Monday, July 20, 2015


Sierra looks like she is climbing a cliff... Its just the sand pile. ;)

I love this picture of Sierra and Jaxon Yoder. She was so happy to have a friend here to play with. The little piece of grass is her mouth just cracks me up!

It was really chilly that night but these children kept right on with their ball playing!

Briana & Sierra lost in their world of whatever Sierra decided they were playing at the moment.
Mr. Reagan again... Checking out Marv's fire pit

And this is the grave of Mr. Mouse who died from licking peanut butter out of my traps...
 I think it was Ashlyn that decided they should give him a proper burial, I was told they even sang a song over his little grave. [The grave was a bit to shallow because the next night "Homer"[[our dog]] exhumed the grave]


I suppose every family has one child like this... But once you have had 6 children you think you kind of know what personality types will be in your family. Oh how the Lord must have smiled when He sent us Reagan.

You may wonder why does that child have girly snow boots on in the middle of summer? Well because he is Reagan... Sometimes it's just not worth the battle when its little issues that really won't matter 10 years from now. Reagan loves shoes, boots, sandals etc. So if he finds a pair that looks like they might fit, he wants to wear them!
Before Reagan joined our family I never had a climber, yes that is right, I never had a child that would climb on chairs and onto the table.

As you can see he climbs on the table, yanks out the napkins, and seems quite pleased with himself!
At his age our two prior children were very compliant. In fact Cole was at least 4 before I saw any sort of this challenging attitude come out. By the way Reagan is 17 months... A stern look would have hurt Cole to the core, Reagan doesn't notice. If he does notice he SQUEALS in protest. 
 Reagan knows what he wants and he wants it now! He loves the outdoors, when he hears someone saying anything about going outside, he is hustling for that door as fast as his little legs can carry him! While outdoors he likes anything that moves, a bike, a swing, a ball & especially the dirt bikes! Oh and Dales lawn equipment is fascinating! He has so little fear that it is frightening to me. :( The air compressor still scares Sierra terribly. Not Reagan! He stands right beside Dale to watch him use it. The side grinder that is used to sharpen mower blades makes a fierce noise, again it doesn't faze him. Does his lack of fear concern me? Yes, he is the child that I have to watch lest he run out towards a moving vehicle. He is the one that would wander off, [just because he wants to see whats out there]. 

Does this mean we love him less then the other 6? No, no, no! We wouldn't have out little Reagan any other way!

Eating Micah's cereal...

My oldest and my youngest. :) The older children are so good with him... Later that evening Micah gave him rides on the dirt bike & Mr. Independent did not need anyone holding onto him! He had a firm grip on the center bar and he was sure he was quite safe!

My prayer for this dear child is that we would have the wisdom we need to channel this determination in the right way. I see him as a man that will know what is right and stick to it! A man like  God described Job as... A perfect and upright man that feareth God & escheweth evil. 
 I am sure that great leaders start out as determined little Reagan's. :) 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Our life in Pics

The long awaited visit from my sister and her family finally came!

Thats my nephew back there pretending to be falling off the cliff...

It was such a fun week. Our children have been looking forward to this for well over a year. :)
Swimming in our pool, a sleepover at Brit's for the big girls, McDonalds, playing at the playground, movies at Inez's, and of course lots of yummy food. :) 

Friday we went to Lands End

 Mom [Erma Troyer] that is Sean sitting on that rock... One slip and he would have plunged 100's of feet. He and Skyler definitely did not inherit our fear of heights!
 There are lots chipmunks up there just waiting for sunflower seeds. As you can see this guy has his cheeks well filled.

 Some day these two little guys will have lots of fun together. The lil guy up there ^^ thinks he belongs with the big boys way more then these lil guys. :)
 Quality time with her beloved Inez...

These two are still best of friends :)

Brit had more help then she needed to give Avi her bath. :)

Other fun summer things we are enjoying...

A pool!!!

Notice "ranch Security" laying there making sure everyone stays safe. :)

A gorgeous double rainbow. Last night a sudden down pour ended with this...

We are enjoying our summer. Dale is blessed with plenty of work, Micah is loving being back at work with Dale. Shane even goes along a few days a week. Briana is a tremendous help to me here at home. She also helps Inez at the store occasionally, and helps Brit with a cleaning job once a month. 

Reagan and Avi. Reagan feels threatened whenever this sweet baby comes around. He doesn't have enough hands to claim all the toys that are "his". She is so sweet and just lets him go. Well unless it involves her Granna then she lets him know that she doesn't have to share everything!

Such a pretty baby

 Playing peekaboo with my curtains. :)