Thursday, April 28, 2016


I've come to the conclusion that no matter what time of year, it's busy.
I used to think there was a busy season, and a slower season, but ~ no.
I think there *was* a slower season . . . and that was when I had two children, and they were tiny.
But these days time seems to fly right out the window ~ full months zooming by.
I try, desperately, to hold on to the moments, but I can't.
So I embrace the busy.
It means we're healthy, happy, and moving forward.

For those who have been praying for my brother, THANK YOU!

He is doing well, Praise the Lord!

We got to spend some time with him a couple of weekends ago ~  visiting, and enjoying some great food.
 Kiddos got to play.

And we all got to soak up some gorgeous sunshine.

It was wonderful.


And these two . . .
A girl and her Gramps.
 They sure do have a great time together ♥
 ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~

In other news, did I mention that we have a calf?
Yeah, that's kind of random.
On Makenna's birthday {back in February}, a day-old calf whose mama didn't want him, came to live with us.  And this little guy has completely stolen our hearts.

We cuddled him, built him a sanctuary, bottle fed twice daily . . .

And after more than two months, little man has been moved in with his big "sisters".

And he's doing just fine.

This was the look on all our faces when we found him eating hay with the big cows:

He's like, "Yeah, I got this"
 Sweet little guy. He's growin' like a weed.

I guess that's the theme here, isn't it?
Everyone's growing, changing, learning new things.

No babies reside here anymore.

{Excuse me while I go have a good cry}.

And life moves on.

We're back to overcast skies, and raindrops falling.
We're all ready for Summer vacation,
and a BREAK from homeschool.
Time to just BE with each other.
We're almost there.
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Just a few more weeks, and a day of state testing, and we're DONE!
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Sunshine

We've really had a very nice Spring.  Or, at least, nice by Oregon standards.
We can always count on an abundance of rain.

That's what keeps us so green {I have to repeat this to myself over and over again when I want to cry looking at all the drizzle}.

But I think all that rain also makes me more appreciative of the sun.
 Because when it shines, it is the most glorious thing!
 It just changes a mood, doesn't it??
 We're all happier when we get out into the fresh air,

and can run free!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sunny Days at Wooden Shoe

 In between the hospital trips, we got to get out and enjoy a little bit of this glorious
sunshine God has been blessing us with.

Our first priority was making it to Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm for the annual Tulip Festival.
The girls hadn't been for a couple of years, so it was definitely time for a visit.
 I planned the outing carefully, choosing a Thursday morning {weekdays ~ us homeschoolers always plan our outings for weekdays so as not to run into the massive crowds}.

I knew it would be clear and sunny {not the greatest conditions for photographs, but beautiful weather to get out and enjoy the fields}.
 What I was *not* expecting was that everyone in Oregon would have the exact same idea!
There were, literally, thousands of people there.
You may not be able to tell from the photographs, but it was CROWDED.
 Take note:  Miss Taylor is *smiling*!!  That was one of the very few smiles we got that day. 
You'll see . . .
 The colors were gorgeous. It is such a beautiful sight to see!
 Oh! There it is. 
That was Miss Tay's face almost the entire day. 
Actually, that's Miss Tay's face most days.

It's rough being four.
 After a couple of hours I was ready to escape the crowds, but I was so glad we went.
What are your favorite places to visit?

And if you're dying for more tulip pics, here's some fun memories from years past:




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Monday, April 11, 2016


It has been a rough couple of weeks around here.

March is a difficult month for us every year. 

We lost Justin four years ago, but the wounds are still so fresh.

And then, on April 3rd, just days after the anniversary of the accident, we got news

that my brother had suffered a massive heart attack.

To the hospital we went:


There has been a lot of prayer. 
A lot of waiting.
A lot of driving {the hospital is an hour away}
A lot of hand holding.
A lot of tears.
A lot of praise.
A lot of recovery.

I won't go into all the details, but if you pray, we would love prayers.
This will be a long journey back to health.

 {A little view out one of the hospital balconies}
 We've had good days too.  And I'll post about those soon.

Days of sunshine, and tulips, and nature walks, and family.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter Fun!

 Oh we had such a fabulous Easter!

It started out all beautiful and sunshiny.

The girls hunted for eggs at home,

and found their baskets.

Then it was off to church.

Littlest Miss busily colored ♥

During the service, the skies opened up and it poured!  My MIL and I gave each other "the look" because ~ obligatory Easter photos!

But just like magic, the sermon concluded, the rain stopped, and some sun peeked through.


Look how adorable ~ Grandma coordinated perfectly with the girls!

And we ended the day with an egg hunt and YUMMY dinner at my mom and dad's.
 How did you spend your Easter??

Hope it was a lovely day! ♥
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Monday, March 28, 2016

To The Beach We Go!

 Last weekend, we headed to the beach for another fun trip! 

In the words of Jeremy's friend: "You guys should just buy a beach house, you're there so often!"
And we kinda are.  I love the beach so much.  I just feel at peace there.

But this trip was different.
A little extra special.

It was a gift to Jeremy's grandparents ~ a weekend at the beach with EVERYONE.

I'm going to be real: I was a little nervous.
I struggle with anxiety just leaving the house.
Car trips of any kind leave me with all sorts of stomach issues.
Add to that 29 people in one beach house for the weekend . . . I was nervous.
That Tay would throw up the entire drive there
{this happens often, so not a completely ridiculous fear}
That I would forget something.
That the meal I was in charge of was going to suck.
And all of the ridiculous things I fear every day.

But, set out we did!

We had games and activities for the car prepped,

Kindles charged,

And we got to stop for a buffet-lunch at a restaurant over-looking the ocean!

We even got to stop at a light house to grab a few photos.

Then we settled in.

Explored some amazing tide pools:
 And got some fun beach time with all the cousins.
We ate meals together,
played games,
colored eggs,
made crafts,
stayed up WAAAAAAY past our bedtime.
It was one of the happiest trips we've ever had.
I'm so glad we were able to go.
And I realized something:
It is a task to get that many people together in one place, at one time.
It requires sacrifice.
It takes planning, re-arranging of schedules, working together.
But it is worth it!
Every moment was a memory made.
A precious gift to be able to spend time with those who mean so much.
Tomorrow isn't promised, so make time today!
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