one of my new favorites, shauna niequist , is absolutely amazing! i read her books a few months back and they rocked my world! i started with bittersweet and quickly moved to cold tangerines. she talks about jesus, life, marriage, friendship, loss, her home team (everyone needs a home team!) and being honest. i am about to reread them both and then maybe a third time! yes, they are that fabulous. these books have helped me move in a direction that has been difficult, but good.
if you need a good cry, laugh or encouragement, check out her books. i don't think you'll be disappointed!
a couple of weeks ago she shared her 10 favorite blogs, many of which are totally great! some of them will have you howling!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
the big boys were at kidsgames every morning last week which left asher and i time to run errands, sit around and play with friends! asher and finn are a riot together. so fun that asher has his own little friend(it doesn't hurt that i am a huge fan of finn's mom)! thanks for having us over for FRESH coffee and water time! we heart the reviers!
*not pictured: asher's meltdown over a juice box. he managed to squeeze it all over my pants and bag.
*in attempt to keep this family journal/blog legit and real, i am going to try to include some of the moments we don't capture with our camera. i'd hate to look back on these years and forget that real life(tantrums, crying, fighting, a tired mom who locks 3 little boys out on the back porch in order to get 5 quiet minutes) was happening in the midst of a few good shots:) life's way sweeter when it's real- so here it goes!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
when i asked ryder what they like about daddy he said, "when he plays with me and be funny."
it's always a challenge coming up with a father's day gift for stew. he loves thoughtful gifts and i can lack creativity. this year i asked the boys if they wanted to make daddy a book. they were in! isaac wrote "daddy" on several pages for his contribution.
ryder drew a sequence of pictures and then dictated what i should write. i honestly howled when he did this one.
"that's when daddy was mad... when isaac went poo poo in the bath. he was so mad. those are his angry eyes."
"it's daddy when he was happy."
there were additional pictures of daddy, but these two were my favorites. i love when they come up with this stuff!
asher colored a picture as well. that character LOVES to get a marker in his hand and go crazy!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
the newest arrival (mark and katie's little guy)
i can't believe i am just now meeting baby holden!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
we were introduced to the most amazing trampoline place. it was incredible! we "need" one of these in san diego. kids AND parents get to jump! (*those who have given birth, you will find that the bladder control is minimal when jumping. learned that the hard way.)
we were asked several times what group we were with.
let's here it for $10 pizza from costco. how else do you feed 8 kids on the go?!
i can barely believe this was the first time jenny had met asher. she has made a point to meet each of my babies before they left the baby years. when isaac was born, jenny came down to meet my sweet boy before he had his cleft repair. before he was even born, i called jenny to tell her we found out isaac would be born with a cleft lip. i was worried about how people in public would respond to his lip. without hesitation she said, "you take that beautiful baby out and show him off with pride." and we did just that! i get teary eyed just thinking about all i have learned from jenny. her life is lived in such a way that you can't help but know jesus better when you're around her (and scott for that matter). it's clear that the most important thing in their lives is loving jesus and loving others.
i can remember when jenny kept a perfectly clean house. she had a designated cleaning day(tuesday). i was always amazed out how she could get that done with kids around. this visit i realized she had let that part go. her house wasn't dirty by any means, but it was well lived in. when i asked her about it, she told me that she had to let that go. she now has 6 kids that need a lot of love and there's no time to designate a cleaning day. to be honest, i was more impressed with the fact that she had chosen what was more important for her family.
i have been reading parenting book after parenting book in search of wisdom. funny how having 3 little boys will lead you to crazy parenting reading! yet, it was through a three day trip to fresno that i got to experience the kind of family environment i want to give my children. her kids aren't perfect, but they care about each other and are so kind to others. funny how our children pick up on what we do, rather than what we say.
i learned so much! i wish jenny would write a blog, but how does a mom of 6 find that kind of time?! she is full of amazing stories and lessons learned. she has such a kind heart and a real love for the fatherless and the hurting. as we drove away i sobbed. it was so good to be with a dear friend. i left challenged to look in my own life and see how i am caring for the unloved. how can i eliminate the things that keep me from truly enjoying my children? it was a needed trip. thank you drakes!