Tuesday, May 17, 2016


 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!!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Life with 4...

Whenever I see another family with more kids than I have, I always wonder...How do they do it? Even now with one more little one, it intrigues me. I'm sure there are many of us who ask the same question. Today I had two new ideas that I will be implementing into OUR family. Then it hit me, that is how we do it. One day at a time, one change at time, we adjust. Some days are crazy, some are easier, some are really hard and some are really good. This is life, it is about learning.
 That is how God wants me. Ready to learn, wanting to draw from His strength on the hard days, giving thanks even in the crazy, and enjoying the moments that we call life. These pictures are so random, but that is how our life is right now. I am learning that we always make time for what is important and what really matters to each of us.
 The dinosaurs are over taking my house! Today, I found one on top of my couch, guarding the pile of laundry and it made me laugh.
 Digging in the sand for dinosaurs with friends. These memories bring smiles to my face.
 I am thankful for this sassy girl. She always has a pose for the camera. She loves and forgives so unconditionally. She is teaching me.
 Jocelynne is so creative. This year she took extra time to make her letter to her Christmas friend special. She is realizing how much she has in life. I am humbled when I read her list of things she is giving thanks for this year:
*I have a warm house
*I have a good family
*My books, so I can read
*My toys I can play with
*Dad makes us laugh
*Mom makes good food. Yippy!
*My relatives
*I have good friends to play with.
 These two are always up to something. Playing on the book shelves, because mom still hasn't put the books back.
 Hey mom, I found "Chubby, chubby" That is what all worms are named.
Cuddles from Tia Julie.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jaron Isaac

We are so blessed that God has chosen to give us another precious life. Jaron Isaac joined our family Sept. 22nd at 6:55pm.
As with all of our kids we chose to wait and find out what our baby would be and pick out two names, one for a boy and one for a girl. Every time we have picked out a name for our children, one always seems to stand out more than the others. I think of in the Bible how people decided to name their children after certain experiences in life  or what they were going through at that specific time and ours have been no different. God has given each of our children to us with a special meaning.

Jaron means " to sing out" and its Hebrew origin means " the cry of rejoicing". I loved this name as soon as we found it and its meaning made it even more special. Nathaniel enjoys singing and he has requested almost every night a song to be sung before bed time. Many times we would end up singing many songs together as a family. It was a very special bonding time for all of us and our kids all have loved it. One night after singing together all of us watched as baby Jaron moved around inside my belly as if to say, "I like this too".

For me it has a special personal meaning. As many of you know, our Nathaniel came into this world weighing a very big 10 lbs. 11 oz.  There were many nights toward the end of my pregnancy with Jaron, that I was up at night praying, asking God for this baby to come before it was also too big. One of these nights the only verse that kept coming to mind was Ps. 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
I said it over and over until I fell asleep. It comforted my soul. The next morning I woke up feeling rested, but discouraged. Nothing had happened. It is amazing how quickly we can go from trust to doubt, but that very next morning He reminded me once again at church,

You are the strength of my heart
You are the strength of my heart
I can rely on You, I can rely on You
You are the joy of my life
There is no one as true
Jesus I trust in You
The words jumped off of the screen at me and I was flooded with conviction and peace once again.
I wish I could say it only took a couple reminders for me to trust His timing, but there were many.
Every reminder, however only affirmed that the name we had picked out was truly a perfect fit and we would be having a boy.
There are a few times in life where time itself seems to stand still for a moment. One of them is when your child enters the world. Once again God gave me peace and strength as our midwife, without request put on some background music when I was in labor.
I was not surprised, when I first saw him. God is good and there were cries of rejoicing. We love you Jaron Isaac!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A new season... new beginnings...a new adventure...

 Its that time of year, when our kids go back to school. Bittersweet to say goodbye to summer and all the fun of having them home and just doing whatever. It was nice to hear Jocelynne say that she did not want summer to end on the first day of school. Her sassy new haircut says it all, she is growing up so fast. I want to hold on to every last bit of childhood with her and yet, she is beginning a new season.
 Emily, has been so excited to start happy hearts. I miss having her home too, but its been good for her to have some of her own time away. Lately she has been asking me to not walk her into the building. "You stay here mom", she says, and my heart cries a little. She too is spreading her wings and it is good, it is a new beginning.
 The last weekend it was still nice and felt like summer we headed over to Ephrata. We like their parks and enjoyed a little ice cream at DK's.
 This girl always has a pose for us.
 And then...Jaron finally made his entry into the world. Thus beginning a new adventure for our family. We get the question, "how is it?" Today my answer was, "Fun and crazy all at the same time."
 I love these next two photos. Nathaniel is probably having the hardest time with all these new changes. Both of his sisters are in school, he packs his back pack with all of his trains and begs to go with them. He does love his new little brother, but doesn't want to share his mommy time. So we are trying to make time for some fun activities together, just me and him.
...and some brother snuggles.