Silly Visitors

This was the last visit The Three J’s made to Minnesota…before they MOVED HERE!!!! It was a short visit, but we packed a lot of laughs in. It was warm enough to play games outside, and when Ryan came after classes, the boys had fun riding on his shoulders around the yard (they called these rides ‘neck rides’).

Jordan Judah Jacob playing outsideJordan Judah Jacob Ryan Shoulder Rides Jordan had some studying for his math test coming up, which Grandma had fun doing with him. While he was doing that, Judah piled toys on Kristina’s head and Sam played with Kristin’s hair.Jordan Judah Jacob Tyler Sam playing at Grandmas JudahKatie and The Three J’s drove back to Missouri on Monday to start packing…within a week they were on the road to live in Minnesota!

{Craguns} One Day in 2013

Excuse me while I remember warm sand and three silly boys and a day at Craguns…

craguns6Loud, sensitive, shy, funny, insightful, thoughtful, loving, always hungry, great imagination…this describes The Three J’s. My {favorite} boys.

Oh, Jordan! When the family arrived, the first thing Jordan said after he jumped out of the van was, “Oh! You’re here! First grade is great! I had computer lab and they taught me about computers and stuff!” Jordan wanted to jump off the dock into the lake, but was told ‘no’ so….dragged a lawn chair into the water to jump off! He can entertain himself seemingly for hours on end with games he makes up and other random bits of imagination. (but then there’s the times when he says “Come play with us! I want a ‘dult to play with.” FUN!) Spreading lots of hugs around made everyone happy….even when he was wet and mom was dry. 😉

craguns3Judah. What a little sweetie! He likes to be clean, he likes ‘pwiiiiivicy’ and loves anything sweet. (He has a sweet tooth unlike anyone I’ve ever met!) Super polite, he enunciates things so properly (like mom) and says things like ‘I am not shy around you because you are not a stranger’ or ‘we will be on the same team so you won’t attack me wif da bawwoons.’ He likes Civil War stories and playing on the beach. It is so. much. fun listening to him tell stories, or hearing why we must do something. He has the most fascinating way of explaining things…I love this little J so much!craguns1craguns2Give ‘Gup 10 seconds and he’d be down in the lake playing in the sand. In his pajamas. or clothes. As long as he was in the water, he didn’t care much. Unless there was food involved. ‘Gup is so serious about his food. And your food. He will climb to get food, to get in the water, and just to climb.craguns5Vacation done in pajamas are best. Add a beach to improve said vacation. Combine pajamas at the beach and throw in The Three J’s and that vacation is pure gold. Even if it is only one day long on a Sunday.craguns11It was too windy to take the boat out right away, so we headed to the pool room. Where the Three J’s rode…a boat. And swam.craguns4After the pool room, we did some boating and playing at the park. Oh! The nice warmness of it all!!craguns8craguns10The Three J’s driving the boat…and of course, ‘Gup went straight for the horn! He knows his noise-makers. 🙂craguns7Who knew one day could hold so much fun? Fireworks, (glow-in-the-dark) balloons fights, boating, feeding ducks, playing in the pool room and at the park, sitting in the sun on the sand, and a million laughs at what The three J’s would say and do.craguns9I think somewhere in this day in between playing with the boys there was time to visit with Katie and Aunt Judy (Thank you as always for letting me crash your family vacation!) and Kris and Ryan and….

Do you have a favorite vacation memory from this summer?

{Advent} The King of All Kings

The journey to a Promise of God seems to always take longer than we expect it to. And it probably almost always looks different than we expect. I wonder what was going through the heads of the Wise Men when they found out the Baby King wasn’t born in the palace in Jerusalem, and what they thought when they found out where he was living.

“The journey that had begun so many centuries before had led three Wise Men here. To a little town. To a little house. To a little child. To the King God had promised David all those years before. But this child was a new kind of king. Though he was the Prince of Heaven, he had become poor. Though he was the Mighty God, he had become a helpless baby. This King hadn’t come to be the boss. He had come to be a servant.”

The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:
It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.

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Matthew 2

I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.

{Advent} The Girl No One Wanted

For the past year, I have been thinking a lot about Leah, because I’m not particularly pretty. Yet, even though people did not find her attractive, God used her in such a HUGE way. It is through her son Judah that the line of King David was born and through this heritage that Jesus was born. Through someone who was not considered beautiful and who was not loved by her husband, God did great things through.

“‘No one loves me,’ Leah said. ‘I’m too ugly.’ But God didn’t think she as ugly. And when he saw that Leah was not loved and that no one wanted her, God chose her – to love her specially, to give her a very important job. One day, God was going to rescue the whole world – through Leah’s family. … You see, when God looked at Leah, he saw a princess.”

“[God’s people] wouldn’t need to be beautiful for him to love them. He would love them with all of his heart. And they would be beautiful because he loved them.”

When God realized that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb. But Rachel was barren. Leah became pregnant and had a son. She named him Reuben (Look-It’s-a-Boy!). “This is a sign,” she said, “that God has seen my misery; and a sign that now my husband will love me.”She became pregnant again and had another son. “God heard,” she said, “that I was unloved and so he gave me this son also.” She named this one Simeon (God-Heard). She became pregnant yet again—another son. She said, “Now maybe my husband will connect with me—I’ve given him three sons!” That’s why she named him Levi (Connect). She became pregnant a final time and had a fourth son. She said, “This time I’ll praise God.” So she named him Judah (Praise-God).

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I am following my friend Amanda’s Advent Stitch-A-Long. You can find instructions for today’s ornament here. Prep instructions by Amanda are here.

The book used for the Advent reading is The Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find more information the book here or buy it on Amazon here.

{Craguns} Three J’s

Please welcome my three favorite little J’s to your screen. Jordan, Judah and Baby Gup.

It was a blast to be able to spend more time with them on their visit from MO. Watching them grow up from far away is hard and they (all) crack me up! They all love swimming (Gup would prefer to be able to kick his legs) and going on Boppa’s boat is a MUST! Jordan got buried in the sand just after his bath, Judah had a blast playing with Kristin, and Baby Gup had his first ice cream cone (at 5-mo!). They certainly keep a person on their toes and everyone in stitches with the things they say!

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