"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

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!


  1. Love this!! It is such fun to go back and see all that has happened. Hard to believe all that happened in one year! God is so good and gracious! So many blessings you received in 2013!!

  2. How fun to look back over the year and see all the highlights and blessings!