We cooked. We ate. And, after sleeping off the turkey-induced coma, we romped around the back leaf-strewn acreage. With a quick stop for some chicken-snuggles. (No, we do not eat our chickens. Even the crowing ones.) Indescribably thankful for this season, this family, and this sweet life. The Lord has been so good to me.
A Halloween to remember
Halloween 2018 was one for the books. The last few years have found us keeping our kiddos close, due mostly to Clementine’s initial surprise diagnosis and resulting surgery, as well as Magnolia’s heart surgery and artificial valve placement (putting them both in the “fragile” category for a season). But last year, on our way home from our typical Halloween-ing at… Read More
The Zoo. And Back to School.
We don’t really do back-to-school stuff anymore. Not that I don’t want to, it’s just a bit anti-climactic when you homeschool… The first day just sorta feels like just another day, but with a stack of new curriculum. If I were a planner, and the tiniest bit organized, I might do just back-to-school photos on the first day of the… Read More
Something to Celebrate
It’s been a big week around here. A *really* big week. Big enough to justify taking an entire weekday afternoon off just to celebrate. Specifically two of our kiddos – and the miracle of God weaving them into our family through adoption. So, at the request of one of the two being celebrated, we closed the schoolbooks early, packed the… Read More
spring, band-aids and hatching eggs, oh my!
At last, spring has arrived. It’s been a crazy winter-into-spring transition, with afternoons in February warm enough to cause leaves to pop, and yet enough freezing-at-night temperatures to keep us waiting to transplant our seedlings into the garden until yesterday. The kids have already gone through several boxes of bandaids and a tube of Neosporin with all the bicycling they’ve… Read More
Being a mama is hard for a million and one reasons. And one of the biggest – for me at least – is when your kids go and get all big and grown up… and live hundreds of miles away. And are only are able to come visit a few times a year. Which makes the best part of my… Read More
It was good. It was crazy. And, in many ways, it was crazy good. We missed Zach so much, who wasn’t able to be here until after the New Year. (insert sad mama face here… I might have shed a few tears.) But, for the first time, we had Victoria’s boyfriend Jon join us on Christmas morning. And his presence… Read More
Snow was predicted. But, here in the south, snow can be a relative term. Down here, “snow” usually means a white dusting that melts before you can pull your boots on. It also means that every WalMart is sure to sell out of everything except anchovies and pickled pig feet. But on this day, we actually got snow. Not only… Read More
Looking with Eyes to See
It’s the last day of November – a big month in the adoption world. It contains Orphan Sunday and is even slated as National Adoption Month. It is also a perfect reason to take an afternoon to pull on dresses and scribble smiley-faces on palms to capture this moment in time in our family. And while the kids may be… Read More
The Sweetest Surprise
When it come to Halloween, we love to plan big around here. Real big. We had plans to all dress us as characters from Clementine’s current movie crush, Trolls. We even did a test run with some pink-spray-on-haircolor to see what we thought. In the end? We got busy. And lazy. And pretty much waited until the last minute to… Read More
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