Dancing Sadie Piper

Sadie Piper often comes to me ask, “Dad, will sing a song so I can dance?” I make up lyrics for the song and they are only slightly better than the song “Friday.”  Anyway twice now I’ve recorded her dance, here she is.

This on ends abrupt when somebody walks causing her to be embarrassed.


Hunting for Eggs

Easter is about Jesus’ resurrection. Like so many holidays, the world has changed that. We can’t blame them, they are blind.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


1 Corinthians 1:18

But our hope is to redeem the holiday. To us, that doesn’t mean ignoring the world. But we want them to be separate from the real reason for Easter. We do Easter baskets, but the weekend before. We did do a hunt Saturday, ideally it would have been the week before. We learn!



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Berkley has mastered saying “cheeeeeese” but not the smile nor looking at the camera! So we get a lot of pictures like this:


But I loooove how SP cuddled up next to Beckham…unprompted!

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Watch out Einstein Bros!

Whenever Brian says “I’m gonna make…” it’s safe to stop him right there, ask what he’s wanting, and I’ll just go ahead and make it for him. There’s a lot less clean up, and this way, it results in something we CAN eat!! (I love you Brian!)

This day though, he started before I could intercede. And I’m so glad he did! He made bagels, and they were yummy! My favorite was the cinnamon sugar one, his was the jalapeno one!


Yep, he tried the dough. SP always does too. Now I know where she gets it from.


You boil AND bake bagels!



Resurrection Rolls

Have I mentioned before how great Mrs. Hensarling, Beckham’s teacher, is?! Well, here’s another reason. While planning the Pre K Easter party, she suggested Resurrection Rolls!! This is about the funnest and yummiest and wonderful Easter illustration out there! You wrap a marshmallow (Jesus in His white grave clothes) in a roll (tomb). When you bake it, the marshmallow will melt, leaving some of the white (his grave clothes left when He rose), and it will be hollow. He is not here, He is RISEN!



Here’s what you do:

  • bread dough (use either thawed Rhodes frozen dinner rolls OR canned crescent rolls. We used rolls at the party and then crescents at home on Saturday for breakfast, both were equally yummers!!)
  • melted butter
  • large marshmallows
  • cinnamon sugar mixture (I used 1/2 cup suger to 1/2 T cinnamon)

Flatten the dough or rolls out. Wrap around the marshmallow, sealing well. Dip the ball in melted butter, then in the sugar mixture. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-15 min.



A first…

(Again, since this is our scrapbook, consider this a page in it that you can feel free to flip right over!)

Remember Dallas 2010 when Scott saved the day? Well, this time Scott wasn’t around, so it was a trip to Children’s Mercy (our first urgent care visit since being parents!!) for Brian and Berkley and Sadie Piper. As God ordained, I had Beckham’s Easter party at school that day, so Dad had to save the day. We are all so blessed to have Brian!!

(As for what happened that landed them there, let’s just say, once again, it was my fault 🙁 Turned out to be NurseMaid’s elbow. Ouch.)

When they asked Brian how old Berkley was to get a gown for her, they brought out her size…then switched it out for the smallest gown they have! Look how cute it is on her?


Brian had a hurt Berkley…and a normal SP…all this during their nap time! He had his hands full!


And here’s Berkley all fixed up. Praise God for doctors!!

A Very Good Friday

Children’s Bibles are hard to find. There are as common as Mexican food restaurants in Texas, but most are either very loose “translations” or they only contain a few stories, or they totally miss the point. At Heritage’s Kindergarten Round-up they gave all the kids The Jesus StoryBook Bible.

We can’t say enough good things about this Bible. It’s the one we’ve always looked for. Every story point to Jesus (as it should), and it’s incredibly well written. We’ve been reading it to Becks and it’s one of our favorite times of the day.

The most powerful story ever told, it really happened. And this is one of the best ways we’ve heard it put, even for adults!