Friday, May 30, 2008

memorial day

it's been a whirlwind week or so here. we celebrated meade's baptism (more photos to come), celebrated memorial day with friends, had a community cookout the day after memorial day (the big boys went~i sadly had to miss due to a nasty bout of strep throat---at the end of May, no less!). i'm feeling much better now and we're gearing up for summer! the calendar has already filled up quickly and we're excited about a lot of fun things going on. for now, here are a few photos from the backyard...

S playing the battle victim. G is scrambling down to care for the wounded.

meade's buddy~isn't he beautiful?

JD is very serious about his armor and weaponry

this is the "don't mess with me" look.

Friday, May 23, 2008

six months.

a sleepy morning shot

all wrapped up in our bed is one of your favorite places to be

with two of your sweet buddies

at six months you have one tooth broken through and another on the way,
you are working on sitting up,
you give big, wet kisses that you put your whole body into,
your "attack hugs" are simply one of the best things in life.

we love all 18 pounds and 10 ounces of you, precious boy!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

hearts, crickets and strawberries

Sumner and Grayson were fighting over something and I told them they needed to take a break from playing with that particular toy and ask Jesus to help their hearts be kind to each other.
About 5 minutes later, Grayson came out of his room and assumed he could take the toy from the time out spot, because... "my heart thinked about niceness now."

Grayson, our resident cricket catcher, gets so excited about catching one mid jump that often not enough gentleness is shown the poor creatures. Today, we had an unfortunate incident where some cricket blood got on his hand. I said, "Grayson we need to go wash your hands because you have a little cricket blood on you." (ick, i know)
To which Sumner said, "Which is just about the nastiest thing in the world."

And in case you would like some strawberries this summer, Grayson can tell you how to make them:

"you just get a wittle bit of sugar, get a wittle bit of weaves, and get a wittle ice and get some fedders and a wittle bit of water and a wittle bit of green dots. and you get some wed gatowade."

Edit: Forgot this one!
The other day I nearly broke my toe by running into something in the master bath. I was dancing around because it hurt so bad. And then because it was the end of the day and I was nearly crazy (as I am at the end of every day) I got tickled, so I was alternately laughing and crying. Sumner looked at me with that look, like "Man, is she gone." and said under his breath, "Self control." Which made me only laugh harder and then he said, "You need some."

Monday, May 19, 2008

New and Improved

Well...the real new and improved photography website is due this summer. Man! These business steps take time! But, in the mean time I made a few changes to the current site to give it a face needed one! I like this look better...for the time being, anyway! Check out the new links...

What do you think?

Sunday, May 11, 2008


happy birthday sweet boy!

with your arrival, we learned to relax, to not take everything so seriously.

you taught me the importance of enjoying the crazy chaos that is life with little ones, because while it is nutty, it sure is sweet...and it goes by oh so fast.

at 4 you are the reason i can never find a ponytail holder or bobby pin (until i'm straightening your toys and come across one), why the springy toilet paper holder thingy is missing in both bathrooms (who knows where you've hidden them), you are the independent dresser who makes artful clothing decisions, the little engineer who is always looking at how things work and how to do it yourself, the resident cricket keeper, and the curly headed snuggle bug who still isn't too big to give mommy lots of hugs and kisses.


you like to be with people, you like to try new things, you are adventurous and in the moment

your sheer joy in the smallest of things is so contagious

and oh that voice. there's just not another like it. if you could keep it forever...
like those curls that frame your face...

you are a blessing that has taught this mom so much.

may 12, 2004 made life even sweeter.

you have our hearts, g love.

my boys

looking at them, all lined up this way and looking up at me reminds me
that they are in fact looking to me not only for their daily needs, but also for much greater things. like how to live, love, and respond. like no one else before them, they are seeing how i live life and Whom I run to for comfort and help...

that is a sobering thought

and brings me again to the realization of how desperately i need jesus.

today we
lunched in the sunshine at v richards
and played in caldwell park before church this evening.
it was a beautiful day.

no matter what the day holds, be it ease or frustration, i am beyond grateful for those 3 bright eyed boys.

today reminded me of the splendid gift that it is to be able to say these 4 words...

i am a mother.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

a six year old's to do list.

it was all i could do to keep a straight face when sum worked up this checklist for himself the other day. can you tell what characters in stories we tend to want to emulate? he's all boy through and through ;)

in case you need a little clarification, i will translate for you. gotta love that phonetic spelling!

"things i need to do"

"spy " ✓

"rob the bank" ✓

"[be an] outlaw" ✓