Aiming Arrows

Musings of a Mommy

Category: Celebrations

Happy New Year

What a beautiful day to start the new year!

Last night we celebrated at home with just the four of us.  Graceanna was asking to go to bed about 8:00 but Gunnar made it to the end of The Incredibles about 9:00.

Today we were up early ready for church and one last day of fun before Gunnar goes to school tomorrow.

I just love this dress on Graceanna.  She seemed to love it too!  She was bouncing around like a rubber ball!

Photo courtesy of Steve’s iphone.  I’m not sure what’s going on with this goofy smile-ish face.


Love it when my babies love on each other.


Happy New Year 2012!!!!


Bethany Fashion Show & A Give Away

I love Bethany Christian Services!  Our two children came to us through Bethany so of course I’m crazy about Bethany, but I also love their outstanding dedication and ministry to birth moms.  There will always be women who need the option of adoption for their unplanned pregnancy, and there will always be couples who can’t have children biologically.  Bethany is the hands and feet for the God designed provision of adoption.  Bethany is meeting a need and making a difference in the lives of people in Arkansas, so I’m so excited to tell you about an opportunity to support this non profit that is so dear to me!  One function of the Bethany Board is fund raising.  To that end the board members are hosting a Brunch and Fashion show in Little Rock which is where the Arkansas Bethany headquarters are located.

Who are the models you ask?  I’ll give you two hints.  #1  They are five years and two and a half years old.  #2 Their names begin with G.  (Of course, there will be other models too, and I’m sure they are just as cute as these two!)

The event is just over a week away!  Please call right away for your tickets!

(Keep reading for information on the give away – a  free photo session.)

Now for news of the free photo session:

For the first TWO people to call Bethany and buy tickets to the Brunch & Fashion Show, I’m offering a completely free photo session!  So many of you have supported us in our adoptions.  As I was thinking of how I could thank you my photography hobby came to mind.  Even though I’m just an amateur photographer I want you to know this gift comes from my heart and I think we can come up with some images you will enjoy!

Tickets are available online but in order to be counted for the free photo session you must call Bethany and you must tell them you heard about it on my blog.  They will then give me your contact information so I can get in touch to set up your session.

Some specifics on the photography session:

  • I will give you at least 20 images on a CD for you to print, use in your scrapbooks, post online or whatever you desire.
  • So that it doesn’t get to hot for us, sessions need to be scheduled and completed before June 11, 2011.
  • I prefer to shoot outside but can do inside especially if you want a newborn session.
  • Please remember I’m an amateur, but I love photography and I’m so happy to give you a keepsake for your own precious family!

Valentine Cards

I just had to share these super sweet Valentine Cards that Steve made for his sweet babies.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s – It’s a Dirty Day

Last week we played in the snow.
Today Gunnar soaked up some warm Vitamin D and made a mud pit.

That is a perfectly good pitcher.

One that I use regularly for iced tea.

I thought it was going to be used to transport water.

I guess it was to be used to transport mud.

I wonder if it can be sanitized.

Anyone want to come for tea?  I’ve got this really nice pitcher…

Gunnar asked me if black or blue could also be colors used for Valentine’s Day.  I went into a long explanation that usually pink and red were used but he could use any color he wanted to express the holiday.  Little did I know he was just trying to pick out his clothes….all three times.

Christmas in a Word

It seems that everyone is talking about describing the last year with one word, or instead of New Year’s Resolutions, using one word to define the coming year.  It’s funny because during our Christmas celebrations, I found one word rattling around in my head:


Rich and elaborate; generous and extravagant; abundant and profuse are all words used to describe and define lavish.  Our Christmas celebrations could be described with any of these adjectives.  The time with our family of 4 was rich with stories and decorating and crafts.  Puzzling and gaming and conversation with extended family was extravagant in time, relaxation, silliness and fun.  The gifts were also lavish.  They were not lavish in expense although most gifts were purchased with money.  They were not lavish in number although there were more than were dreamed.  The gifts were lavish with joy in giving and receiving.  So often I want to deny the fact that much excitement about Christmas is because of the gifts.  I especially try to teach my children that the celebration is not because of what is under the tree but rather the Gift that could never fit under the tree.  This year, as I settled on the perfect gift for each person, and as I watched my children receive with great joy, and as I opened gifts that were special beyond what I would give to myself, I reveled in the gifts and found my heart even more inclined to the

Lavish Gift

of Jesus the Christ

I was reminded deep in my soul that Christmas is all about The Gift and its rich, extravagant, profuse value.  This year, I was wrapped lavishly.

