"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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Resurrection Rolls

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.


 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus...He was accompanied by Nicodemus...Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes...


Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.


At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb...they laid Jesus there...


Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one that Jesus loved...So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb...Simon Peter saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus' head...


On this Good Friday, aren't you glad to know how the story ends?

John 19-20

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Eat a Strawberry

Piper and I had the pleasure of observing Levi during his occupational therapy appointment. We always bring a variety of foods including three things he likes tolerates and one thing with which he struggles. Let me just say that in the beginning it was a challenge to find three things he would eat. But he has come so far!

One food that is a sensory nightmare for Levi is strawberries.

Nevertheless he tries a bite...


It's a total body experience...


But it goes down...


It is simply amazing how much these appointments have helped Levi. And although they don't actively work on potty training during therapy, the switch has been flipped. I believe progress in one area affects all areas. So, at least while he is with me, Levi is sporting one form of superhero underwear or another. And since he's with me all but about five hours during an average week, I'll say that's major progress. It may be a "George Costanza" type of bathroom experience that doesn't even take place in the bathroom, but it works. 

So on we go with therapy because sometimes we just need a little extra help. And what a blessing it is when that little bit of help brings forth multitudes of progress.




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Egg Hunt Anyone?

An egg hunt at BoBo and BeBe's church?

Of course! Because we can never go wrong with BoBo and BeBe's anything.

Guess who?...


He has his game face on now...


I think Lila has the hang of this egg hunting thing...


And I know Easton has it figured out...


He found the most eggs of the boys in the 0-3 group...


Piper was delighted to find a golden egg that jingled. She can't wait to spend those four quarters. Don't tell her Lila found one with eight...


And at the end of this beautiful day, some of our chocolate may have melted...


But we still had four smiles.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

She Likes Him


What was once day and night...oil and water...toothpaste and orange juice...


Just may be getting closer to peas and carrots...peanut butter and jelly...biscuit and gravy.

Oh these two have spent lots of time together.

But there was always a buffer. Never just Lila and Levi.

I still do a double take when I hear them having a conversation. For the longest time there was very little interaction between the "L's". They didn't argue, no knock down drag outs...just nothing. Actually, I think Lila went to great lengths to avoid Levi. For some reason she didn't appreciate all of his shenanigans. I can't imagine why not ;).

But she's coming around. One day she even said to me, "I like Levi."

Be still my heart.

She helps him with puzzles. He encourages her at the park.

I've actually found myself asking her to entertain him when I need to get something done.

Piper even noticed this budding relationship. Perhaps a little jealousy arose when she saw the two of them having fun without her. I heard Piper say, "Levi, you may love Lila, but you can't marry her."

BFFs? Maybe not just yet..


But she likes him. And that's a good start.


Monday, April 7, 2014

We Made It...Barely

I have to say that yellow bus was a welcomed sight this morning.

Oh, we had a great spring break. But, we were all over the place.

One night the kids had a babysitter...The next day we were the babysitters

Sunshine and the park...Rainy skies

Friends came over  to play...Cousins stopped to visit

A therapy appointment...Story time at the library

 Shopping trip...Grocery store adventures (myself and 4 kids)

Not to mention a party at Monkey Joe's.

And on and on we went...

Three out of four kids had the time of their lives. But one little girl just can't seem to go with the flow. An unstructured week will break her to pieces. Looking back at the winter, it seems the endless snow days went a lot smoother. I believe it was because we stayed home most of those days and established a daily routine. But last week we certainly weren't staying in. Such a variety of activities probably left her wondering "What is next?"

So I'll be the first to admit that I'm in dire need of this little mid-day preschool break. Lila thrives on this kind of structure and it changes the course of her day. And Easton, well, he's fine anywhere/anytime but I guess he was glad to get back to his girlfriends. As for Mama, I have about two more months of this lifesaving reprieve and I plan to enjoy it.

I won't sweat the summer...yet.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In Case You're Wondering...

This girl hasn't missed her long hair one little bit...


And neither has her mother. Especially on rainy days like today. While humidity is known for bringing out the frizzies for most of us, Piper suddenly has a head full of bouncing curls, and the shorter the better. But humid or not, the tangles are gone.

While I didn't think it was possible, I believe her new haircut makes her look taller, skinner and even a bit more sassy....


Or maybe that's just what turning Five & 1/2 does to a girl.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

These are a Few of Their Favorite Things

Lately these kids just can't get enough...

Frozen...


Puzzles...


Books...


Snuggles...


Of course we also must mention the springtime sun, but isn't that everyone's favorite?

Happy Spring Break!