Saturday, April 30, 2011


Ezra, Asher and Delton went fishing this morning. Ezra caught his first fish, all by himself!


Colson is "cruising". This is his attempt to make it across the "great divide". He is 10 months old...just got his first two teeth!! It is hard to believe that in the next few weeks, he will be cruising even more and making my life much more exciting!

A college roommate from Long Island was coming to Hershey Chocolate World with her husband and 2 year old. I bravely (with a bit of fear and trembling!) took all three boys there by myself to meet her. It went great!! We rode the ride twice, ate cookies, let the boys play outside, and came home, all in about 7 hours. My favorite part (besides visiting with Kate, my college roommate) was the 3 hours of driving time. Sleeping boys, a quiet van, and time alone with my thoughts....I felt very refreshed when I arrived home!!

Strawberry! (He reminds me of my sister, Katie, in this picture. Any guesses why, Lengeman family?)

Colson is checking out Asher's birthday fishing rod! He was quite taken with it!!

Delton's new routine is to take a morning walk around our yard and check out how things are growing. He is kind enough to include Colson in these walks so I have a few minutes to wake up! Here, I found him in our garden (one of our gardens!) getting worms!
Birthday boy, Asher! He turned 3 on the 27th!!

Ezra enjoying the feel of freshly turned earth in our other garden. We started out only intending to have a 4x10 raised garden. Now, let's just say we are in waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy over our heads (and loving it!!). Sweet corn, anyone?

Dad is looking at our recently purchased lawn mower, but I can't take my eyes off my little guy!!

Big stuff!! Show and tell!

So...that is a snapshot of our life. I must say, life is good!!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Milestones and Moments

 Colson just captures my heart. I love his smile, his bright eyes, his laugh. Really- he is just perfect!!

 Colson is a very happy baby. We love him!!
 See Delton's glazed-over eyes? That's what happens when you spend 5 minutes pushing two kids around on a tricycle. Are we done yet?
 This is my life....what keeps me busy, what keeps my heart full to overflowing...

Ezra bought some handcuffs recently. Out of the myriad of way that handcuffs can be used in play, the boys have decided that it is fun to "lock up" their stuffed animals. The kitchen chairs are their place of choice. It often looks a bit macabre when you walk in our kitchen and see curious george, or a cuddly teddy bear, hanging by cuffs. It is also amazing what you get used to.

Can I help, Dad??

 A milestone...Asher moved out of the toddler bed and into the lower bunk on the right of the picture. I try to place a large stuffed animal beside him to keep him from falling out, but it doesn't always work. I was out of bed at 2 a.m the other day to care for Colson, when I heard a thump and a cry. Whoops. Guess the stuffed animal idea didn't work as expected.

 Asher has such a beautiful spirit. I am learning that he doesn't use words to express his emotions. When saying "I'm sorry" or "I love you", he will give gifts...I have to be aware, because he will just stand beside me quietly, holding a toy or a picture he has made. He'll hand it to me, smile, and run away. I have to be quick if I want to hug him!

 My big boy...almost 5!

Asher....he melts my heart!

 What a milestone! Ezra had been using my camera batteries in his Leap-Max. I stole them back from him in time to catch this moment. No training wheels! Delton figures there must be something on the market that allows dad's to participate in this moment without killing their backs!

 Brotherly fun!! Bad guys...and their doll! :)

...and back to Colson! I can't say enough about how much he blesses us.

~Thank you, Father, for your gifts of Delton, Ezra, Asher and Colson. Truly, every good and perfect gift does come from You~

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Whole Lotta Something

I have several friends with blogs. I keep seeing their blogs changing, and I feel a little left behind. Really. Cool layouts, tabs...when did I get left in the dark ages? So, if the layout of this blog changes, as I hope it does, you'll know that I am desperately trying to keep up with the Joneses.

We took a trip to Lurgan Greenhouse today. Delton has been there many times, but I have never been. We decided to make our garden list and head there for a fun family outing. We pulled out of our driveway at 9:02 a.m., which was just 2 minutes past our goal time. Awesome. The greenhouse was about 45 minutes away, so we should arrive around... 10:35am. Oh my. What went wrong?

Well, Delton and I enjoy traveling together. We enjoying having time just to talk, and talk, and talk...As we drove up I81, I was about to comment to Delton that I didn't realize that his sales territory took him so far north, when Delton slapped his forehead and threw his ballcap. "What am I doing?" he shouted. You see, we were supposed to have gotten off at exit 20. Yep. We overshot our exit by 24 miles. Yikes.

So, with a lot of laughter, we got ourselves turned around, and made it to Lurgan Greenhouse a little later than we planned. We had a great time, and still managed to get home and accomplish all we wanted to. A good time, even with the unplanned detour!
Ezra was given a Leap-Max (sort of an educational pre-school gameboy) a few weeks ago. He loves drawing on the screen with an "app" called Color Corral. A few days ago, I was playing with the boys, helping them set up their train track. Ezra had asked for my help.
Okay, Ezra, here I am. Let's start building your train track.
Ezra sat down, and grabbed his Leap-Max.
Ezra! We are building a train track right now.
Yeah, mom. I know.
It took a bit, but I finally realized that Ezra was drawing the train track layout on the Leap-Max, planning out where the roundhouse would go and planning what the track layout should be before we started "for real". I stopped talking and let him finish, a bit humbled. Who is this child that is growing up faster than I can keep up?

Are you ever pulled back to childhood, to a memory of your mom, as you take care of your home? I have to smile each time I vaccum and remember mom telling me...Never vaccum with the lights off. I usually remember this when I find myself vaccuming in a dark room. Sorry, mom.
In my house growing up, the last task that was done before company came, was the lighting of candles. Can I light them now, mom? Not yet. Now? Just wait. Now?'s time. And the candles were lit, the house was clean, the meal was ready, and our company came. My boys are too young to help in the lighting of the candles, too young, perhaps, even to enjoy their ambiance, but I enjoy the glow, and it makes me feel a bit more prepared, a bit more grown up, a bit more like my mom as I wait for company, house clean, meal ready, candles glowing.

God seems so close when I read this hunger to know Him seems renewed...and the longing in me seems intensified, and somehow also satisfied...

Have you longed for a place where you come as you are and are welcomed every time? There is such a place. Welcome to the mane of the Lion of Judah, where all God's children can bury their faces when they are sad, celebrate when they are glad, rest when they are tired, and find fresh vision and purpose when they are ready to live again. ~Sheila Walsh Outrageous Love

Thanks for walking along on this journey with me.

I Almost Missed It

I walked into Ezra's room today. He was kneeling by his bed.
"It is nap time, buddy. In your bed."
But mom, I want to play!
" your bed!"
And then I noticed his folded hands, and heard what he had really said...
But mom, I want to PRAY.
"okay, buddy. That's great. Just get into bed when you are done."
I walked out, told Delton what had just happened, and from his bedroom heard his voice, quietly, as he prayed.