Making the Most of the Time

My mom recently made the observation that about one-third of the time we have with our oldest son Luke living in our home is gone. Over. Poof. Well, how did that happen? Cue the tears because that was a fast six years that we will never get back. Luke has moved from babyhood to boyhood…

Your Kids Need Your Patience, Not Your Power

  There are times when I’m reading God’s Word and a verse seems to literally jump off the page at me. Maybe a light bulb of understanding flashes on in my mind or a connection is made for the first time. Most often, the lamp of God’s Word shines deep within, and His Spirit pricks…

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

The 2013 Stevens-family-Christmas-card-photo-shoot needed to be recorded in the archives for posterity’s sake. Because future generations need to understand that they come from a bunch of crazies! And fun crazies to boot! {Disclaimer: some of these photos have dark shadows and heads cut out. We used the self timer for this shoot because who do…

Fire prevention parade and the difficult twos

Fire Prevention week is one of those fun, small town traditions that’s hard to understand and appreciate unless you’ve been a part of it. But in the little town I hail from, it’s a pretty big, stinkin’ deal.  A whole week in October is centered around fire prevention activities. The firemen come to the schools…

Cousin Play

We went to Jackson for a few days this past week, and Adam’s brother’s family happened to be right up the road in Thomasville during their spring break. We got together for a cousin play-date {a rare but precious treat}, and I pulled the “real camera” out for the first time in a long time….

December Fun

There’s this adorable little park that we drive by almost every day on our way to and from the house, and it’s lit up with all sorts of fantastic lights this time of year. Mr. Boy always notices the lights from the car and points and “talks” when we drive by. So one night, we…

Then and Now

When we were home last, my sister-in-law passed along a sweet little outfit that belonged to Adam’s dad as a baby. I believe that PawPaw and every Rice boy born since has had a picture made in this outfit. Or in L’s case, 50+ pictures made in the outfit. Because I have a picture problem…

Granddaddy

My heart is heavy tonight because my Granddaddy is sick. So very sick. The cancer has taken over his body, and it has happened so fast. He doesn’t have much time left. Cancer. . . it’s a devilish thing. It seems that losing grandparents has become too frequent an occurrence for us over the past…

Colorado Vaca {Part 2: Garden of the Gods}

Garden of the Gods is a public park and gorgeous natural landmark in Colorado Springs. We’ve already visited twice. I’ll let the pictures tell the story because {as usual} there’s no shortage of them. {We miss Will so much!}{craziness}{beauty}Like I said, lots of pictures. Good times. Sweet memories. Thankful.

Summer Fun

Earlier today, I was wondering why the children who live next door were outside playing basketball on a school day. Then, it dawned on me. It’s summer. They’re out of school. Duh. And I had a moment of jealousy. Because we’re still schooling it up and will be all summer. Don’t fret, though. We’ve managed…

Grandy’s Homecoming Day

One year ago today, our precious Grandy went home to be with Jesus. Today, I’ve been remembering her—the person she was and the legacy she left. What a beautiful woman, inside and out. I’m so thankful. Say a little prayer for my Papa today. I feel sure it will be a hard day for him.

Close Cousins

Two years ago, I never would have imagined that Mr. Boy would have a sweet little boy cousin almost exactly his age. But, lo and behold, here they are! In December of 2010, we went to Disney World with Adam’s entire family. I didn’t feel great for most of the trip, but I chalked it…