Happy Mother’s Day

by Andrea on May 12, 2013


Today is Mother’s Day and I’m so, so, so very thankful for my own mother. This post is in praise of her. I love her for more reasons than I can count, but here are a few…

  • I love how clever she is. Mother (yes, we grew up calling her “Mother”, not “Mom”) is great at puzzles and brain games. She’s good at problem-solving and very well-read. She’s got a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Because she’s so clever, she’s very creative.
  • I love how creative she is. She can draw, paint, sing, write, sew, knit, cook– you name it. Because she’s so incredibly creative she’s very industrious.
  • I love how industrious she is. Mother can take scraps of yarn and make them into handsome sweaters for a handsome boy Tobin in his scrap yarn sweater and hat.or super-duper cute wool diaper covers for a super-duper cute baby.ThaliaSmilesinherWool Because she’s so industrious, she’s very intentional.
  • I love how intentional she is. Mother is not a wishy-washy person. She is purposeful in what she does and how she spends her time. Because she lives life intentionally and with purpose, she’s very generous.
  • I love how generous she is. She uses all that clever, creative, industrious skill intentionally to bless her family, her friends, and her church. The selfless giving of her time, energy, skill and talent, show us how much she loves.
  • I love how much she loves.  And here’s where I speak to her~

Mother, I love how much you love. You’re not necessarily the warm and fuzzy kind (well, you are, but just not all the time ;-) ). You show your love in a million different, practical ways. And each one of those ways shouts volumes of love into my life. I’m so proud of you and I admire you so much. You filled my childhood with music and art and books and adventure. You live life with vibrancy and pluck. I love spending time with you. Thank you for supporting my ideas and my dreams. Thank you for being loyal and strong. Thank you for setting such a good example of living life intentionally. I hope that I can be as clever, as creative, as industrious, as intentional, and as generous with my talents as you. I love you so much!!!

Happy Mother’s Day!




My Mother-in-Law ~ Mi Suegra

by Andrea on May 11, 2013

It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Tomorrow, I’ll write about my own mother, but today I write about my Mexican mother-in-law. Mi suegra.

I am blessed to have a wonderful mother-in-law and I love her very much. She is dear to my heart and the hearts of my children. She is gentle and kind, a gracious woman with a sweet spirit. She is resourceful and generous, in humility always looking to the needs and comfort of others before her own. She loves her grandchildren and  she loves me too. We know it because she shows it.

Here are some things I love about her:

  • She makes the best Mexican rice (and beans!) on the planet. Period.
  • She can take whatever she has on hand in the kitchen, no matter how little, and turn it into a banquet.
  • How she braids my daughters’ hair and the feel of her hands when she braids my hair.
  • That when the kids call her Abuelita (Grandma in Spanish) she doesn’t mind if I call her that too.
  • How she smiles and coos when she holds baby Thalia and how she smiled and cooed at each one of our babies.
  • That she gives her honest opinion but then supports me whole-heartedly, even if I choose differently.
  • Though humility and sweetness are bound up in her small frame, she quietly exemplifies strength and endurance in the trials of life.
  • Her smile.
  • That she dotes on us to wear sweaters when the weather’s chilly and will magically pull out sweaters and pullovers if we didn’t bring any.
  • The same for slippers or socks. Keep those feet warm!
  • How she always makes us feel welcome, even when she’s tired and had a long day.
  • That when we leave she sees us out and never closes her door or leaves the window till she knows everyone’s buckled in and she waves us good-bye.
  • Her hands. They are hard-working but soft. Small but strong. They are the hands of a servant. A servant of the Lord.
Feliz Dia de las Madres, Abuelita. Yo la quiero mucho.


Cut-to-the-Chase Friends

May 9, 2013

Last Sunday we finally made it to church. It had been weeks since we were last able to attend and it felt so good to go again. It’s always refreshing to see our friends and worship corporately with others and I miss it when we can’t get there on a Sunday. I ended up in [...]

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May 6, 2013

Old friends, I’ve heard it said, are best Which seems unfair to all the rest. For instance, friends I’ve met just now and through the years had missed somehow, I couldn’t help it, nor could they, We didn’t meet until today. Friends, old and new, I find so great I never check the starting date. [...]

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Elizabeth @ ISI Synchro Nationals

May 4, 2013

ISI Synchronized Skating Nationals.  Senior Youth team. I love to watch Elizabeth skate. I love her enthusiasm and those great facials! I stayed home with the baby and the other kids while my hub took her to the competition in Blaine, Minnesota. They had a great time and he even took her to the Mall [...]

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Our Seventh Baby

May 3, 2013

Her name is Thalia. The “h” is silent so it’s a “ta” sound, not “th”. Tal-ya. It means “dew from heaven”.  I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. (Hosea 14:5) I love that her name is [...]

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Our Homeschool Curriculum for 2012-2013

September 7, 2012

We all know the new year really starts in September, right? Never mind the calendar year. If you have kids, it’s really September that counts. Even as a homeschooler, and even if you school year round, September still brings a shifting of gears. Church and sporting activities start up. It’s time to review, rethink, re-strategize, [...]

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Why Skate? A Poem by Elizabeth

August 20, 2012

Elizabeth, my 12 year old, aka “Delightfulness”, because she is. When Elizabeth was 2 she watched as her older sister started skating classes. She couldn’t wait till she was old enough to start taking classes too! After she turned 4 and was eligible for Tot classes, I signed her up. Her I-can’t-wait-to-start enthusiasm all of [...]

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Vision Intervention Part 4: In Which Patching Begins and We Gain From an Object Lesson

August 15, 2012

Three months after getting glasses for the first time, Anabel’s ophthalmologist told us we would need to start patching her right eye 3 hours a day because of a vision condition called amblyopia. She sent us home with two patches, both of which are designed to slide over the lens and block out the vision [...]

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Vision Intervention Part 3: In Which I Learn an Important Lesson About Buying Kids’ Glasses

August 8, 2012

After checking out the details of our vision care benefits and insurance, I called around to some different eyewear stores and asked about children’s glasses. The I did some google searches to gather information on buying children’s glasses. I’d never had to buy glasses before, not for myself and not for any of our first [...]

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