What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

These Lips Get Me Every Time

These Days

Mid-winter lilies are therapeutic mid-winter.  Try it- you'll see!


These photos hurt my heart.  Especially that second one.  

Thank goodness he gave me a little-boy grin just afterward.  I'd have been done in.

We've had sickness going around for about two weeks.  One person would get it for a few days, we'd have a day off.  Then another one would succumb.  Two weeks later, I feel like we are only just now 'back to normal'.  That's one of those things about having a larger family- it is pretty much inevitable that anything 'gotten' will go through the entire house and will take forever to finally hit everyone.  On Ineke's turn, even sick as a dog, she wanted to hold Moses' hand.  It was super sweet- and probably the reason he later got sick himself.  

Being sick never looked so good.


She typically wears a sweatshirt and jeans during the week.  Maybe that is why on Sundays, Corynn is all the more striking when she finally does get spiffy.

A friend got her the dress at a bag sale.

And oh, those locks!


The cinnamon roll star gets an upgrade.  Now it is a strawberries and cream star.  And a major YUM.

A huge, brilliant, beautiful snowstorm dumped about 9 inches of snow on us over the weekend.  It has been such a strange winter- so mild, so brown, so rainy.  I remember one day in January reaching the unheard of temp (around here) of 60 degrees!  It felt so good to see Old Man Winter putting some effort in before it is too late.  The boys build snowbales today and had a nerf gun battle in the yard.  Warm weather and rain in the forecast means that the snow will not last for long- so we enjoy it while we can.

I'd write more but 1 a.m.  isn't the best time to blog.  At least not coherent thoughts.  I do what I can.

Monday, January 27, 2020

These are a few of her favorite things (and she is one of mine)

Continuing on with my outdated, unblogged photo...and speaking of birthday girls...

Corynn turned sweet 16 back when the grass was still green and feet were still bare.  We don't really 'do' birthday parties for the children, opting instead for a themed party that the whole family can enjoy each summer.   

I make exception for a sweet 16th though.

Because of a series of events that were sandwiched in and around those few days (a barn dance, sleepover, hosting a church gathering, etc.), we decided four days before that Saturday would be the best time to do it.

I had hopes of making it a lot more lavish than it was, but Corynn assured me that as long as her dearest friends were there and there were outdoor games to play, she'd be delighted with any party at all.  

I tried to include some of her favorite things- like neon green, flowers and disguises.  Her art was the invitation and the favors were one of her most favorite art supplies, water brushes. I made stir fry and apple crisp (her birthday feast requests) for a crowd.  And of course, there were games.  

It was VERY low key.  I wish I could have devoted more time to make it extra special for her.  But her favorite people were there and people are always much more important than details.  

Ack!  Look at little scrawny month-old Moses!

Millie forced her to play the guitar in front of everyone!  But sometimes it is really the best kind of friend that forces you to do hard things.  

Well done, Corynn!  (And well done, Millie!)

Human Pinata Boys.  Because a party full of girls just calls for a few boys to tackle, if you ask me.

Look at that hair!  Unlike Jo, it isn't her 'one beauty'.  But it certainly is one of them!
This girl loves me so much she let me make her a flower crown!  And then let me take pictures of her in it!

She'll have a few extra jewels in her heavenly crown for doing it too.

For a special gift for her, I secretly mailed pre-stamped, pre-addressed postcards to the many godly women in her life asking them to mail her advice, bible verses, book recommendations or tidbits of wisdom that will help and encourage her as she grows and matures into womanhood. 

I wish everyone could have seen how excited she was to receive them!  (Thank you, my friends, to those of you who mailed her some love!)  It was one of the greatest gifts she could have gotten.  (And we have very wise friends!)

Corynn, you are so lovely, in so many wonderful ways.  You give your Papa and I such joy.  

And I don't want to let you go.

So I won't.  

So there.