Friday, November 29

{this moment}

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Wednesday, November 27


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The girls and I have been keeping Thankful journals this month.  It has been a fun way to reflect on each day in a positive way.  Here are few thoughts from each of us over the past month...

  • I am thankful I am not at all sad.
  • I am thankful for swimming pools
  • I am thankful for cough drops
  • I am thankful for my life
  • I am thankful for having friends outside to have a great time.
  • I am thankful for Daddy at school.  (he got to go to breakfast at school that day)
  • I am thankful for rainbows, they are pretty.
  • I am happy Chelle came to our house for lunch.

  • unexpected kindnesses that make the day so sweet
  • friends who encourage you to try new things
  • books...and little girls who love them...and the way they change my heart...and friends who share them with me
  • the sound of children laughing outside 
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25

Sunrises and Sledding

Hope you had a lovely weekend...we sure did!  Saturday started off with this beautiful sunrise...

...and ended with this sweet Thanksgiving program at church followed by a Thanksgiving potluck.  A great way to spend an evening!

After Kelsey read bible verses at church last week, Stacy's turn was this week.

In the afternoon we went outside in the fresh slush to go sledding...

Afterwards we warmed up with some hot chocolate, of course! 

Friday, November 22

{this moment}

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Wednesday, November 20

Book Review--The Jesus Story

The Jesus Story
By Dr. William H. Marty

Dr. Marty is a professor at Moody Bible institute and has written this book in hopes of presenting a clear narrative of Jesus' life in chronological order.  He does an excellent job of taking compiling all the events in Jesus' life from the Gospels and making them accessible to all readers.

I enjoyed this book...I found it to be a book that I will likely keep on the shelf to refer to again and again.  It might not be one that you sit down and read cover to cover, but that does not take away from its value.  I think I might also share parts of it with my kids to help them understand events in biblical times more clearly. 

Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.  

Outside the Snow is Falling...

...and my kids are calling, "Yoo-hoo!".  Ok, not quite.  It is snowing, but the girls are still at school. This is going to be quick because I promised to take them skating after school today and Scott and I have bible study tonight so I need to get ready so that we can fully enjoy skating. 

Yesterday I finished a little (and very simple!) project that has been brewing for awhile.  The kids painted these canvases months ago and I had planned on decoupaging letters onto them, but could never decide on the right paper.  The other day I took the plunge and just traced letters and painted them. I love how they turned out!  Then I printed a bunch of pictures from our adventures in 2013 and hung them up below.  The kids loved it!  They loved remembering all the fun we've had in the past months. 

If you've ever been to our place, this is on the wall between the girls' bedroom door and ours.  There used to be a giant pocket chart calendar there, but now that they're old enough to use a regular calendar, we retired the big one.  It was so fun to browse through a year's worth of pictures on my computer to choose these.  At the end of December I will throw them all in an album and start again.  I am trying to do one album of pictures a year.  In this digital age, it is still fun to pull out a photo album and hold it in your hand! to the rest of my to-do list! 

Monday, November 18

Sick Days

I honestly do not know how people with more kids do it, but my hat is off to them!  How you can handle 3, 4, 5 sick kids is beyond me.  I am certain that it is no less heartbreaking.  Often mama is the last one to get whatever bug works through this family.  This time however, I was first and I can't help but think it was a good thing.  This bug is not fun.  It's the "common" cold, but this version is not so common.  It's just downright nasty and miserable.  I'll spare you the mucus-y details but I will say that it comes with one of the worst sore throats I've ever had.  It hurts.  Bad.  So when Kelsey started talking about a sore throat I understood exactly what "My throat hurts, Mom." meant.  We tried to keep her busy this weekend and keep her mind off of it a bit, while also allowing her plenty of down time to rest and convalesce.  Here are some moments from our weekend...

Friday night's 200 piece puzzle...

From my walk on Saturday...

Scott teaching Stacy to play cribbage on Sunday morning...

Kelsey reading the scripture reading at church for the first time...

Today Kelsey made it for a couple of hours at school before she asked me to come get her.  One of the benefits of living across the street from the school!  At home she rested, played a Wii game we had borrowed from some friends, read books, wrote letters, and then asked to bake.  I can never say no to a little girl who wants to cook, so she chose these muffins and she was off.  She did it almost by herself!  Though I hate it that she is feeling crummy, it was fun to spend some one on one time with her today!

And just for fun, here's a picture of the icecicle that has formed between the storm window and the interior window in the girls' room.  We plunged into a cold snap on Friday night and we've been running our humidifiers at night to help us all breathe more easily.  File this one under "only in Whittier..."!  I ran a fan in our room all day, working to defrost the window there.

