Friday, February 23, 2018

Project 365, Week 7

Someone pointed out that this was the first full week of school we've had in a long time. We also worked on wrapping up basketball. I wish "horse season" would wrap up, too, but it seems that is a year-round thing.

I read some really profound things on Valentine's Day this week, here is one:

Everyday romance has less to do with roses, chocolates, and sparkly things and more to do with fragrant offerings of service, gracious words and diamond-like strength to persevere, formed through the pressures of trials and pain. Those are hard-won fragrant, sweet, and dazzling tokens that keep love alive in the everyday. 

What we desire will never be fulfilled through more money, enviable circumstances, well-executed date nights, extravagant declarations of love, or even in finding the man of our dreams. 

Learning to see with eyes of gratitude in the everyday makes you delighted not doubtful, fun not fretting, happy not hard-to-please, pursuing not pressuring. Turns out, you become someone who loves what she already has.

February 12
Last basketball game for the school team. So fun to see them playing together, even though they do better when they're not on the court together.

February 13
Since Ash Wednesday landed on Valentine's Day this year, Aiden's teacher bumped up the class's Valentine's party. Which meant at 7 AM we were at the store. But he's a boy and he's decisive and it took 20 seconds for him to decide. :)

Nice outfit, Amanda. :)

Bikes and walkie-talkies...that a good sign!!

February 14
Our church put on a nice couples dinner and Amy and Colombo were the guest speakers! They gave a real, heart-felt talk about marriage and how, for them, marriage has been a choice, a commitment and a calling. They were honest about the fact that many years of their marriage have been heavy on the commitment and light on the "feeling it". They did an amazing job giving hope and inspiration.

February 15
Amanda and I worked together side by side to make several dishes. Oddly enough, the 24 deviled eggs were gone in about an hour. Yes...deviled eggs!

February 16
My dad took Amanda and Aiden to a coffee house and Amanda got to sing with him! They sang "Pop's Crazy Song" and Kiki reminded me of a video from many years ago...its epic!

February 17
My little basketball guy, who loves to win but does not love to touch the ball.

Freshly inspired by Pop, Amanda sat down and tuned her guitar and taught herself some chords. We think she fits the profile of a guitar player/singer. :)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February's 10 on 10

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month (Saturday).
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day! }

1 new Lego set = 2 happy boys

Winter means puzzles.

Aiden's basketball game.

We'd gone to the library the day before so we were all a little obsessed with our new books.

If you set your heart towards gratefulness, this is what a life of luxury can look like. A second-pot cup of coffee, alone in the basement watching Fixer Upper while ironing a hard-working-husband's shirts.

Spinach, salmon, avocado, beets, feta. Do I eat it because its SO yummy or to gross my family out? :)

Books in hand, it was a quiet ride to church.

Avery and J amused themselves while Amanda rehearsed with the praise team.

I taught in the toddler class, which is usually quite entertaining. 2 & 3 is awesome!

In my head, I pictured us all sitting down to a nice family dinner. What actually happened was K went to her boyfriend's house after work and Shaun was too spent (and cranky! ;) from his very long and uh...taxing week and day of work to join us. During this time, I've learned to "give space and grace", just like we tell our kids all the time.

Back at the Lego project and they actually completed it.

Go, USA!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Project 365. Week 6

Lots of dailyness in these photos, but we like normal and routine, even when its full, and largely without Shaun :(.

February 5

“Next time a sunrise steals 
your breath or a meadow of flowers 
leave you speechless, remain that way.
Say nothing and listen as Heaven
whispers, "Do you like it?
I did it just for you.”

February 6
Day 1 of a new training program. There's a half marathon in my hometown the end of April.

February 7
Another! snow day.

February 8
When its Aiden and I grocery shopping, I throw most of the items to him then he puts them in the cart. He has amazing reflects. :) He's also great at giving me "the eyes" such that things like mini bagel pizzas end up in our cart. ;)

He saved up his money and comparison shopped for this lego set. He spent hours looking at the box, thinking, dreaming, planning, waiting for the day when Shaun would be home to help him.

February 9

The kids can make fun out of a kiddie pool or a large, iced-over puddle in the yard.

We had an inordinate amount of fun at the library.

February 10
Finally the day arrived! Shaun didn't have to be in to work until 10, so they started building the Lego set before breakfast.

February 11
Amanda was part of the worship team for the weekend. Its a big sacrifice, taking about 8 hours of the weekend, but its beautiful to see her serving and using her gifts.

J had a horse show...she sent me photos with all her ribbons!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Project 365, Week 5

This week took some fancy coordinating to make it all happen, but with the help of a few, we got it all done! Also, we crossed into February!! And even though its freezing cold right now, in this month we'll start to have some warmish days and the early flowers will start poking through the ground. Very exciting!!

January 28
Our Easter production kickoff meeting at church! So thankful to be a part of this ministry and am in awe of the work that Brent and Amy do, taking a hundred volunteers from all walks of life and making it come together in a beautiful production.

Shaun wanted Amanda to play indoor soccer to prepare for the spring season, but it looks like this might be the only game she makes because of rehearsals. She and I got to have some nice time together in the car though.

January 29
On Sunday there was a large fire in our town at a garbage plant. Hundreds of firefighters from 14 different towns helped to put it out. Smoke was thick around town and even made it on the weather radar, 4000 feet up. Even the next day inside our house smelled like smoke. Because of the poor air quality, school was cancelled.

Avery came to work with us...watched animal videos on youtube and worked on a school project.

The others were home enjoying some rare movie time. When I walked in from work this is how I found them.

January 30
Another snow day!

This time Amanda came with us to work.

January 31
Close game for the girls, down to the final buzzer.

Both girls auditioned for parts in the kids scene.

February 1
In the midst of everyone talking over each other, clamoring to tell their day's stories on the walk home from basketball practice, I noted that it was still light out at 5:25pm! Also, I love our school walks, even when people yell, I was talking!

February 2
For months K has been working on a senior project, a winter dance. On this night it all came together.  I went early to help her set up and stayed for the dance to take pictures. She seemed proud to have me there and even asked me to dance. Super sweet!

February 3
Avery attended her second year of MathCounts, a math competition at the US Coast Guard Academy. Our little school placed 13 of 24, the best we've ever done.

While we were there, Pop and Kiki picked up the kids so they could see Renna's very first dance competition. J sent me these adorable photos.

Avery and Amanda had a sleepover with two sisters who they are close with. Classmates, teammates, friends. So sweet!