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We are moving on from the Ranch…

It is bittersweet…

Daniel has a great opportunity to work under the owner of Fish River Christmas Tree Farm…learn everything he can…in hopes of one day operating it…

It could not have come at a better time.

We have been so blessed at the Ranch…so richly rewarded, I think more than we even know…God has grown us both and stretched us both…sometimes to the point of wondering..”Am i going to break now, God?”…But, we never broke and we constantly saw God bring us through…At times when it just seemed impossible…like being tired, nauseous, big pregnant with our third and still have to love and take care of other children who needed love and needed to be taken care of…He showed us possible…When there was just that one boy that completely annoyed me and got on my ever lovin last nerve and I didn’t think it was possible to be kind…He showed me possible…

He also showed us selflessness…which I am the most selfish person ever…so He is still teaching me to go beyond myself to help and take care of others…

But, now it is time to move on…

I welcome it with unreserved joy and excitement…Just getting a little bit of normalcy back in our family life is going to be greatly enjoyed…

As for right now…I am soaking up these moments with the boys as we will be here for just one more month…

I have always done this thing..its kinda corny…yes,Leah you can laugh, I am a cornball…where when I don’t have my camera close by and something really sweet/cute is happening and I at first am thinking…”CRAP where is my camera when I need it!”…then I proceed to in my mind or when no one is looking to hold my hands up like I am holding an invisible camera and in my head i take a picture…yes, a mental picture to put it more plainly…I am not plain…I go into great detail 🙂

I have been snapping away in my mind…taking these mental snapshots…Like…Maris insisting that the boys look at her newly painted toe nails while they are playing video games…They ignore her at first but after her pleading they put the controllers down and each chime in…”yes, Maris, those are so pretty!”…..or Caleb holding Davis, kissing Davis’ forehead when he has to leave the room and Davis screaming to the top of his lungs because he thinks Caleb hangs the moon…or ALL of the boys trying to teach Davis to walk…which he is now doing (Praise God from whom all blessings flow)….or the way they adore Mac and try to get him to smile at them which Mac does so well…or their prayers at dinnertime which are so simple…not eloquent prayers or nice sounding prayers…but prayers that are real…or the way they love my cooking and sweet tea and the satisfaction I feel after they have scarfed down every. last. bite….

These are the moments I really wish I had photos of…And you know what…I have always had this feeling that our homes in Heaven will have walls with all of the photos that we wished we could have taken on earth, hung upon them…

But for now I will be cherishing these moments and looking forward to what lies ahead for our family of five…

Thank you for your prayers and support….

We are turning the page….

Much Love sweet friends!

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So this pasta dinner is so incredible, I wish I could even have the words…but I don’t…it’s that good…

It’s so summer-y and flavorful and creamy and basil-y and lemon-y and divine…

I got the recipe from the Pioneer Woman…who by the way is getting her own show on the food network…and like anyone who reads her blog, I was so excited when I found that out because I feel like she is a friend…that’s how she makes you feel…like you are cooking in the kitchen right beside her…so yes I am weird and think the Pioneer Woman is my friend and yes, I will loyally watch her show and laugh histerically when she is so brilliantly sarcastic…

Please make this dish…it is perfect!

The Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta recipe you can find here
Have a great weekend!!

Love to you!

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Our boys in their new school shoes…

What is it with guys and shoes? Daniel loves shoes way more than I do…he has more shoes than I do….Personally I would rather spend money on an article of clothing that goes somewhere other than my feet…

Anyways, yes the boys are trying to perfect their “swag” as they call it before school starts…

If only I had time to ponder on and work on my swag…

Right now its the messy hair and spit-up infused t shirts and jeans I am swagging… 🙂

They are cute guys…I love them so much…

Have a swagtastic day!!!

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Summer in a Sea Shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That last picture my lens fogged up because of how steamy hot it was outside…These are pics from the last half of summer…

For some reason I am not ready for summer to be over…I usually love fall weather but this year I feel that summer lasted but for a second…

I wanted to post some pics of Mac/Mac attack/Big Mac/Macaroni/Mac and Cheese…we have had fun coming up with nicknames for him…And they all fit…He is so huge and so heavy…and extremely stinky…He is the stinkiest baby I have ever been around…I think because of his large nature he sweats a lot and he also gets spit up and milk stuck in all of his little fat rolls…Its kinda gross…and I’m sure you really wanted to know that…We love him to death anyway…He may be stinky but he sure is sweet…

They all are…Most of the time…

I hope your summer has felt longer than mine did…

Love to You sweet things!!!

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Dream Home

 

 

 

This is a description of a home visited to by Peter Marshall, former chaplain of the Senate…a quote I got from the exceptional book, Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney…

“I was priveleged, in the spring, to visit in a home that was to me–and I am sure to the occupants–a little bit of Heaven.  There was beauty there.  There was a keen appreciation of the finer things of life, and an atmosphere in which it was impossible to keep from thinking of God. The room was bright and white and clean, as well as cozy.  There were many windows.  Flowers were blooming in pots and vases, adding their fragrance and beauty.  Books lined one wall–good books- -inspiring and instructive–good books–good friends.  Three bird cages hung in the brightness and color of this beautiful sanctuary, and the songsters voiced their appreciation by singing as if their little throats could burst.  Nature’s music, nature’s beauty–nature’s peace….It seemed to me a kind of Paradise that had wandered down, an enchanted oasis–home.”

What a privilege as a homemaker, mother, and wife…that we get to create such sanctuaries in our homes…

Mine doesn’t quite look like that right now…but it is something I continually strive to create…the atmosphere as well as the decor…

I hope your week is off to a great start!!!

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