Fall & Family…

Well, this morning has been successful so far. I woke up before the girls, drank a little coffee, turned on some worship music and worked on catching up on my correspondence. Now Laila is up, and she seems to be in a good mood. Everything was “funny” this morning according to her. She also picked up the playroom, and now she is playing with her Little House on the Prairie paper dolls.

We’ll see how the day goes from here out. My fingers are purple from crossing them so hard.

My two girls and I have struggled to mesh a little lately. I cannot figure out why. I have sat them down to talk face to face, heart to heart, and they reveal nothing troubling. I was hoping for a “coming to Jesus moment”– but, none. So I am going to call it a: ‘stage of life we are in’ and leave it.
Oh, before i forget!

Here is a beautiful song to play while you read the rest of the post:

I thought I’d post a few pictures from last week….

You know that feeling where you feel you have just been dragging your children around with you wherever you go? And you think maybe they aren’t having any FUN in their little lives?
Yes, well, last Friday I woke up and decided it was their day. I asked them what they each want to do for the day.

Elle could not come up with anything besides, “Go to Gracie”s house.” (I already asked her to meet us at the park and they had other plans.)Β  So finally I said,

“Hershbergers? You always beg to go there.”

“Oh. YEAH. let’s go THERE!” She said.

Laila picked the library. (Probably because I told her the zoo was out- jk.)

Here they are at Hershbergers- a farm animal petting place and the best baked goods on this earth.
Puppies…. well, they are a huge hit.

Elle said for the one millionth and oneth time,

“I just don’t know why we can’t get a puppy. I just don’t know what’s so much work about them. You just have some food and water and… what else?”

I said, “Well, you are getting something like a puppy, in 2 weeks– she/he can be your little pet.”

She was dubious.

Feeding animals with these little cones of grain is bravery manifested for my girls.

Laila: “Psst…. Elle. ELLE. I feel an eavesdropper.”

Elle: “Laila, be cool, we have only one chance to make this shot great.”

(Which as it turns out, was not true at all.)

Little Goaties. Many new head-tilts coming up….


I told G the other day when they were wearing these skirts, “We are doing our best to keep the ruffled denim skirt company in business.”

I got a “huh?”

Usually he says, “In the interest of turning over a profit, I’m sure they made more than one.”

He says that to me infinite numbers of times in life, like when I say, “Hey look, they have a van like ours.”

Pony rides from a delightful, young, Amish boy.

Jk, we really didn’t get to know him.

Here I channel my inner Pioneer Woman Photography skills.

Play area. Must stop.

This photo speaks of coldness… and obligation to pose for mom because she is the biggest of the 3 of us.

The girls had some cider, donut holes, and kettle corn (made by real Amish people from a real fire and kettle).Β  I can only imagine how that sight must make the tourists all giddy… because I know how giddy it makes ME.

“Whatcha thinkin’ ’bout, Elle?”

“Oh, just pun’kin stuff…”

More goaties.

Three gourds looking cool like pears.


Other cozy shots.

Elle my bread baking buddy, in all her morning glory. If she was 16, she would likely have not let me post this picture of her….

Yes, the girls helped me make homemade bread for the first time.

Fresh, it got a rating of 10. The next day though, I thought it went dry a little fast and had sunk to a 3.

I made fruit filled french toast with it for Sunday dinner though, and it was delicious. Now what? Croutons? Stuffing? The trash can?

Sweet unexpected mail from an online friend. Peachy keen!

Channeling my inner teen, “taking pictures with my mirror” shot.

I only have 10 days to go! So very excited…

The girls ready for church, coloring at the little table n chairs I picked up at the Antique Festival here in town.

This picture is so them: Laila, friendly, bright and sugary. Elle, engrossed, articulate and creative.

If you see her hair in a bun: it was either by bribing orΒ by coercion.

A few of Laila’s drawings. They are so sweet and simple.


Before I go, I want to quick write down an Elle-logic quote. I have lots of them.

I was talking to her about a new movie of hers that we will have to pitch, because they talk about a witch and casting a spell in it.

She thought that was dumb and why. So we talked about it further. I told her that I feel witches and wizards etc. do not work for God, they work for satan.

Well, that got her– she is NOT a fan of satan.

Then her face brightened and she said,

“Well, I just do not know why, if witches are bad, then why doesn’t God use them to do bad things to Satan?”

Good logic there, kitty.

“Well, this day won’t start itself.”




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  1. Amber says:

    I love this post! All of it, from the beautiful song playing, to the ‘come to Jesus moment’, to the truck patch pics and cozy pics of home. My days not starting itself either, but this was a good start. And way to go on the bread! It’ll get better. πŸ™‚

  2. Jo says:

    That Amish petting zoo place that you take your kid to looks like fun!

  3. Beth says:

    Hilarious. I love it. You make me laugh so much. The “work for satan” part especially. Sometimes during our family prayers Steven will ask something like, what does God not want you to do, and one of the boys will always say something like, “worship satan”. We’re like, well, yeah, but what else?

    I bet you just cannot wait! I’m excited for you.

  4. April says:

    The conversations that your girls have with each other crack me up! Girls really are so articulate compared to boys at the same age. I love seeing all the cute little outfits they wear too. Eliza has a lot of the same things in her closet (hello Target sales rack!).

    I like the way you described “not meshing with the girls”. I feel that way with my kiddos sometimes too. No particular reason, we just go through stages where there is extra friction. But then we have times when we get alone swimmingly!

    Fun pictures, as always I totally enjoyed this post πŸ™‚

  5. April says:

    Oh wait! I forgot to say how much I liked the baby bump photos!! Thanks for including them!

  6. jennie z says:

    I just READ and read again, and stare at all the lovely pictures. I love when you blog.
    thinking of you and that little baby you will soon get to hold. πŸ™‚ I know how excited you all are and I am excited too!

  7. amber says:

    you make me smile!

    and TEN days? wow. can’t believe how fast your pregnancy has went..
    don’t you love when ppl say that. :/

    can’t wait to meet this little one. xo

  8. Jolene says:

    Loved that last picture of you! Looking forward to hearing your baby news soon!

  9. cindy says:

    funFUN pics and words. i was thinking how faaaaast your preganancy went too. πŸ™‚ happy dancing for you and the very best of wishes and blessings.

  10. Thelma says:

    hurray for the baby bump picture. I too find it incredible that you are only 10 days out:-) and you have a scheduled c-section, right, so you know it really is only 10 days?
    i loved this post. it was kinda happy sigh, on this rainy cold day. Loved all the little autumn details, and seeing your girls’ fun winter outfits. Laughed about the ruffled skirt conversation:-)
    Kettle corn? oh it makes me giddy too.
    yeah, and great point about kiddos having to do our boring adult things all the time. except, i often get together w/ people abbi’s age, so she can have a good time, so I’m not too feeling guilty here.
    K. well, hope everything goes well with gettting that baby here, cannot wait to hear the name/gender and see pics:-)

  11. kristy says:

    So fun to read :), wow i didnt know you were so close. Cant wait to hear the news. That farm looks like such a cool place. I love my big girls but sometimes i sort of miss the fact that those places arent quite as cool as they were…

  12. Lynnelle says:

    I’m so excited to hear about that baby when it gets here! Hope everything goes well. Your girls don’t stop growing. They’re so darling. Laughed about Elle’s bun. If my girls have a bun it’s because I can’t get a comb through it anymore and it desperately needs to be washed.
    Happy 10 days!

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