Voices live in every finite being,
Often undivined, near silence.
Hear them!
Hear them in you! in others!
They sense truth deep in all life;
They know the things true Pilgrims stand for.
Stand out!
Come to Him without the things the world brings;
Come to Him!
As a child and as a poor man.
He had all. He gave all.

~Charles Ives

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pumpkin Carving Take Two

Charlie and I couldn't help stifling a chuckle when our son started gagging as we pulled out the innards of the pumpkin. I guess it is pretty gross, but I didn't expect a one and a half year old to notice.


Friday, January 27, 2012

A First Encounter

At first glance there is something just a little different about you and yet so familiar!
I can't put my finger on it.
Nope, still not coming to me.
Don't you think he looks like someone we know?
I'm almost sure of it! Anyone?

Tummy Time

This is the kind of thing I could never anticipate, but that completely delights my heart!

Trying to find the right position

Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

Grandma's Visit


The guys

Mom cooked for everyone. This meal was her yummy fried chicken.

Jacob Owen Dey

The Collins were our first guests besides Amy Allen who so kindly watched Charlie that weekend and brought him to meet his little brother.

Auntie Megan with little Shields in her tummy

Uncle Caleb and Auntie Katie

Where is Jacob's nose?

Home at last!


Last Moments with Rob and Jordan

Charlie got a job this summer! And to celebrate we had a big ol' family dinner!

Charlie and his aunties

Helping Auntie Jordan pack

Fun with Uncle Robbie


Before they left Rob, Jordan and Jackson stayed with us.
In such a small house we all had our trials:

"I call this game FUN-IN-A-BOX!" Said the cat...

..."In this box are two things
I will show to you now.
You will like these two things,"
Said the cat with a bow.