"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, April 29, 2015


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

Jaden: We're in the home stretch of first grade, and this kiddo is counting down the days to summer. He's going to have a busy one filled with swimming, Vacation Bible School, UNI sports camps and baseball nights. He's grown so much in first grade, always excited to do math homework at night when he has it, and now able to read on his own without needing us to sit next to him to help with his stumbles. It's happening... he's sprouting in knowledge and skill and intellect. And speaking of sprouting, we finally had his seven year checkup last week, and in the words of his doctor, "He's going to be really tall." He has stuck with his growth curve for height - which is off the charts. His weight is even in the 90th percentile now, as the kid is packing on muscle as much as he's packing on inches. We know he's still a young boy and only God knows where his path may lead. But right now, as much as we're reminding him to just have fun, we're also slowly trying to guide him in what we know he wants to be successful in - to steer him towards his passions in ways that we know will help him succeed years down the road - while also making sure he doesn't take himself too seriously yet. He can dribble between his legs now, and is working on his hook shot all on his own - making Papa Bob - and even Lucas O'Rear - very happy. ;) He and Cody play a lot of one-on-one in the driveway, and I can only imagine what those contests are going to look like as Jaden gets bigger and bigger. It's going to be fun to watch. People have been asking him a lot lately what his absolute favorite sport is - if he had to pick one. He's never been able to give a solid answer between football and basketball, but just this week he told me. "It's basketball, Mommy." We might have Seth Tuttle to thank for that one.

Brandon: He also had his five year checkup last week, and although his stats on height and weight are pretty much the opposite of his brother, his doctor was blown away with his smarts. He answered questions for her that she says most kindergartners can't answer and told me that he is developing beautifully intellectually and socially. I told her he goes to a really good preschool! :) We are still so thankful for where he spends his days and so thankful for his teachers and care givers and how well they are preparing the kiddos for school in the fall. He did get two shots at his appointment, and though there were a few tears afterwards, he was so brave when he sat down on the table for the nurses. He has two field trips coming up in May and then preschool "gradulation" before he can swim into his summer routine. We're going to savor this last month. So much change ahead for us as parents when this final month of preschool is over, and the whole idea of it pulls on my heart strings a bit. It's gone far too fast.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bubbles, Bonfires & Bike Rides

Kickin it back to last week when the weather was much nicer than it is right now. What a tease those warm spring days are. The pool opens in a month, but that seems like a far away dream with how chilly this week has been.

I think the older one gets, the more they notice the details. Like the budding of green leaves on trees. I can't ever remember a year when I kept daily watch on the buds at the end of our branches like I have been this month, but I am eagerly anticipating those branches coming to life with full, healthy leaves.

Spring, like life, often feels like two steps forward, one step back. We'll get there. We've been saying that a lot around here this year. We'll get there.

Good things from our good weather last week...

...bubbles and dirt digging and pet worms.

...blooming bushes, deck dinners and driveway tailgate games.

...Friday night deck parties, bonfires with s'mores and coffee and reading outside on a Saturday morning. My shoulders actually got some red on them...

...bike rides around Big Woods, Sunday thunderstorms and steak Fajitas and Dairy Queen Blizzards before early bedtimes.

We are itching for summer. For warmth and boating and nights at the Falls and Movies Under the Moon and bike rides at dusk and firefly catching and freezy pops on the deck and sunblock smells on tan skin. We'll get there.