Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Just 'cause I didn't blog back then...

17 months after our Abby Sue, God blessed us with precious Ben.
He looked like a boy from the moment he came into this world.
First steps.
A lot like Daddy.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pee Wee Pilates

She loves this exercise video and will do the entire thing without stopping. I was finally able to take a little video of her, but some of the funniest ones are too long to load on the blog. Still, you can tell from watching this one just how seriously Zibby takes her "pilates".

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I can't get Abigail's nose out of a book. She taught herself to read when she was 3 and has been addicted ever since.

Today, on the way to gymnastics, she told me that she really wanted to read "Tequila Mockingbird".

How funny is that.

And it's even more ironic that I was dead set on naming her Scout...but, alas, Daddy wasn't onboard with that one.

She would have fit the name beautifully though.

She might notice that when she does get around to reading "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Precious girl.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

So Funny!

Punkin' Patch!

I have been chomping at the bit to go pumpkin hunting with the kiddos here in New England. I mean, seriously, this place is the very definition of "Autumn". It goes unsaid that we feel blessed to live here and experience this beautiful season together. So, yesterday afternoon we finally got the chance to take the kids to a local farm. Jane & Paul's Farm was perfect. The air was crisp, the sun setting behind rows of corn and trees on fire with color stopped me in my tracks. We had the whole pumpkin patch to ourselves. The crusty New Englander, with his heavy accent and deep set wrinkles, gave us our wagon, a potato sack, and told us we would find the pumpkins growing just pass the "cahn" (corn). Good thing I made the kids wear boots...the mud and puddles made us feel right at home! Needless to say, the afternoon was everything you dream of when you are blessed with three kids. Who doesn't start planning out costumes and dreaming of pumpkin patch photos from the day these little ones are born? It's kind of one of the "rights of passage" as parents. (Not that it always goes so smoothly...right!?)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An autumn stroll

Across the street.

Even princessess need jackets!
Beautiful "Zibby-Belle".

Proof that our God is in the details.
More neighborhood color!

These are a few of my favorite things:)

Our beautiful home in the New England countryside...
The awesome devotional I just got for the big kids...(they love it!)
The iphone I inherited from my husband...(cover was my choice:)
Autumn crafts with the kids...(these are mason jars covered in tissue paper and modge podge)
The best mixing bowls ever!!!! (williams & sonoma $32~)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Another letter...

Everyone has their fair share of ups and downs. It's a dangerous game to compare...lives, marriages, children, bodies, houses, grocery lists, bank accounts, pain, illness, and so on. When we play that game we will only lose and will be left with a life full of condemnation & guilt.

Aaron and I have had our struggles and always will. Every marriage should. It's one of those ways that God refines us.

So today I wrote this little note to him...while he was at work. It was kind of an apology of sorts. He thought it was something I should share with my friends too.

I was just thinking....

I've been so self absorbed,

Prison wasn't exactly what saints like Paul, & Peter had in mind when they decided to put faith in God.

A stable and a cross most likely confused the heck out of Mary.

I'm sure that Abraham was full of question when he didn't have an heir, and then when he finally did, was asked to sacrifice him.

Building an ark for almost 100 years before any rain takes some serious faith too.

God's plans come wrapped in layers...it takes faith, fear, hope, and endurance to uncover the mystery.

So, I guess this speaks to my heart today.

I don't understand the "why's". Neither did all of these regular people.

They just walked by faith.

From our marriage, to our kids, our home, and our church....together we are walking by faith.

That is all He asks of us.

We can do this...hand in hand. We are united in this simple truth and that is all we need to make it...and glorify His name.