Ballerina at the Barre

Our ballerina got a barre put up in her room yesterday.

Greg and his dad found a 10 ft railing for $8 at a salvage company

and cut it down to 5 ft to fit in her room.

We had to move her desk out of her room,

but a ballerina has certain priorities.

We did put her desk to good use.

It’s now tucked into a corner of the house as our art table.

Good Friday

We awoke this morning to Lego crosses all over the house.

Put up after we had all gone to bed.

It’s Friday…but Sunday’s a Comin’!

Pizzeria Night

Pizzeria night at the Lockwood Household

It doesn’t get much better than homemade pizza.

When we were in Texas the kids had it 3 nights in row.  Uncle Jeff would ask them what they wanted and they would yell “PIZZA!” and Uncle Jeff would make more pizza dough, because that’s the kind of uncle he is.

We tip our hat to my sister and brother-in-law for the idea and providing the tablecloth and napkins many years ago when they got married and had a big back yard bar-b-que and some 20 tablecloths to give away when it was over.

Our wine bottle candle holders from the Lockwood Winery in California (no relation) given to us by my brother Paul,

on anniversaries and the births of Asher and Avy.  The wine glasses come from my other sister.

Our pizza stand, which is actually a tonga stool from Zimbabwe, comes from the African Lockwood clan.

I love being able to weave all these beautiful items that were so graciously given to us by family into our traditions.

It makes the night just that much more special.


We take the 40 days before Easter to pause,

to recall

to repent

to return.



We read together, a chapter a day, from Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter.


Our repentance box.  A place to write our transgressions that can be slipped through a crack in the box and nobody else will ever see.  We will burn them Easter morning, for He says in Isaiah 43:25″, …I will remember your sins no more.”



Each day, we write our 7 ordinary or spectacular gifts from God, to help us focus on all He has given us.

7 gifts booklet comes from Ann Voskamp at, who writes

“This fallen world never stops dis-membering and we all break apart a bit more everyday…

The kids squabble, we sit in ER rooms, we fail old friends, the dog dies, dinner burns.

And even in the ache, God whispers: Give thanks anyways — do this in re-membrance of Me.

Why in the world give thanks? Why in the name of heaven?

Because when we remember how He blesses, loves us, when we recollect His goodnesses to us — our broken places re-collect. We re-member. We heal.

In the remembering to give thanks, our broken places are re-membered — made whole.

And in giving thanks to Him in the assembly, it’s our very souls that re-assemble, giving thanks to Him who let Himself be broken to make us whole.”

Surprise Party by Asher

Jonathon is one of my best friends.  He lives next door to us.  His birthday was during the time that we would be in Africa.  I wanted to do something for him.  So what do I do?  I throw a surprise party!  And boy was he surprised! One of the hardest things about getting old is blowing out your birthday candles.  We had cake and ice cream, watched his home video from his 1st birthday, and sent him on a scavenger hunt for his present.

I am not positive, but I am pretty sure he liked it.