Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Always Love and Sometimes Like



I love this picture because it reminds me that our oldest two do actually get along once in a while and they do actually like each other a little bit. They can fight with one another like arch-enemies one minute and then be best buddies the next. I'm hoping that this is somewhat normal for brothers who are 2 1/2 years apart. I'm also hoping that we have more "like" than "not like" this summer....for everyones sake!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

10 months and not a chance...



Drew was 10 months old yesterday. I ask you, does the child have a chance at a "normal" existence? The pink thing on his head used to be a "hairy" ball that Hanna had gotten as a gift. Lukas Jay decided to take the air plug out of the ball and use it for a wig or hat instead of a ball. I swear that no toy in our house gets used for its intended purpose, but that's an entirely other blog topic. I'm not sure who decided that Drew should wear the "hat" but once he had it on I couldn't miss the photo op. He thought it was hilarious! I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture but it was quite tight on his head, to the point that his eyes were being contorted in strange ways. He still thought it was great. He loved the reaction he got from the rest of the family and he was flailing his arms and screeching with delight. I hope he'll look back fondly upon these years....I know I will!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Eleven Years?

How can that be? Eleven years have passed since Chris and I stood up before a very warm audience of family and friends to declare our love and commitment to one another. It doesn't seem possible!

God has been so good to us over all of those years. He's given us health, happiness, home, family, friends and so much more. He's blessed our feeble efforts to follow Him. He's mercifully worked situations for our good when our own efforts could've ended us up in hot water. He also has allowed us to be uncomfortable in our situation in order that He could mold our character. He's blessed us with people and places and things that we didn't even know we could've needed or wanted. He's gently and sometimes less gently grown us in our faith, in our love for one another and in our love for others. He's taught us things we didn't know we needed to learn. Most of all He's taught us so much about Himself and how He wants us to live and love in this life.

To God be the glory!!!!

Today we celebrate 11 years of marriage and God's faithfulness through each one of them!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Art by Derek

Some selected pieces from 2nd grade:





Saturday, June 6, 2009

Belated Birthday Blogging

A very happy birthday shout out to Miss Emily!! I had so much fun celebrating your 30th with you!! Can we do it again next year when you turn 30 again?



Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Celebration of 40 Years of Marriage

This past Sunday we celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss for Mom and Dad VK. The weather was just perfect and lots of relatives came to join us in congratulating them. God has been so good!
Here are some pictures from the day: