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1st day of Preschool!!!


One of the hardest things to explain to an excited student is why she has to wait a week and half longer than big brother for preschool to start.  Today was the much anticipated (by myself as much as her!) day.  Over the course of past few days she would break into excited giggles over the idea of school starting.



(You can from this point forward expect to see Ayla (the non-American Girl doll) in 99.9% of Jilly’s pictures.  They are apparently long lost BFFs and inseparable.)


She walked right into her classroom this morning with confidence and joy.  Now that I think about it, I don’t think I even got a good bye hug!  She chatted away about all her friends from last year that she got reunited with today and is thrilled at so many new friends to get to know.


Back to School


I guess today would fit into the category of blog worthy events for our family.  It’s back to school day for Nate!  He said he was awake at 6 excited to start the day.  He started 2nd grade this morning with a half day.  He seemed to LOVE it!  Brad and I were thrilled to get some actual conversation out of him regarding his day rather than just, “It was good.”


There is something about him being in second grade, that makes me miss teaching.  Second grade was my favorite to teach.  I loved everything about second graders.  They are so much fun to teach!  I’m hoping he loves second grade as much as I did!


the eight month gap


it’s been 8 months since i’ve blogged.

as the kids grow up life gets busier and busier even though it always feels as if we couldn’t possibly be busier than we previously were. i’d love to get back in the habit of blogging at least a couple of times a month – maybe an end of the month round up in addition to any holiday/birthday posts.  we’ll have to see.

here is where we currently stand:

Brad traveled to Belize and Kansas City with different groups of teens this summer.  He had a great time with both, but I think the highlight of this summer has been Nate getting golf clubs and Jilly getting a tennis racquet.

I have been busy sewing and mom-ing.  What started with a tote bag for Bible study has led to a small business adventure for me.  I am close to taking my 100th order!  (I’ve made close to 200 bags total now.)  We’ve kept on the go a lot this summer, and I’ve rarely heard the dreaded “I’m bored”.

Nate is 7 and about to head back to school.  He’ll be in second grade this fall (my favorite grade to teach when I taught!).  He loved the library this summer!  He would have completed a reading log every day (5 hours of reading) if I was willing to take him more than once a week!

Jilly is on the verge of her fifth birthday at the end of the month.  She is getting ready to start back with her second year of preschool in just a few weeks.  She takes her role as big and little sister very seriously – taking charge with LJ and driving Nate up the wall.  🙂

Laurel is “2 da half” and can’t wait for her “thirteen October” birthday.  She is the little momma in this house.  Seldom does she head anywhere without a baby within arm’s reach.  She has an incredible imagination that I can’t wait to see grow with her.

I guess that about does it.  It’s kinda like a preview of what our Christmas letter might just look like.  🙂

cookie crazy


The past two Mondays Jilly, Laurel, and I have been baking cookies. Our goal is to contribute 6 dozen cookies to the 36 dozen cookies that a family friend takes downtown along with others to share with the homeless as they also share love and Jesus. Every Tuesday and Thursday they go through 18 dozen cookies! It was getting tough for their still new ministry to afford homemade cookies twice a week, every week. I had thought quite a while back, that I would like to help out with the cookies – even though I kinda HATE baking. It’s a way I can contribute though, and that makes it worthwhile. I also asked for help from others on Facebook, and we have had more than enough cookies to cover both weeks so far, and have most if not all of next week already covered!! Praise Jesus!!!! And, although I still despise the clean up process after baking, I am actually enjoying my Monday morning baking time with the girls. I was reading through a story that I had ordered the kids from a recent book order, and it made me smile:

We are happy to share our cookies with many, many friends.


small town fair time!


What started out as a grey, rainy morning, turned out to be a gorgeous day for the Humboldt fair. We missed last year, but we had promised Jilly that she would get to go to the fair while Nate was at school since he got to go to Worlds of Fun with us this summer. She was super excited about being there, but it took a few minutes to get over the noise of the parade and learn the proper techniques for ensuring lots of candy being thrown her way. She figured it out though and got Laurel to help her out. By the end of the parade they had quite a bit of candy, and we are still no where close to finishing it a month later! After the parade and lunch it was time for much anticipated rides! Fun time! My favorite had to be riding to the top of the ferris wheel with Jilly and having her tell me she was just like Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Love that girl!





Tball Adventures


Tonight Nate started his first ever sport. I signed him up for tball as soon as possible this spring. Last year he asked about playing, but it was too late to sign up.
I figured it was a good sign when the last thing he prayed about last night was tball, ad the first thing he talked about this morning was tball. And, go figure, it was pretty much all he could talk about all day.
He was super excited to learn at our playdate this morning that another friend would also be on his team. I think that little bit of knowledge took away any apprehension that may have been lurking.
As I put him to bed tonight I asked what his favorite thing was about practice. His reply was the dirt. Yes, with the way he was kicking the infield dirt around, I kinda figured he liked that.






I set a goal at the beginning of May to try to blog each day this month. When i set the goal I forgot that we were vacationing for a week in May, but told myself I would still attempt. Here I am with 15 minutes left of May 31st, and I have accomplished my goal. 31 posts in 31 day! I hoping that although I won’t blog daily now, I am now better about blogging a little more frequently. Laurel doesn’t even own a baby book so it’s super important that I keep this up since it is the documentation of all the important things (and not so important) going on with my 3 munchkins.

Oh, and, happy 8th birthday to our Maggie Reese – best dog ever!