Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hello, again...

Things sure haven't slowed down for us
and I've neglected my blog terribly
but it has been a worthwhile absence
as I have been spending time with my family
and allowing the Lord to carry me through
some spiritual growing pains, which, as I obey Him,
not only benefit me but my family, as well.
I'm so thankful that He is Faithful in growing,
teaching, shaping, changing, and leading us.
What a blessing it is when we listen and obey!

On the homefront, we have kept busy
and will continue to this week as we are having VBS at church.
But before I jump deep into our day,
I wanted to share a few pics from last week...

On Friday, we had our homeschool park day.
It is always such a delight to see how the children
just love to be out-of-doors...
(you can click on all of these photos to enlarge)

Friday was, also, our weekly sourdough pizza night
with an added special event...

Will was very excited to hit the double digits!

For me, however, birthdays are always so bittersweet.
It's such a joy to see him growing
physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually
but to see that baby, little boy, only son
changing into a young man, tugs on my heart strings.

For his birthday, he wanted the complete works
of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.
He was tickled when he saw that he got them...

I am ever amazed, thankful, and delighted

at his intense interest and love for reading.

He received another gift in great anticipation...

He taught himself how to ride a bike earlier this year
and had been using a free (ahem, girl's) bike (without complaint)
as he continued practicing and mastering
the art of riding a bike...
so he was surprised when he saw
he got a new "man's" bike...

He was eager to get it "on the road"
and was delighted to reach new speeds...

The lil' girls enjoyed riding along with him...

Before I go, I can't forget to mention

our new family member, Suzie.
She has been filling her days with fun
and continues to adjust quite well...

I often wonder what she contemplates

as she stares out the window...
mostly, I believe, she plots how to get the cat
that lives across the street but I like to think
that she reaches deeper levels of thinking, too. LOL

All of that thinking, of course, would make one hungry
and there's nothing like giving in to peanut butter pleasures...


I hope all of you are enjoying your summer.
I do hope to, one of these days, respond to comments
and sure do appreciate your understanding. ;o)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

"... that in all things he might have the preeminence."
~ Colossians 1:18


Kristi said...


The last pic with the peanut butter, I have to say, cracked me up! Too funny.


Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Oh wow! 10 years old is a big milestone. Happy birthday Will! Snazzy new bike there and enjoy reading your new books. Love the park pictures. Everyone is haveing a great time of it. Your new puppers is so cute! Love those white toesies!

MrsMelody said...

First, Happy Birthday Will! Congrats on your new books and your new bike! Very cool!

Suzie is too cute. Mmm.... peanut butter bliss :)

RE: your "neck of the woods" comment. Thanks. :) I am adjusting to the heat and humidity.

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. C said...

I feel the same way you do about the big "milestones". The days are just flying by! Glad things are settling down for you a bit. ;)

Lisa said...

This is such a cute dog. I know you will make many fun memories with this dear pet.
Take care and thanks for the birthday wishes.Happy Birthday to will :)

PlainJane said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILL!!! I remember turning double digets was such a big deal around our place - I know the bittersweet feeling. Nice guy-bike and books - just don't enjoy both at the same time. :)

Getting together with frinds at the park sounds so nice, it looks like they were all enjoying themselves greatly.

And oh, a puppy! How fun! Suzie looks like a deep thinker. lol

Alesha said...

Happy Birthday, Will! (Your little man is growing up so much!!!)

I have to say, he's a man after my own heart with those books he chose! Some of my favorites as a youngster!!!

It's so nice to hear from you. We understand how busy you are, though, so no need to apologize. :-) We are just happy to read your updates when you're able to post.

Have a happy day,

Juno said...

Birthdays are bittersweet for me also. My son turned 12 on Saturday...12, how do that get that old that fast? I hope he had a most wonderful birthday.

The picture of your dog with the peanut butter is absolutely precious. Print it, frame it and hang it...it is a keeper.

Enjoy the rest of your summer...glad you posted...I look everyday. :-)


Kitty said...

Hello!! I came here from Connie's a while ago and have learned SO much from reading through your wonderful blog!! I decided to comment and wish your son a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! My boy just turned 10 this past Saturday, and I agree with you about the milestones. It is neat to watch them grow up into really nice boys and girls, but sad to see those baby years fading into the past too quickly!!!

Cat said...

Happy Birthday to Will! I would have absolutely loved to receive those books...used to get them at the library.

And Suzie looks like a charmer! Oh how wonderful to have all that time to daydream out a window! ;)

~~Deby said...

Happy birthday to your Will...nice Surprise....
oh and the dog and the peanut butter....toooo funny....

Kristy... said...

happy Birthday to your sweet boy!!!!

what a great surprise!!!! he looks so greatful

I agree that Birthdays are bittersweet....

I love the peanut butter pic!!!


I continue to stop by and was so pleased to see that you had a post. May the Lord be with you and your family during this time. You are in my prayers. I know that you have chosen to spend you time well. God bless. connie from Texas


Oh, yes, and I forgot the most important thing, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WILL. connie from texas

Nina in Portugal said...

You have a beautiful family and I am a little jealous of your photographs...they are so good! How do you get the shaded boarders around your pictures? I need some lessons!

God Bless You!

Lisa said...

Hi christina! I'm glad suzie is adjusting well,I know she's happy to have a home with some children to play with !! Happy Birthday Will!!
Love you guys,

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I have given you an award hon. Come see when you can.

Karen said...

Loved all those pictures!!! I had a question - the girl playing the guitar and the one in the matching dress - are they your girls? If so, did you make their dresses? I love them - if you made them (I know, lots of 'if' questions! lol) do you have a pattern number? Would love to make some for my girls!

You have a beautiful family!

Tori said...

Happy birthday Will!! Nice bike!

Great photos!

HsKubes said...

Thank all of you, ladies, for your kind words and birthday wishes to Will. What a blessing they were!

Nina ~ I add the borders/shading to my pics by using Flickr. Hope that helps. ;o) If you click on our Keepers at Home category, there is a link.

Karen ~ That particular dress uses the Women's Square Neck Dress from Common Sense Patterns. ;o)

Sharon said...

Happy birthday Will!
Your little dog is so sweet. I'm sure the kids just love her. She'll have to meet Brenna one day.


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