Sunday, December 29, 2013

From Nothing to Something

A few weeks back I was at a friend's house and she had a pretty cute sign in her house that was a symbol of her established family.  So what do I do? I snap a picture of it and recreate it as a symbol in our home.

It all started with a blank canvas. An empty slate. A vessel, ready to be filled and created into something more beautiful.  {This could represent me, you. Ready to be filled up and made more beautiful by the Creator...}

I started with the back layer...the deepest layer. I took that brush, dipped it in the perfect color for a rich, bold sky and spread it as evenly as I could on the no longer empty shell of my creation. {When we let our Creator begin a new work in us, He starts with a solid foundation...spread evenly throughout who we are in that deepest layer of our life.}

Then the real fun began...I painted the knobby tree, added a few colorful leaves, and then carefully added six gray birds, perched by the order of the union of me with my love, then downward with each of our four treasures... {Then the refining process begins...He digs deep and pulls out more beauty than we could ever imagine...and the details are so important to Him...He takes His time and makes sure each aspect of us is as perfect as our human nature can take...}

The Fernihoughs...nested since 1999. Complete with pink bows on the girls.  Fourteen years I have been on this journey with my love. Fourteen years of oh so good and oh so not good...but one thing remains, the Creator created our family. He started with the two of us and went to work in us and through us and so much has come out of our union...

{Thank you, Lord, for nesting us together in You fourteen years ago. Thank you for creating us to be who You want us to be and for using us the way You want to use us. Please continue to work on us until we are to the point of completion, which won't be on this side of Heaven. Amen.}

Friday, December 27, 2013

Merry Christmas!

We had a lovely Christmas. Started with our traditional Christmas morning breakfast of monkey bread and egg casserole. After breakfast, we slowly opened our at  time so we could see what each present is and who it is from. Takes awhile, but so worth the wait!

We spent the afternoon enjoying our family and our gifts! Then later, one of our favorite families came over...the Hagers.  The Hagers are forever friends and we have been living life with them for over nine years now. 

I love Christmas. I love the reason for the season. I love Jesus and the hope I have in Him. 

Merry Christmas...from the Fernihoughs!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Hello Kitty Princess Birthday!

She is FOUR. I still remember the shock of finding out she was growing in me.  And the shock of having a girl after three bouncy baby boys.  And the shock of how different a little girl is than a little boy.

But she is precious. And lovely.  And says the cutest things.

This year she wanted a Hello Kitty Princess birthday party.  She picked her four closest friends {and their siblings!} to come over to celebrate.  She chose to have macaroni and cheese and hotdogs. According to her, the party was perfect.

Girl table!

With her daddy...

We played games…first up, pin the bow on the Hello Kitty!  The boys even joined in for this one!

 The next game involved the girls putting a dab of Vasoline on their noses and transferring cotton balls from one plate to another.  It was hilarious!

After that, the girls had to use a straw to blow a cotton ball across the table.  Aren't they cute?

And of course…the cake.  Michael impresses me with every cake he makes!  
What a fun tradition for our family!

Happy 4th birthday, princess.  You are a blessing to all who know you.  You have an infectious smile and an energy about you that makes all who know you, love you.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Little Entrepreneurs

It all started with me asking the boys to shovel our driveway and sidewalk. 

 They did.  

And for some odd reason, they had fun!!!

 And they did a great job!  When they were finished, Noah came in and asked if they could go around to the neighbors and shovel their driveways for $5.  I told them they could try…but don't be disappointed if they weren't hired.  So "The Brothers" took off….

Three of our neighbors in our cul-de-sac hired them on the spot.  
Within an hour, this is their wages for their hard work!

$34 and an unopened can of hot chocolate mix!  Talk about some happy, motivated boys.  I made them come in and thaw for an hour and eat some lunch…and now they are back at it!  Proud of my boys and their commitment to work hard and do a good job!

Lindley desperately wanted to go out and help them, but I decided that you at least have to be five to have a job around here.  After playing hard, she decided it was time to warm up.

Drew's little face was so cold…but even cold, so so so handsome!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Picture Perfect…not

I remember changing my blog main picture a few times…and always with the help of my friend.  For some reason I thought I could actually do it myself.  Major fail. So now you are stuck with a rather large picture of my love and me. Enjoy.  It will be changing as soon as I find help. :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

January 30th…really?  Is that really the last time I sat in this seat and began typing thoughts?  Experiences?  Tidbits about my kids?  Wow…I'm sorry!  Hope I haven't been leaving any of you longing for my words…except my Mom. :)

So much has happened since January 30.  I don't even know where to begin.  Since that date, we have gone to Arizona for a week to spend Spring Break with family; Noah turned SEVEN; Drew turned NINE; I witnessed my first birth (sweet baby Ella); Drew played Flag Football; Michael and I ran another Half Marathon; we bought a house and moved; our Arizona family came to visit Colorado…and so much more.

But the event that has happened since then and the event that has altered me most, is that my sweet Granny passed away on a Wednesday afternoon in late June.  I was able to spend nine days with my Granny before she breathed her last breath.  Nine gloriously HARD days with a woman that I have loved fiercely for 35 years.  It was so hard, so sad, but I am so grateful that I had those nine days to love on her and care for her the way she has always loved on me and cared for me.

I have so much more to say about Granny.  So many beautiful pictures to share.  So many thoughts that I really haven't even let my mind think yet.  I will do that another day…

And another day I will share our new beautiful home…

…and talk about Drew's awesome season as a football player…

…and tell you about witnessing the baby who birthed herself…

…and share pictures and stories of our trip to Arizona…

…and vice versus…their trip to Colorado…

…and reflect on Drew and Noah turning a year older…

…and tell you how Isaac learned how to swim this summer AND how he taught HIMSELF how to ride a bike on Saturday…

…and I'm sure I'll think of *something* to share about the princess…

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What She Really Is...

I'm really not exaggerating when I saw she's something else… 

 Like any three year old, she has her great moments and soon after has awfulharddiscouragingmean moments.  But over all, she is…




And quite the little diva…  Lindley had her first haircut back in December.  She loved it.  Miss Hillary {friend from church and one of my absolute favorite artists…check out Hillary Hand on iTunes!} did a great job and Miss Lindley loved the attention.  The process of it all.  The feeling beautiful.  

She's a blessing.  She brings incredible joy to my life daily.  She is most precious.  Most beautiful.  Most caring.  She is mine.  She makes my heart love a little differently than it does with the boys.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

And One of the Princes Turns 5

The fourth year of our sweet Isaac's life was a good one.  When he turned four, he turned sweet.  He turned kind.  He turned into a little guy with a big 'ole heart.  
I'm hoping five is just as good as four to our little one.

We had a small get together tonight to celebrate being five.  Just a few families…a few friends.  
It was nice.  Not overwhelming.  Easy.  

And once again, Michael made an awesome Ninjago cake for the occasion.  
What a special tradition Michael started with Drew's second birthday.

We love you, Isaac.  Your name means "laughter" and I've said it a million times…you live up to your name quite well, little one.  You make us laugh.  You make us smile.  You encourage our hearts in so many ways.  You bless us and we are so glad that God chose us to raise you.  
Happy 5th birthday, sweet boy.