Amelia {Month 6}

Dear Amelia,
You are 6 months old today! Half a year!!! It seems short and long at the same time. It’s a good thing that you have thumbs because you love them SO much and would be lost without them! Everyone comments on how well you suck your thumb. Your fingers are constant source of entertainment. Your toes are not bad either. Such good things to suck.  We have also officially had to buckle you in when you are in the bouncer, otherwise you would bounce out.
This last month you celebrated Thanksgiving and went to your first wedding, went to see your cousins in Albert Lea and hung out with 70 plus kids at a foster kid camp!You are a trooper.
Movement is your next mission in life. You love to be on your tummy and push your self up on your elbows and hands. You roll and pivot and roll again. Crawling is coming we all feel it!
Your sleep is still crazy inconsistent and your mom and dad are usually tired but we love you so it’s all good!
Love you lots,



Amelia {Month 5}


Dear Amelia,

We have been focusing on gratitude in our house this a lot this year.  I saw this quote and really felt that it defines my days of raising kids and caring for a newborn. Much of a baby’s first few months of life can be described as: common, routine, and ordinary. However, with having a grateful heart and God’s help I can turn these days into: days with thanksgivings, joy and filled with blessing.


This month has been another month of huge growth and new opportunities:

  • Amelia is moving LOTS. Not only does she roll over  but she can move around in little circles on her tummy.
  • at her last Dr. visit she weighted 13 pounds 4 ounces, and was 24 inches in length.
  • sleeping was kind of rough this last month. I don’t know if she was trying to grow more but she was up like every two hours on some nights. grrr….
  • She loves her fingers and thumb. She at times can have some from each hand in her mouth.
  • Amelia went on a date with Chris and I on his birthday. She was a rock star and slept while during the first half of the night. Thank you sweetie!
  • Amelia came with me to my foster care day camp, a bridal shower for my friend, and our harvest festival at our church. At this point it is still a little easier to bring her with!

We have been blessed by little Amelia in our house for the last 5 months!  This morning is school I wrote about Amelia in my gratitude journal.

I am thankful for cute snuggles with Amelia, happy morning wake-ups, new noises, grabbing hands, gummy smiles, oh so much drool, playful moments of content play & the gift of having a baby in the house again! Love you Amelia


Currently- October 2017

Currently we are

Swimming– we have been back swimming to Luverne twice now since Amelia has been born. We missed it so!

doing school– we are learning lot during the but that’s kind of the point of homeschooling. Lots of subtracting, painting, writing, READING , praying , poetry teas, face timing cousins to read books and learn from Aunt Molly about grammar.

 checking out lots of books at the Library– we go usually once a week. We are trying to make it to each library in the city and surrounding towns during this school year. We have been learning librarian names and checking out tons of books. We are also trying to read all the picture books written by Patricia Polacco. There are over a hundred.

Washing eggs– our new group of hens are now laying and it’s time to find some more customers for these farm fresh eggs.

Playing games– we usually do this as a family before bed. I also taught he girls how to play the card game war. They love it. I found them playing in the dark with only the light of an LED candle  to illuminate their cards. Silly girls!

Moving lots– Amelia is an active almost 5 month baby. She is rolling over, working her way around a circle on her tummy. Kicking her legs and always observing where I am at.

Thinking– of lots of winter projects to do in the house now that it’s turned colder.

Cooking– last fall I pretty much wasn’t eating anything let alone cooking due to all day sickness with pregnancy.  I am making up for that this fall.  Trying to meal prep with Chris on the weekend for the week. Also trying to make good lunches for him and I for at least a few of the days.  Oh food… you are so much work but yes worth it… some days.

Enjoying– leading the 3rd grade girls +Norah on Wednesday nights at church. I am their small group leader and I think we are starting to bond. I know their names, starting to know their hearts . They are a funny group of gals! Lillian is in good company!

Ready for November– October was a busy one for our family! We had a pretty big event every weekend in October. From Foster Day camp – to 50th wedding anniversary-wedding showers and trunk or treat at our church Halloween. It took a lot of planning , trips to Walmart and working together but they all went great. We are ready for a slower  November.


