Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas this boy is back in his favorite spot, my lap! My other two were never clingy kids so when this boy came along it frustrated me to have a kid that always wanted to be touching me...realizing that his love language is physical touch and it's not that he just wants to be touching me but actually needs it changed my perspective. If I take time to fulfill his need (like holding him for a little bit after his nap) it doesn't get it of control and now I love (most of the time!) that he's almost three and still loves to hold my hand and sit close to me. 1d

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas this little dude spent the last few days showing off his muscles and making a bunch of new friends at #incameraZJ...gonna miss this cutie and his parents but it's time for me to get back to my kiddos! 3d

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englexas spending a few days in Nashville...the longest I've ever spent away from my babies () to assist @zachgray and @jodygray at #incameraZJ...so excited about all the things I'm learning and @gabemayes is making sure my babies are well taken care of! 4d

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas These last two weeks have been craaaazy. My hubby started full time ministry and spent his first week getting our house in order. We completely purged our house and donated at least 20 trash bags of stuff. Then we completely rearranged the house! This week we focused on getting the church in order...rearranging, spending hours learning and implementing a new check in process (planning center is a total beast!) and had many many meetings about all the exciting things to come. We are exhausted and ready to take on the world...I love being on this mans team! 5d

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas once upon a time I used to lay my kids in their bed as soon as they fell asleep on me so that I could get stuff done...now that he is my last baby and growing up so quickly I sit back and soak it all in. This transition out of toddlerhood is kind of hard on me...no more diapers in the house and almost not even a pull up (that part I don't mind so much!) 1w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas I have the sweetest kids, it's an honor to be their mama...happy Mother's Day to all the mamas who have babies here on earth and in heaven 2w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas post-bath time snuggles with my blue-eyed boy! 3w

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englexas this morning they came out of their bedrooms..."mama! we got ready for summer!! now that we have our summer clothes on it can be summer right?!"...oh kids, I wish that was how it worked!! 3w

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englexas our family has been co-living with these guys and their kids for almost a year now and although there have been lots of ups and downs and wailing and gnashing of teeth (mostly from the SIX kids!) we've all made it through alive and better people for it...sharing this journey of life with people is what it's all about! Last night we got to celebrate the start of a new season for all of us! 3w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas "mama!! It's a horse! Or is it a deer?! It kinda looks like a cow!"...she met her first Great Dane on a walk today and I just had to ask for a picture! #greatdane 3w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas now that the weather is nicer it's so much easier for us to visit daddy for lunch at his office! 3w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas this mediocre window selfie represents a monumental illinois moment...we are outside without coats!!! The winter here is looooong and terrible but I've never had such an appreciation for the spring/summer seasons than I do now. Can I get an amen?! P.S check out my daughters amazing posing skills she gets it from her daddy! 4w

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas had such a wonderful time at #originalconference with these ladies...thank you @goliveoriginal for all your hard work this weekend! 4w

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englexas our sweet friends surprised us by painting our house white while we were out of town...I've been wanting to do it for 2 years! I absolutely love the clean slate and now we're going to completely redecorate the whole house in the next 2 months! 4w

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englexas headed home...traveling with my hubby is one of my favorite things. I can't wait for our kids to come along with us! 1mon

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas catching an early morning flight for an engagement session in Houston...it's gonna be a crazy 24 hours but I'm so blessed to travel, do what I love and see my friends along the way! 1mon

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas my man is getting the garden ready...such a hottie! 1mon

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas this isn't my normal type of post but it represents such a sweet memory...last night during story time the kids asked if they could all sleep in our bed, so at 8:30 we all went to sleep. My husband and I were woken up by these little wriggle worms multiple times throughout the night (it's a good thing we went to sleep so early!) but we knew that because they are all growing up so quickly this would probably be the last time we would be able to do something like this. I love my little tribe! 1mon

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas there has been a nasty stomach bug going around and I wanted to share another #mom101 tip. I recently learned about "layering" with essential oils and we've really noticed a difference! Layering peppermint over an essential oil will 'drive' the oil deeper. So with the stomach bug I rub on a drop of Digize (diluted for the kiddos) and then Peppermint on top. Putting a warm rag on top of it helps everything get working quicker! 1mon

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Normal Gabriel and Debbie Mayes
englexas getting away for a few days was so nice but being back and surrounded by these crazy three is where it's at! We are resting in the joy of this resurrection Sunday and in knowing this: "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭14-16‬) there is nothing that you are going through right now that He does not understand! 2mon

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