Playing with Oliver

I was excited to spend a day with Oliver a little while back while Danica had a long day of shoots. We played trains inside for a little while then went outside with Onyx.oliver_trains_planes_and_onyx Oliver loves planes and birds flying around. We threw sticks for Onyx to chase, spun the big flower in the garden, and played peek a boo with the shed door. I absolutely *love* Oliver’s surprised face! He is so full of life and joy!oliver_hide-n-seek_shed door_surpriseWhile Oliver took his nap, I spent some time with Danica’s succulents. Danica has the greatest planters full of the nicest, little succulents so vibrant and colorful!oliver_garden_plants_purple_succulents

{Innsbruck} #ToriTravels

My friend Lesa has a beautiful baby girl, Tori. Tori was recently diagnosed with Krabbe. Follow Tori’s story on facebook.

Recently a challenge was posted on Lesa’s blog to bring Tori …EVERYWHERE with the hashtag #ToriTravels! That day I printed a picture and took Tori with me to Innsbruck and sat a while by the pond and found flowers for mother’s day.innsbruck tori travels

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

innsbruck trees budding andflowers growing

Silly Visitors

This was the last visit The Three J’s made to Minnesota…before they MOVED HERE!!!! It was a short visit, but we packed a lot of laughs in. It was warm enough to play games outside, and when Ryan came after classes, the boys had fun riding on his shoulders around the yard (they called these rides ‘neck rides’).

Jordan Judah Jacob playing outsideJordan Judah Jacob Ryan Shoulder Rides Jordan had some studying for his math test coming up, which Grandma had fun doing with him. While he was doing that, Judah piled toys on Kristina’s head and Sam played with Kristin’s hair.Jordan Judah Jacob Tyler Sam playing at Grandmas JudahKatie and The Three J’s drove back to Missouri on Monday to start packing…within a week they were on the road to live in Minnesota!

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

eshet chayil woman valor

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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