Sunday, April 20, 2014

The hope of Easter.

Today what I felt was the hope of Easter. The hope that comes from the fact that, though life is messy and broken, God is with us. Resurrected and present in our mess, making beauty from our ashes. I don't understand it all, my faith often feels so weak and pitiful, so thank goodness His faithfulness isn't dependent on me! 
It was a sweet morning, a celebratory afternoon at church ( which held their service and block party at their new space 2 blocks away! Yippie!), and tough late afternoon/evening as we came home and Jubilee immediately started throwing up. Sigh. Ollie JUST got over a round of hand, foot and mouth while Joel was out of town. Anyway, just one of those messy realities! 
Here's our little Easter table. Ready last night with baskets that held a new book, a few treats, and new super soft stuffed bunnies from Mammy. All were appreciated.:) 
We found the twins playing with their bunnies by the tulips- so cute:) 

Loving our backyard tulips and looking out the living room window at our cherry tree blossoms! 
Poor baby girl. 
Reading with his cheerleaders:) 
Love, love, love watching them ride their bikes together. It's just the best!!
Would you look at that flower garden?! It's a few blocks from our house, such a surprising sight in an area where flower gardens don't abound. An older man grows and tends it right outside his yard, between the sidewalk and the road. I hope I get to tell him one day how much I appreciate the work he puts into it!! Anyway, Joel and I took the big kids and Ollie on a walk this evening and it was so nice to have a breath of fresh air before coming home to, well, more throw up. Whew. Anyway, happy Easter to you friends! Jen

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Jack and Jubilee.

Jack is our next door neighbor, and just a few months older than Jubilee. We have always thought they look like twins!:) Anyway, Jubilee has had a tummy bug for the past week and today she said, " Jack, I don't feel good." He stood up and looked right at her, grabbed her hand and said, " you don't feel good? Do you need anything?" While he repeated himself multiple times so she could understand, I grabbed my phone off the counter and snapped this photo:
                    Melt. My. Heart. 
Then when we were walking him home (next door), they were walking hand and hand and he says to her, "Come, meet my family." Ahaha. Sweet little ones. So fun to see them at this stage.
In other news, the Hunt grandparents are here!! More on that soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


They are cracking me up today.

At lunch Sam was reading aloud from a Lego story reader and he looked up and said, " Amelia, pretty soon I'm going to be able to read fairy tales to you." 
"Yes!" She replied. "Especially if mama gets sick or , you know, gets pregnant again, then YOU can read me fairy tales." Ahahaha:) I keep waiting for Sam moving forward in reading to inspire her to, but no. Just as he was content to sit and watch her zoom around to bring him toys when they were babes, she is content to listen to him read, especially if it means he will read her fairy tales!

Then, I went outside to take some brownies to them we had made and they said, "come see our chicken hotel, mom!" They were in the compost area where our old Christmas tree is. Oh my gracious. Sam says, " As you can see, we have snacks (cranberries from the compost), a flower bouquet (bowl of dandilions), a trash can (the chickens food bowl), and the hotel itself (the Christmas tree) with comfy nests for the chickens." I peered inside the hotel, and sure enough the chickens were both laying comfortably in their "nests"! 
Sam just ran inside and said, " we aren't coming inside, I'm just getting books to read to the chickens!" Oh my. They are just hysterical. Knock yourself out,guys. I'm just reading this lovely book while the little ones nap! 
All for now, Jen

