Showing posts from June, 2010

Six Years Old (Wordless Wednesday)

On Friday, July 2nd, six years ago,
Allison and Sarah entered our lives.

It's been a wild ride . . .

5 Days Old

6 Months Old
1 Year Old

2 Years Old

3 Years Old

4 Years Old

5 Years Old

6 Years Old

We wouldn't have missed it for the world.

It's Quiet

My husband just left with six of our kids for an overnight camping adventure. Harmony is taking a nap, Katie is on my lap, and the house is peaceful. I find myself wanting to savor the quiet, to grab the few hours I have to fill myself with something that will sustain me when the noise begins again. But nothing seems just right. I'd love to get a project or two done. Maybe this is the perfect time to touch-up paint the little girls' room -- one of them colored all over the wall (again!) a few months ago. Or perhaps I should clean out something -- the pantry? or the storage area?

Or I could work on a computer project, like sorting our pictures and prepping last year's for the book I need to work on soon.

Or I could just sit here and blog. Yeah, that's what I'll start with, some random moments from my life.

* Katie slept six hours last night, from 11 to 5. She did the same the night before, too. It was glorious. I'm hoping she's turned a corner with he…

Not Quite Wordless Wordless Wednesday

I was disappointed not to find a video of "How Can I keep from Singing?" that I liked on YouTube the other day, so I decided to try my hand at making one myself.

The photos are all mine, the paintings are from the LDS Church Art Book. Sally DeFord is the arranger, the vocalist is James Loyne.


I was peeking at my blog stats the other day. I've gotten fewer comments lately and wondered if anyone was still reading. My daughter came over and asked me what I was looking at.

"It's a way for me to see if people are reading my blog. See, here's the weekly summary. This line shows me how many people read it in a week." (It seems about the same as ever, by the way, so I figure everyone's just too busy with summer to comment. Either that, or I'm just really boring lately.)

"Who is it reading your blog?"

"I don't know all of them. Some of them are people who want to have a large family but are worried about it. They want to see how it's done and that it can be done. Others are probably just curious. I feel like it's a good thing to blog. There are so many voices that are negative towards large families. I want to talk about our lives, to show that 'Sure, it's hard, but it's worth doing.' Too many people …

Life in Pictures (Wordless Wednesday)

Katie's now six weeks old. Yesterday, she gave me some of her first intense, "I'm so happy to be alive and to be communicating with you" smiles. I didn't even try to capture them on film.

I did, however, catch this expression yesterday:
And lots of others

Allison loves to hold Katie and doesn't even try to hand her back if she starts to fuss. She'll rock her and give her a pacifier. She's soothed her to sleep half a dozen times and each time tells me how much she loves holding Baby Katie. I tell her she's going to be a wonderful mother someday.

A few weeks ago, Joey and Michael participated in their final track meet. They had a preschool kids' race just before the others. Lillian helped Harmony line up.

She didn't win. A few steps into the race across the gym, she stopped, stuck out her lower lip and began to cry.

There was no crying when Joey ran, however, just determination and effort.

Harmony has such a zest for living. Monday, I took …

In a perfect world

everyone would have someone to exercise with.

someone they care about and enjoy spending time with.

someone available when they wanted to go.

someone enthusiastic enough to wake up with an alarm and never miss a run.

someone who doesn't care if you're a bit slower than they are.

someone you wouldn't want to disappoint, so you'd get up and run no matter how many times you'd been up with the baby the night before.

And wouldn't it be nice if they were the one to wake you up so there wouldn't be any excuses?

Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Well, meet Joey . . .
He's MY exercise partner.
Bright and early, starting last week, we've been up and running. I wanted to take it slowly, but I was surprised at how easy and smoothly I was able to run nearly two miles all three days. I was pretty sore the day after the first run, a little bit sore the day after the second run, and not sore at all after the third run. Joey outran me every day, because I'm slow, but did…

Phone Calls

Lillian and Joey have been planning a summer day camp for kids ages 3 to 6. Last Thursday, we took fliers around to the families in our neighborhood with kids that age. Michael didn’t want to come on our walk, and since DH was working late that night, he ended up staying home alone for the first time in his life. I reminded him as we left that we would just be around the neighborhood and made sure he remembered my cell phone number. Five minutes after we left, my cell phone rang.

“Hi, Mommy.”

“Hi, Michael.” “Um . . .How are you?” “I’m fine.” “When are you coming home?” “In about a half an hour.” “Well . . . when’s daddy coming home?”“He won’t be home until late. Are you okay?” “Yeah. Bye.”Ten minutes later, the phone rang again, and this time Michael sounded a little bit panicked.“Hi, Mommy? I thought you said you’d be in our neighborhood, but I looked out the front window and couldn’t see you!” “Michael, our neighborhood is bigger than just our street. We’re ov…

Two sets of twins (Wordless Wednesday)

We were blessed to adopt a set of twins yesterday.

Allison (it's ALWAYS Allison) found them abandoned near our woodpile and the kids have had a blast with them.

We let them go tonight and wish them well.