Sunday, March 11, 2018

January 2018

January brought snow, fun and birthday celebrations.  In fact I find myself with time to blog because of one such celebration.

Our family decided last Christmas that we would rather take trips together than give and receive lots of presents so this year's trip was a surprise trip to go snow tubing and snow skiing.



With the exception of Nick, this was all of our first time skiing.


Getting suited up in all of the gear was half the battle.



Everyone headed to ski school.



Even me!


We all caught on......some better than others (I'm in the others group).






Then it was time to celebrate Caleb's 14th birthday back at the cabin......which brings me to the story about the time I told Caleb he was never to  big for me to pick him up......and so I picked up my big 100+ pound  first baby boy and gave myself a hernia in the process.  Thus I am now laying in bed recovering and have the blessing of time to update this blog.



Next up on the birthday train, Rahel turned sweet 16!

Our kids are growing up so fast. How did I get a house full of teenagers???


My birthday is always a double celebration as it also marks the day we first met the girls in Ethiopia.  This year made 8 years together as a family.



5 winter birthdays down, 1 to go. Next up, Eli turns 6.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Out with the Old, In with the New December 2017

Christmas weekend began with fun trip downtown with the fam.

Aunt Oleva with the crew.

Street Performers (a drummer, not us, clearly) 

Festival of Trees

And ice cream to top it all off

Followed by another fun family party.

Games and White Elephant Gift Exchange 



Christmas Eve and the Second Annual Reindeer Games (not quite a fun as the first annual games, so this may be a tradition that dies out.......let's just say we have a few competitors in the family....ahem, Nick). 
 

 








Despite the Red Team's amazing effort, 

Green team wins again!


We anticipated a visit from Mr. Clause


He delivered.








Another fun family celebration.


And then the birthday fun began (it's always a party this time of year).

Happy 10th birthday to our sweet Colton.



The fun continued with our 16th Wedding 

Lovely flowers from my husband.


And then the friend invasion for New Years began.

We set out on an epic hike.








and found an awesome tree swing







And then brought in the new year as we had for so many years before as kids.



Great food, games, dancing....


and a toast to the new year.


With new years come new resolutions. 

This year as I looked back at my prayer journal, my prayer remains the same.....
to be joy-filled and find my strength and hope in the Lord.

Life will bring us ups and downs, but the Lord is steadfast and faithful.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13