Friday, August 29, 2014

If Cuteness Could Put Out Fires...

...he'd be the one to call.
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On a related note, sometimes I blog for the therapeutic value, or perhaps I should say, I blog to sow. That's sowing, as in "as you sow, so shall you reap" (Galations 6:7). Graham was rawther challenging yesterday morning and basically screeched and cried and threw fits from 7:50 am, when he woke up crying, to 1:45 pm, when he mercifully went down for his nap. (There was a brief break in there somewhere when Bob the Builder did some babysitting for me). Posting cute pictures of the sweeter moments reminds me of the gift that my children are and helps me sow to affection for them. It helps to rekindle the smoldering embers of my enjoyment back into a nice steady flame... and I love to enjoy my kids, and I should enjoy my kids. My enjoyment honors the One who created these amazing little people, and it makes our home a muuuuuch, much happier place.

So when you see the adorable smiles and the goofy cocked heads, don't assume that's our normal... just know that our blog is a place where I seek to sow and resow the seed of gratefulness and love.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

With Grandma in Her Garden

I forgot a set of pictures from vacation!

Mom had beans ready for the picking when we arrived at The Ponds, so we got to help her pick and eat them.
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Not being a gardener at all myself (though my fantasies about someday are amazing every. single. year.), I was amused to see that what they say is true--get the kids working in the garden and they instantly become more veggie friendly. These kids were tossing back raw beans and snap peas like nobody's business!
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Bounteous harvest...
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...and a pepper!
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I don't think I've had fresh-picked, steamed green beans for dinner since I was in my teens on the farm. Mmmm... nothing quite like them.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Getting the School Room Ready

... and still a very long way to go.
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This picture doesn't look as chaotic as it feels.

T-minus six days and counting!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hey, Aaron! Flat Stanley Has Landed!

Our cousin Aaron's second grade class is working on a Flat Stanley project, and we get to help him. Aaron sent Stanley to us in the mail, and we're supposed to show him around town, take him places, and then send him back to Aaron with pictures and notes and souvenirs of his adventures. We're all over it.
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Aaron, this is just one picture to let you know that Stanley arrived today, safe and sound! After this you'll have to wait for your final package to learn about the rest of his travels with the Wilcox family...