kids pics

First off, I want to say I like you guys!

I’m so thankful for my online friends! heart

I went Bible study this morning.  We discussed Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding feast.  His wine was far better than was served at the beginning of the feast.  Jesus was no kill-joy, He provided what was needed for a joyful celebration.  He will provide what we need, too.  He cares about what happens in the home and in our communities.  Hospitality at home is a sacred calling.  It is my sacred calling to treat my children, and especially my husband, with hospitality and respect.  (that’s the lesson, in a nutty nutshell).  I met the most encouraging group of ladies.  They all nod their heads in understanding as they listen to each other speak.  And they were so sweet to me!  (my first class there).  I loved it.

I also started going to an evening Bible study at our church, where we are studying the book of Phillippians.  I’m so thankful to get to know my sisters in Christ.  It is such an encouragment and like a shot of joy in the arm.

It’s a rainy day here.

I had a new coffee today on my way to Bible study.  I ordered a caramel coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts, with cream (no sugar).  It was DELICIOUS.

I had to go to Costco after the study.  Seth and Sarah were so good.  I gave them a hot dog to share and we got through the store just fine.  I’m making their stuffed salmon for dinner tonight.

Everything is put away now, I had a cup of soup for lunch and here I am, popping in to say HELLO and to share some current pictures of the kids.


First off, Sarah in the leaves.  I have a little pair of boots that were Sethie’s that she’s been wearing outside lately.  Too cute. 


Jacob and his sister, watching TV.  He was holding her in his lap but told me that “her hair smelled like the chicken coop”.  I gave her a bath right away. 

I think I told you that the older boys are running cross country.  They are both doing very well in their first school sport ever!  Rich is especially proud of them.  This is a sweet picture of him and Ethan, talking through E’s race that he just completed.

And this is Jacob.  Look at that interesting man in the background with the red plaid beanie and the curling mustache.  Love it.

He was running with over 300 boys!

So, they were running at a big park and as we waited for the boys Rich and I walked through the gardens and I saw this bush…….

Does anyone know what it is?  I love the berries.  I have never seen berries this color.

Rich pushed Seth on the swings at the park.  Later on, I was pushing him and he fell off.  I was pushing Sarah on the swing next to him and she fell off her’s at the same time.  It was a first for me, losing both children at the same time like that.  Thank goodness they were okay. 

David decided to teach Seth to do the monkey bars (at our place)….

He was doing so well.  David clapped for him.

But as I got near, I could see the distress in his eyes.

But he kept trying.


He and David decided to try again when he’s four.

Eating outside.  They were all in the dirt in no time.

David (green shirt) Sarah, Seth, and Caleb (red shirt)

Jacob, my firstborn

Jacob, photo bombing his sister (photo bombing is when you ruin someone else’s picture, but doing it all innocent-like, like it was an “accident”)


Grace quote of the day, “I want to find someone that I can’t annoy by talking too much.”

This was taken yesterday when we were playing in the woods.  I read the first chapter of The Bad Beginning out loud to Caleb and Grace out there.  By the way, Lemony Snicket is at it again, working on a new series called “All the Wrong Questions”.  The first book is Who Could that be at This Hour?  You can read the first chapter here.  I read it to the kids yesterday and now we are looking forward to it coming out at the end of the month.

Grace took this one.


These muffins were a big hit with the ladies this morning:

Delightful Apple Spice Muffins  (adapted from

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar. Add eggs, and beat until smooth. Blend in cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda. Alternately add in a half cup of applesauce, one cup of flour, remaining applesauce, and remaining flour. Stir until just blended together. Pour batter into muffin cups 2/3’s of the way full.
  3. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 17 minutes.

I used a mini muffin tin (greased), and when they were done, I dipped the tops in melted butter, then in cinnamon sugar.  They were soft and delicious, sort of like donut holes.  (good with that afternoon cup of coffee).  Makes 12 regular sized muffins


Have a wonderful day, friends!

