Rounding out the birthday weekend 

My great friend Sara and I share the same birthday so we made it a double date. A Fantastic way to spend the evening. 


Ostendorf Wedding

Yesterday, we went to Angel’s cousin’s wedding in Alexandria. It was a great day and a beautiful ceremony.

The kids loved the fact that there was a park across the street from the reception and they got to play on the playground while they waited for the meal.

I loved the fact that my friends Dave and Ted from Deuces Wild played the reception and everyone had a great time at the dance. I don’t think I’ve had so much fun at a wedding reception, ever.

Afterward, Nana and Papa took all four boys and headed to the ranch for the week. It’s going to be a crazy quiet week around here. And a great adventure for the boys in Montana.




Birthday fun

We started out the birthday week with a bang by going to Fuji.


Max and Ava hid from the fire. 


Planning school

Make no bones about it, I’m sitting down to officially plan school next year for 8 peeps. I catch myself feeling as if I’m making life or death decisions. 

Deep cleansing breaths. 

I will fail my children in many many places. Probably should start saving for therapy for them, but I’m so thankful God knows all of this. 

I need to be faithful to teach them about God, show them Jesus with my actions, and love them as a child of the one true King. 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive and inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 

Colossians 3:23-24


These two crazy kids helped to move Blessings back into her dorm. 

We had our friends up from the cities. 16 kids and 2 moms. 

I was asked at Aldi if I owned a restaurant. Well kind of….I guess if you buy 20 lbs of butter, it’s a fair question. 

Tomato basil soup for the winter.  We had to move to larger containers – I never imagine icecream pails would be a hot commodity.



Grace and crew have been baking up a storm the past few days.