Monday, December 12, 2011

It's out!

Tonight at dinner, Amberly suddenly noticed that something was missing...
In fact, that something is still missing.  It should turn up in a day or so.
I nominate Dave to find it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halloween 2011

My apologies for the delay in getting this posted. 
H'ween is not a big deal in our house (though Reformation Day IS);
the evening went something like this:
"Hey Kids, if you want to go get some candy, find something from the costume bin, quick!"  
This is what they came up with:
As a bonus, this year they actually got to KEEP some of their haul!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let us not grow weary in doing good...

For our breakfast Bible time, I read the kids the parable of the pearl of great price.  Preparing myself for some deep discussion (and perhaps an opportunity to impart some of my vast wisdom to these blessed, blessed children), I asked, "Why do you guys think this man sold everything he had to buy the pearl of great price?"
Amberly:  "He wanted to get a girl."

Nathan:  "Do you think I could count to a million?"

Julia:  "Does Jakey have big lips, medium lips, or small lips?"

Jake: "Who can make food?  A robot?"

Amberly (again): "I don't know, but I think God can make me a princess."

Sigh.  We'll try again tomorrow.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Noses to the Grindstone

The annual back-to-homeschool pose
"Great are the works of the Lord;
They are studied by all who delight in them."  Ps. 112:2

Friday, July 1, 2011

Daddy Date

One of Ammo's favorite birthday presents was a Princess fishing pole from her Daddy.  Since then, she has been just waiting for a chance to use it. 

 Finally, this morning they had a little date to the lake.
 She caught several "princess fish" which are, of course, very different from the regular fish one catches with a regular fishing pole.
 You've never seen a little girl more eager to "clean" her newly-caught princess fish!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Amberly's 5th Birthday

For her 5th birthday, Amberly had a dream-come-true Tea Party!
 We decorated hats. 
 We had tea (of course).
We played, and played, and played.
 We sang and ate cupcakes.
We opened gifts.
 It was A Very Good Day.  

Friday, May 27, 2011


This is exactly what I found when I went into the bathroom yesterday.
 The note normally resides next to the rod of discipline itself.  Could it be that Mommy's silent pep-talks have been observed enough times for a certain little guy to figure out what the note means?  I wouldn't put it past him... 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New skills

Today Ammo learned how to ride her bike! 
She has never successfully pedalled even a tricycle before this. 
It may not seem like much,
but for us it's a major breakthrough!
We're so proud of you!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Miss B has been obsessed with callouses lately.  Triggered by something she read in a Beverly Cleary book-- Ramona comparing callouses with classmates?--Miss Be was immediately convinced that her soft hands simply wouldn't do.  She has been spending lots of time on the monkey bars in order to acheive these coveted crusts, and she's pretty pleased with them.  Oh, and in her pursuit, she's gotten pretty good at the bars, too.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

She gets it

Yesterday after reading Psalm 8 to the kiddos, Dave was talking about how amazing it is that God would condescend to care for us, provide for us, bless us.  Searching for a suitable way to illustrate the distance between God and us, he explained that it would be kind of like the President of the United States getting down in the dirt, finding a little ant, and taking great care to build the ant a castle, provide food for it, and protect it.  After thinking about this for a moment, Miss B said, "Actually, I think it would be more like the President of the United States getting down in the dirt and taking very good care of an scorpion that had stung him one hundred times." 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

This Winter Rocks

Last week:

 This week:


This winter rocks.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mercury rising...

When mercury levels pass 60 in January, we...
 put aside regular schoolwork for a "nature study day,"

 do lots and lots of winter yard work,
 collect an abandoned wasp's nest and a robin's nest for the kids to investigate,
and thank God for the warm respite
before the coming blizzard.