Thursday, February 26, 2015


When we lost Baby Brother,

two years ago,

(I can't believe it's been that long)

and again, through the next year,

as Mama E asked us to take him,

again, and again,

and then didn't sign,

I've carried that little guy around in my heart.

I know things could be better for him,

but I also know I'm helpless to do anything

to make his life better.

But every time I get a call,

or see a picture,

my heart aches just a bit.

A few months ago, Hubs and I had a chat.

We talked about adopting again,

and my desire for Babycakes to have a sibling

closer in age,

and of the same color.

Hubs is not ready to adopt again,

and he's not sure he'll ever want to.

But we did come to a decision.

We'd like to help a child,

in the way we haven't been able to help Baby Brother,

to be safe,  and loved, and healthy.

We're going to start taking foster care classes.

I'm not sure how my heart will feel

about letting a little one go,

when it's time for them to go,

after we've loved them,

but we're going to try.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Remember just last week,

when we were out painting in the


In our shirtsleeves?


Friday, February 20, 2015


Somebody had his first trip to the dentist this week.

I was prepared for crying

and freaking out,

and would have been happy

to simply let them look inside his mouth.
 And, with bribe offered, he rocked it!
And what, you may ask,

did he want for his reward?

A doughnut!

Of course!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Painting the Driveway

It was absolutely beautiful

outside today,
 so this little man and I

headed out to paint the driveway.
 Mama made a snake,

Babycakes made a mess.
And the driveway looks like a bloody battle happened here.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Photo Dump

This is what happens when you're invited to a masquerade party,

and you don't have a mask!
 Just hanging out.
Arr!  Me hearties!  Gimme a milkshake!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Family Fun Night

Apparently I'm not the only mama looking

for an outlet for her cabin fevered children!
 Our new church,

not just new to us,

but a new church plant,
 has begun scheduling family fun gym nights!
 Hooray for me!
I mean the kids!  Hooray for the kids!

And maybe a few daddies too!

This week was an all out Nerf warfare,

kids against dads.

The kids were WAY outgunned util Buddy opted in

and they creamed the dads!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Here's one way to keep my wild child

moving and still learning!
 I'm calling this commando puzzle assembly!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Playground or Bust!

It's been downright frigid here,

for the last few weeks,

and our new hometown

has a big fat

zero indoor playgrounds!

The closest one,

even in a McDonalds,

is almost an hour away!

So I was absolutely determined
 to get my crowd of littles to this one
to run them ragged!

I told Hubs that we're going to need to inves

in either more climbing apparatus for one

wild toddler,

or a straight jacket for one

wild eyed mama!