We’re Taking Compassion to Haiti – You Can Help

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For the last eight years my family has had the privilege of getting to know a precious young girl in Haiti. We met her through Compassion International when she was 7 years old. She turned 15 this month. She studies hard and loves her family fiercely. Her most frequent prayer requests are that I would pray for her to do well in her exams by remembering all she has studied and that God would protect her family.  All I know of her has been obtained by letters she sends to us. Because of the work of Compassion International, we have a friend in a place we have never been before. We decided to sponsor children through Compassion International for two reasons.  The first is the burden Big D and I have to make a difference in the world in which we live.  The second reason is because … [Read more...]

The Wonderful Thing About Beauty

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It's hard to believe April is already here.  I  didn't write anything over the entire month of March it went by so fast!! My dad always starts to wonder if I'm feeling okay when I don't write for long periods of time. But this lapse in writing had nothing to do with how I felt; it was because I found this awful (wonderful) app thanks to my neighbor.  It's called Overdrive, and through it I can borrow books from the library...for free...any time...any place...it's been sucking my free time and time that isn't free right up!! I would list all the books I have read over the last month, but Bid D may read it and then look at me with eyes that say, "You've read how many books?!"  I seriously have read way too much. Wonderful, horrible app! Because my focus this year is beauty, seeing … [Read more...]

Why is it so Hard to Play?

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Sometime I feel like I was a better mom when I was a kid. I knew how to put every other thing aside and play with my dolls. I spent hours with them, brushing their hair, changing their clothes, throwing tea-parties, dressing up...then something horrible happened. I grew up. I stopped playing. Now it is so hard for me to sit down and just play. I see the laundry piling up and the dirty floors that need mopped. I actually pick activities to play with the kids that will cause the least amount of cleanup instead of the ones that cause the most amount of fun. I hate that on many days I lose the wonder of fun. I have to make myself stop and just play. They are outside playing right now.  So I grabbed my camera and interrupted. Yesterday, I asked Little Man what his … [Read more...]

They’re Way Better Than We Are

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Both of the boys are playing basketball this year.  It has been so fun to watch them play. Little Man's team can't dribble the ball well, shoot well, pass well, or catch well...they are 4 and under after all.  But man are they enthusiastic!!   They run down the court with such gusto and determination.  The chase after every ball and try to take it from anyone who has it...even if they are on the same team.    It's a great way to start my Saturday; it's even worth losing my one day a week to sleep in so we can be at his 8 o'clock games on time!! This is his I-dare-you-to-try-and-take-this-ball-from-me look. Big Boy's team is a different story.  They are all beginning to develop some skill.  Some can shoot well, dribble well, pass well, and catch well.   Not all … [Read more...]

He Waves Goodbye Every Morning

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Every morning it is the same routine and has been even before  he was even old enough to walk. When he was a baby, we would stand at the door together and wave goodbye to daddy. As soon as he was old enough to walk on his own, he continued to stand at the door and wave even if I didn't make it over to wave. Every day. Every day for 6 years. It doesn't matter how cold it is.  He will run to the car, climb in dad's lap, kiss him goodbye, then stand and wave until the garage door closes. Every.  Day. This little fellow is all about routine and structure.  He struggles with change no matter how small the change is. He's always been this way. As he grows I watch his personality remain the same yet mature. He now will flex in areas he was once totally … [Read more...]

Always Up For An Adventure

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We live in the big city, so finding places to explore can be difficult sometimes.  Last weekend, Bid D and the small fries went on a bike ride and came back gushing about a tunnel they found and explored. The following day they took me and their big sister to see what the fuss was all about. Drainage tunnels. Kids don't do this at home...without parents...or any time it is raining!!  And always make sure you are wearing the proper gear!!   I almost didn't go in.  The small fries could crouch and get through pretty easily.  Big D, Precious A, and I had to crawl on our knees.  And I've never really been fond of dark, tight spaces underground... We don't want to advocate doing unnecessarily dangerous things, but we do want to cultivate a … [Read more...]

A Strong Shoulder to Lean On

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This Sunday our church participated in Sanctity of Life Sunday to commemorate the 41st anniversary of Roe V. Wade.  As I sat listening to our pastor speak, I leaned over and pressed into the strong shoulder next to me.  I felt the warmth of Big D's hand as it held mine. One of the things that first attracted me to my husband was his mind, the way he reasons logically through an issue.  I loved it when we were dating; I love it now.  Sometimes when I want to make a decision based on my emotions...like buy a house...his logical approach can drive me a little nuts, but in the end he's been right...every time! So when we were dating, it didn't surprise me at all about his passion for every human being's right to life.  He would talk from a scientific perspective and philosophical … [Read more...]

She Asked “Would You Have Listened?”

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About a week ago she asked me, "If you could give yourself one piece of advice when you were my age, what would it be?" I looked at her 14-year-old face wondering if I looked that full of anticipation for what life held in store when I was 14. "Just one?" I thought.  There is so much I wish I would have learned when I was younger. But what would just one piece of advice be that I would tell myself back then. Back before what I call "The Dark Years." Boys are stupid until they turn 25...true, but no. Be yourself, everyone else is taken...true, but no. Life is what you make it...yes and no, but no. Do to others what you want them to do to you...not enough. "How many moments will I get like this," I thought, "where she wants to know what I would say?  What is the most … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Week

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Saturday:  Cousins playing together in the 21st century... Sunday:   Snuggles with her bird... Monday:  A brace-less smile... Tuesday:  A sunset on the lake... Wednesday:  A girl learning to flip pancakes all while being supervised by a bird... Thursday:  A new set of eyes... Friday:  Getting to use my rusty math skills to help my oldest...   What has made your week this week beautiful? … [Read more...]

She Hates to Read

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I don't understand this. I absolutely love to read.  One of my favorite things to do is wrap up in a fuzzy blanket on a cold day and lose myself in a good book.  My mom used to threaten to take away books as punishment.  I would hide my book inside a school book and read the day away at school.  I would hide a flash light under my pillow so I could read after bed time. I still would rather read a good book than see a good movie.  The book is always better. I don't get do it often anymore.  Once I start a book I have a very hard time putting it down until I finish it...I'll read it straight through until the early morning hours and completely ignore all the work in the house for a day or two.  Not a good thing to do when I have four little people and one big person who need me!! I now … [Read more...]