Friday, December 20, 2013


Yummy treats with cider, a fun story, and a laundry helper......

Monday, December 09, 2013

This just doesn't get old....

Six kids, and I am still amazed at the joy they can bring with one smile!!!
We are enjoying cloth diapers (thank you soooo much Auntie Kelly!!!). Not full time, just most of the time. Every little bit helps folks!  Those BumGenius are amazing!! They make it much easier!!
She has 5 teeth through, number six will most likely pop through tomorrow. She is sitting up pretty well, still falls over though. Crawling-she sometimes crawls up on her knees, and sometimes she army crawls. But she gets where she wants to go!!! She is a very determined, feisty little girl. Sort of reminds me of another "spicy" member of our family. Almost 8 months old!
Time flies!
You are so much fun, Evelyn Hope!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Let the baking begin!!!!

Today we tackled 4 pies!!! Emma, Caleb, and Noah each made their first pie crust. Can't wait to try them tomorrow!

Baby girl!!!

Girl's Night!

We had a sweet opportunity to take Emma to see Jackie Evancho in concert. It was a really special night, and we loved the music!!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Seven months???

Really??? Seven months already??? Her 3rd and 4th teeth are poking through. She rocks back and forth on her knees. She gets where she wants to go-a little bit of army crawl, a little bit of scoot. She'll probably be crawling next week. It is going too fast; but the whole family gathers around as we cheer her on and delight in her newfound skills. We love you Evelyn Hope!!!!

The Goat Farm...

All the other pictures are on Ben's phone because mine is full. :( 
But, we had a ton of fun! Noah got to hang out with his favorite animal-the turtle! A big tortoise! Emma loved milking the goat, there were life-sized Jenga and Twister games, and a really fun swing. Not to mention, we were able to replace our beloved goat soap. ;-)

Field Trip to In-N-Out!!!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


Well, after seeing a homeopath, he recommended giving up chocolate for a month. This didn't SEEM like a big deal, but has proved to be more difficult than I had imagined. ;-)
Anyhow...I decided to try making this festive looking dessert for dinner. It is arborio rice, made with coconut milk, a little sugar and vanilla, and water. I served it warm, topped with pomegranate seeds and coconut chips. Yummy!!!!

Art class...

Wednesday evening art....

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Love these people....

Noah Benjamin

Noah Benjamin,
     Happy birthday, seven year old!! You are such a treasure.  This is a picture of you "fishing" in the pond (in Palm Springs) with some grass. :-) 
    This was a big year for you! You learned to ride a bike, and have been so brave at BMX. You also learned to swim really, really well. You are an excellent reader, and you really enjoy science.  You still love to dress up. In general, you are just a really sweet and good natured little boy, with a super fun goofy side. 
    Unfortunately, I have a cold, as well as you and two of your siblings. So, for your birthday we stayed home and took it easy. You got to watch episode 4 (I think?) of Star Wars with big brother and sister, while the little guys did something else. We had the traditional donuts for breakfast. Anyhow. You are such a blessing to our family. It is more fun and more silly because you are part of it.
I love you Noah.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Five years old!!!

Dear Ezra,
     Happy Birthday! You are an amazing little boy. Now, you are five years old! You amaze me with the things you can do. I like to say that you have more energy in your little pinky finger than I do in my whole body!!! Pretty much, what you set your mind to do, you accomplish. You are reading well, and excellent in math. You love Group Solutions. You enjoy riding your bike and scootering....and you love doing "tricks."
You like to come to "school" in your shirt and tie, because "you're going to be a doctor." 
You got your very first Bible a few days ago. I loved hearing you stand and read from it.
You know, the Ezra of the Bible loved God's Word, and he obeyed it...and then he taught others to do that!
I do not know all that God has planned for you, my "sweet boy". But I know His plans are great, and my prayer is that in whatever way God uses you for His kingdom, you will love His word, obey it, and teach others to do it also. Happy birthday my boy, you have changed all of our lives forever. We love you so much, and even on your "spiciest" of days, you add a flavor to our family that we just couldn't do without. I love you Ezra Lucas Knight Hester.
PS-for your birthday, we were going to go the zoo! But since brother is on crutches, we went to the cheap theatre and saw Despicable Me 2. And, you got to "camp" in the backyard with Dad. :). AND, you went to Awana's and finished your Flight 3:16 book, so you got your vest and membership card!!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


I am one who believes that all stories that draw us in are reflections of THE great and true story. (By this, I am referring to God's great story of rescue, redemption, and restoration!) All stories reflect this Story; some do it well, others do it in fragments and broken pieces.
There are those stories, that truly grip your heart...the ones that have you all caught up in something greater and grander...the ones that stir your heart and remind you of all the things your heart dares to hope.
Today, in light of a back that's giving me trouble, and new school curriculum and supplies that haven't yet arrived, we took the day to read one of my favorites. It's been awhile, so I was unprepared to be fighting back tears as I read. 
Back in the "camp days", when Ben worked for a Christian Camp, this book was used as the basis for their program theme one year. 
Imagine my surprise, when going through old pictures, and I found a picture of myself holding a copy of this book. That was....well, at least 20 years ago, and it's still tugging on my heart today. Here is the picture of me with the book, next to Emma holding the book we are reading today. 
I'll leave you with a couple of excerpts:

"And so the boy escaped from the perilous Enchanted City because he was a hunter at heart and hunters always find more than they know."

"And the boy learned that a kingdom is a place where it is not enough to say the King's name. One must do the King's will in the King's way or lose the Kingdom altogether."

"So the pig girl left her pigs for the sake of the One she loved. And she became the clean one, who had a tender place in her heart for all things ugly because she knew a King who could find something beautiful in every garbage heap."

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Digging in....

Ezra reading out loud from his new Bible...
New Bibles!!! (Well, not new for Judah...)
We are going through "The Dig for Kids-a study on the book of Luke". Needless to say, the kids couldn't wait to "dig" in. Hahahaha!
PS-not sure if the sale is still going on, but had Bibles for 50% off. (They carry the ESV translation). 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Crazy hair night!!!

Awana Crazy Hair Night!!!! :-)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Birthday fun!

Sister love
Evelyn Hope 
Girl's shopping day in honor of my birthday!
Pick up stix!
This is an awesome juicer. I know, because I research...well, too many things. My husband walked outside this morning, and from our driveway, spotted this at our neighbor's garage sale. He ran. Seriously. Ran over. Grabbed it, and quite joyously paid the $20 they were asking for it! He knew it was on my list...perhaps because of the many, many you tube videos I made him watch with me during my research phase. What an awesome score!!!! We all enjoyed some amazing "green juice" today!!!!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Daddy's birthday...

It was a lovely day! Breakfast bowls, with cards and a book for Daddy. Church, the beach, time with friends, and then celebrating with family. Broccoli salad, potato salad, green salad!! 
We are so thankful for the Daddy in our family!