June 30, 2017

Blanton's Kindof Day

We're celebrating good news in grand Kentucky style!

Blanton's Kentucky Bourbon

June 29, 2017

Pirate Cake Pops

We seriously love Pirate Cake Pops from Starbucks!

Starbucks Cake Pops are AWESOME!
This digital scrapbook creation was made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Anchor's Away" quick page album.

June 26, 2017

Safety First

Hard hats and safety glasses are not necessary inside Daddy's office, but that doesn't stop the kids!

Kids at Smuckers

June 25, 2017

Split-Second

I love this photo... mostly because I was able to capture the split-second when the kids were getting along!

Porter & Stella

June 24, 2017

Porter Shooting Cans

Thanks to Grandpa's influence, Porter has gotten really good at shooting cans with his BB gun.

Chalk-Painting with Grandpa

Grandpa (aka Parker... as the kids call him) came down to visit with us this weekend. He's always up for doing whatever the kids want to do, so this morning they painted the sidewalk.

Painting the Sidewalk with Grandpa

June 19, 2017

Porter's First Target

While staying in northeast Ohio with his grandparents, Porter took part in his very first target practice using a Remington Semi-Automatic 22 Long Rifle... and he did well!


Although this was Porter's first time using an actual target from 25 yards, he has shot at lots and lots of cans using his BB gun. He seems to have a natural talent for this.

June 16, 2017

Stella in Color, Portrait #3

In this last portrait, I wanted to express to Stella that she will find total completeness in Christ Jesus. Stella and I both love rainbows, and I thought using the full spectrum of the rainbow would be a great way to illustrate wholeness.

Rainbow Stella

Check out Stella's painting... just WOW! She knocked this one out of the park!

Stella's Painting

June 15, 2017

Stella in Color, Portrait #2

In this second portrait, I wanted to look at what can flow from Stella to others. We talked about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how important it is for Stella's words to be full of love and hope.

Words of Love

Check out Stella's rendition! I love the smiley faces and rays of sunshine! She gets it!

Sunshine Girl

June 14, 2017

Stella in Color, Portrait #1

For this first portrait, I wanted to look at Stella's unique qualities and celebrate her beautiful God-given design. Here's what I came up:


Check out Stella's rendition below (which is way better than mine!). I think the colors and details are awesome!

June 13, 2017

We've Got Blueberries

We've got blueberries! These are the bushes we brought from our last house in Orrville. The birds were trying to help themselves to these little, tasty treats, so Brian made a net to keep them safe. He's a handy kind of guy!

Our Blueberry Bushes

June 12, 2017

Self-Portrait Paintings with Stella

Stella and I have embarked on quite an art project for this week. I took a series of black and white photos of her, and then had them enlarged and printed on bond paper for Stella to color in herself.

Stella Adding Color to Her Portrait

The purpose of this exercise was to bless Stella's God-given design, illustrating that she is full of life and color. So far, this has turned out to be a very positive activity for us both. More to come!

June 4, 2017

World Class Guard Dog

Blu feels the need to be a guard the children... even when they're not home! She alternates between their rooms making sure no one comes in who shouldn't be there. Such a dog!

Blu Guarding the Kids' Rooms