May Days

I used to be better about snapping candid photos of the kids throughout the week, capturing the beautiful ordinary parts of our days. Over the past year, I kind of got bogged down with the busyness of homeschooling and preparing to move, and forgot to pick up my real camera as much as I should have. Now that we have moved, I am purposefully leaving my camera on a little side table in the dining room so I am reminded to pick it up and capture these moments I don't want to forget. Like the kids … [Read more...]

Gratitude Amidst Sickness

We've had a busy couple of weeks with Kate's birthday and my sister-in-law's wedding, and I was looking forward to spending these few days before Thanksgiving working on a gratitude project and Thanksgiving crafts with the boys and maybe even decorating for Christmas, but unfortunately a stomach bug has entered our family and has been slowly attacking us one by one. So instead of these few days being filled with scissors and glue and music and hot chocolate, they have looked more like yucky … [Read more...]

34 Weeks {A Daybook}

I've always enjoyed reading the daybook posts of other bloggers, so I thought I would try one of my own. Of course, I am writing this at night, so I may already be doing it wrong. Oh well! Outside my window... It is cool and dark and the crickets are especially loud this evening. I am thinking about... All of the little things on my to do list that I obsessively check numerous times throughout the day. I am thankful... For my sweet boys. They are so precious and such a joy to … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Hello {January 2013 edition}

January has been a fun and busy month! :: in the ministry :: We are settling in well at our new church and making lots of friends. Phillip and I have been working on redesigning our student center, and we turned the old game room into a cool coffee shop where I have had a lot of fun painting and thrifting and decorating. The boys love hanging out at the student center all day because the main room is a big as a gymnasium and it has concrete floors - the perfect place to ride trikes and … [Read more...]

Behind the Blog {Sept. 2012}

Books I've Read... The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Woman's "Work" by Kathleen Norris I read this book based on recommendations from Sarah Bessey. I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected, meaning she didn't write about the everyday in oversimplified terms, but the book read more like a memoir with great insight in many areas of life. I enjoyed her writing style and will definitely be reading more of her books.  Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Ann … [Read more...]

Why Hello There!

So it's been almost a month since my last blog post. It's funny, because if you look back through my archives, you will notice that I always seem to disappear around this time of year because our summer schedule is pretty crazy. But I just wanted to say hi, and give a little update of what we have been up to. Phillip went on a 10-day mission trip to Jamaica a few weeks ago. It was the longest he has ever been away from me and the boys, and we sure were happy to have him back. We picked him … [Read more...]

I’m Back

Wow! When I mentioned I might be taking a small break back in September, I had no idea that it would turn into two months. We had such a crazy summer that went straight into a very busy September with my sister-in-law's wedding and my ladies retreat back to back. I didn't realize how much I needed to get my life and routines back in order until I actually did. As a mama of two little ones,I only get small snippets of time each day to work on things that require mental energy. So where before … [Read more...]

Backyard Fun

It is important to me for the boys to spend quality time outdoors each day. Since we have an average sized yard surrounded by neighbors on every side, there isn't much to explore. Last year was our first Summer in this house, and our backyard was pretty boring. So this year, I am trying to make our backyard as interesting as possible by adding fun areas that will hopefully lead to more creative outdoor play.    We have the new (to us) playset that Phillip's uncle gave us...     Our … [Read more...]

Right Now…

  ...sitting in my bedroom enjoying the cool air from our newly repaired air conditioner after 3 weeks in an 86+ degree home.    ...sipping Peach Iced Tea that I discovered while out shopping yesterday. Yum!   ...loving my sweet husband of 8 years. We celebrated our anniversary with a much needed 2-day getaway last week.    ...playing my husband in Words With Friends and LOSING every game. Not cool. But I will beat him one of these days.   ...nursing my 15 month old, who I thought was … [Read more...]

I Break for Snow

I have taken an unexpected break from my blog for the past week for several reasons: A very sick baby who has needed his mama to give him extra love and snuggles. He had been running an extremely high temperature for several days but the fever finally broke on Sunday and now he has a body rash, making me think that he has had the Roseola virus. He is feeling better now but still wants me to hold him 24/7. Thank goodness for my Mei Tai or I couldn't get anything done! I have been trying to … [Read more...]