Jackson Turns Two

It just can’t be true! Has it really been 2 years?!

He is a happy little man. He loves to be cuddled and giggles so that the whole room will begin to giggle right along.

We’re deep in the beginnings of potty training.

He colors with his older siblings and loves to play with bubbles.

He reminds me of Jonathan and Timothy. Sometimes I see a little peek of Joshua or Jacob. Other times I’m seeing Matthew, and with Benjamin’s playful spirit.

What a sweet blessing he is in my home. I love him so very much.

So the day started with gifts. I’m assuming always being told not to take things apart, he pretty much had a melt-down when we began to try to persuade him to actually take the paper out of the gift. :/

No worries, though. He caught on! They always do….

Little people, a latch and lock board by Melissa and Doug, and a rubber duck cake. I gave him his first haircut, (he looks older to me now).  All the makings of good memories and a happy two year old.

Lest You Think….

This house stays perfectly clean, I give you proof it does not:

The blogging world can be so deceptive. Paul is constantly reminding me people allow you to see what they want you to see.

THIS is the result of a busy day. Courtney set the timer and washed almost a dozen loads of laundry. She and Jessa folded it all and had it placed away in a jiffy.

Owen’s Photos

I gave up studio photos many years back when I realized Courtney’s photos were actually better than the ones I was paying to have taken!

We’ve learned a few things:

It would be nice to have a bean bag for little babies.  They slouch and move.  A bean bag would just make things MUCH easier.  If you live close and happen to have one….

The photos are always, ALWAYS better made outside.  We set these up on the porch.  At some point, I’m sure we’ll figure out the specifics of indoor photography.  Until then, outside is BEST!

We almost waited too long to have his new-baby photos made.  This will be the last time Owen wears this outfit.  I had to squeeze him in…ahhh the things we will do for a picture.  In the end, he was adorable and happy and didn’t care what he had on (which is how we got the final photos!), as long as we were smiling at him.

We are living in baby bliss these days.















Baked Oatmeal

My friend Sheryl, shared this baked oatmeal recipe with me after I asked for breakfast ideas a few days back. We’re definitely going to give it a try. I do bake oatmeal for my crew but have never had a recipe that I *loved*.

I’m filing this under the Home Organization section you can find on the top menu.


Baked Oatmeal

1 c. vegetable oil (I use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
1 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
6 c quick cooking oats (one of the small containers is *not quite* 6 cups, so I finish off with my regular cooking oats)
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 c milk
Mix oil, sugar and eggs; beat with electric mixer on high speed until yellow and glossy. Add remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed until well blended. Bake in a greased 9×13 pan at 400 for 30 to 40 mins. May add 1 c chopped apple (and I do), or 1 cup raisins. Cut it warm out of the oven and pour milk over (or half and half), and it is DELICIOUS!!


Do YOU have a favorite recipe you would like to share??



It’s Been Said…

“Style has nothing to do with money.  Anybody can do it with money.  The true art is to do it on a shoestring.”

                                                              —–Tom Hogan

This Summer…

I guess I’m just becoming so sentimental as the years pass.

This summer has been full, overflowing really, with so many good memories. It’s hard to count them all…the Lord has given us so many wonderful gifts. He’s filled our home and our lives with folks that treat us like their own families.

We are blessed.

I’m trying to catch up on the moments that have brought such fun this summer.

These photos are from a few weeks back when some very dear cousins came to visit. It was good to see Gidget. Tonya always brings her children and a craft project for everyone. I feel like I gained a sister when I met her! This time, we made wind chimes from tin cans, beads, fishing wire, and odds and ends from her garage.

My children have wind chimes hanging all over the yard now!