But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Happy, happy home (usually)

When I was little bitty my mom used to sing a song that went, “With Carrie in the family, happy, happy home!” (repeated multiple times to a really cute tune). I used to sing it to Isaac and I’ve done so a few times with the quints (who love their names in songs, of course). Looking at these pictures of the bright side of life just makes me grateful and happy. We have super-stressful, insane moments, of course, and there are times we feel like we’re going to lose it, but I think on the whole we are enjoying age 3 more than any other age, and it is gradually getting easier.

Gavin in (unstaffed) church nursery with the kids:

Climbing trees - not really. Gavin just put them up there and took the pictures.
David and his silly smile

Will drew on himself with a marker, lest you wonder what those green marks are on his thigh. :)
Will and Marcie

Me reading to the kids last night (Wow! A timely picture for the first time in a long time!)

Tonight David saw a photo of the quints lined up as babies on the swing in my parents’ backyard and he said, “Mom, those are your kids! There’s Sethers, Will, Gracie, and Marcie and Sethers!” I prompted him to say who else, and he realized he’d forgotten himself, so he did the whole list again, with “David” this time too. (For some reason Seth got mentioned twice both times through.) Then Isaac said from his bedroom, “Those aren’t ALL of Mom’s kids!” David then remembered Isaac, the original Mommy’s kid and the only one for 8.5 years! :)

Isaac and friends frying giant June bugs to eat. They taste like really fatty, nasty bacon with a too-crunchy outside. I can’t stand them.

Will looking sweet and docile. Looks are deceiving: although he certainly can be VERY sweet, he usually isn’t docile. He loves, loves, loves to be kissed and told that he is LOVED. He always repeats back, “I love you” with his dimpled full-face grin. Thanks to those of you who prayed for his illness. It took a LONG time, but I think he’s finally completely over it! We’re so thankful that it didn’t affect the other kids nearly so much, if at all. Gracie and Gavin were the only ones truly sick as well.

And finally, our happy, happy home (the grass is much drier now than it appears in this photo):

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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