Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I love to snack...

...so after hearing about Graze for a while I decided to give it a try.  You can see more information on my other blog.

It's fun to get a box full of snacks in the mail.  If you can manage to hide it from your kids it's fun to be able to eat it too. ;)

Friday, September 9, 2016

The accidental haircut...

Due to a miscommunication during haircut time....Miss A now has a bob.  Of course she's still cute as can be, but I was not at all ready for all that sweet baby hair to be gone.  Oh well, I'm glad it wasn't more drastic and was done quite well.

Friday, August 12, 2016

For this boy I prayed....

Happy Birthday Miss E and Mr. K!  She's 16, he's 5.  Oh, how blessed we are to have them in our family.  They truly are gifts from God.  Every child is, but I love the special bond between these two.  He is a living, breathing, sweet (but sometimes annoying) reminder of God's faithfulness to Miss E, and the rest of our family.
"For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him" 
1 Samuel 1:27 NAS

At 10 years old Miss E began praying for Mr. K by name....before I was even pregnant with him.  When she found out the due date she prayed faithfully that he would be born on her birthday.  As the date grew close she made her birthday plans around being at the hospital for the delivery.  She had been praying for this and she was absolutely certain that God would give her the birthday gift she had asked for...Mr. K ON her birthday.  I just love how Mr. K's face lights up when we talk about this.  He KNOWS he is wanted, loved, asked for, and was an answer to prayers.

Monday, August 8, 2016

A visit from Nana

Nana came for a quick week-end visit.

We went to a local living history site.  We played and explored.

The girls set up a tea party.

Thanks for coming to visit Nana!  We loved having you here!

Friday, August 5, 2016

5 months!

I can't believe she's already 5 months old.  She's still growing like a weed at 14 pounds 10 ounces.

She's still one very happy camper.

Her toes are some of her favorite toys.

She is very interested in what all of her big brothers and sisters are doing.  She wants to do what they are doing.

Friday, July 29, 2016


We enjoyed an end of summer camp out before Daddy needed to get back to teaching.  We had a great time hiking, fishing, just hanging out at the site, cooking over the open flame, s'mores, reading around the camp fire, paddle boats, playing....
Just a few s'mores
Notice the fish?  Mr. M provided his own food on this trip.

We did end up having a couple of bumps along the way.  Miss E was stung by a bee (on the bottom of her foot) the day before we left.  While not a major reaction her foot was a bit swollen and sore.  We spent quite a bit of time together hanging out at the camp site talking and reading.  It could have been worse....Oh wait, it was...Miss J got sick and we ended up leaving 18 hours earlier than expected.  She wanted to be in her own bed and I wanted her to be there too.  She did well and recovered very nicely once we got home. :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Teaching outside

Miss J was teaching classes out on the patio today.  Some of her students were a bit unruly, but she managed to teach about plants and horses.

Earlier in the day I was in the garden with most of the littles.  Miss J told me she was glad we had a garden because it's helping her get ready for when she's all grown up.  My heart smiled.  I told her that's my job; to get her ready to be a grown up, and my most important job is to teach her to love God.  At that I felt the sweetest little tug on my arm.  I looked down into the blue eyes of 2 year old Miss A "I love God"  "I love Jesus"   I think those were some of the most encouraging words I could hear.  My job is not done, but the seeds are planted.  They need plenty of watering and care for several more years, but I'm thankful for the encouragement today.