Peonies

What a sight.

Sigh.

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Get the scoop

In Jacobs class, he has lists of sight words organized into “scoops” by color. This week, he passed two lists, leaving only one scoop left for the year. The number of scoops they get during the year will be how many toppings they get in their last day of school ice cream party. We had two words he is not sure about on the pink list, but i think he might pass it tomorrow!

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Happy Mother’s Day

Today is a day that should not need a holiday. I feel as though I was aware of the importance of moms before I became one, but really, how could I have been? It’s a calling that, when diligently performed, requires sacrifice and service in such tangible ways, but in so many intangible ones as well. When you hear about dying to self in a sermon, I think the moms nod knowingly, as we have tasted one small ounce of what that means in mothering our children. I have a long way to go, and my reluctance to stop jacob from wanting to spoil me this morning is proof of that. 🙂 I suppose I felt as though I had earned one morning of spoiling.

On Saturday, my guys surprised me with beautiful flowers, which is always lovely.

I enjoyed Jacob’s handwritten note:

And a beautiful rose from my niece, Alexis.

My Mother’s day started with a handwritten “menu” of sorts, on which i was to check off what I wanted for breakfast in bed:

In case you don’t read kindergartener, he writes: “things that jacob can make” and with empty boxes for check marks: “cut up fruit,” “cereal” and “walk for bagels.”

He even jumped onto my bathroom counter to clean the mirror:

He scratched my arm and kissed me and insisted I stay in bed and rest. Daddy helped him prepare my cut up fruit and he fed me some, eating most of the banana slices while we talked.

We all walked to Panera for bagels, and Jacob held my hand. The kids presented me with their gifts: a jewelry box made by Jackie and a piece of art made by Jacob.

We came home to watch some family movies (slideshows from past years) and later that afternoon were off to Mimé’s to celebrate with dessert and family.

My little Mother’s Day gifts for the gals today:

Back home, we barbecued burgers with my mom and dad, and called it a night.

I am tired, and feeling extremely blessed. I still can’t believe I get to spend my days with these two. Every moment (okay almost every moment) is precious and transcendent and reminds me of all the good to be found in this crazy, often ugly world.

Motherhood is hard work, sure. The hours are long and the work is physically and emotionally draining. But it is a calling like no other, and when done right, can teach one all she needs to know about love.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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A day at preschool

lots of ladybugs!I’m not sure what happened to the sound in this video, but for now:

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Succulent blooms

Aren’t these fun and unusual?

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Don’t turn your back on Jax

The scene: a sunny afternoon in which Jackson should be napping, but instead hides from me as i clean the house. I set him on the dining room table with markers that look like candies and paper while i wash the dishes. He colors

Happily and then quietly leaves his seat. I hear rustling and footsteps. I leave the kitten to find these

Random, mischievous deeds:

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A special day in the garden

Last week at preschool, we only ended up with three students, so we had snack and playtime in the garden at St. Paul’s.

Jackson made the beautiful necklace that Mrs. Young is wearing and had given it to her that day!

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Office update

I updated the office a bit to give Jacob a better homework area and I really love how it turned out. Most importantly, Jacob really loves it!

I realized that I’ve never posted any pictures of the office, so let’s take a tour from blood red room to the bright place it is today:

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Jacob has lost his first tooth!

I can’t believe this is happening. He is growing up so fast. And everyone tells you how they grow up so fast, but I’m saying it anyway because you can’t say it enough.

We were waiting on this wiggly guy to fall out, but of course it happened when I wasn’t there. 😢 Jacob was with Bop and Mimi. He was, of course, in good hands.

The tooth pillow that Grandma Verla made is under his pillow tonight. Hoping the tooth fairy will visit!

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Happy Easter

This post is an overview of our pre-Easter activities. We have been enjoying the season!

Jackie made this peep driving a Twinkie treat at BSF!whipped cream marbled eggs this year. They turned out great!

Jacob’s class had eggs in an incubator and watched them hatch!

Of course, as my kids will tell you, Easter isn’t just about eggs and bunnies! Jackie says “Jesus died on cross!” And Jacob knows every detail from the betrayal on. We went to church for the Easter service on Saturday and it was really wonderful and hopeful. I hope you all have a beautiful day!

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