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The kids were beyond thrilled this morning to find a bird’s nest in our storage shed – with 4 white and red speckled eggs!  The nest was built on the top of Corban’s tennis ball basket. We have seen the mommy go in numerous times now!  We are praying hard around here for 4 healthy baby birds to start chirping soon.  Corban was a bit concerned about having a living creature ‘living’ in the shed – but there was no way the kids (or I) were going to let him get rid of it:)  What a wonderful blessing to our family to see this beautiful picture of life!  Image

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…well, it depends on the day.  But here are a few pics of some recent fun times…making kale chips, catching butterflies (or balls), playing boat with Madeline, counting red cars while waiting for Daddy.  As my grandmother used to say to me…there is always something to do right around the corner…Image

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Children love to grow things.  They love it.  And well, my children have a mommy who does not like dirt, bugs, dirt under my finger nails, digging, etc.  So what to do?  When we were driving in the car the other day, I asked Samuel what flowers he would like to plant this year.  He kindly responded by saying ‘uh, mommy, I think we need Nannie to help us with the flowers.’  And so – Nannie is the answer to our little problem.  We just need her to arrive around the beginning of May every year.  In the meantime…here is a glimpse of the few flowers we did plant.  Yes – I even touched the dirt.  And they are all still growing!

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Easter

Easter Sunday is by far my favorite day of the year.   Resurrection life, hope, joy.  All things new.  And now that we have kids – it holds even more meaning.  Two little hearts to share such precious truth and hope with.  We have tried really hard to keep Easter and the entire lenten season about Christ.  Of course, during this season of life, we are dealing with little hearts – so we have to remember to use language that speaks to children.  The beauty of the liturgical calendar is that is is seasonal, cyclical – and helps draw these little hearts into the moment, into the prayer, into the remembrance.  We were able to use our lenten candle wreath for the first time this year.  The kids loved lighting the candles each night, moving the cross of Christ around the path, and singing ‘Were You There When They Crucified My Lord’.  Holy memories.  Ritual and tradition are crucial in family togetherness.  I am treasuring these early years when we are cementing these things in our home…

And here are a few ‘silly’ pics from Easter Sunday:)

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…and the kids are loving it!

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We celebrated Kalia’s 2nd birthday tonight.  Can’t believe that our little girl is already 2!  I just want to bottle up all of these days/moments – and keep them forever.  

Kalia requested mac and cheese (home-made of course:), salad with olives and cucumber, and carob muffins with strawberry icing.  Here are a few pics…

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When Kalia was still in my tummy, Corban prayed that we would have a little girl and that she would like to snuggle. Definitely a prayer that was answered!  We can’t get enough of this little one – and we ALL love her snuggles!

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