This past winter I didn’t get many pictures of the kids… life was busy and I just didn’t get around to pulling out the camera and snapping some pictures. I hope I won’t regret missing those memories too much! Anyways, since the weather is nice now and I have a little more free time over the next week and a half I might post some more pictures… if you get tired of seeing my cute little kiddos, just let me know 😉
Today the girls and I enjoyed a summer picnic in our backyard! Their faces tell of the excitement of eating lunch outside… 😀
I’ve been reading a book off and on recently that my dear sister-in-law gave me for Christmas called Delight-Full: 31 Days to a Happier Baby… And Wholehearted Motherhood by Kate E. Collins.
I’ve been very encouraged in my role as a mother and thought I would share a few quotes from a chapter I read recently that I found particularly helpful for the stage of life that I am in with our daughters.
When children reach the stage that they question rules and test limits, they are developing a character that is uniquely their own. They are seeking guidance from Mommy and Daddy in the only way they know how. By acting in ways that Mommas see as defiance, they are simply using their baby language to ask: “Are you going to take my hand and lead me ‘in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalm 23)?’ Will you teach me how to grow the fruits of self control and gentleness in my life? Do you love me enough to see this through?”…
Boundaries in the life of a child show them without words that we love our children too much to leave them to themselves to figure out how to grow up. The Bible teaches that a child left to himself brings his mother to shame…
Babies need Mommas who won’t give up on them when they have difficult days. Babies need Mommas who will carefully watch the makings of their hearts, helping them to cull the selfishness and the whininess and planting the seeds of grace and gentleness. Babies need Mommas who will help them to guard their hearts, for out of our hearts grow the true stuff of life (Proverbs 4:23)…
Christian Mommas need to be studiers of the hearts of our children. We need to discover what they’re “made of” and point them to the Lord– praising Him for their strengths, that they might bring glory to Him! And praising Him for their weaknesses, that they might be used to bring glory to Him as well (2 Corinthians 12:9)…
And just for fun, here are a few pictures of our girls…
And to finish this post… a cute funny from Fiona: She told me this while having a bout of hiccups the other day, “I keep hicking up!” 🙂
A few weeks ago we got more than six inches of snow, so the girls enjoyed playing in the snow for a while.
And just for fun I thought I’d put in a picture of our newest baker, Kenzie!
Here in Ohio it has been very cold lately. The girls have been sick and we haven’t been able to play outside much. So Samson made the girls a “house” or “tent” today in the living room. Then he read some books to the girls in the house! This afternoon after naps I told Fiona we could make a bed for her to sleep in while they play. She is really looking forward to playing in her house! 🙂 Samson is such a great daddy!!
For those of you who don’t know me very well, I really like tea parties! When I was a girl they weren’t very fancy, but as I grew older my Mom started reading about what to serve at a tea party and the delicacies and finery grew! 🙂 This afternoon the girls and I enjoyed a tea party with some girls and their mother from church. We’ve been planning on this event for a few months and as we had to cancel once before we were so excited it finally happened today!! I kept the spread somewhat simple since we had several younger ladies, but it tasted wonderful nonetheless. The girls enjoyed putting on hats and scarves before the tea and played together so nicely after the tea was done. We can’t wait to have them over again, or to invite more of our lady friends for tea!
We’ve been on two trips recently, one you can read about on my sister’s blog here, and the other you can see pictures of below. We are also enjoying the July summer days. I don’t really have time to write much, but I’ll try to keep my blog updated with pictures as I’m able 🙂 My family comes first, so sometimes I’m just enjoying them and I don’t have time to post…
Hope you enjoyed this pictorial update of our recent happenings!
I just became aware of several blogs that my siblings started recently that I thought you might be interested in reading/perusing. I have enjoyed each of their unique blogs and am so glad to be able to keep up with them better now that I am married and in my own home.
Nathan has a picture blog sharing his wonderful photography skills.
Rachel has a blog where she also sells her beautiful hand-stitched cards: http://sincerelysewn.blogspot.com/
Martin has a blog where he posts chapters from a book he is writing. I haven’t had time to read his yet, but I plan to soon! (Martin is on the left… I couldn’t find a picture I had taken of him by himself)