Miscellaneous Family photos!

Great Reads on Raising Boys

Wild Things by Stephen James and David Thomas

King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father
by Steve Farrar

Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson

Light From Lucas: Lessons in Faith From a Fragile Life
by Robert Vander Plaats

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach You by John Eldredge

How To Get Kids To Do What You Want by Bill Crawford, Ph.D.

Carrot Cakes

We enjoy making recipes from the Redwall Cookbook.
The other night we enjoyed "Brockhall Badger Carrot Cakes."

3/4 cup cooked and mashed potato
3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1 medium onion, peeled and grated
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
3 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper, to taste
1 T vegetable oil

Mix potato, carrots, onion, breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper together well.
Heat oil in frying pan and drop tablespoons of the batter into the pan. Cook until the undersides of the cakes are golden brown, turn them over and cook the other side, 3 - 4 minutes per side.
Transfer cooked cakes to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm in oven. Continue with the remaining batter, adding oil to the pan as needed.
from "The RedWall Cookbook" page 32

Wild Things

I'm reading a great book by Stephen James and David Thomas. It is about the art of nurturing boys.

My three sons add a depth of joy and frustration to my life that only causes me to bend deeply before His throne of grace for help to parent well! I have a friend in the states who says the same thing about her 4 sons - they are a cause of great joy, much prayer, frustration, fun.....

I thank God for Ben, James, and Jerard! They are all blessings!!!

Nerf Gun Matters

Ben really likes nerf guns and there is a store here that sells the real nerf guns! So after saving his allowance for months, he recently purchased this cool looking gun!!!!
Let the nerf wars begin!!!!