Friday, March 26, 2010


Today, I am super thankful for the husband God has blessed me with. We met during a youth group function (30 hour famine - anyone remember that!?) when we were both in high school. We started dating a few months later and endured two years of me living 14 hours away, at college, in IN. I returned home after my sophmore year and we got married the following fall. Sometimes I think back to how incredibly young and stupid and full-of-ourselves we were, and I can't believe all we've been through. I truly believe God heard and answered my mom's many prayers for a Godly, good husband for me. Frankly, at the age of 20 (he was 19) when we married, I really don't think I knew much of anything! I was in love and that was all that mattered! But anyone who has been married knows that love isn't enough. There's got to be faithfulness, honesty, caring, and above all, committment. At 20, how was I supposed to be sure that this 19 year old, drum playing, grocey store maintenance worker, smart-mouth guy was going to be all that? I couldn't possibly know. I prayed... a lot. I felt very strongly one night, as I was begging God to give me peace, and rattling off a list of who I thought my husband should be, that God spoke to me. And I felt God tell me, "No, Garr isn't all of that yet, be he will be." And so, our marriage was a walk of faith for me. Each partner in a marriage has to trust and rely heavily on the other partner to not break their heart! And I'll admit, I was scared of getting my heart broken! (I still am sometimes apparently due to the rash of rotten dreams I've been having! blah!) But the truth of the matter is, I don't know if I'm blessed or lucky or what. What I do know is I am thankful. For whatever reason, I've been given a wonderful man for a husband. A man who has done a whole lot of growing up from the boy I married. A man who loves me and cherishes me. A man who loves and plays with his children. A man who works hard at his job, not content with getting by, but continually challenging himself. A man whose heart is soft and pliable for God to work in. A man who takes care of his body and stays in shape. A man who is super talented musically. I could go on and on. But today, I just want the whole world (or at least whoever stumbles upon my ramblings) to know that I love my husband and I thank God for him!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Spring Day

These pictures were actually taken last week when the weather was "warm" (for this time of year - note the snow), but not quite as warm as yesterday! Yay for nice weather! I hung a couple loads of laundry out on my clothesline yesterday and the kids played outside a lot. And we walked to the mulch pile after Garr got home from work. So nice! And another nice thing lately? Garr working days. sigh. So wonderful. Only two weeks left and then he's back to second shift. But for now, we are totally enjoying "normal working hours."

One of Abby's favorite things
about our house is this Japanese Maple tree.
She loves climbing it!

Abs and Liv
All three girlies
Daniel driving his car
Eme and Abby

Abby's not the only one who likes to climb...

Liv climbs too - just not as high as her sisters
Hooray! Spring is almost here!

hard at play
helping Daddy - -
Daniel went and got the shovel to help
after I took this photo :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Helpin' Daddy...Carry in Firewood

Can I just point out how sweet it is that
my husband will break his back to allow our boy to 'help?'
What a great Daddy!
If you click on this photo to enlarge it,
you can see Daniel's "concentration tongue" sticking out!
Just like his Daddy! lol

(ooarghuh! "grunting noises")
Our boy gave me a thumbs up at this point and it was
SO cute!
Unfortunately my camera missed it!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Helpin' Mama...

(you can see how he has already 'helped' on the wall beside him! lol)
see how he holds the cord in one hand? what a pro! :)

He thinks he's a lapdog...