Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Weekend Outside~

Working in our garden~
 Playing cornhole, making a rock wall with rocks from the garden, blowing milkweed~
Learning to push a wheelbarrow, watching ants, decorating an Easter tree, and golf lessons.
A Wonderful Weekend Outside!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

ZTA Formal~

This time last weekend Rosie was off to her ZTA formal with Hayden
so Amelia went over to shoot these beautiful photos~



Everyone had a ball and this first year as a ZTA has been amazing!
Thankful Rosie is surrounded by so many sweet friends!!
Thank you for the photos Amelia!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Forever EllaKate~

Ella has been home 9 beautiful years and has blossomed into the most exquisite little girl ever~
 Full of wisdom and humor~
 Growing up way to fast~
Just look how she's grown through the years~
We celebrated with a little cake and candles~
I chose a rainbow cake because EK was the Rainbow given to us
after a time of clouds and rain.
I can't remember life without you EK
and you make our family FULL with that beautiful smile and dimples!!!
Happy Forever!!!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ben Curtis Day~

SO excited to be out loving Ben Curtis today~
 He is always SO stunned when we all walk in
but it is usually NO time that he is down and in the middle of everyone~
 This visit found him crawling super fast, standing up, AND walking~
 Savannah had received an Amazon package in a huge box and it became the best toy of the day!
They even wrapped SJ up like a hornet's nest with the packing~
 He was super cuddly~

Just couldn't pick photos so share so just posting them all~

 After rest and nap,  we took a little walk in the neighborhood and BC loved riding in his car~
 After a beautiful day, it was so sweet to bathe him and play in his room~
Goodnight sweet BC... we can't WAIT to come back!!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Simplicity Parenting~

I am reading a very enlightening book called Simplicity Parenting~
Here are a few of the amazing thoughts just in the first chapter~

~"By simplifying, we protect the environment for childhood's slow, essential unfolding of self."

~"Our society- with its pressures of "too much"- is waging an undeclared war of childhood."

~"The pace of our daily lives is increasingly misaligned with the pace of childhood."

~"A protected childhood allows for the slow development of identity, well-being, and resiliency."

~"Like any work of art, families need inspiration, fresh infusions of hope, and imagination."

~"Our daily lives can become disconnected from the hopes and dreams we hold for our family."

~"Simplification signals a change, a realignment of our hopes and our everyday lives."

~"Too much stuff leads to too little time and too little depth in the way kids see and explore their worlds."

Last evening I sat on the breezeway listening to the shrieks of laughter and joy
coming from our children playing in the backyard as the sun set
and this morning I peer into the sunroom to see them reading a book.

There is NO greater gift we can give our children than a beautiful childhood
and time just playing outside and being together.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Together~

The beauty of home education is that it gives a family more time together
- time to solidify relationships, to communicate values, 
and to focus on each child's individual needs in a consistent and unhurried atmosphere.
~ Kimberly Hahn

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fun @ Church~

Our children began a new series @ Kidspring this Sunday called Crowned
and the bitty girls met the princesses~
Please check out the videos from this week
and know we are crowned sons and daughters of the King!!!

We Are Royalty

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Show Them the Joy~ {Our Garden}

Last year you might remember us sprouting seeds in baggies
and then planting them in a tiny garden by the pool~
EK and SJ picked and picked and picked green and butter beans ALL summer long!

SO I mentioned to Scott we should plant a real garden for them this summer
{well, real to us... you should see my parents' garden!!!)
Anyway, Saturday our neighbor drives his tractor over~
 And used his front end loader to scoop the grass layer up leaving beautiful fertile soil.
The littles huddled together as they adjusted to the sound and new experience~
 It was wonderful to watch this transformation happening in our backyard~
 When Cowboy Billy was done, the littles asked if the could get 'In'
as if it were a pool and we said of course!!!~
Now to the nostalgic part...

When I was a little girl growing up on our dairy farm,
my dad plowed up our garden right behind our house 
and at the time I didn't much care for the smell,
the feel of the cold soil on my bare feet,
or the MANY vegetables that we picked from it...
{Working in the garden and eating vegetables every single didn't seem special}
BUT NOW it does!

Today I DID appreciate all that for my children!!!
Thankful for that amazing smell of fresh dirt just waiting for little feet tiptoeing through
and little seeds that will nestle down in the dark waiting to sprout vegetables.

When I was a Kindergarten teacher way back BC (Before China),
one of my themes for my classroom was Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar
and I had a sweet garden theme matra~
"KinderGARDEN, where littles seeds are planted
and beautiful flowers grow."

I see that theme coming back to life in my littles this spring and summer.
I found a quote,
"Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden."
~ Robert Brault

I LOVE that we can see our garden from just about any window on the back of our house~
{See it just beyond that tree?}
I see all kinds beauty springing up out of that Garden...
Both Childlike and Plantlike.

 Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
~ William Martin




Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring~

"Be a RAINBOW in someone else's cloud."
                                                   ~Maya Angelou