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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, August 29, 2008

Lemon Pie

I made this lemon pie recipe (from All Recipes) a few weeks ago for a fellowship dinner at church and it turned out really well. It couldn't be any easier to make, which made it even better! It whips up in about 5 minutes. We're having company for dinner tonight and this is what we're having for dessert.


1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust

In a bowl, combine milk and lemon juice; mix until smooth (mixture will begin to thicken). Fold in whipped topping; spoon into crust. Chill until ready to serve.


Be sure to visit Nikki for more Recipe Fun Friday ideas!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One of My Favorite Things...

...about our house is the floor in the kitchen and breakfast room. It is white tile and it sparkles when it's clean! It does show dirt and crumbs very easily, but that's actually a good thing in my opinion. Since my babies are going to be crawling and playing on the floor, I'd like to know if it's dirty! This floor cleans very easily too. I could mop and mop the kitchen floor in our old house and it never looked clean, but this one mops up beautifully. Of course it doesn't stay that way long with small children eating over it, drooling on it and that sort of thing, but that's okay. :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Progress?

I've been chipping away at the mountain of boxes in the bonus room. Everything has been gone through, sorted, and separated. Adam has the attic floored and has been able to take about half of the attic pile up. I sorted all of the toys...we have a ridiculous amount of toys. Some are going in the yardsale pile and some are going to Goodwill, but we're keeping most of them. I kept about 1/8 of our toys out and put the rest in boxes to go into storage. I'll rotate them out every few months to keep things interesting.

It's 5:45 and I'm not yet sure what we're having for dinner. I'd like to try to have everything completely unpacked and settled by the end of this week so that I can get back into a regular routine with the children, meal planning, cleaning, etc. I'm anxious to start memorizing a new chapter with the children. We've been reviewing Psalm 100, and I think we're going to do Psalm 23 next. (By the way, I think that I emailed the Bible Memory document to everyone that asked for it, but if you asked and didn't get it, please ask me again. I either missed your email/comment, or accidentally overlooked you.) I'm looking into some freezer cooking ideas. I'd like to incorporate my crockpot often, and I like the idea of doubling or tripling a recipe to freeze for later. I don't think I can handle once-a-month cooking right now. At least not without getting a babysitter for the day that I would cook, and I don't want to do that. I've kind of been flying by the seat of my pants with meals lately and I'm anxious to get back into a routine. Oh, and bread. I haven't baked bread in three weeks and I really miss it. Store bought bread just doesn't taste good to me. Bread in general hasn't been sitting well with me this pregnancy, but I definitely prefer homemade, and so do Adam and the children! Joshua asked me for some fresh, warm Mama bread yesterday. :)

Speaking of pregnancy, everything is going well. The baby is really moving around a lot now. I've been having a moderate amount of Braxton-hicks contractions, but that's been going on since the first trimester. We find out next Wednesday whether we're having a boy or a girl! I'll be 23 weeks then. I'll try to post another belly picture soon, though I don't feel like it has changed much since the last picture.

Here are a few pictures!

We got a new quilt for our bed from Overstock.com. They had a great price on it, and shipping was only $1.00!


The newly organized toy shelves in the bonus room.


I let the children watch The Sound of Music after their nap today. Esther can frequently be heard singing "Me, a deer, a female deer" throughout the day. :) Here's a reflection of my sweet girls watching their favorite movie.


My boy. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Slowly but Surely

The unpacking and organizing is going pretty well, though we still have a lot of work to do. Adam started classes again on Monday and it's been a very busy week for him. We're both pretty tired, but otherwise doing well! My brain feels kind of shot at the moment and I don't think I have enough energy to come up with a creative post, so here are some pictures instead. I'm off to work on the bonus room!

The girls loving each other in the breakfast room.

Esther napping in the library (she sleeps SO well in here by herself for naptime!)

Joshua playing quietly in his room during rest time

The bonus room. Kind of embarrassing at the moment! Believe it or not, all of this stuff is organized into piles. Adam needs to put some floor boards in the attic before he can take things up there, but once he has a chance to do that most of these things will be gone.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Babies!

I've been following this blog for the past few months. Brittany has four boys (6 and under) and has been expecting identical twins. She was in a bad car accident on her way to a perinatologist appointment yesterday, which sent her into labor at 35 weeks. She delivered her babies last night while coping with bruises and what the doctors think is a couple of cracked ribs (something that her epidural didn't help with!). The babies are doing great and didn't need to go to the NICU! All of her readers are anxiously waiting to find out if she had boys or girls. Be sure to visit her blog!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We're In!!

Well, we're moved into our new house, and the old house is cleaned and ready for a renter! Everything went pretty well and we had lots of help from friends and family (Adam's family was here for a few days). There have been a few hitches...not the least of which was a last-minute problem that almost delayed our closing over the weekend. (It was really bad on the part of the mortgage company. It had to do with a termite letter that we provided them with three weeks in advance and even had them approve ahead of time. They decided literally at the last second that there was a problem with that letter. So everything was delayed a few hours, but we got it worked out and got to the Uhaul place just in time to pick up the truck!)

There are a few other issues...the hot water heater is acting up and will only work if you whack on it with a wrench periodically. :) And the picnic ants are having a party because the house if finally occupied and there is food in it (it has been vacant for a year). We have the exterminators coming out early next week, so that shouldn't be a problem for long. They are kind of a pain, but I'll take ants over roaches any day, and we've only seen one lone roach, which was dead! Woohoo!

