For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16

Saturday, November 27, 2010

and many more...

happy 4th birthday, sunShine!!!!  daddy & mommy luv you!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving!

ladyBug, thanksgiving '06

happy thanksgiving to you!  happy thanksgiving to you!  happy thanksgiving dear you!  happy thanksgiving to you!  and many more...

with three birthdays in november around here, it is no wonder that we are in the "birthday" spirit during the thanksgiving holiday!

happy thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

a hiccup

without a doubt, every time i eat a piece of bread without first drinking something, i get the hiccups.  knowing not to and doing it anyway - i ate a piece of pumpkin bread this morning before drinking.  blessedly, ladyBug was near and came to my rescue.  "Mommy, get a glass of water and don't swallow until you are like this - works almost every time," says ladyBug as she is bending over and hanging her head upside down.  of course, i obeyed.  and to my surprise...it did work!

so, with a smile on my face and an inquisitive tone, i asked, "who told you about it?"  to which, she replied, "Dr. Oz!"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

a smile as small as mine

"They might not need me; but they might.  I'll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity."  ~Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"happy birthday sweetPea! happy 2nd birthday to you!"

Monday, November 1, 2010

a doctor, a nurse & the authentic patient

you wouldn't believe the number of people that thought we actually put him in the cast just for trick or treating!!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


our TaTa is coming today. there is sure to be lots of kissing!!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

in control

this time last week, we were...pacing the floor of a hospital room...watching our baby tackle a new challenge as he lay unable to move his lower body...looking strong on the outside...awake over 24 hours straight...thankful that uncomfortable chairs had provided some rest...staring in disbelief at the spica cast that hosted our baby...praising God our baby awoke from sedation...trying to decide when to pick up our girls and what to do with them next...listening to classical music set to nature scenes on the tv...thinking about and roughly planning the next six weeks...giving kisses and singing Jesus Loves Me countless times...keeping ourselves from being overwhelmed...praising God for only a broken leg...talking with orthopaedic doctors, residents, nurses, rehab specialists, and trying to process every word...looking at x-rays of our baby's right leg...making ourselves eat and drink to prolong the physical crash...spending time on the phone explaining and informing...consoling our baby as he whimpered...ordering a little of everything on the room-service menu not knowing what he might try to eat...learning all over again how to care for and travel with him…praising God for caring, loving, exceptional nurses...anticipating his first tinkle and then the release to go home...praying, crying, praying...thanking Him for being in control...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

days, hours, minutes

in 14 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes, sweetPea will no longer be a one year old...

and in 20 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes, ladyBug will begin the new journey as a 7 year old...

and in 38 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes, sunShine turns 4 years old and leaves the toddler years behind...

we praise you, Lord, for our loving miracles and every rich thing they bring into our lives!!!!

perfect parenting

"The only perfect parents are the ones without children!"
~Author Anonymous

Monday, October 18, 2010

once we were gone...

and now we are not!  we spent the last 8 or so days in FL. relaxing, conferencing, soaking up the sun, squeezing sand between our toes, watching sunsets & sailboats, and being entertained by dolphins, killer whales, sharks & seagulls, and a whole bunch more.

ladyBug said it so well, "we are glad to be going home but wish we could take the ocean with us!"

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

loving you, loving me

journal entry from 1-28-10

sunShine ran to me this afternoon after school, hugged my neck, and wouldn't let me go. She whispered in my ear, "i love you mommy!"

whoa, melt my heart!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


nowadays, we often feel...

and out-done.

so are the days of young parenthood x3!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

"Ring Around the Rosie"

sweetPea has renamed the classic, "Ring Around the Rosie," to Achee, Achee.

and sunShine sings it as...

"Ring around the rosie,
pock-a, pock-a posie,
ashes, ashes, all fall down!"

they both adore having their older sister lead them around while singing countless amounts of Achee, Achee!!!

monkey see...

just caught sweetPea with a screwdriver trying to lock the cover on the piano. yes, he got the screwdriver from the drawer all by himself!

we have a piano that dates back to the late 1800's. the piano came from hunny's family and was recently shared with us. when we first received the piano, hunny tried to lock the piano with a screwdriver in hopes that we would be able to keep little fingers from playing without supervision.

monkey see, monkey do, monkey get in trouble too!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010


do you ever wake up knowing the day will not go as you planned? not sure what that feeling is but you just know with every inch of your being that it will be one of those days!

well, that is the case for us today. nothing accomplished (with ease anyways), clean rooms to see them messy again, a whole bottle of chocolate sauce poured into a bowl-dripping down the side-onto the pantry shelf-onto the floor-and all over baby, more breakfast & lunch on the floor and table than in mouths, milk spilt, dog drool, dishes piled undone, poop diapers bigger and smellier, no cream, no sugar for coffee, baskets full of folded laundry, broken swings, missing blankets, and no rest in sight.

that pretty much sums up the day...and it is only 1:30 in the afternoon! pure exhaustion!!! pure joy!!! because i AM gonna miss this...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jelly Belly buddy

found in Google images
last night, sweetPea delighted in his first jelly belly occasion.

his little face lit up with the realization that he had never eaten one before.

he did really well! and it was hilarious to watch him chew and chew and chew and chew while holding his hand out for more.  

no eating Jelly Bellys now without my buddy beside me!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


journal entry from 1-27-10

nothing like a quick second in your life to "check" you. i woke sweetPea this morning and noticed blood in his crib. no visible sign of a cut on him. but there was blood on the sheet, pjs, blanket, and smeared across his face. so, of course, i called the doctor's office immediately.

the doctor's office told me "toddlers" at this age roll around and are rambunctious in their sleep. okay...i could take that he might be a little rambunctious, after all he is a boy, but what i couldn't take was my baby being called a toddler!

