a blog about a family hoping to live up to its street name...with everything constantly new and busy...we hope to be a family of simplicity, not of mind, but in life. A home full of love, life, and the Lord. Adding to a family means change, alot of change and this blog will be our journey - with pictures, stories, videos - this is our family, the ott family. dan, abby, benjamin, myers...
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
This is a big win. And the picture is the spoils of his labor. A New Way to Sleep in a New Kind of Rocker.
Monday, September 27, 2010
So I sit challenged by a child of 6 months to enjoy the creativity of such a good God in the simpleness of an inch of water, in a man made tub, with no toys, no TV, no music, no 'means' of entertainment, just water. I am challenged to slow down from the outside of the tub - to be present to my boy in the tub, present to his abandon, his joy, his bathtime, and I am also challenged to get in the tub myself. Challenged to slowdown to the day, the blessings, the thorns and thistles, the good times, the hard times, the sweet times, and the weak times. Challenged to enjoy the goodness that is God, learning that joy can lay in a simple once inch of water which laughs in the face of American entertainment, which laughs in the face of our grown up ingenuity's, genius, and wisdom, which laughs in the face of the world...a world that says more is better, that says excess is success, that says these things are joy....which laughs because I just splashed water on my face flailing with reckless abandon.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
In the best sense of the term...
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance... Eccl.3...and i would like to add a time to smile.
I have a theory that i am going to give voice .... right now ....
The reason that children sometimes smile when they have gas is a merciful gift from the Lord. You see the picture and Benjamin looks like he is ecstatic with happiness, joy, elation, and all other synonyms for awesomeness, yet we know that he doesnt yet have the capacity to really control the smiles and put them together with those emotions yet...science breaks your heart there...and so he smiles when he has gas, so its a gas face, the mercy is that his smile lightens your mood, takes weight from your heart in spite of knowing that his stomach isnt right and his body is all mixed up....and so this time of pain for him and you as a parent - finds mercy and levity with a small smile .... and when you are awakened in the middle of the night to stomach issues and cries, when you are having trouble walking because of sleep deprevation, or feeling sane for not knowing even what you are thinking - we receive a smile
and our hearts smile, and we smile and dance in that moment...
- there is a season for everything, and we thank you Lord for it -
Cheers to my boy Guy.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Resting in my favorite chair- Mom likes this one too!
spending time with Daddy after he has been at work all day!
Going to the Pool and Hanging Out with my cousins Tanner and Landis
spending time with Jakob, Brant, Olivia, and Topher
experiencing the luxury of an 11 year old VW Bug
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
7 lbs 12oz
March 11, 2010
With the deepest blue eyes i have ever looked into, the softest skin, and little hairs on the ears that are suprisingly cute....its been said before that your heart stretches the more you love, that everytime you allow love in, you learn more about what it means to love and be loved. But no one could have ever prepared me for how quickly or how absolutely such a thing could happen for someone so small...and so we begin the journey. God have mercy on this child as he is under our care for a little while...may he learn what it means to glorify God and enjoy him fully for the rest of his days...and may he never know a day without you