Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This Spring...

So far this spring we've been keeping busy!! Now I just wish we'd have more than a 'taste' of spring with the weather. Seems we get 1 or 2 days where we can wear spring jackets and then it goes right back to winter jackets again! Ah will come eventually. :) Here's a peek at what we've been up to this spring so far!
Riding bikes! Emily took off on a 2 wheeler this year - took her 2 days to learn!! I was very impressed!! Definitely think that riding the Strider Running Bike for the past 2 years has helped her a LOT with balance, etc. though!
Jenna, of course, was thrilled to finally be able to be the "boss" of the Strider Running Bike! She's already busy balancing and just loves driving her 'new' bike!

Tate, of course, is whipping around on his bike too - and loving every minute of it. Kira enjoys walking and playing in the puddles. ;) 

Our first birthday of 2014 - Kira's! She's 2 now...and as busy as a bee some days! Here are her party 'guests'. :) 

The YUMMY watermelon cake! Made out of watermelon, homemade whip cream and raspberries - mostly decorated by big sister Emily! Honestly, this was one of the best cakes we've ever tasted...and it was so easy to prepare as well - no baking required! ;)

Blowing out the candles! 

Jenna won a coloring contest at the local grocery store - and she's the proud new owner of a big stuffed bunny!! 

Our little trouble maker. :) And no, I'm not kidding...somehow she manages to cause a fair share of trouble around here - even with 3 other little pairs of eyes to help me keep watch over her! For example, the other day I was out of the room for about 1 minute. In that one minute she managed to throw the following things into our fish tank: Jenna's favorite stuffed elephant, two cloths that I use for wiping faces at the table, a bottle of stuff we use for the water in our fish tank, and a Lego lifeboat of Tate's! She keeps us on our toes some days. :) 

Last but not least, Tate's learning the game of checkers...and getting better all the time. He beat me the other day...(with a little help :) ), but it won't take long until he'll be winning on his own!

The Amish Groom ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Amish Groom
Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
Mindy Starns Clark
Susan Meissner


Mindy Starns Clark Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her novels include A Penny for Your Thoughts, Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels, A Dime a Dozen, A Quarter for a Kiss, The Buck Stops Here, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, Elementary, My Dear Watkins, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon, plus other books!

Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals. A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and a Carol Award winner. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young adults. When she's not writing, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at her website:, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner, or at


New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime.

Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him. When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all?

A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Amish Groom, go HERE.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ready for Spring and Summer!

As you can see, we are EAGERLY waiting for spring, and more importantly, SUMMER to arrive! We've had some nice, melting spring weather, but there's still plenty of snow to go. Nevertheless, snow and all, our kids got into the shed today and it resulted in the girls pulling out their little lawn chairs, setting them up on the deck and sitting down to enjoy the sunshine. ;)

Friday, March 07, 2014

16-ish Weeks :)

I'm sure most of you have already heard the news - but another little blessing is on the way! I thought I'd better take a couple pictures this time around too since I did it with all the other kids. :)

This is the first one I've 16-ish weeks pregnant. Things seem to be going well, and time is speeding along!

This baby is due in the middle of fact, it is due 2 days after Tate's birthday and 1 day after Jonathan's birthday, so maybe we'll double up on a birthday there?! We'll see!!

The kids are all full of comments and questions about the baby again this time around - which is really fun! Jenna is the funniest...she tells me all the time that if she "pushes on her tummy, she can feel a baby in there!" When I ask her what the baby is doing, she always tells me that it is "just sleeping." :) Cute.

The older ones are more concerned about things like how the baby got in there :), how it's coming out :), and what it is eating! Tate is also pretty excited that it will be born very near to his birthday.  They're having fun talking about baby names too! haha...some of the ideas they've come up with are pretty interesting! All the kids though adamantly agree on the name Hannah for a girl...we will see! There's a lot more variation with the boy names: ranging from Batman to Tom to Jackson to Tim! It's fun having the kids be a part of the 'names' talk this time around! :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Thank You Lord ~ Our kids singing!!

This past Sunday, our three oldest (7, 5, 3 years) sang a song in church for special music. :) Here it is for those of you who'd like to listen to them singing! :) Enjoy....

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Little Character :)

Our littlest one is getting quite the character of her own these days - it's fun to watch! Here's just a few snapshots for you...

She dressed up in Emily's shoes & toque...and was quite proud of it!!

This is what happens when Kira goes outside...she is almost instantly in tears!! She obviously is a girl after my own heart and is not a fan of the winter weather & snow!

Kira took it upon herself to fold her cloth diapers...and put them away in the bathroom drawer too! Granted, we had to "fix" them up afterwards, but what a cute little helper!!

Ready to sing & dance :)

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