"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Thursday, October 12, 2017

International Night...Boing?

When we moved last year, I knew that the school would be the most diverse in the district. I had read the statistics, heard the stories. But until I experienced International Night, the reality had not truly sank in. 

The reality is, in fact, amazing... 

Thirty five countries represented. 

Sixteen languages spoken in the homes. 

And to watch all those children parade through the gym, proudly carrying their flags. Real kids that we know, that we love, and with whom we share our lives.

And this flag, with a large group of kids representing China...


A large group of kids that Lila and Easton can relate to...


Was all more than I could ever have imagined.

However, I'm afraid Easton has not come to appreciate International Night, as evidenced by the paper he brought home the following day...


Translation: I went to international night. I had to sing a song. Boring.

However, I'm attributing this to a newly developed kindergarten attitude. 

Because International Night was anything but boring.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Popcorn and Pumpkins

It wouldn't be fall without a trip to a local pumpkin patch. 

A few years ago we seemed to have all the time in the world to make our rounds to each and every one. However, things have changed and now we're doing well to mark the first one off of our list. 

So how to choose? Well, we all have our favorite, but this year it came down to kettle corn. Since I just happened to win a huge bag on their Facebook page, we made our way to Bi-Water Farm to collect our prize, and have some fun along the way...


From spooky...


To sporty...


With critters...


And corn...


And all kinds of fun in between...


I'd say we made a pretty good decision.

(And the popcorn sure didn't hurt.)






Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Break Friday

The kids woke up Friday morning thinking that we were going home...


But first, a surprise trip to Sky Zone was in store...


And what an unexpected joy it was...


Even for the boy who just couldn't deal with the socks.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Break...Already?

I can hardly believe that it's already time for fall break. 

But I certainly won't argue about it.

On the first day, we made our way to BoBo and BeBe's house...


And enjoyed a little crafting...


And a lot of football...


In some not-so-fall-like weather.











Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lookin' Fine at Nine

This little baby of mine is already NINE...


Piper and a special friend celebrated her birthday with a quiet night of crafting and custard at Cut & Paste and Culver's. The perfect Friday night activity after a long week of school...


And of course a not-so-quiet party with her siblings at home on the big day...


 Made for a mighty fine way to turn NINE!

Happy Birthday, Piper!


Friday, September 29, 2017

A Trip Down Directory Lane

Last month we had our family picture taken for our church's directory. When the picture came in, I started thinking about the directory pictures of years past. This was actually our third appearance in the church lineup, and it was fun to look back to see how our family has grown.

The first picture was taken in the fall of 2008. Piper was just weeks old. First there was the worry of trying to coordinate around naps and feedings. On top of that, I made the actual appointment before she was even born! I was clueless.

Then there was the uneasiness that came the day of the photo shoot. Would she be sleeping? Crying? Hungry? And how would I ever get ready? (It's a good thing I'm never too concerned about that part.)

Even though it turned out fine, the overall feeling I associate with this picture is STRESSED...


Fast forward four years to the fall of 2012. Piper was four, and we also had a little (almost) two year old Levi. While I was concerned about Levi sitting still and cooperating, that wasn't at the forefront of my mind. You see, at this time, Lila and Easton were waiting on us in China. They had faces, and names, and we still had no idea when we would get to travel. They were a very real part of our family, and the last thing I wanted to do was take a picture without them. 

So it's no wonder that this picture is BITTERSWEET to me...


Finally, it's 2017, and boy have things changed.  In addition to Lila and Easton, Declan has joined the family. And while the prospect of getting this group together may seem like the most insurmountable task of all, that couldn't be farther from the truth. (At least for myself, I can't speak for the photographer.)

Because all the years and all the kids have mellowed this mama out. And instead of noticing the fake smiles or no smile, wrinkled clothes or messy hair, all I can think when I look at this picture is...


BLESSED!




Monday, September 18, 2017

All He Wants For His Birthday

Levi says all he wants for his birthday is his two front teeth...


Because he's already made his Christmas list.