Getting ready!


Finished school.


Weeded garden.


Painted high traffic areas.



Installed Lance’s bees in our new hives.



Family outing at a park.



Feeding turtles at same park.


Washed the cars and cleaned the house.

Countdown is complete. We’re ready for a new baby!!


Easter Path

It’s been a few years since we did the Easter Path and it’s one of my favorite ways to re-live the story. My original thought was to share it with the neighbor kids but quarantine had us keeping it to ourselves. We ran through it twice – once with me when we set it up, and later on Easter Sunday with Dad – so pictures are from both.


Palm Sunday – “See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Waving branches, laying out cloth and shouting “hosanna”! Then we traced our hands with chalk and wrote something in praise to God.


Foot washing – “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Here we took turns washing each other’s feet.


The Lord’s Supper – “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’”

Here we shared grape juice and oyster crackers, talking a little about the symbolism. Now lest you think all is perfect, our kids were mostly concerned on whether they could have more crackers. Guess we’ll have to go over 1 Cor. 11 next time. :-)


Praying in the Garden – “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

Here we picked up a rock and thought about something that caused us to worry or fear. Then we prayed, giving that worry to God and dropped our rock into the water.


Suffering on the cross – “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”

We held ice while watching the scene of the crucifixion. The ice begins to hurt some in your hand and you think about what Jesus did for you (unless you end up eating the ice!)


Our debts paid – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Here we wrote one of our sins on a piece of paper then nailed it to the cross, showing how Jesus had taken it on himself. Plenty of sinfulness showed up while trying to share the hammer. And the same child hit their finger both times through.


Burial – “Then he took down (Jesus body), wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.”

We sprayed perfume on coffee filters (burial cloth).


Darkness – “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.”

Here we crowded into the tomb. You were to think of a fear and then know that there is nothing that Jesus can’t handle – not even death could keep him down!


Empty tomb – “The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb.”

We burst out of the tomb and ran to the next station!


Celebrate He is Risen! “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

We took the “burial cloth” (coffee filters) with us and with a pipe cleaner, made it into a flower and attached it to a cross. Rejoicing that the ugliness of death can be transformed into the glorious wonder of new life.


The Great Commission -”All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. “

We looked in a mirror to see that we are the ones called to be ambassadors for Christ to the world.


Then we put star stickers on a map to show where we know people – neat since we’ve been having international students over, so we could put stickers somewhere besides Texas!

Hope you enjoyed our Easter Path!


A forest party

We have two birthdays in March and while the Spy Party came just in time to miss everything closing down, Eden wasn’t quite so fortunate. The original plan was to go to the zoo – but the zoo closed. So thinking along that same line we did a forest animal tea party.

Now, we do have the advantage of living on the same property as our cousins – so between them and our own ‘party sized’ family, we had plenty of people to celebrate.


We made a woodland home area to play and have our lunch.


Forest themed food was hedgehog cheese ball, pig in the blankets, owl veggie tray, teddy grahams (bears) and ants on a log (not pictured).


Eden chose a “dirt” cake with gummy worms!


We painted little birdhouses then did a nature scavenger hunt, collecting items that we used to decorate the houses.


They turned out pretty cute! This is Eden, Iris and Skye’s houses.


Lance, Ivy and Flora’s.


Ivy made a hedgehog pinata all by herself!


It was a big hit :-)


The 3 amigos take a whack at it!

After all that fun I was tired! So the kids ate french fries and chicken nuggets for supper while Brian and I had a quiet meal on our own. A lovely day to celebrate a lovely daughter. Happy 8 years to my Eden!

Lance turns 12!

Lance is turning 12 on Friday, but fortunately we celebrated early – just before everything shut down.

This year was a Spy theme thanks to the upcoming Camp Grammy.


The activities centered on diffusing “bombs” so he had “dynamite” on his cake.

The party started with a laser maze, but I didn’t get any pictures before it was mastered and deactivated (destroyed).IMG_3581

I had just purchased an escape room app where you print out puzzles and solve for codes to type into the app and diffuse a ‘bomb.’


Team ‘Confidential’ and team ‘Top Secret’ raced against the clock and each other to solve codes the fastest and deactivate the bomb threat.


After warming up their minds with puzzles they moved on to a bomb building project.


Old computer parts and random items were available to hot glue into Altoid tins. This was a huge hit and every kid made sure they took theirs home with them.


Lastly they ‘detonated’ balloons that had gold wrapped candy inside – successfully foiling the bad guys and recovering the lost treasure.


We ate pizza and cake then released everyone to run off steam outside. Ryder was not a fan of fire and loud singing.

Looking ahead to spy camp, we gave him walkie-talkies which were quite popular and have seen a lot of use since. :-)

Life for the little guys

Life with little guys has many adventures. Here are some random happenings in the life of our two youngest:


Garrison and Ryder love going to a weekly class at Aunt Katie’s house. They are doing a unit on weather right now. Here Garrison experiments with wind power, blowing a ping pong ball along a path.


Being on the younger side of the family has it’s perks – it means you get to sit in Grammy’s lap when she reads a story to the cousins.


When the big kids learn about horses in science, you get to come along for the ride too!


Watching alligator wrestling for their reptile unit was a bit more intense.


An afternoon at the children’s museum brought loads of fun, enjoying the train table built by his Uncle.


This little guy likes trains too! Polarized magnets take a while to figure out. When he first started playing with trains, Ryder would try to hook the cars together. If the magnets repelled each other, he would toss that car aside and try another. Later he figured out how to turn it around so that every car ‘worked!’IMG_2978

For Ryder, children’s museum fun came in the form of loading as much as possible in his cart.


It’s always fun to watch a little one enjoy a new experience. Never mind we live on a farm with plenty of animals – Ryder was fascinated with the ducks and thought it quite funny when they ate the bread he threw. Ahh, timeless activities.


But his real love is for big machines! Our neighbor happily had a track hoe sitting in his yard for a few weeks. Ryder talked about it all the time and we would go and sit on it sometimes. One day he heard it in use and took the opportunity to go and watch.


He also preferred watching construction near the playground over playing on the equipment. His fascination is such that one day I took the route home that was under construction. I may have had to wait a bit, but his excitement was worth it.

That’s our two little guys for now!

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