I am an artist & teacher with a ❤ for visual expression, educational methodology, homesteading, & Jesus. My geek-love is The Joshua and we have three peanut-butters: Caleb, Jack, & Louritta.


Happy 1st Birthday, Jack!


It is so hard to believe that a year ago, Jack was just a tiny little newborn peanut. (Our nicknames for him are “Peanut Butter” and “Cha-cha.”) Then, I just remember being so thankful that I wasn’t pregnant anymore and wondering what kind of kid that little bundle would turn out to be. Turns out, Read More

Caleb Turns 2 Years Old!


My boy officially turned two years old on September 5th. Can’t believe it. It’s totally awesome. His personality is so magnetic, he’s one of my favorite people to be around! Stats from 2 Year Doctor Visit Weight: 24.4 lbs. (10th percentile) Height: 33″ (16th percentile) Head: 18.75″ (23rd percentile) Favorite Activities Monsters – He loves Read More

Happy Birthday Dad!


Today is my dad’s birthday. My dad rocks. He is my favorite of all the dads. I could go on about his selflessness, his servant attitude, his love of Christ, his strong example, his care of his children, his love for his grandchildren… I’m just so thankful to have such a great dad! Happy Birthday! Read More

Caleb’s 12 Month Stats


Another healthy checkup. We got the okay to do forward-facing car seat, but I think we’ll keep him rear-facing for awhile longer. Still breastfeeding, but we’ve also started giving him whole milk. I gave him peanut butter for the first time and he was unimpressed. Caleb is also pretty small for his age. The doctor Read More

Happy Birthday, Baby (end)


Age 1: Journey Through the Yard 56, originally uploaded by StephLewis. Happy Birthday, little guy. May you shout for joy to the Lord! May you worship the Lord with gladness! May you come before him with joyful songs! May you know that the Lord is God. May you believe that it is He who made Read More

Happy Birthday, Baby (Part 7)


Age 1: Journey Through the Yard 53, originally uploaded by StephLewis. One thing that is interesting about parenting is that your child is always growing. And as a parent you have to anticipate these changes, this moving forward. I’ve been looking for good motor skill opportunities for Caleb since his new thing is climbing. He Read More

Happy Birthday, Baby (Part 6)


Age 1: Journey Through the Yard 36, originally uploaded by StephLewis. Have I mentioned how cool it is to watch motor development? He’s walking, shakily, but walking nonetheless. I love when he stands up and reaches his little hand out to me so he can grasp it. I find it to be a beautiful metaphor Read More

Happy Birthday, Baby (Part 5)


Age 1: Journey Through the Yard 31, originally uploaded by StephLewis. But, with independence and exploring, comes the question of discipline. I like to think of discipline as guiding your child through the world and teaching using positive methods as often as possible. So, I redirect his attention, teach him how to do things gently, Read More

Happy Birthday, Baby (Part 4)


Age 1: Journey Through the Yard 30, originally uploaded by StephLewis. I spend a lot of time on the floor. We draw & paint, cook, read stories, bang on pots & pans, crawl around, make animal sounds, sort through the dirt, weed the garden, sort the mail, brush the dog, rock & dance to music, Read More

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