August 22.

We had a wonderful day! Many special things happened today…

Emma’s first day of second grade
Luke’s half birthday
Boys had water day at school
Emma lost another tooth at school
Soccer practice resumed for Emma

I also found a china cabinet thanks to a sweet friend who knew I was looking for one. It was at Goodwill for a fabulous price! A little elbow grease and some paint should do the trick! Unfortunately I had to take out all 3 of the kids’ carseats to bring it home. It was so humid that I was soaked in sweat when I put the carseats back in at 2pm. I decided another shower for me was in order after that.

We had ice cream after school to celebrate Emma and Luke, and came home for a short while before heading out for soccer practice. It was nice to catch up with friends at soccer practice since we hadn’t seen them all summer.

We had a half cheese, half pepperoni pizza for dinner to celebrate Luke’s half birthday and we gave him a small toy UPS brown truck as a birthday surprise. (He LOVES UPS trucks!) We let him have it in his bed and I can still hear him rolling around in his bed. We hit the nail on the head with this surprise. Now I have something valuable to take away when I discipline. šŸ™‚

Needless to say, we had a very busy and eventful day and everyone was in bed by 7:30!!! I’m not too far behind. šŸ™‚

We are so blessed!!! This is a much better place than where we were just one year ago. I’m so grateful!


Dear Luke.

I love you, Luke. You are my third baby. You are smart, spunky, and oh so fast. You are the only one of my children to draw on my walls and climb out of your crib. You are my strong willed child.


Lately, you have been testing me. Will I let you throw that block across the room? Will I allow you to run away from me at the grocery store? Will I let you bite your brother without a consequence? Will I let you run away from me in a parking lot with cars in plain view? Will I let you jump off the kitchen table to the floor 3 feet below?? No, buddy. The answer is no.


You see, I love you too much to let you behave that way. I want you to grow up to be a well behaved, kind boy who helps others. I want you to use that strong will and intelligence for good. I want you to be a responsible and trustworthy Godly man. And guess what? It’s my job to guide you as you learn these ways of life.

So, as I sit here with my face throbbing thanks to your most recent tantrum, I pray that God will continue to guide me and give me wisdom and patience to parent you ( & Emma & Jack too.) You are one tough cookie… but so am I. šŸ™‚



“Sort of” Sleepover

A few weeks ago I opened an email from a friend whose daughter was in Emma’s class last year. This particular email was an invitation to a “sort of” sleepover. Emma was invited to her first sleepover!

What? A sleepover? She is only 7 years old! She’s not ready for this! I’M not ready for this!

After reading the invite for a second time I realized that it was from 5-9pm, not overnight. Whew.. The girls were to bring a doll and wear their pajamas. The plan was to eat pizza, watch an American Girl movie, and be silly. Emma would love it! Soooo, being the awesome mom that I am, I went out and bought her a new gown to wear to the party and told her that she had been invited. She was so excited about it! She smiled from ear to ear when I told her.

I realized at that moment that my little girl is not quite as little anymore. She is growing each day, both physically and emotionally. She is growing in wisdom and maturity, too. She was okay with the idea of going somewhere without me. I realized that I’m going to have to start letting go just a teeny tiny bit.

She asked questions about the sleepover several times a day until the day finally came. When we got to the front door at her friend’s house she held Caroline snug at her chest and smiled her shy smile… There was a sign on the door that said ‘Girls Only Party.’ In a house with two brothers, this must have been a nice change. When she saw her friends she walked right in and didn’t look back.

Ian picked her up from the “sort of” sleepover. When she came home she found me in my bed reading and couldn’t wait to tell me all about it. I couldn’t wait to hear all about it!!! She snuggled up with me under the covers and giggled as she talked. They had, indeed, eaten pizza and watched a movie. The girls put on a dance show with their dolls as the audience. It sounded like there was plenty of giggling and playing. Overall, she had a wonderful time with her friends!

I’m grateful for friendships that our family has been blessed with. I’m grateful that she had the chance to do something so fun. Maybe I’ll get brave and have the next “sort of” sleepover at our house. šŸ™‚


“Mommy, what can I do?” Emma must have asked me that six times this morning. After working on her handwriting, helping me stuff a pillow, and purposely freezing water in a bowl to see what would happen, I decided that she was bored.

“You’re bored, aren’t you?” I asked. “A little,” she replied. “Good thing school is going to start again, huh?” “Yes,” she smiled. “Do you ever get bored at school?” I asked. “Not at all. “There’s always something to do there.”

Aaaaaaaand there you have it. As much as she has enjoyed the summer, she is ready to go back to school. It makes me a little sad, but I’m mostly glad that she loves school so much. Our little conversation confirms that homeschool isn’t for our family. Hip hip hooray!!!