Brotherly Love

23 Sep

I LOVE the way these two have been playing together lately.  Gives me hope that they really may become the best of friends.







Levi’s Leaps

18 Aug

This summer, I’ve had three big goals for Levi (funny, because I’m not even a goal-oriented person…).
1. Potty-training. Wanted him trained before school started again.  (Nope, no pics to share 🙂
2. Make the switch to a big-boy bed from a crib.

3. Make progress in his ability to chew food – a skill most humans take for granted.  Check out these “Oooo” lips!


I am so grateful to God that all three of these goals have been accomplished!  He is a brave little guy and faces most challenges pretty much head on.  Even when he struggles, you can tell that he wants to try.  I just love this boy!  I also love that his challenges become my challenges – challenges that we seek to overcome in the strength and wisdom of God, not in our own strength.  When we are weak, He is strong.  His ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts.  He gives and He takes away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

The End Is Drawing Near…

15 Aug

Oh, how can it be?!  Summer is drawing to a close way too quickly!  In two weeks it will be time for Levi to return to preschool and for Zachary and Madeline to hit the books once again!  My work space right now is a bit, well, messy!  IMG_5693I am trying to finalize curriculum choices for the upcoming year and beginning to get schedules and binders up and ready to go.  This is not a strength for me (which is why I am blogging rather than working 🙂 )  My mind is often scattered and thinking of all of the OTHER things I need to be doing and worrying about whether or not home schooling is really working for our family and if I’ve selected the right curriculum that will reach my child(ren) giving their individual learning style(s).  (Breathe!!)  It can totally be overwhelming, YET it is always totally rewarding!!  I recently came across a quote about homeschooling that I really like:

“We do not homeschool to avoid wicked people. We homeschool so we wicked people can talk all day about the one Man who wasn’t wicked.”  ~R.C. Sproul, Jr.

THIS is one of the main privileges of homeschooling!  So, I shall keep on keeping on in my prep!  It is well worth the moments of agony!  (One day I’ll have my prep done in June, like my friend Barbara!  Until then…)

While I am procrastinating, I’ll leave you with a few summer pics that make me smile.  We have been having A. Great. Summer. :

Just another summer day….

23 Jul

Just another beautiful summer day….

Playing some one-on-one b-ball


Talking on the phone


Baking zucchini cookies


All while everyone is recovering from bouts with bronchitis and other sundry colds.  Thanking God that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”  ~James 1:17  Thanking God even more that I am even remembering to thank God 😉

We’re Back!

14 Jul

I was recently informed that some of my extended family is wondering why I haven’t been blogging.  Thanks for asking!  I’ve been giving this some thought, and I guess there are many reasons!  Here are a few:

The best time to blog is at night after the kiddos are in bed.  But once they are in bed my thoughts go like this….

“I’d love to blog right now, but the kitchen needs cleaned up.

I’d love to blog right now, but  I never got Tom’s shirts ironed.

I’d love to blog right now, but there is school work to prep.

I’d love to blog right now, but I’d love to sit and talk to Tom even more.

I’d love to blog right now but I’m simply pooped!”

As a first-time blogger, I’ve also realized that there isn’t always a lot to say in the mundane.  And to be honest, I’m not even sure if what is important to me is important to my readers.

I’m also aware of the fact that my kids don’t always want me to blog about the funny thing that happened to them today, and may feel a wee bit insecure over the fact that it is easy to focus on one child more than another when I do post.

One last reason that I’ve pressed the pause button on my posts is that I understand that my blog (or anyone else’s blog) gives only a very small, very limited glimpse into our family life – colored the way I want you to view it.  I’ve had more than one person say to me, “I read your post.  At least things are going so well for someone!”  However, I don’t want people to think that we’ve got it all together!  Some days are great, some days are really hard.  The bad days are harder to write about than the good days – especially when you want to protect your family!  Of course, God’s grace and kindness are present in all of them and He gets us through.

So, I have a hankerin’ to try to post again, but perhaps the flavor may change a bit.

For now, let it be known that we bear no shame:  We appreciate cows and free food from Chick-fil-a!





3 Machos and a Honsie

3 Machos and a Honsie









A Photo Update

11 Mar

As often as I think about writing on this blog o’ mine, I just cannot find the time.  So, I hope this photo update fills in some of the gaps 🙂  Just click on a pic and scroll on through.  Thanks for stopping by!

One Year Ago Today, In a Land Far Away…

27 Jan

One year ago today, we met Levi , in China!  One year ago today, Tom and I gained a precious son and Zachary and Madeline gained a brother.  One year ago, Levi went from living here:

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…to living in our home with our family – being part of our family.

One year ago today, Levi became…

…a son

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…a brother

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…a grandson

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…a nephew




…a cousin

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…a friend


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One year ago, Levi became part of our family….forever.

To our friends and family, we thank God for the way that you have accepted Levi into your lives with complete love, affection, enthusiasm and open arms.  Not only did we adopt a son, but you adopted a grandson, a nephew, a cousin, a friend.  Your love means the world to us…and to all of our children.

Happy Forever Day, Levi!