Friday Fragments

I haven’t done any type of meme in awhile, and really, my writing has been so blah lately, it’s like my brain has half stopped. So, I thought I’d try out this Friday Fragments one I found today from a real life friend, Sarah, who had it on her blog.
Mommy's Idea
So, my understanding is you just kind of throw out there what this past week has been for you and your family.

I’m in the process of becoming a biblical counselor through Rod and Staff Ministries, so Monday night I had a great class. I was a social worker for a number of years so this takes a very different look at the way to help people. I love all the biblical knowledge I’m learning and am excited to learn more over the course of this next year. A little nervous too as I’m thinking I am just so unprepared, wow, big job!

We had a terrible storm here in the midwest the other day. I was driving along one of our country roads yesterday and saw roofs torn off houses, trees toppled onto cars and debris strewn about. I’m so thankful that our home and family were not directly affected. Scary stuff!

This week was pumpkin carving week at our house though. I’ve always loved to stick my hands in the goop and pull out all those seeds. Then it’s so fun to create something out of it. Always a good time!
Anna wore this hat the other day, which has no relation to anything, I just thought it was so stinkin’ cute, I had to share!

Oh, and I saw this sunset the other day that just amazed me! The sermon series we are doing right now at church was emphasizing the creation of God and what an artist He is. I just stood in amazement at His handwork. Much better than any VanGogh or Monet I’ve ever seen!
Tonight my husband and I are getting a babysitter. Now that’s big news! We never do that but part of the sermon series is also on being romantic to your spouse, so we are going to see a real play. Yay! My very favorite thing to do, which since I stay home with my kids, never do anymore. What stay at home mom has the money for that? But, our little town has a playhouse, I’m sure it’s way low budget, but it will be a blast anyway! Can’t wait, we are seeing Arsenic and Old Lace, one of my favorite Carey Grant movies!
Tomorrow is my brother and sister in laws annual haunted barn party. It is going to be a cold night here in the midwest so we will have to bundle up the kiddos. My oldest also has a fancy nancy tea party to attend too that day, how fun is that?

Sunday is, of course, the big trick or treat day. Lilla is going to be snow white and Anna is a lamb. Too cute!

Hope there are more treats than tricks for you this Halloween weekend!


The Fingerprints of God

In my own front yard.



May be the song that summer sings
May be the chill that autumn brings

May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day
Me, I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs

For where she goes I’ve got to be
The meaning of my life is…She

(From the Notting Hill Soundtrack, “She” by Elvis Costello)

My New Favorite Pictured

I took this picture today. It brings me joy.

Ready for her close up

Yesterday Anna was insisting that she needed to go outside. Lilla has a little motorized John Deere tractor she could see from the window and she just knew she had to get in it. So, I let her go out and, of course, she popped right in. I thought she looked so cute I went in to get my camera and when I came back out she was already running around the yard. I told her I wanted to get a picture of her in the car so she got in, propped her feet up on the dash, smiled all goofy and said, “Cheeeeeeeese”. She’s such a punk.
Then the girls got on the trampoline, and the real fun began. How I wish I had taped the laughs coming out of Anna. Big belly, straight from her heart pure sweet laughter. I loved every giggle and smile, it was lovely!

And I saved the best for last. Just looking at this picture makes my heart happy. It’s like they are sharing a secret only they will ever know. I’ll admit I told them to “give sissy kiss”, but they did this sweet laughter/smile all by themselves. These two are such a pair!