Monday, July 18, 2016

Modern day miracle...

What a heavy week for us all... all of the violence has me honestly downright confused, angered, and so very saddened... (More on that another day)
Here is a little feel good for you...:)

James1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows...  
(That is our GOD!!! He does not change... not ever!)


How does this... 

Become this sweet little bundle of love on the left being cradled in his sister's loving arms??? 


6 years ago on the 14th of July these 2 beautiful thawed donated embryos above, as well as one more, were transferred into my womb... I will never forget literally all of the feelings I felt on that day! I felt so excited, thankful, and a bit anxious for sure... 

But I knew in my heart it was soooooo much more than that... I was getting to experience a miracle first hand in the flesh... All by the grace and to the glory of GOD!  




Out of those 3 embryos, God allowed Levi Ryan to take hold and grow inside of me... Totally someone else's DNA... growing and thriving off of my blood supply... Being fearfully and wonderfully knit together by our loving God!  

Seriously, it AMAZES me to this day... He was frozen for 5 years and God choose to breathe life back into that tiny little embryo and jump start his life right back up! 


And we are forever grateful to God for allowing us to parent this amazing little guy!  

We are forever grateful to his donor mom for entrusting us with the most precious gift of all... this precious child!!!  



And we are forever grateful for the sweet, tender hearted, always enthusiastic, affectionate Levi... We ALWAYS laugh that he seriously has enough excitement in him over things to make up for a whole crowd of people!  We love it!



(Levi enjoying the mountains in Estes Park)

So rejoice with us today for the miracle that took place 6 years ago in Levi's little life and in ours... 

And if you are in need of your own miracle or to see the Lord's faithfulness in your life... 
DO NOT DOUBT FOR A SECOND... that He can't work for you... or doesn't TRULY CARE ABOUT YOU!  He does! 

I know it can be hard to make sense of so much that is going on... 
Sometimes things aren't as we might want or even expect...
Sometimes things are exactly as might hope for them to be...
But through it all we can trust that He is still who He says He is...
He does not change... not ever... He is the same yesterday, today, and forever... 
He is the same... 
Miracle worker, redeemer, restorer, helper, healer, Comforter...

Our powerful all providing and faithful God! 

Psalm 139:13-14

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The fourth

And we were off...  the kids and I to celebrate the fourth of July with all the extended family on my side... 
Dad planned on joining us in a few days:)



We had the strangest weather on the drive up... a huge storm that we nearly skirted... blinding sun, 5 rainbows, 2 double rainbows... loads of rain... It was down right bizarre... but thankfully we arrived safe and sound in the north woods.



Morning one... Paul Bunyans for their amazing to die for donuts with grandma, grandpa, cousins and family from St. Louis!  Seriously, the best!!!


All the teens hammocking by the water's edge... so beautiful!



It is always a tradition to watch the local waterski show... The minocquabats!  What a fun night!


Some of the teens on the fourth :)  It is the best when your cousins can also be your best friends!  I am so thankful that they have so much fun together!


The Neumann crew!  We were only short one niece on the fourth of July... What a blessing to have almost everyone together for the day... It is a rarity, but such a treat!


Dad and I with the little boys down by the lake!  These two played in the sand all weekend, loved the kayaks, and enjoyed lots of cousin time!


Uncle Josh and Aunt Lyndsey brought up the BIG JOE!  It was the perfect addition... it was almost like having extra pier to hang out on... The wrestling matches that went on while playing on this were hysterical! Everyone loved relaxing on the BIG JOE!


Aunt Katy hanging out with Kaliyah... She was all passed out from lots of fresh air:)


The fourth of July always ends with a pow wow and  the fireworks show in the local town close by... And literally it is like you are a part of the show... The embers literally are falling right on the crowd... It is the craziest thing... 

We had a beautiful weekend! I think it is one of the kids favorite places on earth... On the way home Levi kept saying he wished the cabin was his home... It is beautiful, relaxing, and the perfect place to spend time together with family... Gift from God!












Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FOR LIKE EVER!!!! Our hearts are filled with joy!!


This little beauty is officially a Hintz!!! We found out today that her adoption is indeed finalized!!! We are rejoicing and praising God for this great news!!!

From this little peanut right after birth to a beautiful 6 month baby girl... We are so grateful to have had this precious time her!!


1 day old with her birth mom... Oh the emotions that flood my heart when I think of her and her sacrifice and love for Kaliyah!!!



This beautiful little baby whose life almost never made it out of the womb, was perfectly and wonderfully knit together by a creator who never makes mistakes....


