Friday, October 10, 2014


Tonight is my twenty year class reunion.  So somewhere in the prairie of Arkansas my classmates are celebrating.  I am here in my home, and it is a rare quiet night giving me time to think.  Erik is at a high school football game, and the kiddos are either in bed or reading in their rooms.  And, I have hot tea, soft music, my laptop, and a heart overflowing.

I like to think of our lives as being somewhat like a tapestry.  And, He weaves the suffering, the joy, the whole lot of it all together and makes something beautiful of it.  And, those flat rice fields that went on and on and on unending until they met the setting sun and cut it straight in half, they are a part of me. And, I keep thinking of the people, the faces, the voices of those who helped shape who I am and how I see the world.

I've moved on. I left that small town after graduation, and I didn't look back.  In fact my parents moved to another state a year after graduation, and I've only been back to those golden fields of rice twice since then.  I'm not the same girl I was back then.  I've seen so much, learned so much, grown so much.  Grace upon beautiful grace, step by step, He has led me to new horizons.

So, tonight my full heart is reminiscing.  And, not just about growing up in that small town, but about the journey since then, the two colleges, the way He led.  He guided my decisions, my friendships, my every step.  He led me to Erik who was more than I could have ever asked for or imagined, and I still can't believe that he chose me to spend his life with. Wow.

And, then my mind wraps itself all around the years post marriage.  Three states and lots of long runs on the beach, by the bay, and along the river...  And, then we ended up here in another small town. How ironic.  But, this small town isn't surrounded by flat farmland.  There are rolling hills and lots of trees and small fields scattered here and there.  I'm not the same girl I was back then in the early years of marriage.  I've grown and changed through marriage and 7 children in 10 years.  It has been a wild ride, not always easy, but always good.

As I've spent my evening thinking through my journey up until this point, I have been overwhelmed at His faithfulness.  We all have a journey where joy and sorrow mingle.  We all have a beautiful story crafted by our Father to bring Himself glory.  Think about yours and thank Him for it.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Attack of the Wasp!

Okay, so somehow recently wasp(s?) have figured out how to get into our home through one of our school room windows!  Yikes!  It is a total disruption.  The room empties with screaming young ones... and one mama. But, every time Josh and James come to the rescue!  They have an interesting technique with which they kill the wasps, but it works so I don't way too much about it...

James sprays them with water until they can't fly, then Joshua flattens them.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This summer Pop decided to grow a garden.  His older 8 grandchildren helped him plant it, and now we are all learning how to pick, shell, shuck, clean, blanch, and freeze various garden vegetables.  Lots of quality family time spent around buckets of veggies! :-)  My boys aren't smiling with me on that last sentence. However, they work well to the tune of Dude Perfect videos! ;-)   

I digress...  Even Em has gotten in on the action.  Here she is shelling butter beans after her nap this past Sunday...

Watching her shell butter beans brought back memories of Erik's mom.  Retia had red hair and brown eyes like Emery, and from time to time, Em's mannerisms remind me of her.  Erik's mother knew all about shelling peas and beans and freezing them properly.  Oh, how I wish she were here to walk me through all of this!  But, a sweet friend from church and google have been my two main guides.  Well, those and my husband.  After 15 years of marriage, I am convinced he knows a little bit about everything!!  He looks a little bit grumpy here, but, really, he was super excited about not taking his Sunday afternoon nap and shelling beans instead!

And, just for a little funny, Josh said he was going to shell Smarties!!!  :-)  I love that kid!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Eriky turns six!

As if we didn't already know this, our friends proved to us once again that they are the best ever!  Literally I began texting at 8:00 a.m. inviting friends to celebrate Eriky's birthday at 10:00 a.m.  Seriously,  it gave new meaning to "throwing it together at the last minute!!"  Thankfully, I had previously made his cake and frozen it, so it was just a matter of having friends there!  Everyone I text at 8 was at my door by 10:15!!  Thankful for friends who love my little man and are so good to us!

The thawing dinosaur cake....

Presents!  No doubt, Eriky's love language is gift giving and receiving.  I do not have another child who enjoys gifts like he does!

