Saturday, April 18, 2015





Iris and I flew to Colorado to visit our wonderful friends last weekend. We ate yummy food, toured the community, shopped some flea markets, and visited their church and their new house. It was beautiful and relaxing. Iris was the perfect travelling companion. She loved the plane ride, and kept up through security and all the lines. I could not hold her hand on the many escalators in the Denver airport, and a sweet lady held her hand for me. We were greeted with kindness at every turn. Iris and Mia talked and laughed the whole way home from the airport. Listening to them made me a bit misty eyed. On the plane, Iris had said, "Mom, you know how me and Mia do Facetime on the phone? This is going to be much better!" Oh, how right she was!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

He Is Risen Indeed!

We had some sweet friends over on Good Friday for pizza and egg decorating. It was fun, relaxed, and the perfect way to kick off our Spring break (Dan and mine, that is)! Henry would only use the orange dye. It was pretty hilarious; no one could get near his cup!

We went to church Saturday night, and the Easter bunny left his annual jelly bean trail to the kids' baskets Sunday morning. It was a peaceful morning. We made Resurrection rolls for the first time. We read John 15 about Jesus being placed in the tomb as we assembled them, and we read about the resurrection after they came out of the oven. It was a beautiful illustration for our littles, and I'm sure we will do it again next year.

Our parents came over for brunch and an egg hunt. Dan and I put coins in the plastic eggs, and the kids couldn't have been happier. We went to my dad's for the afternoon, topping off a perfect day celebrating Jesus's love and God's grace. I'm always humbled to remember the ultimate sacrifice made for a mess like me.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Iris seriously had a month-long birthday celebration. Her party was weeks ago, presents kept trickling in, she had a second family party in the park, and birthday decorations remained up longer than usual. But when the 30th arrived, we knew it was her day, and her day alone. Dan went out to get her donuts for the morning before school and a giant jar of pickles to open after dinner. She awoke to a visit from our elf, balloons on her door, and a new dress to wear. Iris wore the crown her teacher gave her all evening and relished in the day being all about her. She chose what we ate for dinner, what music we listened to in the car, what books we read, and what we watched on TV. She enjoyed every second of it!
This girl is such a sweetie. She has a heart of gold, and a glowing smile. Iris is funny, and kind. Children flock to her. She is generous and forgiving. She loves to go shopping and make people laugh. Iris wants everyone to be happy, and feels awful when they don't. She has great manners and makes me very proud. She is a wonderful sister, and peacemaker. I can not believe she is six years old. I love her so much, and am very glad that she is mine!