We're absolutely thrilled with our house! I love the space!!! I thought that the children would be kind of clingy and needy with all of the changes, but they're having a ball. They just spread out with their toys and play for the longest time. I've been able to get lots of work done! We have a long way to go with the unpacking, but Adam has been working really hard and has gotten a ton of stuff done.

I haven't done a very good job of taking pictures, but I'll try to do better. For now, here are the children checking out the moving truck.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Another Giveaway!

Hannah over at Cultivating Home is giving away a few books. All you have to do is answer a few questions on marriage and family that she has posted! Go here to enter yourself!

Baby Blanket

My friend Nikki is giving away a beautiful baby blanket (that she made herself!) in honor of her 200th post! Be sure to go here to enter yourself!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Bible Memory Method

During the month of July some of the older, more experienced mothers in our church held a "Mother's Morning Out" one day a week for the younger mothers. They provided great childcare in the church nursery, where the children played, participated in Kindermusik, ate lunch, etc. Meanwhile we younger mothers met over in the fellowship hall and listened to one of the older mothers share about various topics. The first week a good friend shared about the Bible memory method that she uses with her children. She started when her twins were 6, and now they are 20, so I'm sure they just have a vast amount of Scripture memorized!

I was really excited to learn about it. I've tried to do Bible memory with the children, but I had yet to come up with a good, effective, non-frustrating way to help them to memorize. This method works wonderfully!! I had no doubt that it would work, but I was shocked at how well and how quickly it worked. It is very simple and only takes 5-10 minutes a day (depending on the length of the passage you are working on). Since it does take a little while to memorize a passage with this method, there is plenty of time to take a verse at a time and talk about it, look up definitions and cross-references, etc. That way they are understanding what they are learning, and not just learning words. I decided to start with Psalm 100, and within 10 days all three of my children could say it without any help! I thought that Esther would catch a few words here and there, since she just turned two in May, but she can say the whole passage, and she LOVES to do it!! She wanted so badly to say it for the pediatrician this morning. I told her that she could, and she didn't even say "hi", she just launched right into it as soon as the doctor walked in! She has trouble pronouncing some of the words, but she does her best. :)

I took videos of the children saying Psalm 100. I'm not posting these to brag, though I am very proud of them. :) I just want you to see how well it works! I have an explanation of this Bible memory method in a Word file and would be more than happy to email it to anyone who is interested. Feel free to email me at adamandlaura @ bellsouth.net (without spaces, of course) and I'll send it to you as soon as I get a chance. We are moving this weekend, so I probably won't have internet for a few days starting tomorrow. But I will send it to you.

Speaking of moving, everything is going well! Our closing is tomorrow and Adam is doing a final walk-through right now. Everything is packed, with the exception of the last minute things and we are ready to go! I'll post pictures and details when we get settled in a little.

On another note, I took Esther and Hannah to the doctor this morning for a few shots. Esther weighs 24 lbs and is a "shorty" in the 10th percentile for height. Hannah is 19lbs (25th percentile). I was really surprised that she doesn't weigh more because she eats so much and has FAT legs! Not that the charts really matter, but I like to see where they are. They are both eating well and growing proportionately, so I'm happy.


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Popsicle Photo-Shoot

Here are the rest of the pictures from our popsicle session yesterday!





Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Photo Contest

Thanks to Alice for telling me about the Summer Fun Photo Contest that is going on at 5 Minutes for Mom. Click here to find out how to enter yourself! I wanted to get a picture of all 4 children eating popsicles, and this one turned out to be pretty funny. It really shows the children's different personalities well. Hannah cracks me up...eating the wrong end of the popsicle! This is how we enjoyed summer fun today! I'll post a few of the other pictures that I took later, just for fun.

More Birthday Pictures

Hannah in her birthday dress

Putting money in her piggy bank

She clapped for herself every time she got one in!

She loved it when we sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

Eating her ice cream cake!

She decided that the spoon wasn't working so well :)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Happy Birthday, Hannah!!


Exactly one year and 40 minutes ago, our sweet little Hannah was born! She's such a joy and of course we all just love her to pieces. She probably gets more kisses than she wants. :) She's always happy and is always on the move. She loves to eat, play with her brother and sisters, eat, ride around the house on Mama's hip, eat, go for walks, and eat everything in sight (last night she was eating lima beans like they were M&M's)!! She's got a fairly extensive vocabulary for a 12 month old...around 15 or 20 words and adding new ones every week! I like to think that she's a genius, but I'm sure it's much more likely that here continuously chattering siblings are the main reason that she can say what she does. :)

New Chicken Recipe

I tried a new recipe this past week that a lady at church told me about (though, I forgot to take a picture). It only has four ingredients, and I thought that they were easy to remember, but I ended up remembering one of them wrong. :) It turned out okay, but not great. It's really simple...you put some chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot, add a can of whole berry cranberry sauce, a packet of onion soup mix, and a small bottle of Russian (red) dressing. That's where I made my mistake. I thought that it was Thousand Island dressing! It didn't turn out to be awful, but I think that it would be a lot better with the correct dressing. I'm going to try it again soon and I'll be sure to report back with an updated review. For more Recipe Fun Friday ideas (complete with pictures!) visit Nikki's blog!