"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."

Friday, January 16, 2015


"a portrait of each of my children, once each week, in 2015"

Jaden: Every day when he gets home, this is the outfit he changes into. Although usually it includes his knee-high purple and yellow striped socks that were actually in the laundry at the time this picture was taken. Our Panthers being ranked in the top-25 for most of this basketball season has our hoops fever, especially Jaden's, at an all-time high. The other night the team had a road game that wasn't televised and for the first time, Jaden followed the play-by-play stats from our ipad while sitting on the couch during the entire first half. It's pretty cool when your kids start growing up and your own interests start becoming their interests as well. There we sat, discussing team fouls and time outs left and shooting percentages. Just my boy and me.

Brandon: Don't let that sweet face fool you. He has been a handful this week. I don't know if it's cabin fever or mid-January blahs or a combination of both, but he has definitely had a "witching hour" every night this week - and one so bad that it resulted in an early bedtime. And yet he's still as loving and affectionate and cute as ever. He, too, has been changing into costume every night when he gets home. Walking around our house as Superman - cape and everything. We eat at the table with Superman. Read stories to Superman. Play games with Superman. But my favorite thing about him right now are his "Christmas hugs." A phrase my dad coined on Christmas day when Brandon was giving everyone extra tight squeezes, he has since learned that it's the way to our hearts and has promised to give us at least one Christmas hug every day since then. They are the absolute best and so needed this month.


Sorry for the radio silence over here. I am hoping to have lots to share eventually, but lately my camera has been collecting dust and we've been stuck in the weeds of life. Looking forward to this weekend and to coming up out of the hole we've been buried in for the last couple of weeks. Jaden starts basketball, Cody and I get a night out for his company's Christmas party, we'll be in attendance of UNI's ESPNU game on Sunday - and hopefully we'll find some time to play out in the snow. If it stops melting. It's amazing how 35 degrees can feel like a heat wave. Happy Friday!