With father’s day right around the corner, I wanted to take some time and love on our sweet papa Ale! He’s such a great dad and I am blessed beyond belief to have him in my life and in the life of our kiddos.  He’s kind, generous, loving and always always makes time for us.

Ale, I hope you know you are loved. Your kids and I think you are something wonderful and I wanted to share with you a little video that Grace and I put together.  Here it is:

Also, here are a few thoughts from your kiddos:

Grace “I love my daddy because he spins me around until I get really dizzy”

Haddon “Daddy is my friend”

Emory “bye bye”

Ale, thank you for loving so hard on our kids and for showing them the Gospel of Christ through your daily actions.  Thank you for paying with them, for learning all of their favorite songs on the guitar and for always kneeling down to hug them. Thank you for thinking of them before yourself and for those kisses you give them.  I knew from the first time you held Grace in your arms that you would figure this gig out and shine! You are so special to us and mean so much to all of us! I know that there’s not much that we can buy you or gift you, so take our love and our commitment to loving you as our gift.  You are an amazing dad!

Although you’ll be working this father’s day (thanks for working so hard for us!) we hope you remember us and remember how much we love you. Also, we may swing by with cupcakes this Sunday, so have a light lunch.


Mom, Grace, Haddon, Emory and Bauer.

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Rum raisin Ice cream

I have been an avid ice cream eater for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my mom and I would hunt down the Publix flyers and danced down the freezer isle when gallon ice cream were two for $7. As my palette improved, so did my ice cream aficionado status and today I am happy to say that I have brought my love for the creamy goodness to a whole new level.
We bought an ice cream maker.

That’s right folks. My days of freezer isle bargain shopping are over and the sweet days of home made ice cream are here!

Today I want to share with you my all-time favorite floavor: Rum Rasin!

Also, here’s a fun little video to show I made it.


  • 1 cup whole milk milk
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • ½ cup of dark rum


  1. Combine the raisins and dark rum in a bowl and let the raisins soak overnight
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the egg yolks and sugar until combined. Set aside
  3. In a heavy sauce pan, stir together milk, cream and salt and bring to a simmer
  4. Measure out half of the cream mixture into a easy to pour bowl
  5. With the mixer on (with the egg mixture) slowly (and a little at a time) whisk the hot cream mixture into the eggs until smooth. You want to bring the eggs to the temperature of the cream without scrambling the eggs. Go slow!
  6. Pour the cream-egg mixture back to the saucepan, add all of the raisins and run, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens and coats the back of a spatula.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the freezer and let cool for about four hours
  8. Pour the ice cream base into the frozen canister of your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  9. Spin until thick and creamy, about 25-30 minutes and store in an airtight container in the freezer for at least 2 hours
  10. Enjoy!
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Guys it’s Valentines this week and we are elbows deep in heart shaped glitter and pink cookie frosting. It’s so much fun to see Grace get really excited about the holidays and actually want to go out of her way to make the holidays special for other people. This year she wanted to decorate cards and send them out to her friends and grandparents.  She was also excited about recording a little video.

She looks so big to me and her personality is really coming through these days.  Last week, she asked if we could go camping in our living room and if we could fly back to Florida and go to the beach.  She’s also planning a trip to California to visit Giada and has been learning her states and capitols.  Anyway. Rambling here.  I just really love her and love who she is becoming and I’m enjoying sharing these holidays with her and being able to tie everything back to our faith because God is love (1 John 4:8) and we show His love when we love one another (John 13:34).

I hope that as you celebrate these holidays with your family and friends you can take a minute to thank the One who showed us the ultimate gift of love.  His life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16


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The weather was beautiful last weekend, Alex’s parents were in town and it was a perfect day for the zoo. We had such much fun running from exhibit to exhibit and since this was our third time here, the kids were excited about showing their grandparents around.  We started off with the desert dome which I think it’s our favorite thus far. We have been watching a lot of Wild Krats lately and have spent some time talking about the animals that live in the desert. I think one of the rewarding parts of homeschooling is seeing Grace retain information and recognize concepts that we talk about at home. We’re planning a trip to a few of the west coast national parks this fall and are taking notes of some of the animals we may find during our hikes (hopefully nothing too dangerous)

This time around the zoo was a little different for Grace and Haddon. Their grandparents have given them so much love and attention I think they were just happy to hold their hand and walk around with them.  We made a little video of our time together so we can look back and show the kids all of the fun they had with their grandparents.  My favorite part of the video is Haddon’s little voice saying “Animals stink”  and seeing Grace instruct Haddon about keeping off the sand.  Those two make my heart so happy.

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Grace was helping grandma overcome her fear of lizards. She was so brave and kept saying “it’s ok, you can touch it, it won’t hurt you.”

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This handsome boy and his lashes! My goodness!

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If you look up close, you can see a humming bird that Alex shot right by the his nectar.  We stood there baffled when that little guy came up. Alex and I have never seen a humming bird up close and seeing that little guy was really something else.

henry doorly zoo Grace took the time to show her grandmother the lifecycle of butterflies. Also, we’re starting to talk about the concept of death and stages of life with Grace and seeing some of these little creatures reach the end of their life has helped me bring up some deep talking points with her.

What a great time we had! We sure are going to miss having tata and papa here with us!

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