Monday, August 31, 2009


Tomorrow is the BIG day.
We officially start our move tomorrow. Ryan will be out of town (isn't that nice?) so I will be heading up the first part of the move that mainly includes cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning of the new townhouse. My parents are coming for the later part of the week to help out and Ryan has an extended weekend coming up, so we should be good.
BUT I'm not doing so good with all of this. I've been having a hard time sleeping and my head hurts all the time. Like right now. I'm going to miss our house and the uncertainty of what we're doing is starting to get to me. I was trimming our bushes yesterday and I actually started crying thinking that it's the last time I'll be doing that in this house. I'm just an emotional mess and I feel very anxious about EVERYTHING.
BUT I also have that "still small voice" in my head that's been trying to comfort me. I know that God is in this and I know that he's been trying to encourage me and remind me who is on the throne. I was getting ready to post these pictures and as I was looking at them God started to quietly speak... He reminded me that I need to be like McKenna...sitting there NOT worrying about the waves that could come and wipe her away at any moment. Her daddy is there with her and she TRUSTS him to take care of her, just like I SHOULD BE trusting my Heavenly Father.
After all...he will scoop me up at just the right moment...

And he will hold me until the waves of life subside.

And I will NOT be overcome if I put my TRUST in Him!

Psalm 107:29
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

Psalms 143:8
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

She's worth it...

She is worth every sleepless night, every kitchen cabinet emptied, every chicken nugget on the floor, every diaper change, every doctor co-pay, every mess, every cry....she is so WORTH it! WE love her to pieces. Our lives have so much JOY because of her. Her daddy adores her. Her mommy's favorite thing on earth is snuggling her and her brother just said, "I love my baby girl so much." And he begs her to get in bed with him in the mornings so he can snuggle her too.
She is sweetness.
She is delight!
She's our "Kenna Girl."

Did I mention...

that we went to the beach last weekend and it was fabulous? We were originally planning on going on vacation this week, but as soon as we found out that our house sold we canceled the whole thing. We don't have the time or money for a vacation like that right now. I was super sad about it. Going to the beach is a huge part of summer for me. It's a tradition and I was so disappointed. So my sweet husband gave in and we went to the beach for one night. We only had enough hotel points for one night and the place we were staying was $499 a night so we were not about to pay for a second night. It was crazy to drive all that way for just one night, but it was worth every second of it to me. I can't wait to share more. Once again I amaze myself with just how many pictures I'm capable of taking in a 24 hour period.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Today is Olivia's 3rd birthday.

Hebrews 11:1
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. "

Psalm 30:5
"Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. "

Missing you so much Olivia!

2 Corinthians 4:18
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Zac, Julie, Jack, Brooklyn, Rod, Sue, Tom and Connie...we're all praying for you today. May you feel abundant grace and peace like only Jesus can give.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Once again Hershey Park did not disappoint (I promise this is the last post about Hershey Park...this is all just for my blog book :)

Who knew that they have an amazing water park there? Thankfully I checked out their website ahead of time so we were prepared and honestly we could have skipped the rides and just hung out there all day!

Christian LOVED it!

This is a huge wave pool and Christian loved that too (and so did Ryan)! I've never been much of an amusement park person, but this experience just might have changed my mind.
On the way home Christian said, "This was my best day in the whole world." And that pretty much sums it up!

Prayer Request

Would you please pray for this sweet little guy tomorrow morning (Thursday)? Click on his picture to check out his blog. Please leave his family a word of encouragement and let them know if you're praying. I'm praying that tomorrow will be that day that Jesus gives him LIFE and that the doctors have incredible wisdom as the wade through completely uncharted waters.

Wordless Wednesday - Rides

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Okay, back to our trip to Hershey Park last Friday!
I could NOT stop laughing at the sight of Ryan on this kiddie train! It was absolutely hysterical to see him riding in that tiny train car.

He knew I was laughing at him the whole time and I'm sure other people were wondering why the "big guy" was riding on there by himself.

Christian was actually on there too. He was just up in the engine pretending to be a conductor.

