Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Family Life

Paul at sixteen years old is a growing, eating machine.  He is always appreciative of everything we make and for that I am appreciative.
Alex, Nolan, and Dennis are into cards.  Card games, Pokemon cards, and magic tricks keep them busy nowadays.
This picture was taken back around Christmas time. Love it!
It was a real pleasure having our oldest son Adam around for the holidays.  He took every opportunity to experience our Texas life.
With so many "older" kids around, it is fun to play games like Mexican Train and Balderdash.

 It's fun to play little kid games too!

When temperatures dropped here into the teens we had our first fire.
Lazing around
Homemade chicken pot pies are so yummy!  Julia has mastered the art of pie crust making.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Our Christmas Gift from the Kids

For Christmas, the kids presented us with this video.   It made me cry.  It was the perfect gift. We are blessed.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Annalyn's Engaged!

I am so happy for my daughter Annalyn!  The love of her life asked her to marry him and she said YES!  We are so excited for their engagement!  We are going to gain another son in law!

Congratulations John and Annalyn!  You two are perfect for each other!
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient , love is kind.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Happy Belated New Year!  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


John took the kids back to Martin Creek Lake.  John rented a canoe
 for two hours for everyone to use.

As if that wasn't fun enough, the girls had to push each other in, and Oliver had to push Nolan in.  The water is heated by a nearby power plant so it wasn't even very cold.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Polar Plunge

Rebecka and Julia have been incredibly helpful with the meal planning.
Our kitchen is always bustling with activity.  Meal preparations seem to go on all day.
Making stuffing and green beans for an early dinner.
Auntie Lena was very nice to straighten Sveta's hair.
Lexi and Remi like to be included in the family festivities.
French toast and fruit salad for breakfast.

One evening Julia and Sveta thought they would take a dip in our very cold pool.
Crazy girls!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Adam and Nattles

Adam makes it very obvious how much he adores his little sister Natalie.  Hands down, she is his favorite person.  I think the feeling is mutual.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Roller Skating

Friday night we all went roller skating.
It was a night of family fun-- a great way to spend our anniversary evening!

Nolan has become quite the roller skater!
John talked me into putting on a pair of skates.

Rebecka is out visiting us for 11 days!  We are enjoying our visit with her so much!