Sunday, June 26, 2011

swimming pool!

mary and papa

mary and luke


kate and will loved being thrown.  michael got him pretty high this time... and will had to hold his pants up.  he lost a little too much weight in zambia.  :)  


there are a lot of fun things around my parent's house, but one of the things that the larkins do best is eat. my mom is a fabulous cook and has been serving us some of our favorites.  here are some pictures around the house that have two things in common... michael and meat.  those two things often go together.  danny and michael can usually be heard talking about bacon at least 6 times a day.


Friday, June 24, 2011


mary is having so much fun with her cousins.  unfortunately, kelley (my sister-in-law) is still in zambia bringing their newest child home.  isaiah, i'm so glad you're in our family and i can't wait to meet you!  but... because kelley isn't home the kids are at my parent's house most days while luke is working.  they really have been so sweet to her.  i still don't have pictures of kate and mary together, but i realized why tonight.  kate takes mary out by herself, pushes her on the swing, plays with her... and i don't have to go outside because kate is in charge.  she's such a great big cousin.  tomorrow i'll try to get them all together.

BUT, i did get a few "modeling" shots of kate, upon her request.  :)  she was so funny and cute.  i thought kelley would like to see her daughter modeling in her rays shirt!  

mary is getting pretty gutsy on the swing.  i looked out the window this afternoon to see kate and huddy pushing her really high and a little sideways.  she holds on well these days though.  here she is going "higher, higher!" with papa.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

crazy boys

we have been occupied by these crazy boys for the past few days.  they are so fun and have been so sweet to mary and luke.  kate has been wonderful also... but she doesn't pose with her star wars sword so i have no pictures so show of it.  :)  



this has also been occupying them a lot.  mary LOVES to swing... a little too much when it's about 97 outside.  that will soon be our life... indonesia is HOT.  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

long day.

 we had a long weekend... we moved the majority of our stuff out of our house on friday and saturday.  then, we flew to sarasota at 7am this morning.  this is a perfect picture to describe how mary felt about the weekend.  :)  mary was worn out and now has a fever.  my poor girl.

but, she was very happy to see the goats (and cows, dog and horse) at my aunt and uncles house this afternoon.  in fact, she had every family member that would listen to her out there at some point.  she LOVES being outside.

here's the bubba luke hanging out with his uncle luke.  sweet.  

we are so happy to be in FL for the week.  we are most excited that we are going to meet my newest nephew, isaiah.  luke and kelley are almost done with the adoption process through zambia... isaiah and kelley are due to arrive home on friday!  we can't wait to meet him!   

more from florida later... i'm off to bed.  

Friday, June 17, 2011

good mom

we're packing up and very busy around the house... i took these pictures to document what a good mom i am.  yes, that is my 6 month old eating his sister's playdoh.  oops!  i was watching and he was just playing with the lids, but somehow he got to the actually playdoh... and then i took pictures.  :) oh well, it's non-toxic.


also, mary has a mark of good parenting on her forehead... luckily that was under danny's care.  she actually just tripped down a very small step but hit pretty hard.

she's still looks cute... just a little more tough.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

the pierces...

grandma came to visit the last few days and we had a great time (and were really thankful)!  the kids got some special attention from her while danny and i worked on paperwork and other random things that keep filling our days.  we were also able to go on a double date with our old pastor and his wife... we had been talking about it for 8 months so it was fun to finally get to go out with them.  

grandma got mary a lot of books for christmas that she wasn't that interested in then... but now she loves them!  she has a new obsession with "real books," like the kind with paper pages and not board pages.  she LOVES to read them (really flip through and talk about the pictures) and is currently obsessed with toy story.  she has never seen the movie or the characters before... but, i'm hoping that this book makes her interested in watching a toy story marathon in about 5 weeks on the plane.  :)  i will continue to feed her love of toy story until then.  

mary is also very particular about certain things... like when luke has any kind of fuzz in his hair at all!  she is always picking at his hair.  i mean, i don't know where she got it from (read: i was obsessed with picking his cradle cap and she learned from me... disgusting, i know).  but, often times he has nothing in his hair, his cradle cap is gone, she just likes to pick.  she'll be a great wife!  :)

we also got together with the greater pierce family... which mary loves because she gets to see ryry, dylan, tim and the rest of the gang.

danny and his brother, tim, dropping my children at the same time

luke reaching for dylan's face...

...and trying to eat it.  he does that all of the time!

dylan, ryan, mary and luke... laying peacefully like they always do.  ;)
happy birthday to all june birthdays!

lastly, here is "teddy," their wonderful auntie.  mary named her teddy one day (well, that was how she said karen) and it has stuck.  i'm not sure if mary can actually say karen or not yet, but i'm not going to try.  i call her teddy now.  i hope mary and luke and all of our kids always call her teddy.  

luke loves being kissed by everyone.  he's a really squirmy kid, but if you lay your lips on his cheek he just sits still with a really faint smile.   i snuggle him right up to my face and just hold the kiss.  it's cute.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


this is mary celebrating because....

