June 30, 2011

6people 12times...June...

Uncle Brian took this one for us at the Lynch Family Reunion...

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June 27, 2011

Multitude Monday #1015 - #1044....

As we were standing with approximately 80,000 people singing the chorus to this song...the words struck me and I remember whispering to Wes..."did you hear that?"

Yes, I've listened to the song before but the emotion that was a part of that night and what God has been doing in my heart through this 1000 gift challenge, made me hear it in a different light...

"It's a beautiful day,
Don’t let it get away"

And then I read this..."According to Bono, 'Beautiful Day' is 'about a man who has lost everything, but finds joy in what he still has.'"

Joining with The Gratitude Community in the unending list of gifts...Link

Monday, June 20th
1015...Micaiah praying for Eli to ask Jesus into his heart
1016...his wonder in the dew drops that looked like silver

Tuesday, June 21st
1017...finishing this book
1018...an invite to the pool
1019...hearing of God meeting a friends needs
1020...he and his Daddy swinging, catching up on their days
1021...boys with flowers in their hands

Wednesday, June 22nd
1022...free U2 concert tickets (thanks Wes for working so hard!)
1023...mom babysitting
1024...fresh flowers in the bathroom 1025...dad's life lesson poem to Micaiah

Thursday, June 23rd
1026...text messages to pray for a loved one in our small group
1027...long restorative afternoon nap
1028...an impromptu picnic (thanks Daddy)
1029...that Micaiah hangs his towel up without being asked (even if it isn't the way I would do it)

Friday, June 24th
1030...hearing of God's pursuit of a close cousin
1031...backyard fort building
1032...lunch outside

Saturday, June 25th

1033...reconnecting with an old friend and her family for the morning
1034...cousins playing

nice one Eli...


1036...Grandma Ruth's last week of work...YEAH!!
1037...sticky smores fingers
1038...baby closing his eyes to sleep

Sunday, June 26th
1039...an early morning walk with my sister-in-law and a few kids
1040...watching the fog move across the lake
1041...boys and fishing poles

1042...Eli trying to catch a baby catfish
1043...an octopus wedding

1044...Micaiah's game ending double play

June 23, 2011

A Day at the Park in Color...

Oh my goodness...look at those eyes!

Yes, most people that see him right now fall in love within a few minutes...

I was hoping to focus on his face but also capture his socks in this picture...as most of you know, Eli is sporting the high socks pulled tightly up to the knee trend right now and I know it won't last long.

A Day at the Park in B+W...

The 3 Stooges being goofy...
Will's facial expression and the boys tenderness in caring for him keep drawing me back to this picture...

I also kind of like that Eli is trying really hard to avoid posing for the camera...this is real life with the boys...

June 22, 2011


absolutely amazing!

pictures taken with Wes' iPhone...

June 20, 2011

Multitude Monday #985 - #1014...

"What if we really figured it out...that...gratitude for the seemingly small and insignificant...this is the seed that plants the giant miracle in the midst of it all...
so count the way He loves...1000 more...never stop...so that when you wake in the morning you can't help unfold your hands to the heavens and though you grieve and though you wonder and though the world is ugly...
an excerpt from Figuring Life Out- One Thousand Gifts
(see video below)

Monday, June 13th
985...a slow morning
986...glorious weather
987...hearing of friends trusting, clinging to Him
988...this backyard beauty

Tuesday, June 14th
989...all the boys playing together
990...Micaiah and I laughing as we browse through Father's Day cards at Target
991...152 acts of kindness...the kindness jar is more than half way full

Wednesday, June 15th
992...the talk by the pond as they enjoyed donuts
993...a stranger's offer to take a picture
994...capturing his loves

995...mid-day laugh as I reach for the toilet paper (no one has fessed up to this so I suspect that Will had a mid-day snack)

996...a chance to clean the silverware, spice, and Ziploc drawers after the kitchen sink was left running for over 20 minutes (with the stopper in) while we were playing outside and overflowed into everything surrounding it (note to self...Eli can turn the water on but he cannot turn the water off)

Thursday, June 16th
997...a new package of wiffle balls
998...a gentle spring rain
999...scriptures shared via text
1000...reaching this milestone (the journey began October of 2010)
1001...the way giving thanks for the sacred in the everyday has changed me!
1002...the boys chasing fireflies in their jammies

Friday, June 17th
1003...weeping willow trees bent low
1004...a mother's day card from Kendall our Compassion Kid from Guatemala

Saturday, June 18th
1005...hearing Joshua say "I'm going to miss this book" as he drops it into the book drop at the library.
1006...all the boys serenading Will with a rendition of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to get him to stop crying...it worked!
1007...patio furniture
1008...a new favorite book

Sunday, June 19th
1009...for my husband
1010...that the smoke alarms in our house work
1011...that my husband knew to throw the breaker when the broiler wouldn't shut off
1012...that he spent part of his Father's Day taking the stove apart to fix the issue
1013...Caesar Salad with Shrimp
1014...Jeremiah 31:3...His everlasting love

Please take a moment to view this video...Figuring Life Out-One Thousand Gifts...this challenge has definitely changed my life...I look forward to "1000 more"...thank you Ann from the bottom of my heart!