See there he is! Ryan is such a good sport about this stuff!


So I was just working on a post and I couldn't get any of my pictures to load. Now Blogger is telling me that I've exceeded my picture storage quota. What? I thought I could post unlimited numbers of pictures, but I guess not. Now they want me to pay for more storage to be able to post more. Does that even sound right? I'm not quite ready to do that yet. Has anyone else had this problem???? Help!

The Update:
For those of you who blog and care about this kind of stuff: It looks like I'm going to have to pay $20.00 a year to continue to keep this blog going. I could be cheap about it and just start a new blog under a new email address, but that would be silly. Right now Picaso Web Albums supports Blogger and gives you 1 GB of free storage. After you use that up you have to start paying. It's $20 a year for 10 GB, so I figure at the rate I'm going it will take me about 20 years to use that up. I think I should be okay and really $20.00 a year isn't that much considering the peace of mind I get from know that if my computer crashes all my pictures are not lost.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Little Roller Coaster Warrior

Notice my "death grip" on Christian? That's because we were on a real roller coaster! Like one for big people. We went to Hershey Park yesterday and it didn't take long for Christian to get tired of the "slow, baby rides." He kept asking to get on the big roller coasters, the ones that go upside down. So Ryan searched until he found one that Christian was tall enough to get on with an adult. It's didn't go upside down, but it was considered a "moderate thrill ride." It was thrilling enough for me. You totally felt like you were going to fall right out because it went completely on it's side. He LOVED it! On our third time riding it Christian started crying in the middle of it and I panicked thinking that he was about to get sick, but NO, he was just crying because it was almost over and we told him he couldn't go again.
If you want to feel dizzy and truly have some time to kill you can watch this random video that someone recorded while riding the same roller coaster. Click here to see it. I'm just adding it so Christian can watch it later, because he'll love seeing it!

Don't you just love Summer?

We've had the best time watching Ryan play softball this summer.
McKenna usually eats snacks in her stroller and Christian rides his bike around until Daddy's up to bat and then he starts paying attention.

I love watching the sunlight fade and the stadium lights pop on.

It's all so American!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

{WE'rE oUTta HeRE}

  • A decent offer {check}
  • Buyers with two cute kids {check}
  • A little boy who will love Christian's room {check}
  • Home inspection {check}
  • Termite inspection {check}
  • Appraisal that came back fine {check}!!!!!
  • Lots of boxes {check}
  • Tape gun/markers/labels {check}
  • A few tears {check}
  • A mommy motivated to pack {half a check...sort of...if there is such a thing}
  • An actual way to put a check mark next to these bullets {no dice}

My Girl

It's blurry, but it's cute! Sometimes you have to take what you can get...she moves fast!
McKenna had her 18 month check up today (just a little late). She got three shots (including the flu) and she was not happy about it! She is in the 45% for weight which is a new one for me. Christian was always in the 90% percentile for everything. Sometimes he was off the chart, but girls are so different! McKenna weighs 23.8 pounds. And here are my most favorite things that McKenna is doing right now:
1. McKenna always folds her hands when we pray. Even if she has to stop eating or put down her cup, she still does just so she can fold her hands and then she claps when we're done praying. If we forget to pray she reminds us by folding her hands and fussing until we notice.
2. McKenna is a musical girl. She sings almost every minute of the day. I love it! She can hear a song once and then be babbling it a few hours later. Her latest one is the ABC song. I love hearing a little song coming from her as I move through the day. What a good reminder to me to keep Joy in my heart.
3. McKenna loves butterfly kisses (although Christian refers to them as "eye kisses"). McKenna pulls my face against hers just so she can get an "eye kiss."
4. McKenna is naughty! Oh yes she is! Under that sweet face and snugly little body is a little girl who's mind is set on destruction and adventure. And when she gets caught she usually tries to run away whenever you tell her to come. Or if she has something that you want her to give you, she runs away and hides it! And she's learning to pitch a pretty good fit, "Christian style."

I love her little shadow and her footprints!