August 27, 2013

  • 12 Things About Gracie


    1.  She waited until 42 weeks to be born and even then with the assistance of pitocin.  Pitocin did the trick because she was born five hours later.  Her delivery was by far my easiest.


    2.  She has ALWAYS been picky about her clothes.  Even when she was too little to be picky. 


    3.  Her smile is so big that her eyes close to make room for it.


    4.  She had trouble learning to add and subtract until I put dollar signs in front of all the numbers.  Suddenly it was the easiest thing for her - EVER! 


    5.  She is strong.  Seriously, you should see her muscles.


    6.  She is really really organized and really really neat.


    7.  She gives great pedicures!  :)


    8.  She loves to swim, play basketball, softball, and dance.


    9.  She's a baby whisperer.  Babies love her.  


    10.  She loves all things coffee.  Coffee, coffee jellybeans, coffee ice cream, coffee candy...

    11.  She makes the cutest cakes for her birthday. (The Trent kids like to make their own bday cakes.)

    12.  She knows how to run a 5k and finish 2nd in her age division. 


    She's pretty much a rock star!  Happy Birthday, Sweet Gracie!

August 9, 2013

  • 17 Reasons

    17.  Even when I'm grouchy, he still likes me.   

    16.  He is my "things that go bump in the night" investigator.

    15. When he isn't buckling babies in car seats, he opens my car door.

    14.  He drives.  I don't have to.

    13.  He likes to hold my hand while he's driving.  

    12.  His glass is always half full.

    11.  He paints/builds/moves stuff at my beck and call.

    10.  He is the resident stir-fry maker.

    9.  His eyes.

    8.  He buys me cards and writes me love notes.

    7.  He works hard to provide for his family.

    6.  He lives it at home first and preaches it at church second.

    5.  Laughter, lots of laughter.

    4.  When life is hard, he doesn't give up or run away.

    3.  His dad skills.

    2.  He is my spider slayer.

    1. He is still the one I kiss good night. 

    Happy 17th Anniversary, Mr. Trent!

July 30, 2013

  • 9 Things About Emrie

    (In honor of her 9th birthday)

    1.  She loves to give gifts.  Most days I find a wrapped present* on my pillow. 

    (*A piece of candy, an ink pen, a wildflower, a pretty rock... wrapped in her artwork.)

    2.  She loves soft clothes.  Comfort before fashion.  Always.

    3.  Pretending with her is seriously fun.  Tea parties, barbie dolls, baby dolls, pet shop, restaurant...

    4.  She loves her baby brothers.  She is always putting them first.  Thinking of them.  Never too busy to play. 

    5.  Dance, softball, and basketball are her extracurriculars now days.

    6.  Hugs and kisses are important to Emrie. 

    7.  She carries a sweater to the theater and restaurant.  This girl freezes. 

    8.  She overwhelms me with the cuteness and sweetness! 

    9.  When she sings, she sings with all her heart. 

    God blessed us so much when He gave us our Emrie Rose. 

    (Photo credit to my friend, Hope Fennell.)

June 30, 2013

  • I'm Still Here

    I actually sat down to blog more than once in the last couple weeks and had technical troubles.  Add to the internet/website troubles that June has been full of guests visiting, summer enjoying, and life living, my blog didn't get updated.  Dear friends, I hope your summer is awesome so far.  I hope you have spectacular fourth of July plans.  

    (Lemonade from our town's annual Watermelon Festival)

    I still don't know if xanga is going to remain after July 15.  Xanga users, have you heard?  

    In honor of the glorious Sunday morning, I wanted to repost something that has been on my heart.

    Originally posted July '12:

    Stand Firm

    Through all the hardships that you are experiencing, do not be shaken, stand firm and always remember that the place of your greatest resistance will be the place of your greatest victory.

    God always proves before He promotes. He is not looking for qualified people but rather those that He can work through. He may anoint someone long before appointing him, as He did for David, but He will never go back on His word or what He has purposed for your life.

    1 Thessalonians 3:8 says, "For now we really live if you stand firm in the Lord." Now there's a promise. You want to make life enjoyable? Stand fast in the Lord.

    1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

June 4, 2013

  • A Season for Everything

    "To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the sun." Ecclesiastes 3:1

    Each season in our journey brings new adventures.  Five years ago, I started a blogging adventure.  It wasn't in my plans for this adventure to end.  However, it is a real possibility that after July 15, xanga (my blog host) is shutting down.  I am holding out hope that they'll raise the big dollars they need to keep things going as normal.  No matter what, I know that our heavenly Father has appointed time as the stage for his eternal purposes in our lives.  I trust him with our experiences and the significance of all things that pertain to us. He knows the direction of our lives, when he doesn't let us see the end from the beginning, we just seek him, his heart, and his wisdom at all times.  

    I haven't made a plan for a new blog or moving my archives.  Maybe there is a recipe you count on finding when you visit, print it soon or it may be gone.  In the meantime, I'll be blogging as usual and maybe even reposting some of my old posts.   

    In the words of my blogging friend, Karen, "I'm gonna keep blogging here at xanga until they turn the lights out."  Let's just hope the lights stay on.  ;)

May 30, 2013

  • Babies Don't Keep

    When every stranger we meet tells us how pretty our little girl is, daddy says it is time for Josiah to have a haircut. 

    Bye-bye curls. 

    Hello little boy.

    What they say is true, babies don't keep.

    Now, if I can just get him to hold still so all his pictures aren't blurry.  This kid = perpetual motion.

May 28, 2013

  • Catching Up

    I have some more pics from Katie's 15th birthday that I've wanted to post on my blog.  So, this post is a "catching up" post.

    Her birthday wish was to get her beginner's permit.

    The sun was shining in her eyes.

    But I still love the pictures of her special day.


    She wanted a Captain America birthday cake.  She loves Captain America. 

    I think her 15th birthday was everything she hoped it would be. 

     Love my Katie-girl. 

May 23, 2013

  • Ah, Joie de Vivre! The Joy of Life!

    One of the most life-enhancing abilities we can develop is the process of enjoying the journey.  We sometimes forget that life is the journey and the journey is life. The French call it joie de vivre - the joy of living. The Italians express it as nienta sense gioia - nothing without joy. To the Greeks, it's kefi - the spirit of joy, passion, enthusiasm, high spirits. Whatever we're doing, let's do it for the joy.

    Psalm 118:24 - "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."


May 22, 2013

  • Church in the South = Softball

    Church Softball in the south is a serious thing.  (To everyone except me. Shhh.... don't tell, they'll kick me out.)  They have rules.  Lots of rules.  For instance, there are rules about switching teams.  To be a "free agent" you have to meet certain conditions.  You think I'm kidding.  I am not.  Church softball is serious.

    You want to know what I like best about church softball (besides the Chief hitting a homer and my cute kids)?  I have a friend who brings her camera and takes awesome pics of our kids.  You want to know what Josiah likes best about church softball?  The endless supply of ring pops.   


    Thanks so much for the pics, Hope!  I love them!