Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Growing our kids and a garden!

I had to stick in a cute little picture of Jaclynn too. And I have to mention this sweet baby is about to crawl! She is just dying to follow the kids around the house. I don't blame her they are so wild and crazy and usually have tons of fun, I would want to tag along too!

I have always enjoyed the outdoors. I love to tend to a garden or even just water the grass. This past spring we planted a garden of green beans, carrots, lettuce and watermelon. The kids and I have had so much fun picking things as they grow. We have yet to grow a watermelon though. We have huge vines growing across our garden and now down our lawn but no actual fruit. We may have done something wrong with that one.
Little did I know our back yard would turn into a biology lesson everyday. As our garden grew so did their curiosity with the outdoors. They started noticing all sorts of different bugs and studied them as they inched across our backyard. Calvin even held his own classes on dissection, despite his mothers protests. 
We had a family of birds move in and build a nest under our eaves. Actually three nests, same family. They were an interesting bird family to watch. The "dad" bird tried so hard to build the perfect nest while dodging splashes from the kids in the pool and random water hose sprays. Finally we gave in and let them have the backyard to themselves for two days. At last the perfect nest was built. The "mom" bird sat quietly in that nest for what seemed to be weeks. I never saw her leave and never heard a peep from her. Just still and silent perched on her tiny eggs.( Talk about a gentle and quiet spirit!) Anyway, unfortunately for that family they lost both of their little eggs to the ill effects of gravity. After that, the "mom and dad" flew away and have not been seen again. Yet it was another lesson for my little ones. 
After Jaclynn was born I needed a backyard for the kids to enjoy. Thankfully the Lord provided and we were able to clean it up and have sod laid. Oh what a tremendous blessing it has been! I didn't realize at the start of spring what a wonderful time we would have throughout the summer in what we used to consider a backyard too small to enjoy. Our tiny backyard fits perfectly with our tiny house. Although tiny, it completely served its purpose for our family, and then some.
The lesson was learned and I am always trying to remind myself of who I am and who God is. He is far greater than I have been or will ever be. And knows way more than me too! Why can't I remember that one?!?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Steven!

While my sweet husband is putting the kids to bed after a long birthday weekend of fun, I am going to sneak in a few words about what his life means to me. First of all, I am thankful that the Lord brought his parents together and created through them this amazing man. Twenty-eight years ago today Steven was born. How truly blessed the kids and I are that he was! 

 To the man I love,
Happy Birthday babe! For the last eight years I have celebrated this day with you. Each year it has become more special and exciting as our life has changed. In you, the man of my dreams was created. You challenge me, encourage, support, and teach me in many ways. You believe in me more than anyone and I am forever thankful. 
Our children couldn't have a more exciting life and that is all because of you. You never exclude them or make them feel like they are inferior because they are children. You teach them things that excite their minds and make them want to learn more. You are creating in them hearts for truth and knowledge and souls that long for Jesus.
Thank you for keeping me so special in your heart. For often surprising me with silly little treats or gifts and always looking for opportunities to take me some place I've never been. You truly amaze me.
Your love for us is deep and unending. Thank you for growing our family by leading us to Jesus and giving us an excellent example of a true man.

Happy Birthday to The One I love.....