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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

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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Thursday, February 25, 2010


You may have noticed that I've not been blogging much lately. I haven't had the time or the creativity to come up with any interesting posts, though I have read some great articles on other blogs and thought that I would pass them along.

Kelly at Generation Cedar has a lot of good, encouraging, challenging things to say. This post about stay-at-home moms is no exception.

My good friend Nikki linked to this post about successful homemaking last week and I thought it was well worth sharing.

And here's another one from Generation Cedar about working...our attitude towards it and what we are teaching our children about it.

Jesus’ life was one continuing “pouring out” of himself physically, emotionally and spiritually. He lived to be spent and then He told us to copy Him. There were short reprieves, yes, but probably not as much as we get each night when we sleep for 8 hours at a time.

  • Am I raising my children to whine about some work load they have, or am I raising them to delight in being used up for Him?
  • Am I teaching them that “to save your life you must lose it”?
  • Am I reading about and pointing to the heroes of the faith for them to emulate?
  • Am I teaching them to “do hard things” and rejoice in it?
  • Am I demonstrating, by my life, that serving is a privilege?
  • Am I framing their worldview through the lens of “esteeming others better than himself”?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Here's what's on our menu for this week!

Monday - Turkey Noodle Casserole (freezer), Fresh Fruit Salad, Bread
Tuesday - Thai Peanut Noodle
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Spaghetti (sauce from freezer), Broccoli, Bread
Friday - Chicken Noodle Soup (freezer)
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Slow Cooker Venison Stroganoff (with Homemade Cream Soup), Spinach Salad (lunch); Leftovers (dinner)

For more menus, visit Laura.

Monday, February 15, 2010

29 Weeks and Snow Pictures!

It's been a while since I've posted a belly picture, and I'm quite a bit larger now than I was then! I'll be 29 weeks tomorrow. I'm not quite sure how that happened so quickly, but here we are! I had an ob appointment last week and everything is looking great. I've gained 15 pounds so far, which is a little less than I have typically gained by this point. I'm hungry pretty much all the time now though, so I'm sure my weight gain will be picking up. I usually gain around 30 pounds and I'm fully expecting to hit that mark this time too. Baby's position is good, I'm measuring right on track, and my blood pressure is great! My doctor let me skip the gestational diabetes test, which I'm thankful for!

We enjoyed the 5 inches of snow that we got last Friday! The last time we got that much snow here was in 1973...7 years before I was born! The children had a lot of fun playing in it, but we don't own the proper snow attire and their feet got pretty cold and wet. They were definitely ready to come in for a warm bath and dry clothes.

Joshua was the only one that enjoyed sledding. (With the exception of Adam and me, but I won't post those pictures!)

Papa and the children built an igloo!

Joshua was chowing down on the snow.

Building a snow-girl. :)

Noah wasn't so sure about the situation.

He warmed up to it after a while and ate his share of snow too. :)

Our house like we've never seen it before!

The view from our back deck.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Baked Potato Soup, Bread
Tuesday - Turkey Noodle Casserole (freezer)
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Pasta with Pesto, Broccoli
Friday - Waffles, Eggs, Venison Sausage
Saturday - Black Bean Nachos
Sunday - Lentil Rice Casserole, Spinach Salad, Bread (lunch); Leftovers (dinner)

For more menu ideas, visit Laura!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday, Joshua!!!

Joshua is 6 today!! I asked him what he wanted to do on his birthday, and he said that he wanted to clean the house. :) I had already done a pretty thorough cleaning this week, but I let him sweep the floor and wash some windows. We also did some coloring, dot-to-dot, snuggling, and lots of talking! I got to take him out for lunch all by himself yesterday. :) We went to Red Robin, and he chose grilled chicken and broccoli, which I thought was pretty funny!

Joshua is such a thoughtful boy. We went to Target after lunch and he was more concerned about getting something for each of the girls and for Noah than he was about finding a birthday treat for himself. He loves his siblings and he's a great big brother! Noah has had a fever today and has been rather needy. Joshua has been running around getting him water or a cracker or his pacifier or whatever he thinks he might want! When I asked Joshua what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he said "hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, beans, fruit, chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, and a salad so that Grandma can eat too". :) He's always thinking about other people and what they need or want.

Here are a few pictures from the past six years!

He finally arrived after 33 long hours of labor. I couldn't possibly have been happier!

Who needs a nap?

Happy 1st Birthday!

Joshua has always loved working outside with Papa. :)

Reading with Abigail

One of my favorite pictures of Joshua!

He asked me to make this cake for the 4th of July, and he was so excited about it.

Not too old for Mama snuggles. :)

Loving on a sick Noah. He loves his little brother!!

Snow is a pretty good birthday present! I took this picture about 45 minutes ago, and the picnic table is now covered. It's rather exciting for us Georgians!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Free Pancakes!!

It's that time of year again!! IHOP's National Pancake Day is February 23. Stop by any IHOP for a free short stack of pancakes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. They do ask that you consider making a donation to the local children's hospital. This is a great deal for us since we have so many mouths to feed, and it's something that we've enjoyed for the past three years. Go here for more details. I plan to go, so if you live close and are interested in going together, let me know!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Here is our menu plan for the week. Joshua's birthday is on Friday, so that meal is his special request. :)

Monday - Chicken Curry (A freezer meal that I made last week. If it's good I'll post the recipe later.)
Tuesday - Kielbasa Casserole
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Taco Chip Ole' (a really good recipe with a corny name!)
Friday - Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Fruit, Salad, Chocolate Cake with White Icing :)
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Baked Potato Soup (lunch); Leftovers of Sandwiches (dinner)

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura.

Monday, February 01, 2010


Christine is hosting a giveaway for a single-serve blender and a coupon for a free package of Yoplait's Frozen Smoothie!! Go here for details and to enter!

Menu Plan Monday

The children and I did our monthly Sams and Walmart runs in between school and naps today, and I'm thankful to have a nicely stocked pantry and refrigerator now! Grocery shopping with five little ones (and one in the belly) is hard work! It's fun though, as long as everyone is fed before we start. Here is what we have on the menu for this week.

Monday - Breakfast Burritos (We just had these last week, but our big bag of corn tortillas are about to expire, so we're having them again...this time with the fresh salsa and cilantro that wasn't in the budget last week!)

Tuesday - Chicken Broccoli Bake (This is a new one for us. If we like it I will post the recipe later.)

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - Lentil Rice Casserole, Spinach Salad, Millet Muffins

Friday - Chicken Noodle Soup

Saturday - Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch at Church; Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce, Spinach Salad, Bread (dinner)

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura!