Category: Thrive

In which we share the family occasions and rhythms on which we thrive.

  • Three’s a crowd

    Can I share a whole boat load of cute pics of my adorable children today? OK, great, here goes… I found them all hanging out with Seth on his play mat. It’s hard to get a picture of all three of them without someone being blurry. Usually it’s Claire. 🙂 Could be mommy’s camera skills.…

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  • Three Peas in a Pod

    One of the funnest (I know it’s not a word, I’m officially making it one this year) things we did this Christmas was uniting all the three of the new cousins for the first time. Of course, we had to take a picture. My sis-in-law was awesome in that she provided matching outfits for all…

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  • Christmas Baking with my Little Ones

     A crowd gathers as soon as I turn on the mixer.  Even the youngest wants to be a part.  Big brother is proud of our baby’s helpful spirit.  God gave me the grace to let the kids help with all my Christmas baking so far. (that’s not to say I won’t sneak some in after…

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  • My Little Elf Assistant…

    I turned around from the computer to find her trying to help mommy… I am so glad the serger was off. She could have destroyed the doll dress I made for her cousin. As it was, the tension is completely off again on the serger.Serger users, observe a moment of silent mourning with me, please.Thank…

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  • Holden Family Christmas Letter

    Here’s our 1st annual Christmas letter! Part of YLCF’s Christmas Post Card Exchange. Dear Friends, It is time, once again, for my annual Christmas – wait, what’s that? I’ve never done a Christmas letter before? Oh, forgive me… Hi, folks! I decide this year to prove my sanity by sending out a picture and a…

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  • Tree Traditions

    It was our 6th year cutting our tree from the local tree farm. I can’t believe we have such a solid tradition already in our young family! Soon Jesse will be able to help cut the tree down and drag it. Until then, he pitches in to ‘help’ daddy whenever he can. Daddy was piggy-backing…

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  • A Christmas List

    1. Christmas Baking has begun. I start with Biscotti ’cause it lasts the longest. 2. We got our tree yesterday afternoon after church and are going to decorate it today, which I’m totally excited about because it’s actually the dutch Christmas holiday, “Sinterklauss“, on December 6th. A quick and easy buffet display before I officially…

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  • Meet Sophie

       “See my new Dolly?”  “She has a petticoat and pantaloons…”  “…and eyes that open and shut.” “And she has a passy!” Her name is Sophie.

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  • Our Thanksgiving

     Seth keeping Grandpa company while he carved the turkey.  My sis-in-law’s delicious egg bread.  The table set for 16  This was the first Thanksgiving in their new house.  They have been putting up final decorating touches – I love the wall decals and these wood-burned hymn plaques over the piano.  A crackling fire (on the…

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  • In Which We Begin Preschool and Discover That We LOVE It.

    I told you a while back how I was literally sitting on my hands to keep from starting school too early with Jesse. I want, above all, to teach him to love learning so I didn’t want to push him too soon. It was hard when a lot of my friends were starting their first…

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  • Table Makeover

    Oh, it had gotten so bad. The plastic table cloth I was using to protect our stolen Stickely dinning room table was wearing out. It was stretched out and stained and it had a hole that Claire kept stuffing food into… It took me forever to get around to replacing it ’cause I used to…

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  • Painting a Rainy Day

    Claire’s first experience with paint. She mostly just wanted to stir the paint pots. Then I caught her going for a taste test. Thankfully, it was non-toxic paint. This rainy-day activity required on the spot supervision, no multi-tasking or getting distracted! So, I sat down with them and did a little painting myself. It was…

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  • Untitled Post

    I’m feeling random and uninspired, so here’s some cute photos of the kids this week, without even a post title. Nice. They adore him.

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  • Breakfast Facial

    This is what happens when I try to blog first thing in the morning – like, while the kids are eating breakfast. Yes, that is oatmeal that Claire has used for body wash and hair pomade. I have started eating breakfast with the kids so I can monitor, and letting the blogging happen later…after baths…and…

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  • "Where’s the Princess?"

    The call goes out – “Jesse, where’s Sister?” or, “Honey, have you seen the Princess?” or, “Claire-baby, where are you???” This time we found her in the sink. She loves to brush her teeth. Whenever we go in the bathroom she gets all excited and points to the sink and says (to the best of…

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  • The call goes out – “Jesse, where’s Sister?” or, “Honey, have you seen the Princess?” or, “Claire-baby, where are you???” This time we found her in the sink. She loves to brush her teeth. Whenever we go in the bathroom she gets all excited and points to the sink and says (to the best of…

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