Wednesday, February 19, 2014

sewing lessons.

Tonight I taught the boys to sew a button on a shirt. I completely savored sitting with them, no television or tablets, talking them through the steps.

  We are working on a whole list of life skills. It's the list of weird things that I remember having to do for the first time as an adult, and not being sure what to do. You know what I'm talking about... the first time you had to hem a pair of pants, wrap a gift, use a pay phone, bring a side dish to a party, mop the floor, fill your car with gas, or grocery shop on a budget. Those things.

So now, we can check sewing a button off the list. They really did a great job. I told them when they are away at college, without mom there to do it, they will be happy. I think their future wives will thank me , too. :)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

love at home.

We had a quiet Valentine's Day meal for 6 - Matt, our two boys, two missionaries from church, and myself. It was a fun night to catch up with each other and take a much needed breather from an exhausting week. And eat brownies. :)
Love never fails.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

winter break fun.

We had a great trip up to see the kids. We chilled in the hotel room, went bowling, played arcade games, ate yummy pizza, and laughed a ton. Even Sam (our dog) joined the fun. It went by way too fast. Until next time!



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

welcome, 2014.

I adore this post from The Shine Project:

"Here's to worrying less and trusting more. Here's to hoping and working and praying so hard that miracles are forced to happen. Here's to paying more attention to your neighbor, and less time wallowing in ourselves. To seeking out those who need to be uplifted and surrendering our own wants. Here's to trusting that God has the bigger plan for our lives, and allowing Him to take the reigns. Here's to growth, even if it makes us uncomfortable... Happy New Year."
I adore this and really wish I had written it. It perfectly conveys my thoughts and goals for 2014. We wish you and your bunch an amazing New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

music makers.

   I am so happy that the boys have had the opportunity to learn to play instruments in middle school. Jeb is on his 3rd year of trumpet and Griff has embarked on the cello. Their winter concerts were amazing. It is so fun to see how far they have come in such a short amount of time.
   I admire the instructors who somehow teach a hundred kids a new instrument and pull off a concert within three short months. I hope the boys stick with their music long after they leave middle school.