Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Yesterday we woke up with snow on the mountains. This is one of my favorite times of year. Winter is quickly coming, but Autumn hangs on a little longer. The trees are changing, some are already bare, mornings are crisp, and then in the distance all you see is white. I love the contrast of vibrant reds and yellows against the white. 

The children have known since before they can remember that snow is one of my favorite things. Every year, I wait rather impatiently for our first snow. I long
 to look out the window and see the ground covered in white. I've passed the love on to my children and they anxiously wait with me, asking daily when it's going to snow. So, naturally when they saw the snow in the mountains they begged me to drive them to it. We picked Elijah up from school and headed up. It was a gorgeous drive through parts of downtown with the huge trees changing colors and feeling like we were in the heart of fall to driving up the mountain about 20 minutes and feeling like we were in the heart of winter. The kids asked if we could just move to that mountain and stay there forever. They all love being in nature so much and come alive in it. 

It was a bit challenging taking pictures. It was cloudy, but the sun would shine through so bright at times. But I love them and the memories they hold. It's too easy for me to say no. I like to stick to the routine and I tend to see the work it will take to do something extra, but I knew it was worth it, a way to show love to the kids, and a memory to give them.

The children love eating snow. 

We really should have worn warmer clothes, but it didn't seem to slow them down much.

 Amelia loves to make us laugh. She was giggling at me and smiling so I could take a picture, but what I didn't know is she was getting ready to throw a snowball right at me. 
 This is right after the snow hit me and my camera. I was worried for a second, but quickly dried my camera and it seems fine. 

 This picture makes me smile cause most of my pictures of the children look like this right now. Amelia is usually yelling or laughing about something, it seems impossible for Elijah to give a natural smile, and Vanessa is always picture ready. 

I did manage to get one though.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


The crisp days of fall are here and the trees are stunning in their yellows and reds. Yesterday Amelia came running into the house yelling, "it's falling time, I love falling time!" We have a beautiful autumn and I soak it up knowing it's quickly gone. I think knowing it won't be here long makes me appreciate it even more. We try and make sure to get out as much as possible and I think it's one of the kids favorite times of year to be out. 

Our last months we've entered the new world of school. After much thought and prayer we've put Elijah in a private Christian School near our home. We were happy and at peace with our decision, but now that we're in it, we're even more thankful that God provided this for us. It's the perfect fit for this year. He's loving his class and learning a lot. We're thrilled to have him in a place that confirms and instills much of what we teach at home in school. 

Vanessa is doing kindergarten at home, one day a week with my mom and the rest with me. She is also enjoying it. It's another lesson in the uniqueness of our children and the importance of studying them. Vanessa learns much different than Elijah and I think at times is discouraged by it. But she's become more confident and engaged with learning since having some one on one time. I'm again, so thankful to for the chance to give her what she needs. 

Much of our time is also going to growing our fourth little one, a huge surprise to us. The children are so excited. Waiting any length of time seems impossible to them and they just want the baby here now, but I'm thankful for time to prepare. We find out next week if it's a boy or girl. Elijah is desperate for a boy and has convinced the girls want a boy too. Although, Amelia waivers at times and secretly tells me she wants the baby to be a girl. Elijah picked out a boy name that we're fairly certain we'll use, but if it's a girl we're in trouble cause I can't think of one. Leave all your suggestions, we need them! 

(bump at 18 weeks, just when I started feeling kicks) 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

the ocean

Summer came to a quick end. It was packed full with family visits, either them coming to see us, or us seeing them. What a sweet joy it is to have family that we love seeing so much! We managed a trip to California, before we had to be back with the start of school and this trip we took the kids to the beach. Since moving it's only their second time going and they were so excited. 

I didn't grow up around a beach and I feel much more at home in the mountains, but after living in California for 9 years and making all our first memories as a couple near the ocean, it's a special place to share with the kids. 

I often think of what impressions are being made on the children as we share things with them or give them experiences we think are special. Are memories being made that will last a lifetime? Are these moments impacting who they are? What things they will grow to love? I think about special vacations we took as children and what an impact they had on me. I think one of the biggest impressions left on me was the kindness of my dad to give us such gifts and his intentionality with us. It wasn't as much about what we did, as the doing it together and the time he gave us, but that isn't to say that certain trips didn't stand out in holding a special place in my memories and I long to share those experiences with my kids. 

Each of their personalities came out clearly when we first walked on the sand and ran to put our feet in the water. Elijah couldn't resist and jumped in with all his clothes on in about two seconds. I tend to watch the children more than join in their fun, but I couldn't resist either and I ran in after him with my clothes on and we splashed in the waves till we got too cold. Amelia stripped down to her underwear and was in the water quickly as well. Sweet Vanessa did not enjoy it very much and sat on the towel crying that she didn't like the wet sand. Poor girl couldn't get away from it. But the next day she did much better and dug in sand, splashed in the water, used the boogie board and water tube. 

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