Friday, August 31, 2012


The June gloom came in August this year and we have had many a day with a foggy morning and breezy afternoon. I am not complaining though because we had an amazing June and July and I wouldn't trade it at all. But with the cooler weather we have done some more inside activities. One night I dumpster dove for some carboard boxes and made a kitchen for Hallel and a car for Simeon. They were super fun to make and didn't cost a thing. I used old material, old playdough, fruit baskets, a silver mixing bowl for the sink, and some foil for the burners. I got most of the ideas out of Parents magazine and then improvised some of my own. It was a fun project. Of course the next day they were destroyed and by the end of the week totally trashed. I love how being a mom keeps me humble in the most simple matters of life. But something I did notice throughout the week was how they made it their own toy and interpreted it through their own eyes. They had a blast and that's all that I hoped for anyways.

plain old cardboard
 after the remodel 
 Sim's car

 driving to the grocery store

The past week I've noticed that every time Lita cries that Simeon says to her,"it's ok Lita I'm here, I'm right here." It is the sweetest thing ever. Unfortunately, Lita doesn't know what he is saying but she sure does love her brother. I just keep wondering how many times the Lord has said, "it's ok Stacy I'm right here, don't worry or cry."

Sunday, August 26, 2012

it's been awhile

Sorry for the delay in blog posts family. 
Summer got busy with travels and outdoor fun. We were in a time of wondering what was next. And our internet access changed. Yup, those are all my excuses and so now on to the post.
I am going to fill in the gap of time with a list of gratitude rather than naming off things we have been doing for the past two months.

1. One of the things that I have been learning through this time is that God provides exactly what we need. Just as the Israelites had manna and quail for just that day. God is providing our needs just for today. While we are planning for the future He seems to be calling us to stay simply in the present. This is stretching us to walk by Faith. And it's good.
2. Josh has gone through the steps of revisions that the publisher requested for turning his dissertation into a book, and it is moving closer to being in print. We have seen the Lord's hand in several ways to get to have this opportunity.
3. Simeon had his first day of no accidents in his big boy underwear and using the toilet, not just the potty chair. A significant goal for him after about two months of intense training for the second time.

4. A wonderful day spent with my sister and her family at the Discovery Kingdom. So special to make memories together with the cousins.
5. God's provision of work for Josh. Everything from a temp job at a parking booth to digging out a tree stump to freelance editing and teaching German and more. Needless to say, Josh is not bored.
6. The provision to live on campus for another semester with out the stress of school.
7. My women's study on Knowing God. It has been so good to get to know Who I am putting my faith in and just how He is so much greater than me and how He deserves all of me.
8. The ability to exercise somewhat consistently. I thought I would never jog again after giving birth to Hallel. And I get to jog in a beautiful place amidst God's creative glory.
9. Our incredible families who pray like crazy for us and love on us in so many practical ways.
10. My children who LOVE to smile and giggle and be silly and bring our lives so much joy. And my incredible husband who keeps our life steady and sane with his consistent walk with Christ.

Well, that sums it up for now. So until next time, hopefully sooner. I will leave you with a few photos.

Lita loves the Boppy
 feeding ducks in Sonoma
watching the cousin ride a roller coaster
pizza extreme after a long day of fun
big eyes
 big smile
 big sister with a big owwie  
 big boy being goofy in Lita's bouncy
 spittin image
 can't believe how grown up Hallel is getting