Busy & Hot Week!

The kids had a week full of VBS and fun last week. They had a so much fun and I’m glad I signed them up even though it wasn’t with our own church. It was so miserably hot, it was great to have alternatives to fall back on.

On Saturday, we went to a birthday party for a friend. They rented a big, inflatable water slide.


We were worn out after a day outside in the hot sun, but the slide was so fun! I even went down it before we left (several times). Nathan has a video of it somewhere :-)



We have no big plans for this week. I have a lot of laundry that needs to be folded and there are chores that are calling to me. Right now, I’m doing my best to ignore their calls :-)


How Is It Almost The Middle Of June?

June is almost half over and I have not posted here since Mother’s Day. Yikes!

In the meantime, we made a trip to MN for our annual Henning Family Reunion. We had a lot of fun. The kids look forward to this so much. It’s so funny to me because they only see my cousin’s children once a year, but they love spending time with them and pick up like no time has passed.

This time we chose to bring Max along on our trip. It made our drive a little more tricky, but worked out alright. For the two nights we were at the reunion location, he stayed in a kennel. The rest of the time, he was at Dad &  Joyce’s with us. I even bought a belly band for dogs to keep him from being able to mark anything in their house. It worked really well.

I turned 40! I have mixed feelings on it. Isn’t 40 sort of old? We spent the day of my birthday at Valley Fair. It wasn’t intentionally planned as a way to mark my birthday. It just ended up being the best weather day of the week to go. We had so much fun. No crazy rides. The wildest ride I did was the old 40-year-old roller coaster with my dad :-)

Last Monday night, I celebrated my birthday with a group of my friends. I felt so loved. My friend, Miranda, decided she wanted to do a party for me and took care of all the details. It was perfect.

Nathan worked a ton of hours last week. Even though he took a half day of vacation last Monday, he ended up working 56 hours (give or take) last week. The project they have been working on is mostly done.

Yesterday, after church, Audrey and I spent the afternoon together. We get a pedicure! Audrey chose pink and I chose blue.


We’ve been spending time at the local pool :-)


And just for fun, here is last year’s first day at the pool picture:




And the previous year:


Look at that baby face on Isaac. Crazy how fast they grow!

Mother’s Day Weekend

We had a busy Mother’s Day weekend.

The kids had their last Bible Bowl Round Robin of the year. Ethan’s team took 1st for the day (they were undefeated). Audrey’s took 2nd and she also took 2nd individually for a special competition they do at the beginning of the day. And then, overall, for the year, Ethan’s team took 2nd place! We were pretty happy with the outcome!



Yesterday, everyone spoiled me with breakfast, and nice long nap and some new flowers.


I’m thankful for all the great mothers that God has placed in my life. I feel like I’ve had so many wonderful examples and women willing to mentor me. So thankful that I get to be the mom to my three kids.


I started getting sick a few days ago :-( The last couple of days, a sinus infection (or maybe just a cold) has been making me feel miserable. I’m resting today and hoping it passes soon. My head hurts, face hurts, sinuses hurt, ears hurt. . .  It’s crazy how a cold can make you feel so icky.

Photos from Ethan’s 11th Birthday


We had visitors for Ethan’s birthday. His TENNESSEE grandparents visited :-)


We’re pretty excited that Nana and Bumpa could visit. We’re still wrapping our heads around the idea that they live only 5 1/2 hours away. It feels like we should be able to pop over there for an afternoon :-) Compared to the previous drive, it’s short, but still not a there-and-back- in one day thing.

And if you wondered, this is the look of a boy shocked that he got a plasma globe that we warned him was highly unlikely!






Happenings In The Last Month


I have not been awesome at posting lately!

So, here’s what up in Tennessee:

*The weather is rainy today, but recently it has felt like summer. In fact, we already went to a friend’s house for a pool day once! That’s so crazy for me to wrap my head around. How does this happen in April??

*Ethan turned 11!!! He had the best day. He got to eat his favorite foods, received amazing presents, and enjoyed a visit from his grandparents. I have photos on the camera or other computer.  I’ll have to post them eventually.

*We have finished our official school year. Wednesday, last week, was our 180th day!

*Today is May 2nd. On June 2nd, I will turn 40. Yikes!

*We bought a new dryer. Our old one stopped working. Our new one isn’t fancy, but it does dry the clothes after just once cycle. That’s pretty cool. The old one stopped running, altogether.

*We planted flowers in our flower beds. We need a few more and some mulch and it will look fabulous. That would be a nice Mother’s Day gift. :-)

I have high hopes of doing a better job at blogging in May!

