Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One year ago

One year ago I had 2 elementary age kids and a baby.

Now I'm the mother of a middle schooler. He's dangerously close to his teen years and my anxiety is creeping in. All while zero signs of babyhood remain in Stella.

One year ago I was so nervous that Holly wanted to audition for the very elite company at Nebraska Dance. I didn't think she was ready and my heart was already in pieces.

Now she gets to be a part of the amazing new program, Core, for 3rd and 4th grade.  She loves every single second she's at dance and has made lifelong friendships I could only dream of having at her age.

One year ago Stella was barely talking. She didn't string words together to form sentences and she was incredibly shy.

Now she is the house tattletale. Or as Aunt Mandy calls her, "the house reporter." Which is really just a nice way to say tattletale.  Her voice is loud and deep and she tattles talks all the time.  Her raspy deep voice is my favorite thing in the whole world.  Even if she does "report" our every move.

One year ago Sammy wanted to play every sport  possible. He couldn't get enough. Football, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, swimming. He wanted to do it all and didn't understand why he couldn't.

Now he wants to be playing baseball 365 days out of the year.  He's committed to doing what he needs to so he can play baseball through high school. It warms my heart (and my schedule) to watch him mature into such a cool kid.

Has anyone seen the baby on that mug?

One year ago I had two crazy funky SINGLE little sisters.

Now I have a brand new bro and get to share the wonderful journey of marriage alongside one of those funky gals.  #staylittleforeverred

One year ago I didn't know what 2013 would bring. We were open to pretty much anything and gave up everything.   We positioned ourselves to prosper and asked God to do his best work in us.

Now I'm confident in 2014. I see changes and  blessings and  a stronger Cobb mob.  Now as God starts to reveal direction to our future that we couldn't have planned better ourselves, we couldn't be more ready.  NO I AM NOT PREGNANT.

We are eternally grateful for the last year of our lives. Potentially the most significant year we've ever lived.  We will always ALWAYS look back on 2013 and smile. It's was a journey God always intended to take us on. It was an adventure. We are now prepared to take in all of 2014 with humbled hearts. My eyes well up with tears even now just thinking about Gods work in us.

Happy new year to you! Happy new year to us!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas 2013

After 4 days full of Christmas celebrations, things are temporarily settling down.

Santa came and conquered and we gave Jesus one heck of a birthday bash.  It was filled with family, fun, food, presents, Apothic, and the first annual dance wars.

*follow our dance wars videos via Instagram @missycobb and our friendly competition @danyellestevie

Just like every other year, this was Sammy and Holly's best Christmas ever and Stella has quickly caught on to the magic of Christmas.  The weather has been beautiful since December 25th so hoping that means we are getting the opposite of last winter.  Remember?  The winter that lasted till May.  Or did you block it out just like I tried and failed?

Anyway.  Chirstams photos:

Before going any further, I should inform you of a minor camera tragedy that I still don't completely understand.  All I know is that I lost most the pictures I took but my camera is totally fine.  You're going to have to use your imagination....

On the Eve of the Eve we had our annual Munnelly/Cavanaugh party and Stella participated in the ghetto but adorable Christmas pageant.  She was an angel and somehow ended up the leader of the group circling around sweet baby Jesus.  She REALLY held up the line until finally getting lapped several times.  Mama's little slowpoke. Can you picture it?

Christmas Eve starts early with the Mickells gathering.  Always a fan favorite.  Stella got lots of dress up stuff and the target snowman cup she's been wanting for a month.  Sam got a NEON hoodie that he threw on immediately and Holly got cute clothes and stilts (!!!!).  If you know Holly at all, you understand that she's been giving me minor heart attacks every day since opening those stilts.  Santa showed up with gifts and I took pictures that later disappeared in the wind.

We then went to my favorite Christmas Eve service EVER and Alli Bryant killed the vocals on 'O Holy Night.'  Ya da bomb, girl.  #chills.

We rolled the night out by having fun with the Munnelly crew.  Everything about Christmas Eve was perfect except that Gage had the flu.  That part was a total bummer. 

