Tuesday, July 29, 2014

She Won't Remember

She won't remember all the times I looked at her tiny face and found hope,
she won't recall all the times I whispered words of love into her ear as she fell asleep.
She won't remember the times I had to tell her "no" and stood outside with longing to save her from the struggle.
She won't remember all the prayers spoken over her bed for her to find the Lord.
She won't remember her first bite of ice cream or meatloaf.
She won't remember... but I will.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Growing and Changing Each Day

Romy likes to watch the big kids through the door.  She already wants to be a part of their madness.  

We got this walking toy out and Romy really loves it.  Look out world!

Gwen and Zeke have been working on legos.  They have quite elaborate descriptions, but for the life of me, I can't recall it all to tell here.  Just know that they are ships and have all the bells and whistles.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

10 1/2 months

You see this angel?  I've officially nursed her the longest of my children.  She is a daily reminder of God's grace to me.  The gluten free diet I am on is helping me and I'm feeling good.  I. can't. get. enough. of. her!!
She can now wave, clap and say bye bye, da da, mama and understands "no."  (and she doesn't like it)

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Letting Go

I've been rummaging through some old papers lately.  I found this in the mix and liked it once again:

Let Go and Let God

As children bring their broken toys
with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God,
because He was my friend.
But the, instead of leaving Him
in peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help,
with ways that were my own.
At last, I snatched them back and cried,
"How can you be so slow?"
"My child," He said.
"What could I do?
You never did let go."

Saturday, July 05, 2014

4th Of July

I personally can't get enough of these bike pictures so I know you can't either.  They are both riding without training wheels, so they have really ridden a lot this summer. 

Wind through the hair... this is childhood!

4th of July with friends.  Last year I was big and pregnant.  My friend said "this time next year you'll almost have a one year old."  Little did we know she would also add to her family and have a newborn there!

Those eyes!

That face!

Romy and daddy

Baby Callahan and Daddy

Glow bracelets

Cutie is standing up and looking out the window now.  She is such a joy to us!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Summer Projects and Singing Fun

Recently Ben and I sold the outdoor furniture we had in the back.  It was getting to crowded, too moldy, and it stayed wet forever.  We bought a picnic table and Ben put it together and sanded it and stained it.  He enjoyed the project and last night we ate dinner out in the back yard.  It was super nice.  I love having a man that is handy! Now that we got all the furniture moved we will repaint the back deck.  

Gwen is making a heart with her hands.  She did that on her own.  Zeke thinks it's funny to have his mouth open in every picture I guess.

Remember the free wooden filing cabinet that Ben got for me on the side of the road?  Well, I had some leftover stain from a desk I redid a few years ago and so I stained the filing cabinet to better match our desk.  I was happy with the result.

Now for our kitchen table.  I'm going to strip it and repaint it in some way... not sure what yet.  I'm thinking it will be lots of work... but for now we're enjoying the picnic table.

Ben made this planter for our front yard.  We did have rocks there around the tree, but the neighborhood kids and our kids would play with them and move them and they became a mess.

Zeke made up this song about bugs on the spot.  He is a really funny kid.

Gwen and Zeke singing the national anthem.  Interesting!!  Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Books My Family Loves

We enjoy reading to our kids.  We're just now getting into chapter books with Gwen.  These books below are for young readers (5 and under) and we have loved them.  I'm picky about children's books.  I like the ones that aren't TOO wordy, and either are amusing or clever or sweet.  However, after 14,000 books on animal babies I can not bare any more of those.  Something I noticed when I compiled a list of favorites here... lots of barnyard books.  Is this because I was raised on a farm myself?  Maybe.  Here's our household list of favorites:

Mr. Brown Can Moo!  Can you? - Dr. Seuss.  I love to hear Ben do all the sounds of this book.  It makes me laugh.

The Jolly Barnyard- by Annie North Bedford, Illustrated by Tibor Gergely
A classic.  I love how the animals team up and think of ways they can give to the farmer= sweet!

Give that back, Jack! A cautionary tale. by Phil Roxbee Cox, illustrated by Jan McCafferty
A recent favorite.  It is like "the boy who cried wolf" because in the end it ends tragically with Jack getting eaten by a snake.  My kids love that.

Mr. Wishy-Washy and Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
Love both of these.  Short read and they are so cute!

Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan, illustrated by Brenda Clark
This is an adorable book for winter time!!

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David A. Adler, illustrated by Robert Casilla
I first thought this book was funny because it has illustrated pictures of the KKK in here and I thought "who in their right minds would read this to their kids right before bed?  It is scary!"  I did eventually read it to my kids and they absolutely loved it.  They found it very interesting that people treated people differently purely because of the color of skin.  In the process I was truly inspired by this American hero. (and they weren't scared of the KKK picture)

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Felicia Bond
This is the same author of "Goodnight Moon".  I love this one more because the pictures are so beautiful and show the sky getting darker and darker like in "Goodnight Moon."  What can I say?  I'm a sucker for barnyard themes.

Birds by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
I love this book mainly because the illustrations are beautiful and the words are thoughtful.

Snowie Rolie by William Joyce
This one is different from the average book and really captured the imaginations of my kids.  It's just plain fun!

Going to Sleep on the Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, pictures by Juan Wijngaard
Ok, this is in my top two for favorites.  I know, I know... a farm scene again.  These illustrations are GORGEOUS!!

Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini, illustrated by Henry Cole
My kids love this book and I catch them looking at the pictures a lot.  They can't figure how this moose uses his mustache to make a Christmas tree.

When I'm Sleepy by Jane R. Howard, illustrated by Lynne Cherry
This is the other one that is in my top two.  I love love love the illustrations.  I picked this one up in a thrift store and I'll never let it go!

Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by John Butler
These illustrations are beautiful and this story is so sweet you just about burst.

Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt
I love this funny book!  I think it is brilliant.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Ok, this is a classic and I love it so much!!

The Big Snowball by Wendy Cheyette Lewison (same as Going To Sleep on the Farm), illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
I love this book because it has pictures for some of the words and Gwen can "help" me read.  It's a cute and amusing story.

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood
This has got to be one of the kid's favorites.  We've about worn this book out!  They think it's just hilarious and love the suspense of not knowing if the bear is coming.

In a People House by Theo. LeSieg, illustrated by Roy McKie
It's a fun book and kids learn lots of vocabulary in it.  It's fun to read.

I hope this gives you some new suggestions of books to look out for in the library.  I know my kids are enjoying reading this summer so far.  I hope yours are too!! :)  Please comment and let me know one of your family favorites.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


We are so fortunate to have an active neighborhood full of friends and fun for our kids.  

She loves drinking from adult cups.

Hum... is she thinking or just being adorable?