Nathanael just turned Fourteen over the holiday weekend. We celebrate him with great joy!

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Birthday Breakfast: a tradition for all Birthday children

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Morning Pictures in front of Birthday Posters



Birthday Meal:Hot Dogs and Rolls, Corn on the Cob, French Fries, Chicken Nuggets, Tater Tots, Watermelon, Pineapple, Iced Tea, Sierra Mist (affectionately known as Mist by the children); Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Icing

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Serendipitous Cookie Sandwiches- in which I proclaim that I am “doing an Aunt Nikki” to everyone’s glee and I quickly whip these little buddies together.




Fourteen and one to grow





An Interview with this delightful teen-ager:

1.) Favorite Bible Verse:  Psalm 100

100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord [b]Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and [c]not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with [d]thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

2.)Favorite Songs: Shoulders by For King and Country, Made to Love by TobyMac, Lord of the Rings Medly by the Piano Guys

3.)Favorite Music Artists: The Piano Guys and TobyMac

4.)Favorite Foods: Roast and Cinnamon Rolls

5.) Facts about Nathanael: First Class Boy Scout, plays Cello and Piano, loves Lego, is very tech saavy, has a good eye for photography, and a good ear for musical dynamics and pitch

6.)Favorite Books: The Hobbit and The Warden and the Wolf King

7.)Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkein and Christopher Paolini

8.)Favorite Poems: Oliphaunt by J.R.R. Tolkein and If by Rudyard Kipling

9.)Favorite Movies: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Star Wars Episode 4, How to Train Your Dragon, The Lego Movie

10.)Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday

11.)Favorite Place he’s been: Ama’s house

12.)Favorite School Subject: Math

13.) Favorite Drink: Cinnamon Chai Tea, Red Rooibos Tea

14.) Favorite Lego Sets: Mirkwood Elf Army, ExoSuit, Titanium Dragon

One to Grow:

15.) Favorite Colors: Blue and Brown

May Birthday Catch-Up- Seven and Eleven

It was a chicken nugget weekend! 🙂 There was a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and a chocolate cake with vanilla icing. There was Special Sauce and Soda, Soft Pretzels, and French Fries. In retrospect, my girl says- I think it was a junk food dinner. I know Daddy said it was going to be chicken nuggets and then chicken nuggets again. I don’t actually remember…but I know they were happy and it was a grand party indeed. 🙂

Joshua’s Birthday

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Abigaile’s Birthday





The Things They Say

This morning, I was washing down a little blond girl at breakfast and getting her ready to exit her seat… when suddenly,

she turned a pixie face upward toward me, pointy little chin, twinkling blue eyes, big grin and she said…

“You’re the very best Mommy I ever did see!”

I stopped stock still. I couldn’t believe my ears. Then I laughed out loud for joy.

The Things They Say.

The Things The Say

Today, we had to deal with a little ant situation and we reminded the little girls of how Daddy had handled some of it in the past…

The thought of Daddy’s ant killing skills impressed deeply upon my little A, (she who makes me laugh so hard sometimes)

and so she said loud and strong:

“Daddy’s a good, big, boy! He’s a big boy!”

Emphasis on big and boy! 🙂 She might even have thrown in a little gruff- “yeah!” for effect as well.

To which she might have added as she’s prone to do:

“He’s my friend.” Grin.

The Things They Say