out and about

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It's summer. And all my babies are home. My most favorite time of year. And there is so much I want to squeeze into the time we are all together - all fun stuff, of course. But the truth is, we just don't get out a whole lot. For several reasons. 1) I am a homebody 2) "We" is a whole lot of people 3) For this mama to get this crew rolling, it has be good. And it has to be affordable So when we found out that this much-talked-about, National Historic Landmark, 20th century blast furnace was open to the public, (and free!) we were all … [Read more...]

it’s summer, continued.

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A few days ago I posted about the "school kids" and their last day of school. Today I'm following up with the littlest three. And then I'll cover the "homeschool kids". Slow and steady. .......................... First is our littlest peanut, Tallula. Tallula is 39" and 33 pounds. That means she has grown 2 inches and gained one pound since I measured the kiddos last September. (Yes, I keep all my kids measurements here on the blog so I don't lose them. Don't judge.) Best friend: Tori Favorite color: pink Favorite TV show: Peppa Pig Favorite food: … [Read more...]

biggest and littlest

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Been thinking a lot about adoption lately. April marked 2 years home with Tallula. May was the month we traveled to China for Sophie in 2006 and Isabelle in 2005. It's also the month Esther passed away in 2011. And June will mark 10 years since the Lord opened our eyes to caring for the orphan. 10 years, y'all. (Excuse me while I take a moment to feel very, very old.) June was also the month we traveled to China for Jude in 2008 and Shepherd in 2009. Yep. Adoption has been on my mind for so many reasons. Usually, when I look at pictures of my … [Read more...]

lunch, these days

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I'm not much of a scheduler, organizer or list-maker. You could say I'm about as far from a Type A as possible. If there's anything past a Type B, I'm it. But some things happen in the same way, most every day, whether I intend to or not. Like eating. Evidently, these crazies want to eat just about the same time. Just about every day. And they like to sit - like this - just about every day, too. Which gives me a front row seat into their craziness. Some days the craziness even includes a guest. Like Froggy. Which is okay with my girls because … [Read more...]

opening day

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Last Saturday the high was 86. Officially one degree higher than 85. The temperature it had to be. When we bought it - the long-awaited, blow-up, backyard pool paradise - it was just barely March. Way too cold to even consider breaking out anything that had to do with water and outdoors. So I set a minimum temperature of 85 for opening day, knowing that without my sage input they'd have opened it immediately. And probably all perished from pneumonia. They didn't seem to appreciate my fierce mother love. Instead they asked, regularly, what the … [Read more...]

two years with Tallula

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Two years, y'all. Not only is my baby 4 now, but she's been home for 2 years. I posted about her being home one year, and it feels like that was just a few months ago. I've heard it said that time goes by faster and faster as you get older... guess that makes me really old. What can I say about Lula? She's wonderful. She is smart. She can write her name. Draw a face with eyelashes and lips. Say the alphabet and count to 30. She is busy. She is in everybody's business. And everybody's stuff. She occasionally struggles with keeping … [Read more...]

my baby is 4

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Lula is 4. And that might not sound like such a big deal. But it's been a long, loooooong time since my littlest has been 4. Like 15 years, y'all. When Zach was 4, I was pregnant with Asher. And ever since then, I've had at least one little one under 4. Technically, all my kiddos will be school-aged in just a few years. And I'm only 45. Ha. Ha. Ha. There is something to be said about parenting as a more *ahem* mature mama. Age and experience have mellowed me. Rounded off some sharp edges. Taught be to let some things go. I am … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: snow

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Several of y'all have asked and no, I did not photograph my kids on their snow-day-extravaganza. Because mom + ice + snow + camera = certain wreckage. Also, like my children, I strongly dislike being cold. And wet. But I did manage to get a few of Miss Tallula the day before. I'm in a photography class and I had an assignment in mind. The beautiful blanket of snow was inspiring. Tallula was thrilled to be my muse. Especially because it meant she'd be on the initial expedition out into the snow. She also knew that candy and a tutu might be … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: 14 from 2013

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I did it last year. The year before. And even the year before that. It's sort of a thing, I suppose. And, since 2013 doesn't want to be left out, here are my favorites from the last year. Not necessarily technically my favorites, from a photography standpoint. Just from a mama's standpoint. 1. Princess Vivienne. 2. My incredibly silly pony. 3. My brave and beautiful Velvet, just days before she passed away. 4. Isabelle... being Isabelle. 5. Tallula, home one wonderful year. 6. My babies. Every one of 'em. 7. My biggest boy, the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: ice, baby.

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I've got a lazy bone. And even though I'd promised my kids I'd take them ice skating, the lazy mama in me was so not looking forward to it. Because I knew. I knew taking 6 kids - 4 of whom have never donned ice skates before - was going to be painful. Thankfully, my tickets had an expiration date. Because, even more than I am lazy, I am frugal. So we ventured out, our first official homeschool field trip this year. The girls were ecstatic. Despite the fact that they could barely let go of the side, and their feet got sore, and they were cold, … [Read more...]