Calumet Photo Shoot

It all started with a bright yellow new sweatshirt and an old building!

We were walking back to the car after exploring Calumet. Daddy had treated all the kids to either a sweatshirt or a t-shirt of their choice. Adrian saw this yellow one and fell in love with it. As soon as he was outside the store, he put it on. While Daddy was still in the store, Adrian, Allan and I walked ahead taking pictures of the town. As we passed this old building, I asked Adrian to stand against it and I got this great picture.

On the road to leave Calumet, a teenage boy accidentally hit the RV we were in.  His car was really messed up, and the RV corner was messed up. Everyone was okay, but the boy was understandably upset. Allan bought him a candy bar (and candy for everyone) and then we still had some extra time while we waited for the police to come.

I decided to take the kids back to the old building and try to get some good pictures of everyone. I would have loved some more time there to take more pictures, but Dad called saying everything was done and we could leave. 

 

 

 

Sweet 16

Today is Allan and my 16th anniversary. It was one of the best ones that we have had yet. The day started with Adrian walking into the room and waking us up by saying, “Happy Anniversary!”

The kids were really into making it extra special. They went shopping for special treats for us. They also made Chicken Quorma, one of our favorite dishes, and salad for dinner. Then they let us take a walk while they cleaned the table, washed most of the dishes and got dessert ready.  For dessert we had a huge heart chocolate chip cookie and cookie dough ice cream. We were give two extra large Tootsie rolls for our gifts (to share of course) and Mark gave us some hard earned money for a coffee shop date.

One of Audrey’s butterflies emerged today and they said it was our “Anniversary Butterfly”. They said that we had to release it. So we enjoyed putting it one the Butterfly Bush while they took pictures, just like I do for them.

I love you Allan. I am so glad that God gave you to me.  You are my wonderful knight, my hero, and my best friend. I look forward to the next sweet 16 🙂

 

Only a Dad


Only a Dad
Edgar A. Guest (1916)

Only a dad but he gives his all,
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen:
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Thank you God for such a wonderful Daddy to my kids!

Favorites

Here is a picture of some of my favorites (and one of Adrian’s).

  • Megan is wearing Adrian’s favorite pair of pj’s for her. Snoopy!
  • The purple shirt is old, but my favorite flannel shirt.
  • Two pair of my favorite blue eyes.
  • One of my favorite smiles.
  • My favorite six month old.
  • My favorite and best friend ever!

Thank you God for giving me such a wonderful boyfriend, husband and Daddy to my kids.

 

 

Going Outside

Ever since Megan was born I have taken her outside. She loves being out, even in the cold!

If we take a walk, she is bundled facing me.  She almost always falls asleep on our walk. Today though, she wanted to watch the kids go sledding, so she was facing out for the first time. As you can tell from this picture Allan took, she really liked it!

Esther Raye

I have a niece who is very special.  When she was little Esther Raye would spent the night sometimes. She sat with us in church and would snuggle with me. Now that she is getting ready to graduate, it is fun to be able just to talk to her.  She is growing up to be a beautiful girl!

This weekend she is helping to earn some money for Riley Hospital. She had to raise some money, and then will work with classmates to make different pots tonight. They will auction those pots to earn more money for Riley.  I forgot how much they wanted to raise, but they are close to it. We went to visit her during “prison break” and the kids were fascinated with watching them work on the pottery wheels.

O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NAS