I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

16 Aug

2009 wisconsin state fair


Only in Wisconsin … at the state fair … would you find a sign like this.  And people who were actually partaking of the chocolate covered product.  Um … ewww!

wisconsin state fair

Is it possible to eat your weight in sugar and fried food?  If so … we did.

Don’t ya love the teenager?  This is honestly a classic shot of her!

All the girls {minus miss teenager} had fun on the jumpy, jump thing … twice!  Also did the rock climbing wall and the ‘baby’ had a pony ride.

wisconsin state fair

Couldn’t resist a little reminiscing … here’s Piper & Wynter at last year’s fair {enjoying a cream puff}.

wisconsin state fair

And … Piper at 1 year old … enjoying her very first cream puff!

wisconsin state fair

The fair has been a tradition of mine for a long, long time!  My first job was at the fair … selling tshirts.  Yeah.  But man, it was good money.  Cash.  And when you’re, what, fifteen? … it was awesome!

Thank you state fair for all the awesome {cheesy} memories!

Posted in family, family photos, field trip

5 Jun

melancholy peace

Is that an oxymoron?

Cuz that’s what I felt this morning … peace, tinged with melancholy.

Peace that my baby girl, um … I mean miss teenager, was on her way home.

Peace that I wasn’t working and could be there for her arrival.

Peace that I could stand outside with Piper during field day and not worry about: getting somewhere, doing something, and the hundred other things I use to worry about.

And when I saw the image below, it was almost too surreal for me … I wanted to capture it and ‘journal’ my thoughts.


{taken via iphone}

Taylor was scheduled back from her class trip {to Washington DC} this morning.  She was suppose to be in at 8, but we got a call they’d be a little later … 9:30.  So I dropped the girls off at school this morning, got some gas, went grocery shopping and then back to school to get Taylor.

I was a little early and today happens to be the Primary School Field Day {they look forward to this all year}.  I was sitting in my car, then thought I’d venture out to see if I could find Piper and her class.  I did and she was so excited to see me.

It’s a gorgeous day and I loved the absolute feeling of peace and serenity I was feeling deep inside me.  Joy at the thought of seeing Taylor any minute, and so happy I could be there with Piper.

I saw Taylor’s buses pulling in, so said good-bye to Piper and headed over to the buses.

As I was walking across the school yard and parking lot, I saw Wynter’s bus pulling out for their picnic field trip at a nearby playground.  As her bus was pulling away, I started waving.

Still feeling this complete serenity inside … I look up just at the moment of Wynter’s bus passing Taylor’s bus {well, technically Tay would be in the first bus, but you get my jist}, and the kids outside for Field Day {and technically, Piper’s on the other side of the school yard, but you get my jist}.

I quickly grabbed my phone and took a picture of it.  I’m not sure why, but this one image holds a lot of feeling for me.

It could just be the ‘place’ I’m at right now.  I’ll post on it soon {I know you’re dying to hear! ;) }, but I’m so excited about my future, my new goals, my new life with my family.  It could be all of that.  It could be the verge of summer break that we’re facing …

Or it could be that there’s a real possiblity all my girls won’t be together next year.  I’ve mentioned many times how much I love knowing all my girls are in one spot.  And next year, Hunter starts at the girls school too.  All four girls in one spot.  I love that thought … it fills me with joy.

Problem is, Taylor may not be going back to the same school.  She’s gone through a pretty rough year at school and we’ve finally given her the option of not returning.  She’s in the process of thinking about what she’d like to do and we don’t have a strong answer yet.  Obviously, it’s not one we made lightly … or continue to make lightly.  With her going to another school, it’ll pretty much wreak havoc on our family.  The potential school is a half hour from the house in the complete opposite direction, with school hours very different from the current school.

Taylor’s done with school now {the little girls still have a few days next week}, and maybe that’s the reason this image is so melancholy for me?  It may be the last time I’ll have all my girls at one school …

We’ve prayed far and wide for direction on this one.  And I rest knowing it’s in God’s hands.

Posted in children, family thoughts, field trip, parenting, taylor

4 Feb

a day with my baby

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been dragging Hunter on errands instead of finding something fun for us to do together.  So yesterday, we took a trip to the Mitchell Park Domes.  Fun! Warm!  And pretty inexpensive!

Does anyone know how much my children love their nukies?  I promise Hunter’s the only one left with one, but I have to admit … even now, when the older girls are having a hard time with something {crying or whining}, I so want to stick a nuk in their mouths!

In the photo above, Hunter ‘stole’ a nuk out of the diaper bag, and quickly turned around to look at the flowers … all while covering her mouth to hide her nuk.  I tend to be a little more lenient with the whole pacifying thing … but daddy, not on board so much.  So this hand-over-the-mouth maneuver is what she does when she hears dad coming.
I think it’s kinda cute.  I also think I want my baby to stay a baby a while longer.  Is that so wrong?  We just potty trained her and the nuk will be next to go … I promise!
And I love this next photo.  She was being such a fun ‘subject’ for me today!  There were a series of photos I took where she’s laying down on the bench with her head in her hands … I had her nuk sitting at the front of the bench and told her she could have it if she let me take a few photos.  She patiently posed while her nuk patiently waited.
Then she made a beeline for it!
Have I mentioned I’m a stroller freak?  I actually posted about it once here.  I don’t know what I’ll do when my baby outgrows her stroller.  I don’t think I could actually part with any of my strollers, so I may need to start borrowing babies?
This may be one of the last photos I take of one of my children in a stroller … oh, but I hope not!  {and yeah, if you look closely, she has two nukies}
And lastly, a little collage of our day.  Hunter is a treasure to be with and she’s so good!  She patiently let me take photos … she even did Me Ra’s ‘fake laugh’ for me!
I love you baby …

Posted in field trip, hunter

5 Nov

time with hunter

Last Tuesday, Hunter and I visited the Milwaukee Public Museum for our Tuesday adventure.  The museum is featuring the Titanic exhibit and I was curious to see it.  We were given boarding passes with a passengers name and then at the end of the exhibit, you could check the passenger list to see if you survived or not.

Huntie was a little. bit. cranky at the end of the exhibit, so I was never able to check.  But we had our photos taken, and they laminated it on the boarding pass.  I’m a sucker for cheesy memorabilia like that.  In the photo, you can see Hunter proudly displaying her boarding pass.
She was anxious to move on to the butterfly exhibit and see the dinosaurs, so we left and toured the rest of the museum before we headed home.  I have such a fun time with her.
And for today’s field trip, we met Heather and EJ at the Children’s Museum for a little playtime.  Aren’t they cute??

Posted in field trip, hunter