Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Best of Times is Now!

Dear Friends,

As each day passes in a whirlwind of activity with a houseful of rambunctious youngin's (and beautiful young ladies), I try to "pull focus" and remember how fleeting these times are, and how precious time at home is.

One of the greatest joys in my life is watching my children grow and develop into their own personalities, and seeing them invent stories and re-enact their favorite characters.

Here are the oldest three girls outside the theatre where Mr. Graham took them to see "The Desolation of Smaug." It took some thrift-store shopping and sheepskin-chopping, but we pulled together Bilbo, Fili, and Kili outfits to dress up in. AnnaMarie tried handing the attendant her swords for safe-keeping. She said, "Careful with these, I just had them sharpened" a la Fili, but he told her she could keep them instead. I love having such "socially-deprived" homeschooled girls! ☺

AnnaMarie has written an original feature-length film, which we all helped make. Audrey did an amazing job on the editing, adding sound effects and music. Everyone become very good at playing several roles!

Of course little Hyrum is still the king of the household however, taking up our days and filling our hearts with lots of endorphins.

"Now offering Baby-Hugging Therapy services"

We could play with his feet all day!

Most of our days are spent doing this and that, learning and sharing, fussing and making up, nourishing body and soul and seeking to build up the kingdom of God on this earth. At the end of the day I'm usually too tired to write it all down in my journal, but I hope that the lives of my children and children's children will be a testimony to my love for the Lord and desire to live a life that glorifies Him in all things.

So much to learn, so little time!

We are grateful to be able to share with you, our dear friends, our little happenings and joys, and pray for God's blessings upon your own family.




The best of times is now
What's left of summer but a faded rose
The best of times is now
As for tomorrow, well, who knows
Who knows, who knows

So hold this moment fast, hold it fast
And live and love as hard as you know how, 
 And make this moment last, moment last
Because the best of times is now
Is now, is now

~As sung by Perry Como


  1. Well! That's calls for yet another round of "I love Ken and Marqueta"! As a matter of fact... Allow me to do some "Facebook" tinkering!...♥!

  2. I always enjoy a visit here. What a wonderful family and how much fun you enjoy together! The costumes are wonderful.

  3. Amen! Marqueta! Your blog is indeed a testimony to your faith and love of family. You all look as though you are having such fun. Little Hyrum is adorable, give him a hug for me. Oh! And happy belated birthday to Evangeline!

  4. Your girls are pretty and creative like the "Little Women" girls! (I like all the books behind them in that one pic!) I think a baby's feet and the back of their cute little necks are the sweetest! At least that seemed to be my vantage point mostly!

    I liked the first Hobbit movie better than the second. (And the Trilogy even better). I guess we will have to wait a while to see the third! Then, what will we watch for entertainment?? :)

  5. You have much to be proud of in those lovely girls. So true, the days of childhood are fleeting and one must cherish the moments the hours the years.. they are gone before you know it. You seem to me, a most wonderful, strong and loving family... I hope Evangeline got her book in time for her birthday?

  6. Were it possible, I should like to avail myself of said baby-hugging service!
    I send a cyber hug instead.
    I know you must get weary at the end of these days, but how worthwhile they are!
    I love that your girls dressed like the film they were going to see...their minds are open and un ~ affected, creative, nice to see.

  7. Oh my, I sure could use some Baby-Hugging Therapy from your sweet little man :) I recently had a quiet little chat with my four year old grandson Jaxon...whom has decided he is to big to give meme hugs and kisses. I shared with him how wonderfully good his hugs and kisses does my heart,and ever since our little talk he has been very generous with them . Your children are so creative...thats wonderful when in this day and time...children don't seem to use their imaginations very much with all the " tech " toys available to them. I love seeing the books in the shelfs behind the children....blessings friend


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