Monthly Archives: April 2011

i heart faces – soft & sweet


I tell her all the time, “Please don’t grow up.”

She always responds, “But, Mama…I have to. I want to be a veterinarian and a dog hair cutter person.”

I guess she’s right – but I’ll glance at this photo every once in a while to remind me of how precious she is in the now.

This photo is my entry in the weekly challenge at i heart faces – I couldn’t think of anything more soft and sweet.

Just an update


Baseball season has begun! Andrew is playing his first year of Coach Pitch baseball and loving the challenge it brings.

He got quiet one afternoon so I went hunting for him. As I turned the corner into his bedroom, I saw him quickly hide the marker behind his back and look up at me with a sly grin on his face. “What’cha doin’, Luke?”, I asked. “Nothin'”, he replied. Sure, little guy….looks like nothin’ to me!

For the past week, she’s been waking up every two hours. She’s also been praying for a little sister so she’ll have a roommate like the rest of her family members do. Sweet girl….she’s even already given her future sister a name: Sparkle. HA!

When she wakes, we’re usually still up so we take turns cuddling with her on the couch.

Playing in the park


Eating picnics, walking, and playing at ANY park is one of our favorite things to do. We spend most of our summer at one of the local parks eating PB&J sandwiches and exploring God’s outdoor creation. While visiting my family over spring break a few weeks ago, we all spent a few hours enjoying each other while outside.

He wasn’t really sad….just pretending to be sad about landing face first in the sand at the bottom of the slide.

See what I mean?

Cousins born on the same day, four years apart. My sister and I still “laugh” about that.

Yep, railroad tracks over the water that are still used by the rail line…..and by our feet!

Cousins laughing….so glad that they got this time together. With the age difference of 16 years, they still have a cute friendship.

He wants a dog so bad!

How ’bout some blurry skating pictures?


My sister and I have decided that skating at our hometown local roller rink will now become a tradition with our kids upon my visit. They enjoyed it soooooo much and they have bruises to prove it!

By the way, did you know that Mitch’s high school job was one of a DJ at his hometown’s skating rink? Yeah, that’s where the love for the R&B genre came into play, I’m sure. HA! Yes…he’s sticking his tongue out at me in this picture. What!!?!?!?! You can’t tell? Must be the lousy photography.

Abigail’s prayer


Tonight upon closing of Family Worship Time, Abigail asked to pray first:

“Dear God, Please give us another baby. I want a girl and a girl so they can share bunk beds and then a boy and a boy, too. If you give me a sister, I can have someone to play with and a friend to be in my room. Amen.”

Does she realize she just asked God for four more siblings, bringing our total up to seven children? It’s fine by me but something tells me she won’t like getting less attention.

I love you, my sweet baby girl.

9 Quick Takes


1. Tonight before bedtime, Andrew said, “Mama, I can spell Mississippi. M-i-crooked letter-crooked letter-i-humpback-humpback”. Good try, darling. I remember learning how to spell my home state’s name when I was child with the same mistakes. So cute!

2. I’m in love with Adele’s voice. I’m always fascinated that Brits sing with no accent (well, that’s how it sounds to my American ears, anyway). I don’t think she ever sings off pitch. Perfection.

3. Our boys had their first baseball games today. Luke had a hit and enjoyed being on the field. He’s mentioned that he likes playing on a different team than Andrew….I think he feels some ownership when he doesn’t have to share multiple things like the spotlight, stories, and correction. During his game, Andrew hit a home run, scoring a point for his team – his team won!

4. We spent seven hours today in the beautiful sun and spring breeze while working and playing at our church/school for a fundraiser. And the funds we did raise! I guess it’s easy to raise money when there are things such as snow cones, bouncy houses, silent auction, rummage sale, sweet treats, and Chick-Fil-A!

5. I enjoyed a good afternoon visit today with my neighbor across the street. Outside of our cul-de-sac, we haven’t done anything together – but it looks like we might be planning a trip to IKEA soon as she is dying to make her first visit. Our kids play well together and we’ve been known to have a block party from time to time….ha! God is good to give friends and to provide friends for my children.

6. Andrew turned 7 last week and I haven’t blogged about it as usual. I’ve felt really bad about it but it’s on my BLOGGING TO DO LIST this coming week. That sounds awful, I know…but it’s just a blog post.

7. I guess it would have been neat to make #6 actually #7 but I can’t think that far ahead right now.

8. This week I’m going out with the girls…but I’ve never been out with this group of girls before. You see, these girls that I’m going to get coffee with are also wives and mothers with hearts for adoption. I’m so excited that they invited me to share conversation with them about how we can pray and support the ministry of adoption in the families throughout our city and surrounding counties.

9. Summer is fast approaching. School will end in May and then the summer adventure begins. I’m already making a list of all the fun activities will can enjoy together as a family, including sleep (ha!). Get your pool ready, Pop! Prepare for the invasion, state parks! Bug hunting we will go! Rock skipping will be accomplished! Road trip will be refreshing. Amusement park will be conquered. VBS will be amazing. Tent sleeping in the backyard will be a joy. Church meals will be eaten. Family visits to both ends of our state will be taken and lots of picnics will be enjoyed in various city parks. COME ON SUMMER TIME!