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I have all these things in my head that I need to get written down…and all these photos on my computer that I want to show you…but it just isn’t happening these days. This week was wheat planting and all three of my boys getting hand, foot & mouth. Enough said. It could have been so much worse. That is what I have to keep reminding myself. Hand, foot and mouth goes away. I got to hug my sad babies a little bit extra. And I got to talk to my husband on the phone a little more this week because I had to complain to someone about being quarantined in the house with three sick kids, right?! Levi was so mad at me about having to miss school. He just sobbed. At least I learned this week that he really does love kindergarten. Haha. So really quickly, here are a few random thoughts for today…and then I am back to taking care of the sickies.

DaySpring’s $10 Secret Sale | DaySpring has a $10 Secret Sale going on now through Sunday, October 4. There are over 30 items marked down to $10 while supplies last. A great gift for $10?! Here is another chance to get a head start on Christmas shopping (for those of you who plan ahead like that!). These are some of my favorites…

$10 Secret Sale


Daily Grace – Memo Chalkboard

Daily Grace – Cake Pedestal | Everlasting Light – Star Cluster Necklace

Our Days Are For His Praise – Decorative Lantern | Hope & Encouragement – 10 Premium Card Assortment

There are several boxed card sets marked down to $10. I love having these on hand because it saves you a trip to the store (which is so important when you don’t plan ahead and live in the country) and you get a great card for $1! Make sure to check out the rest of the $10 deals. And don’t forget there are a few other promotions going on right now that you might be able to use too.

Use code GIFT20 for 20% off gifts! Good through October 31.

Use code 15BUCKS for $15 off any purchase! Good through October 31.

B1G1 Free Boxed Cards. Going on now through October 4. No code necessary. (*DaySpring affiliate links used)

Seeds Family Worship | We love the Seeds CDs at our house. The Seeds Family Worship mission is to get God’s Word through Seeds into as many homes (and hearts) as possible around the world. Don’t you love that! These CDs are such a good tool to help our kids memorize Scripture in a fun way. My boys listen to these at night all the time. And I love that when you buy a CD it comes with two…so you can gift one to someone else! Right now you can get the Seeds of Courage album completely free. Just visit the Seeds website and a window will pop up asking if you want them to send this CD to your email…that’s it! Do you listen to Seeds at your house? If you don’t…go check them out! (P.S. I just noticed they have free downloadable memory cards to go with each CD…so great!)

Revive ’15 | Are you tired of me talking about this conference yet? I mean, I wasn’t even there! I did listen to parts of the LIVE stream and it was so good. I wish so much that I could have been there. Anyway, I just wanted to mention it one more time because the audio of the Revive ’15 Conference is now available online. I loved Jen Wilkin’s sessions. Her book, Women of the Word, is one of my favorites. If you haven’t read it (you should!), Jen’s sessions from the conference cover some of the material from the book. If you need something to listen to this weekend while you are cleaning the house or exercising or driving or whatever…check these out!

Butternut Squash | We picked the rest of our pumpkins and squash last weekend. I have an abundance of butternut squash now. In the past I have baked and pureed most of them and used it for baby food, but no babies here this year! Unfortunately my boys aren’t too crazy about squash. So, I need all of your best butternut squash recipes…help a girl out! Here is Levi with all of our pumpkins. He worked so hard and was so proud of how he arranged them. Cutie pie. Also, if you miss seeing photos of my boys on the blog, make sure to follow me on Instagram. I do so much better at posting updates on there!

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It’s finally starting to feel like Fall around here. Yay! Hope you all have a great weekend!

  • Janel - Hi Jess….

    I just adore your sweet sweet family…been following you for a while..and my heart always smiles just seeing your family grow, fun, fun!

    As for the squash family…I think winter squash soup is a must. And I’m sure your boys would love it. It’s a soup to make while trapped in the house for a bit…it’s time consuming roasting and puree-ing…but the end result is SO worth it. You could use all varieties on hand ( butternut, acorn, pumpkin,, even sweet potatoes) with onions garlic..etc.serve it up in the little pumpkins scooped out for the boys…crusty bread to dip in it..hhhmmhhmmm. Some recipes just call for 1-2 varieties..but I prefer 3 min for the best flavor.ReplyCancel


  • Muriel Siadak - Jess
    Here is the best ever butternut squash lasagna recipe. My whole family loves it! And it freezes well too if you make extra!

    Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
    prep 50 min ∙ cook 1 hr 10 min ∙ makes 3 to 4 servings (Scaled) ∙ difficulty Easy ∙ source

    For the vegetables:
    1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    Kosher salt
    1/2 onion, halved and sliced
    For the bechamel:
    1 tablespoons unsalted butter
    5 sage leaves
    1/8 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups whole milk
    Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
    For the lasagna:
    Unsalted butter, for the baking dish
    1/2 cup grated fontina cheese (about 4 ounces)
    1/2 cup grated low-moisture mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)
    1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (about 4 ounces)
    1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    4 1/2 no-boil lasagna noodles

    Make the vegetables: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil on a baking sheet; season with salt. Toss the onion with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on a separate baking sheet; season with salt. Roast, rotating the baking sheets once, until the vegetables are tender, 18 to 20 minutes; set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

    Meanwhile, make the bechamel: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sage and cook 1 minute. Whisk in the flour until smooth; cook, whisking, until the flour is lightly golden but not brown, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg.

    Assemble the lasagna: Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Toss the cheeses and the flour in a bowl; set aside 1/2 cup for topping. Evenly coat the bottom of the dish with 1/2 cup of the bechamel. Lay 3 noodles side by side on top. Cover with one-third of the remaining bechamel. Sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese mixture, then top with half of the vegetable mixture. Arrange 3 more noodles on top and repeat the layers (bechamel, cheese, vegetables). Top with the remaining 3 noodles, then cover with the remaining bechamel; sprinkle with the reserved 1/2 cup cheese.

    Loosely cover the dish with foil and bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes. Turn on the broiler. Uncover the lasagna and broil until browned, about 2 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.



Here goes another list before the weekend! We are headed to my in-laws tonight for our annual pumpkin picking party. My father-in-law has the best garden. You wouldn’t believe how many pumpkins he grows! I always try to grow a few pumpkins myself but it just never compares. Maybe it is my lack of attention to the garden…the abundance of weeds tend to give me away. Anyway, here are a few of my random thoughts and links for the weekend…

Revive ’15 | Are you listening? I just finished listening to Jen Wilkin and oh my goodness…so challenging. Her love for the Lord and desire to point women to Truth shines so brightly. I wrote down that she said, “A vision of God high and lifted up is what drives the teacher to teach.” That is what I see in Jen as I have listened to her teach. And that is what I am praying for myself even as I teach my boys everyday in our home. That they would get a vision of God high and lifted up. You can still sign up for the Revive ’15 LIVE stream and listen in tonight and tomorrow. I wish so much I could be at this event in person but how awesome that we can listen in at home for free?!

Shark Party | Griffin’s shark party was last weekend. It had been horribly windy all week and then on Saturday the weather was perfect. We were so thankful because the party was outside. Outside parties are my favorite. Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of good weather. That can be hard to come by in Kansas. We had so much fun celebrating Griff with his little shark cousins running all around our yard. Lots of sugar was consumed…of course. Kerri of Big K little k designs designed the most adorable shark invitation and favor tags. They turned out so cute! Her shop is taking a short break as she gets ready to have a new baby (yay!), but bookmark her shop because I am sure you will want to check out all her adorable invitations. You can look through her past sales to get an idea of her style. Here is a little peek at our party. I can’t wait to show you more!


Fall Outfits | I do not consider myself someone who stays on top of fashion but I like a cute outfit just as much as any other girl. Emily’s blog, Jones Design Company, is one of my favorites. She writes about so much more than fashion, but did you see her “Seven Favorite Wearable Outfits for Fall” post? I love her style so much…I wish she could pick out my outfits everyday. That is probably not realistic, but I did get some great ideas for how to mix and match my current wardrobe. Our family pics are coming up and I was definitely needing some outfit ideas. I also found a good use for my birthday money and bought this stripe sweatshirt. Cute, comfortable and stripes…I couldn’t think of anything more perfect to wear. I probably won’t be wearing it for family pictures but maybe every other day this fall.:)Where is your favorite place to go for outfit ideas? Not that cute outfits are the most important thing in life, but it sure is nice to know a few fashionable people to help the rest of us out!

