Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Skid-loader Birthday!

This little guy turned 2 last month!
He is full of energy, very determined and can communicate almost as well as his sister!
{For some reason, I thought little boys didn't talk much. He didn't get that memo!}

He is ALL boy, and getting to ride the tractor, four wheeler or skid loader 
pretty much makes his day. 
But for the moment, the skid loader is his favorite.
So it was easy to decide on a theme!

Oreo cookies make a wonderful dirt pile!

He doesn't look impressed, but trust me, he was.

We had burgers on the grill with toppings...man food.

At one week old, baby Liam was the guest of honor!

Sneaking in a kiss 

She calls herself a "sister-cousin". Pretty much the cutest thing ever!

He snuck some food off of Papa's plate. 

Those baby blues!

The kiddos are always up for a party!

This kid loves to swing...so much, in fact, that I almost hate starting because he doesn't see the need to stop!

Blowing out the candles is a pretty big deal, at least in his sister's mind! 

Make a wish!

He has a major sweet tooth, just like his parents :)

A wagon from Auntie Jess & Uncle Craig

Part of her sisterly role is helping to open presents.
It's an important job!

His gift from Mommy & Papa...wait for it...a skid loader!

It's a prized possession indeed.

There was ball playing with Papa

and running through the sprinklers that his friend Makayla gave at dusk!
It was a fitting celebration for our little guy.

We love you, Nicholas Edward!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Child Shall Lead Them

It was one of those days. I had plenty of things to cross off of my to-do list, and was anxious for a nap but a certain toddler had no interest in taking one. Apparently, his 20 min snooze while riding with his Papa was just enough to keep his busy little self going. A drive around the neighborhood made his sister nod off, but he chattered away in the backseat.
The afternoon flew by with preparations for a trifle I was supposed to take, and a devotional I was asked to give at a combined baby/bridal shower for my sisters-in-law that evening. After bathing, dressing and combing the children (and myself), I gathered sippy cups, gifts, notes and my dessert. In the middle of it all, the kiddos escaped outside and started playing. I was so irritated! The last thing I needed was dirty children that needed a change of clothing! I hollered at them to come get in the vehicle, impatient to get going. I knew I wasn't being kind and I felt sorry about that, but frustration ruled. We got loaded up and headed back the lane to pick up a sister-in-law, while guilt plagued my mind. I knew I needed to make things right with my children for how I mis-handled the last few (frustrating) hours. I told them that I was sorry for how I spoke and asked for their forgiveness, which they readily gave!
Everything went smoothly at the shower, and before long we were on our way home again. Somehow, the subject came up again and Hadassah said "You shouldn't be frustrated! That isn't a good mother!" Her words were like a knife to my heart. I knew it was true, and it hurt deeply to know that my actions hurt her! But I wasn't prepared for what happened next. She volunteered to pray for me "right here in the vehicle"! And she did. It was the sweetest prayer, asking God to bless me and help me not to be frustrated and make me a good mother. She said something silly and then giggled, while I sniffed and wiped some tears from my eyes.
God met me there that night, in the heartfelt prayer of my child. Sometimes, He uses a child to lead me.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

10 Things I Learned in May

1. My husband earned himself several brownie points for getting me these gorgeous hanging baskets!

 2. Walmart gets a few things right; they nailed it with these comfy skirts!

3. Sometimes, when it is the hardest to create, the finished product is the most rewarding.

4. This baked oatmeal recipe - featuring apples, pecans and craisins - is one of the very best

5. This little guy is crazy about riding the lawn mower. It has doubled up as his naptime more than once!

6. Watering the flowers is an important job around here.

7. Watermelon is the sweetest when you eat it in the hayfield.

8. Home Goods is one of my happy places. I'm still mad at myself for not buying one of these pillows!

9. Strawberry picking with the kiddos is a great way to make memories, as long as you have someone along to chase your busy toddler!

10. Flower crowns are adorable. So are the little people that wear them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

10 Things I Learned in March

1. Housecleaning is one of the jobs I dread the most, but I also get the most satisfaction from. This year, it seemed to take so.much.longer. than I remembered! Are we done yet?!

 2. Winter eventually loses the battle. Hallelujah!

3. After several days with sick children, I developed a whole new level of appreciation for the Curious George show. Anything I can enjoy watching along with my kids gets my approval!

4. The creation of photo books can become an addiction, especially when you have entire years of photos that haven't been printed yet! But I'm making progress, and that's what counts, right?

5. Short people have a hard time running as fast as tall people. At least, that's my excuse!

6.I am a work in progress; He isn't finished with me yet!

7. My kiddos are my entertainment. They say some of the funniest things, and I can't help myself: I just laugh uncontrollably! Does that make me a bad mom?

8. Life has no guarantees. Recently, a mama only two years older than me passed away suddenly, leaving 4 little children behind. I have today, and that is all I am promised.

9. Sometimes - even though it pains me to admit it - husbands are right. Like the business conference he suggested we attend, which was absolutely life-changing! (And yes, I told him he was right.) 

10. The statement "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" doesn't apply to homemade cheesecake.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

10 Things I Learned in January

Yes, it's almost the end of February, and yes, I'm just now writing a post about what I learned in January. Maybe "not to procrastinate" will be on my February list but I'm not making any promises! I feel like I was in a funk for the last month and just couldn't find anything worth writing. Today, I was inspired. So I wrote.

1. Black bean brownies are edible, but they just don't taste like the real thing. I joined a friend in a "sugar fast" for the month of January, and that pushed me to make some changes in our diet, and find healthy alternatives for my sweet cravings. My husband really liked the black bean brownies with milk, but I wasn't crazy about them! Spinach berry smoothies were one of my go-to foods. Serious yum!

  2. IKEA is still one of my favorite places to shop at. I love that we've made it a yearly tradition. It's quite obvious when I see my bill. (gulp) And getting to find places to put all my treasures? So.fun.

3. Old barn wood has so many fun uses! My Dad salvaged this piece for me and I used it to make an inspiration board. The best part is getting to change it up whenever the mood strikes!

4. Nothing beats the taste of fresh sausage and bacon. 

5. Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is just letting them know that you care, and that you are praying for them. 

6. Bath fizzies can turn the worst day into the best. My friend and I bought some at this adorable shop in Savannah, and they will change your life. Or your day. Or both!

7. Ballerina classes were one of the most precious things I've ever seen. Hands down. And my little ballerina's enthusiasm was contagious. She LOVED it!

8. January can actually be one of the most insane months of the year. This one was! 

9. Feeding baby calves is a form of entertainment when you live on a farm. 

10. No matter how difficult and painful life can be, I know that God has a plan. And that plan is GOOD.

What did you learn in January?