Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Photos

Zeke, heading up another one of his amazing inventions.
He laid a dolly down, placed a board on it, colored pedals and buttons,
added seat cushions and a wii remote steering wheel,
to make an amazing "go cart".
Amazed at how things like this can grow through tiny little cracks in brick steps and cement driveways.
Jude insisted that we take his training wheels off.
I reluctantly (after much of his persistent requests) took them off and led him to the soft grass to help with the falls.
While we were instructing him on how to get started, he jumped on, pushed his feet forward on the pedals
and rode away!  He can totally keep up with the big kids!
Reading stories to "get hot" before diving into the 3-ring 2-ring blow up pool.
I don't know what is funnier...watching Cai tell his version of stories or listening to Jude laugh hysterically at him!
Sometimes math just makes more sense when somebody other than mom explains it.
We were able to use our rose bushes to bless neighbors all around us this past Mother's Day weekend.
We've been without a laundry line for about a year and finally bit the bullet and got another one.
I caught Jude and Alethia playing "family" in the field.
Their relationship is SO sweet.  They rarely ever even fight.
These two love playing hand clapping games with the rhymes that we used to play growing up.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday Photos (on Saturday, minus graduation pics)

Not only did Zeke bring me the most beautiful weeds flowers from the field...
he brought the roots WITH them, ha!  He is such an all or nothing kid.

Rainy has been SUCH a huge help with Jude in school and helped him finish out his year this week.

They have really grown a sweet relationship this past year.
We're gonna miss Jude when he goes to school in July. But we won't mind the quieter atmosphere, lol.

Regrown lettuce is growing in nicely.

Cai, for the first time in his life, has really begun to enjoy reading.
He has made a goal for himself to read 3 books every day after he finishes his homework:-).

We found a tree frog.
And of course he became our pet for a few hours.


Jude has been on an Insanity kick with SeanT the past couple of weeks
He completed three 45 minute videos this week all on his own.
It's so cute to watch, and even cuter when he yells out to me to grab him some ice water for his 30 second breaks, haha!

Oh yeah, we got a bunny this week for me!
He is TINY, although this picture of him is deceiving.
The Colony has appropriately named him Cocoa.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Friday Photos

The Colony Pool is open for business!
Hellooooo MAY!
This photo credit goes to Rainy.  She is becoming quite the little photographer!
Clearly the dad is having just as much fun in the pool as the kids are lol.
I wonder how all the grass and dirt gets in there...hmmmmm...
(photo credit: Areyna Via)
A rare quiet moment with Zeke...
in the little blue wagon:-)
It's always sweet to spend some time with friends while we drink root beer, eat pizza and watch the kids swim

The longer the grass the better!
That's the motto around here.  At least for the fields surrounding our house.
Because that means I can get the riding mower and make fun paths for the kids to run in like a maze.
We are always sad when the big mowers come and cut it all down a few days later, but they sure enjoy it when it lasts. 

We've been doing "all the farm things" this past week as we prep the coop for the littlest chickadees to roam around with the big ladies.  Jude took great pride in scraping the poop off of the roof, because our chickens are apparently too good to sleep INSIDE the coop and and prefer to stargaze from the top, ha!
Alethia doing what she does best...being a little mommy to one of our cute friends that came to play.
Hand picked with love for mom.

Rainy had a couple of extra cooks in the kitchen on her day to cook dinner.

Always adventuring outside, walking sticks in hand, friends and siblings close by...
this is what childhood memories are made of.  

Scheming up the next magnificent plan.

Whenever I capture these five doing anything, I am reminded of just how blessed our family is!
God has provided more than we could ever need!
Thank you Craigslist, Dr. Joe and everyone else who made F-I-V-E bikes possible for these Colony kids.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Finding "Unreached People Groups"

Sometimes finding unreached people groups means...

grabbing the bikes and scooters from the shed after dinner

and taking a family walk/ride around the corner and across the street

hiking down the hill

through the forest

and over the bridge.

And then repeating it over and over again.

There are a lot of people in this world that need Jesus!
Pray that God will go before you as you seek those whom He is drawing near.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Photos

After 4 days of rain even the weeds looked beautiful!
Most of my days are spent here at this table teaching these little humans the basics of life and learning.
Rainy has officially completed 6th grade English and Science
(And Jude is ALMOST done with Preschool!) 
theColonyShop has been B.U.S.Y. this week creating dog tags, EO blends and Mother's Day gifts!

Our first strawberry was stolen by some critter before we could enjoy it...
but this SECOND one is about to be sectioned off in 7 tiny little tastes for each of us,
as is tradition with the first fruits of each type of food from the garden.
I always try to buy produce with the base still attached (not pre-cut and prepared)
so I can re-grow it in the garden and eat it again!
Celery is a great veggie to regrow.