Amelia {month 4}

Dear Amelia,

You are 4 months old today! You have been a busy little girl growing so big this past month.  Your biggest and accomplishment this month has been learning to how to roll over.  One night she was laying on her mat and and it looked liked she was trying to roll over.  We all watched and sure enough she did it on the first try.  After that there was no stopping her.

Her other favorite thing she did, that has also helped her out a lot, is that she learned to suck her thumb.  The first few months of life we tried to use a pacifier but she never really took to it. And who can blame you .. when you got a great thumb right on your hand and one the other.

The kids have loved how interactive Amelia has been lately. They like to make her smile and and try to make her giggle.

Other favorites:

  • Kicking while looking at her mobile
  • smiling
  • Making sounds
  • sitting in her bumbo in the middle of the table
  • sucking on 1, 2, or as many fingers that she can get in her mouth
  • Swinging in her swing
  • Always moving… being held… while we stand up and walk around!

Amelia is definitely like our other kids where she is active … she wants to be by us.. on us… and in the mix.  We love watching as everyday she  is showing us more and more of her personality.

Love lots,



The 2017-2018 School Year


Today marks the completion of our 2nd week of homeschooling for the 2017-2018 school year. We have been homeschooling since Lillian was about 3 and she just turned 8 this week. Over the last 5 years we have tried many different schedules , curriculum, rooms arrangements and many more things.  I have slowly let go of my Type A scheduling things down to the minute routine. People ask if we are back into routine. My answer is usually, “Yes, and our routine is usually different each day.”
This year here are some of the things we are trying to do:
– be dressed when we come downstairs and have our morning chores done  to start school at 9ish
– have a schedule for breakfast and lunch. I fought doing this because I thought it was going to be so much more work but it has been working. Less choices, and repeat menus have been working.
– my lesson plans have a “hit list” for the day. Then at the bottom are things that at extra and would be nice to do if we have time. When the kids finish something they highlight it off my plans. Easy- no time frame- just basically a to-do list.
– doing a sticker chart for finishing work with a good attitude. When we earn a certain number of stickers we will go to the pavilion or another place we have a membership too.

– doing field trips and Just because days. We had our first JBD on Wednesday when we went to the children’s museum with another homeschool family. The kids found out the morning of and it was just that- fun and unexpected. Trying to do 3 more of these this year.
– trying a morning bible study with a homeschool room for kids instead of MOPS.

– holding Amelia and loving on her through school and daily life. There is lots of great and lots of crying. She does do some naps in the morning that helps:)
– participating in Wednesday nights at church. Chris holds Amelia, Leeland plays with his buddy Isaiah in the nursery and I help in the gym with the girls. Plus our church feeds us supper! Win-Win-Win!!
– trying to read aloud before rest time and during snack times. We are reading the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books and they are fabulous!

I hope that you caught a reoccurring word in that post: trying.  I may have some good intentions but in the end I am just trying to teach and love my kids that God gave me. Sometimes that is way more important than what math lesson we did or didn’t get done.


Happy Birthday 8 Year Old


Dear Lillian,

It is finally your birthday! You have been oh so excited to turn 8 years old. Just last night you were talking about how you would turn 9 after next year.  You love to look ahead and move on to the next thing. You are my: What’s going on today- girl, who’s coming over -girl, what’s is the plan -girl! You are a planner at heart!

You have grown so much this year, not only in height but in maturity. You tried paddle boarding and kayaking this summer and loved it!  You have an extraordinary love for your sister Amelia.  You love to hold, walk, sing and love on her.  You are taking in this new baby thing in great strides.

This year you have learned how to read silently. This is something that she has wanted to do since Kindergarten.  You have already finished a couple of little chapter books.  In addition to all the audio books that you listen to there is a lot of language going in through your head right now.

Dad and I have watched you transition from a little girl to a grown up young lady.  Wherever you are you always love to hang out with the oldest girl around. That might be your aunt or a friend in a new family we are having for dinner.  This summer you helped with our Mobile VBS and helped pass out bibles, paint fingernails, and talk to kids.  You love Jesus and want to others to know him too!

We love you so much 8 year old!


Mom and Dad


Amelia {Month 3}

Dear Amelia,

My beautiful summer baby! I can’t believe it is September and you are already 3 months old.

This last month you went to your first Fair and week long vacation! You did pretty well in the car rides and were often walked and soothed by your aunts and uncles.

