As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Cutie, A Sunset, Sole Hope Shoes, and Some Art...

Quintin discovered an old tub of Duplos, and they have quickly become his favorite toy.

He also enjoys "setting the table"...

God painted a beautiful, fiery sky the other night:

We enjoyed a Sole Hope night at school. Altogether, 500 pairs of shoes were cut out to protect the feet of Ugandan children from jiggers. 

Silas, Jalen, and Jordan enjoyed an afternoon of painting at Miss Karen's house. She is such a good friend and helper to my boys.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Recent Happenings...

I discovered this little gem. Unfortunately, this must be exactly where my children learned theirs:

Mr. Q has decided he LOVES to be outside.

He even learned how to open the patio door!

Everyone loves Malia...she's such an awesome kid! She recently received this note from one of her teachers:

The twins are always drawing something or making paper creations. I recently found these while cleaning their room:

Gone are Jalen and Jordan's long twists! They received their yearly haircut the other night.

This little guy discovered chocolate, and I think he likes it as much as his momma does...

 Quin loves his giraffe pants...

 Some of Ashton's artwork:

It warms my heart to see these two reading Bible stories together before bed. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

A New Era...

Our family has entered a new phase in life...the era of the teenage driver! Gone are the days when Shana was scared to climb on the bus every morning...

Now, she drives to school every morning, taking some of her siblings with her! Gone are the days when I have to pick her up after school and take her to she drives herself!

We celebrated Shana's 16th birthday by taking her and 2 of her best friends out to eat at Sakura, her favorite restaurant. We enjoyed frozen yogurt afterward.

It is definitely a bittersweet feeling to have a 16-year-old child already... Love you, Shanie!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sweet Sixteen!

Our first-born child is 16 today!!! I'm not sure where the time has gone, but we are so thankful for the beautiful, compassionate, godly woman Shana is becoming. She is very mature and responsible, is taking her 4th college class, and works 2 jobs while going to high school full time. She dreams of becoming a social worker, because she loves helping and serving others.  

Happiest of birthdays to you, Shanie! I hope you have a wonderful day, and love you so much more than words can say. The moment that the nurse laid a tiny, red-faced, beautiful baby girl in my arms 16 years ago, my life changed and instantly became brighter. You are a joy to everyone who meets you, and you definitely make this world a better place. And to think that God gave you to me! :) Just maybe slow down a little? You're growing up so fast that it takes my breath away. Now that you'll be getting your license, it's just one more step of independence, and I'm not quite sure that I'm ready for that. I'll have a little more to worry about now that you'll be out on the roads of life, but I know you'll do fine. Just keep looking to Jesus to guide and direct you to your destination. I love you!!! -Mom XOXOXOXO

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Random bits...

Adrian recently splashed a little milk on the table. This is what appeared when the drops settled:

Poor Mr. Q hasn't been very healthy this winter. Here is one of his many trips to the doctor:

Working on Valentines:

I got lots of love from my people on Valentine's Day:

Super Q is here to save the day!

We recently had parent/teacher conferences. While we waited in the hallway, we were supposed to guess which silhouette belonged to our child. I didn't have any problems finding Jalen's:  

Wanna kiss? 

Last week, Shana went on a week-long mission trip to South Carolina to help rebuild homes that were damaged in Hurricane Matthew. My big-hearted girl had a wonderful time. I loved the fact that she wrote Bible verses on the door and window headers and studs of one of the houses she worked on.

She made some new little friends!

Sweet baby. He looks so innocent while he sleeps.

The kids enjoyed time with cousins this past weekend:

Adrian's basketball season is over. The kids did a great job, and finished the season as runners-up in their conference.

 I may have showed my frustration with the twins a few too many times yesterday. They drew this picture and handed it to me. Awww.....I love their forgiving spirits. Love those boys!