June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day...

to the best Daddy around!

Micaiah says..."I love that you really play with me and that you enjoy throwing baseball. I also am thankful that you are really loving."

Joshua says..."You are a good friend. I like it when you play with me and throw me onto the couch and tickle me."

Eli says..."I love that you play with me and do puzzles with me."

Will says (with a little help from Mommy)..."I love when you tickle me. My favorite part of the day is when you come home."

Mommy says..."Wes, you are an incredible father. You provide our boys with such a great example of their Heavenly Father's love for them. I am thankful that you work hard to provide for our family. It still amazes me that you can push yourself to learn anything whether it's a musical instrument or a new career (VP of IT with a Biology degree). We appreciate you more than you know and pray you have a wonderful Father's Day!"

June 16, 2011


Brothers by Jenna Mace
Brothers, a photo by Jenna Mace on Flickr.

Sweet Shot Day

June 15, 2011

A Day at the Zoo...

Thank you to the nice lady that offered to take this picture!

June 13, 2011

Multitude Monday #953 - #984....

"The time has come To stand for all we believe in
So I for one am gonna Give my
praise to You
Today today it's all or nothing
All the way The
praise goes out to You
Yeah all the
praise goes out to You
Today today I live for one thing
To give You
praise In everything I do
Yeah all the praise goes out to You
an excerpt from "The Time Has Come"
(see link in post below)

Joining with The Gratitude Community as I continue my journey toward
1000 gifts of praise to Him...
Monday, June 6th
953...his fever that allowed us to sit on the couch and read books together
954...homemade peanut butter cookies to celebrate the last day of Kindergarten
955...the way he shakes his head "no" whenever you ask him a question

Tuesday, June 7th
956...backyard hydrangeas beginning to show their color
957...watching them participate in field day
958...their first Slurpee's
959...catching up with a friend that I haven't seen in months
960...a little girl in pony tails

Wednesday, June 8th
961...Eli's breakfast date with Daddy
962...good news from a friend that we have been praying for...the adoption is finalized (2 years later)
963...hearing this song...The Time Has Come and allowing the words to run deep
964...his teacher's "encouraging" words
965...time to sit in the sunshine and read
966...the baby trying to jump

Thursday, June 9th
967...his smile as she praised him
968...how even the words she used to describe him remind me of Kelsey
969...the way Eli says "William" emphasizing the "L's"
970...the way Joshua puts his hand on his cheek and says "Hmm, let's see."

Friday, June 10th
971...meeting Daddy for lunch
972...hearing the exclamation "Oh Dear!"
973...the smell of dinner in the slow cooker
974...an afternoon nap

Saturday, June 11th
975...Joshua and his baseball trophy

976...Eli and his favorite socks

977...my Dad seeing him pitch

978...that all the younger boys made it through his doubleheader (with a little help from friends)
979...Eli and his best friend
Eli and his best friend Tyler
980...celebrating Poppy's birthday

Sunday, June 12th
981...seeing my husband express his God given talents...simply beautiful!
982...Song of Solomon 8:6 and
983...this song..."You Won't Relent"
984...a surprise backyard wedding

June 11, 2011

Kindergarten Graduation...

On Thursday, June 9th Joshua officially graduated from Kindergarten...I had heard from some mom's that had traveled this path before that it was a very special day but I had no idea the depth that his teacher's would go in order to make this day extra special.

Dress was "occupation costume"...a little look into the future. Joshua chose a fireman which surprised me given that he has always been our little zoo keeper but saving people is pretty important business!
Here is a sweet moment between he and his teacher prior to walking into the ceremony...
his teacher called each student up individually and affirmed them with a characteristic that they felt the child exemplified...Joshua's was congeniality..."a person of a pleasant disposition; friendly and sociable"...yeah, I think she knows Joshua well!

She proceeded to recall different stories from the classroom that were examples of this characteristic...the picture below is a story that Joshua remembered all too well as you can see by the expression on his face...

Then the teacher's assistant spoke a verse that she had personally chosen for each child...Joshua's was...

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all things. For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

And this is a picture of Joshua and his buddy Leo...

June 9, 2011

Belly Laughing Part 2....

Will laughing at Mickey falling...people always comment on his deep belly laugh so here is another video...

if you wish to view Part 1 again here is the link...Belly Laughing Part 1

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June 8, 2011


Tears fell as I listened to this today...

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