Friday, April 18, 2008

Favorite Foto Friday #36 - Siblings (Also, "Tag, I'm it")

This "FFF" Sarah chose "Siblings" as her theme for posting. Of course I jumped right in on that one because I LOVE pictures of our boys TOGETHER. I'm not sure if I've used this pic here before or not? It's one of my favorites!

This one is obviously a bit older... our 3 boys and my dad. (They call him Butterball - don't worry, he's a trucker.. that's his "cb handle" LOL!)

For more "FFF" posts visit Sarah at Kiss The Frog 4 Me.

Now, before I sign off... My friend Kelley "tagged" me for a game over at her blog Aroma of Joy. I'm supposed to share 7 random facts about myself.... HHMMMMMMMMMMM... what to say?? LOL!

1. I'm not sure WHEN my salvation experience happened. I remember as a young girl my cousin came up and asked me during church if I wanted to be saved. (My grandmother told her that I'd been asking questions) I went down and prayed the sinner's prayer. There were several instances where I doubted my salvation and "went down" again. I've come to realize that what I was missing was a RELATIONSHIP with my LORD. How can we come to know and LOVE someone if we never spend any time with them? Yes, I admit it... I wasn't in the WORD or praying back then.

2. I've been married to my hubby for almost 16 years. I wanted babies almost immediately. (He didn't care - he was up for whatever I wanted) After almost 2 years of "trying" we were finally expecting our first baby. Lincoln Brent Nason was born on October 28, 1995. This boy fell IN LOVE with JESUS from the time he started talking. He was telling his little brothers and friends (while he himself was only 3-4 years old that they needed JESUS). We had our second boy on October 14, 1997. (Zachary David Nason) He was our little monkey. This one could, and still can climb a straight wall... LOL! When we were expecting our 3rd child, I carried my little niece with me to hear the baby's heartbeat. They couldn't find one. We learned that day that our baby had been dead for 3 weeks - I had a "DNC." (I never showed any signs of miscarriage.. I only found out the day of that doctor's appointment) Then, our 4th baby - Gabriel Reed Nason was born on October... SORRY! That's December 21, 2000. (I just reread my post and saw my mistake.. sorry) Link chose the name "Gabriel." When he suggested it I looked up the meaning. It is "God is my strength." From that moment we KNEW this would be his name. Gabe is our little charmer. He's SOOO MUCH like Brent that it's CRAZY! We're SO THANKFUL for this!

3. I was voted homecoming queen my senior year in high school. I LOVED the experience, but wouldn't turn back the clock for anything.

4. I have one sibling. Her name is Kerry... she's been my BEST FRIEND my whole life. (Only I didn't know it as kids because.... well, she WAS my sister after all) Image hosting by TinyPic It wasn't until we were both married and living separate lives that I realized what a TRUE friend I had in her. I'm SO THANKFUL that we live so close to each other.

5. I'm a bit of a hermit! I LOVE to be hanging out at HOME with my boys!

6. One of the dumbest things I've ever done?? I knew these girls that were twins. (Dana & Meredith) When telling Dana that our son's birthday was Oct. 14 she said, "Well, that's neat, mine is too." SOOOO... what do I do???? I call their home on their birthday and Meredith answers. She told me Dana was in the shower. I said, "I just called to wish her a happy birthday." (Never once even thinking that this was her TWIN that I was talking to) The very next year I was in the process of making the EXACT SAME mistake only to realize what I was was doing. I shouted, "OH NO!!!!!!! YOU'RE TWINS!!!!!!) Yeah, they got a big kick out of me. (I'm REALLY DITZY!)

7. I'm one of those who gets "star-struck" when in the midst of celebrities. We heard that Steven Segal's daughter was a St. Jude patient. We actually saw him there several times. (Which amused me TREMENDOUSLY) Don't worry, I never approached him. I knew he didn't wanna be there any more than we did. However, I TOTALLY STALKED Shane Battier (Memphis Grizzly player) and asked him for a picture. (Yes, there are A LOT of celebs that go through St. Jude every year just to meet and mingle with the kids) I once tried to get Brent to let me get his picture with the gentleman that does the Allstate commercials... he was like, "Mom, I'm TIRED of having my picture made with famous people) He was SO NOT AMUSED! (It was TOO CUTE)

Okay.. that was a bit long, but I was trying to think of things you might not know about me (or us).

For anyone else that would like to play along... here are the rules:

1) Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog
2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4) Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

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Stephanie said...

Hey Tonya,
I am up way to late working on my post...serious Blogaholic!

Brent's picture favors your dad! I thought that was neat.

