We Built This City

We had a fun trip to Guitar Center today. Kayla’s knows enough from her few piano lessons to be able to play around.

She was going around the place like a princess. Of course, that’s everywhere we go.

Dad gave us a little concert in the acoustic room.


Then Kayla got her first little lesson.


The electric guitars are a little more fun!









Isn’t this tiny ukulele so cute?! I think Bekah was waiting for her turn!

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Happy Halloween 2013

Every day gets better with this crew. Not every day is great, but each one does get better.

My marriage is more solid than it’s ever been. Kayla is becoming a girl that we really enjoy being with. And, We are understanding and growing with Rebekah a little more everyday. These smiles say it all.

I’m so thankful that God has His hand on our family. All praise to Him for what He has done in and through us.










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Bekah’s Arsenal of Tools is Expanding


We just received this new stand from Dynovox for Rebekah’s Maestro device.  First of all – It’s gigantic and we’ve each tripped over it already at least once.  Second  – Bekah loves having her device right up where she can use it.  Look a that smile!


During dinner she was telling me that she wanted “more”.




While these pictures make it look like she was calmly contemplating which picture to target on the device, in all reality, there was lots of screeching, grabbing, shoving, squealing, button pushing, kicking, and grunting going on.

A new adventure for sure!

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The Best Medicine

Your daily dose.

Kayla is the best at making Bekah laugh.  Bekah adores her sister (and so do we!).

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Light Up the Sky


I’m becoming more and more aware of the beauty God displays on our Earth.

I serve an amazing God from whom all good things flow.

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Spelling Flowers

My girlie loves anything crafty. Pull out some construction paper and glitter and you’ve got her full attention!

The other day I thought we’d liven up our spelling lesson. So we made this pretty flower with out list 8 words. She loved it!


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Grandma’s Christmas Breakfast

I needed a little bit of family comfort yesterday.  There’s nothing that fits this description more than my mom’s Christmas breakfast soufflé.


Baked Ham Souffle

9″ x 13″ pan, serves 8.  From the kitchen of Judy Forrer.  <3  This recipe makes a 9×13 pan so for our family will get two meals out if it.

  • 16 slices sandwich bread with the crust removed
  • 8 slices boiled ham (1/8″ thick)
  • 8 slices old English cheese
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups corn flakes
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)

Arrange slices of bread in a buttered broiler pan.  Arrange ham, cheese, and other 8 slices of bread on top.  Beat eggs, mustard, and salt.  Mix in milk.  Pour over the layers in the pan and refrigerate over night.  Crush the corn flakes and sprinkle over the top.  Drizzle melted butter on the crushed flakes.  Bake at 300 degrees for one hour.  If you need to hold the soufflé, put the heat back to 250 and leave in over.  It holds fine.

This recipe can also be made with cooked sausage if you have sausage lovers in your home.  Crumbled cooked bacon would work too.  I buy ham and cut into bite sized pieces or buy cubed ham.  I dislike the sliced ham because it seems to slide out of the piece.

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They’re Invading

Fall is here and the spiders are invading at every turn!


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Pushing and Pulling

Do you know that feeling you get when you are out in the ocean?  Where the waves have full control of your body.  You are pushed and pulled.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.  Sometimes it’s a gentle pushing.  Sometimes, the pulling is so strong, you begin to struggle against it.  This pushing and pulling moves you.  Intentional or not, you are moved from your place.

I am beginning to see waves of pushing and pulling in my life.  Sometimes gentle and sometimes strong.   I see waves of friends, waves of responsibility, waves of deadlines imposed by others, dinner plans, homeschool plans, blogging goals, family obligations…this list could go on and on.  Many things are pushing and pulling trying to move me.  No, not trying to move me.  They are moving me.  Moving my attention.  What will I let move me?

I have had to learn the important lesson of saying “No”.  I have had some really cool opportunities come my way.  Some of them I have jumped on – not wanting to miss the chance.  Others, I’ve had to step back and regrettably say “No thank you.”.  This lesson is a big life-saver when you are out in the ocean being pushed and pulled.  There are a few things I do before I dip my toes into another piece of ocean.  1) I talk with God about it. Knowing God has a plan for me and that my family comes first in that plan, has a big impact on my life choices. 2) I talk with my husband about it. God gave me a really cool relationship with my husband.  We have become better friends over our fourteen years.  We’ve also become better people, which I think says a lot about our marriage. 3) I seek council from someone I know who is in step with God.  God gave us horizontal relationships here on Earth to encourage, to strengthen, and to correct us.  I have three sisters whom I trust completely and a few friends who fit into this category.

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Kayla’s start to her cooking career

We made these popsicles last summer.

Kayla L O V E D eating them because she made them!

It’s about time to make some more.

Now, I have to go dig through the tupperware cabinet to find all the tops.  =)

Strawberry Banana

Blueberry Grape

Satisfied with the final project.

They’re always better when they are shared!

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