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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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Monday, February 28, 2011

And the Winner Is...

...The Munck Family!! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, and thanks to random.org for picking the winner. :)



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Giveaway!


I'm so excited to be hosting this giveaway from Vision Forum! As an affiliate, they have graciously allowed me to give a "ticket" away to one of my readers for their brand new series Family Strategies: Practical Issues For Building Healthy Families. From the Vision Forum website:

Beginning March 1, every Tuesday morning for twenty weeks you will receive a link to your new downloadable message from Doug or Beall, hosted at Vision Forum’s partner website BlueBehemoth.com. To access your first download, simply create a free BlueBehemoth.com account and then follow the easy instructions in your weekly emails to download your messages at no additional charge.

Listen to the messages at your convenience on your computer, iPod, or other portable MP3 player. And, don’t worry if you miss a week due to travel. The messages will be there waiting for you.



There is a multitude of wonderful topics that will be covered, including "How to Involve the Whole Family in Family Worship", "How to Handle a Social Worker Visit", "How to Wage War on Sibling Rivalry", "How to Involve the Whole Family in Hospitality", and "How to Encourage Masculinity in Sons". There are twenty messages in all, and I am definitely looking forward to hearing them.

If you would like to enter this giveaway, leave a comment and let me know. If you would like a second entry, blog about this opportunity and leave another comment letting me know that you have done so. The giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, February 27th, and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

First Time In the Swing!















I think he likes it. :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pancakes!


It's that time of year again. IHOP's National Pancake Day is coming up a week from today. On March 1st you can get one free short stack of pancakes per customer for free! They do ask you to leave a donation for the local children's hospital or another charity. This will be our 4th year of enjoying free pancakes. If you would care to see just how much we love this tradition, click here, here and here!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Project

This picture was taken after church and after a missed nap, so Joseph had no interest in smiling!

I've been working on matching smocked outfits for Noah and Joseph for a while. As a matter of fact, I started them 8 months ago! I finally finished Joseph's last week, and to be perfectly honest, I think that I will put Noah's away and finish it when Joseph grows into it. Maybe. This was my first picture smocking experience, and if I've got any sense it will be my last! I think that it is cute, but it wasn't exactly enjoyable. If it's not fun, then I don't want to do it. That's an awful motto for life in general, but when it comes to sewing I think it's a good rule for me to follow. I like to sew in part because it is relaxing and enjoyable, so if a project is going to try my patience them I'm going to avoid it!



The actual smocking took me a very long time to complete, partly because I'm not very good at it and partly because I worked on it a few minutes at a time here and there when I could. But putting the outfit together was a nightmare. The pattern was very vague and I ended up taking Joseph's outfit apart three times and re-cutting the entire thing once. But it's done, and I'm satisfied with it! To ensure that I keep my sanity, I am going to put Noah's away now and start on the girls' Easter dresses - white bishops with purple/lavender/green geometric smocking. Noah will never know that I didn't finish his matching outfit!


Speaking of matching outfits, my Mom made these beautiful dresses and hairbows for the girls in December! They were perfect for the Christmas season, but they aren't exclusively Christmas and they can wear them all winter. I love the green-checked fabric and the lace on the sleeves, and of course the smocking! Thanks, Mom!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Joshua!

Joshua turned 7 today! It is hard to believe that we have a 7 year-old. Makes me feel ancient. :) Joshua is such a sweet, sensitive boy who loves the outdoors, loves his younger siblings, and always has time for a snuggle with his Mama! Here is an assortment of pictures from the last 7 years.






























Happy Birthday, Joshua!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nine Months!


Joseph is 9 months old today! He's quite a vocal little guy. He loves to babble and laugh and let out random screams with the apparent sole purpose of amusing himself.


He does not do the traditional crawl, but he can get where he wants to go really fast. He does an army crawl/slither and seems to really enjoy it. He's a very content baby and has absolutely no interest in pulling up on things. I expect that to change in the next month or so though!


Joseph adores all of his siblings, and especially his biggest brother who always has time for a kiss and a snuggle for him.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Yet Another Reason


My good friend Nikki recently posted about how Chick-fil-A is being attacked for donating food to a marriage seminar run by a group that opposes same-sex marriage. You can read an article by Michelle Malkin about it here. Now is the perfect time to support Chick-fil-A! Adam recently discovered Chick-fil-A sauce. Have you ever had it? It's amazing! We love "Chick-lay", as Noah calls it, and now we have yet another reason to support them.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Cheap Glasses


I have been needing new glasses for a while, but they cost so much money that I just kept putting it off. About a month ago, two different people told me that you can get glasses online for a really good price. I did some searching and found Zenni Optical. I was able to get a new pair for $30including shipping, polycarbonate (thin) lenses, clip-on sunglasses, and an anti-reflective coating. The anti-reflective coating is something that I really wanted last time I bought glasses, but they were wanting $80 for it. I paid $4.95 with Zenni Optical! Of course the drawback to ordering glasses online is that you can't try them on. But they do have several different faces on their website that you can try the glasses on. The frames that I chose are a little too wide for my face, but for $30 a pair, I can order another and use these for backups! I would definitely recommend ordering from this company! Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did not choose the frames pictured above. :)