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I love to laugh and love with my family, read, exercise, cook and sew, all the while giving thanks to God for his immeasureable love and faithfulness to me.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Goodbye, hello

Goodbye to the toddler bed,
hello to a new big-girl bed!

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Intentional.  This word has been rattling around in my brain for a while now.   
Perhaps it has been our sermon series at church.  Perhaps it has been an ever growing, on-going awareness of my role as a parent.  Whatever it is, I feel like the Lord keeps whispering to me "Be intentional".
Be intentional as you look around your neighborhood.  Sure everything seems fine behind the pretty facades but is there someone who could use a kind word.  A prayer.  A bowl of warm strawberries freshly picked.  A loaf of homemade bread so that they know they aren't alone.  An extra act of kindness.
Be intentional as you play with the girls.  Be fully present and aware.  These times are so fleeting and they grow so quickly.  Notice the small things.
Be intentional with your time.  Use it to bring me glory. It is a gift--use it wisely. 
Be intentional with your instruction.  The world is only too willing to exert its influence on you and your family.  "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."--Deuteronomy 11:18-19
Be intentional in your marriage.  It is not to be taken lightly or for granted.  Hold hands.  Laugh.  Linger in the moment.  Relish in the perfect partner and helper that I have provided for you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A new smile

There's a new "Jack-O-Lantern" smile that's been seen around these parts!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Long Weekend

Both girls had the day off from school last Friday so we were able to start the weekend early.  Yea!!
We have a fabulous art museum in our city which is FREE!  Love it :)  We're members and so we try to go over pretty frequently.  It has a great kiddo area
and the Noodle always wants to go explore the armor court. We were wandering around the Chinese exhibits when a little someone decided that she'd had enough and started to throw a major fit.  
Ever noticed how quite museums can be?  Yeah, me too, especially when your precious little one is creating all kinds of racket!  Just keepin' it real ;)  Thankfully it didn't last long, but by that time it was getting close to lunch so we decided to head home anyway.

Saturday it was pretty crummy out so we just stayed close to home, but by Sunday, everything was gorgeous again.
After church we took a walk and played outside
and then later in the afternoon, we went to local church which was selling pumpkins to raise money for their youth mission trip.  We hadn't gotten pumpkins yet, so this was perfect.  They were all HUGE!
Finally, we walked down by the Lake.  It was much higher than it had been earlier in the summer and so there wasn't much beach, but that didn't stop us.
Part of the adventure is never knowing what you're going to find!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I'm not sure how many more of our early-bird, Saturday morning walks we'll have left...
or climbing trees either, so we'll just enjoy the last drops of sunshine and autumn goodness while we can!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

For the love of shoes.......

Gah--this little one slays me!  Every time I turn around, she's rifling through my closet searching for some shoes to put on.  These have been her favorites lately--not sure about the face here...perhaps channeling her "inner robot"?!
 Bustin' a move...
And then 5 minutes later, she's donned another pair!  Now that it is getting colder I've been trying to have her wear socks, but no sooner do we walk through the door and she's ripping them off and slinking upstairs to go find shoes.
I found a pair of dress-up shoes that light up thinking that would appease her, but it seems that only Mama's shoes will do.  Ha!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Music Together

These two!  This is typically the scene while I'm in the kitchen getting dinner ready.  The Noodle puts on Mei Mei's Music Together CD and they jam out with their "instruments" or dance around.
The Noodle is generally orchestrating and Mei Mei is a happy participant :)
Kitchen utensils are optional ;)
I have to admit that I'm in the other room singing right along with them.  The music is really pretty catchy--especially when you consider it is kiddo music.
How do your little ones amuse themselves when you're trying to get a meal pulled together?