Monday, September 15, 2014

 Ice cream party.  :-)

 A fun little guy!  Ittai is just going through this absolutely precious and adorable stage of life right now.  He can just melt a Mommy and Daddy heart.  And he is becoming quite the funny little fellow and catching on to the idea of making people laugh.  :-)  He also likes drama.  The other day he accidentally crashed on his little car.  He then decided that was pretty neat and proceeded to have some careful, on purpose crashes.  I saw him carefully, and gingerly "fall" over the handlebars and then after a bit he pulled the car over on himself.  :-)
 Another ice cream party shot.

A cute train or tandem bike invention, that happened recently.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Few Sweet Moments

 On a Road Trip

 A Chilly Day In July

One Morning Awhile Back, We Discovered This Cute Little Turtle
One of our trikes has the perfect spot for giving rides to little creatures.  :-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Fun

A friend blessed us with a slip and slide for Clara's Birthday and the kids have had fun with it!  Something about water... little folks just love it! 

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for bringing us so much joy in the things You created!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Great Grandma and Grandpa

Over the last few months, we've had the unexpected privilege of having my grandparents in town.  Before they left I had to capture some shots of them with some of their greatgrands!  :-)  Thought my mom, in particular, would like seeing these!  :-)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More On The Trip

 So, here are some more pictures from our quick trip this last weekend.  Stephen was taking a class on Saturday, and invited the fam to come along.  I was rather dubious as to how enjoyable of a time the kids and I would have with whatever we could find to do.  Stephen's class was in a town of about 400+ people.  The kids and I spent the day about 15 miles away in a town that was bigger, but definitely Small-Town-America.  Turns out Small-Town-America has a lot to offer!!!  We had such a great time!  In the morning the kidos had a super fun time at this very unusual park that was part fort, part farm, part old time town.  First few pictures are from there.

Then we toured a neat stockade replica that had all kinds of interesting old time stuff to check out!  The other little guy in this picture is the grandson of the lady who was showing us around.

 My little lady got to try out a sidesaddle.

And here is Hil posing with an old apple cider press.

We had a delicious lunch at a Bakery and had an afternoon dip in the very nice city pool.  Fun day!  Thank You, Lord!
Finally, some recent pictures!  This one was taken on a 24 hour away trip that we had last weekend.  Stephen was taking a class and the kidos and I were along for the fun of it and to be with Daddy.  We had such an enjoyable time! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clara Lately

Well, the little lady's stiches are out and the chin is healing nicely!  Thank You, Lord!  She has quite enjoyed getting to fill people in on details of this adventure.  :-)  She is quite the character that girl.  Bumps, bruises, scratches and owies in general are very common occurrences.  She recently learned to ride two wheels and that hasn't helped the number of mishaps.  She figured out a "stunt" the other day where she was riding under tree limbs and reaching up and grabbing the limb with both hands and letting the bike then carry on without her.  Daddy put a stop to that dangerous trick before it caused any injury!!!  Despite her adventuresome antics, she is not a tom-boy.  She is definitely a girl who also likes pretty dresses, tea parties, and babies.  And she is also becoming very capable of being a good helper to Mommy!  Clara also takes spiritual issues seriously.  Pray with us that the Lord Jesus Christ will be drawing her to Himself and that we will have His wisdom as we seek to guide her little heart to Him. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


 Sunday night, Clara slipped on some playground equipment and hit the metal deck of said equipment, busting the underside of her little chin quite severely.  She ended up with 8 stiches.  She is so precious in a scary situation.  She talks and talks and talks.  She talks about how scary this is, how she doesn't want stiches, how she's NEVER going back to that play equipment again, etc.!!!  We were about 40 min. out of town when this happened and it was a long drive in to the hospital.  She was pretty calmed down by then, and Stephen took her into the hospital and I took the boys home.  Daddy said she did really well with her stiches and all.  And guess what?!! The ER was empty and they were in and out in about 45 min.!

The next morning when Clara woke up she told me, "when I went to sleep I dreamed about Daddy going with me and all his love and care for me and I cried."  So precious!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hot then Cold

Last night Hil was wanting me to make it cooler in the house.  He informed me that he was "burning into a burning ice pack." 

Figure that one out!  :-)

And then, maybe 45 minutes later, when it started to rain outside, he wanted to build a fire.  :-)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Marine Pie?

The other day I had let it be known that I had baked cinnamon rolls that morning and Grandpa Bob and Grandma Beth popped over in the early afternoon for some dessert.  I asked the kids "What do you think we could give them for dessert?"

Hilkiah: "I know! We could do a marine pie. A marine lemon pie."


We had recently got a book from the library where the lemon MERINGUE pie that the lady had baked saved the day.  :-)

We'll have to make a Marine pie one of these days. 

