Friday, November 20, 2015


I am not very sentimental. I do, however, love traditions.  If it is one thing I'll commit to, besides church on Sundays, it is participating in annual traditions. This week we attended an annual, amazing Thanksgiving feast held by our dear friends, whom also homeschool.  We've participated in this gathering for 7 years.  I thnk that's pretty impressive for a group of homeschool moms.  To stop schooling, prepare dishes, create games, dress our kids up (& ourselves!) to gather for a few hours in the middle of the week.  While it sounds, and maybe looks exhausting, it's one more sweet memory to add to our bank.  God says to store up treasures in heaven, for where our treasure is our heart will be also.  It is good to create sweet traditions that draw all of us closer together.  Our heart can take our friends with us to heaven!  That is something worth setting aside time for, don't you think?

Another thing that I love about traditions, while I'm on the topic, is that they are so seasonal.  I've been listening to a sermon series on the book of Ecclesiastes by Marc Driscoll.  As he discusses the famous chapter 3 "There is a season for every activity under heaven", I can't help but think "There's really a season for EVERYTHING in our lives! Thank GOD for that!"  Who wants to be crying all of the time?  Who wants to dance ALL of the time?  There's respite when the seasons change.  When it technically becomes fall, but it still feels like summer because of where we live, I grow weary and anxious.  Bring the cool weather on please!  There's also respite when we shift into different seasons of our life.  As we move from being single to being married.  As we move from school to the work force.  As we move from mom of toddlers to tweens.  Well, maybe not tweens, but you get my point! While God never changes, we humans need change!  We thrive on change.  Spiritually, physically, mentally...on all levels.  Let's embrace the change of the seasons and the traditions that come with them.  Create traditions for your family, and if you have them already, commit to carrying them out each year.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Back in Business


I've neglected our blog for some time.  I regret to say for over a year.  And that last year shouldn't even count because I crammed several pictures at a time to complete our blog book of the year.  Of course I have great reasons.  Somehow the transition from camera (old school) to cel phone camera took a lot longer for me to grasp.  And so our pictures floated between lap tops, some here and some there.   Just a big mess.  And that mess was too overwhelming to figure out.

The pictures above are our collection of life, several hundred blog posts made into books.  Books printed out once a year.  Much like the seldom seen photo albums of my younger years.  But these blog books are more than pictures.  They also chronicle in words the events of our Golden years with our sweet children.  My family loves to take these books down and read them.  My husband loves that we have these and has requested, and this man doesn't ask for much mind you, that I continue to blog our memories.  And this makes sense, right?  We live in such a virtual world now that we don't longingly hold something in our hands, flip through pages and recall fond memories.  Facebook now sends us a picture here and there of something we posted years ago to the day, but it lacks the events of what led to that picture or statement.

Being that the kids are older now and I'm in a very different season of life, it's my goal to expand the content of my writing beyond the borders of my family.  There is so much God has shown me and is showing me that I want to share it.  It's too long for Facebook posts and sometimes it cannot wait for the next ladies' event at church; so why not here?   I hope that what I share encourages and challenges those out there reading it.  I hope that my family can glorify God, however that looks!

Thursday, September 25, 2014




   Lately I have taken a lot of pics of my cats.Its fun, so I will grab a camera and start taking pics.I will take photos of everything, but I usually do ones of Mom in the garden,chickens,flowers and sheep.Again,I love it:)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Trying our hands at turkeys this summer/fall season.  We bought 3.  Names are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Back-up.  Hopefully they'll taste good, and hopefully they'll live to make it to the table.  They are very different from the chickens and are growing on me.

Pictures courtesy of Ruth


The kids went to VBS at Family Life this year.  The theme was Star Wars.  They had a lot of fun and it was all free.  Grace is the only one who will sing and do the dance moves to their theme song...very cute.  I painted my bathroom while they were gone.  They also went one afternoon to our church's one day VBS.

Baby Charlie

Charlie and Elyssa went to Mexico at the end of June, so my parents kept baby Charlie for a week.  He's a very good, cute and laid back baby.  He was very asthmatic but still was an angel. I kept him one day and really enjoyed him.  We took him back to Houston July 4th and went to a wedding for Ella.  We went to the dinosaur museum and butterfly garden; ate amazing fish tacos; and sat in the rain on I-10 watching fireworks over downtown at 10:30 pm.  Short, fun trip!

Ruth's Downfall

Ruth broke her pinkie on a slip n' slide at Evie's party in July.  She had to wear a cast for a few weeks.  It healed fine.  Well, actually it was still broken when he took the cast off, so we buddy taped it and let it heal on its own.