Thursday, July 31, 2014


3 1/2 days

3 nights

15 people

Fishing, swimming, boating....

lots of eating

S'mores around the fire.

Mosquito bites & sunburns

Can't wait to do it all again.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Today I am 33 years old. 

Age is a funny thing, like time... One moment it can seem like it's happening way too slowly and the next moment it can seem like it's rushing by.

I was walking around the hardware store last night and caught a glimpse of my oldest boy just beside me. It made me pause for a second and just am I old enough to have a son who looks me eye to eye & will be taller than me any day (if he's not a hair taller already)?? How am I old enough to be nearing the birth of our twelfth child?

A friend commented something the other day on this photo:  I love the symbolism, with the swing showing what the Sims family represents in enjoying every minute of life.

and it really made me think. 

I want that statement to be accurate. I want to enjoy every minute of life. 

"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment" (1 Timothy 6:17 NIV).

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Catch up

When Google reader ceased to exist I pretty much ditched blogging. Most friends were on Facebook and that coupled with a busy life just kind of took over. But I miss blogs. I miss people sharing what's happening in their lives beyond a one sentence status.

To jump back in I'm going to just start with a glimpse of today.

Today is Saturday, I'm at our store until 3:00 today and it's a pretty mellow day. The street is closed off for a cycling race this afternoon, so traffic is slower than normal. It's giving me a chance to get some backlog of books & clothes tagged. I'm here with 8 of the kids, Ian's not feeling too well and stayed home with Kenny & Stephen.

Nicholas is almost 16 months now & not quite walking yet, though I keep catching him standing on his own and he's sure cruising along furniture fast! His hair has started filling in and it's CURLY! The first of our kids to get that trait from their daddy.

I'm 24 weeks preggo now with our 12th baby! Still seems crazy when I say that. :) I'm feeling well, second trimester is usually the 'easy' part. No nausea & tiredness and not quite big enough to be uncomfortable yet.

In the past month we got to visit with three of my aunts, my uncle & two cousins all of whom we hadn't seen since we moved to Illinois almost 6 years ago. They got to meet several of our kiddos who have been born was a lot of fun!

Now I'm off to eat my lunch and get a few more things done before closing up shop and heading home for the evening.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Today marks two years.

Last night I was trying to find something in my room and ended up looking through old photos of the family. This is something I love to do, look at photos. Little moments of time captured for us to remember. Marveling at how much my kids look alike (SO many of Amanda that look just like Mabel does now!). In the back of my mind though I kept thinking about how the photos we have of Josiah are finite. There will never be more, no new ones to add. I was feeling pretty blue about it. I just prayed that the Lord would give me strength, since obviously on my own this just plain stinks. 

And you know what? The Lord cares. He loves us SO much! 

So much so that that prayer that I sent up in the midst of my little pity party, He chose to answer.

 First thing I see this morning was a message from my sweet friend Michelle. She (unbeknownst to her) sent me a picture that I'd never seen before, that very hour I prayed. How amazing is that!?!?

I'll tell you.

It's pretty stinking amazing.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalm 5:11