DaySpring Christmas Flash Sale | Starting today and running through the weekend, DaySpring is having a Christmas Flash Sale. There are 13 items marked down to $5. Yay! So get a head start on your Christmas decor or Christmas gift shopping. Here are a few other promotions going on right now that you might be able to use too!

Use code GIFT20 for 20% off gifts! Good through October 31.

Use code 15BUCKS for $15 off any purchase! Good through October 31.

B1G1 Free Boxed Cards. Going on now through October 4. No code necessary.


Happy Friday!

  • Carrie - I always love seeing updates from you in my IG feed, and glad to see some posts on the blog too! I know you’re so busy and it’s hard to find the time! I follow Emily too and love her outfits. Audrey at Putting Me Together has cute ideas and good advice. I just recently found Jill at Good Life for Less and she’s got awesome style too. I’d love to know where you shop as you always look so cute!ReplyCancel


  • ranee - I loved that jdc post as well and was really wanting to buy that sweatshirt…just might have to yet. :) can’t wait to see the rest of the cute birthday details!ReplyCancel


  • kimberly oyler - can’t wait to see more from the shark party!! you always have the best parties.ReplyCancel


  • Chris - I just discovered her blog and think her style is very relatable, affordable and stylish.ReplyCancel


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Jake’s birthday party was a week after his actual birthday, so we couldn’t let the day go by without a birthday cupcake. It gave us an excuse to eat extra cupcakes with him too.



Just ignore the man on the floor in the background. My brother was working for Joel over the summer and he was at our house for lunch. And that is how farmers rest over their lunch break. 😉


Jake didn’t show much enthusiasm over the cupcake but I think he liked it.

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He smeared frosting everywhere and we ate cupcakes while we watched him. And then it felt like he could officially be one.


Happy birthday, Baby Tiny…there is more celebrating to come!


Before I can move on to anything else, I had to go back and post Jakey’s 12 month pics. It just didn’t feel right to not post them even though it seems to be a theme with the third (or fourth) child. So, here is Jake at twelve months…

jake 1 & 12 monthsI mean, how did we go from a one month old to a one year old so fast anyway? Come back Baby Tiny!!


Dear Jake,

It seems like just yesterday we were smiling at each other in the delivery room as “BOY!” was announced and we realized God had given us THREE boys, something we would have never expected. You have filled our house with so much joy and added to the craziness that happens around here everyday. And we wouldn’t change it for anything.

You are the busiest and fastest of all the boys for sure. Playing in the toilet, emptying cupboards, climbing on the dishwasher, unrolling toilet paper, eating anything on the floor, racing up the stairs, escaping out the backdoor…these are just a few of the things that happen daily. You keep me on my toes for sure and if it starts to get a little too quiet I sprint through the house to see what trouble you are getting into this time. You pretty much run instead of walk…which means I am usually running after you. At least I am getting my exercise!

You are saying three words: dada, mama, and cat. You have two top and two bottom teeth. You are eating pretty much everything now. You have been a really good eater and you love tomatoes and cucumbers (so weird!). You are also messy…so messy.

You love your brothers. You jump right in there with them if they are wrestling. And you are so happy if you can be doing anything they are doing. If they are upstairs, you want to be upstairs. If they are outside, you want to be outside. Outside is definitely your favorite. You would stay outside and wander around all day if you could. If you can chase the cats or cover yourself in mud you are even happier. True boy, for sure.

Of course you looooove your daddy and anything that has to do with the farm. You go running when you hear dads pickup truck drive in the driveway and you jump out of my arms if there is a tractor or four wheeler you think you need to ride. Whenever daddy leaves you either cry or wave the sweetest bye-bye.

You are still a cuddle-er and you have the sweetest little grin. We sing “Praise The Name of Jesus” every night and it has become your song. Your brothers love to sing it to you too. You are sleeping through the night unless you loose your paci and I have to come find it for you. You always have to have your paci (or two or three) and your blanket. It is a good thing you started sleeping because you are turning into an early riser. We usually have a little time together in the morning before everyone else is up. I am always a little sleepy eyed but will take the extra cuddles any day.

