Every year we vacation with Brian’s family to Gulf Shores!  We just got back from the “super” (as Olivia would say) fun adventure a few days ago.  It was so great to hang out with family, watch the kids jumping waves,  catch some hot rolls at Lambert’s, and watch Brian get caught–I mean—catch fish (yes–we had a trip to Urgent Care to get a hook removed from his finger–OUCH!).  I am sure there will be some spiritual connections with this story later.    Anyway, here are a few of the pictures!



Aunt Becky painting Olivia’s nails…


Popsicle time with Mimi!


Here is a good one up close of Eliana for those who haven’t seen her in a while…it was at the birthday party that Mimi and Pops had for all the grandkids:


Me and my girls:


Pops and the two youngest of the cousins…


A sweet one of the kiddos:


Mimi and Pops with all the grands…


Family shot:


And finally…the WHOLE crew!


Very fun week!  We made some great memories!

Published in: on July 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm  Comments (6)  


Wow…I am FINALLY putting all my pics from my camera on the computer. I have been wanting to talk about our trip to FL for a while now!
A couple weeks ago, the kids and I packed up and headed down to see our amazing family (who we are also privileged to call FRIENDS!!). What a fun trip! The car ride was actually really good–the kiddos were very patient! We got to go to the beach a lot, to the pool, to the Y, and just enjoy their everyday life with them.
When I leave them, my cup is always overflowing! And, I can say the same thing for the kids…they LOVE their Uncle Chad, Aunt ‘E’–yes, they call her Aunt E, even though her name is Karen????–, and cousins!!!!
Here are some pictures from our trip!:

Woelke’s, here we come!!!


My sweet neice was a HUGE help with Eliana! She loved to feed her (even solids!) hold her, talk to her, play with her!  So sweet!


Playing on the beach!




What a cutie!  LOVE that boy!




Hanging out with Uncle Chad and Poppy!


About to jump in!


The four older cousins…

Thank you, Woelke’s and Poppy for a GREAT time!  It was a blessing to get to spend the week with you!  We love you so much!

Published in: on June 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm  Comments (1)  

Car Wash!!

Okay, I am so sorry to bore you all with all the updates (once again…all TWO of the readers! 🙂 ) BUT–this is AWESOME!

Get ready for the car wash!!!

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 1:32 am  Comments (2)  

Religion vs. the Gospel

Here is a great Driscoll clip that JB used in his sermon this morning.  Great stuff on religion vs. the Gospel.  Here is the clip:

Go HERE to hear the sermon.

And, while I am getting link-happy (thanks Ashleigh for teaching me how to do this!), last week’s was incredible, too…go HERE to listen …it was on the parable of the two LOST sons  (on this same topic).

Some things to ponder:
I obey-therefore I am accepted.
I am accepted-therefore I obey.

Motivation is based on fear and insecurity.
Motivation is based on grateful joy.

I obey God in order to get things from God.
I obey God to get to God-to delight and resemble Him.

When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God or myself, since I believe, like Job’s friends that anyone who is good deserves a comfortable life.
When circumstances in my life go wrong, I struggle but I know all my punishment fell on Jesus and that while he may allow this for my training, he will exercise his Fatherly love within my trial.

When I am criticized I am furious or devastated because it is critical that I think of myself as a “good person.” Threats to that self-image must be destroyed at all costs.
When I am criticized I struggle, but it is not critical for me to think of myself as a “good person.” My identity is not built on my record or my performance but on God’s love for me in Christ. I can take criticism.

My prayer life consists largely of petition and it only heats up when I am in a time of need. My main purpose in prayer is control of the environment.
My prayer life consists of generous stretches of praise and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with Him.

My self-view swings between two poles. If and when I am living up to my standards, I feel confident, but then I am prone to be proud and unsympathetic to failing people. If and when I am not living up to standards, I feel insecure and inadequate. I’m not confident. I feel like a failure.
My self-view is not based on a view of my self as a moral achiever. In Christ I am “simul iustus et peccator”–simultaneously sinful and yet accepted in Christ. I am so bad he had to die for me and I am so loved he was glad to die for me. This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time. Neither swaggering nor sniveling.

