Egg Hunting

These days, what Easter is complete without an Easter Egg Hunt and loads of candy for the kids? Sam and Tyler had their hunts on Saturday…it was the perfect day! Sam helped make breakfast. Later while Ty slept, she went hunting.easter_egg_hunt_SamanthaWhen Tyler woke up he got his own egg hunt. easter_egg_hunt_TylerPS – Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome mom’s (that would be ALL moms)! :)

Women of Valor

A woman of valor who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Proverbs 31:10

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A while back, Rachel Evans Held wrote a book titled A Year of Biblical Womanhood. I was following her blog when she was writing the book, and one thing that has stuck with me is when she learned from her new friend, Ahava, more about the woman in Proverbs 31:

“Every week at the Sabbath table, my husband sings the Proverbs 31 poem to me,” Ahava explained. “It’s special because I know that no matter what I do or don’t do, he praises me for blessing the family with my energy and creativity. All women can do that in their own way. I bet you do as well.”

In addition, she said, “eshet chayil”—woman of valor!—is invoked as a sort of spontaneous blessing in Jewish culture, Ahava said.  Think of it as the Hebrew equivalent of “you go girl,” or perhaps even better, “Carry on, Warrior.”

Rachel says in another post:

Friends cheer one another on with the blessing, celebrating everything from promotions, to pregnancies, to acts of mercy and justice, and honoring everything from battles with cancer, to brave acts of vulnerability, to difficult choices, with a hearty “eshet chayil!”—woman of valor.

Instead of an impossible standard to live and fail by, it is time to make Proverbs 31 a blessing, a celebration and of what we’ve already accomplished as women of valor.

Next week is Mother’s Day. In what way(s) is your mom “eshet chayil”? How can you celebrate her?

{quotes taken from writings by Rachel Evans Held, here and here.}

Duluth Here We Come!

This year my friend Kathy and I went to see Celtic Thunder in Duluth. Kathy treated us to the Sound Check Party, which was a blast to see some of the craic that happens behind the scenes ad also be able to take pictures! While we waited for the Party to start, we walked by the water and had fun watching ice melt.celtic_thunder_sound_check_party_duluth_minnesotaThe next morning, we packed up and drove up to Gooseberry Falls before heading home.

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March of The Three J’s

How blessed we were this year for Katie and the boys to visit Minnesota first in February and then in March! The week was so warm that we shed our coats and sweatshirts and unpacked our sandals.

1Jordan is getting pretty good on the drums and Judah loves to cook! Judah made us scrambled eggs and helped make caramel rolls. Sam and Tyler came over many times to play with their visiting cousins. 2Just like February, March has some birthday to celebrate. 3While in town, it is always important to get the best hair cuts from Aunt Holly!hair cutsWhen the weather is nice and the snow is pretty much gone, where is the best place to find kids? At the park, of course!!parkWe went for a walk. We threw sticks in the river, trying to get them over the ice. The boys tried pulling up a tree. Jacob was so worn out near the end of the walk that he wanted to be carried to the car!walk1 walk2

Stir Crazy

One day I was tired of being stuck in the house, of being sick.

So I put on my coat, grabbed my camera and went for a walk.

The sky hadn’t been this blue in a long while, and it was almost warm outside.

I had the entire place to myself, and most of the paths I took hadn’t been walked since the last snow.

These are things that make me happy and let my soul breath.

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How Time Flies

J3 is … three. How did that happen? It seems like this precocious bundle of laughs and lover of ice cream was just one. But I suppose things like this happen when a whole state separates us.

We had a day of joy, laughter, balloons, play dough, and ice cream to celebrate Jacob.

32Jacob LOVES ice cream. Near the end of eating the cake, he found the ice cream container left unattended…and finished it off! Good thing there wasn’t much left…cake5