Tuesday, March 28, 2017


She is on the move now! We officially have a crawler.
Sometimes she drags one leg underneath her, but no doubt she is getting to new places now!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bus #185

Each morning our girl gets ready for school, we wait on her big ride to stop and pick her up. Lottie has the privilege to ride the school bus to and from school each day. We are fortunate to have such a sweet, caring bus-lady that loves Lottie. She has been very patient with us as we learn the bus routines. This is our first go with the public school system and there is much to learn. Lottie also has an assistant that is assigned to her, making sure she gets buckled into her car seat each morning and each afternoon. She also helps assist us in getting her on and off of the bus since Lottie is little and still gaining leg strength. We are very fortunate to have this service. The kids love to gather round in anticipation each afternoon, of seeing big, yellow bus #185 coming down the road and welcoming Lottie home from her day at school. There are many buses that travel our street, but they know which one is hers. All of our kids are just a little jealous that they do not get to ride the bus each day too.  



Sunday, March 12, 2017

First Foods

Clementine got her first taste of real table food. We like to change it up from kid to kid, as long as we keep it healthy. So she got fresh, baked sweet potatoes. She was just like any typical woman when trying something new. When someone else was in control of the situation, she did not love it. But, when allowed to have her own way, she loved it. Sweet potatoes are a winner and we now have a new dinner guest each night. This also means that Jude moves to a big boy chair at the dinner table too. Boy, we are getting crowded. The more the merrier!!

Surprise Second Snow

 What a beautiful surprise to wake up to on a Sunday morning! The kids hoped that it would stay, but before church was over all of the stunning white was gone.  Sometimes God's gifts must be appreciated in the moment.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Clementine: 8 months

Eight great months!! This little girl has my heart. She is trying to scoot across the floor. She is working on moving from her tummy to a sitting position, but she still gets stuck on her belly and frets. She is clapping and waving, all thanks to daddy. And she still sucks her toes and chews her fingers. We do expect teeth soon  She still nurses 6-7 times a day and twice a night, most nights. Sometimes she stretches her feedings, waking at 2:30, and I get to sleep until 6:00 or 6:30 am afterwards. She is a sweet baby that loves her mama, sometimes a little too much.
Sweet angel, I hope you love your Mama for always, because I will you! 


Friday, March 10, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sitting Pretty

Good bye Boppy and good bye pillows! Our littlest lady has been sitting pretty steady for almost a month. We keep her on a folded quilt and we try to stay close by, but she has toppled a few times. She does not love to bump her head. She is learning to be tough. She is content to play with her toys.

Saturday, March 4, 2017


 All one needs is a chainsaw to keep thing interesting. Actually this large pine tree in our backyard has been obstructing the view and a more open feel that we desired for our backyard. Finally Dad decided today was the day to rid ourselves of the eye sore. Well, sort of. He cut it down and we all helped clear the brush to the bonfire pile. "Someone" still has to cut the trunk and branches for burning in our outdoor fire pit (which is still on the project to-do list). This gal is not that "someone". But we sure will enjoy the fires!! We are lucky to have such a brave man in our family who likes to challenge himself daily. "Cut down massive tree by yourself' can be checked off the bucket list, I suppose.