and love will steer the stars

Gosh, where have I been?
I think that new header is getting me down. It's just not what I want, but I spent so much darned time on it that I hate to just rip it down. I might, anyhow.
I completely rearranged our bedroom. It looks and feels a thousand times better.
Also, we went camping.

Finn's first camping trip at age 5.5 months. He fared well. He seemed to enjoy staring at the flames. The campfire is always my favorite part about camping, too.
Speaking of Finn, he just keeps growing. He will not be a baby forever, so I try to soak up these days, when he is small and snuggly warm. I just adore watching him sleep, or even better, napping alongside his sweet, chubby self.

Look at those creamy, luscious thighs!

In other news, God has been blessing us tremendously (as usual) and it looks like we're going to make it, financially, even though Scott's hours have been cut back and we have to pay for his tuition. And my tuition, for the fall. I'm going back to school this fall, with mixed feelings. I don't feel like going to school any more, this year off has been so nice, but at the same time, I only have one year left. I'm praying it will pass quickly and that I'll maintain a good GPA. I'm thinking about (someday) getting a master's degree in library science.

That is the next-to-last slice of the Orange Poppyseed cake I baked a few nights ago. The recipe is from The Silver Palate Cookbook, and is one of the only recipes that didn't intimidate me too much to try it. Then again, not much can ever stand between me and a freshly baked sweet treat. It's what I live for, among other things.

What can I say? It's good to be back.


natalie said...

Oh, I'm so happy you're back! I've been missing your updates.

Your photo of the family, Rufus included, is so adorable. You guys are so freakin' awesome!

& I'm so happy that God is providing for your family :) Good luck with school, Jess. You'll do super, I just know it. & if you ever need a babysitter, Luke & I are always here!!! :D We adore Finn! & you! & Scott! :)

Love ya!

Danyell said...

I'm torn between reveling with you at every milestone and sighing with you at his having to grow up. When you go back to school, he will be nearly a year old!

I'm glad you're going back to school. You can't be a stay-at-home mom forever, and you probably wouldn't want to be. But the year off has surely been sweet :) I understand, having taken a full six months off before. I think you will be surprised at how ready you will feel when the time comes.

Lainey Seyler said...

orange poppyseed. hmm. it looks delish. better than lemon poppyseed?