Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We had a delightful Thanksgiving.
Boxwood clippings in milkglass.
Ceramic pumpkins and candlesticks.
And some fun chalkboard art!
Kid table:
My Grandmother's menu board was sent to me for my birthday this year by my grandfather.
Such a special gift, on display.
We celebrated with friends. Our initial invite list of 38 people was gradually weaned down to just 14 (including two newborns!) due to other plans and unexpected tummy bugs, but we still had a wonderful time. (My 22 lbs. turkey was a bit overkill! But no one ever complains about leftover turkey meat!)
Baby buddies! 
It's unbelievable to me that a year has passed since our precious little one went ahead of us into glory. He or she is worshipping our Maker in heaven, and my heart both aches and rejoices every time I remember that little soul! I cried last Thanksgiving at the loss of a child, a fat little face to add to our table, and yet look what to Lord had in store for me:
Now there's something to be thankful for!
And she's two months old today!

Happy Thanksgiving to you! 
And blessings on your Advent season! 
(It's upon us already!! Hooray!!)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cheer up, Lois!

Whenever Lois begins to fuss, Asher likes to cheer her up with a joke or two...
"Hey Lois! What did the Lois say to the other Lois?
And the funny thing is that it often works!! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby... Blues?

We might have our first little blue eyed baby...
It's hard to tell. Her eyes are still a lovely steel gray, but when the light hits them just right I see hints of blue inside. 
Our boys were both definitively dark brown by this point. 
We shall see!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Auntie Loves Me

Her shirt says "Auntie Loves Me."
And "Auntie Auntie" sure does!
She loves all her littles!
And they love her!!!

Happy Halloween 2014!

Happy Halloween from the Lathams!
 We had lots of fun dressing up for the occasion!
 I managed to finish Lois' costume in the nick of time... in the car on the way to the cousins' house!
We got to trick or treat with friends and family...
And loaded up with more candy than we know what to do with! 
 Here are the five from my family that dressed for the occasion!
 I tried to convince them that I should be in the picture too, since I dressed up as a tired, nursing Mama, but no one bought it. ;)
Since Riley had been gone the week before Halloween, we hadn't carved a pumpkin yet, so Saturday Riley went to the store and bought a penny pumpkin and the boys carved the Lego man Emmet into it.
He's got skills!
 And Sunday was our church's annual All Saint's Day celebration, complete with a cookout, a pie contest, country games, and bouncy houses!
We had a wonderful time celebrating the Reformation of God's church and remembering His martyred saints.
May His kingdom come, His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's Optional

Last night my sweet Lois did her best to convince me that sleep is optional.
It's funny, but after accomplishing a productive and cheerful morning on about four hours of broken sleep, I'm realizing that she is actually quite right.
It isn't sleep that is required to do the work the Lord sets in front of you... 
It's just a pot of coffee and buckets of grace.