Did I read your post right...all three boys were born in October on days divisible by 7(I am a geek!)Hmmm...God's pattern! 14, 21, 28

You would have probably cracked me up two weeks ago. Jeff Foxworthy was at our church b/c one of his children was part of a performing group for the evening. The poor man got swamped! A lot of us joked that he should join on Sunday because he had already been bugged by everyone there and would probably be left alone after that! LOL!

I enjoyed reading your salvation is always fun getting to know more about my friends!

Was Link the Homecoming King????

Love You!

P.S. Thanks for template website. I am trying one on for size right now and will probably switch again, now that I have learned how.

Young Creations said...

Hi Tonya,
I love the ictures of the boys. I also loved reading more about you. Enjoy your weekend.

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

So fun reading about you. Funny that all three boys have October birthdays. My hubby and daughter share an October birthday-do you and hubby have a fall b-day also?
Have a great weekend!

A Stone Gatherer said...

I love the pictures! Especially the one with the bike! I grew up with them! Is that an Indian or Harley? Your 7 were great! Isn't it amazing how our children's character and passion are there from birth! Brent used his time wisely! That is an awesome legacy!

crispy said...

Thanks for sharing the random facts. I too love to stay home with my kids.

Sarah said...

Love the pics of your sweet boys, especially the one with Butterball - too funny!!

Melanie said...

Hi, Tonya. I love these memes where we can find out a little more about each other... so much fun!

That picture of your boys and your Dad is precious. Those boys of yours are just too cute!

Have a great weekend!

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

Great pictures of your boys!! And thanks for playing along in the game of tag. These little tidbits of information are so you!! You have such a sweet heart and every post you write shows it! Have a fun weekend with your guys!


ClarkFamily said...

Hi Tonya! Thanks for sharing the picture of your handsome boys ... and I love the nickname Butterball ... he looks like he gives great hugs! I also enjoyed reading all the interesting facts about you - thanks for sharing!

Have a great weekend!

shan said...

Great photos! Hooray for getting them all to smile at the same time!!! That is something:) They are all so handsome (we have a Harely "Papa" too) that second pic is great!

amy and kids said...

What great pictures of your 3 boys together! My dad is also a trucker so I totally get the whole "cb handle" thing. LOL Loved reading some facts about you. :)

Susan said...

Hey Miss Homecoming Queen!!

Come on girlfriend, what an HONOR that was. You are always talking about how pretty other people are, gosh, if only you knew how BEAUTIFUL you really are?

Loved the picture of the boys, no I have not seen that one! Brent always has this "special glow" around his face. He just radiated Jesus!

Hope you guys have a great weekend. I'll be in touch, dear♥

Jenelle said...

Great pictures! I enjoyed reading your seven. I'm guilty of the exact thing as your number one--I was saved at an early age and never really had a relationship with Christ until I was older. I was missing out.

Becca said...

This is the first time I have been to your blog. I am speechless. I am praying for your family - I love the pictures.

Peace and Hugs,

Faithful Froggers said...

Oh, Tonya, I just love the pictures. I hadn't seen either one before so I always get excited to see new pics! :) I love the one with your dad - very special.

I loved reading the 7 things about you. It is so fun to get to know someone better. You have got to be one of the most genuinely sweet people I "know"!

How did it go with Allie Grace today? There is nothing quite like the feeling of rocking a newborn! Being an aunt is just so great - you hold them and love them and rock them - but you don't have to suffer through the sleepless nights! :0)

Have a blessed weekend, my friend!

lori said...

Okay....this is FUNNY...I was homecoming queen too....wore a pink and white striped dress....The pictures are should SEE the hair!! and I'm with you....NO DESIRE to rewind time....but you know...40 IS coming fast...but NO...just say NO!!!:)

never one to be "star struck" either...but if you put Mac Powell of Third Day in front of me...I'm afraid I'd be SPEECHLESS....something I'm not known to be....

Ya'll have a great weekend!!
hugs! and the pics are great...what a legacy Brent has left....amazing for someone so young....the power we possess...What a witness....

peace! and Hugs!

Milk Mama said...

I love those photos! Especially the one with your dad. He looks really fun! :D

I'm not sure when I had my experience with salvation, either. I remember going church shopping by myself as an 8 year old lol. Something in my soul told me that God did exist. I just knew it from a young age. Nobody had to tell me, really. :) I love reading everyone's experiences. I wish I had a grandma who took me to church and stuff, but I never had. *sigh* That's a special memory you have! :D

Shari said...

Love the photos of your boys. I would have never thought that you would be a bit of a hermit. I am too, but not by choice. We have just one vehicle, to keep costs down. But it really keeps us at home more than I want to be.