Monday, March 24, 2014


KSometimes I get a little angst-y over, well, everything. The house that is never all clean at the same time, the school goals that are oh, so hard to accomplish with diapers to change and potty trainers to train, little ones needing naps, big ones wanting snacks. And, speaking of school, Waldorf or Charlotte Mason? Or a combo? Or just do our own thing? Move to Texas, stay in Utah?! Did I mention the dirty house? Did I mention how not only the house, but my whole being feels like a bit of a mess most of the time. Angst! Worry!  
Then, truth comes in and calms me down. From a calming word from my Joel. From a hymn heard while rocking. I raise my hand right there in the rocking chair and say, "seriously, amen". From a Bible study that speaks to our need to dwell in the Lord's presence in order to see our need for Him. Truth. From a conversation with a dear friend, over the roar of toddlers and babies, the encouragement comes. From looking out the window to see the big kids bent over rocks, studying. I open the window and ask what they are doing, giggling with delight inside over the whole precious scene. Sam yells up, " We are cracking open rocks to see if they are crystals. They are, just not rare ones! That's what Amelia's book says." They had brought her book out there with them! Oh goodness. My heart calms down a notch. You see, we may be a tad behind in math (oops!), and babies and toddlers may "interrupt" us often, but these children love to learn. That's what we are going for, right? Deep breath, Jenny. And yes, I'm a mess in so many ways. There is very little margin in my days- they are full to the brim with children, home, husband. So, I neglect other things. Like, personal time and space and thought. Not saying that's good. I'm just saying, I wouldn't trade it. And I need to remember that. Work on the mess, yes, but don't let worry and angst overwhelm me into missing out on the joy. The joy of this life that has been given to me so graciously by God, who knows and loves me fully. Messy heart and home and all. That's all friends. Hope you are able to feel some calm in your heart as well, Jen

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In our homeschool, lately.

* handwork- it's all about potholders and finger knitting these days. We are reading the Kaya series (American Girl) and many other Native American stories and it has made us all want to use our hands more! I even started to knit, and last night got past the first row!;) 
* Books- Finished the Kit series and reading about the Great Depression, now on to Kaya and American Indians. Grimms Fairytales (Amelia can't get enough). Copious amounts of Roald Dahl with Joel...daddy is ready to move on but the children are not:) Sam is tackling the tougher Bob books and some Dr. Suess. I read The Dirty Life, a memoir about farming and loved it and Etched in Sand, an incredibly sad memoir about neglect and abuse.
Curriculum: Life of Fred for math, occasionally:), Explode the Code for phonics. Literature and life for everything else:) 
-Rhythm. That's what we have been working on. I feel like we had lost our way a bit.  It's hard but rewarding work. My favorite rewards lately have been dinner at home, no screen time other than family night, Jubilee napping, and Ollie joining us for circle time in the morning. Seeing the kiddos doing finger plays and songs with him and Jubilee is the sweetest. 
- Of course, Jubilee's "school" from now until kinder is listening to stories, being mama's helper, and playing!

* Other resources: 
Friday Waldorf program where they go for nature walks, bake, paint, craft, sing, play, etc:) 
Wild Wednesday program at the Ogden nature center.
Homeschool P.E.
Friends. Couldn't do it without them!

I hope to do this once a month or so to record what we are doing and also for when the two littles get older and I'm looking for ideas:). It's not always lovely, or easy, or peaceful. But sometimes it is. Enough of the time that I want to keep going, and I want to keep striving, and I want to keep living our days together. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

New beginnings.

Mondays. New Years. Spring. Throwing off the old, putting on the new (in Christ). I love them all. I guess mornings would fit in there too, but try as I may, I do not love mornings.
Anyway, I'm sitting outside right now watching the kids on their bikes, listening to the birds, reading a magazine. Ahhhh, Spring. We celebrated today by putting away our winter books and pulling out the spring. Amelia, most of all, loves these days of switching over the seasonal book basket. She spreads them all out, sits in the middle of them and digs in:) Some favorites off the top of my head are:
Little Cottontail
Make way for Ducklings
Butterfly Children
Brambly Hedge: A spring story
Spring by Gerda Muller
The Bee Tree....
And many more!:) 
Happy almost spring to you! Jen

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A welcome break.

The package man brought an envelope from amazon and I literally squealed when I opened it and found this book that I forgot I had ordered. A new book, just for mama. 
Now it's snowing, the girls are taking a long, warm bath, Ollie is sleeping and Sam is playing with Legos. Oh yes, perfect conditions for a little break, and if I don't fall asleep, I am looking very forward to a cup of tea and a few chapters of a book. Moments like these are much needed for all mamas, of course, but I think for those who choose to have school age kiddos plus younger little ones home with us pretty much 24/7, they are vital. I'm trying to be better about grabbing them when I can. Which means I must post this and get to it:) Jen