Now I’m off to look for a new fall wreath … one with a candy corn on it. Let me know if you see one!SHARE
So he (Samuel) asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
Don’t sit down.SHARE
Jacob … our prayer is that you grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
And you get to read first next summer!SHARE
Last week we got a phone call asking if a family could come see our house.
We told them it wasn’t for sale yet but they really wanted to see it so we said …. “sure, come on.” Problem was, I wasn’t in “let’s sell the house” mode yet. So I spent virtually every waking second of last week trying to make it look like we don’t really live in our house.
On Friday we were literally racing against the clock and I told Bill we could have been on some reality game show where we had 24 hours to stage a house.
They came and stayed all of 20 minutes looking and I spent all of the next 20 hours recovering.
Except that I couldn’t really recover because Savannah wanted to have two friends spend the night and they weren’t as tired as I was at midnight Friday night.
Yesterday this sweet child of mine turned 10 years old.
The big time.
She is such a joy and a delight in our home.
She is fun and funny and has a good time no matter what she is doing.
She is SO friendly (to anyone).
She isn’t a complainer.
(Which is nice seeing how we have yet to plan a party, didn’t eat anywhere for lunch where you get to wear a silly hat and have people sing to you … or do much of anything celebratory except have Baskin Robbins … we’ll make it up to you Sav!).
She is fiercely independent.
She’ll argue a point until you finely give in just so she’ll stop.
And you know what else? … Just last week she was elected by her classmates to serve on the student council at her school!
She forgot to tell me until late that night.
She cracks me up.
She makes me smile daily.
Savannah … it is your birthday, but you are our gift.
Love you more than you can imagine!
Yesterday Bill sent me an email that said … “wanna new house?” It felt like I had waited a sweet forever for that email and I squealed and said “YES PLEASE and THANK YOU!”
And I cannot wait to share the story … because it’s a good one and God wrote it … and those are the best kind to share.
We literally met in an alley to sign the paperwork last night. We were supposed to be all “up front and out in the open” and sign the papers inside of Starbucks but they were closed for remodeling. So we signed the largest check we’d ever written in our lives on the top of a car.
Classy I tell ya.
And soon and very soon the Baergs house will be open for remodeling. I’ll show you before and after pics and tell you my newest favorite story.
In the meantime, here’s our house:
If you’ve never been to Minnesota in the summer, you really should try to go.
Winter … well, it’s freezing.
Beautiful, but freezing. You really just want to stay inside. Kind of like Houston in August.
And while we were in Minnesota we tried to make the most of getting to be outdoors. Bill went up with the kids two days before Caroline and I left (thankyouverymuch UIL sports rules that have the high school volleyball season start August 1).
Before we got there, Bill took the kids on walks through the woods behind his parents house. They take butterfly nets and try to catch … well butterflies I guess. I don’t think they have ever actually caught anything though.
What they did catch was a tree frog. By the time I arrived it had become a part of the family. Tragically the tree frog escaped. Secretly I was glad though because tree frogs need trees, not just sticks stuck in a jar. Or at least I think so.
(I did make the mistake of telling the kids I preferred pets with fur … and now they are heavy into negotiations on getting a hamster. That is really nothing more than a mouse with fur so I’m thinking I could have gotten off easier with the tree frog. Live and learn. Live and learn.)
You really never want to go inside so we played croquet:
We played backyard baseball:
And ladder ball (where I may or may not have gotten a li-eet-tle bit competitive):
We shot bow and arrows (it’s a new fave thing for me!):
There was swimming at the cousins’ pool:
Sitting in the grandparents gazebo (where many a game of Yahtzee has been played):
And there was even some sleeping under the stars. (That is until Bill thought it was raining and moved them into the gazebo – only to find out, come morning, that it was just moisture from the air which got on the moon roof of the tent – which he had left open to see the moon – dripping down on his face. You have to understand – the man is a city boy.) I laughed my head off.
The kids had to bundle up for their night in nature:
We had to borrow warm stuff for the most part because when you are packing a suitcase in August in Houston, you really can’t imagine anywhere in America where it would be comfortable to wear a sweatshirt. ANYWHERE.
We even had a fire:
Bill did make it to a Minnesota Twins game one night with his brother:
And I did make it to the Mall of America … it is, after all, the largest mall in the United States. We spent so much time enjoying the outdoors that we literally only had one hour to cover the mall.
The ENTIRE mall.
We split up and Bill and his parents took the younger two so they could ride a roller coaster:
And Caroline, Brittany and I made a lap around one floor of the mall. We bought a thing or three and made it back to our meeting point right on time. Impressive if I do say so myself.
We had a good time! I’m not sure if it was the thought of going to a mall with his sisters or riding a roller coaster that left Jacob feeling sick.
We packed a lot of fun into a few days.
I guess you could say we had our cake and ate it too!SHARE