covenant Baptism

Colton and I had the privilege of having Coleman Baptized on Father's Day.
It is a joy to know that we have the responsibility of raising Coleman in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord, and it is also a little overwhelming.
We pray there will never be a day that he does not know the Lord.

lttle man

Our little (well, BIG) man is 4 and 1/2 months old.
At his 4 month check-up, he was in the 90-95th % for weight. Needless to say, he has not skipped a meal. Coleman loves to smile, giggle and go on walks with his Daddy.
Colton and I are loving being parents!