Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas 2016

Dear Friends and Family,
As 2016 draws to a close, we wanted to give you an update on our family. Tommy is still busy working away on his archery shop, Upshot Archery, and opened a second shop recently, Spotless Lion, for leather goods not related to archery. Tommy continues to be a model of efficiency and productivity continually making modifications to tools and systems that aren't operating at 100%. Unfortunately these strategies have yet to take hold with the rest of the family. Tommy is our rock and serves our family joyfully.
Jessica spends her time considering wearing earplugs during the day and wondering where all the food and socks went. She continues to teach little people how to communicate their hopes, dreams and feelings. Jessica also homeschools her oldest and dreams up new products for Spotless Lion.

Daniel, who turned 8 in August, is the star pupil at his exclusive school. He has discovered a love of drawing and video games. Daniel is both chief helper and prime instigator when it comes to his 3 younger siblings.

Eli, who will be 4 in January, loves to talk. He enjoys telling stories and will need to start over if interrupted. His expressive face and adorable dimples keep him on his mommy's good side. Eli has recently learned to spell and write his name.

David, who turned 2 in September, loves to climb. He also loves to say “No!” David's imagination is precious, especially when he feeds his beloved stuffed dog “Ruffy” his brother's leftover lunch. (we didn't include this specific picture of David on our Christmas cards, but loved it so much we wanted to include it here)

Caleb, whose first birthday is/was (depending on when you read this) December 19, is following fast in his brothers' footsteps, literally. He is walking, despite their best efforts to keep him down. Caleb keeps us humble, continually reminding us that what worked for his brothers, may not work for him.

We are so thankful for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. Because we have found forgiveness in him, he no longer holds against us our parenting blunders, our unkind words, our temper tantrums, or the food eaten out of frustration. Colossians 1 says we are reconciled to him, without blemish and free from accusation. This baby Jesus who left the peace of heaven over 2000 years ago to be born in a wicked world is the same Jesus who took the punishment and shame resting on our shoulders. This man, Jesus, is still wooing us today.

Rejoicing with you at the birth of our Savior,  
Tommy, Jessica & boys

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dinosaur Valley State Park

We visited Dinosaur Valley State Park on Labor day with some friends one of whom is a a professional level photographer. She was gracious enough to share her pictures with me so I figured I'd share them here.

Caleb, 8 months

David, 23 months

Eli, 3 1/2
Daniel, 8

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter

Eli (3), Caleb (3 months), Daniel (7.5), David (18 months)

Kaitlin helping Eli search for eggs

We enjoyed yummy fajitas with Kaitlin, Jesse, Jesse's sister Rachel, and Nathan.

Me and David. He's been carrying around his zippy sleep sack with his passi attached, and his little lovey.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Restart

Well I certainly fell off the blogging wagon didn't I? I have missed being able to go back and read what we were doing over the past couple of years. My blog has certainly been a scrapbook of sorts for our family. I may try to pick it back up, but no promises. 

 David (16 months) Eli (3 years) Caleb (1 month) Daniel (7.5 years)

Caleb at 2 months. 13lbs 10ozs, 24"

Here are all 4 boys at 2 months.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Eli is Two

Eli fell asleep on the couch like this two days ago. I have often thought the laws of physics are bent for toddlers.

Eli loves David, but only calls him Bebe (baby). He enjoying giving him bottles, and won't let me help him. He even burps David when he's finished, and occasionally looks to see if David has spit up.

I know everyone thinks their kids are cute, but man, these boys steal my heart.

Eli loves Ba-peens (airplanes) and always points to the sky when he hears one fly over.

He was pretty enamored with his new "phone"

My cupcakes didn't really rise, but the sure looked awesome.

Tommy led us in singing, but had to cycle through the other boys names before getting to Eli. It took Eli a couple tries, but he blew out his candle.

Ke-Ke! (cookie) is what he calls all sweets.

When I wouldn't give him another, he drug over a stool to come get his own.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


It's hard to believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone. We chose not to travel this year but to stay home and make days worth of food. I made dressing from scratch for the first time, and I am a convert. It was so much better than the boxed stuff. I used this recipe here and put it into 4 smaller pans, two of which I froze. I also made rolls from scratch, but didn't feel like they got a good rise, probably because it was so cold when we made them. Tommy had no complaints though.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Come Christians, Join to Sing

Come Christians, Join to Sing

Come, Christians, join to sing 
Alleluia! Amen!
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before His throne rejoice;
Praise is His gracious choice.
Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high,
Alleluia! Amen!
Let praises fill the sky;
Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend;
To us He'll condescend;
His love shall never end.
Alleluia! Amen!

Praise yet our Christ again,
Alleluia! Amen!
Life shall not end the strain;
Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven's blissful shore,
His goodness we'll adore,
Singing forevermore,
"Alleluia! Amen!"


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