Thursday, January 31, 2008

Read this!

I must share this amazing blog that was shared with me.

It is amazing to see such a love for God and a willingness to bow down to Him thru anything that comes their way. It really makes all our "big" problems seem so small. Their faith is unwavering.

Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

It isn't the road that they would have chose, for sure. But it was the path given. They are a living testament of the grace of God in ALL things.

I serve an awesome God.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Wanted to put a smile on your face....

I can't believe that he is almost 5 months old.
Eating LOTS (as you can tell) and already almost sitting up by himself.
Loves his johnny jump up and car rides...and his brothers.

Hates his face wiped and not much else!
Smiles all the time.
He is a WONDERFUL easy going baby!
Couldn't have been blessed more.....

Friday, January 25, 2008

Wow! Sorry to the whole 2 people that actually visit my blog....This month has been quite busy with all the "little" stuff. Not much to report on. Just life...
Here are some pics to share what we've been up to:

Spirit week at school. We missed the first two days because of papa's funeral and viewing but came back just in time for zoo day (dressed as a bat) and class theme day. His is the "kingdom of Kindergarten" Gavin was a knight. Loved that the Halloween costume could be recycled :)

Now on solids....well sorta. This picture cracks me up....Nolan is actually doing really well with food. We stick to cereal most of the time but venture out to some veggies every now and then. He actually likes them unlike this picture portrays.We're potty training!! Sorta of....would love to share details but will spare you this time. Cameron is doing well it's me that needs to get with it...where has my baby gone?!? Speaking of Cameron...he has decided that every time he gets into bed he has to go potty :) Had to put a stop to it. He takes off all his clothes and waits....and waits....and waits. Too bad. This is how we found him one night. Guess he got tired of waiting. Hasn't done it again either.
Got to love the johnny jump up! It makes for a happy baby and mommy!
We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on the 18th! Thanks to our good friends who came over and baby-sat. Imagine our surprise to come home to this and a clean house. I bet they slept good that night. I saw pictures of all the fun they had....imagine all our toys out at the same time :)
In our house since Christmas...a little (um...I mean big) car! The boys LOVE it!! It keeps them busy for hours. Last year it was the roller coaster car...this year this one! What's next?!? My poor walls. I think some touching up is in order this spring.

Our first loose tooth. OH MY!Just a few more priceless pics:

Until next time -me

Thursday, January 10, 2008


My papa passed away this morning. We believe he was a believer. He is now at home with the Lord.

Please keep our family in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007: In Review

Wow! I can't believe that it is really 2008. Since this year seemed to really FLY by, I thought it would be fun to break it down and get a good look at 2007, where we've come and where we're going...

January came in with a boom! It was New Years Eve 2006 when we found out we were pregnant with baby #3. I really wanted a girl and was sure that THIS one was it. Me and Jason celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary on the 18th. We have a nice dinner out, but I am too nauseated to enjoy any of it!

February brought in lots of snow...our first blizzard as a family! It just so happened that we were housing a conference guest for our church's annual biblical training conference. Good thing he was good company, we got snowed in. I think we got over 2 1/2 feet of snow in 24 hours! February 20th, we celebrated Cameron's first birthday. On the 25th, we had a party to celebrate. We told everyone we were expecting with Cameron's shirt. It read, "I am the BIG brother" Took some longer than others....March brings warmer weather and lots of play time outside.

What good would April be, without good ol'baseball season. We make the trip up to Wrigley with both kids in tow! It was Cameron's first ballgame and he was LESS than enthused! We ended up hanging out in the city an extra day....seeing the children's museum and walking far more than we should have attempted with little ones. April brings good news of a sweet baby boy! I have my 20 week ultrasound and we find out we are having a little boy! Needless to say, once I saw his sweet little face, I wasn't at all disappointed that extra luggage on board. We are officially due September day shy of Jason's b-day. In May we celebrate many milestones....It is one year since we graduated from Purdue! One year in our house! And my 24th birthday! We have made major improvements in updating the house, but still have lots of work to do.
June brings 2 big weddings. Let's just say 6 months pregnant and bridesmaid's dress shouldn't belong in the same sentence. Jess gets married in Key Largo, FL and me and Jason take the chance to get away for a whole week (thanks Big sis and dad for all your help :) Laina gets married in Mishawaka, IN 2 weeks later. I feel blessed to have such wonderful friends.
Gavin started playing baseball this month and Jason was one of the coach's. Gavin really enjoyed it! The temps really heat up in July and so do the activities. My niece, Alyssa, and nephew, Evan, come spend the week with us. We are busy everyday with something! We hosted a huge Sunday school party with over 60 people. A kegger...Brown style....a root beer keg with lots of vanilla ice cream and LOTS of hot dogs. We also celebrate Gavin's 5th birthday! I can hardly believe I've been a mommy for five years..... Due in less than 4 weeks.... August is here before we know it and we are hard at work preparing for the baby. His nursery finally gets done by the end the month. The biggest accomplishment this month goes all to Gavin! He started Kindergarten at Faith Christian school. In September we welcomed the fifth member of our family. (A pic while in labor)Little Nolan William was born on September due date. Weighing in at 7lbs 3oz, he was my smallest :) I am smitten with my boys....Happy 28th birthday to Jason!!!!! Not much of a celebration with me in the hospital.

October comes and we decide that a "theme" is in order for Halloween....the Wizard of Oz. We go out with good friends of ours, they are here from Japan studying at Purdue. I think they enjoy our "American" holidays.November brings fall, but a few last days of unseasonably warm weather. We take advantage and head outside. Thanksgiving was celebrated at my sis's house with family that I don't get to see all at once. Cameron is talking more now and Gavin is almost reading. Nolan is getting bigger and bigger...almost 15 lbs! My photo card business is taking off. After making a friend's birth announcement I have already received quite a bit of orders...We celebrate our 5th year as Christians!

December is here already and we are looking forward to the holiday. Jason is off work from the 22nd to the 2nd of January. What a blessing to be able to spend time as a family. We make lots of trips up north and have lots of lazy days. No big New Years excitement this year. We spend the evening on the couch watching "the Office"

WOW WEEEEEE! That was alot! I can't believe how much my boys have grown and all the things we have squeezed into the year....and these are just the BIG things! Thanks for all the love and I hope that you and your family enjoy all the 2008 brings!