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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Nice Try

Adam frequently asks the children questions while he is reading the Bible during our family worship time. They usually listen well and are able to answer the questions, but sometimes they don't pay attention. We are currently reading through Exodus and just finished the plagues that God sent on Egypt. A few nights ago Adam read Exodus 6:29..."the Lord said to Moses, 'I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you'". Adam asked Esther first, "Who is the king of Egypt?" Esther said, "Ummm...Johnson". Strike one. Joshua was next. "Mosambique". Huh? Abigail's turn. "Ummm...I don't know". At least she was honest! I realize that this may not seem very funny to most of you, but we were about to roll on the floor! You kind of had to be there. I'm mainly blogging about it so that when Adam and I are old we can read through all of these old posts and laugh about it. :)

Now granted, Esther is only 21 months old and we don't really expect her to be able to answer questions like that. But she likes to be included and now is the perfect time for her to learn how to pay attention. She certainly gets an "A" for creativity!

Since Adam asked that question we've read several more chapters involving Pharaoh. Tonight while we were all together in the living room Adam tried Esther again. "Esther, who is the king of Egypt?" Esther's reply? "Ummm....Abigail." Silly girl!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Can You Say That a Little Louder?

Joshua and I went to shop at a semi-annual children's consignment sale last night. I found a couple of cute summer maternity shirts for $4 each, and I figured I'd most likely need them at some point, so I put them in our basket. Joshua was watching me and he said, "Mama, those shirts are way too big for you." I told him that they are big because they are made for when I have a baby in my tummy. He wanted to know if I have a baby in my tummy now and I told him that I wasn't sure, but I didn't think so. He was quiet for a few minutes and then he said REALLY LOUD, "Mama, how do you get a baby in your tummy?" I thought for a few seconds, all the while trying to ignore a couple of snorts from around the store. I told him that God is the One who gives Mama a baby to carry in her tummy and that if we prayed and asked Him for a baby, then He might give one to us.

We left about an hour later and had the exact same conversation in the car. When I told him again that we could pray for God to give us a baby, he said that he wanted to pray right then. So he did! He asked God for a baby brother. :) When he woke up this morning the first thing he did was ask me if God had given me a baby boy to carry in my tummy. I said that I didn't think that He had yet, but he didn't pay much attention to my answer. He just proceeded to tell me that his baby brother would be born with a hat on, just like Hannah was born with a hat on!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Fun Weekend

Adam and I (and Hannah, of course!) enjoyed a short trip to historic Washington, Georgia last weekend. We stayed in this lovely bed and breakfast. It was a beautiful old plantation house and our room was complete with a fireplace (with remote control!), clawfoot bathtub, fruit basket, chocolates on the pillow, fresh flowers on the mantle and a rose on the antique writing desk. We had cheese and crackers in the parlor in the afternoon and a wonderful breakfast the next morning. We ate so much that we didn't get hungry until dinner time! We toured Callaway Plantation on Saturday and had the entire place to ourselves. We were the only ones on the guided tour of the main house, and the tour guide let us use a golf cart to drive around to the other buildings on the property. We had a great time! We rarely ever go anywhere without the children, and we really missed them, but it was nice to get away by ourselves for a couple of days. Well, almost by ourselves. :) I think that Hannah enjoyed the individual attention too.


On the steps of the Bed and Breakfast

Hannah thoroughly enjoyed herself!

Chocolate-covered strawberries that were left on our bedstand for us.

Hannah and I in the one-room schoolhouse at Callaway Plantation. The walls had blackboard material on them and there was chalk available. Hannah wanted to write her name. :)

Papa and Hannah hard at work!

The main house at Callaway Plantation.

Joshua, Abigail and Esther had their own adventures while we were away! They stayed with my parents and had a great time!

Posing at the lake with Grandpa.

Climbing trees with Grandma.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hungry

This sweet little baby girl...



...is about to wear me out! She eats SO MUCH! (If you look closely you can see the remnants of her last meal on the front of her dress.) She wakes up from her afternoon nap around 5:00 and goes to bed around 8:30. In that short amount of time she nurses twice (sometimes three times), eats 2 entire jars of stage 2 baby food and about 3/4 cup of rice cereal! She must be having a growth spurt or something. She nurses frequently all day, but she doesn't eat quite as many solids during the rest of the day as she does in the evening. She has gotten into a good pattern of sleeping soundly all night, so that is nice. She's been going about 12 hours and waking up happy and ready for another full day of eating! My Mom gave me some organic sweet potatoes that she didn't need, so I'm off to bake and freeze them for my hungry Hannah.

