Thursday, February 28, 2013

Signs of spring....


Winter has been long and we have seen more sickness than we would have liked. Today was cold, they are predicting snow flurries the next 2 days.....
Here in our part of Tennessee that could mean nothing as far as snow goes. A few weeks ago I would have loved to have had a snow to watch my children play in.
But now with sights of spring popping up all around I'm eager to welcome in warmer weather.
For now I'll be patient for spring and enjoy the signs and stages in which helps to usher in the new season...
trees budding, geese flying north, vibrant colored flowers, and longer days.

Are you seeing any signs of spring where you live?  
 


 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 
Galatians 4:10

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Imagination

Built by: William

Imagination is a wonderful gift, it can take you places of long ago or light years into the future. 



Our boys are all about the frontier and cowboys.

Reading helps grow and expand the imagination, whether from Bible stories or fiction.


When given the right tools hands can go to work on creating that which was dreamed up in the imagination.

The imagination of a child is priceless, I never cease to be amazed at the things in which they come up with. Each day I hear stories or see creations from the imagination of my little people, often times I marvel at the depth of their thoughts. I love that I can homeschool my children and help feed into their imagination in a supportive and encouraging way with books, pictures, and videos.
With our adult children I continue to enjoy seeing their imagination take life into ways of making a living and running a home.

The imagination, truly a gift from the Lord!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An UPDATE on "Kepping it real"

Today we received an Anonymous comment on the previous post. The comment was one in which I felt needed to be addressed in a post, and not just leave a reply in the comments. In the past we have gotten some nasty comments, but the one today mad me sad. Here is the first part of the comment....
How are you "Keeping it Real" in these staged photos? 

I chose for several reasons not to post the entire comment. Staged, no, they weren't staged but we did get the camera when they were happening, or had the camera in hand for other reasons. Now I'll admit these pictures aren't like the worst of life happenings, they were only a tiny glimpse of who we are at moments.....they were to say we are real. The major real life moments would be like cleaning up vomit in the floor, having an ultrasound and seeing no heartbeat on the baby that you have been carrying, or like last night when our boys were wrestling in the floor and our son with Down Syndrome stood up and yell because his G-Tube (Gastrostomy Feeding Tube) just fell out...Now that is all real life but at those moments who really thinks of getting a camera, and who would want to see those real life images?

BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL POST,
  I have added NEW captions in RED to tell the story behind the pictures!

The saying "Keeping it Real"
has been used a lot in the last few years.  I think there can be many interpretations of keeping it real. A dear friend of mine chatted with me many months ago about reading various blogs and how they often times didn't seem "real". Simply stated the blogs showed life perfect and not so real. She then spoke of the blogs that were a bit "to real" in airing dirty laundry of complaints and speaking harshly of family members.

This has been on my mind as I want people to stop by our blog and see us "keeping it real" We are a family who seeks to live like Christ, be encourager's, we love each other deeply, we seek to work as a team, we too have our ups and downs...we live in the world, and like the world we aren't perfect either. We have days and moments that aren't pretty and look like this..........

Feelings get hurt!




Ruth Ella was crying in this picture because her feeling were hurt. Elizabeth was baking and I was taking pictures so she could blog them. Ruth Ella climbed up in the chair and began to help, and Elizabeth told her "NO, not today".





















Our house can be very loud and chaotic!


Rebekah was truly screaming. This was from her birthday, she had just opened a DVD she had been wanting for a very long time....so yes, camera was in hand!


Accidents happen, as do frustrations!

Ruth Ella and the car...this happened right after Christmas. Wesley was given a track and 2 battery cars from Christmas. He made a track and was playing, Ruth Ella came over with her night-night and laid down beside the track to watch, she got a bit to close! She wanted to show Daddy, but he wasn't home so I took a picture.




Meals aren't all sweets, there are nights of beans & rice :(

This pie was given to us at Christmas time, we had eaten so much at lunch that we decided to eat the pie for our supper.


We  Have Bad Hair Days!!!

Back in fall Mary Ann had bad hair after nap, who wouldn't want a picture?

Life isn't all sunshine, it can be rainy and dark!

Simple, these are Amanda's feet, she took some pictures a few weeks ago after a big rain.
 
Flowers aren't all roses!

These were flowers Wesley picked for me. He felt like they were roses and wanted me to take a picture of them. 

ODD we are, and way more often than normal!

OK, one is staged! This was at Elizabeth's birthday party last year....and they often like to act this way:)
 
There are times for NO play, and just work.
This was in January a night of work at the farm. Arthur and the kids went up to the farm to clean out the yellow house from all the work that had been done...as we are trying to restore the house. Amanda once again had camera in hand as we have been trying to document the progress on the yellow house.


Littles get sabotaged by Bigs to look goofy:)

This wasn't staged, but I did go and get the camera. In December we had many things shipped to us from Amazon, Ruth Ella had packaging peanuts stuck to her face. 
Madison was the first to put them on his face, followed by William, and then they did Ruth Ella...she didn't just look funny but cute! 


There you have it, the stories behind the pictures all taken at various times.
Thank you for all the kind words that were left on the original post,
as I believe most understood the heart of what I was sharing.
   


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Life here at the Munck House is completely real! We have few dull moments.....unless we have a round of sickness. Our days can be smooth or hectic and there can be sibling quarrels. This is life in our home, living each day to it's fullest and working at our weaknesses and shortcomings...parents and children! We are thankful for the Lord's great grace, for we are saved yet, still sinners. 


