Thursday, March 13, 2014

These Four

These four. I've just been thinking about them recently. What an undeserved gift from God they are to me. How very blessed and glad I am to be their mama. Four sweet faces. Four sweet voices. Four silly laughs.






(photo by Sarah Stephens)


Homeschooling has been exhausting lately, and it's good to stop and see these crazy kids. Because the days are long, but the years are short. These are precious days, when all four are little. When they can all fit on the couch with me, or play on the living room floor while I read The Long Winter. These are the days when they like nothing better than a walk and bike ride after dinner, and they beg to hear Narnia at night. They crawl around like puppies chasing Mason and tickling him. All four ask for snacks every five minutes all day long. All four like to be outside in the sunshine. All four want goodnight kisses and hugs and snuggles.

These sweet kids. These four.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Cory Turns Six

Yes, this happened in January. Oh well.

This guy. This hilarious, feisty, opinionated, snuggly, loving guy. He turned six, and I was not okay with that, but he did it anyway.

The obligatory last day as a five pictures. He was hamming it up big time.









That hat? It used to be Jeremy's brother Phil's. Cory loves it. Most nights, he sleeps with it on. 

For his birthday, Cory wanted to make tents. We had the Whatleys over for dinner (his favorite high-starch meal of mashed potatoes, chicken cracker pie over rice, and cornbread), and then all the big kids made tents in the garage. It was possibly the easiest birthday party ever. And they have slept in the tents in the living room or on their bedroom floor on several occasions. 

And he's six! (Can I just say that I think it's adorable that he wanted to wear his Four shirt on his sixth birthday? Love this guy. And what a cutie!)



Making the birthday banner:

More hamming it up.


(typical Cory face)


Birthday dinner

Making tents!

 The finished products.

Cory wanted a target cake with an arrow. Your wish is my command, buddy.


Cory, this year we have seen so much growth in you. You've learned self-control, grown in compassion, and become more like Jesus. We are so proud of you and you add so much joy, humor, perspective, and fun to this family. You're wise beyond your years, and you're a deep thinker and and old soul. Happy birthday Cory!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Christmas 2013 in Pictures







Carriage ride with the Whatleys



 Santa! Laina was not sure about him. Neither was Mason.

Putting the angel on the tree.


New favorite hairdo.


Loving that he can read to them now.

They wanted to match, so they got themselves dressed.

My littlest boy.


Cory made this "man" and then shot arrows at him.

He won this candle in a bingo game. Then he gave it to me. Love this boy.

Christmas dress by Nona.

Decorating cookies on the Whatleys' front steps.


Mason LOVES the swing.

My sweet new niece Karolina!

Getting ready to look at Christmas lights.

Christmas Eve morning!

Christmas Eve afternoon games.

Christmas morning at Jenna's.

 Christmas afternoon back at home, reading. My favorite way to spend the afternoon, too.

Sweet, sleeping baby.

In Florida after church. We went south for Jeremy's high school reunion and to spend time with his folks. Mason was not happy in the restaurant after church, but sitting outside with his mama? He liked that just fine. Especially since he could dance around to the country music.

New Year's Eve popcorn and a movie.


The end! It was a whirlwind holiday season for sure!