Thursday, November 20, 2014

Whitley Smiles

Can't get enough.









 Baby Yum!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thea Agnes ~ 3 Years Home

It sort of seems like a dream. 
The whole story of how she came to us.

How it all fell together.
How we wondered.
How we left our hands open.
How they were filled.
How we landed at home and became a family.

There are days I remember that it wasn't always this way... 







So thankful we are home.
We are together.
God is making things beautiful in His time.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Natural Baby Names

Just the thought of a newborn is reminiscent of nature. Wrinkled new skin. Hairy ears and back. Miniature toes and fingers. It all just reeks of nature. What better way to celebrate the beauty of creation than through names that highlight the natural world around us?



We just named our newest baby Whitley. I learned it means "White meadow". We also considered Pearl, Laurel, and Gail. Our boy considerations were Reed and Craig.


Here are some names ranging from subtle (with meanings included) to intense and obvious that have natural meaning or origins...  They exclude the nature names that are more "overdone" like Heather, Ashley and Dale... enjoy!


Girls
Acacia - African tree
Aspen
Ava - bird
Calla - lily
Camille 
Chloe - flowering
Coral
Daphne - laurel plant
Ember
Fawn
Fern
Flora
Gail - storm
Garland
Greta - pearl
Hallie - sea
Harvest
Haven
Lavender
Isla - Island
Ivy
Juniper
Laurel
Meadow
Mesa
Opal
Olive
Pearl
Poppy
Primrose
Rain
Raven
River
Ruby
Sage
Sparrow
Stella - star
Terra - earth
Whitney - clear water
Willow
Winter
Wren


Boys
Alder
Ash
Canyon
Cedar
Cotton
Crane
Craig
Edan - fire
Elm
Ember
Falcon
Finch
Fjord - sea passage
Flint
Forrest
Fox
Gale - storm
Granite
Leo - lion
Linden - tree hill
Hawk
Moss
Oak
Pike
Quill
Rain
Rance - marble
Reed
Reef
Ridge
River
Robin
Saxon - large stone
Shale
Spruce
Stone
Tide
Uri - light
West
Wolf

Least You Think Homeschool Mom's Have It All Together

This mornings stats...

1 1/2 hours - the time it took to clean up breakfast and start school
20 minutes - the time the baby slept
1 blow out diaper
1 fussy baby
1 bath for blown out, fussy baby
School room, storage room, bedroom and living room in disarray ... 
mom discovers no chores accomplished during chore time
3 children in tears
2 pair of pants wet
1 child in corner sucking thumb
5 times to call children over to correct behavior
3 times mom has had to remember to breath
1 child to finish writing
3 children to finish math
4 children to finish reading
History and Science tabled indefinitely

1 mom taking a "time out" and going to pray...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Six Weeks


Smiles. 
Coos. 
Grabbing things. 
Turn and holding up her head. 
Time is moving too fast... As it always does. 
I can't believe she is so big. Too big! 

I wish I had known how delightful having a 6th child is ... 
I would have had one sooner.

Babies are the Best...

Baby smiles are the best.

Daddy agrees.

Baby frowns are great too.

Naps with baby are the best.

Who wouldn't want to wake up next to this?

Dancing is also a highlight.