Giving Thanks (inspired by)

Thanks be to God, Father, Son and Spirit, for the abundance of good things he pours on His children.
We are but few, but His blessings are many.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


On the way to the musical :)

Peter was so excited!

The lights went down, everyone got quiet and he said,
Where Rainy? Where Rainey?
Why lights not on?

I love Enola's scowl:

The Chorus- Lorraine is in the middle!

I didn't get many good pictures because we were pretty far away. I hear talk of a DVD being made of the performance! I hope that happens! It was WONDERFUL!

Brave Deandra!

My guy is so handsome.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Farm Visit!

 Yesterday we visited the Meyer farm!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy spring!

We are celebrating spring around here!

Little boys bring me dandelions and I feel so special!

We walk the big kids to school,
saying hello to the worms along the way...

(and then the boys watch the car line and act like a welcoming committee 
for all the students while I drink my coffee.)

We collected a bucket full today.

We collected flowers, too, and that was more pleasant.

Some broke, and that was tragic:

We miss Pastor Brandt..

 But we see that his tree is in bloom and know that he enjoying new life, too.

 Happy spring, everyone.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Her haircut

This is how she asks for a haircut date:

 Mom, can we go get a haircut together?

Yes, we can!
And so, we did!



I love it!

Eldon's fourth birthday

To Eldon, on your fourth birthday--

Today, at The Commons, I leaned against the wall with my coffee, waiting for you. You'd been in the potty for quite some time, but it was our special morning out, so I was not in a hurry. Suddenly I hear you, voice echoing off the walls-- "I love you so much mommy!" 
"OK, but do you need help yet?"
"No. I just love you."

Don't I know it! :) You are so affectionate, especially when we are alone together.  Today was wonderful. We went to the Bakery, just the two of us, and you chose a huge chocolate brownie.  We sat at the window, watching the cars and birds while we ate. ("I just love you mommy, so so much," you said.)

2013-04-08_08-37-23_370.jpgWe were the only ones at the indoor playground. I let you talk me into climbing with you.  You normally go up only a level or two. I sat with you and then said, "Let's go up just one more." 
"One more?" You were unsure and nervous. 
"Yes, just one more. Take my hand."
You did, and we enjoyed the view again.
"I think I'll do one more, Eldie. That next part doesn't look too far away."
"One more? Ok mama. Wait for me."
Gently, I encouraged you, and suddenly you found yourself at the top.  You could hardly believe how tall you were, how big it seems to be up high and to be four.
"Mama look at those worker mans on the roof over there!"  Then, "OK, let's get down now."

You are often the child in the middle, squished by siblings on either side.  Yet those brothers and sisters love you dearly.  For your birthday, they spent two hours making you pictures and gathering some of their toys and precious buddies to give to you. Your sister Aggie also used some of her own candy to make treat bags for everyone, then she hid them around the house. She likes party games!

Eldie, we love you, so so much.
Happy fourth birthday!
Love Mom

And because I could not resist the nostalgia that comes with birthdays, here are some baby pictures!