Friday, January 20, 2017


It has been cloudy for days. Many, many days. Not really rainy – just cloudy, gloomy, and even four or five days in a row of fog.

Today was supposed to be another cloudy day. But, as we were out running some errands this morning, we saw the sun start peeking out. Then it peeked out some more. Then the clouds really started disappearing!

(Carry, also dubbed Super Magna-Cow, decided to climb a lightpole to see if she could reach the last few clouds!)

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We were on our way home for lunch when Doug said, “This sunshine makes me want to stop by a grocery store and pick up picnic food instead of going home!” The idea was, naturally, met with enthusiastic agreement.2017-01-20 12.56.20

We picked up a package of cold friend chicken and a few sides, then headed to Two Rivers Park where the Arkansas and Little Maumelle Rivers come together.

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We found a picnic table and spread out our lunch. The kids were most excited about the cheese we got to go with their chicken. Because, after all, we are a cheesy family!

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After lunch, the kids went and sat on the boat ramp to watch the ducks, which were originally right up close to the ramp. By the time I got over there with the camera, they were that thin strip of black you see close to the other bank.

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We took a few more pictures, ran around a bit, then headed back home so the boy could play with his dog and the girls could ride their bikes around the neighborhood. What a perfect Friday!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Game Time!

We enjoy strategy games in our household. Steven has been wanting Risk for a while. He got some Christmas money, but he’s been saving up for a Lego Robotics set, so he wasn’t sure he wanted to spend his Christmas money. Then, he realized he had a TON of loose change. So, instead of adding that to his savings total, he used it to buy Risk.

Warning: There are some vicious conquerors in this house. And sometimes they gang up on you! Ouch!

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My earliest experience with strategy games was a game called Targui. Only 10,000 units of this game were ever produced, so it is quite rare. Getting ahold of a collector’s edition now will start at $100 and quickly jump up from there.


For Christmas, though, Mom and Dad surprised my siblings and I with a copy of the rules and a homemade board, complete with beads and handmade cards, so we could play this game from our childhood! I’m looking forward to it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The sun came out! This bright, shiny, rejuvenating light that has been buried for days behind dense fog – it actually showed its face today! It was sporadic, but still full and beautiful when it was visible. I do better with cloudy days when there is actually rain. But, apart from a brief thunderstorm last night, we haven’t really had rain. Just gloomy fog. So, today was a wonderful blessing!

Something about the Week

We’re all trying to return to focus this week. Our first week back to routine was great. Last week, though, we all floundered. We’re not sure why. So, we’re fighting that mental battle this week to get back on track!

Something I Have Observed

Our family is starting to tackle good habits together. We’ve always sought to teach our children good habits, but they are now reaching the age to be working on more lifelong habits.

Something I Have Read or Heard

Oh, I have so many quotes! That’s the problem with reading so many books at once. I’m going to choose this one for today:

“It is a wonderfully encouraging name for the God you serve, yet it’s possible to let it pass through your eyes and into your brain without stopping to celebrate its glory. In Romans 15:5, Paul calls your Lord ‘the God of endurance.’ This title really gets at the center of where your hope is to be found. Let me state it plainly: your hope is not to be found in your willingness and ability to endure, but in God’s unshakable, enduring commitment to never turn from his work of grace.”

- Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies, Jan 12

Something on My Mind

Opportunities. They stretch us, don’t they?

Something I’m Thankful for

Today’s sunshine. God’s continual provision. The opportunity to share that provision on occasion.

Something about My Kids

They are learning a lot about themselves these days, and it’s fun to talk through that with them! Sometimes it brings tears. Other times, laughter. Either way, there’s a new maturity about their pursuits. They are asking for prayer and support in managing their time well, taking their thoughts captive, and honoring God with their work and play. It’s neat to see the Holy Spirit nudging them in those areas, even as He molds us.

Something I’m Working on

I have no project going right now. But, I do have something I want to sew. So, I guess that’s my next step! I’m also considering taking the picture book Angie and I created as a Christmas present and seeing if I can create a Kindle book out of it. Not sure how well that will work, but it might be worth a try.

Something from Hibbard Academy

It’s fun walking through church history with Olivia. Brings out the nerd in me! How I loved those classes in college.

Something That Makes Me Smile

leaf piles, and children who create and enjoy them

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Something Coming

Let’s see…we had Browning Christmas yesterday here at our house with my parents and my brother Ben and his family. That was fun! This week is mostly normal. Doug has a meeting tonight, but otherwise, nothing out of the ordinary until Saturday. We’ll be participating in a missions activity. Yay!