Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I hear my little guy singing this song a lot. He has heard it on Sesame Street a couple of times. It makes me smile and a little weepy when I hear him. I hope that he achieves whatever his goals are in life...but, I also hope he remembers his way back home from time to time. :)
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I got a new mixer!!!! Anyone that knows me, knows that this is a big deal. I LOVE to bake for my family. I love to make bread, cookies, dinner and sweet rolls, and lately even sandwich buns. We got 3 mixers for wedding gifts 12 1/2 years ago and have broken all of them in the past 4 years. So, I have been drooling over all of the KitchenAid models for years. But, just hated to spend that much on a mixer. We finally decided to save our Discover card cash back for one. And, this year for my birthday, my sweet parents, in-laws, and Jake's grandparents gave me money. So, I set it all aside and waited to have enough Discover card cash back to transfer to Bed Bath and Beyond gift cards. So, yesterday was the day that the children and I loaded up in the car and made the trip over to our Bed Bath and Beyond. I was able to get the Professional 600 model for 55.00 out of our pocket after coupons,rebates, cash back, and b'day money!!! It is a 400.00 mixer.So excited! So, a big thank you to all of my sweet family for the b'day money. It helped a lot. I am going to close for now so that I can mix and bake until my heart is content. :)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here are a couple of cute pics of our sweet girl. The one in the backpack is so priceless. This was one on our recent trip to Lake Jordan with our great friends Daniel and Elisha. It was our third day there and our second time hiking on Swayback Trail. I guess she felt that she had seen enough. HAHA!! We had the best time with the best friends. Somehow this was the only picture that we came away with, but I will say it was the greatest weekend. Thanks Daniel, Elisha, Anjali, and Jaiden for being the greatest friends. We love you. The other pic is Annalise in her ladybug boots. The boots were a gift from our beloved Aunt Trisha while I was still pregnant with our sweet girl. She has finally grown into them, and let me tell you....she is thrilled. Aunt Trisha is the best and always finds the best gifts ever. We love you Aunt T. I put them on her 10 times per day. Such a precious girl. We are forever thankful that God saw fit to make her ours.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
God has richly blessed Jake and I with such precious children. I never mean to imply that they or we are perfect. I am so grateful for God's grace and my children's ability to forgive a Mama who makes mistakes daily. They continue to love me and to be happy with me despite my constant failures. They really take joy in such sweet little things. I love the picture of them peeking into the oven. They were waiting on a blueberry pie that we made that morning. I love how Gideon is holding Annalise's hand. He takes his responsibility of older brother very seriously. I think he has days that she bothers him all day, but he cannot bear for her to get into trouble. And, they miss one another terribly when apart. The one of Gideon in the swing was just a wonderful gift. He was waiting on Annalise and I on the porch and took a book out while he was waiting. Just sweetness.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I don't know how Jake and I ended up with such a blessed life. Why God has given us soon to be 3 wonderful children. We have a life that is filled with smiles and laughter. And, I could not have asked for a better help mate and father for my precious children than Jake. What kind of man asks for a dryer and hot water heater for Father's Day? The best kind. The kind that take his little ones on long bike rides even though it is a much easier ride by himself. The kind that comes home and senses Mama needs a break from the little ones and gladly takes both of them out for the afternoon. The kind that rushes home from work and whose children rush to the door screaming when they seem him. The kind that calls throughout the day to tell us all how much he loves us and wishes he were home with us all of the time. The kind that looks for hobbies that includes all of us. Hobbies that are not a way to get away , but a way to bring us all together. The kind who always thinks of the children and I first and himself second. The kind of father that is always plugged in to his family. The kind who is a willing play partner in the floor with animals and trains(and even a baby doll every once in a while). The kind that oohs and ahhs over his baby girl in a new outfit. The kind that notices every little thing that his little boy accomplishes. And, the kind that makes me feel loved and treasured. That is the kind of husband/father that asks for a new dryer and water heater for Father's Day. I will give him an actual gift because I find such joy in seeing joy on his face. If the children and I can give him just a bit of joy that he gives us everyday, it will be a great day. We love you, Jake/Da!! Happy Father's Day!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
I just love to see my little ones red faced and dirty. It has been really hot this week, and Gideon is a magnet for chiggers. BUT we refuse for any of that to keep us inside all day. We still try to get some time outside even if it is just a few minutes for a quick walk, throwing a few rocks on the driveway, or watering our garden. So, here are a few pics of the Franklin children good and dirty.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I dearly love Mother's Day. I treasure every one because I know how empty it is without any little ones. I had many Mother's Days without them and longing for them. Missing them even though I did not know them. God has blessed us with two...soon to be three precious children. We are forever grateful.
