Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Top 13 Reasons I Love Parenting this 13-year-old Boy

  1.  I had no idea what being a mom would be like until you were born thirteen years ago today.
  2. You are so different from me and you challenge me to think about things in a different way.
  3. You love Jesus and it shows.
  4. You are enthusiastic about food which makes it more rewarding to cook.
  5. You are a real help around the house and I appreciate your expertise in vacuuming, trash removal, and killing bugs.
  6. You are funny.  Not always as funny as you think you are, but you are truly funny.
  7. You are great with kids.  Seeing you work with the kids at Thursday morning playschool was a joy.
  8. You are a hard worker.  I am really proud of the help you've given others in special projects and for the help you've been with the yard work this year.
  9. You are a great conversationalist.  You are so much like your dad in the interest you take in other people.
  10. It delights me more than you will ever know to see you read your Bible faithfully.  I was so proud of you on Sunday when you were baptized and thankful for what God is doing in your life.
  11. You like ice cream, probably as much as I do.
  12. You are eager to try new things like the firearm safety course, fishing, football.
  13. You bring a lot of laughter and joy to our home.
People have warned us about having a house full of teenagers.  You are our first and I can honestly say that I look forward to your teen years with delight and excitement.  If they are anything like the past thirteen years, we will continue to be blessed by having you in our family.

Happy Birthday Dear Noah!

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Second Annual Post

Blogging isn't my strength. I had some issues earlier this year with some spam commenting and I considered moving to a different blog site to start up with a fresh blog. After coming to the conclusion that it would likely be more trouble than it's worth, I've decided to continue on with my weak little site right here. I'm not sure that I've been consistent enough to know what I want this whole blogging thing to accomplish. Is it an online journal? A blog about scrapbooking? A parenting site? A Bible teacher blog? The reality is I don't really know and, for now, I'm totally okay with that.

Am I concerned with response and comments and all that stuff? Nah, I'm really not. This is really just an outlet and an experiment in writing. I'm enjoying photography and crafting and parenting and learning and reading and all that good stuff. This is just going to be a hodge-podge blog.

So thrilled to be on summer vacation from teaching music lessons and homeschooling. I've had ups and downs this year but mostly I just really like my life. We just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. I'll be the mother of a teenager in just a few short days. I am working hard at focusing my energies at home instead of looking for more things to keep me busy. I want to freeze my children at this exact stage of parenting. I really like my life.