Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Luke's Point of View, 2

I like it because my neck is up

I look like a shark

I like that one because my tongue is out.

I like that one because my teeth are clasped together.


I like that I look silly.
I like the way the sun looks on my face.

I took this because I like Mom's smile
I took it because I like him and he's so special.
I just like GG because she gives hugs.
I took this picture because there were so many cars.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Luke: Its sunny outside, is winter over?

Ahh, yes. His first winter in the South-70 degrees today! We'll miss the snow of Illinois, but not it's duration.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Grandparents, siblings, children, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, turkeys, football, presents, movies, fishing, concrete, dogs, toys, rain, cold, cooking, playing, Phase 10...yep! Holidays.
Dad, Amanda and myself fishing
Aaron and the boys all playing football
Watching Olivia put her hands in the concrete
Dad and Amanda getting everything ready for Mark's turkey
Thankgiving grown-up table
Kid Table-praying, so cute
Boy cousins
Grandma with her grandkids
Girl cousins
Post-Thanksgiving football
opening presents
Movie Night-Grandpa and Grandma with all the kiddos
Hope you enjoyed the pictures from our visit to Texas!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Photography session

Thanks to Emmi at Bee's Knees Photography

Boys laughing

cute family






couple pic!

so great


makes me smile

another couple pic!

my men

another! couple pic

my kiddos


P.S.-we live in this lovely place.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Luke's Point of View

Luke received a digital camera for Christmas from his Grandpa and Grandma, he has loved taking pictures for a while now and is so very excited to have his very own way to capture what he sees.
Hopefully, regularly, I will be able to feature some of his photos here, he will also share something about each photo (why he took it or why he likes it, etc). 

Enjoy Luke's point of view:
I really like it because it has trees in the front yard. 

I really like new cars.

I told Dad to hold still so I could take a picture of him.  I took a picture of him because he is so special to me.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A page from my journal

Am I ready to date?
How do I know?
I've been asked this question more than a few times and here is one version of my answer:

My worldview translates that questions into: Are you ready for a relationship with someone that you hope will lead to marriage?
My question to you is: Are you at a place in your life where you need to be investing in a human relationship?

Love is hard.  Love is a choice.

Are you prepared to love?  Love that suffers, patiently enduring under provocation (1 Cor. 13:4), not seeking your own benefit (1 Cor. 13:5), to forgive any wrong (1 Cor. 13:5);  are you prepared to love in such a way that covers all things, in a way that endures all things (1 Cor. 13:7)?

Did you think about your love needing to "endure"? Not the "romantic" endurance of time, but the endurance of life: pressure, pain, persecution or ill-treatment (which is what that word actually means). Or do you focus on the enjoyment you hope it will bring to you?

I say look to your spiritual maturity before you look to marriage! For He is love, and you cannot know love if you do not know Him.

Look to your life-do you see God's love being displayed through you?

Are you ready for a relationship with someone that you hope will lead to marriage?

You can only answer that after honest evaluation of your personal walk with the Lord and how you see that actively being displayed in your life specifically as an outpouring of God's love toward others.

So, my question to you is: Are you at a place in your life where you need to be investing in a human relationship?

Note: As with most life, you can prepare only so far without being within your role.  But I believe we are called to preparedness; also, I do not encourage deepening your walk with Christ for the sole purpose that He will then provide you with spouse. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Football with Aunt Em

Before Emily left this summer she had a football game with her nieces and nephews:
Em with the kiddos
Joel has the ball!
Pile on
Loving this
Are we done yet?
Hannah sacrifices so Madison can score
Hannah with the ball
Joel tackling
Cutie football Joel
the sisters have turned on each other
Luke getting in on the fun
the boys running the ball
Luke with the ball
 So much fun! We miss you Aunt Em!