Thursday, June 30, 2011

Deep Thoughts...

Maybe in order to understand mankind,
we have to look at the word itself: "Mankind".
Basically, it's made up of two separate words - "mank" and "ind".

What do these words mean ?
It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind
-Jack Handy

This has been 'Deep Thoughts with Rich, Pete & Randy'.
Stay tuned next week for more
'Deep Thoughts with Rich, Pete & Randy'.

The Chicks

These little fellows (and darlings) arrived a couple
weeks ago. After a little bit of scrambling, Grandma and
Grandpa had a perfect little spot all ready for them.
The kids are SO excited they're here!

The first meet and greet :)

Gracie Jo took to them right away.
We're already talking about 'the plan'
for this fall so she doesn't get too attached...

Silas loved that they were so soft and fuzzy.
It didn't last long though, they're already in the
'ugly' stage - they grow so fast!

Levi was a little more hesitant, but with some
gentle encouragement from Grandma he was soon
snuggled up with them as well...until this little
chickie pooped on him. He's not quite as fond
of them anymore. Hee!

My mother-in-law has such a love for nature
and a deep appreciation and joy for the gift of
God's creation. I love how she shares this with
our kids.
The things they have already learned and experienced because of the things she's done with them is so special. They are so blessed by the time she takes to share this love with them. The neat thing is that Peter has so many memories of spending time out in the bush with his grandmother, discovering, adventuring, learning and playing with her. I love seeing this joy-filled relationship repeating itself in a new generation. Sharing this love of nature and family is such a gift, isn't it?

Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
~Psalm 104:1~

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Father's Day Fun

This post is a bit overdue but I didn't
want to forget the special memories that
were made this day...

On Father's Day we packed up the kids and
the truck and headed off for an adventure
that would capture the heart of my husband
and the father of this crazy crew :)
We didn't have a destination, we just figured
we'd drive for a bit and see where the roads
took us. We listened to an excellent sermon
from this dear friend and started the day off
encouraged and excited for where the Lord
was calling us. It was the perfect way
to begin our day together.

Can you feel the excitement??

We found ourselves on the shore
of Lake Huron at Point Farms
Provincial Park, just in time
for a picnic lunch. Daddy's
favorite: KFC!!

The boys LOVE KFC as well and have taken
to calling it 'bone meat'. As unappetizing
as that sounds, it makes me laugh every time! do Levi's facial expressions :)

Biggest brother and littlest brother
Like father, like son?

I love this picture of Silas laughing
...and I love that he was laughing because
Levi was burping the alphabet.
Just a little picture of what's to come with
3 boys within 3 years of each other?

After finishing up lunch, we headed
down to the beach. Jude ran right into
the lake and did a face plant in the
frigid water and had to be rescued
by daddy...
He wasn't quite sure what to think.
He was much more cautious after that though!

Our girl, on the other hand, had absolutely
no qualms about jumping right in and stayed
in the numbingly cold water all afternoon.
I don't know how she did it, but I was
so proud :)

She even managed to lure her brothers out
for short periods.

After freezing their cute little patooties
off, the boys spent their time digging...

and digging...

and digging!

Gracie also got in on the digging action.

And loved discovering lots of beachy treasures.

And, safe by daddy's side, Jude did lots of
digging and
discovering too :)

The writing in the sand says it all

Did I mention how much I love
this handsome fellow?

No leadership is greater than the
example found in a man who leads
his children with God's direction
-C.Michael Dudash

Peter Jonathan, I am so thankful to
parent these 4 wonderful kiddos with you.
They are beyond blessed to have you as
their father. Your example and guidance
in their lives, together with the joy
and fun you always make time to have with
them, is a blessing that I thank God
for daily. And watching you play, and
laugh, and delight in the kids today
made me fall even more in love with you.
Happy Father's Day.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Favorites

A favorite moment from each day this week:

{Last Friday}
Levi watching the minnows that Grandma
caught in the creek.