Easter Weekend Recap

We are enjoying our “recovery Monday” today. It doesn’t feel as necessary as some previous Mondays, but it’s still nice to be parked at home for most of the day. Our weekend was lovely. I’ll try to recount it for you.

On Friday, I decided we would take the day off school. We’ve done some other days of school I thought we would take off. So, we have plenty of time to get our days in before summer arrives. I don’t remember all of what we did, but I do know I spent time resting and reading. We also went to our Good Friday service. I wasn’t sure we would since it was kind of late- 7:00pm. But we went and I’m glad we did. The kids didn’t have classes of their own. So, they sat with us and it was so nice :-)

I’ve been writing more and I had submitted something recently to a site that was taking submissions. On Friday, I heard back and they said they were unable to use the article I sent. I was bummed, but understood that of the hundreds they had to look through, mine just didn’t make the cut this time. Nathan congratulated me and assured me that all would be well. I am actually really happy with how my article turned out and will be using it myself soon. It was not a wasted effort.

The weather was perfect on Saturday. After doing the grocery shopping, I decided to mow the lawn. It’s one of my favorite ways to get exercise. It’s outside and it makes the yard look pretty! We have a tiny yard, but the backyard slopes and it makes for a bit of a workout to go up and down over and over again. I still can’t believe I’m mowing the lawn in March while my family and friends in the north are shoveling snow (or waiting for it to melt).

Right before supper, I checked my email and saw that I had a message from another place where I had submitted an article. I was so excited to open it and receive word that the editor was interested and would be giving me access to officially get the article on their site. My very first official acceptance! I could not stop smiling :-) I’ll let you know when it goes live.

Nathan supervised the Easter egg dying. He’s the one that makes holidays magical at our house! After the kids were in bed, he hid their baskets. In the morning, he hid the eggs as well. The kids loved it! Then we spent the rest of the morning at church. We attended the 9:30 service and then taught during the 11:00 service.

I took a photo of us in the van as we were waiting for Nathan later:


I spent the afternoon introducing Audrey to the movie Pride & Prejudice. It took a little longer than normal because I kept stopping to explain to her what was going on, but she enjoyed it and we both appreciated the happy ending :-)

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend!


Good Coffee & Morning Rhythms


Daylight saving time has me dragging a little. After a week full of fun with Brian and Missy, this morning, I’m recovering by embracing my normal Monday morning routine. Coffee with my favorite creamer. Scrambled eggs cooked in a touch of melted better. 2 pieces of bacon. The coup de grace is that that cooked pieces of bacon sit on top of my eggs for just a minute while I start on my coffee. Now my plain, Monday morning eggs taste like bacon.

I really do like my every day, normal life.

Today we have school work, speech therapy, and a chiropractor appointment. I hoping to get extra work done today because tomorrow’s weather will be gorgeous and I’m going to want to be outside!

Happy Daylight Saving season :-)

Football Lessons With Uncle Brian!

Uncle Brian brought some nerf footballs for the boys and he has been teaching them the in’s and out’s of football the last couple of days.





If you want to be amused, try to teach football to small children who have short attention spans and who all want the ball :-)

We’ve been having a lot of fun with our MN visitors.

Bible Bowl Weekend

We had a fun tournament weekend in Louisville!

Ethan’s team finished in 6th place. Audrey’s team finished in 8th place. There were 16 teams in their bracket. Both of them did really well and I am so proud of them.

I’m still recovering from the excitement.



Our whole team is in this photo except for one, but one head is obscured :-) You can see his fingers giving bunny ears to the girl in front of him. Ha! Our main coach, Heather, took the photo. We had a couple of other volunteers in another van. The other team member, Jacob, wasn’t in this photo because he went home early with the stomach flu. :-(

This week, the kids are enjoying their Spring Break because Brian and Missy are in town with us. Yesterday we did the Carter House tour. It’s my favorite local Civil War tour. Ask me about Fountain Branch Carter! I know a lot of about his family now! Imagine having an army general knock on your door and tell you he was going to use your house for his headquarters for a battle that was about to happen. When it was all said and done several hours later, the house is covered in bullet holes and has been hit by canon fire. Pretty crazy, right?

Today we have football lessons with Brian on the agenda! I’ll let you know how it goes!


Hooray For Isaac!



Isaac completed Level 1 in the All About Reading curriculum. They don’t go along with grade levels, in case you wondered :-) I am so proud of him. His hard work is paying off. Aren’t those gaps in his mouth adorable?