Secret Mission ~ Ice Cream Edition

Eddie and I have been married for 17 years. In all those years, the man has never turned down ice cream. If the ice cream is homemade, well, just hand the man a spoon and get out of his way! Almost every year he has mentioned wanting to get an ice cream maker. For various reasons, we have never purchased one. Crazy, right?

Well, Eddie’s birthday falls at the perfect time of year for buying an ice cream maker: summertime! It just so happens that we are blessed with some wonderful children. Bekah remembered days before his birthday that Eddie would love an ice cream maker. She called a tribal meeting with her siblings and they all pooled their resources to purchase one. There was just one small glitch….

The two closest Walmart stores did not have the one they wanted in stock. They had researched and read reviews and did not want to settle for anything other than the Rival Wooden Ice Cream Maker. With just a few days to go, there was no time to order online. What to do!?!??!?!

*insert proper secret mission music*

I called another Walmart, that while not nearby, was not unreasonable far away. They had ONE in stock. One, people! The day before his birthday was our only chance due to his work schedule. Mary and I woke early and headed out while Eddie was still asleep. We drove a good bit and arrived bright and early at Walmart. It was quite impressive to see the parking lot empty. We went directly to the ice cream makers and grabbed it.

We arrived back home and Eddie was still snoozing away and Bekah had the others busy and quiet. Hee hee, mission accomplished.

Eddie’s birthday arrived and he had a busy day of work ahead. The kiddos begged him to open his gift before he left. We had several close calls with a little one spilling the beans! He was thrilled, excited and thoroughly surprised!! He is very hard to surprise. I loved it! And amazingly, he did not work late. Giggle.

That evening we made two batches of ice cream: mint chocolate chip and vanilla. Yum, yum. Served alongside Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake. Mmmhmmmm.

I think we all benefited from this birthday gift!




Happy {Belated} Birthday

Bekah….14. I love little kiddos. Babies. Toddlers. Preschoolers. When I had Bekah, I was genuinely concerned about the teenage years.  I just couldn’t imagine how to be a mom of a teenager.  Today, I am so thankful to be the mom of this teenager. What a joy and a delight she is to me!

We share a common love…a cozy spot, a good book and chocolate. She is a pro in the kitchen and loves the little ones. Her skills as a knitter amaze me; she can out knit me any day. We are learning Algebra together and sharing laughter and  more than one fit of frustration.  She always has a smile.  She writes beautifully and I am honored that she shares it with me.

I am looking forward to the years to come…. Happy Birthday, Bekah B.!

And She is One!

It happens when you blink or perhaps glance away…it seems like only yesterday that I was wondering if this baby would every make her appearance and now she is a year old!

Little Miss Martha Ann – One Year

A year ago I had the joy of experiencing my first home birth. An absolutely amazing time. This precious little miracle we call Goose Berry was worth every minute of those 42 weeks. She has been a delight to our home..her giggle, her smiles, her love of cuddles.

Goose Berry

Martha has every one wrapped around her little finger.  She is always on the go and loves to find adventure in the bedrooms. Everyone is on alert to keep little items picked up in their rooms.  Swiping dollhouse people is high on her entertainment list.

You mean I have to share with him?

While Martha is chattering away, Daddy was her birthday spokesperson and assured us that she was Texas Sheet Cake and ice cream for her birthday. Martha has not shown much interest in solids and we have been working on encouraging her to eat. Ice cream seemed to do the trick. She has no issues enjoying that birthday treat. She passed on the cake.


Sadly, Martha was not feeling well on her birthday. In the middle of our little photo session, she took a little break. Is there anything cute than that?

The Birthday Girl!

Happy Birthday, Goose Berry!!!