6-month portraits


My baby girl is growing up. 

She's nearly 19 pounds now, at just over 6 months. 

She's started some solid foods, but isn't a big fan yet. 

She rolls over like a pro. 
She gives smiles to everyone - hasn't met a stranger yet. 

She is finally settling into a normal daytime nap routine, though her night time sleep is still sporadic. 

I love her chunky rolls. 

I love her toothless grins. 

I love her!

Homeschool: 6th Grade Box Day


As homeschoolers, we celebrate "Box Day." This is the day when our box of books and supplies for the next school year arrives at our home. 

Loving books as we do, it's seriously better than Christmas!

I allowed my 6-year-old son to open the box, though it was mostly items for my 10-year-old daughter's next school year. 

Here she is with ALL of the loot - over 60 items. Opening up the box, the comments repeated over and over are "Ooooh, look at this one" and "This one looks like a good one" and "Can I read this one now?" 

I left the room for a few minutes after we opened the box, and when I returned, sure enough, my daughter's nose was in one of the books that look most intriguing. 

Who can wait to start school with this many wonderful resources at hand? We'll be starting up as soon as I can read through my introductory notes for the Instructor's Guide. 

Thank you, Sonlight, for being a wonderful curriculum provider that excites both teacher and student!

6 month old baby


My baby girl has turned 6 months old! 

My 10-year-old likes to call those chunky legs "yams." There's no doubt this little one is packing on the pounds. She's over 18 pounds now and wonderfully healthy.

Growing Up


My kids are growing up, as all kids do. 

I took these pictures recently so we'll remember what they wanted to be when they grow up.

And we'll see how that plays out in 20 years. :-)

Father's Day


Happy Father's Day to the daddy in our home! 
What a great dad he is - not only providing for us, but loving on us all in such wonderful ways. 

He reads lots of great books to our son at night, but also throws the football around with him when he asks. 

He is helping our 10-year-old see herself as beautiful as he speaks God's truth into her life. 

And our 6-month old girly loves any time she gets to snuggle with him (or grab at his glasses or drool on him).

How I thank God for my kids' daddy! 

Reading Missionary Stories


I mentioned before that we have been reading some missionary biographies for our homeschool studies recently. Specifically, we've read about David Livingstone and Mary Slessor who both worked in Africa.

Reading missionary biographies was new to us, but we have really enjoyed it. We've since picked up another book about Amy Carmichael to continue reading about missionaries just for fun. These books opened up some wonderful dialog about missionary concerns. For example, we talked through the difficulties related to being married and raising a family on the mission field (a major issue for David Livingstone's adventurous and pioneering spirit). Mary Slessor (and Amy Carmichael) had to wrestle with English versus native dress, realizing that their traditional clothing could be a hindrance to the gospel. My daughter also asked about whether other religions have missionaries, which led to a great discussion of the Christian faith, the love and mercy and kindness of Jehovah God and how that contrasts with the gods of other religions. 

So again I thank Sonlight, our homeschool curriculum provider, who include wonderful stories like these to raise awareness of missions and missionary concerns, as we learn about history and geography along the way. 

Why We Love our Literature-Based Homeschool Curriculum


We homeschool. My 10-year-old daughter is just wrapping up 5th grade. We use a curriculum called Sonlight, which is heavy on reading good literature. 

Recently I was reminded of just why we love our Sonlight curriculum so much. 

We were in the middle of a study on Africa. We had read through two missionary biographies, both published by YWAM - David Livingstone and Mary Slessor. 

Both of these stories were fascinating. We learned about the climate and terrain in Africa, about wild animals there, and about the tense relationships between many indigenous African tribes.

Sonlight then had us read a book called A Long Walk to Water.

What a great (and TRUE) story this is! We learned about what is going on in modern-day Sudan and the introduction of wells to small villages in order to provide clean drinking water. After reading the book, my daughter wanted to learn more about the organization mentioned in the book. We checked out the website for Water for Sudan. Unprompted, my daughter wanted to send in a donation of her chore money to help provide more wells in Sudan. For a girl that struggles to show compassion, this was a huge change. 

Thank you, Sonlight!

Friends Visit


My good friend Kate has lived in California for the last 8 years. That's quite a distance from northern Indiana, so visits have been few and far between. 

But now her family is moving to Delaware. Yes, from one coast to another. While traveling across the country, they paid us a visit. What a joy to spend a few short hours with her and her family. 

In the above picture is Kate with her 9-month old Jenee and me with my almost 6-month old girl. Precious times sharing life together as our families grow.

A Boy and His Girl


 My son is 6 years old. He really wanted our recent baby to be a boy, but she's a girl. He's not too disappointed, though. He loves his little sister. 

He is super sweet to watch interact with her - bringing her toys, getting her to laugh, entertaining her with his antics. 

She just loves it and smiles so easily at him. It'll be neat to watch their relationship develop over time. 

Water Gun Fun


My boy. He's 6. He loves playing outside and he loves playing with water.

He's been asking Grandma K in Wisconsin to send him a squirt gun that he recalls seeing at her house during past visits. This week he was delighted to receive one such gun in a package from Grandma.

He quickly went outside to test it. I snuck out with another squirt gun and started a fight with him. I'm a sneaky mom like that. We had fun and I know I was speaking his love language :-)