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by the grace and sovereignty of God, I have been inducted into some pretty special societies in my lifetime. I am a member of the following groups: 1. Hyper-blessed to have been raised by Christian parents and taught the Word... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at His works in progress
...the day before your boy's, um, actual, birth? October 7 was the day we actually got to meet his little person, albeit still and silent, precisely 36 hours after the last time I felt him move, what I now know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at His works in progress
...that I only started a few weeks ago! That is not Harry Potter (I re-read the series every summer. You too? We are kindred spirits.) This accomplishment in and of itself is blog post worthy! I'm not exactly sure what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at His works in progress
I'm officially 43 today. I know, I know. I don't look a day over 42. I'm always sassy on my birthday. Check out my hip haircut and highlights (thanks to the fine folks at the cosmopolitan beauty academy). Surrounded by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at His works in progress
You might know that Winnie the Pooh quote: "sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart..." Man is this true. 8lbs 1 ounce of little Bowling boy takes up so much room in my heart some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at His works in progress
Ok, so these first few are from the end of 2012 but it's a pretty precious chronology nonetheless... And here's some other shots of our Gang in action: before they both got their braces off! the beverly hillbillies transport a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at His works in progress
Isn't that an odd quote to read in a higher-level math textbook? As I was helping our rising 10th grade son finish up his algebra 2 this summer, we were wrestling with a couple of different concepts that weren't intuitively... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at His works in progress
50 some years ago this day my man was born. He's one of the bestest gifts I've ever received. In His infinite sovereignty, God made us for each other. Because, as you may know, I didn't land on earth until... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at His works in progress
This little dumpling turns 9 months old tomorrow. Yes. Time flies. Yes. They do grow way too fast. We actually are treasuring every moment. And my heart is filled, in the midst of the chaos and noise and busy, bustling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at His works in progress
A friend gave me these fun stickers from etsy when I was pregnant with Bob-o. In my purge of all things layette, these I kept. I wasn't sure why at the time. Maybe somewhere deep inside I could envision the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at His works in progress
Every once in awhile, I come across an outward sign or example of the struggles and pain within. After Bob-o died, I had to get rid of all the things I gathered for him; the clothes, gear, blankets, wipes and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at His works in progress
Yikes. I miss my little boy so very much. They say grief comes in waves and often when you least expect it. They're not kidding. Years ago we were on a family trip to the beach. My hubby was out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at His works in progress
It's been one of those Adventures in Home Schooling this kid admits to cheating off the answer key for their last three math lessons. Another plagiarizes word for word from a website for their science paper. Another literally writes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at His works in progress
Here by thy great help I come And I hope by thy good pleasure Safely to arrive at home... Oh that day when freed from sinning I shall see thy lovely face Full arrayed in blood-washed linen How I'll sing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at His works in progress
Our almost 15 year old son casually mentioned to me this morning that since he will soon be leaving 14 behind, today would be his last Lego mini build at the mall. I'm sorry. What? Yeah, he says, people already... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at His works in progress
I got a lap top! There goes my last excuse for not writing the great American novel. And our 2012 Christmas letter! Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at His works in progress
I'm old. Gray hairs popping out all over my head. Wrinkles. Buying skin care products for "mature" skin. I thought it was official the other day when my dear hubby and I engaged in a lengthy conversation about dental hygiene... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at His works in progress
Mr Jasper got a wicked diaper rash a few weeks ago because he slept 4 hours straight a couple of nights in a row. It was bad, bleeding and such. I cried. I googled diaper rash on my phone for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at His works in progress
...our family is always behind, it seems. Behind in the school work, behind in the chores, behind in the laundry, late to eat meals, frantically racing to church... we like to listen to the Daily Audio Bible read by Brian... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at His works in progress
Some snapshots of Jasper right where he belongs, in the loving embrace of his family: mom's arms, napping with dad on a Sunday afternoon, bubba's shoulder... Behold - I will redeem all that the locusts have eaten. Joel 2:25 Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at His works in progress
So this teeny tiny little person has moved in and what can I say but that we are all madly in love with him. It's like we know him so well and yet have so many wonderful things to learn... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at His works in progress
Jasper arrived November 8, 2012 at 7:53 am after 25 hours or so of labor. I can hardly articulate the emotions felt when we first heard his little cries of life, and when they put his sweet, soft, squirming form... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at His works in progress
Joel 2:25 says "I will redeem the years the locusts have eaten." Here's our Jasper today in 3D. Healthy and hearty (nearly 5 lbs at 33 weeks!). And it's the 52nd Friday since we met our Bob-o, still and silent.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at His works in progress
After a wonderfully quiet summer and a last minute fling to visit besties in KY and OH, we officially started our school year. Here's a glimpse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at His works in progress