2012 The Year of the Tops and Lots of Sledding

I am a firm believer that it is almost never too cold to go outside. So many days, we would go outside, even if only for 5 minutes so we could all get fresh air. My children played hard and often I had to tell them that time was up before they were ready to come inside.

The kids pulled Megan most of the time, but somehow, she persuaded them that she would pull them. She was so proud of herself for being able to move them a little.

We built the kids a sledding hill off our back porch. Usually, the steps had a lot more snow, but Adrian still went down these happily. Audrey decided to make her own ramp. It was short, but a great hill.

We had two or three tops that we played with for days. All of the kids, except for Megan learned how to get them spinning. We would have contests to see who could get them spinning the longest or the farthest. There were lots of giggles and silliness!

Oma made all the kids pajamas. Megan’s turned out very large, but she loved her oversized jammies and she stayed warm all winter.

2006 and a Story about a Duck

One day, we went to the mall to visit Grandpa at work.  Grandma saw some cute stuffed animals on a very good sale and offered to buy one for each of the kids as an early Christmas gift.  Each of the kids picked out a special one, but Audrey did not want a big stuffed animal.  She wanted the duck.  So she was treated to the duck.

We roamed and we got lunch.  We enjoyed being with my parents.  Then we discovered Audrey lost her duck.  We could not find it anywhere.  Audrey was upset and clearly wanted her duck.  We prayed about it.  That God would let us find my little girl’s special duck that she had fallen in love with.  We looked and looked.  Finally we told Audrey that we thought her duck was really lost.  But we kept praying. 

Grandpa said he would go down and look one more time.  He returned with Audrey’s duck.  The pretzel kiosk in the middle of the mall saw Audrey drop her duck and knew it belonged to the “lady with all the kids”.  They had put the duck in the window so we would be sure to find it. Since we were looking on the floor, we never noticed it sitting in the window and they never saw us going by.

This was the first time that Audrey had a prayer obviously answered.  And she still owns the duck.