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Face Paint....

My first attempt at face painting. It turned out ok but I have now learned that pink and reds tend to stain the skin. LOL!


Superhero Princess


Connor wanted to be Spiderman.



Kyalynn wanted to be a kitty.

This all came about because while attending the Library Fall Family Festival the little's each had their faces painted for the very first time. They loved it and Kyalynn cried when we washed it off her face at bathtime. So I had the idea of buying face paint so I could paint their faces anytime. Sounds good until you wash off their faces and realize they have stains where the paints were. LOL!
So here is the "professionals" face painting. Much, much better! LOL!








Ard's Farm...

Sean had been at this farm during a business trip and thought the little's would really enjoy it so we made a trek there a couple of weekends ago. It was really neat! They had several different kinds of mazes, animals, a fun barn filled with hay and tunnels, tractors to ride on, and games to play. We ate dinner at the farm restaurant before we headed home. It was a day of memories made...so in my book a great day!!



Kyalynn and Connor racing their ducks in the water game.


The Fun Barn is aptly named. LOL!

This was so cool! They had a slide tunnel built into the hill. I told Sean we ought to do this on our mountain! Man, what  a ride that would be! :)


Kyalynn LOVED it! You could hear her giggling the whole way down. :)


Gabriella liked it but not enough to go again and again. I think her limit was 5 times.


Connor rode the slide every which way possible. Let's see...he went on his butt, his belly, and twisting side ways the whole ways down at least once, that I saw. He would go down and…

Geesh!...

Well unfortunately Gabriella's numbers have not balanced out. In fact, they haven't budged! And, that's after reducing both her medications. I just wish there was some rhyme or reason to it. I mean, seriously, the specialist calls and says "well her numbers are still too high. Let's try lowering it a bit more", and when the numbers are too low we just do the opposite. She's told us before that Gabriella's body is much more sensitive to changes she makes compared to the other children she treats. So we have to increase or reduce her medicine in tiny increments or else it could be dangerous to her. Hence, why the bloodwork all the time. We reduce or increase and then get bloodwork. Then look at the numbers and readjust and get more bloodwork, etc.

So.....it looks like little princess and I will be having a bit more "girl time" together next week as she endures another round of bloodwork. :(

My Dad...

Thanks for the prayers! My dad is home and recovering. He noticed about 3 weeks ago a lump in his stomach. It kept increasing in size and tenderness. He went to the Dr. last week and was scheduled for surgery today. The surgeon said it was possible it was a rip(hernia) from where they had implanted the camera during his gall bladder surgery last year. Or it could be my dad thinks he is Arnold Schwartzenegger (Sp?) and lifts things that he shouldn't. LOL! All that matters is, that it's now fixed, my dad is fine and we thank you for praying!

Surgery...

Hey all, my dad was just wheeled back for surgery. Please join me in prayer for him, the doctors, the nurses, the anesthesioligists (sp?) and all the others involved in his care.
Thank you so much!!

A Girl and Her Castle...

Today Gabriella had to go for more bloodwork. Her numbers are so random that they go from being extremely high to extremely low within a matter of a week! UGH! So we are praying these test results will show a balance between the numbers so we can hold off more bloodwork for at least a month.

While driving to the hospital Gabriella asked me if I wanted to hear her story so I quickly shut off the radio and said absolutely! She began by telling me she wanted to talk about Jesus. Then she proceeded to tell me the Easter story in detail. Then she touched on all the major Bible Stories she has heard, Daniel, Joseph, Moses, etc. When she got to Jonah I had to laugh. She was telling me how he was a bad boy and didn't obey God and so a big, giant whale swallowed him into his belly. She said it stank inside and he got green things (seaweed) in his hair, all the while she had her face twisted up in a little yucky grimace to make her point. It was so cute!

She told me many stories and happil…

Mary's Story...

