Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Good morning!


A few days ago I was telling the kids about the acromion process and the deltoid muscle in regards to the question of how I know where to give shots. I pulled out one of my very favorite anatomy books, to show them what it looks like under our skin. The book has quickly become a house favorite. Grady calls it "the skeleton book". As he thumbs through the pages, I explain the basics of how things are connected, their functions and how they work.

This morning the girls were up bright and early. Bella came down with Bryan's Bible, continuing where she left off in Genesis.

Happy Wednesday to ya!
Have a great day!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Life together.

This is one of my very favorite quotes.
“In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Lately I've been thinking so much about who we, as a family, spend our time with.  When the choice is ours, who do we choose to surround ourselves with? Is it with fellow parents that encourage us to make right choices, is it older friends that smile and say "yep, I've been there, this to shall pass, and enjoy those moments now while you have them"? Is it mamas that share in each other struggles, is it an invitation to a family dinner or a lunch out after church?

"Hey baby, can I hitch a ride?"

Sometimes life can be hard. Sometimes our children are sick, or our husbands are working, or our daughter cuts a chunk of her hair out and throws a bowl of salsa on our dress in the middle of a restaurant... And sometimes I'm tired. Sometimes I would just love a little peace and quiet. And sometimes when I hear my name being shouted across the house because so & so took my such & such, I just don't care. Truly. I don't.

The point is, that life can be hard, and it is not meant to be lived alone. We need people to walk with us. We need friendships. We need encouragement and understanding. And we need to be saying to each other, "hang in there, you're doing a good job".

This summer, a bunch of mamas and children from our church have gotten together at least once a week, to hang out and share a little of our lives. We've done parks, and picnics, and splash pads and swimming pools. We've been purposeful in how we spend our days and our time, and with whom we spend our days and our time.

 This past week, we had a little water day party to celebrate our friendships and the summer. There was a slip and slide, a baby pool, a water balloon fight, beach bingo, a huge rain storm, and lots and lots of delicious food!


As we go through this life together, we celebrate the life we've been given and the people that God has brought into our lives. We celebrate birthdays, and new babies, new jobs, and new homes, and we celebrate that this little boy that has been seizure free for one year.


And we do our best, to do our best. To all of you parents out there trying to raise well behaved, mannerly children, who show respect and kindness and love, keep up the good work. It's hard, and you're not alone.

And to our friends that we share our lives with, you guys are great parents. We are so blessed to call you our friends. Your children are a wonderful reflection of how you love Christ, and seek to follow Him, and you're doing a great job!
 “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”
―Charles R. Swindoll

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Scenes from the backyard.

Have you ever been down and out, stranded and in need of a trustworthy repair man (or woman)?

Well you're in luck, wait no more.
Lilly is well trained and qualified, and taking new clients. She knows, as does every good technician, that windshields are to be hammered, and if you don't have a tool belt, you just put those tools right in your skirt, and safety goggles are a must.

While you may have a long wait, please understand that it is because great time goes into making sure every detail is taken care of, including "wrenching your tires".

So for all of your car carpentry needs, call Lilly.
Her customers are always satisfied with her terrific service.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Vacation: Things loved, and other fun things.

We're home now, and all is back to normal. Five million loads of laundry have been done and put away, the pantry and frig are re-stocked, and the suitcases are empty and have returned their places in the closet. It's good to be home. It was good to see Bailey again, and it was good to be back at church with our friends this morning.

All that being said, I'm finishing up this vacation post, and remembering what a great time we had with our family. I loved countless trips to the beach and the pool, and then back again. I loved not setting an alarm, or having anywhere to rush to. I loved that the grown ups stayed up playing games together long after the kids went to bed. I loved family meals.  I loved sand in my toes, and wind in my hair.

Where's Waldo? (Or Grady?)

I loved three children that played well together and got along with each other.

I loved seeing dolphins, and sea turtles, and a fish named Diana.

I loved sunset family walks on the beach.

I loved quiet mornings, arts & crafts, and baby lovin'.


 I loved little wet bodies, wrapped up like a baby in towels.
One evening we went down to the jetty to watch the cruise ships roll out to sea. We waved and yelled out "have a great trip", and then we laughed about how much we hate the boat drill where everyone stands on the deck in a hot, nasty, life jacket while they take roll, and wait for that one character that is hiding under their bed, or in the shower trying to skip out on the drill...

We went to the Wild Adventure show, where we all got to pet and hold alligators, skunks, hedgehogs, snakes, tarantulas, etc... The kids LOVED it!


We settled on the names "Nick & Sally" (so original...Cat in the Hat) for the baby doves. They didn't fly away while we were there, but they were sure looking ready.

One morning we were able to watch a rocket launch from just a few miles away. It was so much louder than I expected.

I loved hanging out on the beach with my kiddos.
We made a fish pool out of a hole lined with a garbage bag. Bryan and Dan caught at least seven fish, that were all swimming around in the pool. Don't worry, it's a catch and release pool.

We went to Millikin's Reef for dinner on the water one night, and then headed to the beach for some family photos. There's an "I love" right there! I love takin' pictures!

The best part of this last week, was just being together with family. It was making memories. There were lots of things that I didn't get pictures of, like a heroic and slightly dangerous mermaid rescue, a birthday celebration, someone winning lots of rounds of Rummikub and Mexican Dominoes (not naming any names), and all of our family style home cooked dinners. There was lots of laughter and smiles and hugs and kisses, and lots of happy noise (sorry about all of that noise, baby Elise!). It was so good. And while being back to normal is nice, I sure do love vacation! Thank you Buckmans, for a wonderful trip!