15 February 2018

The Desert Gem

 A few weeks ago, the girls competed in their first ever speech and debate tournament.
There were over 150 kids competing. Our club hosted the annual event called, The Desert Gem.

 We're so proud of all our junior clubbers!

Miss Mandy, Zach's CBS preschool teacher came to serve as a community judge.

 Little brothers came to support their big sisters.

 And Ellie & Jacob came to support their friends and see the awards ceremony.

These were all of the junior competitors. They were amazing!

 Faith competed in Apologetics, Impromptu & Cold Reading.

 Grace competed in Apologetics and Cold Reading.

Faith won 2nd place for her Impromptu speech!

 These kids rocked it! So very proud of each one of them! #superstars

 We celebrated with froyo on the way home.

Our future little STOA champion. He's a natural talker. 😄 

I cannot even begin to describe how hard the girls have worked this year in speech and debate.
It's been a huge time commitment and investment for our family and something that's not been taken lightly. Morgan and I could not be any more proud of both Faith and Grace. Wowee!! We always knew they were meant for something big-- to impact the world with love, for the gospel and for Christ. Through speech and debate this year, they have learned more effective tools to do just that. 
We can't wait to see what else God has planned for these two world changers. #braveamazinggirlsforchrist #proudparents
STOA is a national homeschool speech and debate league.
Click here to find out more about the purpose of STOA.

Valentine's Day Picnic

After going out to dinner on Valentine's Day as a family last year (never again!), I decided to keep it simple and stay home this year. Morgan and I don't like to make a fuss about the day for each other but I love to make days like this special for my kids.     

My morning started when I walked downstairs and these were waiting for me. #sweethubby

"For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16 #thegreatestvalentineeversent

 My very own cupid. 💘

Faith made her specialty for the picnic... deviled eggs. #yum

Look what she found! 💕

 It was a beautiful day for a picnic in the backyard!

 So, I actually only made ONE thing for the picnic (hot ham & cheese sliders, not pictured) so pulling together our lunch was super SIMPLE. Well, unless you count those skewers which only took about 2 minutes to assemble. The mini lemon tarts were made by Jill. #sweetjillstreats 

 Daddy came home for lunch and joined us in the backyard.

 Faith and daddy.

 My three little loves. #ilovethembig

He was wired ALL DAY from this one brownie bite. #nonstoptalking 😱

Caught him for a quick pic.

If you haven't been over lately, the side of our house has turned into an archery range.

 "I do it!"

 We exchanged little gifts.

Books are always a big hit with the girls.

Sweet handmade cards are the best!

And we played some "Minute it to Win it" games.

I love them all so much!

 Morgan and I both agreed that this was the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with our family.
I know one day when we look back, these will be some of the best days of our lives.  
I hope the kids remember all the special childhood memories but most importantly, I hope they know how much they're loved and cherished. By us and by their Father in heaven.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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