These are in random order, however, it's good to catch up a little!
Mark took me to Stillwater for a night at the Rivertown Inn. Highly suggest it to anyone looking for a
This is what happens when your house is being prepared to "show". We are moving! The next step toward the Philippines.
Ian and Dad looking all adorable. He wants to be just like dad. Not a bad desire at all.
First time for Emmaline to be out in the snow. She isn't really walking yet, though she is very close. She just stood...
This is from several months ago, she want even close to walking, yet I found her on the table. She LOVES to climb. Plus, a photo of some of her first pig tails. :)
Original House of Pancakes during Christmas break with the Grandparents!
The girls and their dolls! What a Christmas.
It was so fun to have both Jack and Corine and Elizabeth come for Christmas. This time our water heater didn't break!
Best Buds. Best Cousins! as Ian says, he's not my friend, he's my cousin.
Emmaline so happy now that she can finally see.
Two weeks after she got her glasses, we were able to schedule for her to get tubes.
prepping for surgery.
THEY CHANGED HER LIFE!!!! (the tubes)
Always tries to do what Ian does. Maybe she will start early...
Some family time at the Mall of America.
This is where we will be moving! God provided a wonderful house for us to rent. Each step along the way, God's provision and sovereign hand have been such a comfort. I'm so thankful that He is directing our future and has our immediate needs taken care of. I've been rebuked time and time again by how he takes care of things in a way that is so much better than I could have imagined.
May we celebrate Christ! His person, His coming, and His life are all such gifts that need much contemplation daily. This time of year enables us to focus more deeply on Christ's actual coming to Earth. The dirty birth and lack of "necessities"are things that I never think about, except for Christmas time. May this scene truly capture our attention again!
August was a hot month, but enjoyable. Mark purchased and started putting up a wooden picket fence to finish enclosing our back yard. A completely fenced in back yard will be such a treat with a household of (soon to be six) children. Yes, we are still living in the basement apartment of our siblings house. We love how the Lord has worked this out. After Mark and Jason's parents visit in July, we have buckled down on house projects in preparation for baby Emmaline's birth.
Mark is still teaching the college sunday school class at Fourth Baptist and we had a wonderful weekend together with them at Camp Clear-Waters. Most of the college students went back to various out of state colleges, but we still have a great group that faithfully attends. We hope to band together encouraging one another in the truth of God's Word. Our mission statement is something we pray will be exemplified in each life. "Our desire is to intentionally pursue the fullness of Christ through a deeper understanding of and maturity in the truths of the gospel, through unity and accountability with fellow believers, and through a demonstration of the love of Christ." August 26, was mark and Jason's birthday. Also, it is time for the Minnesota State Fair.
Ian is an absolute blast to watch. At 15 months, his mechanical mind is just spinning. He will work at and study something for the longest time. He loves keys and tries to open everything with them. He has been pretty quiet up to this point enjoying watching his cousins.
Thankful! Joyful giggles, stolen pacifiers, increased dexterity, and almost sleeping throughout the night are things for which to be thankful. We are blessed! Also, we are anxiously awaiting our next step toward the mission field. The VIP of our future plans to visit the Philippians will be joining us here in MN for an update and to answer many questions. We couldn't be more happy to hear him explain important details to us about the trip he has just made there and the building progress that is well underway.
Ian's first time playing with play dough.
Emmaline sporting one of Grandma "B's" beautiful headbands
Emma's new arrangement
He LOVES working with his hands on little projects. At 211/2 months his favorite toys are his tools from Aunt Beth and Uncle Jason. He fixes everything around the house. :)