Sunday, July 31


We've been spending a lot of time at the splash park this summer.
This kids love it, and who am I to deny them some good summer fun? ;)

Naturally, Baby was keeping his hands busy. 
(Don't judge...he lives the rest of his life in a onesie or overalls to keep those sneaky hands out, but I haven't been lucky enough to find a onesie swimsuit for little boys this year. :/

I love her :)

Ahh...look, his hands are busy with toys! Yay!

And well, not for long...see his technique? He sucks in his tummy to leave a gap in his diaper and then -swoop- done deal. 

Daughter, who is TERRIFIED of water, has made huge progress this year. Like going under this waterfall all on her own. Last year this would have put her in the hospital with a heart attack.

We've also had more than our fair share of lovely 
summer evenings at home.

Sitting around the firepit

Catching kids butterflies 

Staying up late with the sun

Giving mom some good smiles :)

Enjoying our first ice cream cone

Love summer nights

Saturday, July 30

What I learned Today

Today I learned a few things...

1. I don't have very much to complain about.
2. Prayer really works, but is seldom used.
3. Rubbing alcohol cleans stubborn grease off stainless steel like magic
4. Beans cook fabulously in the crock pot...I will never again mess up beans
5. The burner grates on my stove come perfectly clean in the oven on self clean cycle! Incredible!!
6. I don't miss Facebook
7. I really like keeping secrets ;)

Tuesday, July 26

Love this Song

I always find myself talking about this song...I simply LOVE the words. 
I always thought the first line said 
"scaled" not "skilled" and always thought it was such a 
comfort and relief to know that I was 
not created to understand the things of Christ. 
But that's not what it says. lol...that's okay, 
I still love it and will probably always secretly 
sing "scaled." Just because it reminds me that 
God is SO big and I am SO small and that's the way 
it should be and then I don't go crazy trying to comprehend His godliness. 
Oh and I discovered that this is really an old hymn from the 1800's and 
everyone knows I have a big soft spot for humns. ;) 
So now I love it even more! 

Guest Post at Collins Clan

I'm guest posting today over at the Collins Clan. I was so honored when Christine asked me, and only had to fight away a tiny bit of envy because she and her Hubby are off in ARUBA! Ugh...

Anyway, Christine is an amazing woman, someone I learn so much from about motherhood, being a wife and being a Godly woman. I've loved her blog for a long time and I'm sure you'll love it too! Go check out my post and leave a little Hello for Christine telling her how jealous you are of her vacation we all hope she's having a wonderful getaway with her Hubs! Go read my post HERE.

Monday, July 25

Day to Day

Stylish Baby
My organic produce delivery from a local farm. Waiting on my doorstep!
The goods!
Surprise visit from Aunt Ruthie!

Super Mario Bros cookies

Refreshing salad for lunch

Making lemon-lime-orange-ade!

Fresh flowers on the table

Sunday, July 24

Gifts 645-670

Baby, sitting at my feet
Reading stories right after nap time
Watching Daughter grow up a little bit...putting away ALL her own laundry!
Catching up on mending
An empty hamper
My favorite song coming on the radio
Imagining the words
Feeling the earth shake
explaining heaven to Daughter and Son
Assuring them their blankies will be there ;)
praying for Hubby
baby powder getting sand off tiny toes!
days at the beach
guest posting for a friend :)
Broken hearts for Jesus to heal
Yard sales
sorting socks
vitamin C
Ladybug in the house
Photo projects
writer's block

Saturday, July 23

FB Break

I did it.
I finally did it. 
After a ridiculous amount of time always thinking about it.
After feeling really convicted to do it on multiple occasions.
After being encouraged and inspired by seeing other people do it.
After hearing Jesus tell me I should do it.
I did it.
I suspended my Facebook account.
I decided to take this week off and see how it goes.
See what I can accomplish.
What God can teach me.
Show me.
How He can use me.
I'm already up a couple extra loads of laundry, a couple real life phone calls, some good play time with my kiddos and a lovely morning garage sale with Hubby.
I know it sounds silly, but sometimes, okay a LOT of the time, Facebook (and other things too) get in my way.
Well, maybe they get in God's way.
Maybe I let them get in God's way.

