Friday, October 11, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Fun

A few weeks ago we went to a local farm, Bush-N-Vine, for their Pumpkin Festival. We love Bush-N-Vine. We purchase seasonal CSAs from them and get lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. So yummy.

And every Fall they have a pick your own pumpkin patch. I love going with the kids to pick pumpkins. This year we met up with a few friends and had a wonderful time.

I think Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the colors, the flavors...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The days are long, but the years are short

Ever heard that saying?

It's true.

The days here, in my house, with these four littles, homeschooling, diapering, playing, laundering, cleaning, cooking, refereeing... Yes. Some of these days are most certainly long. So long I wonder if I will make it to the end. So long I wonder what will be left of me for my husband when he gets home.

But the years? They are so short. So fast. So fleeting. I can't believe how they have gone by. Jack stumbled into this video yesterday from our first trip to the zoo with Caleb and Noah.

I just don't feel like so much time has gone by. That that sweet little two year old chubby cheeked boy obsessed with animals could so quickly become THIS 7 year old intelligent, well-spoken boy obsessed with animals.

It's why at the end of everyday, what I never regret are the hours I spent here. At the end of those sometimes long days, I don't regret the time I spent with these faces. The investment made in these little hearts. The effort extended to love, serve, and teach these little people is so worth it.

It's really all about perspective. About choosing joy on hard days and happy days. About trusting that His grace really is sufficient, especially because I am not. About remembering how these years will fly by. About knowing that they are here with me for just a season.

This. Now. Today. His gifts abound. His grace is evident. His love is overflowing. And I see it in the faces of these little people, if I would just look. And remember.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

First Day of Preschool (about a month late!)

Josiah and Eden go two mornings a week to a church preschool here in town. This year, since Eden turned 2 in July, it is Eden's first year in preschool. I just can't believe my littlest baby is going to school! She was just precious on her first day. Jack always takes them on his way to work and he said she got a little fussy at drop-off but then went right on in. Her teachers said she had a great day. And in the past month, she has done really well!

As hard as it was to send her off, it sure has made homeschooling on Monday and Wednesday mornings easier! Caleb and Noah are often able to get a lot accomplished without the distraction of Josiah and Eden. And getting more done on those two days also make Tuesdays and Thursdays easier!

Here are my two cuties on their first day of preschool 2013!