Mary Magdalene's story is one of the most eloquent examples of the truth that when Jesus redeems your life, it is changed forever. That doesn't necessarily mean that all your external circumstances change, but because the risen Christ is present, life is full of purpose and hope. Perhaps that is one of the greatest lessons I am learning. I used to think that when you love and follow Christ, he would change your life circumstances that are painful or clear your path of potential potholes. I believe now that the truth is far greater. Rather than get us out of trouble, Jesus lives in us through any troubles.
~ From the book "Let Go" by Sheila Walsh ~


As I've stated before I simply adore Sheila Walsh. She is my absolutely, hands-down, favorite speaker at the Women of Faith event each year. Her gritty honesty and realness are what draw me to her and her story. I desire to be a woman who wears no masks, that shares openly, honestly and transparently from my heart so tha…

Celebrate!!

The cake the little's decorated for Sean and I's anniversary. Looks yummy, huh?! LOL!



Proud smiles!



This beautiful cake was made by Ericka, Zack's girlfriend. She did an amazing job on it! I LOVE sunflowers so she made this sunflower cake with sprinkles for seeds, ladybugs made from decorated peanut M&M's, and green cake batter. What a sweet surprise!

Sean and I celebrated last weekend alone so on our anniversary we had a mini party with the kids. After all, life is about celebrating! Around here I try to grab ahold of any moments that can be made into another mountain memory. Streamers, balloons, delightful dinner, decadent dessert (see above), and of course our traditional pinata. A party isn't a party around here without a pinata. :) And when the kids were finally asleep we snuggled and laughed and dreamed about the next 20 years and what else God has planned for us and our family.

All Because Two People Fell In Love...

When I was 14 my parents went through a time of separation. My brother stayed with my dad and my mom and I moved to an apartment in the city. Several months later my parents reconciled and we moved back home but my attitude towards my dad was not the greatest. I was often told I needed an attitude adjustment. (Hard to believe...I know! LOL!) So to facilitate my attitude adjustment and to help me reattach to my dad we began taking Tae Kwon Do classes together. I know now that God used that bad situation to bring me a "good" thing...Sean! Sean was our Karate Instructor!!! He was a 2nd degree Black Belt and boy, could he make that uniform look good!! :) Ok, sorry, I digress...:)

Sean has always been a perfect gentleman and so while we began lessons he NEVER talked to me. He would always seek my dad out and chat with him but when I came over to them he'd always find an excuse to leave. I couldn't figure out why and it wasn't until several months later when he began, …

Gettin' His Crow On...

Our rooster is FINALLY learning how to crow! His crowing (if you call it that! LOL!) has been pitiful and sad. The little's have been helping to "teach" him how to crow. It is so cute! They do this "cock-a-doodle-do" and he answers with a "do". LOL! But this morning loud enough for everyone to hear Cocky-Locky (our rooster) belted out a real rooster crow! It still isn't perfect but there's hope that he will get there. LOL! Besides, I think his ladies (our chickens) were mighty proud of him as well. Now, if they could step up to the plate and start laying some eggs! LOL!

Hide n Seek Anyone?...

We love playing hide n seek on the pipeline but when the weeds are this high it's perfect. Well, perfect if you are the seeker because if you are hiding there are always little's, cats, kittens and dogs to give your hiding spot away. LOL! Nolan was so cute. Every time he was hiding with me I'd say "shhhh" and he'd put his little finger up to his lips and say "shhhh". LOL! Sean won the award for best hiding place last time because he hid in the ferns and I wasn't about to go in there. After all, there might have been snakes! :)

King of the Mountain...

Husband and daddy extradonaire......Sean!

What Do You Get?...

When you take a pile of acorns..... a boy... and an unsuspecting little girl? ACORN WAR!! Acorn wars are big around here. You need to be on your toes at all times or else you might just feel an acorn bounce off your back or sometimes, off your head. Ouch! LOL! Those little buggers can sting. And remember that unsuspecting little girl? Actually, she had a whole handful of acorns and was just waiting for the perfect time to unleash. LOL! Ahhh, Fall. So many wonderful things...apples, pumpkins, fairs, leaves and acorns!! LOL!

Shock and Awe...

The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, "choose 12 men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight." So Joshua called together the 12 men....and said to them, "...Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve asa sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, "what do these stones mean?" tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These st…

A Taste of Africa....

