We love Fall: Pumpkin Patch!

We loaded up with Karyn and her cool kids in her cool new Suburban!! Look at how much room is in here!!

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 Karyn is one of my very favorite friends to do things with cause we are so like-minded! It was a cold, windy day, but that didn’t deter us from driving 45 minutes to Weston Red Barn Farm!

I love these five!!

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This was the best group shot I got with them and the pumpkins! I love it though cause it’s full of personalities!!


Red Barn Farm has pumpkin patches, apple orchards, farm animals, hay rides, the works!










Two sweet girls on a hayride!




We love Fall: Caramel Apples

Momo was telling me about her obsession with caramel apples lately. That got me obsessed too.

But in my obsession, I found this recipe that I decided we would try. You know, instead of going the easy and yummy way of just melting caramels. I chose the hard way. I don’t know why I do this. I realize this about half way into a project, but by then I’m too committed. As in, I had already purchased the molasses, maple syrup, dark brown sugar, dark corn syrup…

Momo was a good sport and, like any good friend, after she made fun of me, jumped right in to help!

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Boo in her panties. But it’s ok, cause she’s wearing an apron…

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And then Momo ran out of helpers!

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While we were waiting for the caramel to set some, Momo licked the fridge…

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After the caramel set we decorated!!

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And tested…

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Becks made his a monster one!

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I couldn’t decide between which of these two shots of Berkley was “better”

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So much fun and so yummy!

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The last apple had a lot of caramel on it, and when I squished it down we thought it looked like Momo!

At first, Momo was less than thrilled…

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But, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! So she took over and made it the “Momo apple!”

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“Momo apple” in fridge! Momo wouldn’t take her home to eat (something lame about that being too weird??) so the kids ate her in their lunches the next day!

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Andria came over the next night and got to enjoy the fruits of Momo’s hard work making the caramel! We had a ton left over and just reheated it and did it again!

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#odd #caramelapple

Laura is addicted to candy apples now

Andria tried on my ring and we took a fake engagement shot! 

We have ourselves a new Fall tradition!

We love Fall: Arboretum!

We have lived here 6 years and never made a family trip to the Arboretum before. That may because we are just now out of the stroller stage of life! Perfect weather, happy day! I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed being outside in God’s amazing creation!

“O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom have you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.”

Psalm 104:24


Kids accumulated all sorts of “treasures”


Brian being strong!




We spotted a deer.


The boys chased it!





They have a new train part with toy trains and also a real caboose!





I think my favorite picture from the day! Love the joy in all of them!


Godzilla Brian


Why is posing on train tracks so fun??






We also made it our goal to pose with every statue we found!



We put Berkley in here like a car seat!





This was a deer made of branches. Very cool!



We love Fall: Candy Corn Cookies!!

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I’ve made these three times this year already. They are super duper fun, super duper yummy, and super duper easy!

The recipe I use is below, but here’s what it looks like when it’s layered. Camera Roll-1181

Cut, eat the scraps.

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Recruit a cute little helper to dip the tops in sugar

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Sugar Cookies adapted from Our Best Bites
1 cup real butter (no substitutions!) at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (or other flavor of your choice, like vanilla)
3 C flour, lightly spooned into measuring cups and leveled (don’t scoop it!)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy- about 2 minutes. Add in egg and extract and mix to incorporate.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.

Divide dough into thirds. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with saran wrap. Press one third of the dough (non-colored) into the bottom. I only use about 3/4 of the pan to make larger cookies. Color one third of the dough orange and press on top of the white. Color the last third yellow and layer on the top. Refrigerate until set.

Take dough out of pan and slice into 1/4″ slices. Then cut them into triangles.We dipped into sugar.

Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Turn pan after 6 min.

Book Recommendation: Hole in Our Holiness

I just finished reading The Hole in Our Holinessby Kevin DeYoung. This book is a fantastic read for any one who wants to be sanctified, to move towards being further conformed to the image of God. DeYoung begins by stating, “The hole in our holiness is that we don’t really care much about it.”

He then does a good job of showing that works have no place in our salvation, none. Yet, Scripture teaches a standard of holiness that Christians should be moving towards.

Again he writes, “My fear is that as we rightly celebrate, and in some quarters rediscover, all that Christ has saved us from, we are giving little thought and making little effort concerning all that Christ has saved us to. Shouldn’t those most passionate about the gospel and God’s glory also be those most dedicated to the pursuit of godliness?”

The clear answer is yes. This book does a simply fantastic job of showing a Biblical view of how we as Christians should be growing, changing, ever dependent upon the Gospel as we seek pure lives poured out for the Kingdom of God. He avoids legalism and fundamentalism while showing that the call to holiness is a very real call in Scripture for the Church, the people of God.

He puts it this way, “Faith and good works are both necessary. But one is the root and the other the fruit.”

As the book goes on he deals very practically with how we should pursue holiness as Christians in the 21st Century on the basis of who we are in Christ. I keep looking through my highlights now and find I find I want to read it again.

If you are looking for something that will encourage you without beating you up for where you currently are this is a great book to read.




Smartest Person In The Room


Ross King is from College Station, Texas. We wouldn’t know he exist if we didn’t live there while attending Texas A&M. He’s one of those guys who writes songs on principal, he’ll offend people and he wasn’t willing to jump through cheesy Christian record label hoops. He’s not mean spirited, he’s not a grumbler, but he writes in a way that is very real and very honest.

I loved listening to the following song this morning. He always helps me to see my sin and remember the glorious savior I have in Christ. Read the lyrics, but know the song to music is much better so go listen to it on iTunes or Spotify or whatever. Or you can check out his website.

