Children are little treasures from God that He entrusts to us for a while. They are exhausting, exasperating, and require that we die to ourselves over and over in order to shepherd and love them well. They are also bundles of joy, sunlight, and jellybeans that make our hearts ache with euphoric love. The question… Read More Little O
Now that it’s February, maybe I should tell you about our Christmas trip. It had been two whole years since I had seen my family, so it was good to be together and make some new memories! Our little band of travelers took off on Christmas Day. The boys were cute about wanting equal time… Read More An Appalachian Christmas
This year we chose the Portland International Raceway’s Winter Wonderland as our light display to visit. Both Stephen and I regretted the decision after slowly winding our way around in the car line for over an hour before even entering the display area! But it was fun to see the joy on Brynn’s face when… Read More PDX Christmas
Cooper was the “star student” early in the school year. So fun to see what he and his classmates say about him. Brynn has really been liking taking pictures of me—which is kind of nice since I’m always behind the camera. These two play so well together—lots of imagination and common interests. Us in… Read More Just Some Pics
Stephen finished the front siding project this past fall, and I’m so proud. He re-sided the three walls of our garage. Since it happens to be the most prominent part of our home, I’m happy it’s beautiful now. He widened the pop-out window above the garage to add trim around the window. He hung new… Read More Accomplishments
Here’s a parade of pictures from our past few months that I want to remember. We celebrated autumn with a trip to the Oregon Heritage Farm’s apple festival and with a backyard bonfire—complete with a hot chocolate toast! This was the first year we decorated the porch for Halloween and dressed up with the kids.… Read More Celebrations
Hello again, old blog. I’ve missed you. And that’s a nice surprise. I stopped blogging back in October for several reasons, and then decided to take a short hiatus to see how I felt about writing. As it turns out—though this blog is simply the good ol’ fashioned kind of blog that tells the daily… Read More Happy 2019!
Along the Seaside promenade we walked, He and I. Breathing in the salt, the sand, and grasses, The sea and sky. The ocean out our window, we cuddled close, He and I. Changing light painting new beauty scenes, The sea and sky.
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It feels like we can start breathing again—now that we’re nearly half-way through October. These days are flying by! So many things begin in September that it’s perhaps more of a “new year” experience than January. School has been the easiest transition. We’re so proud of Cooper taking on the challenge of kindergarten, navigating… Read More The September Sprint
This past Monday was the first day of school for the boys. Cooper sailed right into kindergarten as a happy, confident little man. We’re so very proud and happy for him! After dreading school all summer long, Cooper was surprisingly excited. Monday morning he was the first one downstairs for breakfast, so I read him… Read More Kindergarten and 2nd Grade