Saturday, October 18, 2014

Big Milestone!

Last month I was able to squeeze into my wedding dress.  

9 years and 364 days after we tied the knot, and 3 children later, it felt SO GOOD to zip that sucker up.
(Even if I couldn't breathe very deeply in it.)

It doesn't fit the same way it did 10 years ago, but then there isn't much that hasn't changed since that day.  I wouldn't have anything different, either.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Goofball Family

My parents were here this month for a visit.  We took them on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, which was beautiful, as always.

We've done this drive a million times and had never seen this old tree whose soil is slowly eroding out from underneath it.  We think it's so cool!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Look what God gave me!

I spent most of the summer dreading the cold, dark winter months and trolling craigslist for a cheap treadmill.  Nate's work schedule will soon prevent me from running outdoors (NOT RUNNING IN THE DARK, THANK YOU!), and I was getting realllly nervous and not finding anything.

Fast forward to about three weeks ago, when God pricked my heart about this.  
I realized that I had not even prayed for a treadmill.
I'm a little dense sometimes.

I began to ask God for a treadmill and kept looking.  Came close (twice!) to purchasing one, but neither materialized.  Finally, the Lord orchestrated events perfectly and allowed us to try, pay for, and pick up this little beauty... all within 48 hours.  For fifty bucks.  

She's a bit of an oldie, but she runs like a dream.  Quite a loud dream, but I don't mind.  
Super grateful for God's attention to me, and so glad He often gives us our wants, in addition to our needs!

Monday, September 08, 2014

First Day of School

We started September 2.  
I can't believe it's that time.  I'm SO unwilling to bid summer goodbye.

The time has come! 
Left to right:
Brienna--Kindergarten...  Ellia--1st grade... Olivia--3rd grade

...aaaaand one goofy shot for good measure.
Whose kids these are?  I do not know.
(Name that poet!)

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Special End-of-Summer Day

Someone gifted us with some "fun money!"  We took a special picnic one afternoon and went out for delicious ice cream afterward.  The girls LOVED it!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Milestone Reached!

I've reached the 30-pound mark in my journey to health and fitness!  
I feel really good, and I know I look better, but looking back at photos from last year really shows the changes.

Since my biggest goal isn't reaching a certain number on the scale, I don't have a particular weight goal in mind.  I would like to be proportionate and strong.  I want to be able to be very active!  I think I'm getting close.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rainy Day Hike

We're not afraid of a little rain!
We explored a couple of new-to-us trails, and we loved this one near a windy river!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Gift of Remembering

God wants us to remember things.

He promised that whenever He sees a rainbow in the clouds, He'll remember the covenant that He made with Noah.(Genesis 9:14-16)

He wants us to remember the slavery from which He bought and saved us... and to recount it to our children and grandchildren.  (Deut. 6: 20-23)

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would help the disciples to remember the things that He had taught them.  (John 14:26)

In their distress, many psalmists remembered the Lord--His name, His works, His character--and were helped. (42, 103, 111, 119, 143, and others!)

I think it's so sad when a person--usually elderly--begins to lose his memory.  What do you have if you are unable to remember things?

And so I take lots of pictures of my children so I can remember this season when they are grown.

Sometimes, though, when they look a certain way or do something exceptionally sweet, I am compelled to pick up the camera and capture it.  Like the way her lips pucker when she sleeps.

Or how proud they are when they cut lovely bouquets of flowers for me.

I certainly don't want to forget their vivid imaginations!  
"Mommy, I'm pretending I'm running away.  Don't worry--I won't go far."

I want to remember that sometimes, I was a fun mom who served them strawberry shortcake for breakfast.

I want to remember how much they LOVE playing with their cousins.

I want to remember that they were so easily delighted.
(Free lunch program at the local high school, anyone?)

I'm quite certain that God wants me to remember the preciousness of these fleeting years.  The girls, and the memories we make together... they're a kindness of God for just a brief time.  I want to remember!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maizey is 1!

Our pup turned one!

Olivia was certain that Maizey would appreciate a festive banner and a party hat.

WE all did, even if Maizey didn't.

(She has already torn apart the new squeak ball we bought for her.)
((And she has eaten up her whole bone.))
(((We had to buy her a new brush, since she ate all the bristles off of her old one.)))

((((BUT WE LOVE HER.))))

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Home from Wisconsin... with a stowaway!

Since Mom is as free as a bird these days, we talked her into coming back with us!
It was still hard to tell Dad/Grandpa goodbye, but the pain was a bit lessened since we had Mom/Grandma with us.

We did all sorts of fun stuff with her!  We went raspberry picking...

...did some sightseeing along the Sleeping Bear Lakeshore...

...and processed many, MANY quarts of cherries (and mulberries!).

We also took a stroll through a cherry orchard...

...and just did a lot of general relaxing together!

We loved having you here, Mom/Grandma!  What a treat.  We'll take you anytime!