This abundent life courtesy of our Lord and Savior ~ Jesus Christ

Oct 172012

Last month I had to run into the store after Prairies dentist appointment with five of the kids.

 Not a big deal except that I only have two hands and I was nine months pregnant.

Gretchen was such a huge help by pushing a cart with Daphne and Prairie while I pushed Thaddeus in another. I really didn’t think she’d be able to manage the heavy cart very well  however, she did amazing.

Except for running over Duel once (it was his own fault ~ oiy!)

she didn’t hit me or anyone else.

Pretty sure people were steering clear of her.

As one can see in the pictures…. praising her on her strength went to her head….




She showed off her muscles every time we stopped…. and continued even out in the parking lot.

Not only that…

but she’s STILL bragging about it!


Apr 042012

We’re expecting some packages within the next week and Gretchen and Duel are so excited!

Why are they excited?  Is it toys? Candy? Anything for them at all?

No. They want the boxes!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how much fun the kids get out of things that aren’t toys!

It tickles me to no end that they, Gretchen especially, is eagerly anticipating the arrival of boxes of all things!

(She’s hoping that there’s at least one BIG one!)

Jan 302012

A light saber fight is a fun way to wake up a child who doesn’t want to get up.

Violet Pearl took out both of my legs

but I defeated her with a fatal blow while she was gloating.



Apparently some pretty interesting things happen on the walk from the bus stop.

Such as:

The squirrel funeral.

Squirrel Grave

It would seem that the girls and the neighbor children came upon a squirrel that had demised.

So they proceeded to do the only suitable thing to do in such a situation….

They gave him a proper burial and service.

‘He’ was originally a ‘she’ with a very elaborate name (for a squirrel)

until the neighbor boy checked….



For the first time ever, Duel managed to sit still for a haircut.

No squirming…No whining…No fussing.





Duel demonstrated what a kind gentleman he can be.

Daphne did something to Prairie that left her in tears.

Duel comforted her by giving her the candy that he had been rewarded with from the haircut.

A selfless act of kindness!

Love it!


Gretchen lost her front tooth … so very cute!







James finished tweaking Pookie Ball!






I finally put my recipe binder together! Only took two years!


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