Showing posts from June, 2015

goodness and mercy

Today is the birthday of my friend, Kimberly. So I thought I'd alert you to her blog that just went live last week: Stories of God's goodness and mercy.

I've introduced you to Kimberly on this blog many times over the past six years (here, here, here, here, here). Her faithful friendship and wise counsel that always points me back to the gospel heavily influences my story. She's beautifully intentional in conversations, and the imagery in her writing is captivating. I often mull over things she says, repeating them in my head. When she writes things down, I can reread them and ponder them more concretely. Whenever I read or hear the words of Zephaniah 3:17, I hear them in her voice because she has spoken them to me so frequently throughout our friendship. Her friendship has been a treasure to me, and since she's now writing and publishing for all to read, I feel like you all get a glimpse of treasure, too.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will s…

favorite recipes

It's the end of the month, so, perhaps, by now, you may know the drill. Here are some recipes we have enjoyed around here, but most of this month's are in our "oldies but goodies" category. I struck out a lot with new recipes this month (and also rarely cooked thanks to the generous hosts of the house with the pool (hi, Mom and Dad!). As per the usual disclaimer: the images belong to the original blogger of the recipe as noted below each image.

Simply Scratch (via Tablespoon): Sloppy Josephs
I made these for some men - Aaron and Matt - when Matt came into town last spring. Sloppy joes with bacon and eggs and avocado on top. They were a hit.
image: Simply Scratch
Pioneer Woman/Pastor Ryan: Chicken Tikka Masala This is scrumptious. It's not exactly authentic based on its ingredient list, but it's still delicious. Don't forget the naan! image: Pioneer Woman/Pastor Ryan
Pinch of Yum: Easy Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole
I made this on one of those rare cool …


Lydia and Heidi love the Frog and Toad books and always read them at Big Guy's and Nonna's house. Last week, Lydia found another one at the library, and the girls have been loving it.

pool games

guest blogger: Anna

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We pretended this raft was a slide.

Big Guy would load us on and then dump us off.

And Daddy can throw me really high.

here, fishy fishy

And, she's off.

Heidi has turned into a fish.


Yesterday, we met up with Wendy and her four kids at our favorite park/creek/playground. (They are in town for a few weeks, so we are cramming in fun times with them. We last saw them in June of 2014, and we've each added a fourth baby since our last gathering. Hah!)

We started at the creek to catch crayfish. (This spot is close to Wendy's parents house: she grew up riding her bike here to catch crayfish.)

And by "we" I mean Wendy. I caught one (but it sloshed out of the bucket - I failed), and Wendy caught the other three.

And while the older kids scoured for crayfish, Jesse played in the mud.

After three girls and noticing personality differences between each of them, this boy is too funny to watch. His personality traits can be similar sometimes, but in some ways, the gender difference is so glaring.


Last week, we arranged one-on-one time with Nana, Nonna, and Mama (plus Jesse - so technically not one-on-one but almost). On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, we cycled the girls through time with each of us. Visits to Great-Great-Grammy, reading books, lunch dates, library visits, Costco, Chick-fil-a playgrounds, pet stores, Wawa soft pretzels . . . I think everyone enjoyed it.
Pop-Pop and Nana feed us constantly with their garden bounty and chicken eggs, mow our lawn, rescue little girls from long car rides to the grocery store, provide library trips, and babysit at the last minute.

These two - Big Guy and Nonna - live seven minutes down the road - no traffic lights, just four stop signs away. They likely serve up more lunches and dinners and snacks in the summer months than we eat at home as we spend all these hot summer days in the pool. (There is also no way I'd ever be able to take all four of these kiddos swimming by myself.)

We are thankful that in this season of life, we l…

the baby lion

I once showed the girls the first scene/song to the Lion King via YouTube.

Anna loved the baby lion, Simba. "Baby. Baby. Baby. Baby. Baby," she said incessantly as the video played. And then she discovered this picture in The Lion King piano book in the piano bench. "Baby. Baby. Baby. Baby. Baby."

And then she realized that the lion in the Duplo zoo set looks just like Simba. "Baby. Baby. Baby. Baby. Baby."

While Anna is still a woman of few words, but she's very repetitive with the words that she knows. =)

(I also just remembered this photo from when we went to meet baby Kaia three years ago. I'll have to see if Anna can find Simba in this photo.)

downtown scoop

guest blogger: Jesse

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A new ice cream shop opened in Souderton - Downtown Scoop - and we went to check it out.

They serve Uncle Dave's Homemade Ice Cream (which you can also find at Shady Brook Farm where my mama and sisters picked raspberries and peaches once and had their ice cream).

I love ice cream.

Thanks for sharing with me, Heidi!

(This place even has "mint cookie" which my sisters tell me is just like their favorite "grasshopper" at Seneca Farms. I am really excited to go there in a few weeks!)

more strawberries

Since taking the girls strawberry picking the other week, we've popped over a few more times.

We even brought the boys.


guest blogger: Jesse

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I love to take out all of the pots and pans in the kitchen.

Then I head into the living room.

The step slows me down for a second, but I got it.

How'd I do on that step, Mama?