Thursday, February 7, 2013

Three thorns and a rose

How is it that these four children get sweeter and cuter with each passing day?  I like to joke that we have "three thorns and a rose," referring, of course, to the fact that I have three boys and a girl.  Of course, my boys are not thorns by any means unless that just translates to the fact that they are the protectors of their one and only sister.  In that case, being a thorn is not a bad thing at all!
These pictures were actually taken last summer, in July, not long before our departure from Ukraine.  We were in the midst of teen camp preparations, finishing up a semester of school, and packing up our suitcases for furlough.  As the veteran missionary we work for likes to say, uploading these pictures to this blog was on my to-do list, it was just written "at the bottom of the fold."  Have you ever heard that thought?  In other words, if you had a list written on a piece of paper and folded that paper in half, where on the paper would something come in order of importance - the top half or the bottom half?  Great concept, right?

Apparently, it has taken me awhile to reach the bottom half of my to-do list!  But, I have been busy taking care of the precious ones IN the pictures, so I am not going to beat myself up for just now getting around to this project.

I never posted teen camp pictures either.  Hmmm.... now that I think about it, that was written at the "bottom of the fold" too!  Now to start working on the list at the bottom of that fold...


  1. I like that concept! :-) I never seem to get below that fold either...

    Beautiful pictures of very beautiful children. You are truly blessed. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So glad to hear from you! Such beautiful children:)

  3. oh yes, I never seem to make it to the bottom of my " to do" list either. It seems more and more just keeps getting added to the top :) I think you are doing a wonderful job! Beautiful children, thank you for posting.

  4. I'm so glad you got this item done on your to-do list. What precious children!!! Handsome boys and a beautiful little girl!

    Kissies for each of them from their Aunt Anna.

  5. What beautiful and handsome children. My but Micah knows how to pose well. Learned well, huh.
    Wish I could see them in person.
    Love to all

  6. Great pictures! How they have grown! Beautiful children! I know exactly what you mean about a list and trying to get all the things done. I'm working on one too! Love ya'll! Prayers for all of you!

  7. Jolene,
    What a beautiful family!!!!!
    Mrs. Lord

  8. What a blessing to see you back in the "blog world"! I have missed your updates!!

    Praying for your family in the Mid-west USA

  9. GORGEOUS children! least your daughter... ;-) Handsome boys!


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