You smile now. Mommy gets the most smiles but you generously smile to your siblings, daddy and others. You work so hard to make sounds. Some “ahhs” and “ohhs” but I’m sure more are coming. You are on the verge of giggling and man is that going to be fun.

Recently you have liked facing out while I wear you in the moby wrap. You think moving in tandem with Mom is the best. You also like the bouncer and floor mat for a good 10-20 minutes most time.

The mobile continues to be a favorite. You love to kick and stretch! I often think of baby’s days that are just full of little bursts of things. They are a small portion where Mom, eating and sleeping is still then majority.

Speaking of sleeping you have been doing some awesome long couple hour naps in the morning! This homeschool mama is hopeful that this will align with our homeschool day. Sleeping is varied. You sometime wake up every 2-3 hours or go longer . It just all depends.

We love you SO much Amelia Joy!!





Today marks the date of 11 years of marriage. On Saturday we got to go on a date over lunch with Amelia as our side kick!

We were on vacation and so we tried a cute little restaurant nearby. We had just ordered when we look at Amelia and see that she is totally pooping in her car seat. She gives us the biggest smile. I decide that I should change her before he food gets here when I see that the poop has exploded out of her diaper on to her outfit and over the car seat. We quickly go to the bathroom were I ,and then Chris comes , to clean up the mess.

This is life right now. We are 11 years in and still in and still in the thick of it. Marriage is work but worth the work you put into it! I’m not sure what I saw down the road 11 years ago when I married Chris. But I wouldn’t change anything . I am thankful for the man that God led me to marry and more than blessed with the family we are raising together.

Love you Chris!!!

Funny Kid Quotes

Funny Things they say: Leeland edition

While the kids were asking about if they could watch the video zaboomafoo on amazon prime.

Lillian: can you search to see if we can watch zaboomafoo?

Me: nope it’s not free

Leeland: can’t you unfree it?

Me: nope

Leeland: can you cut it free?

Me: nope it doesn’t work like that.

Leeland: mom it’s coming fast … the hunger

Leeland will often say I love you at very random times. Here is a snippet of a conversation from the other day.

Leeland: mom I pooped…. mom it stinks…. mom I love you!!

While coming home from the hot air balloon launch we found out they would not launch because of weather and storms. We said they could not go up because it would not be safe.

Leeland: We could go to cherry berry, that would be a safe place!

Love the logic of a 3 year old!


Cabin Time Then & Now {a list of B’s}

I found another blog post from the past (summer of 2014) that never was published! I thought I would add in our latest trip to the cabin.



We spent lots of time on the beach this time. We met friends up at Itasca and spent the afternoon playing on the beach making sand castles and swimming. The kids played down by the dock at the cabin building sand creations. Then the last day we were there we took the kids to School Craft Lake to play on the beach. Chris and the kids continued to build on a sand castle someone left behind. By the end it was complete with a moat!

Having a baby up at the cabin always changes things. I’m a little more tied to the land than the water. We did manage one boat ride wearing that crazy infant life jacket!

For many years there was a lovely couple , Mike & Mel, that owned
Emmaville. Emmaville is a little restaurant, gas station, and store by the cabin. Mel would bake Norah’s birthday cakes, we would stop in for breakfast and eat their yummy cinnamon rolls. Friendships were forged and they were definitely our kids buddies. This trip I was kind of sad because this was the first baby that Mel hadn’t held. As luck would have it, Chris ran into Mel at Walmart. She invited us to their new lake house. Mel made cookies and held Amelia. We talked and toured their awesome house. I guess we are truly lake people now because now we have lake friends.



This year Lillian tried tubing for the 1st time by herself.

Chris caught Northerns and Bass

Norah took a few naps

Lillian took pictures of all of us in the boat

I felt more at peace out in the lake this time




This was on our summer to do list ( and probably on Chris and My to do list since we have been married. ) Bingo at the Mantrap Conservation club.

It’s 25 cents a card

The girls got bored after the first few cards and choose to work on sticker books instead

Leeland played bingo in the Moby wrap. Youngest player there:)

Grandpa won the blackout game!



The best firework show

Family time

Norah’s Birthday celebration

The weather was the best and so beautiful!