Sunday, June 17, 2018


Since I last blogged, this beautiful young woman turned 21,

this handsome young man turned 19,

this handsome young man turned 18 AND graduated from high school!, and

last but not least we remodeled our family room from this:

to this: 

just in time to host son L's grad party!  Whew!!

Busy spring with lots of wonderful milestones.  My heart is full.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Six Weeks.....

until this young man is a high school graduate!

Monday, April 2, 2018

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Easter.  Such an incredibly meaningful holy-day for believers everywhere.  This year son C (age 15) remarked, "I just realized that Easter is, like, the most important holiday there is, even more important than Christmas.  Because without Jesus dying on the cross and resurrecting, we would have no chance."  You got it, buddy.

Though I don't like to identity myself with Judas, who betrayed Christ, when I realize I am more like him than any of the other characters that make up the incredible Easter story, I am in absolute awe and wonder at God's mercy and forgiveness.  That He could and DOES forgive such as I!

His love astounds me.

Our egg coloring this year included son L's girlfriend and her brother.  I love listening to tweens and teens interact, just having fun. 

We welcomed daughter H home for Easter dinner.  It was good to see her!

When son C realized I was going to take a picture of him mashing the potatoes, he wanted to be sure I had a good shot of his arm!  haha

Daughter G always does a beautiful job setting the table!  Love her artistic eye.

Family.  Love.

After the adults all napped (!) we did an indoor egg hunt, because the outside temps were on the cold side and our kids have all turned into wimps. ;)

Sorting the candy!  A time honored tradition for children of all ages, apparently.  My college kids never say no to free candy.

Amidst the flow of the trappings of Easter, it is a humbling joy to consider what Jesus was willing to endure for me, and all that His resurrection means to me on a daily basis.  He is everything.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Our Week in Review

All winter long son C has been playing both indoor soccer (shorter field, ball can be played off the walls) and winter soccer (large field, outdoor rules, under a dome), which means many watching of games for Little Man.  Little Man recently got glasses, so when we said he could watch half the game and read the other half, he didn't mind coming along so much.  Right now, any excuse to wear his glasses is a good excuse! :)

Little Man is working through Algebra 1 and doing well.  He is currently learning how to multiply equations that contain exponents.  The Math U See blocks that we have used so well for so many years, can even be used to build these types of equations, so they are still being used!

In history right now we are learning about the civil war.  We are watching selections from the Ken Burns "Civil War" documentary series, and they are SO excellent!  I snapped this photo of all of the boys doing history in their pajamas.  Reason #87 we love homeschooling!

Brothers collaborating over science.

Little Man is working through the Apologia General Science book, and recently made this terrarium as part of module 9.  He has been taking care of this as if it were a baby - watching carefully to make sure it doesn't create *too* much water on the inside, and if it does, taking the lid off to let some of the water evaporate.  It has been such a good learning experience!

I am so thankful for the joys of homeschooling, and that I get to spend my days with my children!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Year's Eve Dance Party!

This was my view for about two hours on New Year's Eve right before the big count down to 2018.  SO.  MUCH.  FUN.  And yes, I danced too!  Be sure to watch the videos.  Each one is only about a minute and they are hilarious. :)

Christmas Day 2017

My mother in law still wanted to host us for Christmas dinner (she is pretty amazing!), so we spent the afternoon and evening at her house.  After dinner we stayed for several hours, playing a strategy board game that takes a long time, so she would not be alone and we could spend more time with her.  It was a quiet afternoon, but fun.  And we were together.  Moms of all ages love it when their children are together. :)

I apologize for the darkness of this picture and the lightness of the next one.  I just switched from a dumb phone to a smart phone, and was learning the camera on my new phone.  But.... grandma with most of her grandchildren!

Christmas morning!

Our tradition of the children piling on our bed to open stockings continues!

New, cool socks.

We gave son C several new fitbit bands for Christmas.  This is the "fancy" rose gold one for church and other special occasions.

New scarves.

Art pens.

2017 ornaments.