Little Ekstrom Conversations

Conversation 1.
Daddy:  Does God talk to you?
Shiloh: Yea, he does.  I flew up to the mountain with him.
Daddy:  Really?  And What did God say?
Shiloh:  He said, “Wow, that’s cool.”


Conversation 2.
Shiloh:  Mom, LOOK!  Its the twinkle little star!
Shiloh:  I need to fly to it, and sing to it.
Shiloh:  “Twinkle twinkle little star…”


Conversation 3.
Shiloh:  Good morning Mommy.  I want some cereal.
Mommy:  Okay sweetie.  Give me one minute.
Shiloh:  I want Honey Bunches of Boats.


Conversation 4.
(after going #2 in the bathroom at her grandparents’ house)
Shiloh:  Mommy!  I’m done!
Mommy:  Great, you can wipe yourself.
Shiloh:  Daddy!  I’m done!
Daddy:  Shiloh, you can do it yourself.
Shiloh:  Grandpa, I’m done!
Mommy:  Shiloh!  Grandpa isn’t going to wipe you, you can do it yourself.
(quiet for a long time)
Shiloh:  RooRoo?  Come here RooRoo!
(she found the weak link)


Conversation 5.
A friend:  Shiloh, did you have a good day?
Shiloh:  Yea…. I had a LONG day… (sighing)
Friend:  Really?  What did you do?
Shiloh:  I danced.  (sighing)  And played.  (sighing)  It was a LONG day.





To All The Missionaries

To all the missionaries we know.  To all the ones we have never met.  To the person who has been on ‘the field’ for 30+ years.  To the one who just left home and has started their journey.  To the one who goes routinely.  To the one who has gone once.  To the one who is raising money right this very moment to go to another nation and share the gospel.  To the person who is called to stay in their own country, work in a particular field, go to school, to call a place not far from home their mission field.  To the one who is changing their community, their neighborhood, their own family.  To the one who has sacrificed it all.  To the one who misses family events, major holidays, and seeing friends and family face to face.  To the young missionary.  To the old.  To the families.  To the little babies born into a missionary family.  To the missionaries from all denominations.  Thank you!  You are courageous, you are bold, you are faithful, you are servant-hearted, you are loving, you are needed.  You are valuable to God’s kingdom, to the broken people.  You are missed by loved ones.  You are inspiring to many who feel that quiet call to GO.  You are supported.  You are not alone.  You are doing God’s work, and He is glorified in you.


September 17, 2013 - 12:00 am

nicole neesby - this is so so beautiful. i think we don’t value enough that Jesus has a place for every single one of us, whether it is far or near. it is such a gift to live for Him.

i can’t wait to check out more of your beautiful blog, as i just found it via caseyleigh’s link up. happy tuesday, friend!


9 Months Old

This little pistol is 9 months old.  She has now surpassed the amount of days on the inside of my belly with her life on the outside.  Its crazy.  Capri is so very different than her sister.  She is adventurous.  She has a sense of humor that spills out of her 9 month old self.  She is a spitting image of her father.  She has an insatiable appetite for life.  If you put her  down on the ground, she wants to feel the grass, feel it in her hands, feel it in between her toes.  She wants to touch and explore the world around her.  She never stops moving.  Ever.  I have a feeling when she gets the hang of her feet beneath herself, I am going to never stop moving either.  She is happy, happy, happy. Really.  90% of her day is spent being content, entertained by whatever we are up to.  Her best friend is Shiloh.  Its adorable.  Brandon and I cannot make her laugh the way that Shiloh can.  Many nights we hear them giggling after we turn out the lights and put them to bed.  Sister giggles.  I pray that those giggles turn into whispers, and those whispers turn into a lifelong friendship of late night talks and phone conversations.  This little lady is my favorite.  Well, okay, Shiloh is too.  A mom can have multiple favorites, right?

September 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

nicole neesby - she is seriously such a doll! and her headband and tutu?! so cute. i can’t wait to have a little girl someday.