We have had an eventful last month and a half.  Our two big ones celebrated birthdays, turning 4 and 6!  We have had my Grandparents in town, initially for a quick visit, but now for an extended stay while dealing with a major health issue.  They are staying out at Stephen's parents.  

I'm now around 21 or 22 weeks along with our newest little Gift from God!  Ittai is pretty clueless about the newest addition, but Hil and Clara both give the baby kisses and Clara is praying it's a girl.  I think we may try to find out ahead of time with this one.  The nausea is gone, which is very nice!

We have some great pictures from the last while that we need to get downloaded and share.  I'll try to do that in the next few days!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Can't Sleep

Hilkiah came out of the kids room about 4 minutes after being put to bed and said he couldn't sleep because his tummy and his feet were waking up.  The next argument was that they (the feet and tummy) were calling to him so loud to wake him up.  :-)

Monday, April 21, 2014


It's going on a month since I last posted!  Have I ever been negligent! Let me share at least a few random snippets from around here.

I'm around 11-12 weeks pregnant, and very ready to be done feeling icky.  If this is like our other pregnancies, pretty soon here, the nausea should be going away... maybe a few more weeks. It will be worth it.   I'm due to have my next visit with the midwife later this week.

We got to see Daniel and Sarah and fam, this past Friday, and have a family lunch together.  Clara had such a grand time with the cousins that afterwards she was saying that if her family died she wanted to get adopted by the cousins.  :-)

Ittai has been fighting nasty flu or something the last several days.  Poor little trooper.

Hilkiah, though not yet four, can put food away.  Sometimes, it's almost like there are TWO men in the house to feed.  Several mornings back, he consumed a whole piece of toast and THREE fried eggs. 

And guess what?!  I'm learning to sew!  I, who fought the idea when I was younger, am now learning... and enjoying it.  I met a lady a while back who is giving me free lessons.  She has been so kind, and encouraging and I've really enjoyed our times together.  We are tackling a dress for Clara as our first project.

I'll leave it at that for now.  I'll TRY to be much more faithful with my posting!

The Lord Jesus Christ has been so good to us.  We are blessed!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


When we go to homeschool coop Hilkiah likes to hang out with Ittai and Mom in the nursery and not go to the preschool class.  A few times though, he has gone to class, and two of the last times he has used this technique to let his teacher know he's done. He informs her:  "I hear my Mom calling me." :-) 

The other night, after being put to bed, Hilkiah came to the doorway of his room and said in his cute little voice "Guys, I can't sleep really much."

Now for a Clara sweetness.  My big girl came up to me out of the blue the other day and said "I hope you don't divorce this baby."  Too precious!  The correct word would be "miscarry".  :-)

About a week ago, Grandma M. had explained to Clara how Grandpa's water jet works.  That evening Clara decided to explain the process to company.  It was more wordy, with things being repeated, etc., but here's the basics of the explanation:
"You mix up water and sand or maybe dirt. And you put metal there and squirt it and it cuts it.  And Grandma said you shouldn't put your finger there!"

Ittai has some verbal cuteness too.  Today, I told his big brother to say "sorry"  to another little kid, and little Ty starts saying "Sauy. Sauy."

Our packages are truly blessings from the Lord!  They bring us such joy, laughter and precious moments!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Another Blessing On the Way!

We were pleased to find out about a week and a half ago that we are expecting another Blessing!  Lord willing, we should be welcoming this one into the outside world in the time frame of November.  Dates are kind of shaky but we appear to be between 6 and 8 weeks along.  I saw a midwife this week and we got to have a sonogram, and she also picked up a good fast heartbeat!  Thank You, Lord! 

The midwife drew blood while I was there, and it took awhile to fill up the tube...and I'm not good with needles anyway, so I ALMOST passed out.  When I told Clara that I had almost fainted she asked calmly and matter-of-factly "you mean died?"  So, we explained to her what fainting is.  The next day, she was telling someone about what had happened and said "passing out is when you go to bed in the daytime."  Love that girl.

You can be thanking the Lord with us for this new Gift from Him and be praying that if it is His will we will be able to keep this new little one!

Monday, March 17, 2014


 Finally, some pics to share!  Most of these are from the special treat we got to have as a family on our trip, visiting the aquarium in Dallas! 
 This "slothful" fellow was not even in a cage.  Just perched up in a tree that you could walk around.  I guess they can do that because they move EXTREMELY slowly!  His little face was so cute.
 There's nothing to compare it too in this picture... but this croc was huge.

Checking out the river rays.

And here we are with the first manatee I have ever seen in real life.

Don't know what the little man was doing here.  :-)

I think this one is fun of the kids!  This was taken in the shark tunnel.  Photographing three kids is tricky enough... but then trying to catch a shark in the background....  :-)  Daddy did a good job!!

