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Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (10), Abigail (9), Esther (8), Hannah (7), Noah (6), Joseph (4), Peter (3), James (1), and Mary Grace (4 months). Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

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Hannah Ralene

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Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

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Peter Edwin

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James Emil Robert

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Thursday, April 30, 2009


I am trying to find something and I'm hoping that some of you can help me out! I wear a camisole under all of my shirts these days, for two reasons. 1) It's next to impossible to find a pretty, feminine shirt that isn't gapey (is that a word?) or low-necked. So I need something to go underneath it that has a higher neckline. 2) I'm nursing. I have a couple of nursing covers that I use all the time, but they only cover the front. So if I'm out in public and I don't have my back to a wall, then I end up showing some skin back there, which I don't like. The camisole solves that problem for me.

I have another problem though. I can't find a camisole that isn't gapey or low-necked either! Everything is so immodest and it's rather disgusting. So I'm on a hunt for high-necked camisoles that are also tight (so they stick to me when I lean over) and long (I'm tall). Any suggestions as to where to look? What has worked well for you other nursing moms?

Speaking of clothing and being tall, I just discovered that Old Navy online has tall sizes! I got a coupon in the mail for free shipping, and I used it to buy a couple of these pretty shirts and a few other shirts that they had on clearance...all in TALL!! I'm excited to get them. I hope they fit. I just thought I'd share that in case anyone else out there is on the lookout for tall clothing.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Update: I just did a Google search for Future Men and found the entire book on Google here! You'd have to either stare at the computer screen for a long time or print out 200 pages to read it, but if the budget is tight this is definitely an option.

I frequently have to remind myself that Joshua is not a girl. I am constantly telling him to be gentle with his sisters and his baby brother, to be quiet because Noah is sleeping, to play nicely so that he doesn't hurt the girls, etc. Of course those things should be taught and he should learn them, but at the same time, I don't want him to become effeminate. I've been reading Future Men by Douglas Wilson (from which both of the quotes in this post are taken). It's a great book so far, and I highly recommend the first couple of chapters! Maybe I'll post a review of it when I'm finished.

I've caught myself saying "be careful, Joshua" way too much lately. I'm trying hard to just let him be a boy. If he falls down and tears up his knees because he's racing down the driveway, it's not that big of a deal. He's a boy. He needs to learn how to handle it (without whining), hop up, brush himself off, and carry on with his conquering and subdueing of the driveway! :)

The point of discipline with boys is to channel and direct their energy into an obedient response to the cultural mandate. It is not to squash that energy, destroying it or making it sullen. Boys therefore should be in training to become men who exercise dominion, they should be learning to be lords in the earth, they should learn to be adventurous and visionary.
There is a great section about boys and guns as well. We are all for our boys playing with toy guns and learning how to handle them properly so that they can learn how to handle and use real guns one day. (And the girls too, for that matter. Have you ever read the story of Nancy Hart and how she defended and protected her family?)
More than a few adults have been concerned about boys playing at war with stick guns and swords. But boys who play at war are training at something men are called to do. It is as honorable as a young girl mothering a baby doll. But just as we do not want the young girl abusing a doll, neither do we want young boys pretending to do evil in war. Among the essential things that boys must learn here are honor and restraint. They should only learn what they need to learn, and they should not learn that which they must reject later.

This means that a boy who is playing with a toy gun should be trained to never use it more freely simply because it is not real. A small boy who is playing war with his brothers should be pointing and blasting away with the best of them. But if a lady from church comes over to visit the young boy's mother, and is standing in the foyer, and the boy comes up and tries to blow her away, the young warrior's mother should haul him off to the bedroom to be tried for war crimes. The visitor was a civilian and non-combatant, and Mother should be schooled in the principles of just war theory, and she should enforce the rules.

Related to this subject, young boys should obviously be trained in the use of real firearms. They should be fanatics about gun safety, and the rules of gun safety should apply whether the gun is real or not. By this I mean that carelessness with toy guns breeds carelessness with the real thing. When boys are playing at war, the guns should be pointed as they are in a war. When they are not playing at war, but rather hanging around, they should be taught to treat their toy guns with respect and not to casually point one at one of the playmates just to go bang. The reason for all this is that such behavior is preparation for a high and noble calling.
I'm going to start making a more concerted effort to let Joshua be a boy. I shouldn't expect him to sit quietly around the house like a little girl. He needs to be able to get out to explore, conquer, and subdue without his Mama constantly standing over his shoulder making sure he doesn't stub his toe or scrape his knee. Noah will be big enough for him to wrestle with before I know it, and I know he'll love that!

On a lighter note, and related to girls and guns, Hannah (20mo) was holding Joshua's toy gun the other day. She was pointing at a piece of furniture and saying "k, k, k". When she realized that I was watching, she proudly told me that she was "Tootin', Mama, tootin'!" (shooting). :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I know I'm a little biased, but I think that we have some cute children! I can't figure out why these pictures are so small, but I will work on getting them larger and re-post them if I'm successful.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Best...

...six years of my life! Happy Anniversary, Adam!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I know I've been posting a lot of pictures lately, but there are more to come! A young college-aged guy in our church took this picture of Esther on Easter Sunday. She was in the nursery (reading a book, I think...that is her "concentration" face) while the choir was warming up for the service. Several of the other pictures that he took were very professional looking...he's quite talented. I'm hoping to get him to do a photo shoot with us outside in a few months, after Noah starts sitting up. We just got a good family picture last week (it is now my profile picture), and we got several others that I will post in a little while, but I'd love to get some good candid outdoor shots with someone who knows more about lighting, etc than we do.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Abigail found a snake in the driveway a couple of weeks ago. She told Adam and he caught it and asked Joshua and Abigail if they wanted to hold it. Abigail got her gloves on and held it even though she was terrified. It was like pulling teeth to try to get her to hold the thing. She was crying and trying to get away and begging Adam to keep it away from her.


After Abigail held it, Joshua decided that he needed to be the man and show his scared little sister how to be brave. He couldn't wait to get his hands on that snake!

So he got his gloves on...

comforted his poor petrified sister...

and grabbed that snake like a man!


Haha! He's like his Mama. :) And Abigail is like her Papa! I'm glad I wasn't at home when this occurred.

He relaxed after a few minutes. :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Noah...3 Months

It's actually more like 3 1/2 months already! Noah has just started sitting in the Bumbo, and he really likes it. He is becoming a lot more expressive with his face, which Joshua thinks is absolutely hilarious. He choked on his rice the other night because he couldn't stop laughing at Noah's faces. :) I had to put Noah down and move his bouncy seat where Joshua couldn't see it so that he would survive dinner! Noah thinks that Joshua is pretty great too. He smiles and coos at him any time Joshua gives him attention.

He has been rolling over for about a month now (front to back) and is starting to realize that his hands belong to him. This stage always makes me laugh. He stares cross-eyed at his hand for a while, whacks himself in the forehead, and then gets a funny "who did that?" look on his face. :) He likes his pacifier, but not when he is in his bed. As soon as I put him down he spits it out and tries to stuff his whole fist into his mouth. He's still a great sleeper and usually doesn't cry at all when I put him down. He had started sleeping through the night a few weeks ago, but is waking up once around 4:30 now. He still eats well, and he's long and skinny. I take him to the doctor in a couple of weeks for his four month check-up. I'm anxious to see how his weight gain is.

Noah is definitely Mama's boy. He doesn't like to be left in the nursery at church (or anywhere else, for that matter). It makes it a little difficult when I have to leave him for choir rehearsal or something, but it is nice to know that he misses me. :) He is very ticklish...especially on the inside of his legs, under his arms and around his neck. He giggles when I change his clothes and sometimes even when I change his diaper.

Helping Mama sort laundry

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Outing with Grandpa

A couple of weeks ago Adam was gone for his National Guard drill weekend and the kids and I were wanting to get out of the house and do something fun, so we met Grandpa (my Dad) and enjoyed the beautiful weather for a little while (my Mom was out of town that day too). We picked up Moe's and had a picnic, climbed trees, ran around and let out some pent up energy, and had a great time!

Sisters...in their matching $5 Walmart dresses. Walmart has some cute dresses right now in the baby department!

I'm not sure what they were looking at, but is sure was exciting!

Swinging with Grandpa

He looks so grown up

Hannah must have said "Hi, duck!" a hundred times!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I have made several new recipes over the past few months that turned out to be very tasty, so I thought I'd share them. I know that we're transitioning out of soup weather now, but I'm going to post the soup recipes anyway. Otherwise I'll forget about them. :)

This first one is very simple and very good. I served it over rice and paired it with a green vegetable. I will definitely make it again!

Easy Cheesy BBQ Chicken (from this cookbook...I highly recommend it! The recipes are great and it has nice, big pictures of the dishes. I keep it on my kitchen counter in the cookbook holder and just turn the page periodically because the pictures are so pretty.)

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1 bottle (26 oz) barbecue sauce
6 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon)
6 slices Swiss cheese (I used block Colby cheese because I had it on hand)

Place chicken in slow cooker. Cover with barbecue sauce. Cover; cook on low 8-9 hours. (If sauce becomes too thick during cooking, add a little water.) Before serving, cut bacon slices in half. Cook bacon and place 2 pieces on each chicken breast. Top with cheese. Cover and cook on high until cheese melts.

I'm not a big fan of tomato soup...especially the canned variety. But this soup is not too bad. Adam really liked it, and it's good with grilled cheese sandwiches. It tastes very fresh and the basil gives it a nice flavor.

Roast Tomato-Basil Soup (also from this cookbook)

2 cans (28oz each) peeled whole tomatoes, drained and 3 cups liquid reserved
2 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 can (5oz) evaporated milk
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil (about 10 large leaves)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange tomatoes on foil in single layer. Sprinkle with brown sugar and top with onion. Bake about 25 to 30 minutes or until tomatoes look dry and light brown. Let tomatoes cool slightly; finely chop. Place tomato mixture, 3 cups reserved liquid from tomatoes, broth, tomato paste and allspice in slow cooker. Mix well. Cove; cook on low 8 ours or on high 4 hours. Add evaporated milk and basil; season with salt and pepper. Cook on high 30 minutes or until hot.

This soup was wonderful, and it's very healthy too. I was unable to find red lentils (I only looked at Walmart. Next time I'll try a different store, but I didn't want to drag everyone into another grocery store just for a bag of lentils), so I just used the brown ones that I had on hand. This recipe is going on our list of regulars for the cold weather months.

Vegetable and Red Lentil Soup (you guessed it...from the same cookbook!)
1 can (14 1/2oz) vegetable broth
1 can (14 1/2oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash (or 1 of each), diced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or thyme
1/2 cup croutons or shredded cheese (optional...I opted to leave this out)

Combine broth, tomatoes with juice, zucchini, bell pepper, carrots, lentils, salt, sugar and black pepper in slow cooker; mix well. Cover; cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours, or until lentils and vegetable are tender. Sprinkle on basil and croutons and cheese, if desired.

I also made The Best Bean and Ham Soup from Allrecipes, and it really was the best bean and ham soup that I've ever tasted! I think that I may cut back on the salt next time though. I used some Honey Baked Ham that I had in the freezer, which is rather salty by itself (but SO good!). This one is staying in my regular cool weather rotation too.

Have you posted any recipes lately? I'd love to see them if you have! Leave me a link and I'll check them out. :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm Back!

We had a good week! Long, but good. I didn't do anything today except for spend time with the children (school, play, etc), enjoy the sound of the rain outside, and take a nap. I didn't realize how tired I was until after lunch today. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I enjoyed a nice snooze. It's back to the routine tomorrow! The laundry is slightly out of control and the whole house needs a good tidying up. Our Easter pictures didn't turn out so well, but I thought I'd share them anyway. It's so hard to get everyone looking at the camera and smiling like a normal human being at the same time! It was very bright outside too. We're going to have a family picture made tomorrow, so I hope to be able to share that soon.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Just wanted to let you all know that I'm taking a week off of blogging. Adam's Spring break is this week, this Sunday is Easter, and there's lots going on! The week leading up to Easter and the week leading up to Christmas are incredibly busy times for us church musicians with all of the extra rehearsals, services, etc. They are two of my favorite times of the year, but they are busy nonetheless. I'll be back next week! I've got some good pictures and recipes to share. :) I'm off to put Noah down for a nap and get a couple hours of practicing in. Have a great week!

Saturday, April 04, 2009


I took this video of Hannah and Noah the other day. Hannah thinks that Noah is just the best thing ever! She loves to help take care of him. If he starts crying when she is around, she yells "FIYAH!!" (pacifier) and tries to shove it in his mouth. :) I can't seem to convince her that he doesn't need it every time he cries! You can hear her saying "Yes sir" in the video. At least she's trying to be respectful. :)


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Mama...According to Joshua

What is something Mama always says to you? "Obey"

What makes Mama happy? "When I obey"

What makes Mama sad? "When I don't obey"

How does Mama make you laugh? "By doing something funny"

What was Mama like as a child? "She liked to go outside and play"

How old is Mama? "28" (close! I'm 29)

How tall is Mama? "816 miles" (my long legs must look longer than I think they do!)

What is Mama's favorite thing to do? "Play with Joshua"

What does Mama do when you're not around? "Work hard"

If your Mama becomes famous, what will it be for? "Inviting people over"

What is Mama really good at? "Writing"

What is Mama not very good at? "Fixing water pipes" :)

What does Mama do for a job? "Clean the house"

What is Mama's favorite food? "Ice cream"

What makes Mama proud of you? "When I obey"

What do you and Mama do together? "Clean the house"

How are you and Mama the same? "We both like to do school"

How are you and Mama different? "I can build brick walls and you can't"

How do you know Mama loves you? "Because you tell me"

What does Mama like most about your Papa? "He works hard for us"

Where is Mama's favorite place to be? "At home"

He even drew a picture of me! :) It's a one-armed, spikey-haired Mama!