{Explore Southern Oregon} Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair

Okay, technically Tulelake is in California, not Oregon… but its only 25 minutes away from our house, so for the sake of us exploring our local area, it makes this post series.  Brandon’s dad grew up in Tulelake, which hosts one of the best local fairs around.  We skipped the carnival side of it all because Capri is so young, and we thought Shiloh would enjoy the animals more than rides.  Be prepared to see a lot of pictures of farm animals.

Shiloh got to ride a pony named Sparkle.  She insisted on me holding her hand the first 5 times around… but then shoved me away.  Little Miss Independent.  She made me so proud to see her riding all by herself.

We got to tour through the different barns- beef, swine, sheep, goats, etc, and see the prize winning livestock.

I think Capri yelled at almost every living animal with 4 legs.

Despite the fact that this was not a petting zoo, and no one had food to feed the animals, some of them sure got friendly with us.

My favorite part was the pig races.  How can you NOT laugh at tiny piglets racing around a track?  And some of them jump too?  Amazing.

A fair is a great excuse to eat really REALLY unhealthy food, right?  Shiloh got her introductory taste to the world of corn dogs.  She’s a fan.  Brandon and I enjoyed some good ol’ fashion bbq sandwiches.  They must put something special in fair food, because everything tastes so darn good.  Am I right, or am I right?

This little lamb/sheep/ewe, was named Polka-Dot.  Her 8 year old owner told us all about her while her mom gave her a trim.  Polka-Dot was sleeping mind you, the entire time.

Have you ever seen a white turkey?  We hadn’t. Never even knew they existed.

These little piglets were 9 days old.  And below, 9 day old calves.  Crazy the size difference.  But the piglet breeder said that they would grow to be 800 pounders.  800 POUNDS?!?

We met up with cousin-friends.  And ended the night running around and hanging out together.

The fair was one of the best evenings we have had.  It was really fun to see a fair through the eyes of our girls.  The Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair lasted 4 days, and was complete with so many activities that we didn’t get to see because we only went one evening.  They had rodeos, greased pig competitions, tractor pulls, a parade, auctions, live music, and so much more.  We are already talking about going again next year.

September 9, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Jessie - The jumping pig made me laugh. That’s amazing! We just went to our county fair a few weekends ago. We bypassed the rides too and went straight to the 4H animals. Sooo much fun for the whole family!

It Can Wait

I have had so many days lately where I run around rushing.  Got to clean the house.  The bathroom needs to be wiped down.  The laundry is piling up.  The clean clothes are folded but not put away.  The floors need to be vacuumed and mopped.  We still have boxes that haven’t been unpacked.  So much to do and not enough time.  But you know what?  It can wait.  Because these little girls of mine need me.  They need to be loved, touched, hugged, taught, played with, inspired.  They need to dance around the house.  They need to laugh.  They need to curl up next to me and fall asleep.  They need to talk and listen to me talk.  They need to run around the front yard. They need to get dirty.  They need to splash in the bathtub.  All my worries about keeping everything perfectly clean can wait.  It can all wait.  I would rather not let these moments when Shiloh and Capri are little to pass by because I care about having a perfect house.  And when I am dancing around the house to Justin Timberlake while laughing and singing at the top of my lungs with Shiloh, I can’t worry about vacuuming.  It.  Can.  Wait.

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  ~Matthew 6:27

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September 7, 2013 - 7:54 am

Jessica - Your children are precious and sleeping kids are the cutest. and yes some things just have to wait in order so that we can actually experience and feel the world around us and spend time with those that matter most to us.

Have a blessed Saturday!!
I am visiting from Casey Wiegand’s link up.


September 7, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Jessie - What a BEAUTIFUL blog! I am so glad I stumbled upon this. You just echoed one of the same lessons I learned a few weeks ago. My house will forever be a mess with two little boys. They need me now.

September 8, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Katie Poe - Such a sweet, sweet post!
Ok, so I nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you accept, you can check out my blog post and join in:
So excited to have found your blog!