Wednesday, November 16, 2011


This sweet baby girl
joined our family on





I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalm 139:14

So hard to believe she is already one month old!
Illsa is growing & doing quite well... loving the little squeaks
A, O & T love her dearly. Each need their "hold baby" time every morning
We are adjusting to four little ones ... a day at a time (:

Thank you LORD for this beautiful life you have given us to shape for YOU.

My big helper who thinks she is a " mini mama"
Much to her brothers dismay (:
beautiful pictures by Havilah

Friday, September 23, 2011


Head on over and enjoy the day
Here is a few peeks at what could be there!
{Above 4 Pictures when I helped them in 2009 @ Country Living Fair }

Authentic Mexican cuisine from my dear sis-n-law

When your stomach starts the rumble...

pic via m.
The most adorable hair clips & accessories.. Marcy from M.blooms
pics via Jill
The talented seamstress.. Jill

And SO many talented others
Here is where the full vendor list is

If you need Directions

Come! Come!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A scattered account...

....of our last few weeks
(all pics from phone....fuzzy much....hopefully can get my camera back soon )

Our festive breakfast
on the fourth morning in July

We, err more like I was in slow-mo most of the day
....since all the dear little & big feet had left the day before,
from our delightful weekend with a side of T's extended family.
(was almost 300 feet!! :)

That night way past bed time, we headed to watch the always impressive light display in the sky

the littles jumped
as each one boomed..all ricocheting inside of us

I showed them how to oooooh and ahhhhhh over each one (:

we pretended like the display was celebrating Thane's life too
Thirty two years!!

We went ahead and celebrated again the next eve too
with his style of meal...
bowls full of Popcorn
& generous portions of Strawberry Shortcake & Vanilla bean Ice cream
Quite interesting....all the plates were cleaned right up (:
Orrin asks most nights to go camping...
hopefully soon he'll be pleased as punch
--Thane & kiddos washed & cleaned out our vintage Shasta last night
Time to take it for another spin
Thank you Lord for each day you give us with this Man
How we love him and need to show him more

Next up ...Fever came for 3 days...
& then brought
the bumps & grumps

(the Roseola rash)
bumps have left ....hopefully the grumps will follow suit

I kinda forget this stage...well the older two don't really help to discourage the shrill screams, the loud No's & the pounding on anyone/ anything too close...


then just at the last

the Grin comes out


we'll make it through (:

Other going on's ...
-It worked out for me to take a day off out to Tipton and a few other stops with sweet friends
I'll let 2 of them show their perspective and finds as I didn't have my camera

-Now working on getting the next Joyful Mother issue ready for press..hopefully soon

-Office work comes around weekly..

And always mixed in is typical summer life..
-fresh garden abundance.. mmmm! Thank you to T's Dad & Mom
-late evenings working outside
-golf cart rides around the property & down to the river
-water play a great idea from a cousin at the reunion ...Water slide down our hill with a tarp & hose!! How easy is that!

Better get busy today as we are looking forward to friends coming to dinner tonight...

Hope your summers are/have been full of seeking Jesus
and applying what HE is teaching you through each experience.

Go ahead and share ....
i would love to hear how you are praising Him today
..through the good and the hard...
Blessings , b

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Now don't fall off your seat....

because last week...

I made a little something.....

with my sewing machine and all!!

Fly dust , fly.

ok so

it was just straight lines

& it only took a short amount of time..

well a little longer than just short, A & O helped (:

A little gift for my sis-in-law

sending her a little love & whimsy by

a simple table runner & mini bowls

--fabric & ribbon from my stash--

{Mini Latte bowls from here}

Happy Birthday dear Amanda!

Wish we could spend the day with you!


Now that I stuck my toe in the sewing pool...I'm ready to dive back in

{ Patterns from Oliver + s}

What I want to be sewing.... hopefully soon

..I've never used an official printed pattern on my own...

...could be interesting

don't mind us ..if Arabella looks a little askew.


... I NEED to be!

along with much more checks down the list

Thaddeus's big boy duvet cover to match Orrin's

{My mama helped with the main part... so all I need to do is button holes & applique the "No.3"}

Company's coming!... so while lil' T isn't using the bed...

it could be nice for our guest to have an actual made up bed (:

Enjoy your week in each little moment!

....we've got to keep moving & moving to prepare for the many, many feet coming this weekend ... (:

This is where I have been seeking CHRIST today...

in the Power of his Resurrection

and here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A few days away in June..

You are beautiful beyond description.

Too marvelous for words.

Too wonderful of comprehension.

Like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp you infinite wisdom.

Who can fathom the depth of your love.

You are beautiful beyond description..

Majesty enthroned above

And I stand,

I stand in awe of you


I stand, I stand in awe of you

Holy God to whom all praise is due

I stand in awe of you.

("I Stand in Awe," Mark Altrogge, 1987)
A delightful family weekend away

showing our precious packages we carried... Thane's.... was for the day...mine til October :)

Old Man's Cave


Hocking Hills ,Ohio


early June

{intriguing ferns growing out of the side of the rocks}

Friday, May 27, 2011

HIS Renewing Mercies

Arabella~4.5 Orrin~3.5 Thaddeus~17 months


Younger brother..spotted

hands in position


Thaddeus thought to be hilarious...Mama ,not so sure (:

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

Praising Jesus for his Grace and Mercy today

( a side note... my children used to pray... "Thank you Jesus for Grace & Marcy you've shown to us" , a dear friend of ours...cracked me up every time:)

Most of my days could feel like complete failures...

I was selfish, had anger, yelled, was impatient ...

the list goes ON and ON....

...whew I could get down

Father..forgive me & help me

but Today I am choosing to Focus on HIS Renewing MERCY...


Friday, January 7, 2011

In the midst of December he turned ONE....

the 10th....came and went

besides his many,many hugs,kisses and happy birthday serenades

a candle was all he got...

we celebrated a couple of weeks later with just cake & ice cream "drive thru" style

my made up term for:: come when you want leave, when you want-- due to all the busy schedules

Caramel & frosty..oh wow
now don't look to close...

but my new quick icing trick...dip the top of cupcake into the bowl of frosting and give it a twirl..easy-peasy

Quick re-packaging of fruites

Little treats for cousins to take home...

really?.....its for me

everybody wanted to help

and he dove in...

you wanted to see that closer...right.

Oh my !!


Sweet sweet boy you are pure sugar to us

Thank you Father God for this third blessing.

He is us.. to teach him.... to walk in Your ways

---maybe I'll be brave soon and tell you a little story of how GOD brought this sweet little one into the world.....