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“I drew this for you Grandma!!!

And look, I even gave you all your legs.”

The Perfect Evening

Norwegian pancakes on the griddle, bacon sizzling, a fire in the fireplace, and time with my parents.

Life is good.

Another Family Tradition

My kids associate Grandma and Grandpa’s house with ice skating.  They have not yet discovered there are numerous ice skating rinks within minutes of our house so the only time they get on the rink is when we go to Iowa.  To say they are excited to ice skate is an understatement.

This was actually the first time the little man actually got on the ice.  He had a blast!  Here’s a little video recap of our adventure:




Christmas Traditions

Dance Recital

They were both in the same class this semester so here they both are in the tap and ballet routines.

For ballet, Avery is the 4th from the left and Elliana is the 2nd from the right

In the tap routine, Avery is 4th from the right and Elliana is 6th from the right.

First Practice

A bunch of 4 year olds on a basketball court is simply a bunch of cuteness.  Too cute not to share in fact =)


I think I’m really going to enjoy this basketball season!

A Year With Jesus

A Year With Jesus by R. P. Nettelhorst was sent to me by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for a review, and I was so grateful to receive this book from them!

The book is simply what the title states, a year of daily devotionals over the words and actions of Jesus.  It is laid out simply with the scripture actually typed out next to the devotional thoughts.   It is also divided into themes based on ideas such as “Love and Hate”, “Truth and Lies”, “Arrogance and Humility” and so on.   Both of these aspects make it easy for the reader to read, understand, and learn from the words and life of Jesus.

I would recommend this devotional for those who are wanting to start seeking God.  It is extremely easy to read and grasp ideas from and will lead you down the road to understanding and knowing Christ better.



If you would like to purchase this book, click here


Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

I love that word expectant.    Oftentimes we are willing to wait, and wait, and wait, and we deal with the waiting by staying busy and not thinking about the fact we are waiting for something.

Advent is different.  This is a waiting with expectation.  That expectation is what makes the waiting exciting.  That expectation is what keeps our focus on Christ in the midst of a long season of silence.

So I have tried to instill that expectation, that excitement of what is to come, in my kids this Christmas season.  This preschool advent book is helping us in the process.

Every night we are reading and talking about the stories leading up to Christ’s birth.  They make an ornament over the story as we discuss.  They are always so curious about what the ornament is going to be and excited to sit and make something for our tree.

Every year we try different advent ideas, and this year’s has been my favorite so far.  All three kids truly are waiting with expectation for the story and ornament making craft at night.

They’ve even enjoyed acting out a scene or two

The point is, waiting with expectation is fun.  In the past I’ve tried to hard to make things serious and prepare their little hearts for more than they could ever possibly understand.  This year, I’m focusing on learning to wait with expectation for the incredible things God is about to do.


Christmas Concerts

In an effort to document this Christmas, I will be blog happy for the next couple days. The last few weeks have been full of fun that I don’t want to forget!

Activity #1: Preschool Christmas Concert


Although I’m homeschooling Avery for Kindergarten, the Learning Center has a great Bridge class for older kids that Avery participates in a few days a week. This arrangement of going to the Learning Center a few days a week and homeschooling her the other days has been such a fabulous experience this year. Plus, it means we only have to go to one Christmas concert. Win, Win =)

The girls’ teachers were awesome and rearranged the kids so our girls stood next to each other. I loved it because I could get both girls in the same picture. Avery didn’t like it because she said Elliana kept tickling her between the songs.

On the drive to the church before the concert, Elliana said, “mom, I’m not sure what to feel.” When I asked her what she meant she said, “I think I’m really nervous. This is the first time I’ve ever sung on stage.”

At the end of the concert, I asked her how she felt and she responded, “My favorite part was when everyone cheered for me.” Love that she thinks the applause was just for her!

This may have been my favorite concert to date. Watching both girls sing their hearts out and have a blast on that stage was priceless.

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