My identity and self-worth are based mainly on how hard I work. Or how moral I am, and so I must look down on those I perceive as lazy or immoral. I disdain and feel superior to “the other.”
My identity and self-worth are centered on the one who died for His enemies, who was excluded from the city for me. I am saved by sheer grace. So I can’t look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace I am what I am. I’ve no inner need to win arguments.

Since I look to my own pedigree or performance for my spiritual acceptability, my heart manufactures idols. It may be my talents, my moral record,my personal discipline, my social status, etc. I absolutely have to have them so they serve as my main hope, meaning, happiness, security, and significance, whatever I may say I believe about God.
I have many good things in my life–family, work, spiritual disciplines, etc. But none of these good things are ultimate things to me. None of them are things I absolutely have to have, so there is a limit to how much anxiety, bitterness, and despondency they can inflict on me when they are threatened and lost.

(from Tim Keller)

Oh, Lord…continue to root in me THE GOSPEL…NOT RELIGION…I beg you.

Published in: on May 31, 2009 at 7:23 pm  Comments (3)  

I need a vote

Check out this  puppy…should we adopt it?  In our house, the vote is two-two…we need a tie breaker (Eliana can’t vote yet).


puppy 2

Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 12:57 pm  Comments (10)  

The LOVE of my life!!!

Well, well—it is a celebration again at the Crenshaw house!!!!!  Happy Birthday BRIAN!!!!!!!

I have been working on this post since yesterday, but I don’t even know how to put my sweet husband into words to celebrate him on here!  I can’t say enough about how thankful I am for him.  This morning I gave him a simple list of 33 reasons why I love him (he turns 33 today), and I realized that I came up with 33 in about 2 seconds.  I should have done AT LEAST 99, with 3 for every year, although I could easily do 999999!  He is such an incredible leader of our home.  The Lord knew EXACTLY who I needed in a husband–he loves me so well, and challenges me to love Jesus more and more.  It is sweet how the kids ADORE him…I mean, ADORE him!  If we are leaving somewhere and coming home, Austin or Olivia  will say, “Do you think Daddy is at home?”  If his car is there when we come around the corner, they squeal with delight and say, “He IS!  He IS HOME!  YAY!!!!!”  I love it.  I love that they want to be like him–he is an incredible example to follow.  I pray that they will “follow him, as he follows Christ.”   And that he does…he is such a Christ-follower!  I learn so much about the love of Christ and the life of Christ through him.  I love asking him Biblical things.  I say he is a genius and he helps me understand so much!  Happy Birthday, B! Love you!  Thank you for leading us so selflessly!

Here are some of HIS loves:




44 crenshaw chickasaw

P.S. It is obviously his twin brother’s birthday, too…not like he reads this, but Happy Birthday to Brent, too!

Published in: on May 29, 2009 at 6:59 pm  Comments (3)  

I Can’t believe Olivia’s THREE!

Wow…Olivia is THREE! I can’t even believe that!  Seems like just yesterday she was in the nursery at church spitting up on all the volunteers :)…now…she is a great big sister (and little sister, too…she adores Austin…well, most of the time!), she is hilarious, she is such a little energizer, and she brings incredible joy to our family with her sweet spunky spirit and bright-eyed smile!  UGH!  I just love that girl!

She has been talking about wanting a Cinderella party for a while now, and that is exactly what we did today!  We dressed up and welcomed our guests into the “Crenshaw Castle,” colored/made some paper dolls, decorated some crowns, let the girls dress up and put make up on, played “find the other glass slipper,” ate yummy cake, opened sweet presents, and had a BALL (no pun intended) celebrating Olivia’s third birthday!

Here are some pics!

Okay, this one needs an explanation…we were so excited to find the plans on the interet to make a CASTLE that was made out of refrigerator boxes.  So, my sweet mom went all around town to find SEVEN refrigerator boxes, and Brian and Dad spent 5 hours putting it all together.  Memphis in May usually equals rain, so even after covering it with a HUGE tarp, this is what we got:

the castle..