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  1. One delight after another. I enjoyed Community Bible study so much ( also enjoyed Bible study Fellowship, they are much alike), and taking my boys to the children’s programs. David said he always worried about finding me afterwards, I must not have explained that I would always come for him He reveals all sorts of funny and terrible things he thought when he was little. Anyway, so so glad you are enjoying the study, the women, and God’s word!Always enjoy seeing all the pics of the children. Jacob’s face is growing so manly. I am sure it delights Rich to see his boys running, and doing so well.I went to classes on development and the monkey bars are REALLY good for them. Something with the hand over hand and the eye coordination works with the brain and connects a lot of pathways. They said to just hold little ones by the seat or hips and help them til they are strong enough to do it on their own. We saw those purple berries when we were in NH at a village. I thought they were so neat, but don’t remember the name!Oh, and tell Grace that pic of Seth is my favorite.

  2. Such fun pictures. I wish there was a bible study around here that I could join. Abbey loves the monkey bars. She has started to get calluses on her palms – she is proud of them! πŸ™‚ I made some apple scones the other day to give to the preschool teacher. I ate one. Delicious. I love fall πŸ™‚

  3. your family is so beautiful Shanda. i cannot believe how they are all just growing right up! seems like every time you post, i think they look bigger/older!that bush? i think it’s called a beautyberry bush. i have one that i plan to plant. i love those delicate little purple berries!off to fix supper…have a good evening!

  4. Love that photo of your five youngest kiddos.And the two oldest look so grown-up!When you said that the apple muffins tasted like donut holes I almost whisked out the baking supplies at 9:50pm.   πŸ™‚  I refrained but I am definitely going to make them in the near future.

  5. Hi Shanda, What a beautiful family you have. I’m so glad you’ve found a group of women to gather with. Friends are such a gift from the Lord. I love the pictures of your kiddos. Oh so lovely! Gracie has grown so much! Well they all have, haven’t they Such a fun season to be in – fall and family ~Cinnamon

  6. Shanda, I’m thankful for you too, and to know you here on Xanga.  What a blessing your blog is and described so well as a “happy place”…. I agree!!  Jealousy is a sin, but I have to admit I’m a little envious of the colorful fall in your pictures.  It’s just gorgeous!! Here in the deep south that bright burst of color isn’t as vibrant.  Women’s Bible Study has and continues to be a HUGE source of encouragement to me.  Digging into God’s Word together and the sisterhood in Christ is so special.  Your blog blesses me….thank you!Jannie

  7. i’m glad for a place with october too! just love all the colors.. even if i’m not a fan of cooler weather. you just can’t deny the gloriousness of this season. that shot of the leaves all lined up.. lovelove!! and the kids! oh, my. yes.. what rachel said. it seems every time i come here they are looking bigger! the older boys are so handsome~ looking more like men!! wow! when did that happen. we have men and women now in our homes!! :)) they just grow so fast, and i remember that when i look at my younger two. that will be them before i know it~ have a wonderful day there, shanda!

  8. What beauty again in your post. Love that you have found a community of ladies to help you grow spiritually. I will be eager to finish these grad. classes and plug in to a Christian ladies community again (I attend a bible study on Wed. evening, but it isn’t the same.) Photo bombing…haha. My brother once offered to take a picture of a group at the beach. Little did they know that several of my brothers friends were behind the group acting crazy…Hee Hee. Wait until they get THOSE developed!It is all flavors Fall around here. Every time I make that Fall Harvest Cake, I think of you dear friend. It’s one of my favorites for fall.Blessings,Dawn

  9. Hello all! It’s Saturday at 7:16 here. Sarah is looking at a book, Caleb is examining a device(I wonder where he got that from). And Seth is aimlessly walking around. Where are the others you ask? Sound asleep. We are waiting for them to wake up so at the moment we are COUNTING BLESSINGS. About the blog: I was photobombing Jay’s pictures too but I got cut out. Oh well. I love Sarah’s picture with hair in her eyes and looking sooo happy. Oh, dad just woke up! I have to go. We will pray for you all through out the day. – Grace

  10. I am so glad that you have found a bible study. I too have joined a bible study and it is something I will never regret doing. It is balm to my soul. I love my small group and look so forward to the video session. I have been learning so very much. What study are you doing? We are doing One in a Million by Priscilla Shrirer.

  11. Everyone knows I talk too much…my first day of work at the child development center on the base, I walked into the break room for a 15 minute break, and one staff member points to me and says, “She comes in the room talking, and she leaves talking.” What can I say? I am a chatterbox…If Grace wants to have someone to chat with, my ears can listen very well…and I will talk a lot too, but I will try not to interrupt…

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