November 24, 2015

Dr. Mabel, Stuffed Horse Vet

Lucy the horse has been around since Mabel was 2. She's been back and forth across the country, participated in lots of sleepovers, gone to school and church, ridden in the car, and played with Mabel every day. She goes to tea parties, Barbie parties, spa parties, plays Pokemon and doctor, attends school, and gives the best hugs.

She's been restuffed twice. Recently she busted her rump and Mabel wanted to fix her first thing on a Saturday morning.

She patiently listened to directions and did a wonderful job securing Lucy's tail back to her bottom.

Mabes was so proud.

After her veterinary work was complete, she decided she should work on another sewing project. So she made a stuffed dog in about 45 minutes.

As far as life skills go, this one goes to Mabel. At least the other 3 will be able to take their sewing repairs to their baby sister when they are grown.

November 3, 2015


Andrew George turned 13 in August! He asked for his favorite - yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I obliged because making their birthday cakes is a morsel of joy that the Lord provides to me as their mother and it is my favorite. Also a morsel of joy - when he asked me to make it gluten free so that I could eat it, too. Precious Roo.

Dude was spoiled this year and got to go to Valley Fair with church friends for his birthday. Heck of a celebration, I say!

Oh, this child. He is so special. He is so strong and confident in such unique ways, such an old soul. He's also silly and distracted by anything shiny.

He loves to layer music, did you know?

He also got a shiny new haircut and my heart exploded!

So proud of you, Andy. We are so very blessed by you every single day. And the pets - you love the pets harder than any one of us. What a heart you have! So proud.

October 15, 2015

And By The Way, The Fair

A few weeks ago the fair rolled into town. And so, on half-price wristband day, we went.

First, there was livestock. And boy, do they mean it out here!

Goats, cows, sheep.

Honestly, it was all over when we reached the pigs. Hayley is obsessed with pigs of any kind and Mabel quickly followed her big sister in squealing at the babies.

They had babies that were hours old. Oh my, the cuteness! Oh my, the umbilical cords!

I almost put one in my pocket.

It's scary how fast they grow. One minute they fit in your hand, the next - bacon.

Sorry, was that rude?

There were also rides. Have I mentioned the rides? Oh my heavens, it was crazy pants. Moo Rae wanted to ride EVERYTHING, especially the upside down, inside out, loopy doopy, salt shakery rides. Her brothers were game, but Hayley was not. She's a girl more aligned with the teacups.

I don't think anyone is surprised that Mabel wanted to get it on like Donkey Kong. She shows her armpits on rides. And at church.

All of them safely tilt-o-whirled together several times.

And the up-and-coming driver loved the bumper cars especially.

It was a blast!

October 9, 2015

A New Start

Have I seriously not updated since August? Friends, I'm so sorry.

I have a new job. God rocked my boat, turned everything upside down, and completely rightside up again. I've been sorting all kinds of things out over these last few weeks.

School started. Football. Shoes visited Da Plains to see Trevor play football.

I painted alot.

It feels refreshing all around.

August 26, 2015

The Pool

I was blessed to be able to take the kids to the pool this summer. It was so fun!