Mark, Nicole, Baby

Building and climbing


Mark took Lincoln to his first “Build and Grow” clinic at Lowe’s last weekend. As they started driving, Lincoln asked, “Are we there yet?” to which Mark replied, “We’ll be there when you see the large blue sign with white letters.” As they pulled into Lowe’s a few minutes later, Lincoln said, “I see the sign!” and Mark said, “So, where do you think we are?” Lincoln said, “Home Depot?”

Meanwhile, Cora is trying out prepositions, primarily “on” and “in.”

What? No pictures?


I came across this motto today, and I love it. It was written by Charlotte Mason, a woman who was born in 1842 and developed quite a philosophy of education. She is also big in the homeschool world (thanks, Wikipedia). I love it. Oh. I guess I already said that. But I really do!

I am . . . a child of God, a gift to my parents and my country. I’m a person of great value because God made me.

I can . . . do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God has made me able to do everything required of me.

I ought . . . to do my duty to obey God, to submit to my parents, to be of service to others, and to keep myself healthy with proper food and rest so my body is ready to serve.

I will . . . resolve to keep a watch over my thoughts and choose what’s right even if it’s not what I want.

This is what I want for my kids. And for myself. And for all of you people that I know and love as well.



Ok, kids, Serious faces!

Now smile faces!

They clearly get this skill of looking cute with a closed lip smile from Mark, as my serious pictures usually turn out looking rather grumpy and his look rather great.

Life from Lincoln’s point-of-view


We’ve started trying to have a dedicated “family time” each week, but I didn’t know if Lincoln really “got” the idea. This past weekend we were talking about going bowling for family time, and Lincoln said, “Oh, like when we all played on the playset together and when we all cleaned up the basement and played in the basement together.” Well, those are the only times we have actually done family time. Guess he “gets” it. 🙂
So, he seemed to really enjoy the bowling. . . (more…)

Banana Cream


This week at the Phillips’ household: Pudding Letters and Spoon Practice! Doesn’t that just sound delectable? (more…)

“Why, Mommy, why?”


In trying to help Lincoln understand the world around him I try to answer his “Why?” questions. So, I’ve tried to explain exhaust from cars, speed limits, cooking questions, etc., and was feeling pretty good about how I was doing with this in general. Proverbs 16:18.

Family life during the holidays. . .


Anyone notice that my posts seem to be a bit out of order?

This is the Christmas collage page for our Christmas Memories scrapbook that Kari got us four years ago. There is actually a chance that I might finish it in January this year instead of my usual mid-March finishing date. That would be something. Anyway, I obviously need to work on selecting “Shrink to fit” instead of “Crop to fit” (sorry Kallie and Klaire), but it still communicates some of the joy of having kids at Christmas time.

Family life after the holidays


Cora is learning many new ways of getting around. . .


Our Recent Family Portrait


From left to right: Mommy, Woof-woof, Cora, Lincoln, and Daddy.

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!


What a year! Each seems to go by faster. There were ups and downs but we’re still here, so thankful for God’s grace.  So thankful for our family and friends. We hope you have had and will have a wonderful year!

Mark, Nicole, Lincoln, and Cora

Holidays 2010


Here’s a time-lapse video we did of some Christmas decorating this year.  If you watch closely you can see Cora pseudo-crawl and Lincoln sliding down the stairs.  Click on the arrows on the bottom right to see the video full-screen.

We hope that you and yours have happy holidays!

Click on through for previous holiday videos.




A few weeks ago we went to the pumpkin patch with Beth, Butch, Devon, Aydon, and Grandma. We had a terrific time.


Family Time in the Bumblebee


I’m not sure I’ve ever taken a random day off to just be with my family, but that was today and it was great. We loaded up in the Bumblebee (my Suzuki Sidekick) and headed for the mountains.

No idea what day it is


When the ponytail comes out. . .

One of Lincoln’s favorite pastimes currently is acting out stories. These are scenes from “The Hurt Man” also known as “The Good Samaritan.”

And I am oh-so-ready for these hot days to end. I know that may pain some of you, but I can’t deny it any longer. I wish it would snow!! Toward that end, as you can see from the clothing choices in this picture, I’m trying to hurry up Halloween.

Happy Monday


Cora really looks up to Lincoln.

Our recent Canada trip


We started off with Lincoln showing Cora, Woof-woof, and me how to hold on when riding the bus.

Lincoln LOVED being at Cousin Peyton’s house, and trying out his trampoline and his fort/sandbox that Jordan made (wow).

While there, we joined in the celebration of Drew’s 3rd birthday, with delicious food, family and friends, face painting for the kids (thanks to Kari and Jordan), and then at the end, a balloon release in the park across the street. The whole evening felt special, but the balloon part was my favorite.

We also got to participate in the Day for Drew memorial golf tournament and fundraiser (no, I didn’t golf, but Mark did), which was great.

The best part of the week was spending time with family.

And, in other news, Cora may be developing a Stogie problem.

Got to keep up the blog momentum. . .


What I should be doing instead of updating our blog:

1. Packing for our trip this weekend.

2. Writing in Cora’s baby book.

3. Watering the plants I was supposed to water on Monday.

4. Preparing the packages I should send tomorrow.

5. Sleeping.

6. Taking a shower, since it is nearly 9:00 pm and I’ve not quite squeezed that in yet.

7. Painting my toe nails for the wedding this weekend, even though my toes don’t show through my shoes.

8. Calling my sister.

9. Spending 3 hours or so on facebook looking at other people’s entries and pictures without leaving a single note.

10. Absolutely Nothing!

Lincoln’s re-enactment of our trip.


“First, we park in the parking garage.”

“We are driving in the bus right now.”

“Then we go on an airplane.”

“We are on the runway.”

“We are taking off.”

“Then Grandad is gonna pick us up in Kari’s car.”

“We are jumping on the trampoline.”

“This is Grandad with my suitcase on the deck.”

“Now it’s Friday and we are going in the bus again.”

Signed: lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnncccccccccccccoooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn



Coloring is perhaps not one of Lincoln’s strengths currently, so we try to encourage it when we have opportunity. I was commenting on his coloring job of Noah and the ark , and told him I liked how he colored the doorway.

His reply? “Oh, that’s where the animals shoot out of.”

Ryan and Amanda back to India


After being here for two months, getting new Visas, and updating passports, Ryan, Amanda, Asher, and Shepherd are back in India. They have arrived, reported that the flights, customs, immigration, etc. all went well, and they are glad to be there. We look forward to getting updates through email and facebook. Also, if any of you are interested in being on their mailing list, they send out emails about once a month. But be warned, if you do sign up for that, they will sell your email address to 57 different companies for the price of 23 million yuro-rupees which is the equivalent of $50 million per email address. And if you believe that, I have a gold mine out in California that I’d love to tell you about. 🙂