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

Thursday, February 26, 2015


A very happy birthday to Miss Shana, who is 14 today!!!

I don't know where the time has gone, Shana. It seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming our beautiful baby girl into the world. We are so thankful that you have grown into such a wonderful young lady, though, and it is so awesome to see the light of Jesus shining through you. You are loved more than words can say, and we hope you have a wonderful 14th birthday! XOXOXO

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kids and Tees

*The kids have had lots of snow and ice days lately... we have had lots of these:

*Jalen took it upon himself to set the table for dinner one night. He then turned down the lights and lit some candles. Paper plates, pizza, and candlelight. :)

*Ashton's basketball team was undefeated this year. They won the tournament and will play in the Defiance tournaments next week. He's pretty proud of his medal. Great job, Ash!

*The twins enjoyed their Valentine's party at school:

*Ashton found this old hat that my dad wore when he was a little boy. Ashton has now claimed it as his own and wears it everywhere. :)

*"Look what I can do, Mom!"

*"And now I'm a teenager." (As if that time won't come soon enough.)

*One day I asked if someone had let the dog out. Jordan replied, "Yes, and he's running around the snow like a wolf. He's having joy."

*Malia plans to be a teacher someday. She was playing school the other day, and then I found this:

*Jalen hurt his leg one day, and he was pretty sure he needed to have a castridge put on. I told him it was a cast. The next week, his leg hurt again, and he told me he needed a cactus for it.

*Due to some added interest, we relaunched our Mission: Metekle t-shirt fundraiser. We changed the colors a bit this time, and will only be selling them for 2 more days. Order here to help us educate Ethiopian children: Thanks!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Letters From My Mimi...

Malia loves to write me notes and letters, and does so frequently. I thought I'd share a few. I discovered one of these on the kitchen counter last night, and the others I found while cleaning out my purse. I love my little girl so much...she always brings a smile to my face. Plus, she's fun to squeeze!

"Dear mom, life is good when you have a mom just... like you! Love, Malia"

"Dear mom, Love you!! You are the bestest thing EVER! If I didn't have you I would be bolling! Love, Malia    P.S. And we would never be to church on time."

Thank you for being the best mom ever! I love you! I do not know how you are that good at being a mom! You are the best mom ever! You are the best at everything and your beautiful! I bet no other mom surprises girls that there going to Disney and buys them two American Girl dolls, and knows how much there mom loves them! I have a girl in my class and her name is Alexsa and she lost her mom's twenty dollar lip gloss and she said that her mom was going to kill her! I know you wouldn't kill me so I don't have to worry about it! Thank you mom! Your the best! 

Love, Malia Brooke 
I love you! I love you! I love you so much! Mom is the best! You are my FLOWER!"

You'd never know that she can be a bit dramatic, would you? :) Have a great weekend, everyone!