Wednesday, July 22, 2015


VBS is in mid-swing!

Saturday, July 11, 2015


At the end of June, Mike's youngest brother got married.

We were "in charge of" games.


The girls handed out bubbles 
and Michael was the ring bearer.

Escorting out Great Grandma


Partial room.

Congratulations, Matt & Jen!


Michael turned 9 today!
Almost to the double digits!

Michael was recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease and we postponed his birthday party (which was scheduled for today) until he is back up to his normal self.
We gave him presents this morning..

and then as a treat, went out for brunch.
The day is still young, we will see what else it brings.
I know it will bring dirt dessert..and chicken drumsticks as requested, but other than that, we're laying low.

Happy Birthday Michael!
We love you and are so glad you are feeling better!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Our little one has been teething now for some time and has three teeth through..two on top and one on the bottom..and a couple more in the works that will be through soon.
I was trying to get a picture of his teeth.
It didn't work out so well.
But, look at that skin!
Babies have such soft, beautiful skin.
Grant never even got the usual breast-fed baby rash, like the rest of my kids.
Let's hope adolescence will be gentle.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


**note this post was started a few weeks ago**

It has been a long while since I gave you a post full of random thoughts.
Are you ready?

June is looking jam-packed full of events from birthdays, weddings, showers, graduation parties and so on and so forth.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

We are not yet done with our school year, but with the weather as it has been, I'm easing off a bit, just a bit, mind you.  I fully intend to finish, just at a slower pace.
It feels like summer, looks like summer..and we even got two pool days in so far.  (Pretty good I'd say, since the pool has only been cleared up for two days!)
*And then it got cold again!!*

I have all my curriculum for next school year, but I'll save that for another post.

I have a couple of new nephews.  One in the NICU and in need of prayer.

I just had a birthday. 
While I'm grateful for another year, it just is not exciting at all anymore.  I much prefer celebrating the kids' birthdays. 

We've been getting speech therapy for J.
Through Early Intervention.

I signed up the kids for a co-op this coming Fall.
I'm both excited for this new venture and kicking myself at the same time.

We got a new bunch of chickens recently.  
Mike expanded the chicken coop we have and made some renovations.  
We still need a bit more wire for the top.
Here is our Chicken Lady putting a hen back in her coop.
We have so many animals around (we've lost several chickens to wildlife) that it is for their benefit to be in a coop..a large coop at that.

Speaking of wildlife, we had two interesting visitors this past week--a big ol' bear that wanted to come up on the porch  and this little guy.

I came across some fun websites recently that we have been using.
Check them out!

Well, I'm tired.
Hope you are all well!

Saturday, May 30, 2015


The three oldest joined a 4-H Garden Club that meets at our library.
These are some pictures from one of the meetings.

I had a very brief experience with 4-H in 3rd grade, I think.
How about you?  Any experience?  Any club recommendations?


Well, the season is just about wrapped up.
We have about a week or so left.
This was Michael's 2nd year in playing baseball.

This year both girls played softball for the first time.
The softball program was a bit more rigorous than baseball, surprisingly! 
They started indoors at the end of March and finished last week.
Baseball still has a few more games.
It was a good experience and I think both girls enjoyed it, even more so than T-ball.

I think Mike has more pictures somewhere.  
I'll have to pester him.

 It is always with mixed feelings we end a season--yay for more time and less running around, but it is nice to see the kids enjoying the activities and teammates too.
For some reason, even though it started early, this season went really fast!
It was fun.
Til next year!