Saturday, May 16, 2009


Signing off for awhile. I'm not sure how long... please don't forget about me in the meantime.

In lieu of the 60 seconds you'd spend checking my blog, whisper a prayer of thanksgiving to the One whose love for you is constant and unconditional. Yes, even you.

Same Kind of Different As Me

I read while my children napped. I read while I nursed my little guy. I read into the wee hours of the night. I rolled with laughter. I wept uncontrollably while my insides ached as if it were my family, my life. I heard every word that God whispered to my heart. This book was written for me.

I am inspired. It was phenomenal.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lay Off the Reality TV

You know you watch too much Dancing with the Stars when you have a dream that Karina Smirnoff is your kids' babysitter.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Where the Wind Comes Sweepin' Down the Plain

Saturday we got the kids up bright and early and headed south to Oklahoma City. We had a packed weekend of visiting lots of old friends.

This is my dear friend, Ashley, who is a speechie that I used to work with. She is still Sophie's "Auntie Ashley," even though it looks like Sophie is scared of her in this picture. It was also great to see my other speechie friend, Jennifer, and her growing, handsome boys!

We had some wonderful friends in Edmond who were our "adoptive parents" while we were college students. Their names are Bill and Amy Arbuckle. We grew very close to them and their kids - Will, Justin and Jemma. Our Will is of course named after both grandpas (William Robert), but we call him Will after Will Arbuckle.

Here are Will and Will:

All 3 Arbuckle kiddos with Will:

I had to throw this one in for my brother - sportin' his Marines' gear:

Saturday night we stayed with my fabulous friend, Heather, who I grew close to in grad school. Her little girl, Emelyn (Emme), is 2 weeks older than Sophie. It was so fun to have the girls together again.

Here are Soph and Emme at 1.5 months:

Emme now:

Kisses for an "old" friend:

Emme was kindly checking Sophie's heart for her:

And yet again, Emme was helping out Sophie - fixing the velcro on her shoe:

We also spent Sunday morning/afternoon with our old church friends, the Carters and the Hagers... might I add how above-and-beyond Kellee Hager went for us in helping clean up Will & Ben's clothes after a massive blowout (Ben's a little old to still be having those).

The last thing on the agenda was a Sunday evening trip to Capitol Hill to visit the kiddos that we used to work with. It was great to see everyone so grown up, and especially beautiful to see two of our kids who are now in college and leading God-honoring lives.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Everyone Should Get M&Ms When They Potty


"E-na lolly" = Elmo Potty

"Di-ee baa-bee" = Silly Baby

"ya-ya" = lion

"Bye-bye lolly" = Bye-bye potty

And of course, there is frequent use of M&M - it's obvious what motivates this child!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Beautiful Music

In the week-and-a-half since we've had his hearing aids, Will has suddenly become quite verbal. His coos and goos are the most exquisite melody this Mommy's ears have known.