Endless Gifts-Norah

My thoughtful oldest son… who accurately perceived a true need an acted upon it. What a blessing he is… and then learning that he was merely acting upon Dad’s verbal instruction from a day or so ago. Precious to me.

Cuddled with a newborn, cozy. I swathe us both in blanket and my cheek rests soft on that velvet head.

My arms full of my twins, again. Mellie on the left and Aymee on the right. Like always. Feels so good.

My brown chair. Still sinking deep and still that unforgettable rhythm- my feet pound familiar

Her-all curled up warm bundled on my chest, tucked under my chin.

Their little toddler fingers, pointing and signing and talking , chunky board books opened on floor and lap.

How they “roar” lion in their own inimitable baby way

So tired, I can’t think or see straight. Baby days. Yet, it is nothing compared to the twins. Body hurts and aches in recovery- yet it is nothing compared to twins. Different in the length of my days and weeks though. Different.

Her hair, still all wild and blond and untameable for now.

Missing that Carolina Blue. Blue Sky, Fragrant Air.

A Shutterfly Book Coupon.

Always remembering it is not perfection but progress. Better something done rather than nothing… Better to hit and miss part than not get anything at all.

My big boys and my littlest girl.

The utter preciousness of my life- full and overflowing- and sweetest baby girls.

My big girl who says- 6 kids, 3 babies, and one grown-up— Mommy…when talking about us loading up the van to go somewhere (which we didn’t- I might add).

Maryland snow days and sleds and snowmen.

Finding their snowmen out the window the next morning…big and little and decorated with sticks and pine cones.

Mellie’s dancin’ moves. She even plays air guitar to Raffi. Love.

Aymee’s sweetest little voice and words. And how Uncle Ryan so perfectly interpreted everything she said.

Rise up and man the house. Rise up. Sinking in the pit of despair does nothing for any of us.

Truer words were never said… “If I try to be the primary do-er and do all of the cleaning myself [or cooking or whatever chore needs done] then I have the massive stress of trying to get it all done while simultaneously managing 9 other people’s activities and relationships. I have never personally found this to be successful, and have not heard of it being successful for anyone else I’ve known either. So I manage the team.” Erika- at Large Families On Purpose.   Yes! I must manage the team!!!

Precious blankets made by Dora Whitaker years ago now, for me and my first born son. Such an amazing Christian lady- and they are still cuddling me and a baby after all these years- and I still marvel at them.

The Mighty Index Card. A tool for home management!! And now clipboards, too.

First little neighborhood walk outside- me and the 9. The wind blusters and the sun shines and we stroller babies and stretch legs.

Baby Days Bliss. Everything slows… long ago- a friend shared with me that the whole family just slows down together- to enjoy the newborn days. We slow in different ways- and I try to slow in all the ways we all need… it is still a slowing.

Dreft- washed girlie laundry. Mmmmm. I press my face into that sweet baby smell.

Crunched on the couch- all us girls!!

Elenorah- One Month

I still have hopes to take a picture of the twins with Elenorah. The twins are on the move! It is very, very hard to capture them in photo right now. I tried for these pictures below and it was a fail. I have asked Todd to help me- so I am hopeful for a trio photo soon. I even have outfits picked out! 😉

Elenorah Siobhan- One Month Old


Abigaile and Norah

Nathanael and Norah

Although- I do not have any pictures of Micah and Norah in this post- he is my right hand man and has a very special touch with her. She falls asleep in his arms. 🙂

First Snow in Maryland

“Snowballs!” a first snow tradition… I like to combine it with hot cocoa and special books…but was fortunate to get the snowball aspect made this year- with the move and the baby on the way.


Just a few shots to capture the fun memories of that day… we had another bigger snow and there was actual, real sledding across the yard.



Catching Up

Blogging has been so very difficult to accomplish these days!! It is something I consider very valuable- so although- my voice has been absent from this space- my heart has not!

This space is valuable to me for many reasons. I often find my center (the inner heart of myself where I am totally at peace and clear of mind) writing here and remember why I choose what I choose, live the way I live, and love who I love.  For me, to write is to truly live (and I know that sounds so cliche- I know!!!)… so I feel truly alive of heart and soul and mind when I am able to find the time here. 

It is a space for chronicling Endless Gifts…helping me cultivate thankfulness.

It is valuable as a chronicle for our family- for our children- recording our story. Their history.

It is an effective avenue of communication for me with people I love very much, including Todd.

It is a recipe keeper. 😉

Although some of my writing here is not stellar- I was always taught to write and write- the gems will be hidden amidst the “other” and I think and hope that is true… there is precious here and even, maybe some quality writing. So, I will keep on, even though I do cringe when I go back and read again some of the poems here.  Ah well, even so, I do think there was value in their creation.

I think this space needs a fresh look- so sometime, sometime in the future- small transformations will be taking place.

Spring is blooming here- in Maryland- and the green is fresh and lovely.  Looking out at the sunshine and quickening of life everywhere brings smiles and joy to our hearts.

A few catch-up posts to follow…


Easter 2013

Our First Easter In MD.


Last night we enjoyed watching a streaming Living Cross that one of the local churches put on. We enjoyed it very much and especially appreciated enjoying it from the comfort of our home.

 We spent a day, seeking to relax and rest…at various times- the Easter Storykeepers, Lamplighter audio:Charlies’ Choice, and the epic- Ben Hur were playing in our home.

I told Todd this morning, I felt a certain satisfaction at the outcome of our Love Baskets. I always derive pleasure when I create allergy friendly treats that are totally yum-that anyone would enjoy. Abigaile, Asher, Jonah, Joshua and I made marshmallow chocolate treats. I made peanut butter cups and hard boiled eggs.  Micah and Abigaile made our wonderful empty tomb biscuits. I also had the fun of adding some other special treats to our baskets this year. It was especially fun to make “baby baskets” for the twins this year. They very much enjoyed “eating” their basket this morning.

This year’s Easter Love Baskets:

 Easter Love Baskets

Two of our special holiday traditions this time of year involve Family Life’s Resurrection Eggs and Lenten Lights (Desiring God) Easter devotional. I was very pleased to learn that my daughter was very much internalizing the Easter Story when she showed me her very own home-made book. She created a book telling the Easter Story page by page. So sweet and beautiful. Funny, too.

I am very thankful for Todd- who came home from work each day- to lead the children in these precious devotions. Blessed. I admit to being so tired, I can truly hardly see straight by the time he gets home.