just life, pets, silas

Meet Marvin

He’s a leopard gecko and Silas’ first pet. Ever since Spring Break, Silas has been learning all about leopard geckos and telling us all the facts about their care. When we had first arrived in Bend for Spring Break, we were early for our check-in time at the rental house, so I suggested we pop… Read More Meet Marvin

community, cooper, silas, sports

Double Header

Two ball players means double the cuteness of little boys in baseball uniforms. Silas is playing with all his best buds again. This is our third year with Coach Andrew and all the 2nd graders we love. Each game, they choose a new captain and a new team name–just to keep the peace. When Silas… Read More Double Header

brynn, preschooler

1st Haircut

We finally decided to chop off Brynn’s baby curls. After nearly four years of no haircuts, the tangles won, and we admitted defeat. I took Brynn to a kiddie hair salon called Pigtails and Crewcuts. She loved it! Nothing like sitting in a fire engine and watching a movie while getting a hair cut. Afterwards… Read More 1st Haircut

oregon

Agate Beach

After a winter of staying home and hibernating inside, we were ready for a day trip. A couple of weeks ago, Stephen took the day off work, we ditched school, and drove to Agate Beach. I’m not sure where the agates were, but the big, wide sandy beach–with hardly a soul in sight–was an amazing… Read More Agate Beach

date nights, food, holidays

Happy Heart Day

The kids’ eyes filled with hearts when they saw the Valentine envelopes hanging on their bedroom doors. They were so excited that they immediately began making valentines for each other. Silas put together Lego valentines while Cooper shocked me by writing love notes for everyone without any prompting! Brynn and I managed to make some… Read More Happy Heart Day

baby, elisabeth, parenting, pregnancy, thoughts

Little O

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