So sad…it was AWESOME..HUGE…we could walk around in it!  It only needed to be painted, so I am glad this happened before we took the time to do that!

Onto the fun party pics:


Austin was dressed up like Prince Charming (thanks, Nana!!!) and of course Olivia was Cinderella.  Prince Charming was SO SWEET with her!  …maybe I’ll figure out how to post a video later.

I just had to post this next one…I love the look on Olivia’s face!  They were having fun dancing!

no red eye

The Cake:


The girls all made a princess crown to take home and the boys made a king’s crown:


Yes, even Mommy dressed up like a princess! Here are the two of us with Olivia on the “princess throne” (you can’t see it very good)


Aunt Blair and Uncle Mason came, too:Aunt B and Uncle Mason

Some of the girls doing a craft:


Mema, Pops, and Eliana:


Mimi and Elle:


Ohh-la-la!!  Aunt B had just done her makeup…she was so proud!


Sweet friends…


We ended the day by eating some cake, praying for Olivia and thanking the Lord for her, and opening some fun presents.

It was so much fun to celebrate the life and the gift that this sweet girl is!  Thank you, Lord, for Olivia Grace!  What a gift she is in our lives!

Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 3:12 am  Comments (8)  

My fishermen!

Just had to brag on BOTH of my boys…Brian last weekend was so excited at Men’s retreat to catch a GREAT fish!  He loves fishing, so I love to see this!

Way to go, B!

Way to go, B!

This morning, us girls did some princessy (yes, I made up a word) things and the boys had “guy time” and went fishing…Austin caught his first fish!  It was a decent size, too, and he did it ALL by himself!  There was a “junior fishing rodeo” going on, and he was close to winning!  It was so fun to hear about!

so proud!

Austin's first fish!

Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 1:46 am  Comments (4)  

coming back to the blogworld!

AAAHHHH…good to be back!  I took a little time off of the blogworld, but I will keep up now!

I wanted to post a few pics from our family vacation!!  It was SUCH a blessing!!!!  Mom and Dad took all of us and Chad, Karen and the kiddos to Disney–A-MAZING time!  It was priceless to see the look on Olivia’s face when she saw Cinderella (and Austin’s, too, for that matter!  He told her that she was “SO PRETTY!!”)  Austin loved all the rides and was willing to try whatever!  Elle was basically in an “ergobaby” the whole time, and she did great!  She would wake up for all the shows and loved every minute of them, and then be back snuggled up with Mommy in the ergobaby.  Rides, parades, shows, dinners with characters, even the pool at the hotel…Disney does it up right!  Austin’s favorites for those of you who know Disney were Splash Mtn., Thunder Mtn. and Soarin.  Olivia’s were It’s a Small World and Pooh.  It was a blast!  I could seriously go on and on with all of the details and how much I loved it all…experiencing that for the first time with my kids and all of our family was so sweet.

Here are some pics…

Daddy and Liv on the way to Disney!

Daddy and Liv on the way to Disney!

The first park we went to!

The first park we went to!



All of us with Mickey!

All of us with Mickey!

I just HAD to put this in here! ...too cute!

I just HAD to put this in here! ...too cute!

AAAWWEEE...Liv and the prince

AAAWWEEE...Liv and the prince

what a gentleman!

what a gentleman!

and one to show sweet Eliana!

and one to show sweet Eliana!

Just a few snapshots to show small parts of our experience!

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 7:37 pm  Comments (6)  


So…my husband is awesome!  We were talking about Lent the other day, and what to give up (okay, so I guess it was last week). ..

Well, I feel like we all get the “multiplication” of things like weight loss:  If you TAKE OUT extra fat, calories, sweets, etc. and ADD excercise, you will multiply the effects for your body.  So, with Lent…why don’t we ADD something to what we take away, and multiply the effects?!?

I gave up saying anything critical towards Brian.  I am adding in there to do something simple (but out of the ordinary) and sweet for him every day.  I hope that the love he feels from me is multiplied.  I want the Lord glorified more in my role as a wife.

If you gave up something this year, what was it?  And…did you add anything?

Published in: on March 5, 2009 at 3:25 am  Comments (3)