  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.     Ephesians 2:8-9

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Keeping it Real....

Feelings get hurt!


The saying "Keeping it Real"
has been used a lot in the last few years.  I think there can be many interpretations of keeping it real. A dear friend of mine chatted with me many months ago about reading various blogs and how they often times didn't seem "real". Simply stated the blogs showed life perfect and not so real. She then spoke of the blogs that were a bit "to real" in airing dirty laundry of complaints and speaking harshly of family members.

This has been on my mind as I want people to stop by our blog and see us "keeping it real" We are a family who seeks to live like Christ, be encourager's, we love each other deeply, we seek to work as a team, we too have our ups and downs...we live in the world, and like the world we aren't perfect either. We have days and moments that aren't pretty and look 
like this..........















Our house can be very loud and chaotic!



Accidents happen, as do frustrations!

Meals aren't all sweets, there are nights of beans & rice :(


We  Have Bad Hair Days!!!

Life isn't all sunshine, it can be rainy and dark!
 
Flowers aren't all roses!

ODD we are, and way more often than normal!
There are times for NO play, and just work.

Littles get sabotaged by Bigs to look goofy:)

Life here at the Munck House is completely real! We have few dull moments.....unless we have a round of sickness. Our days can be smooth or hectic and there can be sibling quarrels. This is life in our home, living each day to it's fullest and working at our weaknesses and shortcomings...parents and children! We are thankful for the Lord's great grace, for we are saved yet, still sinners. 


  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.     Ephesians 2:8-9

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rebekah & Madison's Birthday~Part 2


On the night of February 13, we had our "real" celebration of Madison and Rebekah. We came up with a simple theme that would be gender neutral, but hit both of their personalities....Pinwheels we also incorporated in several shades of blue :)


Neither Rebekah or Madison are flashy and like things low key......yet, they are both talkers and have lots of wind to make a pinwheel turn ;)

 On the Menu:
*Sub Sandwiches
*Veggie Platter
*B.B.Q. Chips
*Pickles

*Sprite....this is a treat as we don't normally buy Cokes 
~Soda/Pop for those of you who don't live in the south ;) ~



I say this often, but can't seem to help myself....
How did they get to be so grown up so fast, truly I blinked and they were grown!

 Dessert:
*Star Shaped Sugar Cookies
*Cream Cheese Icing
*Dove Meltaway White Chocolates
*York Peppermint Patty Pieces
*Hershey Cookies & Cream Kisses

We all iced our own cookies, and snacked on candy too.
 It was another sugar filled evening of fun!

What a treat it is for us to be able to celebrate Rebekah and Madison together.



This is the official present chair. Before we do presents we have a time that we share something about the birthday person that we admire, appreciate, or love. This is always a special time and normally their aren't to many dry eyes at the end.

Happy Birthday
Rebekah & Madison

You are both greatly loved and such a blessing to each on of us!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Rebekah & Madison's Birthday ~Part 1


 

 Rebekah 18 & Madison 16
Born: February 11 & February 13

 Once again Rebekah and Madison decided to have their birthdays together, like they did when they were younger. It's always fun to celebrate their big days together since we all tend to think of them as a pair. They have a 2 year and 2 day age gap between them, but one would never know as they are best of friends and always have been.....we refer to them as our twins. Rebekah and Madison have a bond/friendship that is so special to see, they share their hearts with one another, dreams, give one another support, and have an unconditional love for one another....they don't even have to speak yet know what the other is thinking:)

Monday was Rebekah's "real" birthday, and Madison's day to celebrate early. They thought we were cooking 2 birthday meals this year for them, we tricked them and changed things up a bit this year. When they arrived home from the shop we told them change clothes because we had 6:00PM reservations for one of their favorite places, Olive Garden! They were surprised and excited...this was just what we wanted :)
~cell phone pic~




After dinner we came back home and gave each one of them a present, 
they were going to have to wait for their other presents on Madison's birthday.



We finished off the evening with a homemade Oreo ice cream cake, 
this was a great start to celebrating Rebekah and Madison.


All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15

Sunday, February 17, 2013

♥ Valentine's Day ♥

Our celebration of love....



Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
1 Corinthians 13:4-5




Valentine's Day is a family affair for us, we have a whole lot of love in our family
 so, it seems fitting to celebrate the day with our kiddos:)
 ~ Much like birthdays we like to decorate for Valentine's Day and have some yummy food~


 

 Valentine's Day Sweet Treats....
*Cupcakes
*Chocolate Covered Strawberries
*Sugar Cookies
*Candy Cane Hearts
*Heart Peeps
*M&M's
*Hershey Kisses
* Red Hots
*Sweet Tarts
  




 Candy Canes aren't just for Christmas
 

 Dinner Menu:
*Chili
*Queso Dip & Chips
*Fresh Salsa, Sour Cream, & Shredded Cheese

~A few token gifts~


Smiles all around, we had a great time and took in lots of sugar









Chocolate covered strawberries?!?!?!?


 Pure, yummy, goodness.....


 Mary Ann ate 4 strawberries, this was her favorite treat of the night :)

 My #1 Valentine and I
(and Baby, 15 wks pregnant)

This was a wonderful day filled with much love, 
handmade Valentine's Day cards,
lots of hugs, some sticky fingers, and a few slobbery kisses from our littles....
Life with love in it is a true gift and we are beyond blessed!