We moved the chicks from the rubber maid tote to the small coop. There world feels big, I'll bet
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Starbucks have their spring cups. I am not much of a Starbucks girl anymore (although I do like it!) Jo Jo's Java and Dutch Brothers I love to hit a couple of times a week.
Today I subbed third grade and loved it. We had some fraction fun in the class. Their math brains working, makes me smile!
I made lemon cream cheese cupcakes a couple of weeks ago. I am drooling a bit thinking of them. Maybe I will make them again this week. Merit and Willem have been doing a lot of baking too. Merit's speciality, blueberry muffins.
Hazel comes home from school and each evening is an adventure; playing soccer, gardening, card making, soap making, riding bike, hula hooping, reading... 7 is a very fun age.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
My grandma has lost two daughters. She lost Laurie when Laurie was 16 and my mom at 45.
She still finds joy and she is an example of dignity and kindess even though she misses her daughters, her husband and many others, very much. Sometimes when we are asked to press forward the journey feels hard and lonely, but Jesus walks with us. My grandma is a wonderful example of God's grace.
I appreciate them all so much!! I get glimpses of my mom through all of these dear people!
(Natasha was pregnant with Estelle here)
My mom at Target
My mom and dad on our wedding day!!
I wish my mom could hug our babies. I wish she had the chance to be a grandma.I wish my sisters still had their mom. So many grandparents tell me, "this grandparent thing is where it's at" or "You get to spoil them and send them home!" I hope I get to be a grandma some day! But, we press forward and we feel thankful for the memories, for her constant love as we were growing up and for her love for Jesus. The longing doesn't stop, but we find a new normal and we remember every moment matters.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Lemon essential oil
or just lemon juice from a lemon
and orange peel
Let it sit 30 days
A fantastic, nice smelling, natural cleaner!
I often move it to a spray bottle
Life is changing a bit...
Our somewhat quiet winter schedule will change to a much more busy baseball schedule. And we will start traveling again for tournaments.
With change comes challenge and new opportunities. Vance has worked for the same company for 25 years and will move forward, move on.
Oren is at a really challenging stage. His good mood is dreamy, funny, great, terrific. But he tests and pushes. Today I had to leave a store without what I intended to purchase because he was having such a fit. You know that feeling when you are exhausted and it isn't even 9 am?
Merit will travel to Washington DC for spring break! I can hardly believe it! He will learn so much, see so much and have a lot of fun I am sure.
Our greenhouse has starts!! And we will add more today.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Aaron (my first cousin, Joan's son) and Jennifer's girls are darling! They are close in age and there are 4 of them!
Near or far, they are on our hearts.
Avenue Bread in Lynden is such a fun lunch spot and their sandwiches were delicious!
More to come...