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From snow storms to peak tornado season. I like to keep things dramatic on here.

Actually, tornado season hasn’t been too bad so far. Most severe weather has gone north of us and the one time the sirens did go off we weren’t home – we were in another town that was not in the path at all so that worked out.

In between the snow and the severe weather, we had Spring Break and Easter. Easter Sunday was rainy and dreary but Saturday was a pretty day so we took advantage of that day and did our egg hunt and took some pictures at the church. They’re just getting so grown up.

This one cracks me up.
[That is so Finn…]

And I can just hear Mia belly laughing in this one.

She has grown up a lot this year – not just physcially, she’s kind of shot up, but just all around. She’s a sweet girl who loves and serves those around her well.


And this little guy…well, he just makes life an adventure. He’s fun and wild, but one of the most tender-hearted boys I know.

But don’t get me wrong…he still makes my heart skip several beats throughout the day.
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We’re definitely blessed.

Spring Break Recap next time.


Farewell 2014

I thought it would be nice to do a fun little recap of 2014 with lots of great pictures thrown in to give us a visual walk-through of the year. That’s not what you’re going to get though, because honestly most of my blogging these days happens from my phone and I just don’t have what it takes to do pictures and link backs to previous posts and more importantly, the kids are running around undressed after their shower and I should probably take care of that.
The truth is that it might be kind of hard to do a fun recap. 2014 kicked me up a bit. This was not an easy year for us and while I know that being able to write 2015 on stuff doesn’t mean everything will automatically be easy, it’s nice to tie a bow on this one and put it away. At this time last year, we had no idea the valleys we would walk through, the tears we – mostly I – would shed, or the amount of stress I would feel in sending a child to kindergarten. 
Yeah, I would not want to see this year again. But, I do see the good throughout this tough year. Just when all seemed lost or there was no time left, God made a way. A better one than we could ever had imagined. For every situation this year that made me cry out in the shower, I can show you where we stand today and prove that it’s a good thing there is One who knows me and knows best. It’s a show me a hopeless situation and I’ll show you an amazing end kind of story.
So yeah, 2014 is probably not going to ever be one of my favorite years. It will, however be a year that I remember as a time of growth and lessons and leaning into God.
2015, excited to see what you have.

The Staycation After The Vacation

We’re home after a week in Texas. School for the kids and work for me starts back up next week, but Mark started a new job today so we are home for the second week of Christmas break.
While being with family was so great, there is something pretty awesome about being home when you have no other things on the calendar. It didn’t happen much, so we enjoy it when it does.
So far this morning, I’ve done a good job of pretending I’m still on vacation and ignored the suitcases to unpack, the gifts to put away, and the dirty clothes to wash. I’m guessing I won’t be able to get away with that all day, but for now, I’m enjoying my coffee sitting down on the couch.
I’ll get pictures of our Texas trip up sometime soon. After I get my staycation location a little more under control…