Friday, February 15, 2019

What I Enjoyed this Week: Daniel!


This week started off with Daniel's birthday which we celebrated Monday although it was actually Tuesday.  Since we have CC on Tuesday and we always get home exhausted after a full day, we figured it would be better to celebrate a day earlier.  Especially since I made the cake on Monday.  Who wants to wait a day to eat birthday cake after it is already baked?  :)

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:

  • Murder at the Courthouse by A.H.  Gabhart.  After reading River to Redemption, I decided to check out some more books by this author, and this murder mystery which takes place in a small town was very entertaining.  
  • doughnuts for Daniel's birthday.  This recipe is so good!
  • While I did not enjoy taking all four of my oldest children to get evaluated for braces, I do enjoy the fact that Rachel does not need them -- yet.  
  • a day off from school.  Yes, we take birthdays (or celebrated birthdays) off from school.  :)
  • my dryer working again!  It stopped heating up Monday, so the repairman came out and fixed it today.  Hooray!  The laundry was piling up.
It looks like another quiet weekend for us.  Some people may not appreciate quiet weekends, but I sure do.  It gives me a chance to relax after busy weeks!

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?  Do you enjoy quiet weekends like I do, or do you prefer more adventure?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Daniel's Eleventh Birthday!


Today is Daniel's birthday!  He is so much fun to have around!


He participates fully in everything he does!


He is a great big brother!


It has been fun watching him grow this year, and I look forward to seeing him mature over this next year, too!

Friday, February 8, 2019

What I Enjoyed This Week: Hannah's Birthday

Hannah enjoyed her ice cream!

Hannah had her third birthday this week, and we all enjoyed it.  We took the day off from school, ate lunch out, and visited the library.  (John said that only my child would want to visit the library on her birthday.)  After supper, we went out for ice cream.  Yum!  It was a simple day, but Hannah seemed to appreciate it which was the point.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • Hidden among the Stars by Melanie Dobson.  This book tracks the fictional stories of several young people in Austria in the late 1930s after Germany occupied it along with the contemporary story of a bookstore owner.  As the author reveals more information through the story, the reader can see how their lives intersect.  I enjoyed this book more than I initially thought I would.
  • meeting friends to get ice cream yesterday afternoon.  Ice cream twice in a week!  But seeing friends was even better.
  • having a week off CC.  As you know, we love it, but it is also nice having a week when we don't have to rush off to CC and be gone all day.  I felt like we had an extra day in our week!
  • because of that extra day, the rest of my week felt more relaxed and less rushed.  
It looks like another quiet weekend at home -- after my 5K in the morning.  It is supposed to be cold, and I am not looking forward to that although it is good running weather.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the week?

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hannah's Third Birthday!


It's Hannah's third birthday, and she is very excited about it! 


She is a fun-loving, little girl


who brings smiles to our faces.


She is a great sport about all of these trips that we take.


And she is always ready for an adventure!


We are so thankful for Hannah, and we look forward to watching her grow and mature!

Friday, February 1, 2019

What I Enjoyed this Week: Friends!


Last Friday afternoon, we threw a birthday party for Rachel.  Several of her friends from our CC campus showed up and made her day.  She was so excited to finally have a birthday party!

This week ended up being busier than I expected, but some good things happened.  We met some friends at a museum in Houston.  We had not seen them in a while, so it was lovely to catch up with them again.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:

  • last night, I drove up to Houston and met a friend to hear Jen Wilkin speak, and it was absolutely wonderful!  She has an amazing ability to cut get to the heart of the Gospel, sharing the truth of the Bible in a winsome, engaging way.  
  • having a little extra free time today since we do not have CC next week which means that I do not have to work on lesson plans.  ;)
  • having my sink work properly.  It had a slow drip and did not drain well, so John fixed it.  I do not know if a dripping sink bothers you or not, but it does me!
We do not have any plans this weekend.  After a busy week, I will be glad for some downtime.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Happy Ninth Birthday, Rachel!


It's Rachel's ninth birthday!  She has been looking forward to her special day for quite a while.


She enjoys reading, and it has been wonderful to see her ability grow this year.


Everywhere we go, she finds something to keep herself interested.


She makes friends easily.


She loves her younger sisters.  


This girl is a puzzle-machine!  

We have enjoyed watching Rachel grow and mature this year and look forward to seeing what God does in her life this next one!

What I Enjoyed This Week: The Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse


Did you stay up for the Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse Sunday night?  Honestly, I was not sure that I wanted to stay up, but I figured I would since it is such a rare event.  Sarah Beth and Daniel wanted to join me, but I made Rachel and Mary go to bed.  Since John had to work in the morning, he did not stay up with us.  Thankfully, it was an hour earlier for us because we are in the central time zone.

The three of us watched a movie, pausing it every twenty to thirty minutes in order to check on the moon, to see what it looked like.  It was a lot of fun, and I think we made a neat memory.  Rachel and Mary wanted me to wake them up at the time of the greatest eclipse, but when I did, they did not want to get up to see it.  :)  

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • We threw a simple birthday party for Rachel yesterday which she really enjoyed.  She has been wanting a birthday party for years, but we just have not known people to invite, so she was thrilled this year to have one.  Several of the children from her CC class came and made her day!
  • Last night was a fundraising banquet for our local pregnancy center.  John and I enjoyed eating a delicious meal while fellowshipping with good friends, all to serve a wonderful ministry.  
  • River to Redemption by Ann H.  Gabhart.  Based on a true story, this book tells the fictionalized tale of how a town came together to purchase the freedom for a slave after he was a tremendous help during the cholera epidemic in the 1830s.
Today looks to be fairly busy for me as I catch up on the things I could not get done yesterday.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?  Did you catch the Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse?