Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Fullness

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
I hope you all had a very full day.
Ours was full of...


family and friends.
There is so much fullness to give thanks for, and that's just what we did, together.
Chrissy fell in love with the newest family member, Palmer. He's Samantha and Jamie's baby.
Here are the boys meeting Palmer, or "Puffer" as Jonah calls him.

Sweet Lukie had an ear infection, went to bed early and missed most of the feasting. But don't worry, there were plent of leftovers to share in the next day. Especially... portion of this poor bird who gave it's life for our feast.

Jonah and Laney being coached into becoming 'Kissing Cousins'.

"La La Tennessee Hills" as sung by Omi.

Little Laney getting her groove on. So sweet!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Birthday Bonanza

Autumn is a busy time for birthdays in our family. Here is a little re-cap of the most recent ones we've shared.
First there is Omi's birthday... (Here she is with her three favorite gifts.)

... followed by my birthday, the very next day. My Daddy always give me flowers. Thanks Dad! And I'm 33 now, if you're wondering. I'm happy about my age because I believe Dad's favorite saying.

Then our sweet baby Lukie had his special 1st birthday. Who doesn't like to start their day off right with a birthday sugar rush cinnamon roll?
If only everyone were so lucky to have a brother and sister who loves them this much...
...or a to have a birthday hat that is this cool!
And then our darling oldest 'baby' turned FIVE! Wow.
We celebrated at a pottery painting party with a cupcake theme.

Daddy and Jonah needed a break from all of the 'girl stuff' and decided to go rockin' instead.

Happy 51st birthday Maya and Luke... or, maybe, 5th and 1st!

Mr. Mac and Mini-Mac.

"Yes, I'm one and NO, I still do not like this hat!"

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Almost Pumpkin Fest

I was just looking through some pictures and realized that when I mentioned the Pumpkin Fest/mall trip in this post I should've shared the pictures with you too. So here they are:

Here we are on our brief stroll down Main Street. Maya and Jonah were so sweet, just hanging on to either side of the stroller, very protective of their baby brother, who was actually pretty content, as long as Mommy kept moving. You see, Luke has never been what you might refer to as, 'complacent with confinement', I could tell you many carseat stories...

Little aviators.

"The food court is where?"

Oh, you were expecting to see pictures of Luke crawling in the 'germ infested play area'? But that never happened. Remember?

Monday, November 10, 2008


I've been thinking alot lately, about a great variety of things. Mostly our society. Why we do what we do and how. What is "normal" and is that where I want to be? The most important question I ask is "Is that what I really want for my children?" We are programmed in our world to 'fit in', to do what's expected, what's always been done. But why? For what... and who? Are we THINKING?!

I know I am speaking in broad terms, but that is because I am thinking about a wide variety of issues. A few are: schooling, nutrition, entertainment, finances, etc... I don't have all, or hardly any, of the answers (yet). I've been feeling bad about that. I guess in my disease of perfectionism if a question arises I feel I need an answer immediately. When I get an answer I want to do the 'right thing', right away. I'm praying for patience, discernment... and conviction.

Here is one thing that caught my attention (to say the least... actually, I was in tears) today. It's a video called "Meet your Meat". Although the phrase "ignorance is bliss" holds very true, I also believe "you are what you eat" is every bit as compelling.

I also just finished reading 'Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God' by Francis Chan. I recommend it to anyone who considers themself to be a Christian. Are you really walking with Christ, or just a fan of His? I'm not telling anyone what to do, or how to think. (I just said I don't have all the answers.) I just hope, in a society so focused on doing, we will all challenge ourselves to THINK as well. I am, and if you have questions, or answers, I'd love for you to share them in the comments.