Crown Center Fountains

Baby Dusty snoozing on her mama
Jolie turned 5 today
Three crazy kids
Tyler being funny
Emma Loo

Goofy Kids

Loved this picture of my two hillbilly's!

Regan turns 32

We celebrated Regan's birthday on the 20th of August. As you can see, he is not a happy camper that he turned 32! He did get some good presents though!



This time of year is my least favorite. I hate it when my kids have to go back to school. I have been blessed to be able to stay at home with my children this summer and we have had the best time together swimming, shopping, eating out, cooking , etc... And now, it all has to come to an end and summer is officially over. Now the days of getting up early, homework - especially Math :( and all of that mess starts. I am definately not a good school advocate.
I made a MAJOR decision this year to take the kids out of Grain Valley schools and put them in Independence schools. This year was the first year that you had to prove residency in the Grain Valley school district. I was prepared to lie about it and even had the forms in my hand to get notarized stating that I lived in Grain Valley at my parents house. Then that little nagging feeling started...at first, it was just a tug that soon
turned into a full blown yanking!!

A few weeks ago I awakened early in the morning and couldn't fall back to sleep so I started praying. I was immediatley convicted for this lie I was getting ready to knowingly follow through with. So, I started arguing with God about how I knew it was wrong, but He just had to see my side of it and know that I was lying about it for the sake of my children. I pleaded with Him about how they were never going to forgive me, how they were never going to make any friends, blah, blah, blah. Let's just say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to argue with the Creator of Life and win!! After I calmed down and stopped rambling, I listened. Yes, I, Liz Bentley, actually shut my mouth in an argument and listened!! It wasn't an easy thing to do, but I am so glad that I did. Because, when I finally became quiet, I heard Him saying..."I am taking care of this-not you, but me. You have to trust me." Talk about blow me away. For the first time I realized that if I followed through with sending the kids back to Grain Valley and lying about where I lived that I would be stealing a HUGE blessing that God has in store for them all because of my disobedience. I wasn't willing to do that.

Many tears later, here we go!!

So, as school begins on Monday, please be praying for my precious little ones as the enter unchartered territory. I know God is going to bless them beyond their wildest dreams!!


Baby Shower

The baby shower was fantastic. I received so many wonderful gifts, we ate awesome food and had a great time playing games and talking. Here are a few photos from that day...