Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our composer

I always have to sneak this videos (you'll see Isaac discover me at the end.) He spends time every day just writing his own songs and changing their key. (He told me this one was originally in A minor but he changed it to D sharp or something like that.) Rest assured that I do not share the video unless Isaac gives me permission. He told me I could share this one. But he did ask that others did not share.  I just love watching him compose music. So fun for us!

Abigail in car

Hannah rides a bike

No big surprise. Hannah decided to ride her bike when she wanted to and her way. This child is so her own person. She's so unique. So different from her siblings. So fun. So challenging. So beautiful. So energetic. So exhausting. So wonderful. I love her so much and this video makes me smile because she did it her way on her time -- as always.

Friday Funnies

Hannah: "Y-A-M spells potato!"


Hannah: "I look so stupid in Mr. Tymen's hat."
Me: "We don't use the word stupid."
Hannah: "Okay so I looked so ridiculous then."


Duygu: "What is a triplet?"
Hannah: "It is three twins."


Hannah to Mr. Tymen: "My mom is old enough to be your mom." Sigh .... :)


Hannah while I was brushing her hair after the bath: "This hurts terribly bad."


Abigail: "Shooting something is sort of like dodgeball, but if you get hit, you die."

Monday, November 20, 2017

Night at Dollywood

This is my Part II post from our "Christmastime" celebration at Dollywood:

The girls in the car

These two little girls are becoming such good friends. They have also been getting a hold of my camera when I don't even know it and taking pictures of each other. It's a lot of fun to see what they took:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

This ...

From left: Ryan (holding Graham who is six weeks older than Hannah), Stebbs (with 9-year-old William and 8-year old Sidge in front of her), me and 9-year old Isaac, and JB with the girls who are 4 and 6 now.

... makes me sooooo happy. 

The Stebbins family dropped in for a quick visit on the way to their Thanksgiving with family in Alabama. This family has a permanent spot etched in my heart. We lived by them and were family during two years in Turkey. Here are some photos of our boys -- the three buddies -- during our time in Turkey:

We Bought a Farm: My Everyday Truth

When things feel a little tough I have to remember ... I get to live here. Sometimes I can't believe we bought a farm in the middle of nowhere knowing no one ... and then I look at this place and look at the wonderful people we are calling friends and neighbors, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, He placed us right where we are. (Now how JB talked me into country life is still something I'm trying to figure out.)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tribe Life Tuesday: Expansive Thoughts and Narrow Paths

A weekly post from my childhood to grown-up friend Carrie ~ 
sharing her awesome life and her desire to have community while doing it!

Happy TribeLife Tuesday! 

I love meeting you here each week and sharing parts of my heart and life with you. You are amazing! 

Today’s post is an inside look into the current path I’m walking and I’m excited to have you along for the journey. 

Do you remember the last time you let yourself dive into a dream? 
Was it during childhood? You know the daydream that envelopes you while sitting at your desk, as the warm sun shined on you through the classroom windows.

Or is it the goal kind of dream that resides in your heart, electrifying you as it waits to make its entrance into the world? You know the one where you go, I wish my life looked like ______, or I cant wait til my life looks like ________. 

Well that’s what I want to share with you today. I am the girl who will tell you to go after your dreams 100% of the time. I believe that literally nothing can't be done; no dream is impossible. Size is irrelevant when it comes to dreaming and I’m a big fan of the “go big or go home” mentality. You see, there is something very real inside each of us that screams P U R P O S E. It’s an innate void that craves to filled by doing something meaningful. It’s the pedestal that you shine brightly on, it’s the "this is what I was made to do” pedestal where you feel nearly complete and the satisfaction is seemingly overwhelming. 

I find myself in that place when I travel, when I am with my tribe, and when I’m sharing my heart. 

So how does any of this have to do with expansive thoughts and narrow paths? 

Here it is: my thoughts are a current all their own. They swirl, they move back and forth, and their ebb and flow would probably scare anyone who dared to get inside my mind. But they are mine and it’s up to me to navigate these tumultuous thoughts well. 

My thoughts often expand and contract so rapidly that sometimes it seems chaotic. But when they meet the narrow, untrodden, dimly lit path, the swirling thoughts submit. What are they submitting to? To discipline, to consistency, to the unknown, to bravery. 

It’s on the narrow path where the big dreams take shape and are built on the firmest of foundations. Although the path can look and feel unsteady, don’t be deceived, it is secure. And that’s the funny thing about deception, you don’t know you’re being deceived. That’s why, even on the narrowest paths, with the swirling of many thoughts, you must make sure you are surrounded by your T R I B E! If nothing else, they are a safe place, sounding board, a protection. 

Open up and invite them in. 

Thank you so much for reading!

See you next week. 


When the girls get a hold of your camera!