Monthly Archives: May 2012

Alexandra…and her Shenanigans.


A friend of mine who recently had her first baby called me up asking for some parenting advice.

“I can try to help….but I have to know, why are you calling me, of all people?”

“Because your girls are well behaved, helpers, obedient…”

“What…oh…I almost forgot!  You haven’t met Lexi yet! Because if you had, you would call someone else.”

True story.

We love our Alexandra Joy and all of her shenanigans!

For the record, she is a work in progress (aren’t we all?) and I trust she will turn out just fine because of Jesus and His grace. Not because of anything I’ve done. So, I’ve quit “methods” and “parenting styles” and I’m praying that Jesus will raise her through us.  (And that’s the best parenting advice I can give.)



It’s getting all crazy up in here.

The other day I mentioned to someone that we were “running around like chickens with our heads cut off.”

Abbie thought that was hilarious and said, “WHAT???? No we’re not!!”  Being only four years old and not quite grasping what sayings are, I can only imagine what she was thinking. Why would Mom say that? We’re not chickens…we have our heads…??

Anyway, I had a few interesting things happen this weekend so let’s re-cap, shall we?

I was invited to Fashion Week Ciudad del Este. It consisted of Paraguayan designers, such as Pombero,  and Puma athletic clothes and accessories (Varsity Grip Bag, I have my eye on you).  I wasn’t sure what to expect from Fashion Week…this may come as a suprise to you, but I don’t normally attend fashion shows. Ahem.

It was all quite decent and fun! I was surprised and impressed…the best part was having some girl time with two good friends who I hadn’t been able to spend time with in a while. We chatted about our church, plans, offered each other advice and drew closer. Time with Christian friends is always so precious. I got home at 1 in the morning…very unlike me, but we all need a change every once in a while, right? The next morning Brian graciously let me sleep in and when I came out into the living room Elena gave me a dissaproving look. “I just found out what time you got home last night…” I almost expected her to add “young lady!” at the end. Haha.

Speaking of my girls, we’ve been so busy here lately (our co-workers on a short furlough so our workload has doubled for the time being) but my sister is staying with me and what a blessing it has been to be able to rush out the door and know they are in good hands. It’s just a short quick season we’re in and then things will fall back into place again…but oh how I miss them. Today I laid on the floor and let them crawl all over my like puppies and I was struck by the fact that they are growing up WAY.TOO.FAST.

What if I wake up tomorrow and Abbie is driving? Or Elena is discussing college options? Or Lexi is potty trained? Or something CRAZY like that??? Yikes.

Slow down World, I want off for a bit.


I’ve decided to become a farmer

Last week we had the best time at the cutest farm ever. A friend owns this beautiful piece of property and invited us out for the afternoon. Lexi was still napping so she stayed home with my sister, and I’m glad, because without her there I was able to actually take pictures! Something I rarely have free hands for anymore.


I think we need to go back again.


So this is what the internet looks like!


Remember me?

(notice please: puffy bags under eyes.where does a mother go to get some sleep?)

Our modem fried…and I was busy….and then we all got sick….and then sick again….and sick again. Throw into that mix a wedding to photograph, people to feed, church to run, selling  a car, looking for a new car, and yes, everyone got sick again.

So other than feeling like I’m a little mechanical mole in the Whack-A-Mole game at your local Chuck&Cheese, we’re doing just fine.

And I’m back!

At least until the next WHACK, that is.