Friday, January 23, 2015


Isn't life just messy?  I look around the mess at my house today and have to remind myself why it is the way it is.  It's messy becasue we live here, and because I value my children more than I value a perfectly manicured home.  I value them being able to explore and create and try things.  I value having books of all sizes and types all over the house.  Yes, I also value teaching them to clean up after themselves and to put things away.  It's just that sometimes the 'fort' or the 'store' or the 'school' is up and running for several hours or all day and I can't bear to make them stop cleaning so that I can pat myself on the back for how clean my house is.  Oh, and there is dishes, laundry, shoes and snow gear in the mix too.  Life is messy.  But it's a pretty good, messy life!

Sailing On, 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


As we have had another round of sickness, several of my children have asked me "Why does Heavenly Father even create sickness?".
I have explained to them that everything has it's opposite it has led to the question 'When was the last time you prayed in gratitude for the good health that you typically enjoy?'.  It has reminded us of how much we take for granted on a regular basis.  I hope I learn better so I don't continue to need these reminders. :)
Have I mentioned how much I love our district homeschool program?  The children attend one day a week and this is how happy they feel when they get home to tell me about all the wonderful things they did at Cloverleaf.  Madeline is working on a project with Parker Task force collecting items for needy families and learing about social issues.  Christian is so engrossed with reading 'The Sign of the Beaver' right now that he couldn't answer any of my questions about what he did today.  It's amazing how much he has grown to love reading in this past year.  He reads a book about every 2 days.  


Monday, January 19, 2015


Can it be true that we are beginning the 3rd week of January already?

 One of my favorite things this past week is that Clark wrote down his dream as he learned about Martin Luther King, Jr.  His paper says "My dream is to clean up the world by raking up leaves."

This cute boy is getting bigger, stronger and is more fun than ever before.

Madeline and Savanna had two opportunities to perform baptisms for the dead this past week.  They are such good examples to me. 

We had a great time on Saturday hiking up to Castle Rock.  This is Madeline at the very top.  I'm so proud of my children for climbing up there and for doing hard things. 

The weekly family photo project continues.  I Love it!  Can you tell that no matter what dress Faye is wearing she likes to wear her hot pink tights?  They don't really match everything but don't tell Faye that; she is sure that pink matches with anything else.  I'm just thankful that she got dressed for church and went to her Sunbeam class for the first time yesterday.  Victory!

This week I'm so thankful for the lesson reminder in church to 'pray always'.  
Sailing On, 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Project 365 - 2015

I've realized that my favorite way of documenting things is in photographs.  It isn't like this is a surprise at all, but for this year I am going to embrace it even more.  It's been a great start to a new year; already full of blessings, sickness, challenges, and fun.
I hope to post a photo on here for every day of the year in 2015.  Optimistic?  For sure.  Is there any other way to begin a year?

A decent amount of activity takes place in 11 days, wouldn't you say?
Today was a great day at church.  I want to remember that.  Madeline gave a talk about eternal families and she did a spectacular job.  I felt so happy. 

Sailing On,