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The Shoe Invasion of Summer 2016

There is an invisible force in my house that draws all boys’ shoes to the end of my dining table.


These vortexes seem to invade my house mainly during the summer.

Matt comes home in the summer…

Could there be a connection?


This summer’s pull was especially strong!

My dining room table was invaded everyday, multiple times a day, whether they were home or not.

Just when I when I got rid of them…they appeared again…and again.

But, did it stop at the dining table?

Oh, no! There appear to be small vortexes that pull their shoes to other places, too.



Those last three pictures I took in a span of less than 30 seconds!

Somehow, the vortexes never pull them into their bedroom, much less into their closet or, heaven forbid, onto the shoe rack I only bought because one son in particular assured me he would use it.

But we all know a mom does not go down without a fight.

Next summer, I will have a battle plan!

Next summer Mom will win!

Living thru faith,



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So Sarah wants a puppy…

Sarah wants a puppy.  She really wants a puppy.  She really, really wants a puppy. She likes to inform us of this desire often…even though we have told her over and over and over again that right now is not a good time for us to get a puppy.  We have tried to explain that since we don’t know if we will be moving once Brian finishes his PhD this summer, it would not be a good idea to get a puppy now and then have to give it away if we aren’t able to take it with us.  We have only told her this a hundred times, but it just doesn’t seem to sink in.  However, it appears she has decided to approach the subject from a different angle…

Sarah getting ice cream on a date with her daddy

Sarah getting ice cream on a date with her daddy

This morning she very calmly reasoned that since Daddy was almost done with his school, we should just go ahead and buy a new house.  It should have 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (I told her with that many she would be cleaning them), stairs (she is also on a kick about stairs), and a BIG back yard for a puppy and a dollhouse.  She then informed me that we should go to and start looking!

Now, if she could just tell us where the Lord is planning for us to go…

Living thru faith,


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A New Kind of Snow Dance

I’ve heard of a rain dance and even a snow dance, but this is the first I’ve heard of this kind of snow ritual!

The weatherman has been talking about snow all week with the best possibility beginning last night.

Kids around here have been waiting anxiously to find out if they would get the ever coveted SNOW DAY.

So, Sarah comes home Thursday after school pronouncing exactly what she needs to do according to her teacher.

Wear my pajamas inside out.

Sleep with a spoon under my pillow.

And flush ice down the toilet.

So that’s what she did!

snow ritual

And the first thing she said when she woke up this morning…

“It worked!”

(We really didn’t get much of anything, but the roads were slick especially considering the rural roads the buses would have to go down. No making snowmen today.  Maybe next time.)

Living thru faith,


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She Did It Again…Again

There are two things that Sarah loves to do that drives us absolutely nuts.

The girl loves to draw…on anything.

Sidewalk chalk drawing SU12

We have found lovely murals on all sorts of surfaces.  Thankfully, we have been able to remove those creations that were drawn on walls, furniture, and carpet.  We have tried all sorts of things to break her of this desire and just when we think she has grown out of the phase, she graces us with another lovely creation in an unexpected place.

The other thing she doesn’t seem to get out of her system is cutting her hair.

The first time was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day two years ago.  And, as with most everything she does, she definitely put all her efforts into that one.  She cut some off of each side and more off of one side than the other.  It definitely took professional help to fix that one.  She has managed to cut her bangs twice more since that day, once at the daycare and once right before we left on a trip. (You can read more about that and see pictures back at the previous blog address.)

So, I guess it’s appropriate that on this 2 year anniversary of the first self haircut she does again!

I found this pile underneath the coffee table.

haircut 2013

Thankfully, she has gotten better at choosing areas that is more inconspicuous and less noticeable than the first time!

selfcut bangs

We don’t know what we are going to do with her!  She’s still so stinkin’ cute!


Living thru faith,


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First Snow of the Season

We got back in town Friday night just in time for the first snow of the season.

(Ok, I think they technically got snow while we were gone, but since we weren’t here that doesn’t count. 🙂 )

Daniel and Sarah ventured out in it, but the rest of us stayed inside nice and warm in our jammies.



Although…. we all enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies after those two loonies came inside.

I also discovered that my children have outgrown pretty much ALL of their snow gear!  None of them have snow pants that fit, both the boys need snow boots (Daniel wore Matt’s old ones that are only 4 full sizes too big!), and Matt needs gloves.  So, I guess we’ll be going shopping soon! Thankfully, Sarah was set with gloves and boots.

Living thru faith,


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“It’s a turkey…”

I hope that each of you had a very blessed Thanksgiving.  Ours was quiet and uneventful, which was very much a blessing.  I had injured my back the previous Saturday (that’s a story for another day) and was very thankful to be able to stand up for longer periods of time and cook our Thanksgiving meal.  Brian and the kids helped with all the bending and lifting that had to be done along the way and we ended up with a very nice table spread of turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, rolls, salad, and apple pie for dessert.  And I have to say the dressing actually turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself, considering I haven’t really made it in several years.  Not as good as my mom’s, but someday…. 🙂

At some point during the day, Sarah was getting bored with football and wanted something to do.  Brian was asleep on the couch, I was sitting on the heating pad, and it had become quite clear that she and Daniel did not need to be in the same room together for awhile, so I suggested that she get out her paper and crayons and draw us a Thanksgiving picture.  She thought that was a wonderful idea and away she went.  When she was done she wanted everyone’s attention, so she woke up Daddy and made Matt pause the football game (this feat can only be accomplished by a select few).  Holding the notebook to her chest so that we could not see it until she was ready, her face lit up with a huge grin and slowly turning the picture around she declared…..


“It’s a turkey!  A dead one!”

Earlier that morning when I told her it was Thanksgiving Day, she got so excited and said that we needed to “go get a turkey…and kill it!”  I, of course, responded that someone had already done that for us and she was perfectly fine with that, too. 

I’m not sure where all the dead turkey thoughts came from, but I’m thinking that her Uncle Andrew may be taking her out hunting before the boys ever go…

but he might have to deal with pink camoflauge….


Living thru faith,


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Oh, the prayers of a child

Sarah loves to say the prayer before we eat.  Typically she gives her standard prayer.

Thank you God for this wonderful food and thank you God for everything.  Amen

Sometimes she adds more like “help Daddy’s neck feel better” or “let the boys not fight so much”.

And then there are those days when she feels she needs to make a statement.

Thank you God for this wonderful food and let Mommy not be so mean when she has to ground me.  Amen

Followed with the eye looking in my direction to see if I was listening and if I’m going to respond.

This day she had just gotten in trouble and did not appreciate the talkin’ to she had received. I’m not sure where she got the grounding part since that had not been mentioned and she has never been grounded. Of course, her brother has seen his share of grounding and I guess she has taken notice.

But I guess all hard feelings had been dissolved by supper the next night when she thanked God for letting my knee feel better.

Living thru faith,