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.

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stitch Fix review

Rob made some great plans for us to celebrate my birthday.  As I was figuring out what to wear on our dates I realized everything I was picking was from Stitch Fix!    I did another review and shared some thoughts on my other blog.

I'm sharing because Stitch Fix has really been an encouragement and blessing to me the past year or so.  I do get credit when someone follows my links, signs up, AND gets their Fix shipped to them. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy Birthday to me!

Rob and the kids blessed me so much this year with their thoughtful gifts and plans.  God has given so many wonderful blessings in a life here on earth that I don't deserve.  What a gift to be able to celebrate another year of life with my wonderful husband and sweet children.

All dressed up for her date with mommy and daddy!

Sweet children bringing me gifts.  They were so excited to see my reactions to their gifts.  They were each so thoughtful.

Miss E made cupcakes!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Stay-cation continued...with a visit from dear friends!

The week before beginning our stay-cation I was shopping for all of our food at Costco.  I received a text early in the trip....what were our plans for next week?  Were we up for some visitors?  Oh I'd been waiting for this day/text!  We'd been hoping to see this dear family and were so glad God had changed our plans around so those days were totally free for hospitality and fellowship.  Yippee!!!!

We enjoyed sweet times of family worship.

A trip to The Garden of the gods got lots of wiggles out of the 16 children.
We played and played and played.  Inside and outside.  We enjoyed sweet times of catching up and hearing what the Lord has been doing in each other's lives.  We were so thankful that the "F" family thought to come visit us with their vacation time.  We were so blessed to have them here!

Did I mention there were 16 kids in our house?  20 people total?  You never would have guessed it.  Everything went fairly smoothly.  I'm always amazed how well some large families can function together.  We just love filling our home with the love and laughter of dear ones.
16 children all ready for church and sitting still.  Yes, it can be done. :)