Thursday, July 7, 2016

May...

Its that time of year when school is almost done, but not quite. End of the school year activities, the smell of fresh cut grass, longer days and evenings by the fire pit. I don't know about you, but I am ready for summer to be here! 

 Happy 8 months Jaron! Your smile brings everyone joy!


This sweet girl turned 5! Wow, how can that be?
Oh, Emily...you spice things up, you are all in whatever you are doing and you have such a great imagination!  We love your hugs and kisses! We had so much fun celebrating you and Grandma! You are both amazing blessings!!!
I love this picture of my mother in law.  She has such a positive out look on life and a beautiful smile! She also has MS, but I have never heard her once complain about it. Thank you Lord for this amazing woman and the blessing she is to all of us! My kids are so blessed to have her as their grandma!

Jay was getting ready for his trip to Africa, but he took this curious boy on a little adventure hike. I love seeing the pictures they bring back.
 We were invited to this little cuties house. Isn't she a doll? She showed us around the farm.

 We helped feed the bucket calves! What fun!
 The kids also had fun in a big tractor tire and a pile of rocks.
 We also got to visit the chickens.


 Some fun at the park before Jay left on his trip to Africa.

Most of my pictures are highlights from this past month, usually that is what we all want to remember...the good times. While I do want to remember the good and fun times, there are days and moments that have been so hard for me these past few months. I prayed, clung to Jesus and had so much support from dear friends. I recently found this picture while thrifting. It immediately jumped out at me and I snatched it up. It was a gentle reminder to me that I can choose to find JOY in this journey of motherhood, that HE is my joy! At first when I counted the little birds on the line, I paused. Although I have four little ones in my care, and often get overwhelmed in that. He is taking care of my fifth. Thank you Father for this sweet reminder. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

April

 This month brought beautiful weather, some fun little getaways and surprise visit from grandparents!
The lilacs were in full bloom during my parents visit. It also was my Grandma Ardath's birthday. Thanks to my friend Sharon for sharing a few of her blooms with me so I could give them to my mom.
 Jaron loves texture. On our visit to a Seattle beach he sat and played with these rocks for quite awhile.
 Nathaniel loved watching these trains. The bridge down to the beach went right over these tracks. So fun!
 Dad found a few old fishing rods at a garage sale. He fixed them up and took the kids to the fish hatchery. Great memories made there!


 We took a little Sunday drive to Sun Lakes area. The weather was so beautiful. Seeing these family of geese was a treat for all.
 Em is growing up so much. This girl has determination and a tender heart. Love her.
 7 months old. Jaron is so curious. He loves watching his siblings play and daddy time.
 Love this picture.
Time to enjoy our hammock.

Springtime, blooms and remembering....

 I love it when these miniature daffodils start blooming, spring is on its way! The kids got so excited this year. Every time a new flower bloomed they would call me to come look. It made me think of how much my Grandma Ardath loved flowers. It has been a year since she has passed. I miss her. I am grateful for all the things she taught me. I am also grateful that this is the time of year He chose to have her go. Its as if all is in full bloom celebrating her life.
This little guy is getting bigger and bigger! 6 months old, so much fun, two teeth and so many smiles he brings each day!
 March is also the month my Grandma Betty went home to be with Jesus. I was grateful to get her candy jar. She always offered us candy when we came over and so I filled it with lemon drops this year in her honor. This is just a little box of goodies I made...lemon drops included. :)
 Jocelynne has always been a big fan of themed parties. We were invited to a Star wars birthday and she chose to be Rey...so to the thrift store we headed to find a few things to throw together.
 This is what we came up with - an old belt, an adult sized capri and a long sleeve shirt.
 Sew a few seams...and this is what we came up with. The birthday was really fun.
Not to be out done, Emily poses with a costume borrowed from a friend.
 The kids and I put together this tomb made from rocks in the yard and a small old pot on its side covered with dirt and moss. You can't see, but there are sins written on most of them. They are gray and dirty. We talk about why Jesus died for us. I forgot to take a picture of this same tomb on Easter morning. I changed most of the rocks for white ones symbolizing that He washes us white as snow, some butterflies and other animals all around symbolizing new life. He IS RISEN!

Monday, March 7, 2016

February flew by...

 We were so excited to find out that Jocelynne was awarded Roaring Reader for this quarter! She has been so diligent and worked hard at being a better reader.
 The weather has been so nice that we have gone to the park a few times already! Spring is on the way...and its so nice to think about warmer weather.
 Jaron is 5 months old! So we celebrated. He is such a social interactive little guy. We love him and the joy he brings to our family.
 This month I was able to be a part of hosting for our women's luncheon. It was so much fun! I wish I had more pictures of all the amazing decorations and fun season themes. I picked Spring to decorate with and including some fun finds of milk glass and pewter while thrifting. All the ladies that spoke were so great and above all God was in it!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

January 2016

Wow, this first month just flew by! I have a goal this year to blog more, as a way of virtually scrapbooking our lives. Something I want to spend more time doing, but you know when there are 4 little ones to attend to it does take a back seat these days. So here are some of the high lights...

We enjoyed Christmas break so much! Especially all the snow. This is the first time there has actually been enough to build a fort. The kids loved it! We also did a little tubing.


This girl turned 9! WOW, time is flying by. She is growing so much as a person. Finding her way in this world, being such a great big sister, persevering and conquering challenges in school. She loves reading and is into a few different series. We are so proud of her! We celebrated with some friends at
the ice rink and served up hot cocoa.




















This little guy is growing so much! We love his smiles and giggles.


Emily loves her time at preschool she comes home with something new every day. She was trying to tell me about one of her teachers, "you know mom, that one, she is favorite, but ssshh, don't tell"




















And this guy cracks me up. He wants to ride a diesel steam engine. :) He has big plans for his year!


My year could not have started out better with the love and care from these friends who give of themselves with wild abandon and celebrate life with me. So blessed!!!