Thursday, March 7, 2013


Last week I got some books from the library about Philadelphia and the Revolutionary War as a way to prep Sam for our spring break trip out there.  (The trip is, of course, supposed to prep us all for moving there this summer.)

Johanna got the great idea to read the books herself, gather important information, and prepare lessons for Sam.

Awesome!  This is when I love homeschooling - when I don't have to do anything the kids take ownership and show creativity.

Here's how one student responded.

Sam did better.

Once he decided he would sit and listen to his sister/teacher.

That may or may not have had something to do with threats of duct tape and brussels sprouts.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Snow Falling on Trees

We got a big snow yesterday and had the first snow day we've had in nearly seven years of living in Minnesota.  

So, with many hands to care for Baby if she needed anything, I decided to go for a walk in the snow.  

I love walks in the snow.

In particular I love how the world is transformed into black and white and shades of grey.  

It's like being transported into an Ansel Adams photograph.  

I love how the trees are transformed into pieces of sculpture with each twig and branch delineated by stark contrast with the snow. 

I'm no Ansel Adams, but I took along my camera and tried to capture a little of that snowy beauty.

I don't know what kind of trees these are that line the banks of Lake Phalen, but I love their gnarly shape.  

No, literally, gnarly.  Not "gnarly, dude."

Just to clarify.

I am happy with how some of these came out.  These are basically straight out of the camera (SOOC), but I might try out the "black and white" effect on my photo editor and see what happens.

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” 

Today the "beauty spot" in my soul got a little refill.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baby Face

So sweet I can hardly stand it!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Two months old

Here's our beautiful baby, two months old already!


I do apologize for being such a poor blogger.  I want to post more often, honest I do, but, well, life

And my life is a little more lively than usual at the moment!

Among other challenges, I am discovering the unique joys and challenges of parenting a newborn...

and teen-agers!

For one thing, the hours they keep are not compatible.

Last week on night, I was up late helping Micah finish the rough draft of his research paper.  Another night, Will was in a talkative mood after coming home from a party and I wanted to enjoy some relaxed time with him.

But, all the while, I knew that the baby was sleeping and my own precious sleep time was dwindling.

You know the sage advice, "Sleep when the baby sleeps."  Gee, those "old wives" knew what they were talking about.

Apparently, though, those old wives didn't have teens and a newborn at the same time!

On the positive (?) side, Evie acts as my alarm clock and gets me up at about 7 every morning so I can go and wake the boys for school.  No need for setting an alarm!

Win-win!  I guess.

Thankfully, the Lord has given me the stamina I need when I need it and the help I need when I need it.  He has also reminded me to be thankful  - and occasionally even joyful - when I remember that my children are a precious gift.

All of them.

All FIVE of them!

That makes me happy. I think I'll do a happy dance.  After I take a nap.