Thursday, August 28, 2014

FLYING BY....

DAYS ARE FULL...
MY HEAD IS SPINNING...
TAKING IN THE LAST BITS OF SUMMER...
EXCITED FOR THE SCHOOL... YET... I THINK I AM STILL A BIT IN DENIAL THAT THE SCHOOL YEAR IS UPON US:)



HE IS SO DELISH!  SERIOUSLY, HOW DID WE GET SO BLESSED??


SHE HAS HAD A GREAT FIRST WEEK AT ST. PETER LUTHERAN SCHOOL STARTING KINDERGARTEN... WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF HER... SHE HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED AT NIGHT AND IT SHOWS... BUT WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THAT... :)


LAST NIGHT WE DID THE CHEESEBURGER CHALLENGE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS... LEVI'S BIOLOGICAL DAD PASSED AWAY FROM CF IN 2008... WE WANTED TO HONOR HIS MEMORY AND THE MEMORY OF A SWEET MISSION HEARTED FRIEND, ALICIA HALPENEY, WHO WENT TO AFRICA WITH US IN 2013, AND WHO ALSO LOST HER BATTLE WITH CF JUST LAST NOVEMBER :(  THANKFUL FOR HEAVEN:)

GO TO
http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/cfcc2014 TO DONATE:)

WASN'T ALICIA PRECIOUS?

THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY AND THE BIG FESTIVAL IN TOWN STARTS IN JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS... 

LIVING THESE BUSY DAYS IN A FLURRY OF ACTIVITY...
LIVING THESE BUSY DAYS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART...

THE 2014 HOMESCHOOL YEAR OFFICIALLY STARTS NEXT TUESDAY:)   READY... SET... GO!:)

The BBS award:)


If there was an award for the Best Big Sister...

She would win it... My Anna Noel!!

Seriously, she loves these little guys so much, takes great care of them,  and is so thankful to have a sister in Hope.  

She gets extremely hurt by Hope's  shenanigans at times... She just wants them to love her back in the same way...
Which sometimes happens and sometimes doesn't �� when you are dealing with kids that are 20 mos, 3 years, or even 5 years... We are working on that:)

She loves to cuddle with the little guys.


I am so thankful God chose to bless us with my sweet, sensitive, tender hearted Anna... She is a huge helper!  What a gift!

Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights...  James 1:17

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful for a smooth surgery...



Louis' wisdom teeth removal went really well...

I seriously couldn't believe how quickly they can get rid of four teeth...

I bet we were called back to the recovery room within 40 minutes...



He is a bit swollen and has a little bit of pain but is fine with keeping ice on it and staying on top of the pain with some meds.  But all in all he is doing really good!  I am so thankful!



I will say that we had some hysterical conversations at the office and on the way home... but Thank the Lord that medicine doesn't stay in their system too long...  Thank you so much for the prayers!  We really appreciate it so very much!



Some viewing for your daily entertainment... Louis, after getting his wisdom teeth pulled...










Wednesday, August 20, 2014

asking for prayers...

The biggest boy in this house will be getting 2 of his wisdom teeth pulled this morning...
Along with two molars that are damaged by the next two wisdom teeth coming in too quickly... ergggg....

We would love to have you pray for Louis...
Praying for a smooth surgery... peace for his heart (he is surprisingly nervous)... and a speedy and easy recovery for him...

His surgery starts at 9:00 am tomorrow... Thanks so much friends...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

She is....

She is...

My joy...
A promise of love fulfilled...
A healing balm to my aching heart...
A total handful some days...
Full of the dance moves...
Our HOPE JUBILEE!!!  
A sweet GIFT FROM GOD!!

Photography credits go to Lou for capturing the beauty of our sweet, spunky, and sassy hope!!  Truly the girl has a cheesy grin on her face most of the time... But here's to Lou catching a still and  calm Hopie:):)


This next one is my favorite!!

I am always amazed how Louis can make just the plainest of old doors  and quaint little spots on our church campus look like such a cool setting:)


I am continually overwhelmed, blessed, and so incredibly thankful for the miracle and gift of adoption!!

LOVE HER!!:)



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Estes... A little bit of Heaven...

A little step back to recap the end of our vacation to Estes park:)

Day 1 Estes Park... Total rain and fog:(:(
Noooooo!!! We only had 2 days there... 

Soooo....We hit the charming town... Left the Chinese restaurant because my child "dropped his fork".  A story for an whole other day... Went night swimming in the heated outdoor pool... It was warm and freezing all at the same time...:):). Making memories:) 

Day 2... Woke up up to quickly pack and quickly got set back by a killer migraine...
Ergggggg!!! No good when you are down to your last day to conquer some hiking trails... I was so bummed...

Praise God!  For His speedy healing a good nap and we were off to Rocky Mountain National Park to do one of our favorite hikes... I was still pretty nauseas... But thankfully it passed pretty quick once we were on the trail:)




Isaiah and I loved checking out God's amazing creation... SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

Can you believe this reflection... This was dream lake on the nimph, dream, and emerald lake trail... It is the perfect hike for a crew like ours... A decent workout especially with an extra 30 lbs tacked on your back... But easy enough for Even Hope to do on her own... And gorgeous!!

At the top at Emerald lake:)



This guy and 5 of his friends joined us on the trail:)


Hopie girl found this really cool tree trunk:)


Caleb and his hiking partner... Until he filled his pants... Then he became my partner for the hike down:) bad mom move... All the diapers were left in the car:)


Seven of my sweet blessings!!  What a treat to experience the beauty of Colorado with them:)










A little time away!!

Someone doesn't mind the long drive to the cabin... :)


The "super moon" over fence lake... 

Wow, we have been blessed with some beautiful moonrises over the lake every night and eagles perched in the pine tree right at the end of the pier during the day.  

God's Amazing creation:)


This is the face of one little guy thrilled with his Paul Bunyan dough nut... 

Pretty much a face replicated 8 times over around our table... Sugar overload... But so delish!! 


Sweet brothers enjoying the sand together... 


Some one is ready for grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.. This kid TOTALLY cracks me up!!  He is enthusiastic over pretty much everything:) 


Thankful to share this week with my sweet Anna... Many games of solitaire, sequence, garbage, and life on the farm happening around here... 

Enjoying the shallow sandy shore around the point on the lake... Collecting clams, snails, and playing football:)


The chase is ON!!!


A boy and his little brother:) 


Thankful for the chance for some family r and r ... So thankful to my parents for letting us use their place... What a gift!