Update on the Homefront

It’s been a while, but I have every intention of posting more photos on here. We bought a new (50–years–new) house, and it’s all we can do to stay above water right now. But I’m trying to take photos here and there. Also, I’ll be updating the RSS feed to the right of the screen with cell photos, for those of you who want to keep up with our crazy selves.

I’m considering password protecting this blog from now on. There are just too many reasons to keep our photos private, so I think the smartest thing will be to update our family and friends via a protected account. If you’d like to keep up with the fam, please just comment with your e-mail address so I can include you.

For now, here’s a photo from a few weeks back of two of my guys at the park on a hike. More to come when I can find my camera cord…


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Weekend Trip

We took a trip to Ann Arbor over the weekend and had such a lovely relaxing time. We decided to find a few of the rumored “fairy doors,” and decided that Thomas (aka. the third wheel) looked very much like a giant troll next to them. We—and he—got a real kick out them.


And here’s the little man, belting out “Hail to the Victors”. Or something like that.

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This past weekend marked one year since our family underwent one of its most trying and significant challenges to date. I had driven Oliver to the E.R. in Buffalo because he’d come down with something that day and his health was declining rapidly. The hospital staff quickly recognized a problem, and before I knew it, I was watching my baby be intubated. Thus began two very long weeks at the hospital watching our 18-month-old Ovie battle out an infection that—to this day—we never were able to identify. Even after those two weeks, it was a longer road helping our guy recover from the effects of the infection and the medication.

As challenging as those weeks were, I look back with memories that aren’t fearful, but full of grace and love and compassion and peace. Our friends and family showered us with love and support, but even more, God granted this mommy so much peace through it all. It was a reminder that nothing is for certain; every day is a gift, and these small people who I’ve been put in charge of here on earth are not mine. They are His children, and I try to remember often that He loves them even more than I do.

I went back in my photos from then, and it all came flooding back. We are so blessed. And I’m so very grateful.


Here is an X-ray of Oliver’s lungs after a few days in the hospital. It should be all black.

This next photo is a bit shocking, but for me, I’m reminded of how far Oliver’s come from then. (I also want to reach in there and give him a million kisses.) One of our friends encouraged me to take pictures of him in the hospital, so that he could see them later when he’s older. I’m glad I did. On hard days, when I’m frustrated or tired or trying to refrain from having a mommy–explosion, I often think of my Oliver like this, and remember how much I have to be grateful for.
A scripture that really encouraged me during those weeks in the hospital:
And here is Oliver on the same day, one year later, having just finished an ice cream cone.
I feel blessed beyond words.
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A Single Photo for Documentation


34 weeks


I’m not one for “selfies,” but I’ve had a few friends who I haven’t seen for a while ask for a photo. I do want to document each pregnancy too, even if it’s with just one photo. I love seeing pictures of my mum when she was pregnant with me, though there are few. And I saw this idea for a profile image on Pinterest, so I thought I’d try it out. This is for you, Baby Sue.

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These Past Few Months

It seems time if flying. No really.

We were only just praying about the mere possibility of Josh working from home and our relocating to the Mitten, and now here we are, nearly three months into it. It’s been a busy, strange, hard, joyful few months, and we’re finally somewhat settled and anticipating the next family change: Baby Sue.

Here are a few photos taken since my last visit here.

Both Everett and Oliver celebrated a birthday, so we had a small Superman party with our dear friends and family. 


Both of the kids still love reading with Mommy and Daddy. Everett’s begun learning to read too—it’s exciting to see him grasp it and get even more excited as he learns new things. 

Here are a couple of photos taken during our stay with my parents. It’s certainly been a crazy winter, especially where weather has been concerned. Though we were snowed in for 15 days straight (and a few other times), it’s been incredibly lovely.


The boys found lots of ways to stay active and have fun while we were snowed in (thanks to Grandma for the many creative ideas). When we moved to our new place, Everett observed, “Maybe our new house won’t have a driveway that we can get stuck in!”
Oliver has officially turned into a two-year-old. While it means a bit more training and patience, it’s been so fun. He has a much stronger desire for independence than his brother did at this age, but he’s also really mastering new skills because of that independence. It’s really great seeing Oliver and Everett develop into close buddies, and hearing their conversations and singing are some of my favorites.

Today, it’s beautiful and sunny out, and the snow is just right for packing. So, we had a grand time out on the deck before lunch, and plan to soak up some more pre-spring after nap!


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Big Tiny News in Our Home

Earlier this week, we sat the kids down and showed them a video taken at my most recent doctor visit.

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Curried Carrot and Split Pea Coconut Soup

When my oldest was in the hospital a couple of years ago, a friend of mine brought over some soup for me from a local bakery. It was some type of curried carrot soup, and it was AMAZING. Ever since, I’ve been looking for a similar recipe, and I’m pretty excited that I finally found one.

I adapted a recipe from Supermarket Vegan (one of my new favorite cookbooks). The result was creamy, and rich, and oh so good. It was a huge hit with the guys too.


Curried Carrot and Split Pea Coconut Soup
16 ounce bag organic baby carrots
3 large cloves garlic, peeled
2 T butter, melted
Black pepper
3/4 c yellow split peas
3 1/2 c vegetable broth or stock
14 ounce can light coconut milk
1 T mango chutney
1/2 to 1 t curry powder
Water (optional)

  1.  Heat oven to 450 degrees. On an ungreased baking sheet with a rim (a baking stone works great for this), toss carrots and garlic with the butter. Lightly salt and pepper. Bake until browned and soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse split peas and add to a pot with the broth/stock. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender.
  3. Transfer carrots to pot with cooked peas and add coconut milk. Use an immersion blender (or food processor) to blend until smooth.
  4. Add chutney, curry powder, 1/4 t salt, and pepper to taste. If the soup is too thick, add a small amount of water at a time until it’s the consistency you’d like. Simmer for a few minutes, and season to taste.

When I first made this, I used only 1/2 t curry powder to start. I was so disappointed when I first tried the soup—it tasted like mashed carrots. But after adding just 1/2 t more curry powder, along with a little more salt, it went from blah to a really delicious, rich flavor. We ate ours with some really good bread toasted with cheese. And I wished I’d doubled the recipe for more yummy leftovers.

Everett and Oliver were happy to see there was enough for their lunch the next day!



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