there are always gifts

#77 - #98

my baby sleeping 7 hr., 9 hr, 11 hr! stretches at night
the ability to iron =)
Sunday's message
back into the running groove
time with my sister in law
how he pushes me along
an overworked tooth fairy
the Hammonds
no better father for my children
curriculum choices
my brother holding his baby
Thai food with the gals
roaming grandpa's farm
seeing my cousin and her boys from OR

just enough space in the back yard for a pool
happy baby with never ending smiles
drawing the Word
an organized school cabinet
wicker furniture painted
herbs finally planted


big things have been happening in the fam...like an engagement, a new baby and a dr. brother. 

note: not the dress she picked 


apple off the tree

        Mark Alan                                                        Elim Mark 

Yep, he was properly named.



See what kind of love the Father has given to us! 
that we should be called children of God; and so we are 
1 Jn.3:1



After scrambling out of the house early every morning for the past 2 weeks, we are so glad to be home today. VBS, Niche Kid's program, and swim lessons...sometimes I wonder how my kid's schedules are busier than mine? But they are my schedule. Is is possible to slow life down? To have calmer days without squandering them? There are so many little choices along the way that make up life. So many good things, yet too many leave you spinning.

What are the good things that the Lord wants from me? Day after day, my life our life.

Today there are chores to be done and simultaneous attitudes to work through. Leyla is emotional, Caden is limping, Chloe lost her front tooth, Elim is wearing his cloth diapers. It's all wonderful.

Most wonderful is, after we cross of our lists, we get to go to the hospital to meet
miss Helena Suzanne, our new cousin/niece!

As my mom said this morning, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Life ebbs and flows, but He is faithful always."


It's a bummer when your brother won't play wedding. 
He says it's boring and that he's never getting married. 
Instead, he's going to live on a farm with Gavin and have 99 dogs.


Elim did

Elim went to Little Rock for some grandparent love.
~In his daddy's baby clothes ~