A little over a year ago I was introduced to the very talented, amazing musical artist Patty Griffin. Okay, not personally, but we'll just say that's when I first found out about her and she really is fabulous. You know when you find someone who can sing, really, really, well and not just with a popsy-sound but one who is a really talented musician, you almost can't get enough of them. Well, that's been me. Maybe this will get your attention...she has written for the Dixie Chicks since their beginning. Most of her songs are so good. She's isn't a Christian singer so I can't endorse all of them. However, she's got an amazing sound, is so folksy and jazzy all at the same time, and listening to her puts me in a good mood. She just sings about life. One of her songs that is particularly moving is called The Long Ride Home, where she sings about a lady, who is riding home after her husband of 40 year's funeral. "Forty years go by with someone laying in your bed. Forty years of things you see and wish you'd never said. How hard would've it have been to say some kinder words instead? I wonder as I stare up at the sky a-turnin red." Other favorites are Rain, Burgundy Shoes, Gonna Let Him Fly, When it Don't Come Easy (first song I ever heard of hers) and Time Will do the Talking. If you need some new music, pop on over to iTunes and check her out. You might just find out that you really like her.
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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