This little one's life who came into being much to the surprise of many...
Wasn't a surprise to the one who so perfectly formed her little being... All with a great and special plan for her life!!



This little one, whose mom almost took her back as her own on Christmas Day, changing her mind about the adoption and deciding to parent her...

Only later did she painstakingly choose the ultimate love for her baby... to sacrifice her own desires instead for giving kaliyah's a future she could not... ( One of the absolute very HARDEST things I have ever witnessed!!!)  She is such a strong loving mama!!

What a roller coaster of emotions!!



And now she is ours FOR EVER!! 

She is a gift... She is good natured, easy going, happy, smiley, a great hugger, and just downright sweet!  And we are overwhelmed to be able to have a front row seat to watch the Lord show off by all he has planned for her life!!

My heart is blown away by this gift!  We are so undeserving!! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer days...


Summer is moving by at a rapid pace... Please slow down!!!  We have had gorgeous weather and the list of things that I want to do with the kids is slowly being chipped away at:) 

Walking to the farmer's market...
Walking to the Golf course on Wednesday night for $5 burgers...
Hitting the pool... 
Seeing the baby geese at the pond close by...
Catching fireflies...
Picking strawberries...
Shaking the mulberry trees on campus...
Having a hot dog roast and making smores:)
Hammocking...
We are loving the more relaxed pace of summer!  What a gift to my TIRED heart!



Picking strawberries... They definitely ate WAY more than they picked!


Our brave FMSC friend Julie had our crew over for a cook out... What a treat to have a delicious meal cooked for us all!  Such a gift!  Seriously, she didn't bat an eye at having our crew over! I was so grateful!


Frog catching at the pond!  There were many tears shed by Isaiah when it was time to release that frog back into the pond!  Goodness, that little guy creates a whole lot of noise... but thankfully is easily talked down!


Spiderman went mulberry picking with us!  He TOTALLY cracks me up... every... single... day!


Just a bit later I went out to the jeep to run errands with Anna and this was how I was greeted... What a goof!  She and Louis sang in church today!  They did so good... It was Anna's first time and she was nervous, but wow, I was really proud of them! 


We were very thankful to have Greg's parents come up to visit.  It had been too long since they have seen the kids and we were very glad to have them here... The time went by quickly, but was a treat for sure!  You can tell by the kids faces that they enjoyed spending time with them!

I am hoping to be able to blog a bit more... working those two jobs for a couple of months challenged me and the whole crew greatly... I am so thankful that they pulled together to help keep us afloat and now mama is back home for the most part!  What a gift I really do treasure!  We are so very thankful for all of the extra bits of time together as family!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wedding time...

This is a bit overdue... but with the busyness of life these days, I am finally getting around to posting this... 


Can you believe the handsomeness in this picture??? So sweet!!!


Beautiful wedding bouquets!


My people!!!  They amaze me!!! 

When you have a wedding reception for 200 in your backyard there are last minute jobs upon jobs to take care of and they literally went from one task to the next willingly and with a joyful heart! And truth be told we still have a few jobs to take care of from the take down of the wedding:)

They amaze me!!



Finally at the wedding...


Louis and the bride, my sweet friend Katie and Anna at the reception under the big tent...

(Katie and I share a special bond of each having a baby in heaven and hence my kids share a bond with her as you can see in the picture). We all love her!!!

I am so happy for her that she has found someone to share her life with...


Ending the night with snuggles with this sweet boy!!!


Monday, May 30, 2016

Soccer family...



All the Hoffman United teams at the tournament this past weekend in beautiful Lake Geneva!!!

God blessed us with perfect weather!!

Main Street had some of the cutest shops... We had fun walking the quaint downtown between games:)


There is the most charming walkway right on the waters edge all along the lake... The lake is beautiful... And the houses??? 
Well, take a look for yourself... Crazy amazing!!  It was a beautiful walk...



He hotel had a perfect little water park to keep everyone busy and tire out he littles between games! 

Levi and Isaiah had a blast in the little kiddie area... 
Levi tentative and careful... 
Isaiah the bulldozer with no fear...

The kids enjoying the watermark... 

We were so blessed to have our friends the miltzes at the tournament with us...
They have 5 beautiful kids with number 6 due anyday...

From Anna on down their kids match ours pretty close in age and the kids have a blast together.  

It is really fun hanging with people that can relate to the large family life... We are so grateful for their friendship!!!


The whole crew!!



What a fun soccer weekend with lots of protection and special times together!