Showing posts from October, 2011


My sister went for a second opinion yesterday

It never ceases to comfort me to go and read through the many comments left on her blog and on her facebook wall.  If you have prayed for her or left her a comment, thank you.  You may not realize how much it means to her family to see just how much she is loved and cared for.

I have also been listening to this song again.

"A Mighty Fortress" (lyrics by Christy Nockels) Our God is, a consuming fire,
A burning holy Flame, with glory and freedom
Our God is, the only righteous judge,
Ruling over us with kindness and wisdom

We will keep our eyes on You
We will keep our eyes on You

A mighty fortress is our God
A sacred refuge is Your Name
Your Kingdom is unshakable
With You forever we will reign

Our God is, jealous for His own
None could comprehend, His love and His mercy
Our God is exalted on His throne
High above the heavens
Forever He's worthy...

We will keep our eyes on You
We will keep our eyes on You

We will keep our eyes on …

Wednesday's Words

Recently heard around our house: "What did you learn in church?" -- the boys are quite accustomed to hearing 'what did you learn about in Sunday School, etc.' from us, but in recent weeks, we have been getting the third degree from both boys about what we learned in church.  In fact, one Wednesday night as I was working with the boys on their memory verses and homework for that night's church, William wanted to know specifically what I had learned about in my Bible study the previous week.  It is pretty sweet and I love the opportunities to share what I am learning as well.One night last week while I was putting the boys to bed, they had asked me if they could call their daddy and tell him good night, so I went to get my phone.  As I was heading back down the hallway, I heard Xavier say, "I love you, bro.....I just, I just care about you."  Seriously melted my heart.Our van has a 6 CD changer in it that is currently filled with a variety of albums (Cas…

Officially caught up, 2011, Weeks 40-42

I think I might have a fever....I have found myself watching 3 of the 5 World Series games.  Apart from the Olympics, I don't know when I have followed a sporting event, certainly not since we have been married.  Back in high school and some in college, I was an avid basketball fan--there were many a lively viewings of the NBA finals back when the Bulls, Pistons, and Lakers were in their heydays  (typically, all of the siblings in my family were passionately rooting for different teams).  In baseball, we have all been pretty hardcore St. Louis Cardinals fans and so I guess that is what has been drawing me to the games.  Tonight, it is giving me an opportunity to catch up all the way on Project 365.  It feels good and at the same time is slightly alarming to me that we have completed week 42 of this year.  Is it alarming to anyone else that there are only 10 weeks remaining to the year.  Pretty hard to believe, if you ask me.

Anyway, here are weeks 40-42 of our year:

A thousand gifts

This has been a day.  It started with the van having a dead battery, thankful for some neighbors who helped me get the boys to school and jumped the van.  Then, I got to have the joy of having some dental work done.  For the most of my almost 34 years, I have had great reports from the dentist, only having the occasional partial filling, no real cavities.  And the last time, I had to even have one of those small things done was probably 10 years ago.  So, today when I had to have not one, not two, but three cavities filled....let's just say it was not my favorite thing.  In fact, I felt so traumatized by the drilling and the whirring that I found myself trying to think of other things that I liked even less than the dental work and let me tell you, I could not think of many things.  Fortunately, it is done and hopefully it will be another 10 years before I have to have any more work done.

835.Lunch at school with boys 836.Walking with my mom 837.Beautiful fall weather, actually needi…

A ridiculous amount of pictures.

I am just warning you that this post contains a ridiculous amount of pictures, but I couldn't narrow them down, and I decided that even if no one else cares, my mom will appreciate them.

Yesterday was a beautiful day and so we decided to try out a new (to us) nature area close to our zoo.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a really nice nature center building and a large variety of trails.  The boys loved it!

Honestly, the whole thing was kind of hilarious because neither Micah nor I are very brave when it comes to reptiles and as we kept walking, we were all a bit jumpy and Micah said something to the effect of "I am not sure what has me more freaked out...the fact that we saw the snake or that I stood for so long with my back to it!"  He and Xavier had walked on down the trail while I was taking some pictures of the lake and William and in the picture above where he and Xavier are playing, they are literally right in front of the snake.

After the hiking, we headed to…

2011, Weeks 38 and 39



Don't fall out of your chairs. I am posting for the THIRD time this week.  Yes, I know that this all but ensures that I will not be posting for the next two weeks, but let's just pretend that that won't happen.  I have been thrown off my game all day today feeling like it is Saturday because the boys were out of school for parent teacher conferences and Micah was home all day (and actually didn't have to work last night).  I went to the boys' conference, did some office work, laundry, and ended the day taking dinner to a friend who is going through chemotherapy.  The exciting thing about this though is that tomorrow is actually Saturday and we have the day to ourselves without even a soccer game.

The real reason for this post is to share about something very very cool.  For a long time, my favorite digital scrapbooking store has been the Lilypad.  I feel extremely fortunate that I have been on the creative teams of several designers there and for the last several m…

some promised pictures

Back in the first week of September, my sister emailed me and said that she had at the last minute signed up for a photography class that she had been wanting to take for a couple of years and that she had told me about numerous times.  Five minutes after she sent that email, she sent another one that said, 'wanna take it with me?'  Regardless of the fact that I had not planned on taking another photography class (not that I thought I knew everything, just that I was busy, etc.), the thought of being able to do a class together with my sister (who has pretty much inspired any and all interest that I have had in digital scrapbooking and photography) proved to be a great catalyst for me to quickly push the purchase button myself.  So, along with the craziness of life, I have been knee-deep in an attempt to learn more about my camera, to improve my photos, and to do the weekly photography assignments. I am super super super impressed with Karen Russell the photographer that teach…

Catching up

Yes, we are still alive.  
No, I haven't forsaken the blog.
Yes, I considered (still considering) giving it up all together.
No, I obviously didn't do that.
Yes, fall seems to have finally arrived in our little town.
No, there have not been any sightings of beautiful fall colors.
Yes, my boys are still cute.
No, they have NOT stopped moving. 
Yes, my parents came for a visit.
No, I have not posted (much less processed) any photos from that trip.
Yes, we have had other guests since then.
No, we do not currently have any guests.
Yes, Micah is working nights on OB/GYN service this week.
No, there have not been any babies born on his watch this week.

I can't think of any more yes and no statements. 

I have every intention of processing photos from my parents' visit and a multitude of other photos in the next couple of days and posting them.  We have just been kind of crazy busy and I have discovered that when I get crazy busy, I get a wee bit crazy stressed and word on the street is t…

just a couple photos

A friend of mine asked me to take some family photos next weekend and mentioned that there was this building in a town a bit north of us that was this awesome blue color, so yesterday I completely bribed the boys into going with me to test the lighting and the wall out.  They were exceptionally jump-y, but I managed to get a few pictures of them that aren't photographic masterpieces, but pretty much sum the two of them up (and happen to be their favorite two pics too!):

One Thousand Gifts

We are currently enjoying a visit from my parents for a few days.  The boys are loving spending time with their grandparents and, honestly, I don't think I will ever tire of seeing my parents enjoy my kids.  They got here late Saturday night and we all stayed up WAY past our bedtimes and are still playing catch up.  We had a great day at church yesterday where both boys chose to stay in big church with us and I loved hearing their seriously exuberant singing.  In the afternoon, we went on a little hike around the lake where the boys collected sticks to take to school for show and the end, we convinced them to settle for a few different types of nuts that we found along the way.

I have pictures, but of course, have been too busy having fun to upload and process.

821.An easy fix to the dishwasher 822.A laid back day 823.Joshua 21:45 “not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” 824.Joshua 23:10b  “for the Lord your God …