"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Project 52: September 14-20

Colt is officially pulling himself up all the time! And the three bigger kids get SO excited every time he does it.  His favorite hang out is definitely under the table.  He can fully stand under it for now...but probably not for long! 
Came out of the kitchen one day to see this!!
We had fun playing dress up this week:)

We started a new unit in tot school and this week was brown bear.  The kids wore theses masks every spare second they could.  They love crawling around on their knees growling like bears and roaring like lions.
What a fun daddy they have!  The kids got a new squirter toy this week from a children's program held in our community center.  They all lined up with cups on THEIR heads and daddy squirted them.  But they sure liked to be in control of the water too.
Enjoying our LAST free cookie coupon from Subway! It sure was fun using them each week when we went grocery shopping.  We got twelve coupons when we went to the Diamondbacks game in June.

Friday night I hosted a Sole Hope shoe cutting party.  I'm hoping to get more details on a blog post with more pictures.  It was fun and a great way to fellowship with girlfriends while serving others.  I would encourage anyone to check it out and host a party!
Saturday was a fun day to play outside.  Colt LOVES splashing, so he got a bucket all to himself.
Someone is getting so big and strong!
Saturday evening we went to Gilbert's Constitution Fair.  It was so great! We had never been, but it was a great time for the kids with a lot of games (and candy!) and puppets and a magician.  They loved to see some fireworks too.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Best of 2013

**better late than never, right?  Again, a post started long long ago and just now getting around to finish:)  Pretty crazy to look back and see all the changes in just one year!*

What a year we have had! We are thankful for the blessings poured out on us this year by our loving Father.  It was a year of change and additions, that is for sure! Some highlights:

Mimi visited!!
Raelynn turned 2 years old
Celebrating Mommy and Raelynn's birthdays


Happy Valentine's Day
 All of the Van Engen's visited!




We traveled to Ethiopia for our first trip to appear in court and meet Elliana.  We also found out we were expecting baby #4!

(our announcement to the Frazey family during a slideshow of our trip)


Raelynn's first haircut and Declan learns to stand in his crib

 Mimi visits

One of my favorite pictures I have of Raelynn


Mommy and the kids visited Michigan

We bought our first house and announced our pregnancy using the house as a background.


 We found out we were having a BOY!

Elliana came home forever!

Declan turned ONE!



We took it slow.  Were blessed with meals brought to us and adjusted to three kids and a new home.
Daddy and his helpers shoveled rock out of the backyard
We painted
Declan went from crawling to climbing on everything





Elliana learned to "kiss" and would stick out her tongue

 We ventured to the zoo!

Made more progress on the yard

Had a welcome home shower for Elliana at Grandma and Tank's house


We heard Voddie Baucham and had to get a picture of him with Elliana.  He was the first person to hold her in public! (she cried and we were happy:)

Pumpkin farm

We have grass!

Halloween 2013

A princess, a ladybug and a dinosaur


Elliana turned ONE!

Putting up our Christmas tree (first time we've ever done it before Thanksgiving, but we had planned to have a new baby by then...)


Last picture before going in to the hospital.

December 10, Colt was born!

And then there were four...

Christmas pictures (Colt three days old!)

 Christmas morning

December 28 we celebrated Elliana's referral day with Ethiopian food!