Over the years Advent has become an expected part of our family life each December. We’ve grown in our desire to make this time special, memorable even, with personal devotions, family reading times, Jesse Tree ornaments, or candle displays. Why? Because intentionally preparing for the coming of Christ gives us greater context and appreciation for … Continue reading In awe and wonder…
This flashlight... I'm not too sure what to say about it other than it is like the energizer bunny and it keeps going and going and going... No, really. Against all odds it keeps on shining. Its proud owner is my 2 almost 3 year old, Calah. For a year she's had this flashlight, loved it, … Continue reading Shine the light
My Ellie... Our type A, planner, organizer, have.to.know.how.everything.is.gonna.work.out little lady is having a rough go of being nine years old. Life is sure meeting her straight on with opportunities to stretch her character and grow in maturity... or not. It really is up to her and how she chooses to respond. Small interaction to show … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: do you trust me?
Our little Elanor is now the proud owner of her own pair of glasses. She's been in need for a while. Friday was the day of her eye appointment and she was so very excited! Can't you tell?! During her eye exam it was quickly apparent that her glasses were going to have a relatively strong prescription considering … Continue reading sometimes you don’t know how much you can’t see
I think our GPS has a hidden setting for "take every little known back road imaginable." Like it was a viable option in place of "avoid toll roads" and "fastest route." It seemed our GPS found a route that used roads I didn't know existed between I-86 and our house. Even if I did know … Continue reading Thankful for twists, turns, and rocky roads
Sitting around the dinner table I like to ask my kids questions. Honestly, there are times I ask question just to stay the insanity of having 8 kids and 2 adults gathered together with all the varied silliness, noisemaking, arguing, and nonsense that goes on making it loud, loud, loud in the Dining Room. But mostly, I ask … Continue reading asking the big questions
About 18 inches of fluffy, white snow fell yesterday. The sun came out this morning and the 3 Elementary age children were filled with joy to suit up in snow gear, head out to the bus a few minutes early and play in the snow. I've been trying to cultivate an interest in identifying animal … Continue reading following tracks
I have a small ziploc baggie in my purse to hold change, mostly pennies. It is for my little ladies hearts really, their generous hearts. Our local grocery store has a small container at the register collecting money for a charity. In the check out isle my ladies ask almost every time, "Pennies mama?" Then … Continue reading 2 small copper coins