Christmas morning was one we'll never forget.  We had a blast sharing it with the Mixan's.

11 stockings were hung by the fireplace with care

We opened gifts together, ate breakfast together and drank hot chocolate by the fireplace.  And we did it all before 8am.  

After about an hour of watching the kids play with their new stuff and listening to Mayzie crush it on her new Karaoke machine, we headed over to grandpa and grandpa's house for brunch and more presents.  We had a great day and were so happy to have spent it with everyone.  It's the first year that Uncle Tommy and Aunt Betty were here with their kids.  They are officially moved homaha!

The day after Christmas, we celebrate with my mom's immediate family.  We ate my favorite meal of all time, Corn Beef and Cabbage and we were all surprised with a family Mahoney trip this summer.  It was a great ending to a great Holiday.

A girl after my own heart. 
Well, those pictures made me smile all over again.  Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas. We are so thankful that Jesus came on the first Christmas to save us! Happy birthday, JC.

Now we ring in the new year! 2K14, I love you already!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Inside the Circus: Part 3

Apparently I've lost my knack for blogging.  I've also lost my knack for exercising and eating healthy.  I was totally on a roll there but I figure at this point, I might as well finish 2013 with a belly full of sugar and spice and everything nice.

I actually love blogging so I'm not real sure why I've fallen off the train.  Maybe it's just that everything I would write about seems so insignificant in the grand scheme of things.  So?  After 3 attempts to write about insignificant topics, I've deleted my drafts and landed on what you really want to hear.

Last week marked one year since we moved into the 11 ring circus.  It's mind blowing how fast a year goes.  We have already started plans to move up and out but I think we can all agree that 2013 is a year to remember.  It's amazing that when you pack away all your possessions, how much thicker God's presence is.  Most of our stuff is in storage and we haven't even seen 80% of our belongings for a year.  All that's left is what matters.  What REALLY matters.  Each other, clothes (cuz without them we would be naked) and beds to sleep in.  (and a TV to watch Scandal)  

We felt God's push to move in with my sister's crew and when things starting happening super fast, we were confident that God had plans that would eventually make sense.  We knew the obvious: we would save loads of money and we would have loads fun.  We knew there would be struggles:  parking on the street, kids fighting, unending laundry, etc.  What we DIDN'T know is all the behind the scenes stuff God had up his sleeve.  How He had plans to change our hearts and develop our kids' character into something beyond what we are capable of.

We didn't know that Mandy and Mike would be led to homeschool Melrose or that Mike would get back into teaching.  We also didn't know that God would provide a new job for Gage that would change the course of our future in amazing ways.  He's planted new dreams and is paving the way for them to be fulfilled.  We had no idea that Sammy and Holly, being the oldest, would be so humbled and eternally grateful for such small things.  They are living in a world filled with greed and envy at every turn but this last year has changed their hearts.  It's something that no amount of "BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE" talks could cure.  My heart for them is to be humble and God did that in a way only he could.    They are super cool kids and I'm so honored to be their mom.

I've talked forever about how badly I want twins someday and I had no idea that God gave them to me already in the form of Stella and Mayzie.  I know I've joked about how I want to take Mayzie with us when we move out but I'm like 75% serious.  Her and Stella's relationship is the most precious thing I've ever seen in my life.  Mayz gets the first spendy at the Cobb's house.

The 4 of us adults have talked for the last year about how we need to write a "you know you live with 11 people when..." list so I promise to get something going here soon.  Also to come?  A video blog.  Part 4 of Inside the Circus will hold plenty of entertainment.

Super sorry about the Halloween pics that are 2 months late but can we all just agree that this was worth the wait?

Lately I've been overwhelmed with how many hits CobbMobb has been getting.  I don't even have that many friends so I feel I owe it to the blogosphere to write more.  Perhaps, a deeper look into the kids' personalities and conversations.  In fact, just the other night Gage said he would hate to go head to head with Marlow in an orange juice drinking competition which gives me an idea!  I'm creating the bracket in my head now.  

Until next time!