Mailing a letter

We needed an outing this morning. Conveniently, I had a note to send (that was very delayed), but no stamp. So! Off we went down the street to the post office, it’s about a block and a half from our home.

Who knew the post office was such a place of awe and wonder.
This little guy was so happy to be with me in this new place, and since there were not many people there, I let him wander.

He wandered. 🙂

Saturday Evening Post, February 18, 1922
(Found on here)

These photos reminded me of Normal Rockwell paintings. Little, normal moments, beautifully captured. I’m not an artist like him, nor am I particularly good at photography, I mostly just had my phone out at the right moment.

We are trying to see what is walking distance from our house. So far, it’s the post office, the bank, and a little cafe. We need some cooler mornings so we can explore. I love exploring with my little boy. Can you believe he’s going to be 2?! I can’t!



Soli Deo Gloria!

In the splash zone

102°F yesterday!

How do you keep cool with a not-quite-two-year-old? Simple water fun 😊

Mimi also loved getting sprayed too 😉

This year he’s content that I was watching him run around in the water. Next year, I may have to participate in pretending games in the water, but for now I’ll enjoy the simple things 💜

Parenting: Soli Deo Gloria!

Surviving Hand, Foot, and Mouth

Hand, foot, and mouth disease. Man, it hits like a freight train. (Not like chicken pox though, phew!) My son came down with it (update: my hubby got it too), but luckily it looks like my little 7 month old baby and I are avoiding it.

I’ve got some supplies that helped immensely!

(Affiliate links included in post)

1. Calamine Lotion

My son is a fan of lotion, since he’s got pretty sensitive skin to begin with, so calamine lotion was a no brainer. When we put it on him, he giggles, sure sign that this stuff really feels good!

2. Benadryl

He has also always been really good about taking any kind of “medicine” we give him. Hallelujah! I stocked up on kid’s Benadryl (update: and once my husband contracted HFM I got the regular Benadryl too)

Note: my son is 22 months, i.e. not 2 yrs old yet, and the Benadryl bottle does warn not to give it to children under 2, but we got the green light from his doctor. SO PLEASE CALL YOUR CHILD’S DOCTOR BEFORE GIVING THEM OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION LIKE THIS! BE WISE 👍

3. Oatmeal Bath

First of all, I love Aveeno, and second, the Aveeno bath treatment was instantly calming for my son. If you know my son, that’s literally a miracle. He’s quite the energetic and active kiddo! I love him!
Aveeno carries an eczema bath treatment as well, and it is part of their Aveeno baby line.
Here’s a link to it on Amazon, if you are interested: Aveeno Baby Eczema Bath Treatment

Update: Adults can get hand foot and mouth disease too! My husband contracted it, and he couldn’t walk for several days because the sores on his feet were so bad, and his fever was much higher than my son’s. So, wash those hands, and don’t share food or drinks!
I know, the latter is a challenge, especially with toddlers!

Well wishes all! Stay healthy!

God is still good! And He is still sovereignly in charge of all things, even hand, foot, and mouth disease!
Jesus healed so many people with leprosy (at the time a common term for nearly any skin disorder or disease). He has so much compassion for our physical sufferings, remember that as you comfort your sick kids. I hope you find peace in Him, and hopefully some helpful ways of bringing comfort to your little ones!  ❤

Soli Deo Gloria!

It’s cozy in here

A little snapshot of our life right now.

Two babies, plus mommy and daddy in a one bedroom apartment.

Mom and babies 💜 (and evidence of our battle against the laundry)

My “work station”, with my laptop slipped between the couch and the table.

Looking for and praying for an apartment with a little more space on our very limited budget. But at the same time we confidently declare that “His grace is sufficient for me!” (See 2 Corinthians 12:9)

Solo Deo Gloria!

A busy year

2016 started with a Goodbye and ended with a Hello.

In January, my son and I took a trip with my mom and dad, and my mom’s parents (Nana and Papa) to visit my dad’s mom (Grandma Halverson) in Utah. We were visiting to say goodbye, she had cancer and was in hospice care. The last time I had seen her it was before she had gone to live in Utah, two years earlier. Needless to say, it was a rather shocking difference between the woman I had known as my Grandma, and the woman in the hospital bed. I had come to say goodbye, but also to be with my dad and to show my Grandma something she had wanted for decades: a redheaded baby. She saw my son’s red hair and managed a smile. She touched his leg as my dad held him over her bed and said, “Hello Warren”. He won’t remember her, he was only 4 months old, but I will remember, and so will my dad.

In February, my husband turned 30, and I teased him all year about it.

March flew by! April involved my sister, Abby, in her first musical in college, lots of high school baseball, and my dad turned 50 at some point, I think.

In May, my baby brother, Luke, turned 18 and went to prom (it was weird for me). Oh, and I found out I was pregnant with baby #2!

June and July are kind of a blur for me since I spent most of these months on the couch or in the bathroom. I know that Luke graduated high school. It was very hot all the time, and my son discovered the wonders of water and splashing in the kiddie pool in my parents’ back yard.

My son turned 1 at the end of August, my father-in-law turned 70, and we found out that baby #2 would be a girl!

In September and October, I started feeling more and more tired while my children (one in-utero and one in-apartment-o) became more and more active!

In November, my brother, Caleb, married my new sister, Heather. I spent the month trying to stay pregnant and get baby girl to full term, while chasing a very active 1&1/2 year old. It worked with a little help from modern medicine.

In December, we welcomed our daughter, Eve, into the world. One week after her birth, I turned 25, and we celebrated Christmas as a family of four!


Our life has changed quickly over the last few years, this year in particular.
2017 is a big unknown, but I can confidently look back on 2016 and see God’s faithfulness. Since He is unchanging, I know He will continue to be faithful in 2017.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Soli Deo Gloria!