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Last night I went to bed at 8:15.  (I was so tired and had a headache all day)  I woke up at 6:45!  Can you believe it – 10 1/2 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  No one cried or called for Mommy all night!  I think college was the last time that I slept that many hours in a row!  Needless to say, I woke up refreshed and ready to go. That was the best B-day gift the girls could have given me!
Yesterday when I heard Grace and Lydia talking before they got out of bed, this is what I heard…
Grace: “Lydia…(pause and wait)Lydia… (another long pause and wait)Lyida…are you awake?
Lydia:  “Yes.”  Then there was little girl ramblings that I couldn’t decipher through the walls.
and then Grace said,  “Oh, Lydia, today is mom’s birthday.  We better go and sing.”
So sweet that one of the first things that they remembered was to come and sing to me.  I love my girls for their sincere hearts!

We made it to early church and had a Target run in before lunch.
Now we had a little different lunch…Lucky Charms.  I wouldn’t recommend this everyday, but hey, daddy is gone and we are just doing things a little different this weekend.

Now I am off to scrub my floors!  We spilled three bowls of cereal at lunch.  Adie likes to watch milk drip off the table while ever so innocently saying, “uh oh.”


We went to the lake yesterday.  It was fun to hang out with the cousins because the day before we really didn’t see them much.  Carl’s aunt surprised me with cupcakes for my birthday – she even brought candles – so thanks Darlene.  I usually don’t have cake anymore since Grace’s is the day before.  Oh – i have to find the pictures of her cake…We let her decorate it herself (Liddy-Bug helped too of course)

Off to church today…

Real deal

Today is the “REAL” birthday and Grace thinks we should have another birthday party and presents.   So instead of a party we are going out for lunch.  (This is a huge treat for me!  Eating out doesn’t happen very much in the world of a stay at home mom.  Now Carl on the other hand…let’s just say I have to admit my jealousy every once in awhile)

Where should my children ask to go?
“….the place with rice with little carrots and peas in it”
“Oh – you want fried rice?”
“Yes, that is just the best rice in the whole world.”

So we are going out to lunch for some yummy Chinese.  And the best part is that I am going to leave the rice mess at the restaurant. There always seems to be just as much rice in their bellies as there is on the floor and any mother knows that cleaning rice off the floor is just sticky.  (unless you let it sit for a couple of hours and let it dry, but then you take the risk of having rice all over your house because it will stick to the bottom of everybody’s feet.  Oh the dilemma’s of having small children:)

Un-Birthday Party

We had Grace’s un-birthday tonight because Daddy is going to be gone on Friday at Lifelight in Sioux Falls.  I can’t believe that my little girl is turning five! She is such a bundle of energy, full of life and a never ending slough of words.  I love her tender heart and her eagerness to be so very generous with her time and talents.  She brings lots of laughter and joy to our home and I am so thankful God gave me Grace to be my first born.  I am blessed because of her.

As you can see, her sister and her cousins had a better view of the box.  We had to tell them to sit on their hands so Grace could actually see her own present.

Every girl needs a pair of Barbie Roller-skates.  (along with knee, elbow and wrist pads)

Adie really wants a puppy for her birthday, but she is just going to have do with Hershey (the neighbor’s dog, aka their cousin’s house)


Last week Grace was a little distraught over the fact that she wasn’t going to have her Golden Birthday until she turned 29.  Little is an understatement.  She had full blown tears and sobs over this revelation.  I told her, “That’s okay honey, I haven’t had my golden birthday yet.  I have to wait until next year.” Her reply between even louder sobs, “Mom, you are so old.  I don’t want to wait that loooooooong.” Eventually like most dramas at our house, I was able to distract her onto something else. It was a funny moment to be crying over your golden birthday.  I am curious to know what she thought was going to happen on her golden birthday.

Good Books?

I am looking for some good books to read.  I have been reading The Power of a Praying Mother recently and I am enjoying praying over specific areas for my children. Do you have any suggestions as to what I should get at the library?  Fiction or non-fiction, I would love to hear from all of you that check out this blog.  Sometimes the library is so overwhelming to me and I don’t even know where to begin!

I am looking forward to some great suggestions!