Family photo 2013

Family photo 2013

Sunday, April 20, 2014


The obligatory holiday photo. Because we were all dressed. In actual, non pajama/workout clothes. At the very same time. Unfortunately it was too windy to take it outside. Which just seems like it should be possible by Easter. Such is life on the prairie.
Dinner at aunt Linda and uncle Carter's. They are really wonderful hosts and accommodate our big brood with apparent ease!
I mean seriously. They even put little crafts on the kid's table.
Big grandpa and grandma. ((Big grandpa is hiring Onyx to plant some seeds for him to help earn some money for camp this week. Yay!))
The annual Deutsch Kids Easter Production. This year it was a news broadcast skit about the resurrection of Jesus. The cast included Onyx as newscaster Lazarus Aliveagain.
Jayla: On Location News Correspondent Ruth Boaz.
Meadow: Mary Magdalene.
Tyden: John, the one to beat Simon Peter to the tomb (!)
Stryder: The angel who greeted Mary at the tomb.
Clover: Mary, mother of Jesus
Flint: Jesus himself!
Great fun, great day. Love, love, love this family. Thankful.

Saturday, April 19, 2014



Oh darlin don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up, just stay this little.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Doing the bunny's job...

Thursday, April 17, 2014


My newly enlarged garden has a very, very old, repurposed fence (with additional small wire fencing around the bottom to keep tiny critters out). Antique -- I love it. Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


1 little 2 little 10 little chickies...

Adding 10 new hens to our flock. Which means we will soon be preparing 10 of the older ladies for a simmering stew pot. It won't be easy. We love those girls. Welcome to life on the homestead, kids.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I do like it, Stryder.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Day 10

Plant a fruit tree. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day 9

Garden expansion! 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Day 8

I've often said Jayla is 12 going on 21 and this proves it. I left her in charge of the kids while I went to an appointment and came home to this: schoolwork finished, lemon bars made from scratch, and a craft formed of household supplies by each child. {love}

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Day 7

Jayla's breakfast for the family. It even included homemade biscuits. The girl is going to work me out of a job...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Day 6

One of the best parts of having bigger kids is playing better games. Don't get me wrong, Candyland (((is))) basically a total blast, but Rummikub beats it any day of the week...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Day 2

Jayla loves to make her sister "princess for the day."

Her sister loves it too.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Day 1.

My grandma, Lamoine lost her beloved husband, Max a couple weeks ago. She is a wonderfully gracious wife and spent much of her life in devoted servitude. Their lives thrived in intertwined oneness, the comfort of faithful companionship. I can only imagine the difficulty of these days for her. 

Though I wish I could ease her grief, I am aware there is little I can do from so far away. I thought I might offer her the smallest piece of brightness each day in the form of her great grand kids. It's not much, but it's something I can do. One of the only things I can think of. 

So I will post (at least) a picture a day. A glimpse of what is going on here. An attempt to capture the ordinary and the magnificent and the silly and the messy and the regularity of every day life. Maybe it will prove something fun for her to look forward to, a gesture to assure her that though we are far apart, she is near our hearts. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Go. Win. Win.

Does my gorgeous friend Kate Zimmerman not do the most gorgeous calligraphy work? Really. She is so skilled. And equally stunning inside and out. If you don't know her you really should meet her. I had the privilege of doing so in Ethiopia 4 years ago when we went to fetch our Meadow and Flint. Kate is from Michigan. :) You could win this very item here at Mandy's raffle in honor of a World Water Day. It's for a woman named Diana in Uganda. For clean water and functional wells and job creation and sustainability. And for Mandy. Because she is ultra cool and houses extraordinary depth within her soul and has a great big heart of gold for Jesus. Because she is the kind of person who organizes raffles for World Water Day.

And how about this hot little number my handy husband made from pallets? It too is available here. Go on, win it, baby ! You know you want to.
Look at mine. I already won one for myself (because I have the bald guy) and here it is hanging on the wall. Can you say sexAY? SexAY. 
There are tons of other pretty amazing items you can buy tickets for as well. Like ridiculously fantastic prizes. I'd like one of each.

It's for a great purposeful purpose. You will feel all kinds of awesomeness flowing through your hot little veins after you purchase a ticket. It's an ordinary honest to goodness go. win. win. situation. So much beauty in its simplicity, what's not to L O V E?

Friday, March 14, 2014

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