Sweet friends...

Best Buddies...

Pinata time!!

After the party Eriky came up to Erik and I and said, "This is the best day EVER!"  I looked at Erik and said, "What more could we ask for?"  Our boy had a happy 6th birthday.  :-)  Later, one of Erik's patients, who loves to spoil our boys, showed up at our doorstep with a two layer chocolate cake decorated with cherries, hershey's kisses, and six candles.  How sweet!

He ended his special day with a dinner out and sleep over with his Pop!  When you are a six year old boy, it doesn't get much better than this!  Love you, sweet Eriky!  You make us smile, and we are so thankful that you are ours!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sick Week

And, so we have had a week of sickness.  Lots of little warm bodies, and my big body, too!  I haven't had a fever since childhood, and, wow, that wasn't fun!  But, we made it!  My big boys are great helpers, and, thankfully, no more than three were sick at one time.  Sweet sick littles...

Lije and I share a love for the San Antonio Spurs!  So, while he wasn't feeling great, we watched game 5, when the Spurs win the championship, over and over!  It was great!  Thank you, Jesus, for a super fun series.  I was so distraught last year when San Antonio lost to the Heat.  It was so wonderful to watch them win this year!

Another sick sweetheart...

We had to make a trip to see the Doctor!  Yikes!

I decided that before my children get sick again I am going to find a printable temperature record sheet and medicine record sheet.  Keeping up with everyone's temperature and when they had meds last gets a bit confusing when so many are sick at once!!

When a family the size of ours comes down with a virus, we pretty much close down shop for a week or so.  We hunker down and just focus on making sure everyone is comfortable and gets well as quickly as possible.  It's hard seeing my little guys and girl feeling badly, but I do love slowing down, letting those go a little, and just loving on my babies.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jack's Two Year Follow Up

Two years ago our lives changed suddenly and unexpectedly one day.  Our little Jack Jack had four seizures in one day.  He was just about to turn one and had just begun walking.

So, that crazy day happened followed by neurology appointments, an EEG, an MRI, and a perscription to an anti-seizure medication.  They told us that he would have to take the medicine for at least two years before they would even consider taking him off ~ and this only if he had no more seizures.  When your little guy has just turned one year old, praying and waiting until he is three years old sounds like forever!!  But, ya'll, he just turned three, and since that crazy day in March of 2010, he has not one seizure!!!  Thank You, Jesus!!!  We made it.

Walking into the two year follow up appointment and EEG at the Neurologist's office....

Waiting and playing... (This wall is AWESOME!! It kept him busy for a long time! Note the post EEG hair!)

We received the best news possible ~ we can begin the slow wean off his medicine!  Here he is with a celebratory milkshake!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Attempting a Comeback!

I miss this place.  I miss keeping track of the moments, the memories before I forget them.  So, I'm going to make a strong effort to return to this place, sitting, relaxing, and letting my mind free itself of all the wonderful daily happenings.  It helps me appreciate the little things when I think through them and write them out.  It does my heart good.  I need it.  So, here I am.

I feel like I haven't written in ages.  I feel like the me who used to write here is long gone.  So much has changed since I began this blog nearly 8 years ago!  I had only two children back then, and now I have seven!  Our life is different.  Our house has been renovated twice.  Our kids have grown up right before our eyes.  Life has certainly not been standing still.  I have so much backing up to do ~  so many memories that I have missed, that I need to back up and cover before I print last year's blog book.  But, that will take time, and slowly I will attempt to cover those and date them as close as possible and fit them in the slots that they belong.  But, for today I'm content to just be sitting here actually typing something! :-)
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Hi! I live in a sweet country home overflowing with love, laughter, and little ones. I have been blessed to journey these days beside a man that I love, respect, and admire. He is my soul-mate and best friend. Together we are seeking to raise our seven children to be lovers of God, to be wise and discerning, and to be all that our sweet God created them to be. I am in the goldfish and cheerio stage of life, but I am keenly aware that these days are slipping right through my hands. This blog is my attempt to keep our memories safe for years to come.


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