Showing posts from November, 2011

A few thoughts after the fact.

So how do you follow up a post on Disney?

I've had so much to say... so much inside my head that I've been wanting to verbally express and a lot that I'm trying to process... being tongue-tied has left my post a blank. So instead of carefully composing I'm going to slap my paint on a canvas and start somewhere. It might be messy... less than ideal... but it's real.

Our time away was good. The kids did an amazing job traveling and we really enjoyed watching them have so many new, different and exciting experiences. It was a blessing to be able to go somewhere where we didn't have to worry about the cost of parking, park admission, hotel costs, etc. And with a family of 7 and with our friend Alexis to help us... well, 8 people... it's a lot.

I found myself so grateful yesterday... so much God has given us. Above and beyond what we need. I'm a rich woman indeed. The Lord is truly our provider. And He is a giver of good gifts.

I also found myself heartbroken…

A glimpse at us at Disney


Best of Friends.

Libby and Samuel are truly best of friends. I am so thankful for their love and affection for each other. They are sensitive to each other, aware of each other's feelings and how the other is doing. It was really hard for Libby when Samuel was diagnosed with cancer. She had to adjust to a new school, new teacher... and no little brother to walk alongside her... She was so worried about Samuel dying and struggled with being unable to express her feelings and concerns. I'm so thankful and blessed that they love each other so much. I'm grateful that we have now... over a year later, able to enjoy seeing them in all their sibling-ness. Playing and talking, pretending and laughing with one another. It's such a gift.

Mike's Message.

Mike spoke last Saturday night to Access our Church's Singles Group. You can listen to him speak here.

He did a great job. He discusses Suffering and our testimony of our life together and specifically with Samuel's cancer. He also talks about Psalm 41. I highly recommend listening... it helps you understand where we're coming from but also is a good exegesis on this Psalm.

Isn't Peter precious? I can't believe he just turned one on Monday. Happy Birthday Peter!
This video was taken when he was just a wee little thing. Shortly after Madison was born!

Okay, whoops! Just realized that this is the video of Madison crying while I'm trying to film Peter. Kind of funny.... Sorry Kristin! I promise she wasn't always crying like this :)

Taking the Road Less Traveled.

Often I find myself when I drive thinking of the poem by Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken". The roads I take on a daily basis greet me with green. Trees are everywhere. Now they're becoming colored in scarlet, orange, and brown. And becoming bare. Shedding their layers and showing off their long limber physiques. I love the drive that I take. I love the roads I choose to venture on everyday. Living out in the country might take longer to get places but it's almost always a scenic path and peaceful. I have plenty of time to think, listen to music or NPR or books on tape. Always time for conversation. The kids are used to being in the car for extended periods of time. These are my roads I travel... from home to the front of the driveway :)

The Road Not Taken- Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as j…

Help Us Whip Cancer.

A friend put together a fundraiser for Samuel. It's a pampered chef show where 25% of sales will go to his fund. If you are interested in purchasing go to

Click on shop online.

And purchase. I am your host: Jennifer Napier if you need to put it down.

Any local orders I would be happy to arrange drop-off/pick-up of your order.

The guest special is if you spend $60 you receive a cookbook or bamboo kitchen towel for free. If you spend $100 you get to Choose one cookbook, Bamboo Kitchen Towel, Easy Read Measuring Cups or Smooth-Edge Can Opener FREE

Slow down.

Having a quiet moment before I burst into a flurry of activity. Trying to slow myself down. I'm so tempted to rush, rush, rush that I'm  not even savoring anything of my life. I don't like it when I live from event to event or one "to-do" to the next. I don't even appreciate what I accomplish... I gulp down some caffeine and push myself to the next thing. Sigh.

Why do I measure my productivity to my happiness... and even worse- to my self-worth. I forget at times that I am valuable even if I just sit and read a book. I am valuable even if my to-do list is not touched. I am valuable even if I screwed up really badly. BECAUSE I am valuable because I am in Christ. Because I was bought by His precious blood.  Because He says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Created in His image. A daughter of the King.

So as I sit and ponder and think and write I just want to embrace the truth like a warm blanket on a cold morning and wrap it around me. I am valuable because…