Friday nights around here consists of pizza and soda. That's one of our traditions...there's nothing like homemade pizza and Cherry Coke to hit the spot. :) But this past Friday night we ventured into a new cuisine...African.

Our homeschooling technique has always been about hands-on and immersion in the subject so researching, cooking and eating African cuisine just seemed to tie right in. The dishes we created were Luku (Ethiopia), Meat on a Stick (Ethiopia, Uganda), Samusas (East Africa), Injera (Ethiopia), and Kashata (East Africa). I must say as we were cooking it I wasn't so sure it was going to taste good but actually it was all very tasty! My two favorites were the Luku and Kashata. YUM!

Sean took pictures with his phone but they are not even worthy of posting. :) We used this book for recipes and it was chocked full of great information about Africa as well. It was called "Cooking the East African Way" by Bertha Vining Montgomery and Constance Nabwire. H…

Left To Tell...

My mother-in-law allowed me to borrow this book on CD and I highly recommend it! It is NOT an easy story to listen to but it will bolster your faith and show the power of God to protect in the face of extreme odds.

It is the story of Immaculee Ilibagiza, a native of Rwanda during the bloody genocide. She spent 91 days in a bathroom 4' x 3' with 7 other women. Her amazing faith during adversity really spoke to my heart.

I did find myself yelling at the CD several times when I heard that although the Rwandan government asked for help from America we did not come to their aid. I tasted bitter gall in my mouth for what we, as Americans, take for granted each and every waking moment of our lives and how many, many others never will experience even a drop of clean water!

It is a gruesome tale at some points because that is what genocide is. It reminded me of the bible verse that says "nothing is new under the sun". We've seen this same type of violence in so many ways ov…

Is That A Lion?...

It's just Kyalynn pretending to be a lion. Don't worry...she doesn't bite.LOL!



We are studying all about Africa in school. We've only really focused on the animals so far. There are alot of wonderfully diverse animals to learn about in this beautiful country! Anyways, while taking a walk the other day the little's were pretending to be lions. They would hide in the high grass and stalk their prey and then run out growling. Nolan thought it was the funniest thing. LOL! He even pretended to be a lion hiding in the grass but decided that he'd rather be a boy because tall grass is itchy and it's hard to see anything. :)

Ahhh, Hope....

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7 We are rejoicing tonight in answered prayers. Sean, Connor and I met with a Christian Therapist and she was able to validate our concerns, help me to see I'm not crazy (LOL!), and offer us hope. We don't have answers (yet!) but she was able to help set our feet on the right path and point us in the right direction as far as other professionals we need to contact and get involved to help us on this journey. But the best thing by far was the fact that she intertwined everything with the Truth, God. Since our hearts desire is to have God at the center of all we do, this just blessed us immensely. Before we left, we all prayed together and knew the Holy Spirit had orchestrated this whole meeting. It was a wonderful feeling and definately an answer to prayer!!

Progress....Slow But Steady....

Just look at her! My precious jewel....Kyalynn. Kyalynn's progress is more like the tortoise than the hare in the story of that great race. It's teeny tiny steps but at least it's progress. She is speaking so much more clearer now and uses sentences more often. She still screams when she doesn't get her way and has added stomping her foot or just plain throwing herself onto the ground. BUT these are less often than before....slow but steady progress in the right direction. :) Kyalynn can sing all the books of the Old Testament and has half of the New Testament down as well. When it comes to memory this girls' got it! LOL! However, if you want her to sit down and listen to the bible or devotions when she has other plans....watch out! LOL! She dresses herself, puts her own shoes on, uses silverware (most of the time), brushes her teeth and has even started helping during bath time. These are all things we couldn't wait for her to do and she did...slowly and stead…

Ahhh....

Can you read the words? It says Today is a New Beginning. Oh how I love that! This was from Women of Faith this year and it couldn't be more perfect for me. Each night when I crawl into bed exhausted in every way I pray that the next day will be better. God always sees me through. He gives me His strength because all too often I am weak. Each day, He gives me a New Beginning. Who else would do that??!! Just one more reason I am so thankful for HIM! :)