foto friday: reading list

I have a solid list of books in my mental queue, but these two are coming with me on vacation next week.

City of Tranquil Light is a novel about a missionary couple in China. Kyle somehow kept track of me asking for it, though I totally don’t remember doing so! He’s good. 🙂

Don’t Make Me Count to Three has been recommended by several mom friends as a good, balanced book on training and discipline. I’m realizing some habits I’m already falling into in my parenting that I want to nip in the bud and hopefully this book will have some good recommendations.

Did I mention a blissful week of vacation on the North Shore awaits us? Yesssssssss. Just the three (er, four) of us, a lake home, the lake, good food, time to rest, hiking and the sound of waves lapping on the shore. I can live with that for four days. 🙂

What’s on your nightstand or current reading list? Any recommendations for me?

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I’m a week behind!

oh well. 🙂

I got this lovely, lovely necklace from my dear husband on Mother’s Day. I’ve worn it every day since. The same little saying hangs on my dining room wall – its a pretty popular piece of art seen on many a blog, shelf at Target, etc. But I’ve liked it from the first time I laid eyes on it. It’s a good thing for me to remember. A piece of good advice for all of us, I think!

As a person who usually tended to overreact as a rule, I’d like to think I’ve become much more calm and collected. Which is due to anchoring influences like the Holy Spirit, age and experience, my very unflappable husband, wonderful friends and occasionally, a self-imposed time out.

I’ve also come to realize that generally, if its not one thing its another and this world is rife with issues, drama and problems. Thankfully, I’m also promised that I have a Helper who has overcome the world and there is far more to this life than meets the eye. So I do try to keep calm and carry on, imperfectly though it may be.

Necklace: City Thistle’s Etsy shop

its a…..

GIRL!

meet taylor charlotte

The ultrasound went great and the technician put the “answer” in an envelope for Kyle to open when he got home from his appointment. 🙂 It was so fun to have him open it up and find out Little Bit is a girl! Now we can call her Taylor. And continue waiting to meet her until the first week of October!

Keep growing and getting strong and stay healthy, baby girl! We love you.

hey baby!

its a beautiful Wednesday morning, baby. Today we find out if you are Taylor Charlotte or Grant Richard. For some reason, I’ve been wanting to “meet” you very badly. More than I cared about meeting your big brother. I mean, I was excited to find out that he was Jackson, but I’ve been just antsy to know if you are a girl or a boy. To know if our family will have another boy or the all new adventure of a little girl.

Last week, my friend Sarah found out she is having a girl after three boys and Monday, my friend Anna found out that her baby is a girl too! We all got pregnant within a week of each other, so it would be pretty funny if you are a girl too. 🙂 My friend Heidi had a baby girl on Friday morning that they named Annie Rose, so the pink streak is thick around my circle of friends!

On the blue side – it would be so fun for Jack to have a little brother. As close as your Uncle Nate and Uncle Josh are, and how it was for your Daddy and Uncle Daniel to grow up together as brothers, I think it would be neat if you were a boy.

But I assure you, little person – no matter who you are, we will love you with all of our hearts and be so so glad to have you in our family.

Your daddy can’t make it to the ultrasound this morning – we got our wires crossed about appointments. So I’m going to have the technician write down your name on a piece of paper for us to open when he gets home at lunchtime.

Then we just wait – 20 more weeks! to meet your sweet self. Twenty weeks of summer and a little bit of fall, twenty weeks of my belly getting bigger and bigger until I think it will literally pop, twenty weeks of feeling you bump and move and flip and hiccup. 🙂 Twenty weeks to figure out if we’ll move your big brother to a bed and you’ll get the crib or if he will stay in the crib and we’ll find a matching one for you.

And then – you’ll be here! On the outside and a tangible part of our little family. We’re so very excited to meet you and know you and discover your personality.

We love you, baby!

foto friday: jack at play

the boy that is too big

Jack’s new favorite playground is the van. Supervised and key-less of COURSE. I’m not that horrible of a mom. lol. He was climbing all over the seat the other day when I had the camera out and I snapped this one. He just got a haircut and he’s getting so tall…I can’t stand how he’s lost all his baby chub and is becoming a little boy. I mean, i love it, but I hate it. I guess that’s why I’m glad I’m having another baby! They just don’t stay small and roly-poly forever.

Right now he almost always greets me in the morning with, “EAT?” and recently started telling us “STOP!” when he doesn’t like something we are doing. I think he got that from me (not the tone of voice, but the word). He also loves to say “hi” to people when they walk by – no matter where we are. The other night we walked down to McDonald’s for 50 cent ice cream cones and as we were sitting outside enjoying them, a family parked and walked in and Jack exuberantly greeted them with a shouted “HI!” and a raised hand of welcome. LOL. Kyle and I just died laughing. I hope he never loses that uninhibited friendliness. I just love it.

Yeah – he’s one fun kiddo.

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I had an idea in mind for this photo, but as per usual, couldn’t make it happen due to my poor skillz. I need to have some serious one on one time with my poor camera some morning soon and get it figured out so I can do better w/ manual settings and get the look I have in my head onto the camera.

So here’s the photo, in which I wanted to feature our budding chokecherry tree. The others are my “outtakes”/what I wore photos. Basically – I’m just SOOOOO happy its spring! It won’t be long before these red buds turn into beautiful pink flowers and then red leaves with little red berries. I love this tree in our front yard. Happy Spring!

the color green

this spring, as the white ice and brown barrenness of winter gave way to the green mist of growing grass and budding trees, I was reminded of the Rich Mullins song, “The Color Green”. It is quite possibly my favorite song of the many he wrote. My friend Peggy introduced me to it when she and our friend Heidi and I were driving back from a wonderful weekend in Stehekin Valley, WA in May of 2005. I can still picture driving on Highway 2 over Stevens Pass and down into Gold Bar, listening to this song absolutely blow me away with its beauty.

and now, every spring, I think about how much I love the color green. it’s something so simple – the blue sky and the green grass and leaves, but it reminds me so poignantly of new life, a fresh start and the kind, steadfast love of a God that never changes. I love the phrase, “winter unfrozen and free to run away now” – can’t you just picture the snow melting and running off into a field that bursts into sprigs of green shooting forth from the soil?

then there is the music – a lilting, Irish motif with incredible joyful spirit and verve. You can’t help but smile as the penny whistle rips through a trill and the orchestra swells with the melody of the color green. It makes me think of the part in the book by C.S. Lewis, “The Magician’s Nephew”, when Aslan creates the world and everything has a song. I think the color green has this melody. This is the music of spring.

I praise the Lord for all his tenderness to this work of His hands – I thank Him for the color green!

And the moon is a sliver of silver
Like a shaving that fell on the floor of a Carpenter’s shop
And every house must have it’s builder
And I awoke in the house of God
Where the windows are mornings and evenings
Stretched from the sun
Across the sky north to south
And on my way to early meeting
I heard the rocks crying out
I heard the rocks crying out

Be praised for all Your tenderness by these works of Your hands
Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless and bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green that fills these fields with praise

And the wrens have returned and they’re nesting
In the hollow of that oak where his heart once had been
And he lifts up his arms in a blessing for being born again
And the streams are all swollen with winter
Winter unfrozen and free to run away now
And I’m amazed when I remember
Who it was that built this house
And with the rocks I cry out

Be praised for all Your tenderness by these works of Your hands
Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless and bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green

Be praised for all Your tenderness by these works of Your hands
Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless and bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green that fills these fields with praise