Darian Kent

8 weeks old already, and growing like a weed ๐Ÿ™‚ He just had his 2 month checkup and has more than doubled his weight. What can I say, he loves to eat ๐Ÿ™‚ So these pictures come a bit late, but I love seeing how much he has changed already!

It was so easy and fun to take his pics because he happened to be a sleepy baby ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_6003_edited-1 IMG_6006_edited-1 IMG_6007_edited-1We just think he is so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_6009 IMG_6012_edited-1 IMG_6014_edited-1He couldn’t be loved more, and we are so grateful for the blessing of another child!IMG_6043_edited-1The announcements…d1_edited-1 dk2A couple more to finish up.IMG_6018_edited-1 IMG_6049_edited-1Have a great rest of the week! I absolutely can not believe school starts so soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tristan is 8!

Our boy is 8! He has grown so much lately, and it kind of makes me a little bit sad. This child has thrown us for a loop in parenting, and we still don’t always know how to handle him ๐Ÿ™‚ He is so sweet,ย yet extremely stubborn, a farm boy through and through. He has incredible energy and determination, if only he uses it the right way ๐Ÿ™‚

I remember the day he was born. I woke early in the morning, sensing something wasn’t right, and by 5:30am, I knew this was happening ๐Ÿ™‚ I labored at home for a bit, because I never went fast before, and we arrived at the midwife around 10. Dale jokes that I’d be at 8cm, and I thought, “Ya, right!” Well, he was right. I was at 8. My contractions were not very close at that point, and not that hard, so I snacked on crackers and rocked on the rocking chair, and walked. By 1:00, nothing had changed, so they broke my water. What followed was about 2 1/2 very hard hours, but he arrived squalling at 3:25pm. He had moved his bowels a bit, and they suctioned away, so that was a bit worrisome, but all was fine. And he wouldn’t stop crying. That was maybe a sign of his temperament ๐Ÿ™‚

He wasn’t the happiest of babies, and I remember how stressful the crying could be. When I look back, it all seems like a blur, and now here he is, 8 yrs. old. His learning difficulties were hard for me to deal with, because school always came easy for me, but he is making us so proud. He is doing so much better than we thought he would, and he really tries. He will say he doesn’t like school, and I know he missesย his daysย at home helping his dad, and playing with the farm babies, but he can’t fool me ๐Ÿ™‚ He definitely shows signs of enjoying school, and he talks nonstop when the school day ends.

I still didn’t get his pictures taken, but we’ll try to do that next week. So I’ll just include a few pictures of him doing what he loves ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_5103 IMG_5104 IMG_5105 IMG_5107

We love you so much, Tristan! And we are so thankful God gave you to us ๐Ÿ™‚

Martin children

We did these on a beautiful fall evening here on our farm. It was a very quick session, with a race against the setting sun, but the children were so great.

First, the little doll. What an adorable chunk she is ๐Ÿ™‚ misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 066_edited-1 1 2Next, this little guy was not getting his picture taken, until all of a sudden, he turned into Mr. Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ He is such a handsome little guy!misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 085 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 077_edited-1 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 074_edited-1 4 3And the oldest of the 3, and such a great older brother. Love his grin!vig misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 048_edited-1 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 046_edited-1 misc., Karla's kids, Sept. 2015 038_edited-1 And then we didย some very quick snaps of the family, because documenting these fleeting moments is so important! This was the one that got the nicest ๐Ÿ™‚misc., Karla's kids, SeptHappy Tuesday, friends! Hope your day is going well!ย I’m taking advantage of this rainy day to edit photos, and do some office work ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time…

10 yrs. old

Dear son, you are growing into such a handsome boy, with your deep brown eyes, and freckles, and thick, long eyelashes. You remind me so much of your Dad. Your love of all things John Deere. Your dreaming of what to purchase next ;). Your ease at running anything with a motor. How can it be that my boy is on the threshold of adolescence? You are still a child. Yet. But I see you growing and changing.ย  You are thin, with bony legs and knobby knees, but you sure can show offย your hard muscles ๐Ÿ™‚ Some days, my frustration with you reaches out and grips me with it’s intensity. You are stubborn, and hot tempered, and dare I say, more like me than I care to admit. But that doesn’t change my love for you.

I was certain you’d never come, on that HOT, July day. Eleven, I repeat 11 days late, and you still wanted no parts of entering this big world. Pretty sure you would have been content in there another week or two, but the midwife said it’s time. I got bigger with you than any. You weighed the most too. I ate fresh blueberries while I labored away with you ๐Ÿ™‚ You were born with black hair, and almond shaped eyes, and you looked a bit like an Indian ๐Ÿ™‚

Now here we are. You are 10, and entering 4th grade. I do love seeing you grow. But slow down, son, slow down! devan and misc. july 2015 002 devan and misc. july 2015 004Like I said, he loves John Deere. I really did not want a tractor picture, but just for him we did ๐Ÿ™‚ย devan and misc. july 2015 006 devan and misc. july 2015 007 Little sis wanted in on the action ๐Ÿ™‚devan and misc. july 2015 010 devan and misc. july 2015 012_edited-1 devan and misc. july 2015 014 devan and misc. july 2015 015 I may have to keep the girls away in a few years ๐Ÿ˜‰devan and misc. july 2015 021 devan and misc_edited-1Thanks for stopping by, friends! Have a lovely weekend!


Photo session with this little cutie…dustin 2015 001_edited-1 dustin 2015 005_edited-1 dustin 2015 010_edited-1 dustin 2015 013 dustin 2015 016_edited-1He was such a good little guy!dustin 2015 023 dustin 2015 034_edited-1 dustin 2015 036_edited-1 dustin 2015 040_edited-1 dustin 2015 042_edited-1Little charmer ๐Ÿ™‚dustin 2015 045_edited-2 dustin 2015 046_edited-1 dustin 2015 052_edited-1I really enjoy this age for picture taking!

Hope you all are having a good week! Our summer has been a blur. Flying by at lightning speed ๐Ÿ™‚ We are trying to soak up it’s goodness while we can! Be blessed!