2014: Week in Review {Weeks 7, 8, & 9} and Starting a New Week off Right

Donut! (As our accented child would say.)  I was doing so well staying up with my Week in Review and somehow the whole month of February just blew right past me.  Sheesh.  Between the pace at which it came and the winter weather it brought over the weekend, I would say March definitely came “in like a lion”.

February was a great month filled with more cold weather, a trip to Arizona to be refreshed by sunshine and time with friends, then more cold weather, and normal crazy life.

Some pictures from the last few weeks…

So we left this
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For this
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And this

And this (like my mug? 🙂 )

And we came back to more of this
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Even the little shoots are ready for the warm sun
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And at least the sun is starting to come up a little earlier
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We even had a day of open doors and windows
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And my sweet Haitian girl is reading so well. I could cry. And maybe I did as she laughed her way through this BOB book last month.

Then March came in with more snow and cancelled concert plans but lots of extra girls at our house, so fun was still had by all.
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And, oh, look, a happy little planner. I love my techie gadgets, but I just can’t quit my paper planner.

Last, but not least, what happens when you fill a latex glove with water and stick it outside overnight in sub-zero temps? You get a frozen hand and this picture on your camera.

And to start the week and the month off right, counting just some of the amazing gifts from the Father’s hand.


2889.  days that wear you thin

2890.  leaning hard and trusting Jesus to do a new thing

2891.  a happy outing with the littlest

2892.  sweet baby Cora

2893.  morning walks

2894.  four days with good friends

2895.  warm sun, palm trees

2896.  morning hikes, good talks

2897.  long dinners, laughter, wine

2898.  home

2899.  walks with the middle child

2900.  65*

2901.  windows open, kids outside, hope for spring

2902.  busted laptop, mouse in the house, weighty conversations

2903.  God glory spilling everywhere

2904.  rain and thunder

2905.  view of the sky

2906.  thunder, rain, hail, snow, sunshine – a day in the life of Kansas weather

2907.  mom’s night out and high school prep

2908.  an SUV that gets us home

2909. yard work on a sunny Saturday

2910.  cheerful girls

2911.  home improvements

2912.  Sunday worship and Sunday rest

2913.  snuggles and cat naps with the middle

2914.  long runs

2915.  ugly cries

2916.  sunshine and better days

2917.  days full of driving

2918.  opportunities for these kids

2919.  catching up – just a bit

2920. girlfriend sleepovers

2921.  changed plans and more snow

2922.  Sunday afternoon naps

2923.  Monday morning sunshine

May your week be filled with God’s glory and all things good.

For His Glory ~



2014: Week in Review {Week 6}

Last week turned out to be a crazy, whirlwind week.  Clearly when I thought February would be another month of slow and restful to prepare for March I was smoking something.

I (wisely) abandoned my normal go-nowhere-on-Monday schedule and hit the grocery store early last week before the Polar Vortex descended upon us again.  It was a gamble to believe the forecast, but I made a good choice.  Tuesday and Wednesday meant everything was shut down and no classes and 14+ inches of snow.

And so we hunkered down for two days and somehow, still, life kept on crazy busy.  But such is the life with five kids and I think I need to release the idea of it ever being slow for more than a few hours at a time.

This weekend was BIG Weekend for our church youth.  We were privileged to host eight lovely high school girls for the weekend.  It was also IF: Gathering.  I was blessed to spend half of Friday and all day Saturday sharing a table with some amazing women as we listened to speakers share on pursuing our calling and rising up for such a time as this.

And there was date night, and Sunday afternoon naps, and (finally) watching a little of the Olympics.

So as we reflect on the goodness of last week, let’s go into this new week giving thanks and remembering all He has done for us.

2880.  groceries bought

2881.  more snow coming

2882.  watching the endless snow fall

2883.  over a foot of white powder

2884.  snow days ended; back to the hustle

2885. grace upon grace upon grace

2886.  IF: Gathering

2887.  amazing, God-loving women – a table full of them

2888.  a new week to live out obedience

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^ cupcakes with this cutie on grocery day


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^ snow


^ snow


^ and more snow 😦

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^ first “real” sledding


^ and sledding with my girlies


^ snow day project – finding clothes that fit these ever-growing children


^ pre-dinner coloring session

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^ date night coffee love

When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate.  When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.  

~ Shauna Niequist

May you see the evidence of God’s goodness and grace this week, friends, and may we give thanks in all things.

For His Glory ~


Week in Review: 2014 {Week 4}

Well, we survived semester two, week three of the 2013-2014 school year, which also included all the prep and activity involved with the girls’ fine arts preliminary competition.  It’s always a crazy week, but they did well, a lot of stuff is going on to the regional competition, and we can lay low (on that front) until March now.

It’s crazy how anxious we all are for school to be over already.  This early in the semester, that’s a little dangerous.  I’m not sure if Christmas break spoiled us and gave us our first taste of real time off in nearly a year, or if it’s just that the end of the school year also means consistent warm weather (which we are all also ready for), but it’s made January seem very, very long.

I survived my half marathon last Saturday with minimal suffering.  The temps were not quite as warm as they were predicted to be and the winds were gusting at 35-40 mph, sometimes straight at us, so it was challenging, to say the least.  But the miles went surprisingly fast thanks to good company.  And I finished under my (very generous) time goal, so that made me happy.

We were given tickets to the Kansas City Symphony this week.  It was a lovely time with friends and a fun opportunity to get inside the stunning Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.  If you ever have the opportunity, go.

Yesterday, my beloved gave me the gift of a painted dining room.  No more old-lady-Florida-flat-paint-peach!  It’s all gone!  What a remarkable difference it made.  It’s fun having my husband excited to work on our house again.  This is something we loved doing together in the early years but, for whatever reason, was always stressful at the last house.  It’s been fun to make this house our own.

I think that’s about it for me.  I’ll leave you with a few fun photos from the past week.

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Kauffman Center for Performing Arts (taken a year ago)

opposite side of KCPC (taken Friday night)

Helzberg Hall inside KCPC – I would love to hear that organ being played

dining room before…..old-lady-peach and brass chandelier

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dining room after – muted yellow and painted chandelier

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tonight’s sunset….the heavens declare His glory

For His Glory ~