May 31, 2015

"Praying for Boys" ~ End of the Month Wrap-Up

"Because of television and the internet,
our boys will grow up with no shortage of 
glamorous people to look up to.

They'll be tempted to look at their lives
and think that to really matter in this world,
they'll have to do something big.

But that's not the truth.

I'm convinced God cares less about
how much we accomplish in life-
the 'great things' we do in His name-
than He does about how we respond to 
the daily things
He allows us to experience.

I don't want my boys to aspire to greatness
by the world's standards,
or to feel that they must do something big
in order to count for the kingdom of God.
But if there's something children
(and adults, for that matter)
have trouble with, it's waiting.

It's much harder to wait and be faithful
to God in the small things
than it is to get the glory all at once.

My little boys often hear me say I need to see them
be faithful in the small things before I can give them
the responsibility of the big things.

They don't like it, but it's the general way
of the world and a good lesson to learn early on.

Then, if God ever gives our boys the big dreams
of their hearts, they'll have the substance
to be ready for it."

-Brooke McGlothlin-

"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;
reprove, rebuke, and exhort,
with complete patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when people will not endure
sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate
for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
and will turn away from listening to the truth
and wander off into myths."

2 Timothy  4 : 2-4

May 29, 2015

A little animal photo shoot, by Bennett.

 [Prop assistance provided by Mommy and Sauce]

How my garden is growing

Getting lots of buds and things should be blooming soon!!!
A great lesson in patience this is!

Hens and Chicks "Red Beauty"
(see the little chick?!!)

Clematis "Niobe"

Gaillardia "Arizona Red Shades"

Sedum "Neon"

Sedum "Red Carpet"

Sedum "Cherry Tart"

Meadow Sage "Snow Hill"

Coral Carpet

And last but not least, "Thor", our biggest pumpkin!
 There are two others surviving out in the backyard as well,
you can see one of them in the background.
Thor is just somehow growing LOTS bigger & stronger than the other two!

May 16, 2015

I do apologize!

For being so negligent lately on posting pictures :(

But none-the-less, here are some photo highlights 
from the past month here in Chewelah!

(P.S. Bennett claims copyright on many/most of these pictures...
if it is a photo by Bennett I wrote a "B" under the photo, just so you know!)

Grandma Lori & Grandpa Dean visited us in April!
SO much love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Just a relaxing Sunday at home.

 Push-Up Pops!

"Mom and Dad are so weird..."


"I did mention she was weird... right??"

I recently found (yet another) hobby that I feel 
I could fall head-over-heels in love with...
Baby blanket making!

For Baby Balts, the baby who will soon 
be making me an Aunt and Erik an Uncle!

For my cousin's sweet baby boy, Easton Paul :)

 For our dear friends back on the west side
and their baby boy Lincoln!
(Daddy is a pilot :)

 And for Sara Elizabeth!


 "And yet again... weird."




My first season attempting to plant things in dirt, 
add some water, and pray they grow!!!

An evening at Auntie LoLo's cabin.
 Can I get a nice smile, please?!!!
 Guess NOT! lol...
I love my silly, silly boys :)

I guess this is my "What are you boys up too now....." look.

Bennett's barefoot photo for the Toms #withoutshoes campaign!

I guess I need to get him a selfie-stick.