Thursday, October 9, 2008

our new pup...



last saturday a.m. annaruth had a dream come true...this sweet little pup had found it's way to us...she was outside of our back gate, and had apparently been there all night (we know this because our beagle barked all night, and i mean aaaaalllllllll night)...we explained that if "lost" posters went up then we would have to return her to her owners, and annaruth was okay with that...well, as of wednesday p.m., no posters...so...meet Sitka, our newest addition...she is the typical rowdy, chewing, curious, playful, perfectly adorable puppy...we love the sweet blue eyes...craig and i went dogsledding in alaska, and ever since seeing the pics annaruth has wanted a husky...so, as it should be in a child's world, her dream has come true...enjoy the pics, and imagine the craziness...



no good reason for cutting her head off... except poor camera skills ;)




Monday, September 29, 2008

yeah!...finally pics and tunes to share...

after hours of trying to figure this thing out (yes, i am blonde, but not dumb) i have pictures and music to share!...two of my favorite things...there is a story behind the music selection...a couple of weeks ago our family went to see the Music Builds concert with Third Day, Switchfoot, and others...FABULOUS!...we all had a blast, especially the kiddo's..."Rockstar" was their favorite, so take some time and listen to that good ol' rock song...you will feel younger just for listening...the first song, "this is home" may sound familiar...it was featured in Prince Caspian...just a nice little addition to the blog...i've now learned something new!! yea me!

those loaded questions...

those questions... you know the ones...the questions that just bring up a whole mountain just in the asking... one of my favorites.... "wow, so you homeschool. what made you decide to do that?"...as if i'm crazy... last week i was completely reminded of the reason why we decided to homeschool... i asked my son what he wants to be when he grows up... his response was - not just doctor, or lawyer, or astronaut... he answered me with "a missionary doctor"... wow... what a responsibility that laid before me... to raise not just a Godly man, but a Godly man who accepts the call to the mission field... a man who will sacrifice all that our world tells him to treasure, in order to share the news of Jesus, lord of heavenly treasures... if that is not enough to put a mother on her face in prayer before God i don't know what is.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

a pj and easy bake kind of weekend...













what sweet beautiful times...so often i take these moments for granted...but with the chaos caused by ike, came a lazy, content weekend for our family...with gas prices spiking all around, we stayed put...we pulled out the bubbles for the first time in ages...let's face it, we never outgrow bubbles...there is something freeing about chasing bubbles around the yard...what i am quite sure brought a grin to my neighbors is that i was the one chasing, while the kids blew the bubbles...from there annaruth and i moved on to the easy bake, while the boys moved to the wii...my little rachel ray...she loves, loves, loves to cook...the easy bake reaches her pinnacle of baking...tiny little treats, geared just for kids...couldn't be sweeter...she went to serve her brother one of her masterpiece cupcakes...oh, how the boys (meaning dad and brother) made over her recipe...she was so very proud, and so was i...as i watched my little girl grow before my very eyes...as i sit here and type i am so very grateful that i didn't say...no, laundry time, yada yada yada...i am grateful that my answer was...sure, we can do bubbles...absolutely, let's pull out the easy bake...how ironic that while a hurricane was causing complete chaos in one place, our family was enjoying such calm...

i must, however, take a moment to lift up a prayer for all of those touched by ike, in the u.s. and elsewhere...including my dear friend amy in houston... miles separate us, but she is never far from my thoughts...
dear Heavenly Father, we know that you are lord over all, and we praise you for your power and majesty...i pray that you will be a source of comfort and strength for all of those touched by this incredible display of nature...it's effect is far-reaching, but no one is too far for you to reach...please be with them as they begin to clean-up and rebuild their homes and lives...i pray that you will be glorified through the lives of those affected, and that your love will extend to those who so desperately seek answers right now...in Jesus' precious name...amen...

how quickly i become consumed with the craziness of the days, forgetting how to appreciate these truly magical days...i know it sounds like a cliche, but those with children understand...the days really do fly by...they really do grow up too fast...my son is having growing pains in his legs...my little daughter, only 5 yrs old, has lost her first tooth...lord, please do not let another day go past where i don't take time to hug my little ones and tell them how precious they are to me...please don't let me wish away the little years in exchange for older, more independent times...

Friday, September 12, 2008

a new beginning...of sorts

hello my friends...this year we have embarked on the exciting - sometimes overwhelming - journey of homeschooling...jacob, 7, and annaruth, 5, fill my days with laughter, frustration, pride, and joy...with this new beginning comes my desire to record my thoughts and memories - however scattered they may sometimes be...this is as much for my own eyes as it is for yours...i hope to use this as a means of sharing - sharing of faith and inspiration - sharing of opinions (for what it's worth) - sharing of my life, happy or sad, whatever the day brings...thank you for joining me on my journey...