Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Annie's Pig Tails

Annie specifically asked for pig tails today. I thought she looked too cute to not share.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ben Loses His First Tooth

To our surprise, Ben lost his first tooth tonight. He has been messing with it much more than we realized and pulled it out right after dinner. He is getting SO big!! 

Gravity Defying Ben (and other news)

Nathan took these pictures of Ben after he climbed up pretty high in a tree in our backyard. Nathan was doing some work back there when Ben decided to climb up. He made it pretty high and hung out there for a bit. Needless to say, but Ben was very proud of himself.

In other news, when I came home from Indiana Ben was VERY pleased to show me an adult tooth that is coming in behind some baby teeth, as well as two loose teeth. He can't wait for them to come out, but I think mostly so he can show Cousin Jono. 

Nathan's Solo Week

Below are a sampling of photos Nathan took the week I was in Indiana. He did a fantastic job - he even did school with Lucy and Ben. As tempting as it is to boast in Nathan, I will instead boast in the work the Lord has done in Nathan's heart. Nathan really enjoyed his week at home and joked that he'd be happy to do that all day if he could get paid for it. He can't, so I think my job is secure.

Lucy taking the very rare nap with Cubbie Bear (Samuel was able to bring him home that week from Cubbies).

Daddy took the kids to the store to get the ingredients for smores. Who doesn't love smores on a chili evening with the fire going?

Ben showing off his smore.

Samuel showing off his smore.

Lucy roasting her marshmallow (sorry it is sideways).

Samuel with marshmallow over the fire. 

Littles enjoying some cereal for breakfast. Gotta love Annie's bedhead.

Annie, Sam and Ben posing for Daddy. (again, sorry this is sideways...I'll try to fix later).

Lucy doing what Lucy does best...reading (or second best, I think being tenderhearted is what she does best).

A feast that a precious sister in Christ brought the family in my absence. The next three nights they dined with friends and Nana. 

Homeschool with Daddy in the living room instead of the school room.

Kids enjoying some hot chocolate before bed. Notice that Sam and Annie are making goofy faces. That is very fitting for those two.

See...goofy faces.

Maybe all the sugar made them hyped up to be goofy?

Not quite as goofy, but she was still in on the fun.

I am so thankful to God for this family of ours. Every day Nathan and I sent each other pictures. It was such a comfort to know the kids were in the best hands they could be in, and that they were all enjoying their time together. God is good!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Last week I (Stephanie) had the opportunity to go to a Biblical Counseling conference in Indiana. The elders at our church asked Nathan and I to pray about me doing this last summer. Obviously, we agreed to me going. It did present some firsts for us - my first time to EVER leave my children (Lucy and Ben have both spent the night with the Wallace cousins once, and Lucy with Nana once, but that is the only time I've been away from them overnight) and Nathan taking the week off from work to take care of things around the house, including school for Lucy in Ben. There was one more thing - my fear of flying. It is an irrational fear, I know, but it was looming beforehand.

Our group left Sunday the 9th on a 8am flight out of DFW to Indianapolis. (I praise the Lord that when out of desperation cried out to Him for a verse to help me combat my fear of flying and leaving the kids He immediately brought to mind Philippians 4:4-7. I can honestly say that my fear of flying is gone...both going and coming I didn't struggle.)  We sat through almost 30 hours of teaching during the week (I was in the women's track for our women's ministry, which was very helpful in lots of ways). It was intense, but it was really good...and convicting. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity go, for Nathan's sacrifice to stay home and care for everything at home (another post is coming about that), and the elders thinking to ask me.

I was able to sit next to the window there and back, and both time I was right by the wing. I love this picture. Being up so high really reminded me of how small we really are and how great God is.

Flying into Indianapolis. It was very cold the week we were there (see the next picture for a low that we woke up to).  I loved seeing all the snow.

See...it was COLD. Thankfully, it wasn't windy or humid, so it didn't feel a ton colder.

The Faith West Campus where the Women's Track was held.

Every time I went outside I thought of how much the kids would love to play in this. Someday...

This is the inside of the Indianapolis Airport. We were grateful to get there in one piece. It started snowing Friday morning and our trip from Lafayette to Indianapolis took much longer than the hour and half it normally takes. Pastor Dan did a great job driving us safely through the mess.

One of my favorite things about the Indianapolis Airport is that you can watch the planes, sit, eat, etc. BEFORE going through security. I used to love watching the planes as a kid. Again, I kept thinking of how much the kids would have enjoyed this.

We were able to watch them de-ice and anti-ice each plane that needed to fly out. It was fascinating.

Myself, Pam and Holly on the flight back. I love these ladies. We were able to spend a lot of time together since we had adjoining rooms and were the only ones there without our spouse. It was great getting to know them better.

Flying back into DFW. The pictures do not do the view justice. 

Almost there!


We were all glad to finally make it home after some weather delays. It was a really good week, God showed Himself faithful in many ways, and I am really thankful I was able to go. 

I'll post soon on what was going on here at home while I was gone. But as a teaser, I joked that me coming back was going to be like my kids had been with grandma for a week. Nathan did great, no surprise here. :) Now...I just need to figure out how to process the things that I heard.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nathan's baby book

There are four people who have written in Nathan's baby book - mostly his mom, some by him for the sections about his teenage and up years, his sister Erin as an elementary age child, and Lucy. There must be something about the big sister role that leads to children filling in baby books. It cracks me up. I just noticed this recently. 

That Lucy makes me laugh...and smile. I guess I should tell her we spell Annie's name Annabel.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow Day 2014

The kids and I were pleasantly surprised to wake up to a light dusting of snow this morning. It snowed at our house the entire morning. We waited to go out until after it had stopped, which worked out to be right after eating lunch. Three fifths of us lasted about ten minutes outside, but we did enjoy those ten minutes. Ben and I might have to make another trip out while the others are napping or having rest time.

Annie was more than excited about wearing these pink and white boots out in the snow. She is currently curled up with them as she naps.

Nana's old gardening hat doubles as a cowboy hat for this kid.

Lucy wasn't very excited about being outside. She's feeling a little under the weather, so probably not the best timing for enjoying snow.

The view of the ravine and creek in our backyard. Every season we get to see a tiny glimpse of God's creativity in our own backyard. I am thankful for opportunities to point our children toward the One who not only created all we see, but knit them together within me.

Ben with Gus, our neighbors' horse. 

She mostly wanted to wipe snow off of things.

Sam and Ben pretending to fly off this dirt pile covered with snow.

We probably spent more time getting ready to go outside than the time actually spent out there. It was totally worth it. Anyone that knows me well knows that I like things tidy...but even this mess (which still sits where we left it over an hour ago) was worth sweet memories of the rare snow day.