Happy Birthday, Scott

We love the way you …

make us laugh

coach soccer

protect us


read to us


take us on adventures

thrifty shop with us

play games with us

talk to us

listen to us

tickle us


play your guitar


make us smile

and pick us up when we are down.

Happy Birthday to our favorite guy in the world.  We love you, Scott (Dad)




Pool Time

Thanks to my dad and Sally, we are able to enjoy a summer full of swimming at our neighborhood pool.  We love it and we are so thankful!


The following is from a devotional that I received in my inbox today.  I rarely get a chance to read through these, but today I was able to and the timing was perfect.  This was written by a Max Lucado.

I Will Make A Difference

Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It’s OK to stumble… . I will get up. It’s OK to fail… . I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

From Shaped by God (original title: On the Anvil)  Copyright (Tyndale House, 1985, 2002) Max Lucado

Our Emergent Reader

Brayden saw this sign the other day outside the gate of the swimming pool entrance.  He stopped and looked at it.  “Oh yeah, no lions,” he said with a straight face, as if this sign was just confirming an obvious rule.  Chuckling I said, “Phew, can you imagine if they allowed lions in there while we were swimming?”

The next time we saw the sign I told him what the words said.  A bit alarmed, he said, “But Mom, we never take a shower before we get in the pool!”  Then with a huge grin he said, ”If lions do, maybe we should too!”

Backyard Soccer

With socks pulled high, Brady called out to Kalen . . . “Hey Kalen, you wanna go play soccer?”  In the cutest voice he has, Kalen replied,  “Yes, let’s go, I don’t even need shoes!”

I love the gift of siblings.

It is what we have wanted, our boys entertaining themselves with a friendly (no whining) game of soccer.  This has been occurring more and more and I must say that it warms this mother’s heart.  🙂