Tuesday, December 20, 2016


boys ready!

balloons ready!

audience ready!

Aaron takes a bow and receives a balloon

Tessa also sang "Hallelujah Christmas" with Adrian accompanying on guitar

student group photo


she teaches all 5 weekly in a 45 minute session!
We love Ms. Judy!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Girl Party!

setting the scene...
 ...for a day to focus on purity...
 ...as we serve Christ...

checkers ice breaker

our friendly doorman 

15 precious girls + their moms...

Mrs K gives a talk on etiquette


Fashion show: 20's-30's style




Joanna on fashion

note takers

activities: make your own body scrub,
essential oil body spray,
and chocolate dipped pretzels...

Gwen on social media safety

a plea for purity

"My little children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. 
But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father:
He is Jesus Christ, the righteous."  
1 John 2.1-2, NLT

Saturday, November 19, 2016

sights@our house

doing math w/big sister

homemade card for Daddy

my birthday gift: looking at these kids!

11/19: sweet angel

on Taiya's bd Aunt A spoiled the other kids!

new favorite perch

wacky day at school

post ponytail look

E&T are spending time whittling and sanding on their school breaks...
They are exuberantly preparing items to be sold at a holiday sale at our homeschool community!

A&J helping with the deck back in Sept!  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day

Today our nation chooses a new leader.  I'm so glad that God is Sovereign, on His throne.  I'm so glad I have peace because He is the King of Kings.  I am waiting for him.  I think it would be so cool if Jesus came back today.  My eyes are on you Lord, my eyes are on you.

On Saturday I drove by a hand made sign.  It was a piece of scrap wood (posted among other campaign signs), hand painted with the words "TRUMP: THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE USA". 

I was stricken with a strong mixture of sadness and joy-- really?  The only hope?  That neighbor certainly doesn't know Jesus, and I wonder how many Americans feel that way.  What hopeless, anguishing misery!

And bliss-- so much joy in my heart that I have no hope in Trump, and all hope in Christ Jesus, His substitutionary death, resurrection, and 2nd coming.  

I've cast my vote.  I vote for Jesus to rule and reign, and the Bible tells me my wish comes true.

"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ... " 
Philippians 3:20

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

One Darling Girl!

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend of celebrating Miss Taiya Grace!
Her day, Friday, began as usual with our homeschool co-op;
 I was substitute tutoring that day, so it made for a super busy one!
We took our Oregon Grandma with us, and the entire homeschool group sang happy birthday to her, which she loved!
She smiles big and claps each time she is sung to!
When we came home, the cakes I had ordered were ready!
We chose a "tugboat" theme because Adrian calls her his little tugboat!
A few hours after we got home from homeschool day,
our house was blissfully filled with a bunch of friends!
We ended up with 15 adults and 24 kids ~ a marvelous time of worship, fellowship, and fun!
...and there's always enough food!  
The next day, after the MT grandma arrived, we finally had time to open presents!
Here is Taiya with all of her gifts that arrived from around the country!  
She seemed a little more interested in climbing on top of them than opening them!  ;)
With a little help, she got them all opened...
One gift was a new at-the-table seat so she can be at the table with us!
She also got a beautiful green knitted blanket with Gramma L said was partly knitted near the Taiya River,
a sweet pink outfit from M&A and not forgotten though she is one-of-many great-granddaughter to special G. Grandparents! Tessa even made her a very special hand made touch-and-feel birthday card!  
Orion sweetly presented her with the same toy as on her birth-day: a dollar store dinosaur figurine!
The next day, we took yet another cake with us out to eat!

We love this little girl so, so much!
She is super lovable....
....but it seems that our hearts have grown and have the capacity for even more love now than before. 

What's she up to?  Taiya is crawling, signing, talking in a few understandable words, requesting to use the potty chair (a year earlier than any of our other babies!), eating all sorts of vegetables, fruits and grains, and got her first taste of ice cream on her birthday!  She is constantly entertained and held by siblings, snuggled by parents, claps after she turns off light switches, and begins to sway back and forth when we sing or play music.  She is just too delightful to describe! <3 nbsp="" p="">