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 :)

Dating, Dining, and Desperation ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dating, Dining, and Desperation
B&H Books (March 1, 2014)
Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column. But knowing and accepting that God’s will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child -- whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dating, Dining, and Desperation, go HERE.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Gabriel's Bride ~ CFBA Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Gabriel's Bride
B&H Books (February 1, 2014)
Amy Lillard


I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twilight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.


Rachel Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio. As an orphan, Rachel doesn’t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn’t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown. As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children. But he never thought he’d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin. Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage. They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Gabriel's Bride, go HERE.

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