Thursday, August 10, 2017


There is almost nothing better than seeing my children worship God, and when they get to do it by leading others in to worship it's a little piece of heaven.  Last Sunday Little Man played a piano prelude right before our worship service started!  It was his first time to play in "big church," and he was nervous but did a great job.  I videotaped him during rehearsal, at which time he made several small mistakes (no biggie!), but when he played it for real he absolutely nailed it.  So proud of him!

Immediately following this, son G led the congregation in the opening worship song.  He has played guitar in big church before, but has never been the lead singer.  He also did a fantastic job!  I am both proud and humbled, and so very thankful that my children love Jesus and want to worship Him!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Mission Trips

Three of our boys participated in two different mission trips this summer.  The first one was a week in a local inner city, and you can see from this commissioning service photo that it was a big team!  Three fourths of the team ran a VBS style day camp for children who live in one of the poorest zip codes in the country.  Son C was in this group of kids.  The other one fourth of the team did physical labor type work projects in the same impoverished neighborhood, and Little Man was in this group.

When we dropped them off we prayed AGAIN!  (can't ever have too much prayer!)

The man in the red shirt and baseball cap is one of our two wonderful youth leaders.  Son C is in the foreground.

Both our youth leaders.  So thankful for these godly men who invest in the lives of my kids!

One week after this mission trip ended, sons G and C went on a similar mission trip to Puerto Rico!

They partnered with a local church there, putting on a VBS program for children, doing work projects at the church, a community center, and a local nursing home, but also participating in outreach events to give the church a greater presence in the neighborhood.

Even though the work was similar to that done on the previous mission trip, it felt different because they were working in a different culture and there was a language barrier to work around.

All three boys were greatly impacted by these mission trips, and I am so thankful they had the opportunity to go!

At the Cottage

We spent a few days at the cottage last month, going up early before a big family reunion.  We had only the two younger boys with us, and while we missed the older kids (who were all working), it was nice to spend time with just them.

The river was C-O-L-D!  (I went in up to my waist but no deeper)

Sun bathing with the dogs!

There is no other sound quite like that of waves lapping at the shore.

We celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday while there.  87 years young!

The dock was much more crowded when everyone else got there!  Cousins and friends, enjoying the warmth together.

My hubby and his brother...rocking the raft.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy 15th Birthday son C!!!

This boy.  Oh my heart.

He is such a joy and a blessing to me!  He has such a sweet spirit, a helpful attitude, and he's a hard worker.

And he has the nicest friends.

We ate pizza.  We played laser tag.

They played xbox.

We ate cake!

This boy is an awesome young man.  Happy birthday C!

Goofing off in the Photo Booth!

Grad Party times Two!!

How do you have a grad party for two people with very different tastes?

You let them each decorate their own "all about me" table....

and pick their favorite dessert to have alongside their cake....

and the rest is happy, generic party!

We had a bit of a food emergency when the power strip got overwhelmed and stopped working, so everyone chipped in to heat food on our stovetop and carry it outside to the food line.

Many people were none the wiser!

It was fun to see so many people we love from various chapters of our lives all in one place!  We have the BEST relatives and friends.  They were so kind and generous to both son G and daughter H, and we are very, very grateful for their celebrating with us!