4/20/2015

Giving Thanks for...Laundry

"...always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
 
 
Feeling grateful and thankful this morning as I fold mounds of laundry and hear the washing machine and dryer continue on.
 
I don't always feel this way about laundry, but today I can't help but think...
 
We are so blessed.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I woke up really early this morning (strange pregnancy hormones) and have already gotten a boat-load of stuff done before the kids have awaken.
 
Or maybe it's because I'm so spiritual.  ;)
 
Either way, I am GIVING THANKS to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for all He has given.
 
Even laundry.
 

4/06/2015

Easter 2015

During a family photo shoot, our kids posed themselves.  It was too cute to pass up!

Happy Easter from our family to yours.

The Lord is Risen!

Easter Sunday 2015


3/25/2015

Parenting

Reading through a book on parenting for the second time.  I am struck again by the awesome privilege that my husband and I have of raising these children for God's glory.

 
"You must raise your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.  

You cannot do so without investing yourself in a life of sensitive communication in which you help them understand life and God's world.  There is nothing more important.  

You have only a brief season of life to invest yourself in this task. 


You have only one opportunity to do it.  

You cannot go back and do it over...you must, therefore, prioritize.

To do this job of parenting well, it must be a primary task.  

It is your primary calling.

Baby #6 - BOY! - due mid (or late, knowing me) July

...It will mean that you can't develop every interest that comes along.  

The costs are high."

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
(Emphasis mine)


3/18/2015

An Icy Adventure



Walking on Lake Michigan













It was quite beautiful.

Glad we made it out there before everything started melting a short while later!


Sticks

Who wants to stay inside and do bookwork when there are sticks to be played with?


Not these kids.
 
We've been taking full advantage of these warm (and warmish) days by being outside as much as possible.
 
It'll rain or be cloudy some day and then we'll hit the books again.  
 
Until then...
 
We'll be outside.
 
Playing with sticks.


A Little Maple Sugarin'

After taking last year off because we had an over abundance of syrup (almost enough to last us two years, but not quite), we were excited to tap our trees again.
 
We just smell the wonderful aroma of the sap boiling and know that Spring is almost here!


We've now made two quarts of syrup.
 
And oh...
 
it is so good.



Shootin' With Daddy


 I don't think he ever actually hit a can, but he sure enjoyed trying.  :)




You can really see Tommy's personality in the pictures above and below.  He's such a funny kid!




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