Friday, July 7, 2017

slow down summer!

How is June already behind us?!  so much happening and the weeks just seem to fly by.  As I'm organizing my calendar for this month and next it looks like we may be able to slow down a bit.  We're looking forward to wrapping up baseball, visits from family, state fair fun, and many more pool days!

Jack's all star team wrapped up their season last weekend and came in as runner up in the District 3 tournament.

Words cannot express how proud I am of #15.  He was the youngest player on the team and one of only 2 players who doesn't play on a year round travel team.  He was challenged and stretched as he  was put in a new position and learned how to support his team even when he wasn't on the field.  It broke my heart at times to see him struggle.  But once he overcame the struggle and embraced the challenge, my heart was so full of pride as I watched him give 100 percent in every single game.  And he did phenomenal.  proving to himself that he was on that team for a reason.  A learning experience for all of us.  valuable life lessons learned.  and a job very well done by my first born.  

also, he wrote me this birthday note.  Which is just the greatest....

Chase has 2 more All Star tournaments and it is something to behold to watch this kid on the field.  He is all in.  enjoying every moment.  spitting on his batting gloves.  shooting for the fences.  all in.  it's priceless.

and this guy is just along for the ride.  what a trooper on these weekends full of baseball.

also, he has learned how to swim.  and currently has a very deep love for his goggles!

also, he had another dentist appointment.  If you follow my blog you will recall the disastrous first visit.  Amazing what 6 months and the promise of a giant chocolate covered donut will do.  He did great!

and the garden...loaves of zucchini bread, canning pickles, and freezing green beans are what's happening in my kitchen right now.  

Happy July!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I'm not sure what happened to that one week of carefree summertime that we had right after school ended.  That was a nice week.  and then it ended.  and then we found out that both Jack and Chase made All Stars.  which is so amazing.  but whoa.  2 different teams.  2 very intense schedules.  throw in leading VBS music, getting a wisdom tooth pulled, hubby tearing a muscle in his back,  wheat harvest on the farm, swim lessons every morning, ear infections and tonsillitis for my littlest guy, and baseball practices every night....what you are left with is a slightly frazzled mom :)  But we are surviving.... and having some really amazing moments in the midst of all the craziness.  Like when Chase made 2 outs on the field in the first inning of his very first all star game....or when I got to look out at 40 kids at Vacation Bible School lifting their hands to praise their creator....or when Jack got an amazing hit at his first all star at bat, or when Luke so sweetly says to me, "do you know God is with you wherever you are?", or when Chase finally conquered his fear of the diving board and now cannot get enough of it!  We are making memories.  Making memories and eating way too much fast food.  We are crashing into bed at night and thinking nothing ever felt so good.  And at the end of each day, no matter how it may have gone, I feel so grateful.  So grateful for God's grace and the strength he gives us to get through the challenging times and the joy that is constant when our eyes are focused on Him.

loving our pool time

the garden is full of yummy things

go Chase!

there could not be a more excited 6:30 am, on a Saturday morning :)

batting practice with Dad

snow cones are a must for a little brother to survive summer baseball

love him. so proud of how hard he has worked to get to this point.  

Happy last week of June!  Hard to believe July is just around the corner.  


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fresh, fun, and shiners

Let me tell you about something amazing.  something that seemed too good to be true until I gave it a try....and just really is that good.  I'm always a little behind when it comes to current trends. I keep hearing raving reviews about grocery delivery services, particularly Amazon Fresh.  So I figured what better time to use my one month free subscription!?  With three boys out of school who think there is just nothing more terrible than going to the grocery store with mom....yes, this was definitely the time.  So I compared prices and discovered that most things are very comparable to store prices...made my list...chose my items....placed my order and tada!!.....
a day and a half later these lovely totes showed up at my doorstep....full of all of my groceries.  And it was pouring down rain which made it all the more gratifying!  Oh Amazon....there you go again making life just way too easy for us!  there was no trying to fit everything into a cart....taking it out of the cart....putting it back in the cart...putting it in my car....taking it out my know the drill.  And yes, there is a part of me that says, "really!!?  how spoiled can we possibly get?  this is SO not necessary!"  but that part of me has become somewhat silenced since this first delivery.  for this one month I am going to bask in the convenience and the complete joy of having someone bring groceries to my doorstep.  and when that one month runs out, you will probably find me back with the kids and the overflowing cart and the grocery store craziness....remembering the beauty of Amazon fresh.  have YOU tried it? 

in other news....
the garden is underway.  when you have a farmer husband and daddy there is a certain standard for the garden.  the straightest of rows....the perfect watering pattern...exact seed depth.  which results in a very happy jr. farmer named Jack :)  

it's so great to have my baking partner back in the kitchen with me
and always good to have some teamwork for the clean up

we are loving the slower pace of our summer schedule...

and the few extra minutes I have to enjoy the quietness of the mornings on my back of my absolute favorite spots :)

baseball will be wrapping up in a few weeks but unfortunately this guy had a run in with the ball while practicing catching pop fly's in the back yard.  ouch.

and one of my simplest joys....fresh cut from my bushes...

