Sometimes, I think my heart will burst

Raising three little monkey boys is so crazy and exhausting. But man, is it worth it when…

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… This little munchkin smiles at me with absolute joy and delight. And laughs excitedly, waves and claps his hands. And crawls around carrying a favorite little toy he’s picked up along the way.

Holy toledo, what a cutie.


… And this adorable guy suddenly calls out to me from his crib tonight, “Mommy, I love you to da whole earf. Mommy, I’m so glad Desus took me to you.” Wow! My heart just fills up and floats right out of me.

I love you to the whole earth, too, my wonderful son. And I’m so incredibly glad Jesus took you to me, too.

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… And this little man writes a sweet note to me and puts it by my bed to help me feel better (I’ve got a never-ending cold).

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And then writes another one on his magna-doodle that totally makes my day when I find it.

I love you, too, my sweet boy.

Surprisingly fulfilling…


Watching my children play in the backyard continues to be one of my favorite pastimes.


It’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t turning a picnic lunch into an art session.

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But having a new little one old enough to join in the fun reminds me…


… That they couldn’t always drive the tractor…


… Or get on and off the tramp by themselves…


… And it reminds me to stop, smile, take a deep breath and let that “all is right with the world” feeling fill my heart.


There’s nothing in the world like it!

And you know the only thing that makes it better?

Throwing in some chickens.

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Kids and chickens.

Who on earth knew it could be so fulfilling???

Vegetable garden starts


We’ve got some cute little starts going for our vegetable garden this year. Once again, I’m learning more of what works and what doesn’t.

I planted an entire set of seeds (zucchini, pumpkin and cucumber) that did not grow. So then I planted an entire second set of seeds and a few of those grew.


The pumpkins have been doing the best. Yay!


Only one of the 12 zucchini seeds I planted grew. And then it died.

So I finally did some zucchini-specific research and tried again.

I “primed” the seeds with 8 hours of soaking before planting and I will let the soil completely dry out between waterings. (No wonder they haven’t done well for me in the past– they don’t like to be wet all the time! Who knew??)

One of them is finally starting to grow– yay!


Only one of the eight cucumber seeds I planted grew (and it’s still going strong– yay!).

So I did some cucumber-specific research and tried again.

I “primed” the seeds with 5 hours of soaking before folding them in a wet piece of paper and sealing it inside a ziploc bag. After a few days, when I saw their little tales growing, I planted them and look! One is popping up!

Wish us luck! We’re going to experiment with container gardening one of each vegetable and trellising all our peas along the fence line in containers. We’ll see how it goes!