Celebrating Christmas in Snapshots #3

 Celebrating Christmas with Cousins

Aunt Natalie called me several weeks before Christmas to ask how I would feel about her getting a “for real” kitty for Graceanna.  I told her I would not like that and please don’t.  All I need is another animal around here!  Natalie filled me in on the Furreal animals, so I agreed we could handle a non-real cat.  Graceanna really does love her kitty!

This pic of Uncle Taylor speaks for itself.

Myers checking out Graceanna’s cash register.

Graceanna trying to decide if she and Baby should try to possess Myers’s beloved car.

The guys spent the afternoon building with Lincoln logs and Legos.

Love them!

Celebrating Christmas in Snapshots – #2

Christmas Day in Snapshots

Christmas roses from my thoughtful hubby.  Christmas breakfast is Gunnar’s favorite meal of the year:  Breakfast Casserole, Caramel Rolls, and Fruit Salad. 

Graceanna was excited to see herself in Grandma’s framed picture.

Sadie enjoyed her spot this year.

Graceanna LOVES this baby.  She squealed with delight when she saw the baby in the box.  She ripped her out of the box and pulled Baby to her chest saying, “Oh Baby.  Oh…”

Poppa and Gunnar playing a new game for his Leapster 2.

We completed most of the top puzzle on Christmas Eve.  My parents and I put this bottom puzzle together while Graceanna napped on Christmas Day.

Steve and Gunnar built his Lego castles all afternoon.  He has played with them every day since Christmas, and surprisingly they have stayed in one piece.

Celebrating Christmas in Snapshots – #1

Christmas Eve in Snapshots

According to Poppa, Santa did not have enough room in his sleigh for all the toys this year.  Santa left these Radio Flyer scooters under the kid’s trees at Grandma & Poppa’s house.

Yum.  Turkey and the fixins.

We missed Neenie this year for our Christmas and gingerbread tradition.

Last year our houses were big.  This year we tried mini houses.  These are actually gingerbread but about the same size as graham cracker houses.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  We hope your holiday is merry and full of Christ’s light!

We are not sending Christmas cards this year, but we want to share these shots of our family taken in October.

A Day with Grandma & Poppa

Once every week we spend the morning hours with Grandma and Poppa.  We usually go home after lunch, but today was a special day!  Grandma made Christmas cookies with Gunnar.  They rolled out the dough and cut trees, stars and candy canes.  Gunnar sprinkled the cookies with colored sugar and then ate a bite (or two) of raw cookie dough!  (Nobody need worry.  I ate raw dough all the time and never had a problem with Salmonella.  Of course, it could happen but the fun out weighs the risk for me!)  Poppa also took Gunnar on two hikes into the forest from which Gunnar came back with boots so muddy even his socks were muddy.  Gunnar loves these hikes in the forest to his “perfect hiding spot.”  Before our dinner at Wendy’s, Poppa had a special treat for us.  For the first time (I think) their town decorated sections of one of the nature trails.  What a fun day and a great Christmas memory!

Gunnar was so worn out, he fell asleep on the way home.  His sister, in spite of her significantly shortened nap, was lively on the way home.  She kept saying, “Mommy.  Mommy!  Mommy!!!  Gunnah.” 

“Yes, Graceanna.  Gunnar is asleep.” 

“uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss… uhhhhhhhhhhsssssssssssss……. (I don’t know how to write the way her fake snoring sounds, so there you go.  something like that.  ridiculously cute.  i know that!)