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Archive for the month “October, 2011”


Dominion by Randy Alcorn

This is a sort-of second book to the book Deadline! That I read a few weeks ago. Here’s the details…

Sweet Revenge?

When two senseless killings hit close to home, columnist Clarence Abernathy seeks revenge for the murders—and, ultimately, answers to his own struggles regarding race and faith. After being dragged into the world of inner-city gangs and racial conflict, Clarence is encouraged by fellow columnist Jake Woods to forge an unlikely partnership with a redneck homicide detective. Soon the two find themselves facing dark forces, while unseen eyes watch from above. This re-release of Randy Alcorn’s powerful bestseller spins off from Deadline and offers a fascinating glimpse inside heaven.

Can One Man’s Search for Justice Stand Up to the Forces of Evil Threatening to Destroy Him?

A shocking murder drags black newspaper columnist Clarence Abernathy into the disorienting world of inner-city gangs and racial conflict. In a desperate hunt for answers to the violence (and to his own struggles with race and faith), Clarence forges an unlikely partnership with redneck detective Ollie Chandler. Despite their differences, Clarence and Ollie soon find themselves sharing the same mission: victory over the forces of darkness vying for dominion.

Filled with insight—and with characters so real you’ll never forget them—Dominion is a dramatic story of spiritual searching, racial reconciliation, and hope.


I enjoyed it but this type of book is not really for everyone… there was a LOT in it about racism and judgement. It was also interesting because it took place in North Portland and there were references to places I’ve been recently when I visited Laura and Devin!

An Excellent Wife…

This last week I read this post from Grace Driscoll and it was a great reminder so I thought I’d share it with you too! Hope you enjoy!

An Excellent (Godly) Wife

by: Grace Driscoll on Oct 20, 2011 in Marriage

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.” – Proverbs 31:10–12

What is your honest first reaction to reading those verses? Do you think of all the ways you’ve failed as a wife? Does your pride make you defensive, recalling a list of ways you’ve succeeded as a wife? The fact that an excellent wife is still hard to find is a sad reality. Yet, if one is found, she is rare and valuable—a jewel.

Click here to read more…

Addyson’s drawings…

Our family at sea...

So we’ve known for a LONG time that Addyson will be some sort of artist (dancer, painter, etc) but this girl has a knack for drawing right now. Not so much so that we’re like…PRODIGY but she’s VERY detailed in her drawings. She’s in this phase where she wants to draw or color on BLANK paper not lined paper (aka a coloring page), she like to “create her own picture”.

A few days ago she drew this picture and I snagged it up before Owen could tear it apart (which he does with most paper’s left laying around).

This is picture of our family (from left: Addyson, Justin, Owen and me).

We are on a boat in the water (notice the flag atop the boat and the anchor in the water so we don’t float away).

Also note that Justin & Owen have big ears because they have no hair covering their ears…I LOVE IT!

New Big Boy haircut

So this past Monday after school pick-up I took Owen to get his first big boy haircut and style…I hate to admit this but I CRIED! He’s no longer my little baby…he’s getting so big! Turning 2 and now he looks like a BOY. He’s super cute though!! Enjoy!

Drining the car while getting his haircut

And the fit begins...

He wanted OUT

What a FACE

Almost done...

So worth it! He's eating a cheese stick at home watching Wild Kratts - his FAVORITE show!

Halloween preview…

So here are some pictures for a Halloween preview…we went with some friends to Boo at the Zoo this past weekend and the kiddos dressed in their costumes made by DeeDee (she did another AMAZING job)!! Owen wasn’t fully dressed because I knew it’d be hot and he’d be taking the sheriff pin, bandana and hat on and off all afternoon but Addy was pretty much 100% :).

We have a big night planned with the Sunday School class I’ve been attending at our church on Monday (Halloween)so more pictures in their costumes to come AFTER Halloween!

Addy in the car and ready!

Woody and Jessie in the stroller and on our way into the Zoo

Woody and Jessie at the pumpkin patch

Our scholastic order has arrived!!

So here are the books we ordered from Scholastic this fall 🙂

The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll

My Little Box of Dinosaurs by K. Morrison

The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Ducan Edwards and Darcia Labrosse

Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl by Jane O'Connor

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Too Purpley by Jean Reidy

Just Critters Who Care by Mercer Meyer

Curious George Snowy Day

The Little Red Sled by Tisha Hamilton

Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie by Herman Parish

Booklist 10.21.2011

Newest book list:
We’re starting to read a lot together!!! She’s reading words like and, the, at, is, it, like, likes, we, she, he, and…etc. She’s doing great!

Annie was warned by Jarrett Krosoceka

Beth's Job by Carole Roberts

Dot and Bob

Eloise's New Hat

Fanny by Holly Hobbie

It's Hard to Be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis

The Garden Project

Halloween by Jerry Seinfeld

Just the way I am by Sean Covey

I Spy - we do 1 page every night before bed

Olivia and the missing toy

Olivia trains her cat

Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison

Ruby Paints a Picture


The Sweetest Spring

Happy Birthday MOM!

Happy Birthday MOM! We love you, we miss you and we thank you for the INCREDIBLE Halloween costumes for the kids! Hope your day is a great one!!


With Isaac - yes their birthday's are one day after another 🙂

Happy Birthday to my little Brother!!

Happy Birthday Isaac! I love you and wish you the best throughout this next year! I know it will be one of change but embrace, pray for God to grow you, and share it with as many as you can! See you soon!


Isaac with the sisters


2nd Birthday Pics

Here are some pictures from the big day! I think he had a good day…I had to pick him up from school right after lunch because he threw up all over one of the teachers but other than that he was great! I still can’t believe he’s TWO!

Mini Birthday Cupcakes for Owen's class at school.

The Birthday Boy after waking up early by his sister screaming...It's your birthday Owen!

Ready for Birthday Donuts

A mouth FULL of donuts

A Happy Birthday Wish from his cuz Oso 🙂

Climbing on the box from PawPaw and MawMaw

Its a CAR

A VERY loud stearing wheel from PawPaw and has fallen under the seat and we've "lost" it for a little while 😉

Addyson playing with the remote control car



He's screaming "Dinosar Train...All aboard!"

It's all put together and we almost ran out of batteries in 2 days

He's saying "PanCake!"


I had to grab it or he would have just put it in his mouth...flames and ALL

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