Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Thinker and the Scowler

This photo was taken at Crown Point, in the Columbia River Gorge. It really sums up their personalities right now. Pete is thinking, sketching, designing, pondering. Buzz is scowling, pouting, growling, complaining. We're really focused on encouraging the little guy to be content, to be thankful, to be happy! #happykids

I'm on vacation from my mommy-tasks and have passed on that difficult job to their papa and grandparents!! I told my husband that he gets to whip Buzz into shape while I'm gone. #goodluck #hewillgrowoutofitright #thankfulforthebreak #excitedabouttravel

I've got a couple scheduled posts coming down the pipe into the blog over the next few days. And I will be posting some photos from Haiti soon! #NRI #Project7 Follow me on Instagram and you'll probably see them even sooner. :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Life Springs Up

Spring has been more glorious this year than ever before. I'm noticing the beauty, seeing what's always been there with fresh eyes. My life stage feels like spring too -- new opportunities, new joys, renewed loves. I'm so very thankful.

This morning is when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of new and eternal life for all who believe. We sang the Hallelujah Chorus together and read the account of the women finding the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. The children are still young and certainly don't understand it all, but we can still praise God and show them how thankful we are for the gift of salvation. This video about the meaning of Easter by Phil Vischer is simple and meaningful.

"But Christ has truly been raised from the dead—the first one and proof that those who sleep in death will also be raised." 1 Corinthians 15:20

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bird Nests for Easter

Candy and chocolate and eggs and nests and bunnies have nothing to do with Easter. There's nothing inherently wrong with them {well, yeah--sugar} but I think sometimes we are greatly distracted from the spiritual blessings to be had in holidays like this. I want to be more intentional about sending my children the right messages about God and what He means to us.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Fever

Just in case you thought my new blog design wouldn't embrace a bit of color...

I was working on my computer with the front door open, listening to the sounds of neighborhood children, including my own. I heard "Peter has a..." quietly at first, but soon everyone joined in making the cries of "Peter has a GIRLFRIEND" very loud.

Oh my word. It starts early, doesn't it?

Spring fever has hit them all, young and old. Course I ran outside and firmly suggested that they not tease about girls and boys being friends anymore {did I make too much of it?}. I remember being in the first grade and hearing whispered remarks about my "boyfriend". It's absolutely ridiculous and I think it puts unnecessary thoughts into little people's heads. Just let them all be friends!! *rant over*

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Lego EV3

You've been taking the requisite amount of time to eat, sleep, and play outside, but all other moments have been dedicated to your new Lego EV3, capable of being transformed into a dog, a claw, and crane, and soon to be much more. Your imagination is on fire and your eyes are full of passion. This is your favorite thing right now.