July 2012 archive

high five for friday

It’s Friday, so let’s link up with Lauren and the many other celebrating Friday!


1. Eva turned 2! Grandma Judy threw a pink party for the family.

2. We had a paint party for Eva. I love having my friends and their kids over. I think the kids got more messy from the sandbox than they did from painting.

3. Eva received this fairy tale book from my dad. Have you seen these books? My dad reads the story and the book records it. I LOVE that he sang the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Eva just sat there nodding her head, responding as if my dad were sitting right there with her.

4. Our hydrangea’s are blooming.

5. We’ve been wanting something that the kids can drive around our land. We found this great used quad. The battery doesn’t really work and we are waiting for a new one to come in the mail. Soren has had so much fun with it so far, even though it only goes about 2 mph. He even washed it, wanting it to “be shiny.” Doesn’t it look like Eva is giving him a back rub?


If you know my sister, Susan, then you know she is an amazing quilter. She recently made her third quilt for our family. Soren and Eva each received one when they were born and now Eva has been lucky enough to receive another one for her second birthday. The first two she gave us were a surprise, I had no idea what they would look like. This one I was able to see in stages, pinned up on her board in her sewing room and other pictures along the way. It’s neat to see  her process and then the final product. As I was laying Eva to bed one night with the new blanket Eva began rubbing it saying “Jackson, Jackson” in a sweet voice. (Jackson is Eva’s cousin, Susan’s son.) Susan asked me to take some photos of Eva with the quilt. She wasn’t in the mood so I had to do some bribing with my necklace and her big brother. You can see more of my sisters beautiful work over at her website Oley Bobbin.



Dear Evalyn


I’m taking a break from High Five for Friday today because it’s a special day in our house. My baby little girl is turning 2 today!

I’ve decided to write my kids letters on their birthdays. I wish I would have done this sooner. I hope they will be able to read them when they are older and get a sense of what life was like for them.



Dear Evalyn

Happy Birthday to you! I can not believe you are turning 2 today.

You are the light of my life.

Your dimples make me melt and quite frankly if you knew that, you’d probably smile a lot more and get your way more often. I can’t resist those dimples.

I love that when you wake up you only want to be around the person that gets you out of bed. It’s adorable to watch your dad run up the stairs before me to get to you because he knows you’ll stick around him.

You love your brother more than you know. You get so excited when you see him. You copy everything he does. You get sad when he is sad. He went in time out yesterday. You then went and sat in time out too.

You know exactly what you want. I wish I had that characteristic in my life. But, you are not stubborn and I’m thankful for that combination.

You are empathetic. Once I stubbed my toe, you then purposefully went and jammed your toe on the same spot of the door.

You love to have me sing to you each night. I hope when you come to realize that I can’t sing, you’ll have me sing for you anyway.

When picking out clothing you always pick the girliest dress in your closet: Black velvet with black lace. I even bought for your birthday those girly pajamas I promised myself I would never allow any daughter of mine to own. But I can’t wait to see the expression on your face when you pull out that pink nightgown with the three Disney princesses on it, complete with sparkly see through sleeves and a pink bow. Good gracious I just realized it comes with a headband too. But this is what you get excited about these days and for that I love you!

I love that you’ll probably where the said pajamas every day and night and want to go dig holes in the mud as well. I’m thankful for this mix in you. Of course you’ll only be able to handle it for so long before wanting your hands to be washed immediately.

It took you a while to start talking, but now that you are, you say what seems to be the most mature things for a two year old. You sound like a little adult when you call me mom. You say dang it and Oh man when you are dissapointed. Not yet when I ask you to do something. ‘Cause when I ask you why. And just one when I tell you no to sweets.

The first 18 months you never wanted to be put down. I carried you everywhere. That was tough, really tough. But now I see your love language is being revealed. You can never get enough hugs, kisses and snuggles. I will always be there to give you a hug, hold your hand and be your shoulder.

You call yourself Yah-Yah. No one knows where this came from, but you insist. You are one goofy girl. I love that I already see your sense of humor. I think you’ll be witty…unlike me.

You are smart. You don’t miss a thing as your grandpa Tim would say.

My prayer for you when I was pregnant with you was that you would live life full of joy. I continue to pray that for you. No matter what life throws at you, I pray you would be rooted in the joy and hope of Christ.

You are loved my darling. Don’t you ever doubt that. You have parents that will stop the world for you and love you no matter what. A brother that will always go out of his way to protect you. Grandparents who have and will sacrifice much for you. Aunts and Uncles who will shower you with grace and laughter. And cousins that will be your confidants.

May you always hold Christ close to your heart. Never forget that he is your Rock and your Stronghold. He is your Friend and your Redeemer. He is your Savior and Grace Giver. He is all you need.
Love to you.

50 shades of magic mike

Who is ready for me to kick off the week with a hot topic that I am honestly really uncomfortable posting about?! Ok, here we go.

I have been debating for weeks now whether or not to address the issue of “Mommy Porn.” Specifically talking about the book “50 Shades of Grey” and, what I just recently learned about, the movie “Magic Mike.” I have hesitated to post about this for a number of reasons. 1. I have not read the book(s) nor have I seen the movie. 2. I don’t ever want my blog to be a soapbox or place to rant and rave. I want it to be a site of encouragement. 3. I’m sure I’m now on a hit list for some people who have read the book(s) and watched the movie. Please don’t hate me, just hear me out. Well, hear Melissa Jenna out.

I came across this article and decided just to post her article instead of trying to duplicate exactly what she said. She has written it in a much more articulate way than I probably would have. It seems she has written exactly what I have been thinking.

Please take time to click on this link and read the article written by Melissa Jenna.

Thank you for taking the time to hear me/Melissa out on this issue. I couldn’t agree more that if the roles were flipped and our husbands were talking about “Daddy Porn”, if you will, we would be livid. We wouldn’t stand for it.

After deciding to bring this topic forward this verse came as my daily text “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

So, I encourage us as Christian women to let us think about praiseworthy things. Let us encourage each other in the steps we take, the things we put in our minds, and the words we say to one another.


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