Fun Kid Pictures…

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 😉

Happy Threesome!

Funny Fiona~

Funny Fiona~

Kute Kenzie~

Kute Kenzie~

Terrific Titus!

Terrific Titus!

Enjoying the stroller together.

Enjoying the stroller together.

Having fun with scissors!

Having fun with scissors!

Kenzie- "See I can put paper down in my scissors holder!" :D

Kenzie- “See I can put paper down in my scissors holder!” 😀

The "queens" on their way to the California coastline...

The “queens” on their way to the California coastline…

The beautiful ocean.

The beautiful ocean.

Titus loved the ocean!

Titus loved the ocean!

The flowers along the coastline are beautiful!

The flowers along the coastline are beautiful!

I think this might be lupine...

I think this might be lupine…

Wild growing yarrow.

Wild growing yarrow.

All tired out from lots of play~

All tired out from lots of play~

Summer Picnic…

Today the girls and I enjoyed a summer picnic in our backyard! Their faces tell of the excitement of eating lunch outside… 😀

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So excited to eat outside!

Fiona was so excited!!

Fiona was so excited!!

~Yummy food~

~Yummy food~

Eating cherries~ Fiona was our photographer :)

Eating cherries~ Fiona was our photographer 🙂

Titus was sleeping while we ate, but because he is so cute, I thought I'd post this picture of him practicing his growl (well, he was really yawning, but we pretended it was a growl!).

Titus was sleeping while we ate, but because he is so cute, I thought I’d post this picture of him practicing his growl (well, he was really yawning, but we pretended it was a growl!).

Mommy Encouragement

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.

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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…

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Smile Big!!!

Thoughtful Fiona~

Thoughtful Fiona~

Trying on Mommy's shoes!

Trying on Mommy’s shoes!

Sitting next to a little snowman about a month ago...

Sitting next to a little snowman about a month ago…

Good-morning smiles!

Good-morning smiles!

Fun times together!!

Fun times together!!

Kisses from big sister- oh my!!

Kisses from big sister- oh my!!

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!” 🙂

Winter fun…

A few weeks ago we got more than six inches of snow, so the girls enjoyed playing in the snow for a while.

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The girls ready to go outside and play… Kenzie wasn’t sure if she was supposed to smile…

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Smile, Kenzie!

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Fiona enjoyed putting snow in her pail.

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Kenzie had fun walking in the deep snow and falling down in it!

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“Cheese!”

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~Snow fun~

And just for fun I thought I’d put in a picture of our newest baker, Kenzie!

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Kenzie loves helping in the kitchen and here she is helping me make muffins! Fiona was napping at the time so it was easy to include her in my baking efforts.

Warm Houses on Cold Days…

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Reading in the “house” with Daddy~

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!!

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“Riding on Daddy’s back is super fun!!”

The past couple of months in pictures…

On October 1 we went to the same place Samson proposed to me four years ago... a beautiful bed and breakfast~ and I said yes all over again!!

On October 1 we went to the same place Samson proposed to me four years ago… a beautiful bed and breakfast~ and I said yes all over again!!

~The delicious breakfast~

~The delicious breakfast~

Kenzie came along with us on our overnight... here she is enjoying standing in the shower!

Kenzie came along with us on our overnight… here she is enjoying standing in the shower!

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A new hiding/play place!

A new hiding/play place!

Both girls love getting inside the cupboard!

Both girls love getting inside the cupboard!

~My kitchen helpers~

~My kitchen helpers~

On a trip in October my sister, Rachel, snapped this picture.

On a trip in October my sister, Rachel, snapped this picture.

Kenzie had a few bumps on the head during this trip...

Kenzie had a few bumps on the head during this trip…

Loving the slide!

Loving the slide!

~Fiona and Kenzie~

~Fiona and Kenzie~

A picture I took of Fiona before her 3rd birthday~ such a sweetie!

A picture I took of Fiona before her 3rd birthday~ such a sweetie!

Birthday girl with her cupcake!

Birthday girl with her cupcake!

Funny faces!!

Funny faces!!

My helper in training... :)

My helper in training… 🙂

Kenzie helping with the laundry...

Kenzie helping with the laundry…

Carving a pumpkin with Daddy on a "Daddy/Daughters Date!"

Carving a pumpkin with Daddy on a “Daddy/Daughter Date!”

Hard at work...

Hard at work…

The finished product!

The finished product!

Fiona took this picture... I love the angle!

Fiona took this picture… I love the angle!

Story-time with Daddy!

Story-time with Daddy!

~Daddy and his Fiona-girl~

~Daddy and his “Noni”-girl~

~Tea Party~

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!

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Recent Happenings…

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…

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Going on a date riding in a 1920’s Model T touring car… boy was it fun!

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We had to hand crank it to get it started!! (just kidding 😉 )

The old and the new...

The old and the new…

Enjoying the ride!

Enjoying the ride!

Family Vacation with Samson's family in Temagami, Canada!

Family Vacation with Samson’s family in Temagami, Canada!

~Kenzie's first boat ride~

~Kenzie’s first boat ride~

Paddle boat Father/Daughter Date... Fiona loved having her own seat and being with Daddy!

Paddle boat Father/Daughter Date… Fiona loved having her own seat and being with Daddy!

Story time with Uncle Samson (Caleb pictured)

Story time with Uncle Samson (Caleb pictured)

Great Grandma D. holding our cute nephew, Tristan.

Great Grandma D. holding our cute nephew, Tristan.

Tristan's beautiful mommy, Amanda~

Tristan’s beautiful mommy, ~Amanda~

Waiting on the dock, Caleb, Josh and Judah...

Waiting on the dock, Caleb, Josh and Judah…

~Fun with the cousins in the water~

~Fun with the cousins in the water~

It is so peaceful and serene up there.

It is so peaceful and serene up there.

Enjoying a close-up of God's natural beauty

Enjoying a close-up of God’s creation

See the bee?!

See the bee?!

Story-time with Grandma in the trailer was a highlight for the grandkids!

Story-time with Grandma was a highlight for the grandkids!

Cute Kenzie!

Cute Kenzie!

Great Grandma and Grandpa- together for over 60 years!

Great Grandma and Grandpa- married for over 60 years!

See our fun spouts?! :-)

See our fun spouts?! 🙂

Celebrating Samson's birthday- he turned 30 this year! Wow!!

Celebrating Samson’s birthday- he turned 30 this year! Wow!!

Fiona likes to go out in the rain now... this morning she needed an umbrella~

Fiona likes to go out in the rain now… this morning she needed an umbrella~

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"Hello, I'm walking now!"

“Hello, I’m walking now!”

Kenzie walks now! She loves walking all over the house and likes to carry things in her hands as she walks.

She loves walking all over the house!

~Cute pigtails~

~Cute pigtails~

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~”reading”~

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My brother, Stephen, arrived home recently after living in Saudi Arabia for a year!

Needless to say, we were excited to see him!

Needless to say, we were excited to see him!

My brother, Stephen, arrived home recently after living in Saudi Arabia for a year!

Nothing like a hug from Dad!!

Kenzie loves eating, and her blueberries were so good she decided to smear them on her face the other day!

Kenzie loves eating, and her blueberries were so good she decided to smear them on her face the other day!

Hope you enjoyed this pictorial update of our recent happenings!

My happy girls!

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My happy helpers this morning~ they make me smile each day! I am a blessed momma!

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.

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  Nathan has a picture blog sharing his wonderful photography skills.

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Rachel has a blog where she also sells her beautiful hand-stitched cards: http://sincerelysewn.blogspot.com/

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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)