englexas here is the lady behind the tattoo...my rose of Sharron who spreads love wherever she goes! She is literally "Granny" to everyone she meets and makes them feel special and loved, such an amazing Godly woman! 1d

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englexas today was crazy hair day and little man wanted to match his big sister! 2d

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englexas Here is my most recent addition, eventually it will be a sleeve of memorials to all my family members. My siblings and I had talked about getting a matching compass tattoo so I was always on the lookout for some kind of cool compass design. We all wanted our compasses to point NW because we are from the north-west of England. When my husbands Papa died I was helping pack away some of his things and when I opened his bedside table drawer there was a compass staring me in the face...I couldn't bring myself to ask for it right then so a few weeks later I called Granny to see if she still had it and she did! I added the rose of Sharron around the compass because that is Granny's name. I grew up with only 1 living grandparent and we rarely saw her so when Gabriel and I got married his grandparents treated me like one of their own, they are so special to me.

The tattoo was done by the super talented @davidallen
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englexas being away for a few days made me realize how much I miss my kids when I'm gone and how difficult the adjustment to mama being back in town is for them! Lots of discipline and opportunities for teaching this week to undo them being spoiled for a few days! I asked them "were you just allowed to be out of control the last few days?!" in a moment of frustration and when my 7 year old responded with "yep" I knew we had some work to do! This is my newest favorite pic of us all from the fall! #notaniphonepic 1w

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englexas flying home from Houston tonight...the last three days have been full of community with so many friends close to my heart...feeling refreshed and excited for the years to come! 2w

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englexas every year my goal is to read 1 book a month, every January I read "one thousand gifts", every year it speaks to me differently...today we are flying to spend time with family and friends we haven't seen in a long time and I read this:
"I wonder...if the losses that puncture our world might actually become places to see. To see through to God. That which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To the God whom we endlessly crave...but how? How do we choose to allow the holes to become seeing-through-to-God-places?"
My prayer this year is that I (and all of you) would allow God to show you how the torn-open parts of our life would allow us to see Him more clearly this year.
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englexas @toryvejseli strikes again! I'm so glad to have found a such a talented hairstylist who knows her ombré! 2w

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englexas always on tippy toes peering over countertops...this little one can't wait to be big!! #deacontheadventurer 2w

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englexas he has always been a lego boy but his creativity has really taken off recently...this is a two story house he built! 2w

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englexas I spent all last week painting signs to get @thearisingchurch ready for the first Sunday in the new building! I had the awesome idea to paint the logo on our wood wall...10,000 splinters and lots of hours later, it looked great! 3w

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englexas first day of preschool!! my amazing husband has given me the gift of time to pursue one of my dreams, I actually had a chance to blog about it today (because he's in preschool!) in case you were wondering...link in profile. 3w

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englexas here is our best of 2014! 4w

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englexas Happy New Year from Team Mayes!! this past year was one of our hardest ever...new businesses, celebrating the one year anniversary of our church, having another family move in with us, being suprised by another pregnancy, losing that baby and experiencing grief like we never have before...it's been busy and hard all at the same time! But last night as my hubby and I rang in the new year in prayer I thanked God for all the hard stuff becuase through it all our marriage has been the strongest it's ever been. I wept because I was so relieved for this past year to be over and we're believing that we will see all our struggle and steadfastness fall into place this year. I hope that no matter what last year brought for you that this would be a year of growth, a year of change and the best year yet! 4w

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englexas one of my goals before I turned 30 this year was to be able to do a forearm stand...I fell in love with yoga last year and I've always admired scorpion pose but thought it was way out of my league! When I injured my elbow at the end of last year and got pregnant in August and miscarried in October I thought there was no way I could accomplish this goal. Yoga has been extremely healing for me these past few months and practicing every day is the only way I reached my goal! I'm a few months late but I did it! I've kept my mess up in the video because I am far from perfect but I'm always a work in progress...I hope by next year to be able to lift into this pose without kicking up. What goals are you setting for this next year? 4w

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englexas this week has been quite interesting for me not having the kids in school/preschool this past week, especially when running errands. so I thought I would share another one of my #mama101 tips, we like to call it "setting expectations" and my hubby is the one who came up with it... he's a wonderful businessman and he always tells me that people hate surprises and like to know what's coming, so before we go anywhere I sit all the kids down on the stairs and explain to them what is about to happen (going to the store/dentist etc) I prepare them for how many errands we are about to run and I let them know what kind of behavior I expect from them and what kind of discipline they will receive if they decide to disobey. It may sound simple but setting them up like this makes a world of difference! 4w
  •   flying_mc I will defiantly use this!!! 4w
  •   lisaliebgott Love it. So good. 4w
  •   jodygray Love this. Then you can have their full attention instead of leaning around in a car! 4w
  •   krismbright @ldpippin what a great mama tip! 4w
  •   alparker2 @englexas This is brilliant! So gonna do this with our little guy!!! 4w
  •   kelseydianem We have to do this too! It really makes a difference. :) your kids are adorable!! We have three kiddos ages 5.5, 3.5 and 1.5. We always said we wanted 2 or 4 as well and right now these three are making it really hard to see a 4th in the future. 3w
  •   englexas @love_sarahjoy @flying_mc @lisaliebgott it's so simple but makes a HUGE difference!! 3w
  •   englexas @kelseydianem three definitely kicked out butt...aaaand we're done 3w

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englexas road trip aftermath I'm going to be buried somewhere under all of this for the rest of the day...send coffee and chik fil a! 1mon
  •   capillyagram I feel you sister. After flying and road tripping last week I didn't think I'd be able to unpack and put away everything! But by the grace of God it happened! Sending coffee and food. 1mon
  •   summmerdanielle Aw does he love his "ukeladee"? 1mon
  •   heybonniemae Totally feel ya 1mon
  •   heyitsmekrista Lol that was us last night! Most everything is put away, but now we have to make room for all of the new toys Good luck! 1mon
  •   jodyehefner Do I spot a ukelele for Deacon??😀😀 1mon
  •   hillgaz50 This is what they mean by Happy Christmas 1mon
  •   breemilrod I love those pics of your kids 1mon
  •   charlottemcilnay It is beautiful chaos! Love the reason behind this mess! 4w

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englexas had such a good few "unplugged" days with family for the holidays...we're back on the road and pleasantly surprised by our first Freddy's experience! 1mon

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englexas the two youngest cousins are the only blondes in the family...they gotta stick together! 1mon

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1mon englexas
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englexas Candlelight service with my loves... Presents are fun but it's nothing compared to sharing this special season with our family! 1mon

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englexas team mayes road trip, it's a good thing our kiddos are great in the car! see you soon Oklahoma! 1mon

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