Sunday, May 3, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Isaiah 61:1


What a blessing you are to us already. May you live up to the name you've been given. We will be here to lead you, guide you and love you as you grow both in wisdom and in stature. We love you so much.
xoxo  Mommy & Daddy
P.S. Nice mug shot.

Friday, May 1, 2015

in the tiki tiki room.

We had a really great time last night 
celebrating Parker and Ethan. 
To top it all off, they chose to have homemade 
coldstone-style ice creams.
 The kids thought it was the best, mixing and mushing their own special creations....
until their stomachs began to hurt.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

the man in the wheelchair.

Yesterday while driving to pick Parker up from school, I got a glimpse of a grown man in a lifeless state with his head hanging down, sitting in a wheelchair being lifted into a bus. 
It touched my heart and just made me think how we (even as Christians) choose to pick things apart and not see the blessings in things or others. We become so fixated on what’s wrong that we lose sight of so much that’s right. 
We don’t even realize how we should have compassion and grateful hearts for one another. Why do we choose to tear down instead of build up? 
With the man in the wheelchair at the back of my mind, I began to wonder-- instead of getting all worked up and bent out of shape when things don’t go our way-- shouldn’t we ask ourselves, “Is it really that bad?” 
This is an issue of the heart. Thank God, Jesus died to give us new ones.
Pictures by:Ethan

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

my boyz.

Last night Chris, Ethan and me (and Jace), picked Parker up early from football practice and went out together for a birthday date. Parker choose a hoagie shop very close to our house. It is one of Chris’ and my favorite places to eat. 
Ethan was good with Parker’s choice since they both wanted to try something new and neither one of them have been there since we first moved here 12 years ago. We had such a nice time hanging out with them and enjoying a dinner fairly early in the night. 
Until Jace decided to get cranky. The kind of cranky he gets right before he falls asleep.  But thankfully, it was right about the time we were finishing up our dinner. 
Afterward they wanted us to take them over to Hobby Lobby so they could look around for birthday presents. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said that my kids always want to go there.  
Ethan bought a wooden catapult building kit and Parker bought a ‘How to Draw’ kinda book and of course, a metal sign for his room about trespassing and being shot. 
And once again, right when we were leaving, Jace got very cranky. That’s when I discovered he blew up and out of his diaper. Lovely. I quickly changed and cleaned him up in the car with all the extras that I never leave home without. 
We are so proud of our two oldest and their love and desire to serve God. Today is Ethan’s 12th birthday, and tomorrow we are going to make them their birthday dinner request (porcupine meatballs) and have a grand tiki room birthday. The decorations are already up.

no--parker did not buy this sign

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

before I forget.

Today-- my oldest turned 15.
Tomorrow-- my second oldest turns 12.
Sophia was just offered a third teacher assistant job this week.
Tallulah told the FedEx man to “have a nice day’. She is so smart. Being baby number 10 puts you on the fast track for a lot of things.
Jace went in the van with a binky, but an hour later it was nowhere to be found while we were out running errands. I think it disappeared into another dimension. 
The weather is warm and all I want to do is be outside watching my kids play on the slip-n-slide.
I had no idea that when I became a Pastor’s wife meant that I had a sign on my back that said, “When you’re bitter at God-- take it out on me.”
After having eleven children, I’m asking myself if I am still willing to trust God with my family size. The answer still seems to be ‘yes’.
When I mention Hobby Lobby, my kids beg me to take them with me.
I sleep for an hour in my bed when I first go to sleep, then I sleep in my recliner from midnight to 6am. Then back in my bed from 6 to 7am when Chris takes the baby.
That’s when Chris spends quality daddy and baby time with Jace during his 6am prayer time.
Parker is going to have x-rays and is scheduled to see a sports orthopedic doctor on May 4th. 
As of right now, the old Toby Mac music is my fav!
No matter how many kids I have or how crazy my life can be with the Littles, I just LOVE preparing and teaching my 3 to 5 year old children’s church class. It’s definitely a calling on my life. 
I am thankful that who I was isn’t who I am since I gave my life to Jesus. I laid it all down and have a beautiful new life.
I teach my children compassion-- that even though it’s awkward, asking others about the trials and the pain they’re in or may have gone through shows people you care about them. Too many people think that not talking about a problem or not asking how someone is really doing is somehow being a friend. 
It's only April, but I am already preparing what my children may need for Bible conference in June. 
I hate video games. Any electronics for that matter.
I’ve discovered vinegar and baking soda for washing my laundry. My towels have been revived. 
I wish someone would have shared the gospel with me when I was in jr. high/high school.
I can live on Swiss cheese.
I fantasize about going on vacation without all the kids. Then when I’m offered a chance to go on vacation without all the kids, I just can’t leave them. I can’t live away from them. 
I started the “Seamless” Bible study by Angie Smith. The Bible seems new again.

Monday, April 27, 2015

balloons make everything better.

Jace went to the pediatrician today for his two month check up. The nurse loved his red hair and the doctor said he looked great! Jace smiled and talked to the him while he checked his eyes and ears. He was 24” tall and weighed in at 12 lbs 8 oz. What a chunk! 
He took a big nap when he got home and woke up fussy and not very happy because of his vaccinations. 

Charlie and I took him for a ride to drop off Parker at track practice (he made the prelim’s) and that helped quiet Jace down a bit which is a surprise since he hasn’t been a great traveler. Remember-- he only likes being held, not sitting in a car seat. 

Anyway, when we got home, he took a little cat nap and has been fussy since. That is, until we showed him Jasper’s blue balloon. He immediately calmed down and has been very happy and cooing watching my ceiling fan gently nudging the balloon. 

Who would’ve thought a balloon could make a two month old baby so happy. Don’t worry... I never left him unattended with a swirling balloon. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

a perfect date.

This morning, Chris and I took our seven year olds out for a birthday date (they are only 11 1/2 months apart). They both wanted to go out for breakfast. 

Lincoln choose IHOP which I didn’t mind since it’s one of my favorite places to go for breakfast. My Dad use to take my family to IHOP when I was a little girl. I always loved it and have fond memories of those times. 

I wasn’t surprised when they ordered the ‘Funny Face’ pancakes. And since they didn’t know what the different flavored syrups tasted like, we poured each one on a spoon so they could see which was their favorite. 

Chocolate pancakes weren’t enough chocolate because they had to order hot chocolate too. It was just a really nice morning. 

Afterwards, we took a drive to a horse stable only ten minutes away to look into riding lessons for the girls. I looked into this place years ago, but never followed through with it. 

The timing is perfect since Chris seems to have taken a sudden interest contemplating lessons and what it would cost for our family to lease or own one. Not to mention that the owner of the stable has her niece’s large pony who has been lacking in love and largely unridden for a couple years. She just wants someone to love and ride her. 

The kids are excited and Chris and I are in “discussion” about full-leasing the pony. Fingers crossed. Did I ever mention that I love horses and grew up riding, training and owning my own. My dream has always been to have my kids grow up around horses too. 

Perhaps someday...