Sunday, May 31, 2009

At the River

My dad took me and the girls out on the boat today.
It was so beautiful and great fun. The girls loved every minute of it!

Elsie driving the boat

Splashing the water at the side of the boat

Jenna really wanted to wear a hat and the only one I had that fit her was one of Elsie's baby hats. She loved it, and looked like a little sailor or fisherman :) Anyways, here's Jenna dipping her feet into the frigid river water! Both kids loved sitting on the swim deck splashing the water.
Grandpa with the girls
Thanks again Dad!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A few pictures

Here are some fun pictures from the past couple days. I will take more pictures soon, I promise - we've been too busy having fun in the sun to remember the camera!

Elsie's camera smile...
Jenna and her sweet neighbor friend...
Pretty girl...
Fresh and clean, at least for a moment...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Easier to clean

This cartoon kinda rang true for me...

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You see, today I told Jenna, "Watch out for the spaghetti on the floor. I'm waiting for the noodles to dry out so I can sweep." It's 10:30pm and there's still spaghetti on my kitchen floor. You might be wise to keep your shoes on when you come to my house :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sharing Jesus

Today, Jenna was coloring with our new neighbor friend here at our house. She was coloring in a Bible color book and her friend, Haley, was coloring in a Cinderella one. Jenna was telling Haley that she was coloring the story of Moab (Ruth) to which Haley asked "do you like that story?" Jenna said, "Oh yes, I love stories of Jesus, they are so comforting."

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Friends and big changes

Something very crazy happened about 2 weeks ago. Jenna met a neighbor girl who just moved in 4 houses down, and Jenna has a new good friend! This cute little girl and her brother are here ALL THE TIME! And we love it. The kids play together every single waking moment that we allow them to play. It's cute and I am so happy that Jenna has a friend near by. SHe is so social and enjoys the company of others more than anything. It's also exciting that we have new neighbors to love and share Christ with. It's been both good and hard to open our home and heart to the new neighbors. Plus, it's a big deal to let my baby girl go, all by herself, a few doors down and play at the neighbor's house. It's been a learning process. And thankfully I am letting her go VERY SLOWLY, one step at a time. This is a good first step.

Lately we have noticed that every time Jenna is finished playing with the neighbor, she comes home with a very bad attitude. She's laughing and giggling and sharing and sweet with her friend, and then she sits down at the table with us sporting this grumpy, negative, demanding attitude. So we have been talking with her about that, and helping to open her eyes to see her sin. And then the other night Jenna, my FOUR year old, threw what I would consider the worst TWO YEAR OLD tantrum I have ever seen. I didn't even know what to do with her! She was screaming and kicking and pounding her fists. It was wild, and it totally broke me as a parent. Anyways, I am telling you all of this because it has a good ending. You see the morning after the tantrum, while we were eating breakfast Jenna said to me, "mom, I'm sorry I fought against you last night" and I said, "I forgive you sweetie" and then she said, "mom, I think we need to read the Bible more." Oh my precious tender hearted girl... It was so amazing. It's amazing to see that her little heart wants to run to Jesus. She is going out into the world, learning lots of life lessons along the way, and then coming back home to learn more about Jesus.

I always hesitate to post stories like this because parenting is such a long marathon, and this was just one little tiny victory along the way. But I want to remember it, so I post :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009


They actually...
really enjoy....
Can you tell?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I love them

I love being a mama to these girls

Happy Mother's day! I am so blessed to have a wonderful mom, and amazing mom-in-law, and to be surround by incredible friends who inspire me to be the best mom I can be.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Jenna: "Here mom, I made you some soup. It has beans and tomatoes and cheese."

Me: "Thanks, mmmm, it has all your favorite things!"
Jenna: "But I ran out of olives. I am still looking forward to them being on sale."

This made me smile. Jenna hears me say those types of things on occation. Sometimes I wish I could just give her everything. But I would much rather she grow up with character, with appreciation for small things, with patience, and knowing the difference between things that we need and things that we just want.