Sunday, September 7, 2014

Conquering my fears.

My family came to visit this summer and we decided to take everyone over to camp Indicoso to do the zip lines and ropes course.  Aaron, Hannah, Adam and I braved the course. 
We also called Grandma Shirley up!  She had just retired and what better way to celebrate than an adventure!
So....  I've been married to the man who builds these things (he built this one!) and he climbs these all the time.  But I've never gone on one!  I've always been pregnant when we have had the chance.  So.  I got up to the first platform (with some help. Ha!) and then promptly panicked.  Like crying, ugly face, moaning icannotpossiblydothis panic.  Shane was great and gave me the option of getting down but no way was I quitting.  What you see above is me moving through the course.  What you cannot see if my panic and you cannot hear my moaning!  
Hannah rocked it though!  She was nervous I'm sure but she did it all!
Aaron and Shirley were ahead of me and they didn't even think twice about doing it!  Adam?  Not sure this was his most favorite thing to do but he did it too!
And... I lived to tell about it!  Ha!  This was before the zip line and I was singing praises to the Lord that I was going to get down. :)  It made me super proud of Shane for how hard he works building things like this for kids to experience.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Camping with friends

We had some friends come over this summer and camp with us!  It was so much fun.  Here are some pics from the weekend. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Graham's Prayers

We have a Bible that comes with cds that the kids can listen to.  It has Bible stories and music and the kids love it. They listen to it in their room on a regular basis.

A few weeks ago Graham came downstairs from his room and said "mom, in heaven there is God. I want to go to heaven.  I need to go so I can take care of Baby Ella.  But I'm not sure I can walk on clouds. "

Tonight Graham came downstairs with a scrape on his leg.  Grace was being all motherly and brought him down to be taken care of.  I looked at it and said "It's not bad buddy, I'll get you a bandaid." He said "No mom!  I don't need a bandaid.  God will heal me."  So we prayed that God would heal his bandaid and he also thanked God for his babysitter, for the dinner we ate last night (tonights must not have been that good to him. ha!) and for the trains his mom bought when he was a baby.

I love how my kids are soaking up the Word. I love that Graham has the sweetest heart.  He was watching the news with Shane when the Malaysian airline disappeared and he still prays to find the plane.

Thankful Thursday (on Friday)

These are older pics but I'm so thankful for this smile.  It makes my day.  
We love this little man so.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Gav is at such a fun age/stage.  
He's so excited about things and can hardly keep up with Grace and Graham running around him.
He's so easy going and that's great because it seems like he has lots of views like this!
And he's on the move!  He JUST started crawling!  And today?  
Today we found him standing in his crib!  His face was this excited too. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Is it already August?  Where did our summer go? :)  I need to do a better job of posting here.  So for my three readers (hi mom and dad! ha!) I'm sorry.  Here was our first camping trip in our new pop up!
The beds are nice and big.  Shane and the big kids slept on one side and me and this little hottie slept on the other.  :)
Gav is really taking off and his big sister has totally taken to being in charge of him.  They are a great pair, mostly. ;)
Oh but she can get him to laugh and smile!
I liked this picture because in the first one you can see Gav.  Now, look to the one below. 
Same pic but without flash.  You can see the lake! 
We did stay inside our camper a bit because we love it!  The kids liked having a table to color on.
and Gav did lots of this.
Ella's second birthday in heaven was while we were camping.  Some sweet friends send us these flowers and so I had to take them with us to enjoy and think of here while were gone.  Then, unknown to me Grace had brought these three things to "decorate the camper".  Ha Ha!  It did make it nice and homey in there!
Now, here are a few outside ones, just so you know we didn't stay inside the whole time!!  Shane took the kids to see the fireworks.  They hit some golf balls, and we went swimming.  And of course smores.  Who could camp without them?!
The first thing I wanted to buy for our camper was a set of owl lights.  My grandma and grandpa had owl lights on their camper when I was growing up.  Well, apparently those are vintage now because they were like $40!  So we got some chinese lantern lights instead.  They work just as well!
And our little site.  It was a great weekend!  I had a few moments, but just like last year, I was really sad and cried a lot the day before but on Ella's birthday I was ok.  We got ice cream as a family just like we did last year and that felt good.  

Friday, July 25, 2014