Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hooray for Sunshine!!!

This is Oregon.  So yes.  The sunshine gets it's own post!

We have had a gorgeous week of sunshine here so we have been living in it almost 24/7.  On Havilah's birthday we girls all went to the park and had so much fun remembering the long forgotten days of warm weather!

Is it just me, or does that girl look WAY too big to possibly be my baby?
If you need us, we'll be in the sun!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Havilah!!!

Last Monday my sweet Havilah turned five.  Moments like these always leave me in disbelief.  How did my fiery, stubborn to the core baby go from this....

to this?!?!?!
For the last few months Havilah has been dreaming of being a cowgirl.  We thought we'd help her along for her birthday!

Havilah has blossomed into an unbelievably delightful girl.  Her inward beauty shines through her in every way.  She is sweet, thoughtful, encouraging.  She has a tremendous servant's heart and is the one I can always count on to stick with a hard job until the end. 

She's still got a pinch of sassafras in her though!  Our normally shy and somewhat withdrawn girl is becoming the life of the party!  It is so much fun to see her goofing off and not being afraid to have other people notice her.  She makes us laugh.  All the time!

It's incredible for me to think back on all the battles Havilah put us through.  We don't wonder where that strong willed baby went because you can still see the fire shining through our big girl's eyes.  It is just so beautiful to watch God working in a life so young and transforming her into something so dear and beautiful.
We love you Havilah!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's a Post!!!

Oh, my poor little blog.  How badly I've neglected you. 

Seasons of life are funny things.  When you are in one, good or bad, it is hard to imagine that anything else could come.  When you climb out of one it is hard to imagine how you got there in the first place!

This past season of life has been such a hard, challenging blessing.  It's been a year of emotional struggling and faith testing.  Then when all of that started to subside, my health has taken a slow dive.  Last October I found out I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It's emotionally draining to know that every day I face the same thing;  Forcing myself out of bed only to be dying to return there all. day. long.

God has blessed me with a terrific naturopathic doctor who seems to have great understanding about what is going on.  ( And no, for the thousandth time, this has NOTHING to do with having five children this close together.)  We are very hopeful to see changes soon that will get me on the path of becoming completely well again.

God has also blessed me with having my sister Anna stay with us for awhile.  I don't know what I would do without her during this time.  It's amazing to see how God works.  I can't think of anyone in the world who could step into our lives like she does and be such an encouragement to me.

The biggest battle during this time has been the discouragement.  Just when I feel like I can pick myself up, something or someone comes along and completely knocks me down.  It has been so precious lately to just rest in knowing that I can't and wont be able to pick myself up.  But everyday I'm held in the arms of Jesus who will give me the strength I need.

I share this with you all because I WANT to keep blogging!!!  I miss it!  I think I've felt a bit of a struggle in knowing how honest to be.  I don't like sharing the bad.  I want this place to be always uplifting and encouraging.  But I feel like sharing only good right now is like putting a mask over the struggle that is going on underneath.

Thanks for bearing with me!  I really hope to be around here more, being real about the bad, rejoicing in the good, and striving forward in living a life held by a gracious God!  Please continue to keep us all in your prayers!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


If you happen to be floatin' past these here parts, beware of Cap'n M'Craig and her "scurby" crew!

Just cause our girls are as girly as can be, doesn't mean they can't have some rip roarin' adventure with the best of 'em!