Wednesday, September 13, 2017

beginning again

A new school year is underway and these first three weeks have gone great.  Smooth transitions and smiling faces at pick up make things much easier for mom :)  

all ready for 4th and 2nd grade

pre-K 3 for this guy

flag football is underway

few things make him happier than riding in the tractor with dad during corn harvest
growing so fast and filling my heart with so much pride and joy. 

Thank you God for these amazing lives you've entrusted to us.  I pray they would show your love and kindness in all that they do and say throughout this school year.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

13 years

We are in a stretch of many days that feel like this....
So we took a fun family day yesterday to do this....
a day at my favorite place with my favorite people...

especially this guy
today marks 13 years of this crazy and wild ride called marriage.  I'm not sure how that much time has passed.  I'm not sure how our boys are growing up so fast, turning into such wonderful young men.  I'm not sure how our twenties seem like so long ago.  I'm not sure how we are going to make it though the teenage years.....yikes.  But I am sure, that we serve a good and gracious God, blessing us in ways far beyond what we ever could have imagined.  and I'm sure that he knew exactly what he was doing when he joined our lives together 13 years ago.   And I'm sure that I love you more and more as each year passes.  Happy Anniversary my love!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We've been enjoying wonderful weeks full of sweet summertime fun!  

Chase's all star team finished up their season with a championship win!  Such a proud day for coach Dad.  Great job Nanticoke All Stars!!

We checked another thing off our summer to do list by taking the older boys to their first O's game.  It could not have been a more perfect night.

visit from Ohio family!  

my freezer is now stocked full of our garden's sweet corn.  

State Fair fun!

Tons of fun of the river with Virginia cousins and Luke's new best buddy, Scout! :)

love these kids so much!

yum.  summer produce is the best.  

Only two and a half more weeks until I send my kiddos back to school.  Football practice began last night for the older boys and I'm starting to get that itch for fall as I always do. 
What a great summer it has been!!  

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!!