Answered Prayers

Thank you all for praying for my Mom. Her MRI results showed that the tumors are half the size that they were six months ago! She had a mammogram on Monday, which confirmed the MRI, and when her doctor did an exam he couldn't feel the lumps at all! We would still appreciate your prayers as the cancer is still there, but we're thankful for a big step in the right direction!

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Recipe

Update: I forgot to mention that I added 1 cup of raisins to the recipe, and also that it makes 2 dozen muffins. I just made another batch today and threw in some flax seed and wheat germ, and they came out even better!

Abigail, Esther and I made some new muffins tonight and they turned out to be really yummy! I thought I'd share the recipe, along with some pictures of my cooks-in-training. I was so busy taking pictures of the girls that I forgot to take a picture of the muffins! :)

Abigail and Esther love to stir!

Esther was helping Abigail stir by moving her arm back and forth :)

Abigail loves her apron!



Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins

2 cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
2 cups flour (I used 1 cup white and 1 cup wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

In a bowl, soak oats in buttermilk for 15 minutes. Stir in eggs, vanilla, honey and oil. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir into oat mixture just until moistened. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 16-18 minutes.

Birthday Pictures

I'm sorry for the lack of updates lately. Blogging kind of got pushed to the back burner last week...it was busy around here, but I'm not exactly sure what I did. I hope I'm not the only one who has weeks like that!

It occurred to me that I never did post pictures of Joshua's birthday celebration, so here are a few!


Playing with the knights and horses from Vision Forum that Grandma and Grandpa Evans gave him.

Esther partying with Joshua's new Cars underpants and a John Deere party hat on her head. :)

Joshua posing with the pancake at IHOP on his birthday.

Eagerly opening a package from Grandma and Grandpa in Kansas!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

He's Here!

Nikki's baby arrived safely a little bit after noon today! He is indeed a boy and he and Nikki are doing great. I'm sorry to keep you in suspense, but I know that Nikki wants to be the one to introduce him, so that's all the info I'm going to give. Be sure to check Nikki's blog in a couple of days...I'm sure she'll be updating with pictures and stats as soon as she gets a chance!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Joshua!

Be sure to pause the music at the bottom of this page before viewing the slide show!

Can't Wait

My good friend Nikki is being induced early tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. I know that she would appreciate your prayers for a quick labor and delivery and a healthy baby. I can't wait to hold her little guy!! Nikki and I have known each other since before either of us met our husbands, and I think it's neat that our sons will have the same birthday!

Pancakes!

Don't forget that IHOP is giving away one free short stack of pancakes to every customer tomorrow from 7am - 10am! I'm planning to take my four little ones bright and early. Tomorrow is Joshua's 4th birthday and he's excited about starting his day off at IHOP! I can't believe that my sweet boy is turning 4. The time has gone by so fast! He's gone from this


to this in what seems like just a few short months!


It's funny to think that this time (5:30pm) four years ago, I had been in labor for 15 hours already, and he wasn't born until 10:42 the next morning. Thankfully my other labors have been much shorter!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Sidebar

I added a list to my sidebar of people that I am praying for. I am sure that I will add more links as I discover them, but for now I have three.

My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer the week before Hannah was born. She has opted to deal with it nutritionally and has been doing so for the past six months. We are praying for great results from her MRI, which is scheduled for next week.

Tricia and Gwyneth Lawrenson are both in need of much prayer right now. Tricia has Cystic Fibrosis and is hoping to receive a double lung transplant soon. She recently gave birth to Gwyneth, who was a little more than 15 weeks early and weighed just 1lb 6oz. Be sure to click over to their blog...just be sure that you have plenty of time and lots of tissues because you won't want to tear yourself away from the computer and it is sure to make you cry. The Lawrensons are a beautiful and amazing family!

