After saying the prayer over our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today, this is the conversation that developed between Dyxon and myself.

Dyxon:  "Mom, why do we have all this food?"
Me:  "Because Dyxon, we have a lot of children in our family."
Dyxon:  "No, we don't."
Me:  "We don't?  So you don't think that 7 children is a lot?"
Dyxon:  "No."
Me:  "Then tell me...what is a lot?"
Dyxon:  "A BILLION!"

Well, he's got me there.
But there is NO WAY we are planning on having A BILLION children, that is for sure!
I don't know about you, but our neighborhood woke up to a shocker this morning. 

Little did I know... that, on my way home from helping my friend during her labor in the wee hours of the morning, there was a deranged man stealing a car. 
And then while being chased throughout the city and subsequently ended up in our neighborhood, this man lost control of the vehicle and crashed into...
our friends' house.

I don't know about you...But, that alone would put a huge damper in my morning!

But things did not end there.  Nope.

I know some of you have already had the pleasure of experiencing the changing of the colors and the falling of the leaves off the trees and are now probably moving on to seeing your Christmas being 'white'.  But we less fortunate souls that live in the heart of the desert are just now seeing (and for some of us for the first time) these beautiful changes and without the hopes of a 'white' Christmas, might I add.

Heavenly Father sure has a wonderful way of painting his canvas with such a beautiful array of colors.
I hope you are all having a fantastic Fall...!
(no matter what the trees look like that surround you)
I came across this post (via a link on friend's blog) which is
profoundly and perfectly titled: 

Dear Angels, (Never let go)

A MUST read for anyone with children.