Terry Sturman is our favorite photographer!

Our new family picture, with all four of us!

The sweetest picture of our little 3-month-old Caleb.

Caleb loves his puppy, just like Grace loves her lambie. Thanks, Debbie (and Steelcase PDM)!


Jambo (Jambo!) means hello (Hello!)…

Week One of Backyard Bible Clubs is over! We had 35-40 kids every day (except Friday, when a bunch of them went away for the weekend or had swim meets.) It was a little chaotic the whole week, but we survived! We didn’t see any salvation decisions this week, but we had some unchurched kids that were at least exposed to the Gospel. I hope we planted some seeds!

Our theme was a safari theme, called Kingdom of the Son. (It’s a VBS curriculum by GospelLight.) It was all about the Lord’s Prayer. I think it went pretty well, but I also feel like I was running around like crazy all week trying to make it happen, so I didn’t get much of a chance to just sit back and listen to the Bible stories and lessons.

Anyway, we survived! I was (and still am a little bit) exhausted! It was a rough week for me and the kids – very tiring for all three of us. And housework went to the wayside last week, so we’re trying to catch up now. Laundry and dishes – fun!

Hope everyone is doing well. Glad to hear that Mom and Dad Rumley, Zach, and Elyse are home safely from their trip to Georgia. Oh, and by the way, Emily’s wedding is in LESS THAN 9 WEEKS! WHOA! Are you ready, Em?


P.S. I’m in the process of getting pictures developed (FOUR ROLLS!), so more pictures to come…SOON!

Hog wild.

Yes, I did want to join the Manton Motorcycle gang after being able to drive that thing down the road at 65mph! It was awesome. Lacey will make sure that I don’t join the gang, at least for the time being.

I never imagined being a biker, but 60mpg could convert anyone with a 25 minute drive to work. For the record, Lacey’s Dad bought one first and has been riding them all his life, then Karl bought one.

Grace did get to ride and we will post some fun pictures of that once they are developed / scanned. She was scared at first, but got used to it.

Alonna has started a blog, and we updated our list of blog links over in the sidebar to include all the family blogs (I think). –>

Bed is calling…later,


A newer family picture:

Two steps forward, one step back…

Well, we had a great time in Manton! It was wonderful to spend time with my family and some friends. We got to spend quite a bit of time in the sun, too, so it’s REALLY nice to have some color on our formerly pasty-white bodies.

When we got there on Sunday, my family had a little party for us, I think just because we haven’t been there in a while, and people wanted to see Caleb. My grandma (from about an hour away) and great aunt and cousins came, as well as some friends. It was really nice to see everyone and not have to worry about trying to go to all their separate houses. They all came to us!

My dad, Karl, and Luke had fun riding Dad’s and Karl’s motorcycles. They got them recently. They’re 2001 Suzuki Savage 650s, I think, and they match (except Dad’s is blue and Karl’s is black). Isn’t that cute? I took lots of pictures, so I’ll post some when I get them developed.

The only bad part about the weekend was Caleb’s loss of sleep. Remember how he was sleeping through the night? Yeah, not anymore. DaRn! I’m tired again. Hopefully he’ll get back in the groove soon. We’ll see.

Now that we’re back I’ve been overwhelmed with Backyard Bible Clubs stuff. They start next Monday, the 10th. I will be relieved when they’re over.

Welp, happy weekend, everyone! Can’t wait to see my Rumley sisters this weekend! (YAY for sisters and wedding invitations!)


*The picture of the motorcycle is borrowed from the Internet. It’s not actually one of their bikes.

Just plain ol’ "T-Bone"

Oh, man.

Luke got a free trial subscription to download songs to our computer, so that’s what we were doing last night. And I thought, let’s try to find that T-Bone song we heard on the radio the other day. I like that song. Yes, it’s Christian rap, and yes I’m whitey-white, but it has a nice beat and good lyrics, and frankly, we like to boogie. Even Grace likes to dance in this household.

SO, not knowing the name of the song, we searched for T-Bone. And one of us suggested that maybe T-Bone Burnett is his full name – let’s look at his songs and try to find one that sounds like it might be the one we like. So, we picked a couple of songs and started to download them…Did I mention that we still have dial-up? Yeah, it took a while…But FINALLY the downloads were done, and I was so excited to find out if the songs were the right ones…

OH, MAN! It was the weirdest music ever. I wondered if T-Bone fell off the wagon or something. It was NOT rap. At all. Surely the person who made these songs was on drugs? Poor T-Bone. I lost all faith in him.

So, I signed off the Internet, because as we all know, you cannot use the phone and be online when you only have dial-up. (Oh, how I miss the wonder of having DSL.) Anyway, I phoned my local DJ, who answered, “WayFM?” Thankfully, he knew who T-Bone was, and he told me the name of the song I wanted to hear. So, I signed back on and downloaded it. And played it. And YES! It was THE song! Woo-hoo!

So, in a flash of inspiration, I said to Luke, “Google T-Bone Burnett.” We found him. Yeah, he’s not our beloved Christian rapper T-Bone. He’s a scary, old white guy. PHEW! My faith was restored.

Boogie on, T-Bone.


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