By: Jennifer Murray

Halloween Throwback + A Treat

Let’s Throwback this Thursday Halloween Costume Style, shall we?

I’ve gotta say we’ve had some great group costumes in the past…

It all began with our Little “Halloweiners” in 2007. Still makes me laugh! What a night we had parading them around the neighborhood – the boys oblivious to it all and just trying to sit up in those costumes in our favorite quadmobile, the choo-choo wagon.


The next year won on the cute factor, with our little Giraffe Exhibit. I loved these costume because they had stuffing in the butt and they were made for 4 adorable waddling giraffes.

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And then perhaps the most EPIC Group Costume of All, with the 4 Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Float in 2009. Definitely the most creative and best reaction we’ve ever had on Halloween. We run into people in the neighborhood who still know us for this! The part of the story you may not know is we drove this float over 2 miles that night, and by the end of it bolts were coming off and we were carrying a heavy headboard in the dark and dragging the wagon home and questioning our sanity. Great memories! 


We went back to a food theme in 2010 with our “Little Heart Attacks”. This year was super fun because they finally understood the concept better of going to the door and dressing up.


And then there’s my personal favorite of 2011, “The Fruit of the Womb”. I remember Henry falling down more than once and just bouncing off the pavement. Hilarious.


2012 was the Year of Duct Tape with my “Knights is Shining Armor”. The boys LOVED these and a reason to fight each other!


Easiest Costume Ever? 2013’s Cowboys – Dollar Store hats, plaid shirts we already owned. $1 bandanas, cowboy boots from our 1st Texas trip, and guns and holsters from Walmart that they still play with!


And finally last year, The Blue Crew were “winners” all around! 


This year the boys were still game for another group costume – no “wars” over what they wanted to be. There’s no float or giant creativity involved, but it should be a fun 4 all!

Oh and my TREAT for you those of you who sign up for a Premium Starter Kit in the next few days is a bottle of Valor or Peace and Calming on ME!  


These two VERY loved oils just came back in stock! (43,000 orders shipped yesterday alone due to Valor being back in stock!) These are 2 of the most used oils in our home. We love Valor for emotional support, among lots of other uses. And Peace and Calming is our BFF for Bedtime with the Boys!

When you sign up, add a bottle of your choice Valor or Peace and Calming to your order and let me know that you ordered and I’ll cover it! I’ve got you covered if you’d like to know more about the Premium Starter Kit and how to get started.

Have a safe Halloween and stay tuned for pictures! 


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By: Jennifer Murray

Colorado 2015 Part II: Our Favorite Hotel for a Large Family + Colorado Springs


Start Here: Colorado 2015 Part 1

Warning: Picture Heavy Post


After chatting with friends and checking out our options, we decided to stay in Denver for our short duration in Colorado. It was a central location to our “must-sees”, close to the airport, and we found a brand-new Drury Hotel in the Denver metro area. Drury Hotels are PERFECT for our family. We LOVE that they offer FREE full breakfast, free wireless, and FREE nightly Kickback that totally covers our dinner!

Our Fav Hotel

Another thing we LOVE about Drury Hotels is they are typically set up as a suite. So for our family, we typically book a 2 queen suite, and then we move the queen mattress to the living area with the pull-out couch. That way Mr. Murray and I have a room to ourselves. 😉


(Our boys flop like fish and are very sleepers, so it’s best for us to get better rest, which is SO IMPORTANT on family vacations. They of course are used to their noisy sleeping.)


So after we loaded up on the free breakfast of yogurt parfaits, eggs, biscuits, cereal, fruit, potatoes, and yes, a DONUT, we packed up for a day exploring Colorado Springs.


The beauty that awaited us there at The Garden of the Gods was indescribable and like most of the most beautiful things in the world, cannot be captured fully in picture form. JUST GO SEE IT! Maybe these feeble photo attempts will convince you further…Just trust me it’s 1,000 times better in person.


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It was so to just let the boys be BOYS to climb, explore, and yes even be a little daring. Of course my job as mom was to yell out a few “Carefuls!” throughout the day, just for my own reassurance. The boys though they lack fear are pretty “safe” and don’t do anything too awfully hard to watch.

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After grabbing some Texas BBQ at Rudy’s we drove around and explored more of the area outside of the Garden of the Gods, including the Olympic Training Center in downtown Colorado Springs.  I’m a bit of an Olympics Super Fan, so I may have freaked out just a bit over the Mary Lou Retton cut-out. Mary Lou and I go back to 1984 and our first colored Zenith TV, with me imitating her beam routine on a yard stick. As you can see from her expression in this picture, she is just as excited to meet me.



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I think we could have found plenty to do in Colorado Springs for a week, but we tried to pack as much as possible into one day, and LOVED every minute!

Things We’d Love to Check Out Next Time in Colorado Springs:

We ended the day with dinner back at the hotel and a night swim. My birthday couldn’t have been better! 

One more full day of adventure was ahead…

*Thanks to Drury Hotels for covering a portion of our stay in Denver. Our LOVE for Drury Inn just keeps growing! 



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By: Jennifer Murray

Fast Fridays: Surrender

Fast Fridays

I’ve taken a few weeks off of Fast Fridays due to travel and some crazy Fridays, but it’s good to be back in a routine and settling back into writing.

Brad and I had one of those really hard but good conversations yesterday. We shed tears over a plate of wings and it wasn’t the hot sauce. We’re thankful for recent growth, healing, and joy in our lives and marriage, but part of seeing where you are is recognizing where you’ve been. I’m so thankful for deliverance from some of those dark places we’ve walked, but I know they have shaped and molded our walk and our relationship.

The contentment and closeness we’re experiencing wouldn’t be nearly as deep without the brokenness and the trials.  When you’ve walked through the dessert, the mountain tops behold so much more beauty.

The word that kept coming back to me yesterday was surrender. 

The Lord has taught me trust and dependance so many times through different uncertainties and life experiences. And honestly, I thought I had checked it off in my personal spiritual growth check-list. I mean, if I hadn’t conquered trusting the Lord with my life through a quad pregnancy, what would it take? However, God is teaching me the difference between trusting and surrender.

Trusting is knowing God’s plan is for the best. Trust is belief and confidence. Trust is essential for surrender.

Surrendering is putting myself aside completely.  Surrender is willingly laying down all of my own efforts and ambitions at the foot of the cross. 

Surrender is a hands up posture of submission. Surrender comes after lots of messes and failures. Surrender is ongoing and active, a constant letting go. Surrender comes through the hard.

I’m not there fully, but I’m learning the sweetness of surrender. 

As I’m heading home from worship practice, Isaac starts singing this great song. And there was that word again. Surrender.

May I surrender to His design and may these Hallelujahs be multiplied. 


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