These first two pictures are from a math session awhile back. Our curriculum had this very fun day planned where the kidos got to compare different items and guess what would weigh more. It made for an easy and enjoyable session. Fun stuff. Hil in particular really got into it and did some hollering when their guesses were correct... which was almost every time.
Ok, and every kido needs to have a picture of them at the kitchen sink. :-)
At the breakfast table this morning, with a plate and two pancakes sitting in front of him, Ittai says in a grumpy voice "I don't have something." He indicated Clara's plate and said "one of those." It was a fork. :-)
Also, at breakfast, I asked the kids if everyone had a good sleep. Clara responded with earnestness, "Oh yes! I loved it!" Sounding too grown up. :-)
There was a little 3 1/2 year old fellow playing Indian outside just a bit ago. I called said fellow inside to finish the salad left uneaten on his plate. After coming in, I was informed that "Indian's don't eat salad. They eat corn".
One morning a while back, Hilkiah announced that he wanted to have 19 kids. His older sister responded along these lines: "You don't want to get married, and you have to get married to have kids." Hilkiah's explanation for why he didn't want to get married was "I didn't want to get married because I thought every time you got married you had to fight in the army." :-)
A couple weekends back, we took an impromptu, one night trip out of town to see a couple vehicles we were interested in buying. We ended up not purchasing either vehicle, but we were blessed with family fun along the way.
It's been a day of blessings. Life can be so full of challenge, struggle, things I don't understand, but God is so GOOD to pour in such blessings with it.
Some blessings from my day:
The serious face of a three year old, facing me with his sweet brown eyes and listening as I read from the Bible. That look of attention was so precious.
That same precious child, because of listening to a book being read later in the morning, asking with sweet eagerness if "Jesus would come to our house?" And later in the conversation saying "I would say Hi and hug Him". It gave Mommy the opportunity to share with him and the others that if he would put his faith in the Lord Jesus, Jesus would come to live inside him and and would be with him always.
This same sweet little fellow bringing yet MORE weed flowers as gifts for Mommy. A three year old sweetly bringing you weeds is just way too precious!!!! Seriously.
Potty-training successes. We're "behind" on that, but very thankfully, the Lord has been blessing us with progress! And boy, it can be exciting... and a relief!!!!
All the bigs going to Grandma's for part of the afternoon. I took my dear Tirzie on a walk. As she was riding in the stroller, without older sibling to distract her, she started singing away. She knows a few words from "Jesus Loves Me". She sang and sang. Sometimes I would join her and then she would carry on solo. "Twinkle twinkle" got added in there a little bit, but we mostly sang Jesus Loves Me. Preciousness, that may not have happened or been appreciated with out that one-on-one time. Thank You, Lord. And thank you, Grandma!
A few snipets from life in these parts: We had a sonogram, and our latest Blessing is due September 12! That puts us at 13 weeks right now. We had the sono at 11 weeks 4 days and our tiny little person put on a good show! Already jumping in there! :-)
Here's some cuteness from the big sister:
This girl brings us soooo many smiles and such joy. She is developing like crazy and adding words rapidly to her vocabulary. She loves to hold up phones or a toy camera while saying "cheese. cheese." Then she'll turn the device and offer you to " 'N she?" (offering for you to "see" her latest "photograph").
Some friends invited us to join them last Saturday at Home Depot's once a month workshop for kids. This month, the project was assembling and decorating toy wagons. We'd never been before, and the kidos really enjoyed it. Here's some shots of folks at work, followed by a photo of the finished projects. That one includes our little friend.
This last shot was taken today, of folks enjoying a spur-of-the-moment treat: fast food picnic for lunch! Fun stuff!!!
Here's a few smiles from our house. Even though she looks so bright in these pictures, these were taken when sweet Tirzah was sick with the flu that recently made it's way through this family. Her big sister was hanging out with her for a bit on the chair. Enjoy the smiles. :-)
For those of you who don't already know, and to make it "blog official", Tirzah has some very good news for ya'll:
Yes, our precious blessing number 5 is on his or her way and Tirzah is a big sister! Lord willing, our home will be becoming even busier and more blessed then it already is with the arrival of our newest little one! :-) Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Just had a very nice visit from my dear sister, Anna! She blessed us by giving us her 5 day weekend! She now lives a lot closer then she used to... so it makes short visits a possibility! Yay!! It's so good to get to have some sister time and she is such a help and blessing to have around! Love you, Annie!!!
Here we are at the zoo soaking up some sun and warm weather and checking out the ducks.
As perhaps you can see it Ittai's eyes, we've been battling sickness around here. It slowly went through everyone, except for Mommy. And two of the kidos had relapses. But Lord willing, we should be out of the woods soon.
We've had very little snow this winter. Very little precipitation period. But a couple weeks ago we got a lovely covering of soft white stuff. The three bigger ones were out enjoying it. I didn't feel like going out in it. I didn't feel dressing Tirzah and I up or being out there, period. But I decided to to go out for just a bit anyway. And we had a good time! Hilkiah in particular, thought snowball fighting with Mom was great fun. And Tirzah, wonder of wonders, kept her mittens on!!! And 15 month olds don't always take to tromping around in the snow, but she did great and I tried to rescue her quickly any time she tumbled. Fun times. Ittai had a great time doing his own thing, one of which was running around "like a horse."
Life is so full of opportunities to do things I don't FEEL like doing. And many times there will be blessings in doing those very things. May the Lord remind me of this snowy day as I face some of the "don't feel like its" ahead of me in future days.
Stepping a little farther back in time with more moments from earlier this fall. We'll start with this snap of brother and sister cuteness. :-)
Next up, we have Clara and Hil's outfits for Pioneer Days. Every year, right before Thanksgiving our home school group has a special morning where the kids get to do pioneer type activities, dress up if they want to, and everything culminates with a lunch that Dad's and Grandparents can join us for. Both kidos wanted to dress up this year. Unfortunately, Clara was getting over sickness, and had to miss the morning activities and just go to the lunch. Boy, was she bummed. Still got to dress up though.
Though he didn't take the entire get-up pictured here, he was still a very good looking cowboy.
Our boy lost his first tooth and the second isn't too far behind! Haven't found a "pause" button on any of these kids yet. They keep growing up!
Have I mentioned before that Ittai likes to line things up? It's not on obsession, just a cute thing that happens every once in a while.
Another school day shot:
A couple posts back, Stephen shared a video from a date he had with Clara and Hil. The littles and I had our own meal out. These next two were taken then.