Friday, December 02, 2016

Twin Party

Since Davey and her cousin Abe share a birthday, we call them the birthday twins. This year we celebrated with the family by twinning with someone else.

Can you pick out the twins?

And all nine great-grandkids (mostly) cooperated to get their picture with Gege!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Operation Christmas Child Party 2016

Malia and Davey combined their birthdays again this year and hosted a packing party for Operation Christmas Child. We hosted 21 girls (including my 3) and transformed our family room into a store. Each girl shopped and packed a box and then several went back and were able to pack a second box. In the end, we packed 40 boxes!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Three weeks ago, just 48 hours after returning from our trip to Ohio, we welcomed 17 month old "R" into our home. She has been a sweet and (relatively) easy addition to the family. When we said yes, the thought was she would be with us for a month or two while they approved family out of state to take her.

The kids are all doing great with her and she has adjusted to us. I would say it is about as ideal as it can be. And yet it is such a broken situation; these situations always are.  Little ones have to be taken from their unsafe, yet familiar, lives and are thrust into ours.  New sights, new smells, new norms. I can't imagine how they process it all.

It is such a privilege to care for these little ones and yet there are a lot of times when I feel overwhelmed by all of the needs currently in my house. Pray for all seven of us in the weeks to come.

The morning after she came, Naomi got out all sorts of toys for "R" to play with. It is a beautiful thing to watch your children love on other children in ways you can't as an adult.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tea Time

Drew keeps me on my toes. He is full of energy and all over the place (including on top of tables if we take our eyes off him). There are days when he wears me out. And then there are moments when he does stuff like this... sits quietly at a table and pours himself some tea.

Friday, November 18, 2016


We had a fun Halloween here. 

It started with our church's Kingdom Festival.

Then we trick-or-treated at Gege's place (Drew was done being a lion by the time we took this picture).

We had a lion, a panda, a spider and Olaf this year.

And lastly, we trick-or-treated with our usual crew of old neighbors and dear friends.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Drew and Harriet

Drew and Harriet are the youngest cousins. They are 10 months apart. I had the chance to take them on a walk one day and it was so fun to see them together without their older siblings.

Cute cousins.

Drew trying to hug Harriet.

Exploring leaves.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mimi, Papa, and the Grandkids

While in Ohio we did our annual family photo. I was standing where the photographer was and snapped a few pictures on my phone of my parents with all of their grandkids. We have so few pictures of the six kids together, so this is a treasure.