Monday, September 29, 2014

We all scream for ICE CREAM!!!

This post was written a few weeks ago on my phone (when the weather was still very warm)- I finally got it transfered and published!

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to find a treasure that I have longed to aquire for quite some old fashioned hand cranked ice cream maker! When I have ever happened upon one, the price deters me. But finally I found one at a garage sale with a price that couldn't be beat- $2!!! A fun gift from God! 
This evening we finally put it to the test...

I figure we have enough eager arms around that the work can be shared easily enough!

Even EmmaGrace did her share!

Their stamina didn't last as long as I had hoped...about 1.5 min per turn...but it really only took about 20 min total. Not bad!

We let it harden during dinner...could have gone a little longer...


Friday, February 21, 2014


Over the long weekend we enjoyed the moist outdoors! We went on a beautiful hike in our local Tacoma wilderness...
Then (on a different day of craziness) we adventured over the PugetSound on a ferry. 
We got a front row seat! Samuel was sure we would sink. 
It was beautiful. Crazy. Fun!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Lesson From the Trees

Yesterday I was able to go for a walk by myself. It was much needed as I was feeling very tired and grumpy.
I had a pretty bad attitude.
In my complaining I began to compare myself to no one in particular, just whatever I wasn't.
"If only I could get it together and do _____".
"Why can't I be more like______?"
"Why do they get to do ______ and not me?"
"What is wrong with me?"

I knew I was complaining to the One who could take all my complaints. The One who could take me to the next step.

I decided to be thankful.
"Thank you for the rain." "Thank you for our dry house".
It sounded my like the prayers of my 2 year old.

Then God caused me to look at the trees.

As I walked through the rain I began to notice all the different types of trees, surprising for the middle of the city! God asked me "what would your walk look like if every tree was the same?" 

What if they all bloomed at the same time? Produced the same fruit?

God made a variety of trees.
For a reason.

They each have a purpose.

Much like us.

We each have a different purpose.

A different look.

A different story.

It reminded me of a story I have read to the kids about a king who went into his beautiful garden to find all of his plants drooping and fading. Each plant was finding fault with itself.
The vine was sad it was not tall like a pine; the pine was sad it had no fruit like the apple tree; the apple tree disappointed that its flowers were not like the roses. None of them wanted to go on.
But the king came to a pansy who was bright and glad and sweet. When questioned by the king as to why It was happy the pansy responded, "I am happy, because I know that when you planted the seed out of which I grew, you didn't want a pine, or an apple tree, or a vine or a rose. You just wanted a little pansy. So to please you, I am going to be the best little pansy that I can be."

God, thank you for the trees. Thank you for Your creativity and Your great plan.
Write Your story in me.
Help me to be the best me that You made me to be.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

It's been a while!

For any who may still glance at my blog...I haven't written in a while. Over two years in fact! I have been a bit busy, and have added yet another little blessing! Sprouting Tidbitts- we really are!

EmmaGrace at 2 weeks old

So, here I am. Crazy busy, clinging to God every moment of the day to carry me through. I can't say when I will write again, but hopefully before the next two year mark. :) There are many fun moments in life I would love to share...if I find an extra moment to sit and tell you!
For now, thank you for looking and be blessed today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Family of 6!

Well, here I am finally blogging again! Please forgive my long absence and leaving you in suspense on my 40week date of pregnancy. Well, the baby finally came out a few days after the post on September 19. For some reason this pregnancy was full of much anxiety...but all went well.

Micaiah Kairos was born on 9-19-11 and weighed 7lbs 8oz.
Pronounced my-kai-uh. It is the name of a prophet in 1 Kings 22. It means 'Who is like God?' and Kairos is Greek and means 'a God appointed time or opportunity'. He has been a baby of timing from the beginning! For those of you who really like nick names...How about Kai? It is in both his first and middle name...and Samuel calls him Kai-Kai.
He has been an amazingly mellow little guy. He is content to lay on our bed looking around and putting himself to sleep. He has been sleeping through the night since he was 7 weeks old. (he is now 10 1/2 weeks). What an wonderful blessing! (God is helping me to save and channel my energy toward Samuel, who is now 2.

He will eat anything, especially if it is off the floor. He loves to eat out of the sugar bowl, or the sugar cubes if they are available. He will help himself to anything he can put a stool near and it food, lotion, markers...speaking of markers, today makes the third day in a row he has found a marker and colored on non-paper items...this week he has gotten the walls, carpet, potty chair, my rocking chair, and of course his legs and socks. AAAhhhhhh! BUT...he is really cute and happy while he does it all! The 'spoon' seems only to deter his ferocious determination for a short while, then back at it! But really, he is a very sweet boy and loves to snuggle...when I can catch him!  Enough of you know why I have no time to blog!)

So...enough of the words. Enjoy some pictures!

Daddy admiring his new son at the hospital.

checking out the new little one
Not a great one of me...but I love his little frog position!
All 4 of them getting along and playing nicely!! I had to get it on film!
Abigail loves to 'babysit' her littlest brother!
He has just started giggling in the last week!  Check out those dimples!

This is from today. He is getting so big already!

Dreaming of shopping

For the sake of being entered in a drawing I want to tell you briefly of one of my favorite online stores. Vision Forum! They have an amazing collection of Christian Books, classic toys, and other paraphernalia for families. Gear for  boys; play swords and shields, military stuff, outdoorsy stuff, wild-I-am-made-to-be-a-warrior kind of stuff. Things for girls; dolls, dresses, things that encourage the beauty of a woman (and don't worry, even a pink riffle!). There are great resources for homeschooling and families in general. I don't have time to share all that there is. (I have spent much time window shopping over the last few years!) But you should check them out - a great store!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Boring and Brief Update

No. I have not had a baby.
Yes, I am 40 weeks tomorrow.
No, we don't have a name.
Yes, I will most likely be pregnant forever.
Sorry, no pictures.

Please pray for me!