Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Behind the Scenes - UPDATED!!

There is a story behind these photos.

I’ll tell you soon . . .



So . . . if I show you the next few photos . . . will you be able to figure out the story?

David, ever the GREAT sport, allowed me to take some photos this morning as he got his braces put on. He, of course, was joking around with me as I took this last one - he cracks me up!

We also saw a friend and his mom from church at the ortho this morning and had to snap a few shots as well.

So, now you know the story of the first 3 photos, right?

That's it. David was simply enjoying his last pizza crust without having to cut it in tiny bites, and his last huge glass of soda for awhile.

Congratulations, David! The time will zoom by and before you know it, you'll be getting them off and enjoying all your favorites again, unhindered.

Love you!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine’s Day


We normally don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day to any great extreme. It’s something that we do every once in awhile when “things come up”.

This year, since joining a homeschool support group, Jonathan’s and Annie’s class were doing a Valentine’s Party and passing out valentine cards to each other after passing out valentines to the elderly at a nursing home. So, they got to make a LOT of valentines along with decorated bags to collect them in. It took a lot of time and I think we all got in the mood.

Here are the Valentine cards they made for their friends (I got the idea from Family Fun Magazine):

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On Valentine’s Day morning, Earl bought the kids donuts and we opened up our cards.






Then that morning, while they did school and during my breaks, I made some special desserts for later that night.



Earl had planned something fun for the two of us to do (it was a surprise for me!), and so I planned another scavenger hunt for the kids where they had to follow red cut-out hearts with clues on them like, “Your love is like warm air blowing through my hair.” (That one led them to my hair dryer.) They finally found the dessert and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

So, where did Earl take me?


We ended up meeting some friends (surprise for both of us wives!!) at a dinner show called Medieval Times. It was really fun! We ate our whole meal with our hands and watched a medieval show with knights, horses, kings and princesses. We waved our pennants and cheered our knights and . . . .wished our kids could have been there. (True!) It was very fun indeed and so romantic that our men had planned all of it for us.

Like I said, we don’t normally celebrate Valentine’s Day up big, so I had just gotten Earl a card. But he surprised me again when we got home with a beautiful necklace and declared his love for me again as he does so many times EVERY DAY of EVERY year.

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When Valentine’s Day comes around each year, we LOVE to celebrate the love that we have been shown by God through so many blessings and through the many relationships we have. How truly blessed and fortunate we are! Hope you also had a wonderful day celebrating the love you’ve been shown and the love you’ve been privileged to bestow!

“We love because He first loved us!”

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Our 2011 in Review Video

Well, I finally finished the video highlighting 2011 for our family. It was a good year, with some difficult seasons mixed in. How good it was to look back through all the photos and be reminded of all we were able to experience and to walk through together. We saw the faithfulness of our God exalted far above the heavens and His lovingkindness to us extended to the depths of the seas . . .and the waters we sometimes found ourselves in this year felt pretty deep at times.

I'll warn you, it's long (30+ minutes) and will be most likely boring if you are not related to us. But I thought I would post it anyway, 'cause it is the testimony of these seven pilgrims.
(If you spent any time with us, you just might find yourself in a photo or two.)

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