I can’t wait to watch you grow up with your band of brothers. You are known as “Baby Tiny” or just “Tiny” by those big brothers of yours. I hope you like that name, because I’m afraid it is going to stick. Just know it means that you are very loved!

Happy birthday sweet boy! This year has been a big adjustment but such a gift. I can’t wait to see what the year ahead holds. I love you to the moon and back.

Love, Mama


I’m not sure why, but I love reading blog posts that are a list of randomness. Maybe because that is how by brain is working these days. So often I think of something I want to tell you, something to blog about, but sitting down to write a whole post on the subject just never happens. Probably because I am too busy giving my boys baths (did you see Baby Tiny on Instagram Wednesday?). Haha. Anyway…I thought I would start posting my own lists every once in awhile. It will be just like I said, a list of randomness. But hopefully you can connect with some of my randomness too. So here goes my first Friday list & links…

Bible Study Fellowship | It starts Wednesday (for me at least)! Woo-hoo!!!! I am so excited to start meeting again. I neeeeeed the accountability badly. Have you started a Bible study this fall? If not, and you have been thinking about getting plugged into one, try BSF! There is probably one near you. I promise you will love it. Your kids will love it. They have the best children’s program ever. And best of all you will learn to dig deep into God’s Word. Any time spent in God’s Word is time well invested. So give it a try! And let me know what you think. If you live in the Wichita area come join me on Wednesdays! Visit the BSF website to find a daytime/evening meeting near you.

Katygirl Designs Calendar | If you follow me on Instagram you saw that my KGD Calendar came this week. It is so cute. These calendars never disappoint and the 2016 calendar is no different. Did you know Katy hand drew all the illustrations?! That girl has talent! For November, Katy drew the cutest turquoise kitchen and now I’m dreaming of turkey, cooler weather, family gatherings and pumpkin everything. Calendars are now in Katy’s shop. Hurry over there to get yours…they usually go fast!

Shark Party | Griffin is turning four in less than two weeks and he has requested a shark party. I love that my boys are old enough to come up with their own themes now. It makes it so much more fun to dream up a party that they will love. This blue ombre party is my inspiration. So many cute details! You can check out my Pinterest board to see more shark party ideas.

Revive ’15 | This women’s conference looks so good. My sister-in-law is going and I am a little jealous. I’m hoping Joel will surprise me and put me on a plane to Indianapolis that weekend. Haha. Probably not, but if you live nearby you should go! And then make sure you tell me all about it. I did hear that you can register and listen to the live stream for free. Yay! I can’t wait to listen in.

The GO Exchange | You need to check out this global boutique dedicated to orphan prevention. I am hosting a giveaway over on Instagram right now, so make sure to enter sometime this weekend! This bracelet and this bracelet are my favorite (they are part of the giveaway!). I wear mine all the time. And I just noticed their new fall line is out. I might need this necklace to go with my bracelets.

Happy Friday!


  • Lindsay H - My 4 year old requested a shark party for his 4th birthday! He started talking about it right around Christmas (and is an August babe!)!! It was so much fun! And gummy sharks were a huge hit with kids and adults! Cannot wait to see pictures!ReplyCancel


  • Emily - BSF starts tonight for me in Ohio! The leadership team is expecting so many new people for this study that we are having to park at a Walmart down the street and they’re going to shuttle us to the church! Such a good problem to have! Enjoy your class.ReplyCancel


  • kimberly oyler - you always have the CUTEST parties so i am excited to see how griffin’s shark party turns out. how is he four!??ReplyCancel


  • Ranee - love the shark party idea! i love seeing your party planning posts–so many cute ideas you have. :) And I agree..list blog posts are fun! so yay!ReplyCancel


  • Kara - That Go Exchange looks awesome! Have you heard of Noonday Collection? I’ve just learned about them in the past year and it looks like a very similar company and I actually hosted a trunk show a few weeks ago. I LOVE that companies like this seem to be getting really popular! So awesome!ReplyCancel


  • Kallie B - I love lists – and now I love the GO Exchange! What an amazing outreach and focus.ReplyCancel