Friday, May 22, 2009

Pickards Take on Vegas!

Pictures of the Pickard's having fun in Vegas.

Mom and G posing with green @ the M&M world.
G giving a lion a high five at the lion exhibit at MGM.

G and Papa's fave driver, Dale Earnhardt

This is where you can take a pic with a Chipendale Dancer. I chose to take a pic my own hunk
G not scared of heights as he leans over the edge to look out the top of the Stratosphere.
Having fun at the top of the Stratosphere.

G giving Nena attitude come wedding picture time.

Family photo opt. Hey where did Ty go?

Oh there he is, relaxing with nephew Asher.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall and G did not like him at all.

Outside dolphin habitat.

Smile ladies.

Lovin the Excalibur Show

Aww I love this man!

G loved the Knights of the Round Table. Maybe because of the pretty maidens???

More pics to come with family and friends.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Flyin' High

Here are the boys "flyin high" on saturday. They had a blast!



Clint is showing off and pointing at the camera!

These next two are my favorite...

Ty in the air and Bryton on the ground.
Ty in the air and Clint on the ground.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother of a Week (Final Day)

"Her children rise up and call her happy...A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
Proverbs 31: 28,30
Dear Lord, help me remember that you have placed me in my child's life as an example, a teacher and mentor as well as a caregiver. Give me the discernment to recognize "teachable moments" and the wisdom to know what to say at such moments. Keep me close to you through prayer and your Word, so that when opportunities for learning and sharing come, your precious words will flow through me.
Guiding Lord, I want to be the sort of mother in whom my children can see Jesus. Help me believe that the power of your mighty spirit will keep on working in me to make me more like Jesus. I know I am not always aware of the changes you are making in me, but I rely on you, Lord. Help me to reflect the qualities of Jesus and be a worthy example for my children. I'm trusting you to do your work within me.
Lord, when I see wisdom in the way my children think and act, all I can do is praise your grace. You know what a poor mother I am at times. You know my heartache when I recall some of the things I've said and done - and haven't said or done. Yet there is power and healing in your forgiveness. As we turn to you, you can turn things around for us. Continue to heal any harm that may come to my children because of me. As they grow, may they, too, come to know your great love and forgiveness. Amen

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother of a Week (Day 6)

Devin, Tisha, Ashley, Brandee, Christie, Randi
and many others
(Moms of Glory Babies)
Today is for the mothers who have lost a baby. Mother's Day is often bittersweet for us. We are thankful to God for choosing us to carry His children but deeply saddened when it doesn't last as long as we had hoped. Devin you have been a huge source of comfort for me, always reminding me of the spiritual side of our hurt. Tish we both struggle with our babies being forgotten, but the Lord knows them by name, what a reassuring thought. I know I can always be real with you about my pain. Ashley you have taught me to look at the positive side of my pain. "We don't have a lifetime of memories but they are enough to last a lifetime". You remind me that God's timing is perfect and He has counted all our days on this earth. Brandee and Christie, I thought I was alone in my suffering until I spoke with you both. You are an encouragement as to how God can and will bless you after a loss. And Randi, I have never met you but have heard so much about you. Your losses are many but endurance is great. Your courage speaks volumes to me and I am excited about your pregnancy. I know there are so many other women who have lost babies and I just want to say that we serve an AWESOME GOD who has great plans for our lives. Happy Mother's Day.
P.S. I was once told that God didn't take my babies, He received them!
Thank you Lord!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mother of a Week (Day 5)

Grandma Nina
First off Nina, I miss you so much. Some of my fondest memories of Colorado are of you. You were always happy and telling jokes. You have a huge heart and it's no wonder why my dad calls you mom. I still think about the last conversation we had when you were sick, I hold tight to those words. I know that you are in heaven looking down and watching over us. I can imagine that you are making Jesus laugh. I don't know what heaven is like and what you do all day but I like to think that you have my babies. One in your lap and the other in Grandpa's. I wish you could have met my husband and our son Graydon. Graydon is 2yrs old and reminds me alot of you. He is so happy and lets be real, goofy like you. If the Lord blesses us with another baby and its a girl we plan to name her after you. Nina you taught me how to have fun with the family. Family was everything to you and I admire you for that. I look forward to seeing you again one glorious day.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mother of a Week (Day 4)

Dana Garrison
(AKA Barracuda Bestie)
The "barracuda" herself! I miss you so much. Dana I feel you were born to be a mother. It just comes so natural to you. I have never met a mother who LOVES being a mom as much as you do. It really oozes out of you, well not really, but it is obvious. The odds were stacked against you. From raising your sisters to raising 3 boys of your own, you never cease to amaze me. You have incredible children and I admire the mother and friend you are. We may be miles apart from each other but I carry you with me always.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mother of a Week (Day 3)

Kara Reid
(AKA The Bestie)
My dear dear friend you mean so much to me. Some people just don't get you. They hear your LOUD voice and even LOUDER cackle (yes you're a cackler) but sadly don't hear you. You exude knowledge and have so much comfort to give. And with four "boys" at home, you are one tough momma. I find myself complaining at how hard my job can be at times but am humbled when I think of you. A mom of three under 5 and wanting more, and loving it all. You have been by my side when I needed a shoulder to cry on and have calmed me down when I have wanted to make others cry. You are like the good angel on my shoulder telling the bad angel to back off! Thanks, I would be in alot of trouble if it wasn't for you. God has blessed me with you and our friendship.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mother of a Week (Day 2)

Beth Giroux
(AKA my sister)
You're confused right?! Well even though you are not a mother, you had a hand in the mother I have become today. Growing up we didn't always get along but I always knew I could go to you when and if I needed advice. Whether it be boys, work, friends, or life, you were there to listen and sometimes whack some sense into me. I look back at the past several years and truly stand amazed at how you have overcome what life has dealt. The past few years have been the hardest time in my life but you have been by my side and I thank you for it. The little sis and mother in me is so proud of who you have become, a strong independent woman. You have been faced with some difficult odds but have given thanks and praise to God through it all. Your testimony is reaching farther than you know. I love you "LIZARD BREATH".

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mother of a Week (Day 1)

So I got this idea from CMT. It is called "Mother of a Week" and the purpose is to celebrate moms each day of the week leading up to Mother's Day. So for the next 7 days, I will be posting about MOMS who have made a difference in my life.

Mom and Grandma
I get so much strength and knowledge from the both of you. Even when you weren't verbally teaching me how to become a woman, I learned simply by watching. I have never met 2 more beautiful people inside and out in my entire life. Your hands are rough from working hard and your hearts are soft from the love you give. You are both married to, how shall I say this, stubborn men, and it seems I have followed in your footsteps. You have set a wonderful example for me as to how to LOVE your mate through each high and especially each low. But what means the most to me is how you've grown me spiritually. Mom you have always told me to have faith and pray. Grandma since you have been sick, I know that you are scared but the Lord will guide you and keep you. I love you both more than I can ever express. Thank you for teaching me how to be a woman and MOTHER.
P.S. Mom you will always be my HERO