two years with Tallula


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


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: 8


Today Jude turned 8. Already. We headed out after church to buy supplies for the big celebration. Because what the birthday boy wants, the birthday boy gets. As long as this mama can buy it at Target. His choice for dinner was bratwurst and homemade french fries. Dessert was yellow cake with red icing and birthday blast ice cream. Served on Justice League plates. Decorations included red balloons... and mustaches. The birthday boy requested I take a picture of him in all three colors - red, green and blue. And so that's just what we … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: 19


Yep. He's turning 19. Already. Currently soldiering through his first year of college. Still trying to figure out his major. His whole future ahead of him. Gah. Makes a mother's insides sort of wobbly - having her baby out there in this big, crazy world. But that's what love does. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Birthday, my biggest boy. I love you to the moon and back. If you're ready to play along, go ahead and link up below. Be sure to visit here for the full scoop. To link up this week with your Sunday Snapshot, … [Read more...]

this Christmas


... we wanted to have a different kind of Christmas. Weeks before Christmas I asked for ideas on how to make Jesus the focus. Not gifts. Or glitter. And oh my, y'all did not disappoint. P.S. If you haven't read this post, and want wonderful ideas for next Christmas, you really should. And so, at the beginning of December we purposed to spend time together as a family, every night, talking about Jesus. We implemented a "no screens" rule between 6 and 10 PM. It was a smidge challenging. But so, so worth it. We read our Advent book nightly and then … [Read more...]

from our house

christmaseve-3 yours. Merry Christmas. Wishing you His joy today and always. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." -- Luke 2:10-11 … [Read more...]

a birthday and a mustache.


This was supposed to be a Sunday Snapshot. In which case it would be a few days late. Or several days early, depending on how you look at it. Either way, it's a good one. Because my baby, my last baby-by-birth, just turned 12. And that crazy business calls for a party... and a cake... and lots and lots of merriment. The party part was easy. To be honest, any time a group our size gets together for a meal under joyful circumstances it could be considered a party. The cake was easy too, thanks to my multi-talented daughter. She actually made the cake … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Vivienne turns 6


My sweet little peanut is now 6. I'm still not sure how that happened. Her birthday list was short this year. Which is always a good thing. A long list can mean a lot of disappointment. And even better than a short list, I could actually produce the first thing on her list relatively painlessly. Or, at least, Victoria could. And it turned out beautifully. Pink flowers with white hearts, just like the birthday girl requested. We did manage to find a few other presents - not on her list - that we thought she'd like. And she did. But I … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Poppy’s party


It was all Victoria's fault. She googled, pinterested and you-tubed her way to dreaming up a pink and purple ombre cake for Poppy. And a handmade crown to boot. Thankfully, we actually pulled it off. Victoria baked and frosted. I cut and sewed. And Poppy beamed. She thought the presents were okay, too. I'd better start planning now. Vivienne's birthday is less than six weeks away. And it seems she has some cake and crown dreams of her own. Happy Birthday, Penelope Gayle. So incredibly blessed to be the one you call … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: the graduate


Technically, he graduated in May. The official ceremony was in June. But, to be honest, I'm just grateful July didn't end before I actually got some pictures of him. The graduate. He graduated with a 3.4. And the last time he got into any trouble at school was in 8th grade for a food fight. Which is more than I can say for myself. He really is a good kid. Loves his Macbook, Chipotle and his little brothers and sisters. Not necessarily in that order. He'll start college in the fall with plans to study business and advertising. I think … [Read more...]