Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Videos of the Boys!

These were taken about two weeks ago.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 28, 2014


961.  A husband who lent his time and elbow grease toward the massive job of cleaning my oven before we cooked a Thanksgiving turkey! (My hero!)

962.  Josiah's hilarious sounding grunts

963.  Isaac's impromptu hugs to my leg while I'm preparing meals

964.  Our fun-loving friend, Lindsay, who was able to join us for Thanksgiving

965.  Laughter around the table

966.  Warm water in which to bathe my children

967.  Hot chocolate

968.  A refrigerator full of leftovers

969.  Glimmers of progress with Josiah in the sleep training department (at long last!)

970.  Black Friday deals

971.  A loving church family with whom to share life

972.  So many glorious sunsets this week!

973.  Recent snowfalls transforming our world into winter wonderlands

974.  Skype calls with family far away

975.  Isaac's problem-solving determination that makes me smile every time I see it

976.  Isaac's attempt to learn to close his eyes while praying - it's SO cute!

977.  Josiah's chunky little legs kicking away in the bathtub tonight, creating all sorts of splashes

978.  Library books to read to Isaac

979.  Music

980.  The ability and opportunity to be Wife and Mommy to these handsome fellas:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday

951.  Milk in the fridge to pour into Isaac's eye and give him to drink when he smeared Tony C's spice mix all over his face tonight!  Poor baby...he was in such agony!

952.  For a fairly quick recovery and no apparent damage to his eyes

953.  Another beautiful sunset!

954.  A gorgeous snow-fall last weekend (the first of the year) that left our town looking like a winter wonderland!

955.  The joy of going sledding as a family

956.  Isaac's love for Josiah (even if it is demonstrated in a rather rough manner sometimes!)

957.  Josiah's adoration for his brother (when he's not being clobbered by him!)

958.  Cozy winter evenings spent together as a family

959.  Delicious, nutritious soup on a cold night

960.  Christmas music (yes, we are the kind of people who start playing it this early in the year!)

Friday, November 14, 2014

An Open Letter to My Newly Married Self

My latest article for InsideOut magazine is now up on their website.  It is entitled, "An Open Letter to My Newly Married Self."  You can read it by clicking this link.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Yikes!  It's been a whole month since I continued the list!  There's so much to be thankful for!

931.  Isaac playing with Josiah in his Bumper Jumper and making his baby brother giggle - melts my heart every time!

932.  The last days of fall before fading into winter

933.  A warm house filled with peace to enjoy on these chilly days and nights

934.  The thrill of getting to see Tara, on my of my dearest friends, and her three little ones last week!  Looking forward to more visits as we're able, now that we only live 4 hours apart!

935.  Compliments from my sweet man

936.  The joy of nursing my baby

937.  Stunning sunsets

938.  Crunchy leaves on the sidewalk

939.  Days of rest (i.e. Mondays)

940.  A loving church family

941.  New kids at AWANA

942.  Beautiful music at any time of day streamed through

943.  Chocolate

944.  The gift of raw milk from a local dairy farmer

945.  My toddler's chirpy little voice learning to say words

946.  Homemade, nutrient-rich chicken broth - mmm!

947.  God's constant, faithful provisions for our family

948.  Impromptu hugs from Isaac at random moments all throughout the day

949.  Josiah's baby talk

950.  New books to read

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Of Hats and Shoes and Baby Coos

This is my son after he's devoured a bowl of Greek yogurt.

Charming, isn't he?

Ever since he was a small baby, Isaac has had a noticeable affinity for hats. 

When I saw this expression on his face, it reminded me so much of this one:

Striking, isn't it?

Guardian of the biscuits.

Looks like he'd rather be the taste-tester!

Life as it rolls...

Our happy Josiah, now four months old!

Such a sweet boy!

Isaac, the hat-boy, playing with Play Dough.

In addition to hats, he also really likes walking around in Mommy's and Daddy's shoes.  
Cracks me up every time!

Here he is saying, "Cheese," for the camera.

Off for a little jaunt around the house.

Josiah loves to suck/chew on his fingers!

Back to the shoes again.  Don't you love the lime green socks?

A little tummy time...

With a big smile!

A recent sunset.

One of the perks about living in New Mexico!

Bath time Beauty.

A new kind of hat!

Yes, you may call me cute!

And now for my next trick: the back arch!

This is how I found Isaac after our trip to the grocery store today.  Completely zonked in his hat!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Family Hike - New Mexico Style!

Last week on Monday, our day off, we decided to take a family hike before the weather gets too chilly.  It was a glorious fall day and so enjoyable to hike a new trail!

Isaac started out walking before being promoted to Daddy's shoulders. :)

From a look-out point along the way.

Our outdoor boy.

Big horn sheep!

The view of the Rio Grande River at the end of the trail.

More big horn sheep.

Daddy and Isaac.  (Josiah was asleep in the Ergo with me.)

Isaac kept asking during the whole hike to see the "wah-er" (water), so after we finished, we stopped by the river at ground level to let him throw a few rocks in.

Beautiful trees by the river.

My three men.