Our "Lydi-Bitty-Baby"

Sweet Lydia!

First time for painted nails!

Loves to snuggle

Enjoys reading "boops"

Watching oldest brother play a soccer game

Playing at the park

She found her pockets!

A box is the best toy

A typical morning for Lydia... ;)


She'll be 2 in July (right after the new baby comes) and what fun she is!  
She keeps us laughing and keeps me very busy.  :)


Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

I really like this post written by Jamie from The Unlikely Homechool.

It states, very well, how I feel about homeschooling.
I'm so glad that the pros outweigh the cons!
The kids spread topsoil with me for two days.  Such hard workers!

The kids received a zip line from my parents for Christmas and Nate just put it up.  Fun times!



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.


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



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)


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!


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.

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