Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lukas' Art

Here are a few of Lukas' most recent works of art. His seem to be from the Christmas season. Better late than never!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Snow Buddies

It's been fun to spend a little more time outside this winter with "The Littles". Last year, Hanna wasn't feeling well and didn't care to go outside much. And Drew was a tad too young to really enjoy much time out in the snow. Hanna still doesn't care to be out for a long time, but Drew would rather not come back in at all!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


The day a pile of artwork comes home from school with one of the kids, is one of my favorite. The kids' art teacher is just great and her ideas are too. Here are some of the pieces from Derek's most recent pile.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I know how wrong this is, but...

If Hanna finds herself in need of some time on the time-out chair, Drew feels quite sad about not having his own time on the chair once she's finished. It's probably not a great idea to let him think that it's a good place to be, but how do you say no to this face? It's become his spot in the evening too when I'm making dinner and he needs me so bad, or so he thinks. Who knew a chair could solve the problem of crying at my feet while I'm trying to get something done!?! If you have a clinger, I'd suggest giving it a try.

See how he likes the chair?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hello, China?

Drew loves, LOVES the telephone. It was becoming a problem so we got him his own toy telephone. This was no ordinary toy telephone. It's super cool! It makes lots of different noises. It lights up. The big kids love to play with it. Drew does not. He still really loves the real telephone. Here you can see that I gave in to his very precious request to hold it. He is pretty sweet. I just have to make sure to push "end" often so that he's not calling China or something.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

...soon to be so amazing...

The video for this song is not the greatest but I LOVE the song itself. We heard Selah perform it live at a benefit concert for Bethany Christian Services. I've heard it a few times on the radio since then. I just love it! In light of some really tough situations for some people I love very much, I'm posting it here. I love where the song says, "these are the places where grace is, soon to be so amazing!", and also, "when anything that's shattered is laid before the Lord, just watch and see, it will not be unredeemed."


Monday, February 8, 2010

Like Music to My Ears...

Sunday at lunch, Lukas was having one of his very deep-thoughts-type talks. These crack me up. He is a thinker. He has a brain like his dad's. Sometimes I can trace how the cranks turned, and other times, not so much. He was asking Derek if he could hear him and see him when they are far apart. I don't know if Lukas thinks he has some kind of super powers or what it was that triggered this discussion but he was very serious about it. He's the sweet, trusting kid who believes everything he's told. So maybe it was a "suggestion" from a friend at church.

Now, Derek is a very logical and practical kind of guy. He's long been too mature for make believe. He's never even once played along with our attempts at doing the tooth fairy thing. He's only nine, but this is the way he is. He's also the kid who just "gets" people. He reads body language. He knows when someone is upset or sad. He also has a gift for acting accordingly. If you need a hug, he gives it. If you seem frazzled, he helps to calm the situation. If another child doesn't catch a ball well, he adjusts his throw so he or she can catch it. You get the picture. So, I was curious to see how this conversation would go.

After understanding just what it was Lukas was asking of him, Derek gave Chris and I the knowing-eye-with-grin which means he can't really believe his brother just asked what he asked. Everyone knows that it would be impossible. But it also means he's planning to humor his brother because he doesn't want to hurt his feelings. What came out of his mouth next, is one for the memory books.

He explained that it wouldn't really be possible for one human being to see or hear another from far away unless they had a camera or a two-way. But then he said, "but when I sleep over somewhere else, I can feel you in here (pointing to his heart)". And then his eyes got a little teary!

I'm going to try very hard to remember this conversation every time the two of them argue or fight...which can be often.

It truly was sweet music to my ears.....

Saturday, February 6, 2010

How to Know When You've Found Mr. Right:

Here's a pretty good indicator:

You wake up on a Friday morning. I would never do this, but let's say you're wearing sock monkey pajamas and your hair is a fright. You've got the same stuff on your agenda as most other changing poopy diapers, reading (or quoting from memory) the same stack of books you read every day and maybe picking macaroni and cheese from the curly, long hair on your dog. You've got no amazing plans for the weekend. You're pretty much on autopilot when you head to the kitchen to get some coffee. You belly-up to the coffee pot when you notice a suspicious white envelope resting against your coffe cup. You open the envelope and are amazed and thrilled by what you find there. Your thoughtful, loving husband has planned a weekend getaway for just the two of you and has made arrangements for each of the children to be cared for in your stead. Woo hooooooooooo!!!!! This, friends, is how you can be sure he's the one!!!!

On a side note: You can also be very sure you've got the right friends when they are more than willing and more than capable of caring for your children in your stead.

"Blessed" just doesn't cut it.....

Thursday, February 4, 2010


I'm wondering if it's ok and/or biblical to be proud of a person or people whom aren't your children or yourself. I mean, it's normal to be proud of your children when they exhibit behavior that demonstrates something you've been trying to instill in them. And growing up I remember teachers and coaches telling me that I should be proud of something I worked hard to accomplish, and I did feel proud of myself. But is it abnormal to feel proud of a friend? It seems strange to me to be feeling this way about my friends. But I don't know another word at the moment to describe what I feel. Chris and I have had the privelege recently to be front-row spectators to some pretty amazing faith in action. It's a special place to be when you get to watch someone you love act on a call from God and to follow through all the way to the end even when it's not easy! I'm blessed to be surrounded by people who are willing get out of the boat. I'm PROUD to call them my friends! And I'm proud of them for answering the call! To God alone be the glory!


Our good friends, the Harts, are enroute as I type to Ethiopia to meet and bring home their two new sons. You can find their blog HERE. Please join me in praying for a safe trip and blessed first meeting.