I always find myself meandering over to check FB whenever there's a little lull in my day. What if I replaced each of those check-in's with something as simple as taking a picture. Or reading a story to my kids. Or dusting something. Or folding some more laundry. Or mending something in my huge heap of "to-mend." Or...what if I took it a step further and called someone just to see how they were doing? Or if, during each of those little lulls in my day I sat down and jotted a little note to say hello to someone and dropped it in the mail? a few steps deeper...what if during those two and three minute lulls, instead of checking FB, I closed my eyes and prayed for someone? What if I prayed for Hubby? Wow...I wonder what I could do with all those little tiny lulls? Actually I wonder what GOD could do with all those lulls?

I always find myself explaining away FB...yes it really DOES have advantages and values. That's why I don't know yet if this break will be just this week or more. But in the back of my mind while I'm explaining that sometimes when I have five minutes of quiet time, I want to just sit and do something mindless...check and see how everyone's doing, tag a photo, comment on a status, something for ME. It's my "me-time." But so is blogging. And so are girls' nights. And so is reading. And so are the phone calls with a couple close friends. really, how much "me-time" do I need? I wonder if Jesus ever put his hands up and said "You know what God, Disciples, folks waiting for miracles, I need five minutes. I need a little 'ME-time.'" 
HA! It sounds a little ridiculous.
He did take breaks from the crowds...he did go off by himself and ask everyone to give Him a minute, but it wasn't for ME-time. It wasn't mindless. It was time He spent in earnest communion with His Father. 

UGH...why do I struggle so hard with this? I constantly say I want to be more like HIM, but when it comes to these little things I find myself justifying in ways... "Well, Jesus was frickin' perfect. OF COURSE He didn't need "me-time." I, on the other hand am just a human...and He knows that. He doesn't expect me to be able to go all day without a break." 

Well no, of course He doesn't...but does He expect me to turn to HIM when I need a break...a pick-me-up, a refresher? If I'm being as honest as I know how, yes, probably. 

"Well Jesus and God had a lot to discuss...after all Jesus was about to die for all of humanity. I'm just talking dishes and diapers here. How much can I possibly run to GOD about?"

Incredibly, I think He cares about dishes and diapers! The same way I care about the dumb little dollar tree doll's arm that broke and I fixed right away. I always seem to forget I am His Daughter!! The apple of His eye! He is dying, literally dying, to spend time with me! To commune with me! He wants to know my heart...well, He knows it, but He wants me to share it with Him and to know His. I am so far depraved it's a joke. And yet still, He begs me to come and just sit at His feet and BE with Him. The way I plead with my babies to cuddle just a minute more.

How could I so mindlessly just put my hand up and tell GOD, Father, Jesus, Savior..."I'll be with you in just one more second...let me just check this one last thing..."

I am trying desperately to live more intentionally. I want to be in each moment and know that I am in each moment. To savor it, to appreciate it. I want the things I do to be done with a purpose...hopefully an eternal one, more often than not. It's not easy, and with the mounds of distractions around me, it's even more difficult. I am an easily distracted person. 

So I have felt called to suspend FB for a week. I just want to see how it goes and see how I feel and what I feel from God at the end of the week. I don't think that FB is wrong and definitely not everyone needs to delete their account. But it is something to think about, at least for me. So pray for me this week and wish me luck! ;)

Friday, July 22

Dinner at 8

I was reading another blog and she and a friend came up with this great idea to consistently plan date nights at home for their hubby's. Every other week, they are making some sort of nice dinner or dessert or whatever suits their fancy and scheduling a date night in at 8. How cute?! I think I am going to give this a try! We do date nights in all the time, but they are always just casual, hanging out, impromptu. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but how much more intentional is it to schedule an evening, get the kids to bed, get spruced up, set the table and have a lovely evening together? Go check out their ideas here and keep your eyes peeled for my own Dinner at 8 posts. ;)


In June, we were lucky to have my mom visit from Oklahoma. She was here for a week and we were her only plans! It was so fun and so nice to spend so much time with her!

One of the days, we decided to head to the local blueberry farm and do some picking! We had a great time and definitely enjoyed the fruit of our labor. There is NOTHING like blueberries, right off the bush, warm in the sun. YUM!


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