A Day in the Life


Finding time to blog is increasingly difficult. My littler kids demand attention and my older kids demand computer use! :-) Both of these demands leave me without opportunity or much brain activity left for blogging... but I continue to do what I can!

Here is a day in the life of our family, in photos.

My 3-year-old ALWAYS hides himself in the clean clothes waiting to be folded (which always land on our couch). Such a cutie!

One other thing this 3-year-old boy is always into is "colorful blocks." At least once a day he requests to play colorful blocks at the kitchen table. He loves to build and pretend. He might make a farm scene with multiple silos or a forest with lots of trees or a city with tall towers. This keeps him busy for at least 30 minutes at a time. 

A few weeks ago my husband and son tore apart our dishwasher, to fix the issue of standing water in the bottom. They ran it through a cycle afterwards, using dishsoap instead of dishwasher detergent. Bubble explosion!

Truly I am thankful for handymen in our family who can fix anything, for free and have a fun time doing it! This dishwasher gets a lot of use these days. We run it once a day and it is jam-packed full of dishes from our family of 7 eating almost every meal at home. We run out of plates and silverware daily now. 

Each spring we have a pair of ducks that hang out in our yard for a few hours or a few days. I assume it's the same pair year after year. Fun to see them appear this week, indicating that spring is coming... though the weather still feels quite wintry!

My 15-year-old continues to love being a part of our church youth group. Her 10th-grade-girls small group had a sleepover last week, so here's her group hanging out together.

My 11-year-old boy has gotten into "geocaching" recently (after learning about it from a book - three cheers for reading!). So when he and my husband have a "dude day out" they like to look for a geocache location and do some searching. This was at a nearby park recently. Very scenic.

My 5-year-old loves to play games, which usually has to wait until her little brothers are in bed at night. She has a window of about 30 minutes before her bedtime, so we sometimes pull out a game to play. Candyland is a favorite! 

Our bird Skittles loves to fly around the house and interact with each family member. On shoulders, on top of heads, on the kitchen table inspecting our food, on the ceiling fan blades... he gets around!

Mom and Dad are up at 5:15 each morning to chat, read the Bible together and pray together before the little boys wake up at 6:00 sharp. 5-year-old sister is up shortly thereafter and the morning is off and running! Here are the three littlest ones with Dad before he leaves for work at 7:15 am.

Busy but full and meaningful life! 

Braces - Done!


This oldest girl of mine has now finished her 2 years in braces. Off they came this week! Beautiful smile!

Here are some pictures of the process.

A good shot showing teeth before braces.

During braces.

And now it's done! 

The challenge when doing anything cosmetic, in my opinion, is to keep it in perspective. A beautiful smile is nice. Straight teeth are nice. But God's Word cautions us  "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord should be praised" (Proverbs 31:30). A woman who fears the Lord is far more beautiful (with an eternal, lasting godly beauty) than anyone with a perfect outward appearance. 

1 Peter 3:3-4 also warn us about beauty. "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hair styles, gold jewelry or fine clothes (we might add straight teeth). Rather, your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." God's opinion matters, while this world's opinion doesn't. And He defines that is beautiful in a woman - it is a gentle, quiet spirit. He is not impressed with smiles, jewelry, clothes or hair. He looks at the heart. 

And so the prayer of my heart is that my daughters would work hard at developing that inner beauty that is beautiful and valuable in God's sight. May He find them beautiful!

Drama Camp


My 15-year-old daughter participated in a week-long Drama Camp recently. This was specifically for homeschoolers and was held at a nearby church. The group met from 9 am until 3 pm each day, extending to 9 pm on one day. We figured that the group put in over 45 total hours during this 6-day camp. They start from almost scratch (roles had been assigned and students with speaking parts had memorized their lines) and 6 days later performed a 1.5 hour well-done drama. Students learned about costumes and make-up, as well as set assembly and technical elements. 

Here's my daughter showing off some make-up wounds...

