Birthday Fun

A good friend and I took our kids to a local mall for an hour of play time at Dave's PlayWorld and lunch at McDonald's to celebrate James and Jerard's 4th birthday! It was a fun morning outing!

On the way to the play place!

Lunch at McDonald's

First merry-go-round ride for James and Jerard

A rare picture of mom with the kids!

4th Birthday

James and Jerard are four years old today (10/26).

Active birthday boys

Partying in the sala (living room)

Pirate James

Ninja James

Gun-toting Jerard!

These two boys are blessings. Pray with us that by their 5th birthday the adoption process will be finalized!!!!!

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