We had a wonderful day together. We decided to stay home from church and just rest Sunday morning. I am feeling lots more energetic now that I have entered the second trimester of my pregnancy, but still have days that a nice lazy morning is a perfect thing. Jake and Gideon went to the grocery store early and came home with all the fixins for the best omelet ever and, a beautiful arrangement of roses. They had already given me a very generous gift of an Ipod Touch but, the roses were just a wonderful surprise. We went to an art show and had a great lunch together. Then came home for a wonderful nap. ( A great gift in itself!) Afterwards, we were able to spend a great night with my wonderful Mama and family. Such a wonderful day spent with all of those that I hold near to my heart. Thank you sweet family for a wonderful day and for loving me, not just on Mother's Day, but every day.
Gideon got a great engineering hat, bandanna, and train whistle from Dandun and Grandaddy for his birthday. He looks so cute in it, I just had to post this. He is getting so big so fast. We are taking a few minutes every morning to work on "school work". He is doing a handwriting workbook and is coming along really well. He is such a big boy and we are so proud of him and little sister.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Boy!! It has taken me forever to decide to sit down to work on our little blog. I don't know how long it has been since I have taken such a long break. Our little brood had a great Easter weekend. We started it on Friday by dying Easter eggs. Next, it was off to Grandmama's for an Easter egg hunt with cousins Ethan, Elijah, Alayna, Nathanael, and Alexander. I guess, technically Alexander and Annalise did not participate, but I think they had a great time. Next, the other Franklin brood came home with us and we planted our first raised bed garden. It was a lot of fun and we were pleased with how much the kids (espcially Alayna) enjoyed it. We planted yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, cucumbers, baby carrots, buttercrunch lettuce, eggplant, and tomatoes. We have since put in several herbs. So far, everything is sprouting and looking really great. We are super excited. On Easter Sunday, we went to church, took the little ones to the park for a bit, and then went home for lunch. It was a great weekend. And we enjoyed spending it with our family.
Monday, March 23, 2009
These are a few new sweet pictures of the kiddos. I just love the one of Gideon at the stream in the park. And the one of Annalise in her backpack. One of her most favorite places to be. :) The picture of Gideon at the table was taken because it was his first time setting the table. We have a new chore chart that he follows. It is not really a reward chart, but he does place a sticker by the chore when he completes it. He is learning to make his bed, feed the cat, take his dishes to the sink, set the table, etc. He absolutely loves doing the chores and begs to do more. ( That may not last very long...but, we will enjoy it while it lasts!)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We celebrated our precious little girl's first birthday on the 14th. She had a wonderful time. She is becoming such a special little girl and it meant so much to us to have our friends and family with us to celebrate. She received so many sweet gifts and is enjoying all of them. Her pretty ladybug dress was made with love by her Aunt Obbie who is always so generous. God has been so incredibly good to us, granting us such sweet children and family and friends that treasure them and enjoy them with us. Thanks to everyone for helping us celebrate. We love all of the gifts, but love all of you even more. Big hugs and kisses from our sweet girl.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
We recently had our first playdate with some sweet friends. Gideon and Annalise were able to meet and play with Bryant and Sophie Boemer. They had such a good time. And since I forgot my camera, Mrs. Jamie(Bryant and Sophie's Mama) was sweet enough to take some beautiful pics and share them. I love the one of Annalise and Sophie. We had a great time and are looking forward to the next time.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Mr. John and Mrs. Kathy are sweet friends of our little family. They are so kind to my children in every way. They are so sweet and loving to both of them, and are so thoughtful. The children both just had a birthday and we received the best presents from Mr. John and Mrs. Kathy. Gideon received his first batch of moon sand and I have to say he has hardly played with anything else. And, I have enjoyed it quite a bit myself. :) Annalise received a beautiful red and white summer outfit. She looks so gorgeous in it. In fact we will have more pictures to follow of her in her sweet outfit that our sweet friend Mrs. Jamie took in the park. So, a big thanks to Mr. John and Mrs. Kathy. We love the gifts but love you even more. Your generosity is only exceeded by your sweetness.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
How could she be one? I have been remembering all week. The excitement of her coming. Dandun being here with us. So many sweet memories.Annalise is getting so big so fast. She is turning into such a funny little girl. Her personality is really starting to shine. She woke up to find her birthday balloon that brother chose for her. She LOVED it. Her party is not until the 14th, but Gideon was ready to celebrate. We got out the party hats and had a celebratory bagel. Of course, she may never forgive me for scheduling her doctor visit on her birthday. Pretty bad to get shots on your big day. But, we will make it up to her. Such a big girl!!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Jake just went on his first Hog Hunt with Pete and Jeremy. They had so much fun. We called it the "Man Adventure" so much that even Gideon was asking when "Da would be home from his Man Adventure". And, no they did not get any hogs this time. But, no one seemed to mind. I think they truly had a wonderful adventure. Jake and I are ready for a spring and summer of adventure with the kiddos. Gideon is talking about camping all of the time now. And, I am anxious to get some camping and canoeing in myself. Gideon has been practicing "sleeping" in our sleeping bags. He is very excited about an upcoming camp out with his Da on the property. Life is so good and an adventure in itself.