• little know-it-alls

    in the car the other day we were singing a song the kids learned in their children’s choir. “i’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb i’m goin’ to the Promised Land all my sins are washed away i’ve been redeemed” amelia asks, “what’s redeemed by the blood of the Lamb mean anyway?” josh and i fumbled with our words, trying to answer such a profound question in a way a child could understand. finally, we just came up with something pretty simple which is all you need to do anyway, with a child or an adult. “well,” we said. “it means that Jesus is sometimes called the Lamb…

  • happy mother's day

    we had a great day today, sharing my 3rd mother’s day with our children and josh’s family. josh and his dad, my brother-in-law and his wife, all took care of lunch. my mother-in-law and i got to sit and relax and look at magazines. thanks everyone!! got great gifts from the kids, handmade at school of course. i’ll post those photos later. great gift from josh too, a new creative memories album i wanted to use to make a scrapbook of just our family. the album is just an adorable shade of green which happens to be my favorite color. also, had a great night last night with my sister…

  • an update

    i haven’t posted any pictures in a while and the kids are growing like weeds.  so i thought i’d send a little update to the world wide web. orville turned 3 in february! he’s now fully potty trained, no more getting up in the middle of the night for mom and dad!! the kids love playing wii. and they are actually quite good at it. they beat us at bowling sometimes. wilbur has a slight obsession with belts and jeans. not sure why he looks surprised in this picture. i think he was just being goofy. he’s really good at that. josh got rid of the truck. kind of sad.…

  • avoiding a child-controlled home, part 3

    here it is, the final installation.  sorry it took so long!  keep in mind, just because it says ‘large’ family discipline doesn’t mean it can’t work for ‘small’ families.   all children need appropriate discipline whether they are an only child, or one of many.  enjoy! “I Want an Oompa Loompa Now, Daddy!”, Part 3 Large Family Discipline People often gasp when we tell then we have seven children. “Seven children? I can’t make the two I do have listen to me, much less seven of them.” To which I reply, “Well, we didn’t get them all at the same time. We had time to get used to and teach one…