Birthdays

They come as quickly as they go and their ages are in the middle of their childhood.  They can dress themselves, feed themselves, shower themselves, read and do their homework.  There’s a part of me that is so happy that my life isn’t as physically exhausting as it once was when they were still small enough to carry around, but now there are discussions about life and how it comes to be and how there are injustices all around us.  There are big questions and big ideas with big words talked about frequently and sometimes I think, how can it be that we are already this far along?  I miss those babies I cradled in my arms, but I get glimpses of the young men they are becoming…….compassionate, honest, caring, giving young men.  And in those glimpses, among the squabbles, fights, and arguments, my breath is taken away. He, who has begun a good work in them, will carry it on to completion.  We talk with them and we hope with them and we pray with them and for them and we slowly let go. Thankful for this journey God has allowed Brian and I to have with these young men.

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Stairsteps

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Here’s what 8,9, and 10 look like for the week.

And because this mama’s heart is feeling sentimental, thought I’d share what this one week looks like all the previous years.

2014:  7,8,9

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2013: Ages 6,7, and 8

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2012: 5,6,7 (The first year I intentionally shot the stairstep photos.)

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2011: We’ll pretend it isn’t Malachi’s birthday and if it was the day before their ages would be 4,5.6.IMG_6498

2010: Ages 3,4,5

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2009: Ages 2,3,4ps_IMG_0878

2008: Ages 1,2,3

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2007: 0,1,2

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Anything You Can Do

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Brian was commenting on how she wants to do everything the boys do.  She was shoveling away and he called her Annie Oakley, he started to sing,

Anything you can do , I can do better. I can do anything better than you.

No, you can’t!

Yes, I can!

No, you can’t!

Yes, I can!

No, you can’t!

Yes, I can!  Yes, I can!

We definitely hear her scream it at her brothers all the time…YES, I CAN!!!!!

Our fiery Annie Oakley!

Snow Fun

The last three Sundays have been spent outside playing in fluffy new snow.  The first two, Brian and the kids built massive snowmen.  This time around they built a massive snow fort.  I took photos and said some encouraging words and then went inside to make dinner.  :)

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Pike Youth Basketball League

Malachi and Elijah finished their first basketball season in this more competitive league. After their first practice, they came home saying how strict it was and that they really didn’t like it.  After a few weeks, they loved it.  They could see and feel themselves getting better during each Saturday game.  IMG_6222Brian was an assistant coach for Malachi’s 5th and 6th grade team.

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Elijah’s 3rd and 4th grade team was almost undefeated.  They lost one game due to some terrible reffing.  Some of the boys on Elijah’s team get some private coaching from a former NBA player, and it showed.  And because of that competitive influence, Elijah’s skills improved tremendously this season.IMG_6277

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Elijah’s team playing the championship game.

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IMG_6385Their victory chant! They won!

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And now we’re attending games for all three boys in another basketball league. Last week we showed the boys Hoosiers for the first time, they loved it!  Elijah just finished his 4th grade Famous Hoosier Project on Larry Bird.  We’re embracing Indiana, these boys are growing up Hoosiers!!

Filled with Joy

Squeezing in some fall photos on this last day in November:IMG_5569

The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. Psalm 104:19

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Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.  Psalm 14:17

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Give thanks to the LORD, for he his good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

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Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

Hiking Along The White River

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This is one of our favorite places to go, and we love to see how the water has changed and pooled along the banks.

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Laney couldn’t get across, the boys found a log and made a bridge so she could be with them.  One of those precious moments that will always stay with me.

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Altogether.

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Help back across.

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Holliday Park is a gem in the middle of the city.

always scanning to find the perfect view

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