"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2017"

Jaden: One of your Outlaw teammates had to leave the team at the beginning of the season so the coaches just added a new teammate this week - and he's from Lincoln! You're pretty excited to not be the only Lincoln kid on the team anymore, and I'm so happy with how effortlessly you have fit in at your new school.

Brandon: You were a little bummed one night when Jaden got invited to an upcoming birthday party - but then the very next day you were so excited to get Lexi's birthday party invite in the mailbox! You too have been talking a lot about all of the new friends you've been making at Lincoln, and you also have taken responsibility for shopping for Lexi's birthday gift. :) You came home from school yesterday with a sticky note full of her wish list items that you had proudly thought to ask her for. ;) You and your big heart of course asked me if we could get her all of those things on the list - I told you that picking just one would be enough. :)

Thursday, October 12, 2017


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2017"

Jaden: It finally happened. You and I both struggled through your math homework together last night. It took us almost an hour to do one worksheet, and I was getting almost as frustrated as you because I felt like I was failing you! I knew the answers, but I was struggling with remembering how to use the technique I learned when I was your age and being able to explain it to you so that it made sense. We finally got there together and finally figured it all out, but be prepared, buddy. Daddy and I aren't going to be much math help for you down the road. Google might prove to be a better teacher than us! ;)

Brandon: Your guitar instructor told me this week that he's never seen someone your age start off so strong and quickly in all of his years of teaching guitar to kids. He said that students like you are why he does what he does. I could just see your confidence blossom as you took in his words, and it was a pretty cool evening for us.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2017"

Jaden: We're in the final week of your flag football "career" - with your first basketball tournament of the season less than three weeks away. You've been working so hard pulling double duty with sports this fall, and you are always completely exhausted by the time your head hits the pillow each night. Even still, you continue to be an early riser, and I'm looking forward to a time when you hopefully learn the value of sleeping in past 6:30. ;)

Brandon: You've really been enjoying your independent reading lately, and we both have had fun visiting the library a little more frequently this fall. We've been checking out all sorts of Halloween books so that we have a new one to read each night before bed, and you were so cute when you got on the library computer all by yourself to try to look up locations of Star Wars titles. The librarian quickly caught on to what you were looking for and directed you to the Star Wars section where you had trouble choosing just six to bring home with you. ;)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wordless Wednesday // A Day at the Apple Orchard

A couple of Sundays ago we took another short road trip out to the Apple Orchard. It's become one of our fall traditions around here, and I think we enjoy the pictures and the experience maybe even more than the apples themselves! And whereas last year it was all about the apples, this year it was even more about the mini golf on the orchard lawn - and the animals! One animal in particular - this little black kitten that spotted our boys from a distance and decided to follow us around during most of our visit. She seemed a little starved for affection, and it was really hard not to bring her home with us. ;)

Our Sunday afternoon - in pictures.