Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Is Coming !

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It's official, spring is on it's way ! Yahoo !!! I'm getting out my flip flops !

I have two spring wreathes I put on my front door every year. And, every year, a sparrow family builds their nest in my wreath. We had so much fun watching the eggs and then watching in awe of how cute the little birds were. They just look at you with their mouths open wide and chirp. So, I was so excited when I heard the sparrow family building their nest again in our front door wreath. I took a picture of it because it's so amazing how neat and perfect the little nest is ! I am reminded of Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they ?"

Friday, February 20, 2009

Reading to Charlie !


I read about a new reading program that uses dogs to help make reading more enjoyable. The dogs go through a 6 week training period and learn to sit and "listen" while children read to them. There is just something about reading to a cute, fluffy dog that makes reading fun. The program has been very successful in helping struggling readers. So, since we have "the best dog in the world", I thought I would start our own Dog Reading Program. The boys didn't complain one bit when I asked them to read a story to Charlie ( our dog ). They did look at me funny though !
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Glad I kept my vintage LLBean boots !

The Boys have been BEGGING me to go play with them at The Hunting Club. Well, I finally said OK and we planned a whole day to go hiking to the Beaver Pond, canoeing and just playing outside. Thankfully I had not gotten rid of my LL BEAN boots my mom gave me for Christmas in 1992 ! I wanted these boots so bad. That was my "Gotta be like the other sorority girls phase ". So glad I didn't throw them away during my "throw away, simplify phase" ! We had a great time and I took some wonderful pictures of the boys. I can't wait to go back and get my old boots muddy again !

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Love Notes !


One of my FAVORITE things to get are love notes from my boys. Will gave me this love letter the other day when I was having a "bad" day. He always gives me such sweet little letters and I keep every one of them. I would love to frame them one day ! Will counted 108 X's and O's on his note. Love is in the air !
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Little House On The Prarie


We have been busy with school, doctor visits and cub scouts, but still EVERY night I read The Little House on the prarie series to the boys. After bath time, we all snuggle in my bed and I read as many chapters as my voice will let me. When I declare the dreaded " All right, this is the last chapter, it's time for bed" the boys all beg for "just one more chapter mom, please ?" For about an hour we enter the world of Laura Ingalls and farm life on the prarie. We dream of living on a real farm with baby chicks, milking cows and real sleigh rides in the snow. Last year we visited the Auburn University Dairy farm and was able to feed the baby cows. It was our chance to pretend we were real 'FARMERS'. Well, until we purchase our real farm one day, we'll just keep reading about Laura and her adventures. I am not sure what we will read next, because we're almost done with book 8 and the series stops at book 9. Any suggestions of some good, wholesome read aloud books about farm life ?
Here's a blog I found that is so cool ! It's about a family that recently moved to a real Amish farm - complete with 40 acres of farm land, dairy barns, and two lakes - way cool to this city slicker ! Oh, and they are completely off grid - that means NO electricity or indoor plumbing !
Check it out ( sorry , I don't know how to link it yet ).

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In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
We have a daughter !!!!!!
Maggie Caroline was born Oct. 29, 2008.
She is in the SWI of Gaozhou City,China.
Guangdong Province)