Thursday, June 30, 2011

happy birthdays.

june is a big birthday month in our house.
three of us have birthdays this month.
since we already celebrated L with my family, 
(see this and this)

it was time for B and my celebrations!
we had a lovely dinner out
(well, as lovely as dinner 
in a restaurant is with three children)
and then dessert 
(ice cream cake... my favorite)
back at our place.
it was lovely.
and we felt very, very celebrated.
and we even got a photo together.
how about that.

I am with you and will watch over you 
wherever you go, 
and I will bring you back to this land. 
I will not leave you until I have done 
what I have promised you.
Genesis 28:15

1246. big kids who want to help
1247. registering D for kindy!
1248. a photo with my guy
1249. exciting opportunities for my mother-in-law
1250. picnics

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

picture me {im}perfectly.trying but failing

do you want to know how
picture me {im}perfectly 
i am today?
i am not quite ready yet today.

feel free to go ahead and link up 
and i'll update soon!

so please 
picture me {im}perfectly 
because i do not have it all together 
nor will i ever. 


lately, life has been 
swirling and whirling 
around me. 
it's been going so fast 
that i've only had time to do 
what has needed to be done. 
and just barely that. 

life has been wild. 
wilder than usual 
and i'm not sure 
when or if 
it will let up. 
so i'm just trying to settle in. 
but failing. 
so far, my attempts at settling in 
aren't going well. 

i'm longing for us to simply enjoy this summer.
i'm longing for L's little foot to completely heal 
so that we can hit the beach.
(we thought it was infected yet again 
last week but it looks like it's getting better)

but maybe i'll just get used to the chaos. 
and the rushing. 
and the having way too many things to do. 
so i'm trying to hold on.
hold onto His promises.
and just get through each and every day. 

thanks again to Allison

who linked up with a very honest post last week.

picture me {im}perfectly
is a weekly project to reveal that we don't have it all together.

i will post a 
picture me {im}perfectly
blog post every wednesday 
where you will be able to link up to your blog
revealing that:

you are not picture perfect,
your kids are not picture perfect,
your house is not picture perfect,
your crafts are not always picture perfect,

inspire and 
other women 
that none of us have it all together.  

add my button to your blog post
and link up to your direct posting
and feel encouraged. 

Let the morning bring me word 
of your unfailing love,
   for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, 
   for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8

1241. L's big blue button on his pants
1242. a much smoother week than anticipated
1243. agreeing with B on the movies we like
1244. having too much going on
1245. a shoe bin

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

pick your own.

not too long ago,
we ventured way, way out of town
to go blueberry picking.

and this year,
we brought our own wagon.
which was absolutely splendid.

picking fruit is one of my all-time favorite things to do.
(you can read about our trip to this farm last year)
i absolutely love it.
i really, truly do.

and i am so thankful that Auntie B 
is always more than willing to go with me
because B would rather not.

don't you just love this look he's got going on?
80's glasses and snakeskin cowboy boots.

K picked a ton.
unfortunately, none made it into the container.
and i mean not a one.

Auntie B and i talked about how incredible it would be
for just the two of us to go berry picking someday.
i can't even fathom how many berries we could get.

but, if we did that, 
we would mean miss out on the fun 
outhouse usage while at the farm. 
if you know me, 
you know that i will do just about anything 
to avoid using an outhouse 
(let alone a public bathroom).
but my children?
not so much.
i can't even remember how many times
K needed to "just try."

it did get quite toasty out there.

so to cool off, we had a little picnic lunch

and celebrated D's half birthday.

(forced smiles are sometimes cute.)
we hope to head back for more 
blueberry picking before the season is over!

and a happy, happy birthday 
to my one and only B!

1236. the smell of fresh peaches throughout our house
1237. date night!
1238. a wonderful sister-in-law
1239. celebrating birthdays
1240. a house kept clean

Monday, June 27, 2011

broken time machine.

our time machine broke.
well, that's not entirely true.
K refers to our safe as our time machine.
i'm not exactly sure why, but just go with it.

i had D's enrollment packet all ready for kindergarten 
and just needed one last piece of paper.
which was in our time machine.

i was immediately brought back to my middle school days 
when my locker wouldn't open 
and i would try the combo 
again and 
again and 
and then finally, it would work.

but with our time machine, 
the combo wouldn't work. 
the darn thing just would not open.

so we had to get help from a locksmith.
and now it opens.
and that's the end of my story.