And hey, who needs an extra pillow to prop your legs on at night when you've got a little brother!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

We got back Tuesday evening from a big road trip!  It took in TX, OK, NM AZ, and CO.  It's been a while since we did something that big.  Stephen had a presentation in TX for work.  We stopped for a couple days to see friends in OK and go to a chapel there.  After TX, it was on to AZ, via NM.  We used to live in AZ and hadn't been back for a visit since we moved away, which was over 5 years ago.  The chapel there was having a Bible conference that weekend, so the timing was perfect!  After the conference ended, Sunday, we headed for home. 

It was a lot of hours in car seats for little people, but they did fairly well.  We definitely had some really rough sections, but there were other times where they did great!  It almost seemed like they improved as the trip went on... got accustomed to this "new thing" the family was doing... driving for hour after hour!  :-)  Once we get some pictures down loaded, I'll plan to post some.

The very last morning before we hit the road for the last leg home, the kids had watched a cartoon  about what it means to be frustrated and what to do about it when you feel that way.  That afternoon, Hil says from the back "I'm frustrated. I want to get home."  Then later on: "I'm sick."  I think we asked about what kind of sickness.  "I'm sick of all my frustrating things."  Got to love that boy!  He's been popping out a lot of cute quotes lately!  I think it might be the age!  I'll have to share more soon!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Couple Cutenesses

Today, while playing in the basement Clara informed me that she was going to have a lot to do at the office today.  A BIG pallet was coming.  And there were going to be thousands and thousands of Kanamak workers there to lift it.  Later I found out the pallet weighed 50 hundred pounds.  :-)

A couple nights back, we arrived at a restaurant for dinner and Hil asked if he could bring his blankie inside.  We said he could.  As we walked toward the door he was holding it behind his back to "hide it from the cookers."  :-)

Love those kidos!

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for all the joy they bring us!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Oldies But Goodies

 Out of focus... but cute!

The dear couple

The sweet folks again

                          I seem to remember sharing some water play pictures, back closer to when this happened... but here's another. 

So handsome.  And what a smile!
I looked through some pictures that we had downloaded from Stephen's phone a while back and snatched some to share.  They are old ones, but I figure, at least the long distance fam (and some of you friends too) will enjoy them.  :-)  The outdoors couldn't be much more different then it is right now!  We currently have snow, and the high today was suppose to be about 10!  Yes, that right, TEN degrees.  Not doing much out side.  :-)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

After the Trip

We went to Topeka this last weekend for a bible study/prayer time.  We got to see some good friends in Hutch, U. Dan and A. Sarah, and U. Win on the way back.  By the time we got home, most of my team couldn't hang. 

Truth be told, I wasn't far behind.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sweet Sixteen

And that's what little Ittai is for a few more days... "sweet sixteen"... sixteen MONTHS, that is!  :-)

We love that boy.  He been blossoming, learning and growing.  More and more words are making their way out of his little mouth.  Here's the list.

Pea  (please)


No  (of course)



Selah (yup, believe it or not.  More on that later.)

Cu  (which he sometimes says when you give him something... I think it may be "Thank You")


Da (for Dad)


Oh oh

It's funny how this can be your third child, you've watched two other kidos learn and develop, and yet it's still so exciting and fun to watch them do something new!!!  And you feel so thrilled and happy!!!

About the word "Selah".  We have a Bible memory song that the older kids and I had been learning awhile back.  It ends with the word "Selah", which means "stop and think about this."  We were doing hand motions with this song and for selah we would do a stop sign with our hand and then put our finger up to our heads for that common sign for "thinking".  Well a couple times in the last few days I seen saying something that sounds suspiciously like Selah and putting his little fingers up on his head.  Love it!!! 

The little fellow started off as a total Mommy's boy, but that has changed a lot in the last several months.  He now like his Daddy tons, and toddles off to see him when he gets home from work.  Daddy was greeted the other day with a "Hi Da."

Still not a solid night sleeper.  :-(  However, last night was a rare treat and he slept ALL night!

His wispy, blonde hair is getting longer and longer... and maybe a bit shaggy.  It seems to curl in the back.  And if he doesn't get it wet down and brushed, he has some serious bed-head issues!

He's starting to purposely be goofy and funny, which can sure be adorable and a crack-up.

And he's constantly on the move.  He likes to be held, but you better be moving or doing something, or he likely won't be content.  And he has this thing he does that can be a bit annoying.  He squirms to get down and then will sometimes decide IMMEDIATELY that he wants back up. 

When the big kids do school he likes to come up and point repeatedly at the page and make sounds like "ee, ee, ee, ee.", like he's doing letters too!!!

He also gets fussy during school time, so sometimes he ends up having to spend a little time shut up in the kids room.  Interestingly though, he'll cry for a bit and then quiet down as gets busy doing something in there.

We love that boy.  He's a sinner, like the rest of us... gets cranky and angry.  And like the other two we totally need the Lord's enabling to be able to raise Ittai in a way that glorifies His!!!

The little guy brings us such joy and we are so blessed to have him be a part of our little family!