“Smartest Person In The Room”
by Ross King and from the album Perhaps I\’ve Said Too Much

Smartest person in the room again
Don’t you wonder every now and then
If it’s dangerous to be the winner so consistently?
I fear you’re doomed to never be surprised

Cause you are satisfied with your ability
For finding God’s own truth in every mystery
Would you be willing to admit
That you’d been wrong if Jesus isn’t

Who you thought He was?
Or would close your eyes and ears because
It’s your name that everyone is counting on
And it’s your shame on the line

Are you trying to hold onto
Your fame? Don’t you think that it’s conceited
As if Jesus needed your name
You win every argument you’re in

And every time it proves you right again
And now your motivation is that you’ve become too good at this
To quit now, and there’s no need
For anyone else because you believe

It’s your name that everyone is counting on
And it’s your shame on the line
Are you trying to hold onto
Your fame? Don’t you think that it’s conceited

As if Jesus needed your name
I believe that God is in you
God knows that I have been you many times before
By His grace, I won’t be anymore

Look inside if you are willing
You’d best be prepared for killing what you find
Cause in your mind
You may find the devil in disguise

I hope it’s not as bad as I have heard
Cause if it is, then I’m just wasting words
There may be nothing I can say to make you stop right now and pray
“O God, change me

Give me ears to hear and eyes to see it’s
Your name that everyone is counting on
And it’s Your shame on the line
I’m trading all of my life for

Your fame, forgive me I’ve been so conceited
You have never needed my name”

The Little One is Trouble.

This is post-nap time.

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Berkley isn’t allowed to get out of bed. So when I went in and saw this, she saw my face and quickly said, “I didn’t get out of bed!!!” Me, thinking I just caught her in a lie, asks her how she did all this then. She told me she pushed her bed over, then stood on it to proceed to empty the drawers out. So technically, she didn’t get out of bed…

Sneaky little booger.

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She had to clean it all up, and tried to tell me these pull-ups were her baby’s beds and they wanted to keep them.

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Funny Book

Just a-riding in the buggy!

Beckham: Dad, you sleep at our house?

First day of the first grade!

And here’s some poop talk for you! :
Berkley comes in worried a car outside is going to run her over on the sidewalk.
Brian: Why would the car want to run you over?
Berkley: Uhhh, because I pooped my pants?
Sadie Piper: (big breath) “Dad, when I pooped today it all came out at the same time!
Brian: Poor girl, did you have diarrea?
Sadie Piper: No. I used the wipes because my butt hurt really bad.
Berkley on the toilet taking a long time: “My poops are on their way. They have a long walk.”
She has also played “family” with these future poops…”The little poop has a Dudley (that’s a stuffed monkey around these parts) in his backpack. His name is called Buddy. He is going to school.”
Weird girl that one.

This sandbox is full of Crazies!

Berkley asked for a band-aid on her belly button (because she had a tummy ache, of cou. Sadie Piper was horrified and yelled, “NO MOM! Don’t put it there! She won’t be able to breathe!”Boo wanted a band-aid on her belly button (cause her tummy hurt, of course). Sadie Piper was horrified and said, "Don't put it there!!!! She won't be able to breathe!!!"

Twinkie unicorns! Matching Unicorns from Emily Currey

Berkley: “Why are you talking to daddy? Stop talking to him you are supposed to be making me dinner!!!”

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Talking about Halloween and Berkley says “Yeah!! And you can dress uuuuuppp, like a trash can…”

Brian introduced Becks to the term “junk” when he said Becks was hit there when they were playing baseball.

Beckham then tells me, “I got hit in the trash can”

Berkley and SP sharing a snack one day. Berkley starts screaming, “I’M FREAKING OUT CAUSE I’M SCARED SHE IS GOING TO EAT IT ALL!!”

Beckham asks me one day, “Will you ask Jesus…I mean daddy…” (I don’t remember at all what he asked cause he and I started giggling so hard! I love that he’s getting old enough to enjoy a good blooper!)

Berkley: Andria talks like a bird

L: Why?

B: She says ‘Tweet tweet’

(she said “so sweet”)

Boo: Princesses don’t eat food.

L: What do they eat?

Boo: Nothing

Aggies go to a K-State game

Travis and Amy took us to a K-State football game in Manhattan.

Manhattan Kansas.

They call it the “Little Apple.” How fun is that!?

Walking to the game we saw this cute little car. Turns out the mascot was going to drive it into the game…but we didn’t know that until he drove it in and we recognized it!

Laura hopped in Willie's car

Stopped by to see Morgan’s Dungeon. She spends many, many architecture hours in her studio. It was fun to get to see her in her new world!

Morgan in her dungeon

At dinner, we saw this guy who looks JUST LIKE Tedd and/or Paul Tripp.

I met Paul Tripp in Manhattan today.

Tedd Tripp:

Paul Tripp:

Game was super fun and K-State won!! It was perfect football weather!

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This was hilarious!!

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The stadium.

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No Kyle Field, but we chose to enjoy it anyways! 🙂

“Airport Fun Day” WAS a fun day!!

There’s a small airport between our house and the church that we pass many times daily. They had an Airport Fun Day and we were super excited to check it out!

They had a firetruck! We love firetrucks!



Then we got to get in the news chopper that’s always parked there! SP loves this helicopter!!



I can’t remember why SP was grumps, but her face gives her away!

Bounced some in the bounce house, then they had lunch (a hot dog, chips and a drink, ALL for $1.50! That made me very happy!)


An Air Force Apache helicopter made it’s landing



It was loud!


Then Brian joined up with us and we checked it out.


It really was a cool helicopter. Those are guns!



Took this one cause the “Danger” points to SP! 🙂



Hopped in a few more of the little planes




We also went into this cool Limo Bus with cool little dancing lights!


Such a fun Saturday!!