Peonies in Bloom

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 3.28.13 PMI planted these Sarah Bernhardt Peonies last Summer and have been {im}patiently waiting for them to bloom ever since. This morning we finally cut our first bouquet. They are so fragrant, and they add such cheeriness to our dining room table. Well worth the wait.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 9.44.48 AMI think I’ll plant more of these beauties around the yard.

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A New Day

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 10.11.58 AM“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life.” – Psalm 143:8

Coffee in hand, sitting on my front porch… Letting His voice speak to my soul. Where would I be without His love?

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Ruffled Little Bums

“Summertime… and the livin’ is easy…”

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 9.15.27 AMOur first Summer swim! The day was nice and warm, but the water was c-c-cold! But that didn’t stop these beach babies from jumping right in and having the time of their lives. Emma kept saying, “This is so much fun, Momma!” (Something a Mommy just loves to hear). :)

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.55.56 AMI couldn’t bring the camera to the beach since I wanted to be in the water with the girls, so we had a little photo session in the front yard before we went across the street. Emma decided making faces at the camera was more fun than smiling.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.54.29 AMSister Love.

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.56.33 AMYou can see the beach in this picture. There is a yellow slide in the water that the girls love. ❤

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 8.53.16 AMEnjoying the sunshine on their Minnesota skin.

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A Lamp Unto My Feet

 

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding
in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
– Proverbs 3:5

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I’ve been praying lately for lighted paths in my life. We live in a society where there are so many choices and paths we can take for almost any area of life… it can get absolutely overwhelming at times! Trying to figure out the way we should go can become a full time job, full of stress, wasted money, trial and error, and heartache. “A man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9

There are times when I have asked the LORD why we have had to go through certain trying times that require critical decisions to be made.  But the answer is always the same… it keeps us at His feet, dependent solely on His strength, seeking His will and His way through each and every turn.

Letting the Holy Spirit be our teacher is one of the most important things we can learn as believers. I think the hardest part of listening for His voice can be finding the time to quiet ourselves before Him and wait. But when we do, the reward is great! His way is always the way of peace and rest. He leads us gently, the Word says, like a shepherd leads his flock… and His sheep, they know His voice. Now more than ever there are so many voices bombarding us in this world. We need to carve out that precious time to quiet our heart and mind before Him, and ask Him what HIS way is. Then when He lights the path for us, and makes apparent what His direction is, the peace of God floods our heart and brings the comfort we’ve been so needing. It silences the other voices bombarding us, and there truly is only one way. He gives us the answer that we needed, and the storm is calmed.

So the words that I keep speaking to the Lord when I have a decision to make lately is, “Okay, LORD, I need You to light my path. Make it so clear to me the way and direction I should go on this.” He has been so faithful lately to answer this prayer. Of course we always want to make the best decisions for our life, but what we really need to determine is what is God’s best for our life. And He will answer us.

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Blog Headers from the Past

While I was having my hubby upload my new header last night, he was showing me how he had saved screenshots from all of my headers from the past. It was fun to remember different seasons of life through each collection of photos I had chosen:

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Lilac Heaven

“Now in a cottage built of lilac and laughter
I know the meaning of the words ‘ever after.’ “

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 11.29.46 AMThe lilacs are in full bloom and they are draping over our newly painted picket fence. The blossoms smell heavenly, and we leave the screen door open let the fragrance fill the house.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 11.31.37 AMThis fence has been taking so long to paint, and I still have so much to do, but it is worth it. I remember exactly when my love for white picket fences started: from the cover of a Victoria magazine when I was 11. From that moment on I knew I must have one someday.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 1.12.25 PMAnd now, YEARS later, my dream is finally coming true. Mark worked hard all last Summer to build it, and since it was green-treated wood, I had to wait a whole year to start painting. Sigh. But good things come to those that wait.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 11.26.38 AMWe’ve done so much this spring already… Planting flowers, apple trees, working on the picket fence around my little garden… I hope now to relax a bit more and enjoy it. We finally bought a table and chairs for our patio so we can eat outside. And the girls have a new turtle sandbox to play in (Thank you, Marner and Papa!). Summer can now begin.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 11.27.37 AMWe’re hoping for some more sunny, warm days soon so we can swim in the lake. Birdie asks me every day if we can go in the lake yet.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 11.25.09 AMAnd these little rascals love the fresh air at the screen door. This is where they sit and watch the birds and bugs all day long.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 1.11.36 PMWishing you all a blessed Summer filled with sunshine and blossoms and barbecues.

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Girls in Blue Dresses

“There is no better friend than a sister…”

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.01.28 AMThese little girls are the best of friends. They love to dress alike, and it makes it easier for Mommy as well.


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.02.59 AMI get asked all the time if they are twins… (??) I always think that’s a little strange considering the height difference. :)


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Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.07.08 AMI love to catch them in moments sweet affection and play. They use little voices as they play pretend, giggle as they dance, whisper little secrets, and have very long, serious conversations.

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.05.12 AMI was so lonely for a sister all my life. I dreamed of having a special friendship bonded by sharing a room, playing for hours on end, and sharing dreams and secrets. I never got my wish of my own sister, but now I receive so much joy watching my girls as they develop that relationship.


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.05.54 AMOf course they have their times of fighting, but I’m noticing that it is getting less and less as they grow. Ava speaks to Emma in such a sweet little voice a lot of the time, “Come here, Sweetie”, and “You’re doing so great, Honey!”


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.08.15 AMEmma delights in doing anything her big sister is doing… Running fast, doing Preschool work, making play-doh creations, playing with dinosaurs in stern voices…


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.09.13 AMIt’s such a gift to be their Momma… All the little (and big) joys throughout the day that make me smile and laugh…


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.09.53 AM…The funny and insightful things that they say…


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.14.54 AM…the things that bring wonder and excitement to their eyes…


Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.16.39 AM… Watching them grow and change and learn on a daily basis…
Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.11.06 AM… And of course a few mishaps along the way!! :)

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Ready for Summer


Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 4.23.27 PMNew swimsuits and sunglasses.
New gardening boots and gloves.
All.at.the.same.time.
So excited for Summer.

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Another New Year

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Christmas 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.54.58 PMOur camera was on the fritz over Christmas, so all we have are blurry cell phone shots, but so thankful to even have these.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.56.12 PMWe had a special Christmas season with little crafts and advent evenings by candlelight. The girls are certainly able to grasp the story of Jesus birth more this year.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.55.48 PMOur little gingerbread men with buttons.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.56.50 PMOur decorated gingerbread house which was promptly undecorated and gobbled up by 8 a.m. Candy for breakfast… for shame, I know.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.58.52 PMPainting her little ornament from the craft store.

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 2.34.03 PMChristmas morning!

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Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 2.40.11 PMScreen Shot 2015-03-21 at 2.33.16 PMThe REASON for the season! Merry Christmas!

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