Ashley Adams is a sweet little two year-old who is also in need of prayer, especially right now as she is very sick. She has an amazing story as well, and you'll need more tissues when you read her mom's blog!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008



I purchased this DVD set (Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World by Michael and Susan Bradrick) as a birthday gift for Adam last month. We haven't had a chance to watch much of it yet, but it looks like a wonderful resource! From the Vision Forum website:

This is Vision Forum’s top recommendation as a video training course for building loving, Christ-centered, unified, multi-generational families. In this eminently practical seminar, Michael and Susan Bradrick have provided Christians with an ideal training tool for use in the local church or during family devotions.

Veterans of more than twenty-five years of home education, the Bradricks are a proven success story to the grace and blessing of God on family life. Drawing from these many years of biblical study and practical experience, they delve into the Bible for solutions to problems facing parents today. They inspire you not only to train your children in Christ-likeness, but also to develop a vision for beautiful, God-honoring relationships within the family. The exposition and application of God’s Word on issues like spanking, first-time obedience, and hundreds of other issues from infancy to early adulthood are simply invaluable.


I can't wait to sit down and watch it! I am sure that the Bradricks have a wealth of wisdom to share that we will benefit from greatly.

Vision Forum is running a four-day special that ends at midnight on Saturday, February 9th. Feel free to click on the banner below to browse their website and save $25 on a purchase of $75 or more!

Monday, February 04, 2008

More CVS Deals

Adam is officially our in-house CVS expert. He's much better at planning trips, combining coupons and maximizing ECBs than I am! He got everything in this picture (plus some other things that didn't make the photo) for $2.86 out of pocket. He used $16 worth of coupons, used $70.97 in ECBs, and got back $105.76 in ECBs!!



Here's what we got (Adam and I each have an ExtraCare card):

*6 boxes of Nutra Trim gum (a Feb. monthly deal - pay $3.99, get $3.99 ECBs, limit 3)

*2 Extreme Energy Drinks, 2pk (B1G1 free this week, buy 2 @ $5.99, get $5.99 ECBs monthly deal, limit 5)

*10 Boost Smoothies (monthly deal - pay $1, get $1ECB, limit 5)

*6 Maybelline eye shadows (pay $5.49, get $5.49 ECBs, limit 3)

*2 Garnier Fructis Shampoo (pay $3.99, get $3.99 ECBs, limit 1)

*10 bottles CVS Chewable Aspirin (should be pay $1.79, get $1.79 ECBs, limit 5...explanation below)

*1 Hershey's Special Dark bar ($0.69, filler to bump us up to the ECBs he was paying with)

*1 Twix bar ($0.69, another filler)

*2 tubes of Chapstick ($1.78, fillers)

*1 CVS travel hand cream ($0.79, filler)

*4 packages Johnson & Johnson cotton swabs (payed $4.96, got $8.00 ECBs...explanation below)

The CVS that Adam went to did not have the children's chewable aspirin in stock, so the manager said that he could just get the adult chewable aspirin, and he would zero the price out. Come to find out, the ECBs printed anyway, and the manager told him to keep them. So he paid nothing for them and got back $17.90 in ECBs!

The cotton swabs were a January monthly deal, and our CVS still had some left. They were two 500-count packages wrapped together...pay $4.99, get $2.00ECBs. When Adam went to check out, they rang up at 75% off and the ECBs still printed! So he payed $4.96 for four and got $8.00ECBs back. Not bad! I'm going to check the other stores in town to see if they have any of the other January monthly deals at 75% off!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Half a Year

Our sweet little Hannah is six months old today. I can't believe she's already halfway to her first birthday! She's such a happy baby. She's a great eater and she's starting to become a great sleeper. Our other three started sleeping through the night way before 6 months, but Hannah really likes here mama milk, and it shows (she wins the prize for having the most rolls so far!). I don't mind getting up with her at night, but I also don't mind that she's sleeping longer now. :) She either eats once or sleeps all night, and I'm enjoying the extra rest. We're working on sitting up. She can do it all by herself for a minute or two, but she's very wobbly and she likes to randomly lunge backwards, so of course I keep a close eye on her.





And since I haven't posted pictures in a while... 1) our little monkeys, 2) Esther decided to take a road trip to Kansas, 3) Grandma and Grandpa in Kansas sent these fun hats. They've already gotten lots of wear. :)