Monday, April 28, 2014

Yes Day!

My kids love this book about a kid's favorite day of the year.

So, when Daddy was gone away on a fishing trip,
it was time for our very own YES DAY.
Can we play hooky from school?  Yes.
Can we have sweet tea with our breakfast?  Yes.
Can we pick out our own clothes?  Yes.

Can we watch cartoons?  Yes.
Will you read us these books?  Yes.
Can we have ice cream for lunch?  Yes.
Can we skip naptime?  Yes.
Can you stop taking pictures? Yes.
Can we leave our beds unmade?  Yes.

Can we eat these big suckers?  Yes.
Can we play a board game?  Yes.
Can we jump on the bed?  Yes.
Can you tell us a story?  Yes.
Can we call Daddy to tell him?  Yes.

Can we shoot each other with water guns?  Yes.
Can we shoot YOU with water guns?  Yes.
Can we paint?  Yes.
Can we take a bath in your big tub?  Yes.
Can we stay up extra late?  Yes.

Can we do this again tomorrow??  No!  Maybe next year.  :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The night before Resurrection Day....

In our side yard, there were 2 trees. They were the same kind of tree, and similar in many ways except one. 1 tree was alive, and 1 was dead. 

Today we did some yard work together, and Dan cut down the dead one. As the kids and I watched, I talked with them a little about what the Word tells us about the difference between dead trees and live ones, and how He was really talking about US. Are we growing? Are we showing fruit? etc.
Tucker asked, "Well, mommy, what makes US alive?"
"JESUS in us, buddy. That's where all our life and breath and being come from."
That was that. Just a minute or two conversation, and then we moved on to the exciting part - helping push that dead tree over and haul it off.

Just now, as I was laying with Lana in her bed, this is what my girl prayed:
"Jesus, thank you for all our blessings, but more than anything, thank you for coming to die for a bunch of dead trees. Thank you for giving us life."

So much joy in the morning for these dead trees.....who are made ALIVE.

Akers of strawberries!

After monsoons yesterday, the weather today was absolutely stunning - 
these photos are totally unedited!
After lunch, we headed with some friends to Akers in Baker to pick strawberries.

 Look at these beauties!

We picked and picked and picked....
but every time I looked over at rascally Tucker, this is what he was doing:
That's nothing new, though - 
he's been a sneaky strawberry picker since he was a little guy:

Gone are the days when I hauled these beautiful babies around the strawberry fields in the Ergo.  What delightful people they are growing up to be.  So glad they are my people.

Oh bless it.

His strawberries spilled, and he was so sad.
Big sister to the rescue, to comfort.

That is $20 worth of deliciousness, folks:

Being with sweet friends always makes the day more fun!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weird, but true. (This kind of stuff makes my day.)

Real (and weirdly accurate) names for groups of professionals:
from A COMPENDUM OF COLLECTIVE NOUNS by Woop Studios (Chronicle Books)

  • A group of accountants is called a balance.
  • A group of librarians is called a shush.
  • A group of dentists is called a wince.
  • A group of bowlers is called a keg.
  • A group of dermatologists is called a rash.
  • A group of creditors is called a curse.

There's a (weird) word for that:

  • Petrichor (PET-ri-kor): the scent outside after it rains
  • Jillick (JILL-ick): to skip a stone across water
  • Bibliobibuli (bib-leo-BIB-you-lie): those who read too much
  • Pogonotrophy (po-guh-NAW-truh-fee): the act of growing and grooming facial hair
  • Epeolatry (ep-ee-OL-uh-tree): worship of words
  • Cataglotism (kat-uh-GLOT-ism): French kissing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Heaven is for Real.

Yes, indeed....heaven is real, and not because the book or movie says so.
Our level of discernment on this topic in the church today is very low.

I am so grateful for this strong word: David Platt on Heaven is for Real.

Monday, April 14, 2014

First beach trip of the year

This past weekend, we made our first warm-weather beach trip of the year.
We really do live in a bit of paradise, and there is little as soothing to my soul as spending an afternoon and evening on the beaches of Pensacola.
Being with dear friends just made it that much better.

Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Yesterday after corporate worship, our church family headed to Solutia park for our annual Fish Fry & Easter egg hunt.  The weather was incomparable, 70's and sunny with a strong breeze.  We had an awesome setup for the day.

After the smallest kids did their egg hunt, the 4-6 group was up.
Here's a few of them:

This is how T-bone felt at the starting line:


get set.....


Then it was Lana's turn: ages 7+

Lana and her sweet buddy Brooklyn

I could barely keep up with her long legs running around!

 This is how they spent their next little while - check out those poses!

 We spent hours just enjoying the playground and the games and the food and each other:

After 4 or 5 hours of playing so hard, 
I looked over at the playground to find my Tucker like this:

He was one tired boy!