Happy June!!


Monday, May 29, 2017


Happy Memorial Day!  
so grateful for each and every person who gave their life as a sacrifice for our country and for our freedom.  

School is out.  and I am currently doing my happy dance.  All three boys wrapped up their school year on Friday and what a great day it was.  A preschool festival for the youngest and a morning full of field day fun for the older two.  Thank you to Grandma for stepping in as you always do when mommy cannot be in two places at once.  I am so proud of all my boys.  Luke has really enjoyed preschool and it's been so much fun to watch him learn and develop some really sweet friendships. He received the Wild Dog award.  that's right, wild dog.  maybe it helps to know that it was an animal theme and everyone was awarded the title of some type of animal.  but oh his certificate read..."For eagerly taking on tasks with much eagerness and excitement."  which might be a polite way of saying, "your child has so much energy we hardly knew what to do with him." either way, we love our bundle of energy...and ask for many prayers as we are raising him.  :)
our little wild dog :)

festival fun!

even with his wiggles and squirms there is nothing better than cuddles with this little guy

The older two boys blew me away this year.  The way they handled starting at a new school...the way they made new friendships and learned new routines....the way they soaked up every chapel service and learned new songs and learned exciting things about Jesus....the way they worked....and I mean worked so hard at their studies....the way they finished as strong as they started.  I'm so thankful God led us to this school.  It really is like a family.  A place where our boys are known for exactly who they are and are loved.  A great school year indeed.  

And I need to middle guy.  The one who quietly does his thing right smack in the middle of an older brother and a younger brother who are anything but quiet.  His subtle determination and hard work could easily go unnoticed by many.  but you know those moments in motherhood when your heart is so full of pride and gratefulness that it feels like it just might explode out of your chest?  I had one on Friday as I was looking at Chase's final report card.  A note from his teacher....
proud. momma. moment.

end of year field trip to Shorebirds stadium

Here's to the start of summer vacation!  may it be full of warm sunny days, lots of meals eaten outside, many memories made, and lots of fun and laughter.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

sailing through May....

Busy days in our household as May always seems to pack a very full schedule of activities....

These two handsome guys are having great starts to their seasons

Chase also happens to have the best coach ever.  who also happens to be my hubby :)

DC field trip

air and space museum

mom is trying not to stress too much when this guy is on the mound:)

zoo field trip with the littlest

ready for the run-a-thon at school.  14 and 18 laps!! a big thanks to all who sponsored them!

Wishing a very happy Mother's Day to this lovely lady and my wonderful mother-in-law.  We are so blessed to have such amazing, godly mothers.  We love you both so very much!!

Friday, April 14, 2017


This is how we felt yesterday about the last day of school before spring break....
Is it possible for mom to be more excited than the kids?  Why yes, I think it is :)

We are loving some beautiful spring weather and have had a wonderful week celebrating Easter.  There is no better holiday.  Without Easter, our faith loses it's cornerstone.   There is not a more humbling, more mind blowing, more important day of the year for a believer.  The day Jesus those who believe in Him everlasting life.  It just does not get any better than that.  And this Easter will be extra special as my dear oldest boy is getting baptized.  When I asked him why he wanted to be baptized he said, "well, pretty much because I want to live for Jesus forever."  And that my friends, is what it's all about. 

Wishing you a wonderful Easter as you remember the cross....the sacrifice that was made....and the promise that was given.   

school party with my little guy

so handsome! ready for Jack and Chase's school program.  

great job to all the ECS students!

Friday, March 31, 2017

a few little things

I'm convinced that one of the keys to living a life of contentment is finding joy in the little things.  I strive to do it and here are two things bringing my heart joy today.....
even on this rainy, dreary day I can look out my office window and see a glorious sign of spring.  blooming camellias!

and this guy.  I know there will be a day in the near future when it will probably be the last time he says it....but for now....I bask in his sweet little voice....when he climbs up on my lap...wraps his arms around my neck and says, "mama, you're my best friend."  
heart be still.  

Happy Friday!