...we purchased our ONE WAY tickets to INDONESIA!  we leave july 20th.  yahoo!  

this is actually mary dancing around luke sitting in the bumbo... but it looks like she's dancing tribal style.  also, the purchasing of our tickets was a major celebration, but i was also slightly sick to my stomach as we did it.  it's just a crazy feeling.  but, we are SO excited to get out the door!  if this is the first time you're hearing about us moving to indo and want to know more, shoot me an email.  

Sunday, June 12, 2011

one day...

one day JESUS is coming back.  today i long for that day.  revelation 21 talks about it...

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look!  God's dwelling place is now among the poeple, and he will dwell with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"  Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."  He said to me, "It is done.  I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children."

that is what i long for.  for the day when we dwell in God's presence, when God restores all things, when our bodies and minds are free from our sin, when there are no tears or pain or death.  Jesus conquered it all on the cross and i long for the day when we see the fullness of it.  we can have glimpses of his victory in our lives today, but we won't see the fullness of it until the day he comes back.  that is what i want.

but until then, i'm thankful that we have a hope that is unchanging and eternal.  that we can live longing for what is certain to come and certain to bring more joy and peace and fulfillment than we could ever imagine... in our lives and also among every tribe, people, nation and language.  i'm thankful that God is with us today, to guide us and comfort us in this fallen world.  i'm thankful that we have a certain HOPE in him.

Friday, June 10, 2011


we had a nice evening downtown with our dear friends, the carders.  it was lily's 2nd birthday so we went for pizza and a fruit dessert.  lily is mary's best friend (whether they like it or not) and they had a great time together.  last week mary wore the flower skirt in the picture to lily's house... lily wanted to wear it the entire time. so, i went out and got her one for her birthday and we dressed them like twins for dinner in the park.  they look nothing alike but they were both super cute in their matching outfits.  

we tried to get lily to look up for a picture but she was a little too into her treat.  we were singing "this little light of mine" to get her to look up but only mary played alone.  :)  

mary was shirtless downtown for at least an hour.  she ran into the sprinklers there and got wet so she insisted that she not wear it.  turned out to be good because she was NOT clean with her huge piece of pizza by herself. 

the birthday girl... who is VERY hard to photograph because she is always on the go... this is the best i could do.  i love her cute little facial expression here, shows her funny personality.
luke and sam... best friends as well

and this is what the little brothers did... lay there, sleep in the ergo and eat.  that's what they do best at this stage.  they were also not easy to photograph... oh well.  

Monday, June 6, 2011


it was a big weekend for our boy.  he started food and did pretty well.  today was day 3 of food and we forgot to feed him.  typical.  luckily, he doesn't really need the food yet.  

sunday luke was dedicated at church.  it's a time to publically commit to raise our son in the understanding and fear of the Lord and pray for his salvation.  our church community also commits to love, encourage and pray for him as well.  it's a neat time.  danny's family joined us so it was fun for us (and especially the kids) to get to spend some time with them.

luke chewing on aunt "teddy's" finger to stay quiet during prayer... i thought it was cute

i would have enjoyed the dedication a lot more if mary would not have been up there with us.  i mean, she's usually a pretty well behaved little girl... but she is two for two when it comes to bad behavior in front of our entire church.  thanks, mary.  i was dripping sweat, all flustered because she wouldn't stay still.  i finally let her down and told her to go sit with her buddy, jude knight, and eat his snack (thanks, bianchis!).  she got off the stage but then just stood there in front of the stage.

then, she got her arm stuck inside of her dress and started saying, "help mama!"  so here i am, slightly embarrassed and slightly thinking she's hilarious.... dripping sweat.  the last time she was near the stage for easter children's sermon she thought playing chase was a good idea... so i had to run down the aisle in my loud boots chasing my laughing child to get her out of there.  she's special.  

Friday, June 3, 2011


i've been posting pictures of fun, outside activities and practicing with my new camera.  but, this is everyday life inside.  we do go to the park most days but we also do a lot of hanging out at home in our pjs (or no clothes for chubby, sweating luke).  they especially enjoy their bonding time in the crib.  

mary "holding" and kissing luke

luke is trying to eat mary's face... he tries to pull people's faces towards him and eat them

laughing in the crib
this is what they do every morning and afternoon.  mary wants luke in her crib when she wakes up and then they "play."  now that luke is rolling over she has more fun.  she gets right up in his face and laughs really loud... and eventually he usually joins in, or cries in fear, depending on his mood.  

there are a few things in common between these four pictures: mary and luke (of course) but there is also a giraffe burp cloth.  one day i put it under luke's head when i laid him in the crib and mary thought it was the greatest thing ever!  everytime she holds him or has him in her crib she first askes for the giraffe burp cloth (thanks, mrs. marcantonio!).