Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hannah!





She is our sweet little 2 year old. She cracks us up with the way she runs around with her piggy tails bouncing. She loves the colors purple and yellow. Loves to dress up in her shoes, hat, and sunglasses and just walk around the house. She's cuddly and loves to sit on our laps and look at books. Hannah came into our lives and taught us patience with her acid reflux in the first 6 months that kept her crying day and night (and us awake). She now lives life with abandon, running from one activity to the next. Her best bud is Owen and often will follow behind him, doing whatever he is doing. She's picking up more and more words each day and will often respond to you with a "K" or "uh, huh."

We love you, sweet Heena, and we're so glad God put you in our lives! Happy 2nd Birthday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Mom's Flower Bouquet



Owen spent about 20 minutes running around the backyard picking these (I think I saw Hannah helping, too). He came running up to the house, "Mom, I picked all these for you! Put them in water, please!" I figured this was a perfect picture of what a mother's flower bouquet would be. Never have dandelions looked so pretty.

What we've been doing....





Well, life is more full with another little one added to the bunch. Thankfully Maddie is starting to sleep through the night which means a happier and more rested Momma! It's amazing how much better i can function on a full night's sleep. We are loving the spring weather as the kids are getting outside more and enjoying the sandbox and swing set. I am getting back into running and it feels so good! I signed up for a race in October to keep me motivated to continue to run. We are continuing to enjoy our work at Gateway and are enjoying our position as alternates for Jarod and Molly Steffen. A great pick-me-up was that a resident gave their life to Christ this past week while we were on duty. It's moments like those that remind us why we are here and Who we are working for.

Picture explanations: The first 2 I had to take of Maddie with this new headband given to me as a gift. Poor Hannah followed a brother so i didn't do a good job of gussying her up to look like a girl :( but it may be different with Maddie. I thought this headband was so cute i had to take a picture. The one of Hannah is the face she makes when you ask her to make a "kitty face" Yeah, I have no clue where that came from...The last one is posted a few weeks late, but this is the kids in their Easter outfits. We managed to get one of the 3 without any crying (there was crying before and after, but not during!)