1231. locksmiths
1232. crisco
1233. birthday celebrations
1234. sunny days with kids 
soaking it up in the pool
1235. a new book

Friday, June 24, 2011

happy friday, everyone!

we have been loving 
playing outside these days

and have been soaking up every moment
in the sun that we're together.

we're having a much busier 
summer than originally hoped for
but it's good.
it's all really good. 
more on the busyness soon. 

have a good weekend, 
soaking up every moment of summer.

And the LORD said, 
"I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you,
and I will proclaim my name, the LORD,
in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, 
and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Exodus 33:19

1226. witnessing tiny water droplets 
from the sprinkler stick to flower stems
1227. little boys who ask to go to bed
1228. laundry that is washed, dried, folded and put away
1229. sweet, sweet notes in the mail
1230. the joys that clay provides

Thursday, June 23, 2011

our birthday.

if you know me 
and you know my family,
we like to stretch out birthdays.
none of that birthday stuff,
not that birthday week stuff either.
nope, we do more of a birthday month thing.
it really is the way to go,
in case you're interested.

so here i am with my birthday boy 
on our actual birthday. 

1221. seeing others' potential
1222. chatting with my sis, 
two days in a row
1223. getting out of the house by 8am
(thanks to B)
1224. perfect schedules coming into place
1225. not feeling older

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

picture me {im}perfectly.not ever enough

i want you to know that 
whenever it's time to think about a 
picture me {im}perfectly post,
i am never stumped about what to write.

a favorite little park of ours, 
set high above the ocean

this week, i am going to share with you 
that quite often, 
i struggle with self doubt. 

am i doing enough?
am i doing too much?
am i doing the right things?
why can't i do all that needs to be done?
what am i doing wrong?

sometimes i feel like i am never doing 
quite enough for these little people 
that call me mommy.

i second-guess myself constantly.
and when i do that,
i look to myself rather than look to Him.

i get so caught up in everything else...
the to do lists 
(those never, ever ending to do lists),
the chores,
the cleaning up,
the dishes,
the planning,
the life...

that i lose sight of 
His life.
His life that was made a sacrifice 
for mine.

i so easily forget that God has put me here.
right here.
to do this life.
and to live this life.
to really live it.

Rejoice always,
pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

1216. great new things
1217. the desire to be more
1218. crossing a lot of things off
of a very small to do list
1219. listening to this mix
1220. doing the same thing today as yesterday

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

those and those eyes.

now how on earth did i end up 
having kids with these eyes.

they get me 

Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
Psalm 127:3-5

1211. kids who love to set the table
1212. eating outside on a gorgeous night
1213. cookies and milk
1214. being infiltrated with Scripture
1215. darling baby boys being born!
welcome HAE!

Monday, June 20, 2011

the day for fathers.

i hope that you all had 
wonderful father's day celebrations, yesterday. 
we sure did.

in the afternoon, we headed to my parents'.

hats were tried on, 

hugs were had,

a little girl learned that she could 
touch the bottom of the pool with her toes,

a rousing game of marco polo was played,

our theta mom cooked a yummy dinner,

and most importantly, 
the dads were celebrated.

i got some inspiration from the interweb

and made little questionnaires 
for D and K to fill out for both my dad and B. 
my kids answered in true child-like fashion.
and when they were read, 
very hard.

As a father has compassion on his children, 
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him
Psalm 103:13

1206. a parenting conference
1207. the challenge to be 
in awe of God every moment
1208. Biblical counsel
1209. laughing hysterically... at my children
1210. sweet K, who sings everywhere

Friday, June 17, 2011

it was a celebration.part two

(for part one, click here)

while the babes napped,
the adults had some fun.

and by fun i mean checking each other's blood pressure.
checking blood pressure isn't fun?
well, with these people it is.
fun and competitive.

then the kids got up.

a lot of playing was done,

Uncle S and his E.

K really committed to this.
she put this on all by herself and 
even walked down the stairs with this on.
i'm not even going to try to explain 
why my brother has this giant dog costume.
he just does, okay?

the birthday boy!

the three of us.

those delicious cupcakes 

(my sis frosted them at my parents' house
and i had forgotten the mini chocolate chips at home.)

he LOVED the cupcake.
no, that might be an understatement.

L's Great-Gram

Aunt Peg

Great Grammy and That Guy

Uncle J, Auntie B and us!

1201. help with making dinner
1202. Harry Connick on Pandora 
1203. spending the evening cleaning off the counters
1204. D's willingness to peel 
hard boiled eggs for he and K
1205. fresh, new toys
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