Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday's Favorites

 Sighted in the afternoon

They both love to read and sometimes they want to read the same book at the same time.  Love that while they are reading The Action Bible together, Luke is holding a sword.  They didn't move from this spot for over an hour.


We have a momma cat and two kittens at our house.  We will be finding homes for all of them in several weeks.  The boys have named the kittens Milo and Loki.  All Milo wants to do is sit in our laps.  Loki despises our laps and just wants to run around and explore.  They are absolutely the cutest things ever.  There may be tears when they leave.  From me.


Algebra goes much better with a buddy to help. Both boys are using Teaching Textbooks this year - Luke 4th grade and Caleb Algebra.  Best math ever.


Saw this recipe on Whatever blog for roasted veggies.  Oh my, they are so delicious.  Basically cut up veggies and place on a foil lined pan, add garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil.  Cook at 375 for around 35 to 45 minutes, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  We had sweet potatoes, carrots, and onion served with salmon patties (HEB recipe) and rice.  Such an easy and economical dinner and even the boys will eat the salmon patties without complaining


So happy to have my camera back. I purchased it last year on Black Friday and it completely broke a few weeks ago.  So glad this happened during the 1 year warranty.  I sent it off and received a fixed camera back within two weeks. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

I just didn't know...

When I got married at 19 years old, my friends kept telling me I'd have a baby soon.  One of my friends insisted we 'd grow our family within a year.  Hubby and I told everyone the same thing, maybe in 10 years we would have a family.

Thank goodness for God's plans.  Our first son came sooner than 10 years and I'm so incredibly grateful for that.

Caleb and Luke are gifts from God.  We treasure them.

I cannot believe they are 9 and 13 years old.  I love the ages they are now.

I want the years to slow down, but they just seem to speed by.

Our house is a bit crazy, messy, and nothing fancy.  Oh, how I want the boys to remember our house being filled with fun, laughter, and love.

I just didn't know, at age 19, how wonderful it would be to have a child.

I look at my life as B.C. (before children) and A.C. (after children).  A.C. is so much better than B.C.

I'd love to grow our family, but I'm not sure if that's God's will for us.  I get a little sad thinking about grown up sons and no children in the house.

Today I saw a dear lady I've known for several years.  In passing she mentioned to me that her 4 month old grandson was spending the night with her and her husband tonight.  She shared how her husband dotes on the grandchild- changes diapers, feeds him, sings to him, gets up with him in the night - things he never did with their own three children.  She said, "That man gets tears in his eyes talking about how wonderful our grandson is."

She then said, "Our grandson has brought life to our family."
Now, I'm not planning on grandchildren any time soon, but I loved how she was so excited and overjoyed by the new baby in her family and how this baby has brought life and enjoyment and pleasure to their home.

That is what our two boys have brought to our home.

I'm thankful to be a mom to two boys that I adore.  At 19, I didn't know the love and delight and happiness having children would bring.

Don't you see that children are God's best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior's fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.

Psalm 127:3-4 
The Message

Thursday, September 12, 2013

{pretty, happy, funny, real} Hike Edition

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Village Creek State Park  +  Hiking  =  Happy Family


God's beautiful unspoiled creation


my three guys


running and jumping down a hill


  carefully we ventured on the path because of all the spiders

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Maybe now I'll blog a bit more

The brochure my adviser gave me on my first appointment when I was considering returning to college.

In Summer of 2010, I was 33 years old and I decided it was time to complete my college degree.  I had 28 hours of college credit and would need to complete 92 more hours to graduate.  I was anxious, but knew the time was right and that it was the path for me to take.  This journey was not always easy.

During graduation, we were arranged alphabetically by our major.  I was so happy to sit by my friend, whom I wrote about in this blog post.  Alice, the young lady who is wheelchair bound, also graduated with us.

In August, after three years, too many papers and tests to count, five speeches, two computers, and way too much money spent on textbooks, I graduated.  During the past three years, I knew I was working on my degree, but it seemed endless- that I would never graduate.

The three people who inspired me the most to complete my degree are my Mom, my Dad, and my husband.  Each of them worked hard and overcame challenges and completed their degrees.  I was beyond thrilled that my parents made the trip and attended my graduation.  They were so supportive and encouraging to me over the past three years.  My Dad, the math whiz, even tutored me, long-distance, in my Algebra class.  Oh, and I got an "A" in the class!

I had a wonderful cheering section at graduation.

My graduation day was a perfect day.  We had a celebratory lunch then a delicious and beautiful cake from Rao's.  I'm so thankful for my family and appreciated their excitement for me.

I've had many people ask me, "What's next?"  And I'm not for sure.  I knew that completing my degree was part of my journey.  For now I'll continue to homeschool the boys and see what the future holds.

I still can't believe I'm done!  So happy!