And old-age make-up. 

In costume on the day of the performance. 
The setting was Bible times. 

With a friend

Cast picture

It was a tiring week, requiring her to be up earlier than normal. But she really enjoyed the experience overall and is already looking forward to doing it all again next year! 

The Littles


We have 3 littles at our house - the 5 year old, the 3 year old and the 1 year old. We always refer to them together as "the littles." 

During the recent cold, they were playing around with stocking hats inside since they couldn't go outside in the extreme temperatures.

Such cuties!

More hat peek-a-boo with Dad.

My 3-year-old wasn't into the dressing up so much, but he was busy playing with a tunnel tower.

Busy days with these littles. Never a dull moment, but there is plenty of cuteness too!

A Day in the Life


Our life is full of noise and chaos much of the time. But once in a while the children are playing together nicely, quietly, calmly.

Folding laundry - or just playing in it - on the couch.

Together they worked on making a train track that looked like a snowman. Very creative play!

My 3-year-old loves books. It does my heart good to see him choose to read/look at books by himself.

My little guy, all smiles. Life's been hard for him as he's teething and as he is pushed around a lot by his 3-year-old brother. He's gonna have to be a tough guy to keep up with his brother. But he'll do it. He eats like a champ and is built for bulk - he'll be as big as his brother soon. They already share the same size diaper and can share some clothes.

Here my 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter were working together, picking up sticks from the yard and hauling them in a sled to the back firepit. Nice to see teamwork! 

Daddy and son. 

We've finally had some winter snow. My 3-year-old has been able to play in it some and even grabbed a shovel to help move it, as much as he could.

A sweet moment as brother and sister play together in a mushroom tent / tunnel playhouse. 

Happy Days? Not always, but some happy and precious moments, yes! 

Indiana Family Christmas


We hosted my husband's side of the family for Christmas. This works out very well for us. Our home is already baby-proofed for the little ones and we have enough space for everyone to move about comfortably. It's around 20 people total.

Aunt Karen and Uncle John brought a puppy with them, who stole the show this year. 

Everyone took turns holding and petting the puppy.

One of my sons with a remote-controlled car he received.

My 5-year-old (on the piano bench) modeling some glasses she received, while cousin Raven models bunny glasses she received (in the foreground).

My two little boys opening a gift together.

My 3-year-old received this motorcycle from his motorcycle-driving Aunt Karen. Cute.

We decided to go with a themed meal this year, instead of repeating the usual turkey/potatoes/green beans traditional meal. We picked the theme of ROUND FOOD. So everything was round -from the noodles, to the sliced carrots, to the meatballs and sausages, to the pumpkin pies and cookies.

Giving out hugs at bedtime.

Another merry Christmas celebration!

Wisconsin Christmas Party #2


We celebrated Christmas in Wisconsin at my dad's house. My Grandma June couldn't be with us this year, so we missed getting to see her during our visit. 

This is the whole extended family group plus a photo-shopped Grandma June in the middle. :-)

Just our family... and a deer head. :-)

And just my hubby and me

My dad with the grandkids who were present

My 5-year-old being a big girl with her big cup

And sitting with Aunt Melanie

My dad gave a tractor ride to a few of my kids - city kids whose exposure to farms and tractors is quite limited!

My kids playing at Grandpa's house.

There are cats to see at Grandpa's house. The cats and the deer heads are the highlights of visiting. :-)

The barn on my grandfather's farm burned down a few weeks before Christmas. We toured the debris. So many hours of my dad's life, my brothers' lives were spent in this barn. This bulk tank was used over many decades, holding  hundreds of thousands of gallons of milk over its lifetime.

We also went through my Grandma June's house to look for a few specific items. This ceramic nativity piece reminds me of my grandma. She made multiple pieces like this for her children and displayed them each year. It is a special reminder.

It is a good time, seeing extended family during these holiday celebrations. Merry Christmas!