Tea Time break with my homeschool kids
Our blueberries are ALMOST ready!
I promised Jude that he could make his infamous Strawberry Taperine today.
It did NOT disappoint!
Rain droplets (on the garden chives), oh how I love them.

A batch of Nonnie's homemade hot chocolate mix was a MUST after these cold rainy days
I told you theColonyShop had been busy this week.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Within These Four Walls

the sump pump is in the far left corner, ha!
Some days I feel like I am just waiting for something to happen.
Waiting for some kind of event to make my day worth talking about when my husband comes home.
I'll feel like I need some kind of photo or story to share at the end of the day to prove my effectiveness, productivity and embarrassingly enough as it is to actually write, my own disciple-making worth.

Sometimes this feeling is a strong desire for some adventure.
Something, anything, outside of the ordinary rhythm of my life.

Sometimes, like today, I pray hard for an opportunity to share Him with someone.  To be able to have a gospel conversation with someone.  The desire runs so deep that it literally feels like it's about to explode out of my chest!

Often I'll get to the end of these kinds of days wondering if I failed to be all that God wanted me to be that day or if, in fact, I could be right where I'm supposed to be, even without a spectacular story to tell for that day.

Today I stopped and really thought about it,
because sometimes I'm a slow learner and even if I grasp my true identity and purpose in Christ one day it might escape me the next.  So I have to continually realign my focus on Him and fight the lie that I don't measure up.


I don't have any amazing stories to tell or drama happening in my life today.

Actually, I did have to scale the basement walls to get to the sump pump on the other side of the house to trigger it on since the 4 feet of standing water from the endless days of pouring rain wasn't going ANYWHERE on its own.  This could technically be considered an adventure (and the longest run-on sentence ever), but since I only ALMOST fell in it doesn't count, ha!  (a big shout out to my eldest daughter for pulling me up the steps)

I haven't even had the chance to have any gospel conversations outside of these four walls...but if I am being the mom I am called to be then I should be living out gospel conversations within these four walls Even on the days where life doesn't allow me to leave the house.

These conversations happen with my husband (because a marriage needs continuous gospel conversations to stay focused on the only one who can hold two drastically different sinners together),

with the kids whom God has given me (because parenting is a non-stop conversation toward the reconciliation, truth, patience and heart change that ONLY God can provide),

with my kid's friends that come over before school for a ride, and after school to play, or during school for playdates or babysitting,

with the mail lady who brings packages from Amazon to my door every day,

all the other ladies who walk in these doors who need to talk, vent, ask questions or advice or just walk a couple of laps around the property,

and then there are the texts, phone calls and emails that go back and forth all day long with people all over the world.

Our home has a continuous flow of traffic from all walks of life.
This is the life God has called me to.
And I want to obediently steward it well.
This is my adventure!

I am learning, ever so slowly, that He never wanted us to separate ministry and life. Ministry and family. Ministry and normal routines.  It all beautifully tangles together.  And we can either allow God to use our every day for His purposes or sit on the sidelines just waiting.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Photos

Walking sticks have been all the rage this week at the Colony Casa.
They each have their own to fight off the hawks that come down to swoop the chickies.
And use them as light sabers or swords on the side to fight off the bad guys from Lord of the Rings.

I love hand picked flowers from my littles

This is my view EVERY night!

Doing a little research outside with the chickies

Rainy's science lesson this week was about electricity

This photo is two-fold...Alethia used to be terrified TERRIFIED of all things animal.
Even our first set of chickies.  Now you'll see her cuddling and playing with them!
Also, our cute little chickies are in that awkward not-so-cute tween stage, ha!

the kids made a "family tree"
Another one of Zeke's amazing inventions: an outdoor shower to rinse off the sweat from a hot day!
It's a little hard to see, but he connected the hose and rigged it to hang over the ledge for the perfect shower.

We ate our first salad from the garden this week!
Why does it taste so much better if we grow it on our own?!

Blackberry blossom

The girls have resurrected their crocheting skills from Nonnie

I walked in my bedroom the other day to see some pretty sick beats that Jude was charting

Outside, games, and playing into the sunset have been the nightly routine this week

Poor, poor Gimley.  He has a broken (we think) leg and it is SO sad to watch!
We are going to figure out how to splint his leg today (because apparently that is a thing you do for broken chicken legs).
This week his new name has been Gimpley.
Having a crippled chickie has been really hard on Rainy:(

We played for SEBTS chapel again this week.
I love seeing these two bookends to our family hand-in-hand together as we live life during school hours.