Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Olivia: "Mama, I know we are supposed to love Jesus, but does He have to be our very very best best best friend?"

Me: "Well, God says that we should love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.... so that means to love Him the most. But that doesn't mean you can't love other people a lot too."

Olivia: "Okay..."

Me: " Why? Who are you thinking of?"

Olivia: (BIG smile on her face) "Graaaaandma!"

Lucky lady.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Does anyone else think this relationship is hard and easy all at the same time?

Olivia and Brennen are just about 3 years apart; Liv is 7, Brennen is 4. The older they get, the closer they become. They rarely play anything without the other one involved. If Liv wants to be in her room, Brennen follows. If Brennen wants to jump on the trampoline, he won't go until she's ready to come too. They want to watch a movie? Make sure they both agree. Trying to whip up a quick dinner? They must have EXACTLY the same thing. They BEG to sleep together on the weekends, they bring each other toys from a friend's birthday party, and they squeal in delight when they rent a new DS game they can link up to play at the same time. So all of this togetherness, you would think, would equal brotherly love, peace, and harmony, right?

No. Oh, no.

How the battles rage. She touched me too hard. He won't leave me alone. She took that away from me. He has more than I do. She's not being fair! He is bothering me! It goes on and on.
When I asked Olivia to apologize this week, she did and then Brennen said, Mama, Sissy didn't even MEAN it! She didn't say it like she MEANED it!

All this to say... I can't decide whether I am thrilled that they love each other so much, or irritated that they love each other TOO much.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Morning Reflections

6:45 this morning...

Brennen: "Mama, it feels like I have hearts in my tummy."

Me: "Hearts in your tummy? What do you mean?"

Brennen: "It feels like that because I love this house and I love you and I love Sissy and Dada. So it feels like hearts in there."

Monday, April 5, 2010

He's So Excited, and He Just Can't Hide It

Nate became a college graduate this month and I am so proud of my man! What an enormous feat for someone who works full time, is a caring husband, and a wonderful daddy! The goal has been met after 15 years and we are so relieved. Way to go, Natey!


This is my crazy, silly, funny, sweet, loving, generous, energetic, eager, sincere, 16-month younger, hysterical brother who just graduated from college, officially. I am so proud.

Oh yeah, baby!

Guess who took home the trophy for Second Place in Race Car Design at Awanas?