Monday, May 18, 2015

Things I learned in April

Here it is, a brief recap of April. Forgive me for not elaborating more, but perhaps that will come later!

-waiting stinks. I thought I was good at it, but I have learned this spring that I am not. More to come on that later.  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14

-audio books help housecleaning go more quickly. Seriously. I get much more accomplished while listening to audiobooks. Audible is a wonderful way to get audiobooks for cheap. You can also check your local library to see what they have available in their download library.
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-moody sisters mineral makeup is terrific! I already love their skincare line, and now I'm a big fan of their makeup as well. Find it online here: Moody Sisters Mineral Makeup

-foyle's war. amazing. Christopher Foyle is a man among boys. Check it out on

-mythbusters are awesome. Seeing them live on stage was a treat.

In these pictures, they are shooting paintballs at a kid in armor.
The catch was the paintball gun was a semi-automatic weapon.
No one was hurt in this segment.

-karen swallow prior is great. We had a fabulous time when she visited the SEBTS campus to lecture for the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality.   Her book Fierce Convictions is an inspiring biography on Hannah More, a reformer who helped bring literacy to the British people and who worked to end slavery in England. I highly recommend it if you have not read it.

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Easter 2015

First, let's compare the Finnlings from 2014 to 2015:

The biggest difference? Fuller had to be held in 2014, so he isn't in the pic. 
2015, he's running everywhere!!

As we were on the way home from church, 
we noticed many families stopping to 
take pictures on SEBTS' lovely campus. So we did the same!

We shared our Easter dinner with three other couples.
It was an amazing spread! 

Instead of giving the kids their Easter baskets first thing on Sunday morning,
we waited until late afternoon.
This allowed us to keep the "first thing the first thing",
and focus on the miracle of the resurrection of Christ.
It also helped their Sunday School teachers,
as we didn't send them to church hyped up on sugar :-)
As usual, there were a few Usborne books as well as some candy.

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mother's Day (& some inspiration for my mothering)

The day before Mother's Day this year, Nathan banished me from the house
so the kids could make me cards.
I did what any sane woman would do:
I went for a pedicure:-)
It was a lovely quiet time and a special treat for me, 
as I do not normally take such escapes

On Sunday morning, Mother's Day,
I worked in extended session during the morning service.
Due to a variety of things, I kept Fuller with me when 
I went to work with the class older than him.
He LOVED it, and held his own just fine with the 'bigger' kids.

We ate at our favorite Japanese steakhouse for lunch. 
The kids eagerly awaited something to be caught on fire,
 but alas, our cook didn't do any crazy tricks. Boo. 
But the food was still yummy.

God in his kindness has sent us a couple of babysitters who take the time to leave little notes about their time with our children while we are away. It is a huge blessing to have these glimpses into their time apart from us, to see how they behave when we aren't around, and to learn how they obey authority that isn't their parents. These are two of the notes recently left by my sitters.

And this--
My kids are like all kids, and they fuss and fight with each other all the time.
But during many moments, they play together with great joy and glee.
Fuller and Eleanor were giddily bouncing each other on my exercise ball.
If the pictures had sound, you would hear endless giggles. Precious.

Strawberry picking 2015

One of the joys of spring is strawberry picking!
This year, we were able to go with our homeschool co-op, the Saplings. 
We picked LOTS of strawberries, and ate lots of strawberries, and had loads of fun.

This crew. We love them. 
So blessed by the fun we've had with them this year.
This is best picture they've taken yet--
eagerness for strawberries is too much to contain:-)

Friday, May 08, 2015

Sprinkler time!

It's recently warmed up a lot here in NC.
Finnling #1 has been asking to go to a pool regularly, but pools aren't open for awhile.
On Monday, I brought out our sprinkler to help the kids cool off.
It's a not a pool, but it does provide a lot of cheap entertainment!


Here's to more water-filled summer days soon!!

Date taken: May 4, 2015