Thursday, May 26, 2016


I'm thankful we didn't have an open house this month. We all enjoy them, but life has been unusually busy lately and I'm exhausted. So after a year and a half of hosting, it's been nice to take a month off.

What's one thing that you're thankful for?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


A few weeks ago there was a conversation in the junior high group at church about what Silas was going to do with his hair when he was done with the fro he's been sporting for a while. Suggestions were tossed around and a plan was made between him and one of the leaders of the class, which led to this chain of events.

Silas this morning.

Silas after I sectioned out his hair this afternoon.

Silas and Melanie in the junior high space before church this evening.

Silas when Melanie was done with him.

Beautiful Melanie, the one with a flat iron, and laughing Silas, the one with hair to straighten.

This is obviously a temporary thing, but he's having a lot of fun with it! Meanwhile, I snapped a picture of this picture, which was on the junior high bulletin board. It was taken during a photo scavenger hunt, though Silas can't remember the word his team was trying to capture with this particular shot.

Never a dull moment in the hair department around here!


Naomi asked me to come out to the front yard, with camera in hand, to watch her do something a couple days ago. Here's what she showed me.

Not too shabby for the self-taught trick of a child whose mom could barely do a cartwheel as a kid.

Friday, May 20, 2016


Monique's family is moving out of state, a change they've wanted for years, and we've been talking about meeting up for ice cream, just the two of us, since just before I found out they were moving. The logistics just haven't worked out. Then, because of scheduling conflicts, I had to miss a farewell lunch for her a couple weeks ago. Today we finally went with Plan C and met up at a park between our homes, chatting while our kids ran around. I'm excited for her family's new adventure and hope she finds some cookie and ice cream loving friends in no time flat!

Thursday, May 19, 2016


I'm thankful we have a lawn mower.

What's one thing that you're thankful for?

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Sixteen days ago Teebs got the mohawk he'd been asking for. Today he asked to go more extreme. Perhaps he was inspired by Naomi, who was bald for eight months, grew her hair back for four months of cold weather, and then started shaving her head again last month. 

Check out this bald boy of mine. He's a cutie! 

Friday, May 13, 2016


Trampolines. Then park benches and other raised surfaces. Then the ground. Now a tree.