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Friday, April 17, 2015

Just another week in paradise

Its been a pretty normal week; some ups and downs, laughing and crying.  You know, the usual.
This morning I was cuddling with my son who wanted hot chocolate.  However, he did not want to stop cuddling.  When KayLynn offered to take over, he was most happy!

Science this season is in part growing a garden. KayLynn got to plant her pepper seeds this week in Mimi's green house. The seeds came from peppers that we ate, so she is pretty excited to see them start from the beginning. Watching them grow will be fun. We have also started strawberries and petunias.  More to come for the garden soon!

My happy boy.

My darling girl. She really is my joy.

 
Walking and running his hand on the fence. I remember doing this as a child,

My studious girl. She is leaning a great deal in school and really loves almost every part of it...Just not the writing!

Monday, April 6, 2015

He is Risen Indeed

What a glorious day to celebrate the risen Lord.  The sun shone, the baby cooed and the children laughed. Yesterday was not without its glitches. We forgot to set a time and to find out who all was really coming. But we were with family The rolls were just a bit darker than we would have liked. But we got to eat outside in the beautiful sun. The ham had to be reheated a couple times, but it tasted delicious. The jello salad got a little discombobulated but the smile on the children's face seeing the peeps on top made it all seem perfect.

This year we were at Grandma's with my sisters family.  Our friend Noah was also there and they kids enjoyed playing with him as well.  It was so much fun having a holiday with her and her kids.  It isn't often that we get to be together! Today we will be resting and recovering, but here are some pictures of the day!

 In our Sunday best!




 Blowing bubbles!

 Grandma graciously hosted for us.
 Our friend Noah!
 Baby Judah loves his Aunt Tina
 My lovely sister and handsome Judah.
 What a blessing having family you really enjoy being around!

 Hmmm... pretty eggs mommy!


 Jack and KayLynn were running so fast that it was hard to get any pictures of them. They were on a mission!

 Serenity and Ami joined us t=for the afternoon. It was fun having them with us.
Yeah, so as I was making this dessert for Easter I had this realization that chicks don't float...hmm.. That's ok though because Jack thinks that they are ducks!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mt Si

I got to climb Little Mt Si with my workout class. I was nervous but so proud of myself when I accomplished my task! Little Si is 4.7 Miles round trip. It is 1,576 feet high. it was hard, but doable. It certainly was a challenge for someone on the beginning of her journey to healthy living, but I am proud to say I made it in one piece. It took us an hour and 23 minutes to reach the top and less than that to get back down. Next month we are taking on Big Si which is 4 miles to the top.








Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Well, here we are.

Its been so long since I had a computer, that I have not been consistent on this blog.  I am hoping to get back into it, because I  really like it. Plus it helps me remember details later that my mommy brain just cant keep together.

KayLynn is becoming such a beautiful girl.  I can't believe it when I look at her.  She is tall and thin, with crazy long legs. She is in first grade this year and we are homeschooling.  She is doing very well even though it is pushing her in ways she was not expecting. We have promised her that if she works really hard this year on writing (the thing that makes her sit still and focus - everything else comes so easily for her), then Max and I will consider letting her join Classical Conversations next year.  She is pretty excited to be going to "real" school. And by real, of course, she means that other kids go there too. She still loves to dress up and play act. She plays pretty well with her brother, although they really know how to push one another's buttons.

Logan is a charming little man who just can't get enough of mommy.  He follows me around and 'chats' at me all the time.  He is learning more and more to finish his words with consonants, although he is still really hard to understand especially when he gets worked up about something. He is pretty brilliant at puzzles and that toy with the different shaped holes and blocks.  Cant remember what that is called. He is smart in totally different ways than KayLynn.

Even when they overwhelm me, it is a joy to watch them grow and develop.  They are sweet and loving.  They like to help with chores and work hard.  I cant imagine two better little gems in all the world.

Monday, June 16, 2014

My baby isn't a baby

Perhaps it's because of his tiny beginnings, or that he's our last. But I'm having hard time believing how fast he is growing. I sometimes forget to stop and look at my children and how big they are. My daughter had the longest legs on a five year old I have ever seen. She is such a little woman. I had my first real mini conversation with Logan this week. I asked him what he did at Mimi's and he said, 'A bath". It's the first time he has answered without a yes/no and we have understood him. Then on top of that he started Sunday school this week..  KayLynn seemed older when she started. In less than two weeks my baby will be two, and soon after KayLynn will be six. I'm having a hard time grasping this.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Boundaries and Salvation

Yesterday was one of the hardest days since bringing my son home with us.  But, it was also one of the most rewarding.  My son and I battled.  I held him for over an hour while he tried to get his way.  He used hitting, kicking, biting, pinching, screaming and tears to try to win me over to his side of the argument.  I prayed and sang hymns to myself while I stayed calm, and stayed the course.  I was exhausted by the time that child fell asleep for his nap. He slept.  Fast forward to bedtime.  I was nervous, but ready.  I sat down in the rocking chair with my son, who talked and cooed away at me.  When I laid him down he giggled, said something to me (Im guessing, thank you for making me obey) and rolled over to sleep.

I have always believed that boundaries help children feel safe and loved.  As many of you know I am pretty strict with my kids.  They work hard and they have as much responsibility as I think they can handle(many may not agree with what i think they can handle). But I try to play hard with them as well as rewarding them as much as possible.  I love taking them to all their favorite places and rewarding them with special treats.  Probably I learned this way of parenting from my own parents, but I also think I have been given a clear guide in the bible.  i believe that my day yesterday was a perfect picture or our salvation.  Christ keeps telling us that his way is better, but we kick and scream trying to get out of it, only to see that He is right. His way is better.  Christ expects a lot from us, our entire selves.  But the reward is great!

So, yes, yesterday was hard.  I have many bruises from my son.  But I think I learned something, and I hope my son did as well. Fighting the good fight is well worth the smiles and giggles that my adorable and charming little man can give me, if only I will give him what he needs.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Choleric vs. Sanguine

Learning to parent the right child, that's the real challenge, isn't it? I may have parented me daughter in one way in those early years. But my son; with all the same genes to chose from, is a totally different person. She is cheerful and imaginative while he is adventurous and outspoken. Sometimes they must be left alone to figure something out and sometimes they need me right beside them.  I am just now learning that those instances will never look the same.  I cannot use KayLynn techniques with Logan, or vice verse.

Focus on the Family had a great article on Determining your child's personality type.  I learned that Logan is what they call Choleric: adventurous, determined, outspoken, competitive, strong-willed.  And KayLynn is referred to as Sanguine: playful, sociable, talkative, lively, imaginative. Romans is such a good reminder for me, "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."  I love both of my children and they both have been given gifts from the Lord to use in His service.  I get the honor of helping my children figure out what their gifts are and how to use them.  My son will probably be a leader and a fighter for the truth.  I know that my daughter will encourage people as she does me.  What a blessing to be a part of the Lords work in such a hands on way.  And, what a burden.  I must be honest I am overwhelmed by this task.  It is hard work.  Sometimes its spiritual and emotional work. Other days, like today, it is a physical battle.  I have the bruises to prove it. So I must gird my loins and prepare for this blessed work.

I need to learn how to meet my children where they are, not drag them to my ideas of the perfect children.

I covet prayers as I learn to parent my strong, independent son and my talkative, playful little girl.  I will be praying everyday that I can show them to the Lord.  I pray that my son will be a champion for the Truth and my daughter will show compassion to the world.  I know that I am not able to do this, but Christ is.  I will be praying for His strength and guidance each day so that my children will love and serve our God.