Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sarah's taking in every word her daddy says about this fuzzy caterpillar, fall's indication that it has arrived...
Where is the boy who belongs in these boots?
Ah, there he is!
Never far from his dog...
Time for a tune-up, I'm supposing...Hmmmm, the girl's creative, you have to give her that much!Super-Kaleb and his mighty Tortoise!The train that led us to the pumpkins on a wonderfully sunny fall day... The girls....
Two Kings and a Queen of the Haystack...Our Little Punkin-Pie...Our Fabulous Four...Oh, what gifts they are!
Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed the day with us...
Sweet, sweet girl of ours...
Monday, October 13, 2008
Craig's work sent him to Seattle this past week so the kids and I packed up and tagged along. It was marvelous, first of all, simply to be with him after some very busy weeks. Secondly, a change of scenery once in a while always does this momma good. Do you know what I mean? We got to visit the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture while staying there. The kids were in awe at the actual dinosaur bones and the amazing gem exhibit. Thanks to the Jonathan Parks series, however, the kids pulled the rug right out from under all the evolution propaganda that filled the museum. They were able to recognize the misinformation regarding the ages and origins of things. I love that series! We were also thrilled to find a restaurant that was food-allergen sensitive and enjoyed a delicious breakfast together. By the way, have I mentioned that Kaleb continues to be MIGRAINE-FREE?!?!?! Praise the Lord, yes? And speaking of such things, Kaleb also got to enjoy (boy, did he ever!) a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free oatmeal raisin cookie at Pike Place Market. We also took a trip through Ikea and had hoped for a visit with Craig's cousin and her precious kidlets; however she had a sick little guy on her hands (we missed you, Jenny, and will definitely have to catch you next time! Hope your Peter is feeling much, much better!).
We made it home safe and sound Friday evening with Saturday spent catching up on laundry and the such. Yesterday the guys loaded up and headed out for a fun-filled day crabbing with some good friends!!!! They had so much fun and brought back delicious, lip-smacking, mouth-watering crab (77, to be exact). We've enjoyed fresh crab two nights in a row now and I'm ready for more! Oh, how I love, love, love fresh crab, dipped in melted butter with garlic and lemon juice. Yummy!!!!!!
Yesterday while the boys were crabbing, the girls and I headed to church. A nice older lady struck up a conversation with my Hannah in the foyer. I heard Hannah inform the lady, "When I grow up, I'm going to be a grown up!" The kind lady said to Hannah, "Oh, really? What kind of grown up are you going to be? Are you going to be a teacher or a doctor or a scientist?" Hannah looked up at her with her piercing blue eyes and emphatically said, "Oh, no! When I grow up I'm going to be a mommy!!!!!!!" Oh, how my heart soared to the highest of skies! I was both humbled and blessed all at once. Humbled because I fail so often to be the mother that I want to be to my dear children. And yet my Hannah would claim that as her very highest of aspirations. And blessed because somehow, through this 'object of mercy' that I am, the Lord has shown a little three year old girl that being a mommy is a highly desirable 'grown-up' profession. May my sweet little girl always hold that dream close to her heart, though the world will do all it can to belittle and degrade her sincere regard for motherhood! And oh, how I hope and pray the Lord would allow me the days to see Hannah's dream come to fruition!
And lastly, lest I tire you from all my blabbing, I have added another book to my long, though far from exhaustive, list of books I have my nose stuck in: "Acres of Hope: The Miraculous Story of One Family's Gift of Love to Children Without Hope". I found a copy at Goodwill and picked it up because I recognized the name from my friend, Michelle and her family, who are currently waiting for their two children from Liberia. The book is marvelous and moving! I simply cannot imagine the abuse and neglect children manage to survive. This family is truly quite amazing and God has given genuinely hopeless children hope, love and a future through this family. Excellent book!!!!!!!
Okay, enough already! Hope all is well for you, dear friends who take the time to stop by! May the Lord fill you full of His steadfast love so that it pours over your rims and spills down on those around you!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
P.S. Dearest Friends, thank you so much for entertaining my request and taking the time to say hello! It was really fun to know that you stopped by!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
So I have a small request. I blog mostly to keep some sort of record of our daily happenings as well as to keep family and friends current on life. However, I would so enjoy knowing that you stopped by for a visit. If you don't mind, would you say hello just this once? If you don't have a google account, you can just leave an anonymous comment and sign your name.
And lastly, a few pictures from our adventures while Craig was gone:
Noah's feeding the larkeets at the Oregon Zoo...
Three of the Fabulous Four sittin' on top of a big ole frog...
Sarah Grace is dabbling in pretend play these days and oh my, is it ever cute! Here she is washing her hands while preparing 'lemonade' with Hannah at the park:
Hannah is looking awfully big to me lately. Terribly, awfully big.... Must time really march on at such a rapid rate? It can march, and I know it will, but sometimes it marches like a gale-force wind rather than the hourglass' grains of sand. Makes a momma down right mad sometimes!
We got to visit the space portion of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. It was very interesting and I could have spent hours there, reading and observing. However, these three (and their littlest sibling), march through museums almost like that gale force wind I was just talking about! It's like reigning in a team of horses! They were mostly fascinated by the space suits and the packaged food and the process of elimination of bodily fluids in space (do you see me rolling my eyes?).