December 21, 2009

Winter Wonderland


We had a wonderful winter party yesterday

it was a beautiful day

frosty treees

warm

no wind

lots of friends (I think well over 60 were here)

a big bonfire

horses and a sleigh

lots of good food

and

Christmas carols



 

 

 

 




Good times were had!

December 19, 2009

Reading is Refreshing

Having a great reader around has been a

refreshing

change to our house




The big man's reading skills

have kept everyone

entertained




(they were looking at him, till they saw me)



December 14, 2009

Thanksgiving Festivities

Over Thanksgiving we were able to head to my parent's house for a few days.  We had tons of fun playing games, visiting, celebrating birthdays, going to a parade and enjoying good food.
 
 
 The middle man LOVES animals!


 
 
The kids loved the parade (well, we all did) and it was a beautiful night!
 

 
 
 
This was probably the coolest part of the parade.  It was a basket from a hot air balloon and they would shoot the flame every few seconds...it was so warm!!!
 

 
 
 
We celebrated the girls' birthday and mine and my sister's birthdays.  You can guess whose cake was whose...
 

 
 
Here is one of the sweet little birthday girls...
 

 
...and here is the other
 

 

November 24, 2009

Thankful for a birthday

I love that the girls have their birthday so close to Thanksgiving.  I can't help but feel how appropriate that is this year.  I look at pictures of their tiny little bodies in the NICU a year ago and find myself praising and THANKING God for the strong, healthy, energetic, sweet little girls He has given us.  God is so good! 

A year ago, our world changed completely as we welcomed these sweet babies into our family


Not the time or the way we would have planned

KK


KR



Not the size we thought they would be


KK


KR

 



But God has been so faithful

KK



KR



KK



KR



We pray that they will passionately love Christ and have gentle, humble hearts that desire to serve Him.
They have been such happy, content babies and we pray that contenment in what God has for them will be a characteristic that they always possess. 

Happy First Birthday KK and KR!

November 16, 2009

There is Nothing

... like a good book shared with a best friend/sister.



November 14, 2009

He did it



the middle man is riding on just two wheels!


this was a huge accomplishment for him


and as you can see


he is quite thrilled about it



We waited FOREVER for the big man to get home from school


to tell and show him the great news

in wonderful, big brother fashion he was thrilled for his brother

and immediately began helping him get going and then hopping on his own bike to ride



the three of them "rode" (one may  have been more scouting) all the rest of the afternoon




There is no looking back now!







Oh, and by today

...he could get himself started :)

November 13, 2009

Frogs

Funny thing.

I was recently thinking how I never see frogs around here.

The next thing I know, I am in the basement and my middle man tells me he sees a frog.

I assume he either means one that is not real or one he saw outside, but no, it was indeed a frog

...in our basement

...and we have no idea how it got there.




Now, as I said, we do not see many of these.  So, my boys do not have much frog experience.

The middle man has since developed quite the fascination.

He caught that frog and put it outside for me.  This first time, he did not want to use his hands.


Only days later, another frog shows up.

This time there is no fear of using hands...at least for the middle man :)

Oh, and this one, was outside!









This boy is becoming so sweet and tenderhearted.  He had great concern for leaving his new found friend alone outside, to the point of tears over it.  Lately he is brought quickly to tears out of concern for people while watching a movie or reading a book if that person is sad or alone.  I am so thankful to see this tenderness in him as only a year ago we were praying that God would develop that in his heart because we were concerned about the lack of it that we saw.  How wonderful it is to see God work in the heart of your child!


Oh, and frogs are pretty great too!

November 12, 2009

Yep


...these boys love their sisters


During the stretch when the kids were sick with some nasty stuff, everyone had high temps, and my hubby was gone, the big man (even not feeling well himself) was such a big help with his sisters.  Here he was holding KR as she had a high temp and just wanted to be held.



He even put her to sleep...



The boys just love to play with these two little girls and as you can see


...these little girls love to have those brothers play with them.







November 10, 2009

Almost A Year

I can not believe how fast the last year has gone!  I have been doing much refelcting lately as our baby girls rapidly approach their first birthday.


Only 12 days


Till our little sweeties turn 1!


And they can stand now...they have gotten even more steady since I took these. This is KR



 KK even figured out today how to stand up all by herself in the middle of a room



They definitely like to be Mommy's little helpers



"So Big" is a big hit with both of them



...and they love to clap after they do it




On last one of KR, because it is so sweet.  She always rubs her head and plays with her hair when she has a bottle



Part of me just hates to see them have to get bigger and part of me can't wait to see the ways they grow and change and how they will interact with each other and their brothers!

November 3, 2009

Aren't These

...about the cutest little hats ever?!


The girls were quite fascinated with each other.






Despite the cuteness, little miss KK didn't not think it was a good idea to leave it on.


 


November 2, 2009

They do

...find many ways to get into trouble.




But they sure are sweet, aren't they?




October 31, 2009

7 is the number

I am not sure how it happened.

One day he was just a little guy and did things like snuggling up with his daddy to read a story...



..and then the next day he was 7!


And doing things like this






 


He is such a blessing to us and we praise the Lord for him every day.  He has grown and changed so much in the last year.  He has become so good at reading and is excelling in school.  He is exploring new interests, like his new focus, skateboarding.  Whatever he does, he does to the best that he can.  He is a very hard worker.  He is also a wonderful big brother.  He loves to play with his little sisters and make them laugh.  He is so proud of how he can carry them around and hold them to help me out sometimes.  He is also so good to include his youngest brother when he and the middle man play.  He watches out for him and sticks up for both his brothers when they run into trouble.  It gives us such joy to see the Holy Spirit at work in his life.  He finds great joy in doing jobs that I haven't asked him to do and then surprising me, like cleaning up the basement, picking up outside, helping a sibling, or helping to set the table.  We have been thrilled to hear of the good choices he is often making at school and how he takes a stand for the Lord there.  He also is developing such a tender spirit to those in need around the world, and toward those who have never heard the Gospel.  He is not perfect, but none of us are and I truly can't imagine life without him.  God is so good in how he plans out our families.