Sunday, November 24, 2013


Last night, Luke was asleep. Will and Naomi were downstairs watching a movie. James and I were in the backyard playing tackle snow football with Jake. We were out there for about 20 minutes. We came back in. I heard Will and Naomi call up the stairs to make sure it was us.
Apparently, they heard some strange noises. They couldn't find us. They thought we left. When we reassured them it was us, they ran up the stairs to our safety.
"Where did you guys go?" Will asked. We told him we were just in the backyard.
"Oh, well we heard some strange noises and Naomi got scared, so we were just downstairs and I got my pocketknife to keep us safe." He held up his pocketknife for me to see. A smile of pride ran across his face.
His sister's protector.
I laughed lying in bed that night. I'm not quite sure what he was planning to do with his knife. But he had it. A beacon of safety. A true Cub Scout!

Friday, November 22, 2013


My Mooch. He will always be "My Mooch." He is growing up too fast before my eyes. James and I have never really done a lesson for Family Home Evening. We usually have one of the kids plan a lesson, usually by the fly. We have them stand at the front of the room and talk about something they've been thinking about, worrying about, etc... Nothing is off limits. Well, within reason. We do have three boys...if you get my drift.
Monday night came around. Jake sat next to me on the couch. I leaned down and whispered that he was in charge of the lesson today. "OK," he responded. You never really know what they are going to talk about.
That night, I cried.
He began to tell us that in life, it's really important when you have a negative thought, to try to think a positive thought to cancel it out. He asked us for examples of negative thoughts we were having and he would help us turn it to a positive one.
I told him that every day I have a negative thought and I think, "why is my house ALWAYS a mess?"
Without hesitation, he said, "Well, mom, think about it this way...look around the house. Look at all the stuff you have in your house and you'll be grateful for everything you have."
I was shocked. Is this kid mine?
Everyone else gave him examples of negative thoughts and he changed them into positives without hesitation.
Than Naomi spoke.
"Jake, ummm, I get REALLY, REALLY, REALLY scared whenever mm leaves my room at night."
Jake didn't even think.
"OK, Ne Ne. This is what you do. You listen really quietly and you will be able to hear her footsteps so you know that she is there. But also, before she leaves you give her a really big hug and after she leaves you imagine her arms still around your neck and remember just how moms arms feel around your neck. You won't be scared anymore."
I cried.
This little boy. Mine. Well, really he's God's. But for some reason God loaned him to me. I know it's a short time. But I will savor every second. How could I not??

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Freaky Halloween 2013

Three weeks to make this beloved costume. Many hours at Staples. Even more hours at home. Thank goodness James stepped in and finished it up. I was losing my patience. Quickly. It had to be perfect. According to Will. I'm still recovering from costume making this year.

Will as "Steve...from Minecraft"

Spookiest witch in the West.

 Jake as "Enderman...from Minecraft." Many more hours on costumes. Still exhausted.

Last but not least...our little..."Ocelot." Bought the costume from Goodwill for $5. I thought it was a leopard, or a cheetah. But oh no. Heaven forbid a Ford should be something normal. The boys are certain...CERTAIN...that his costume most resembles an here he is.

 Naomi really, REALLY wanted a green wart. James came to the rescue again...not quite sure what he used but it did the trick!

 Pumpkin carving...

Our little Ford halloween Party. Witches Brew and Monster Donuts! Perfect end to halloween 2013!