Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekend to Remember

Weekend to Remember is a marriage conference put on by Family Life held different weekends all over the country. This past weekend it came to Anchorage. It started Friday evening, all day Saturday, and a couple hours on Sunday morning. Some good friends watched the boys for us so we could go. We are so thankful for them.

It was really a good time of reconnecting and strengthening our marriage.

Some of the topics included, threats to marriages, what God's plan for marriage is, how to communicate and resolve conflicts. Sunday morning we split up and the women had a session on being a wife and mother while the men had one about being a husband and father.

The whole weekend has given us a lot to think about, talk about, and work through. Good stuff. 

"make the most of the best and the least of the worst"

This was taken Saturday morning as we were walking from where we parked our car into the conference. I love being able to see the mountains from pretty much anywhere in town.
Trees are budding, grass is turning green, days are warmer. Love it!

We were given some time to work on a couple projects. We went through some questions on our own and then together.

At the very end we had the chance to renew our vows. It was really special. Made me tear up. It meant a lot to hear him say those words after so many years of ups and downs. We now have experience to back up those words.

And because we're selfish and  forgetful human beings we bought this pretty sign to hang in our home and remind us of our special weekend and our commitment to each other.

Keep an eye out and see if the Weekend to Remember conference comes to your area!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

These Days

With the long day light hours these days the boys have been getting to bed later than usual. Our mornings have been slow and peaceful. Snuggles on the couch, reading, playing, movies and painting. I love our mornings.


We're still plugging away with school. We have four or five weeks left of work in our curriculum.

The end of the year State standardized tests ended up getting canceled here in Alaska because half way through taking them the first day a construction worker in Kansas accidentally cut a cable that connected Alaska with the University down there operating the test. And then they tried to fix it and the system overloaded, erased answers, and would load properly, it was just a mess so AK just ended up canceling the whole thing!

We celebrated Geoff's birthday on the 12th.
The boys helped me make a gluten free chocolate cake for him.

This kid is a big tease...

We love the late evening sunshine that blazes through our big living room windows on clear days, even at 9pm like in this picture.

 Most Thursday afternoons I meet with a couple ladies for a bible study. I try to get a seat on the couch facing the window so I can have this view.

It was a lot of fun to check the mail the other day and find a package waiting for us from Aunt Deanna in Pennsylvania! She made these soft cozy hats for the boys and sent a book about a teacher in Alaska. We've started reading it already and are enjoying it. Wasn't that so thoughtful of her?
Thank you Aunt Deanna! :)

Spring has come to Anchorage early this year. The snow has been long gone.

Yesterday was a special day. My friend Amy stopped by with her little guy and we shared a cup of coffee and had a good chat. It made my day to be able to get some newborn snuggles.

After Amy's visit that evening I got to go out for a nice dinner with some ladies. We had a lovely view from our table of Mount Susitna also known as The Sleeping Lady.
Afterwards we took a short walk along the Coastal Trail. It was a really nice midweek break.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Little Baby Boy

Remember the baby shower we hosted a few weeks ago? Well, that baby is here and boy do we love him already! He's just about the sweetest thing ever!

He was born on Monday night at a birth center here in town. We got to see him yesterday when he was less than two days old. It was so good to be able to visit with his mommy yesterday afternoon for a little while. She's become a good friend. It was a joy to see how she's doing, hear about his birth, and to just hold that sweet little guy for as long as he'd let me.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


Just wanted to post some pictures from my Instagram here for my mama and those who don't have that app.

March 22nd
Good morning Anchorage!

March 25th
He asked me to cut his hair as short as his brothers. It is his hair and his choice so i told him I would but I don't know if i can cut those curls!!

March 28th
I'm so thankful for the wonderful people who share our building. We couldn't ask for better neighbors. Unexpected cupcake decorating, tea, and time with friends, brightened up this gloomy day.

March 29th
Explorin' the woods.

April 1st
Happy Friday!