"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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dolphin Tales

After a couple of days on the beach, Levi commented that he just wasn't seeing any dolphins jumping in the water. 

So off we went in search of dolphins. And we found some...

Declan wasn't quite sure about his life jacket...


And Easton got a little hot...


But when the dolphins showed up, it was smooth sailing...


And we even had a junior captain on board...



Saturday, July 16, 2016

18 Months

Declan turned 18 months old and arrived at the ocean the very same day.

It was a lot to take in...


A few years ago, we took another toddler boy to the beach. And he ran wild. The whole time. 

Levi (2012) and Declan (2016)...


But Declan took a different approach. And I got to sit down. 

He worked a lot...


Slept soundly...


Then did it all again the next day. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Contest For Coloring

During our stay with BoBo and BeBe last month, we visited the local library for some story time fun. We also picked up some sheets for a coloring contest.

Imagine our surprise when we found out that we had not one, but two winners in the 3-5 year old division...


Easton brought home the blue ribbon and Lila came in second...


Unfortunately Levi gave up before he finished his entry and we didn't turn it in. However, things got a lot more interesting to him when the prizes were awarded. So he took home an imaginary picture, no prize...


And a lesson on perseverance. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Another Deep Sea Discovery

It was a little bit wilder...

A whole lot wetter...

But VBS of any kind is always wonderful...


And just like the Word of God, the message didn't change...

God Knows Us!
God Hears Us!
God Strengthens Us!
God Loves Us!

And that's worth hearing again. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Summer Seemed to Last Forever...

There I was, watching the weeks fly by, begging time to slow down, wishing for these summer days to last forever.

And then...the seven year old, as she perused through the pictures on my phone, saw her first grade teacher, the same first grade from a mere seven weeks ago, and exclaimed,

"Hey, I forgot about her!"

I don't know if we're doing it right or wrong. Maybe it's all about perspective.

Either way I do believe...


These are the best days of our lives.



Thursday, June 30, 2016

One More Camp

Another week, another camp.

This time it was Power Kids Day Camp at Bluegrass Christian Camp. 

Piper was a third year veteran, and Lila and Levi came in as rookies...


And boy was it quiet at our house.

 We had a preview of times to come this fall. 

While I'm not at all looking forward to the start of school, I sure can't complain about being left with these two...



Declan isn't quite ready to be an only child. Or maybe it's just me. 

Either way, there's not a better helper around than Easton... 


I think we're going to do just fine.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Happy and Healthy Girl

My favorite sous chef went to a camp at Happy and Healthy Ways cooking school. She's my constant companion in the kitchen, but this week Piper learned from the experts. And pretty soon I may be taking lessons from her...

Picture courtesy of Happy and Healthy Ways

From French toast to frittatas, pancakes to pizza, and cupcakes to chicken cacciatore, she made breakfast, lunch, and dinner from scratch each day. But the best part? Dinner came home every night for our whole family. (Well, at least the ones who weren't too choosy, or allergic.)

Although Piper had all the fun at cooking camp, we got to share in it a little ourselves. Everyone enjoyed the 'What's for dinner?' guessing game. And it was always so much better than anything we imagined. 

In addition to all the food, she enjoyed park visits, a tea party, and a spa day. Of course on spa day, pajamas were required and that's always a plus. They painted nails and made their own hand sanitizer and facials. 

At the end of the camp we certainly had a happy girl...


And considering the lectures she's been giving me, I think she picked up some healthy tips at the same time.