These boys have more fun (and cause more trouble)
than a certain set of brothers 25 years ago :)
*ahem, Peter & Greg, cough, cough*

Father's Day at the beach.
So much love & joy in one day
we almost burst.

Grandma & Grandpa came over for lunch.
They came early so Grandpa could drive
tractor for stone picking and Grandma
and I weeded the garden. They are amazing!

I love the expression on Levi's face. Ha!!

The clematis and mock orange are in full bloom.
So beautiful!


A little class trip to a special
neighbour's alpaca farm.

{This morning}
Pete put the heifers out this week.
They're so happy...we're so happy :)

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.
-Fairest Lord Jesus, hymn

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

I was in up to my elbows in dirty dishwater
when I saw the Hermanator streak past the
kitchen window with flames on his heels.
I quickly stepped over to see what had him
running so fast, only to find him being cheered
on by handsome Farmer Husband and the rest of
the gang. They had found a shady spot under
a tree and were just enjoying each others'
company and the challenges that daddy was
dishing out. My first thought was to slip out
and join them, but a counter full of dirty
dishes was still calling my name. I went
back to the sink and plunged another pot
into the suds when a basket of fresh
strawberries sitting nearby caught my eye.
I thought that it would be fun to bring
them out for everyone...but then I would
never get these bloomin' dishes done! I
decided I'd finish the dishes first and
then, if everyone was still there, I'd
take them out when I was done...
Whaaaat?!? Are you kidding me? Hoping
that 4 little people under the age of
6 will sit peacefully in the shade
for more than 10 minutes? Not going to
happen. I also knew they were calling
for a lot of gray, rainy weather this
week and this might be the last nice
day. That's all it took for me to
whip off those nasty rubber gloves,
run the berries under cold water and
carry that colander of sweet goodness
barefoot across the lawn to the crew.
And am I ever glad I did!

Strawberry, my love?

Here Dad, have some more!

Berry delicious :)

Yup, it doesn't get any better
than this!

On a side note,
Gracie Jo got her first pair of Chucks.
A hand-me-down from an amazingly sweet cousin,
it was love at first site.
Determined to wear them anywhere and everywhere
she finally learned to tie her own laces!

The expression on her face says it all.
Thank you so much, Nicole.

I sure am glad I chose to spend that
time with the family (and, note to
self: The dishes still got done. Imagine
that!) It's hard finding a balance between
work and play sometimes, but I'm trying really
hard to create moments where relationship
happens and weave them into our everyday.
I want to instill in our children the value
of hard work and a job well-done, and at
the same time show them the importance of
making time for family and for fun.
Today, I'm so glad I chose strawberries
over suds. Seeing the sweet, jewel-coloured
juice running down the kids faces and
fingers, watching them tearing across the
lawn and all of us laughing together
as Jude fed Peter berry after sweet berry
will forever be captured in my memories.
I love these sweet, summer days!

Blessed are those you choose

and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the
good things of your house,

of your holy temple.
~Psalm 65:4~

A Haircut and a Memory

"Mom, it's nice when it's just you and me.
And God."
- our sweet girl, almost 7

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Finding our way back...

We're home. After 8 1/2 years of marriage, 6 different jobs, 5 houses with stories to tell and the addition of 4 more lives to our family we've found our way back to the place where it all began...

These past eight weeks have been fuller than I could have ever imagined. Just being here humbles me. I'm not sure where to start, because I don't want to forget any of this, so I'm going to try and check in here regularly again to share...and to remind myself to slow down and enjoy these moments. They go by so fast and often it's far too easy to miss the incredible that happens in the mundane. The wonders that are occurring all around me but that I'm too rushed or busy to truly appreciate. So here's to:

::capturing small moments and little joys
::watching grace unfold

::learning to appreciate the
beauty in everything

:: taking time to stop and share the goodness

:: soaking in His fragrant offerings

:: counting the blessings
- even on the tough days!

And so I say to you:
Ask, and you will receive;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened to you.
~Luke 11:9~