Hope you all had wonderful weekends!  May the sniffles, coughs and sore throats stay far from your homes!

Friday, November 15

{this moment}

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Wednesday, November 13

Kindness: Pass It On

Today is World Kindness Day.  If ever there was a random day of celebration that I can get behind, this is it!  I printed a few of these 'take a smile' posters today and taped them up around the building. 

I also visited one of my favorite websites, Kind Over Matter and printed these and these for the girls. The teachers at school had bombed the school with kind notes.  I took pictures of a few of them...

 I just finished reading this book

get yours!
and it is fabulous.  The kind of book that makes you want to be a better human.  One that I can easily see myself reading again and again.  It really spoke to my newfound rawness that I shared about here. The rawness that has taken my 'happy crier' tendancies to a whole new level.  This weekend at my conference I again found myself frequently either in tears or near tears.  The student performances are a crying 'for sure' for me, but then presentations about the effects of childhood trauma trigger me too.  Not just for the sad trauma, but for the fact that there are people out there who care enough to research it and share that information with the world.  That there are schools like the amazing Lincoln Alternative School in Walla Walla, WA.  Don't you dare click 'play' without a tissue nearby!

The Health Center at Lincoln from The Health Center on Vimeo.

This kind of stuff just breaks my heart and heals it all at once.  It's that reminder that I need every single day that we belong to each other.  All of us human beings.  Let's be kind and take care of each other.     

Monday, November 11

Catching Up

Hi there!  I'm back from my conference (which was excellent!) and camped out on my couch.  I fought a nasty cold the whole time and I was in town and then it followed me home.  Ugh.  I know I am sick when Scott tells me that looking at me makes him feel bad for me and that I should go to bed.  I did, at 8:30 and then napped a couple of times today.  Here's hoping that some extra rest helps me kick this yuckiness!

Way back on Thursday, the girls and I went to town for an early morning meeting, then we went to the Anchorage Museum.  It's been awhile since we have been there (this was our first time...oh my those little girls were cute!) so I figured it was a good "fun" thing to do on a no school day.  The girls agreed, so we were off.  This time around they were old enough to explore the whole museum.  We started in the art gallery...

Kelsey was really into the art.  Stacy...not so much.

Both girls had a blast in the Imaginarium...

Then we went upstairs to the historical part of the museum...

By this point the girls were pooped, so we piled back into the car and headed for home.  Stacy was crashed out before we even hit midtown!

It is fun to visit these sorts of places that they grow with us.  It was fun three years ago when we only played in the Imaginarium and it was fun last week when we could explore more deeply.  And it doesn't hurt that mama loves museums!!

Friday, November 8

{this moment}

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Tuesday, November 5

Hello, Monday!

Hello there!  Hope you had a great weekend, friend!  The girls and I spent all day on Saturday in town.  We left here at 8am and got home at 8pm.  That's a special kind of exhaustion, let me tell you!  The good news is we got almost everything crossed off mama's 'to do in town' list.  Yippee!

One of our stops on Saturday was at the hospital to visit a friend of ours who is recovering from a surgery.  He's our 'Whittier Grandpa'--he and his wife have become a part of our family here in town.  It was the girls' first hospital visit and I was so proud of them!  I think hospitals can be pretty overwhelming and scary and seeing someone you love in bed instead of in his recliner is pretty disconcerting.  He is recovering well and the girls had made him little cards which he was delighted to recieve.  Kelsey had tons of questions about machines, the bed, the bathroom, the white board, and the list goes on.  Stacy was a bit shyer.  I had done lots of preparation talking before we got there about what it might be like.  On our way out we were de-briefing how it went and one of the girls said, "It was a little scary, but I think it made him happy that we came and I bet it won't be as scary the next time we go visit someone."  Yup.  That pretty much sums it up, kiddo!


If you're reading this from someplace in Alaska you're already well aware of our bizzare weather this fall.  As in we actually had a fall that lasted more than two weeks.  It's actually still going on!  We've yet to have a hard freeze here in Whittier and have had no more than a dusting of snow, way back in September.  Just for reference, we were skating last October!!  We are loving this extended fall.  It was 38 in Anchorage on warm!


Hello again!  You didn't even know I left, but I just found this open window.  Guess I didn't quite finish up yesterday.  Oh well!  I'm off to a meeting and a conference for the rest of the week, so if you don't hear from me don't worry!

Friday, November 1

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  

Inspired by SouleMama