Friday, September 17, 2010


well, we had terminix come today and work on our "little" spider problem. if you missed the post about the spider, check it out here.

while i was explaining to the nice man where most of the problem was occurring, ladyBug popped in with firmness and said, "there is a mouse in my garage and spiders on my playground!!!"

the poor man just giggled and explained to her that he would definitely check on the mouse in the garage and fix the spider problem on the playground 'cause he definitely did not want spiders biting kids.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

i could not ask for more

by Sara Evans

These are the moments
I thank God that I'm alive,
These are the moments
I remember all my life.
I've found all I'm waiting for
And I could not ask for more.

I could not ask for more than this time together.
Could not ask for more than this time with you.
Every prayer has been answered,
Every dream I've had's come true.

Yeah right here in this moment,
Is right where I'm meant to be.
Here with you, here with me.


each friday the babes and i take a trip to our local library. sunShine calls it the "bi-bary!" it has become one of the most treasured times for me as a mommy.

the girls pick out their "for fun" books, and we always pick a couple of board books for sweetPea. i get all the needed books for our curriculum, and the girls pick out a movie for movie night.

getting to experience these moments was some of what i missed last year when ladyBug was at a conventional school. these sweet moments make the more difficult days of educating at home so worth it. 

i not only get to teach them library fundamentals like call numbers, quiet voices, and checking out, but i get to experience it, really experience it!

i am thankful for the opportunity to educate and mentor my children and for diving to a deeper level with them.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

super-silly style

one of our favorite past times is combing & styling hair...

even sweetPea is fancy on having his hair styled (much to daddy's dismay)! this particular time, he left his hair alone for hours.

ladyBug styled my hair the same way - glad she didn't want to take my picture!

sunShine has so much fun with styling hair. she belly-laughs when she sees her super-silly style in the mirror!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


author unknown

"fuzzy caterpillar climbing up a tree.
it wiggled long. it wiggled short.
it wiggled right at me.
i put him in a little box.
'don't go away,' i said.
but when i opened up the box,
it was a butterfly.
i could never make one, even if i tried.
cause only God in Heaven
can make a butterfly."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

hit the floor running

yesterday was the end to a short holiday for us. we took a break from the "real" world, 10 days spent away from educating at home and 5 days of rest from work. our time included lots of relaxing (as much as you can with three babies) and the enjoyment of just being together.

today, though, we hit the floor running, running head first into reality. daddy returned to crazy days at the office, the bambinos back to fun-packed days at school, and mommy back to the blessed duties of a homemaker and teacher. whew!!! i call dibs on an early bedtime...

fueling our tummies

heading out the door


Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Life grows lovely where you are."
~Mathilde Blind

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


a "friend" came over to play with us today...

Monday, August 30, 2010

the past month

over the past month or so, we've journeyed a new path as a family. and we've learned a little at a time about a lot. 

here are a few things we've experienced during the long and short of home education thus far - learning styles, unmeasurable amounts of patience, laughter, schedule changes, gratefulness, His grace, tremendous joy, putting our best foot forward, sweet togetherness, slower pace, endless possibilities.

Monday, August 23, 2010


sweetPea is VERY interested in the potty chairs that are sitting in the bathrooms. so interested that he follows us into the bathroom and pulls at his diaper saying, "Help me!"


today, he came running into the bathroom while i was helping his sister and yelled, "Tinkle! Tinkle! Tinkle!" like usual, i took off his diaper and sat him on the potty. he sits for a good amount of time, then gets up and goes back to whatever he was doing before.


but often things come when i'm not ready! so i will take this milestone s-l-o-w. enjoy the last child in diapers. and embrace his curiosity all the way.

did i mention - I'M NOT READY!?!

Friday, August 20, 2010

stomp, stomp, clap

we were learning about beats and how to clap a steady beat in our music lesson today. clap, clap, clap, clap - clap, stomp, clap, stomp - clap, clap, stomp. the babes liked the beat - stomp, stomp, clap - the best, so what was a momma to do but...

WE (stompstomp) WILL (clap
WE (stompstomp) WILL (clap
ROCK (stompstomp) YOU (clap)!!!

what do firefighters & eyes have in common?

when ladyBug was 3-yrs-old she learned to read her favorite books by memorizing the words and glancing at the pictures. her first book to read was a Little Golden Book Classic, The Fire Engine Book!

well, yesterday, sunShine proudly asked if i would listen to her as she read "all by myself." so, by memorizing the words and glancing at the pictures, she read to me The Eye Book, by Dr. Seuss! awesome job, sunShine!!!

wonder what book will fascinate sweetPea so much that he will have his first "all by myself" read...

Thursday, August 19, 2010


today, sweetPea attempted and mastered the art of climbing UP the slide. go, baby boy, go!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

love & trouble

"mommy, i love you because you get me in trouble!"