Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Christmas time is always a are a few reasons why...

Family!...Nana is loving being with her Brynnie
awesome food
of course...presents!! Rob surprised me with a Yamaha keyboard!!!
decor...I love free tree cuttings!
my recent flea market find
a real tree

my sweet baby girl

our first time picking a tree together
and cousins...lovin' life together

These times are so sweet, and I thank the Lord for making them possible and that I can enjoy all these things the most because I realize they are from His hand. His goodness amazes me all the time. I hope you have enjoyed the season and are looking forward to 2010!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Puzzle Time
Aran...playing her violin
The gingerbread house tradition
Crazy Nelson
Ready to Eat
You know what this is :)

Philly Dilly...all worn out
Brynnie hangin' with Nelson

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Faces I Love

Ready for a run with mom and dad
Making a funny new little noise
Talking...a lot
Hanging out in a bumbo (thanks Jess for letting me use it!)
Chewing on her fingers (or anything she can get in her mouth)

Brynne is 5 months old this coming weekend! I can't believe it. I'm thankful for so many things at Thanksgiving. This year I get to add my sweet daughter to that list.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Poem and Five Years

Recently, Rob and I decided to go through our “notes and cards to each other since we got together” boxes. It was so fun to read the things we were saying to each other a little over 5 years ago when we first decided we “liked” each other and to see how our relationship has grown and changed since then. Thanksgiving will mark the five-year anniversary since we got I thought I would post a poem Rob put in a card to me our first Valentine’s Day together. I loved reading it again...

You Are Poetry

You come outside

To view the faint sunset

Light bewildered by trees

Shines through quietly

You glide your soft auburn hair

Perched behind your ear

And in this moment I feel at home

Beneath the interior

You are my humble abode,

Your company is soothing

Calming and reassuring

Inside, the wind chimes ring

You saunter and my heart sings

Bit by bit I begin to recognize

The enchanting glow in your subtle eyes

Hidden in all abstract paintings

It’s you, what all artists see

You are poetry.

These years have been beyond wonderful, and I wanted to end by saying to Rob - I love you and you mean the world to me. I loved this quote from This Momentary Marriage by John Piper (which I highly recommend): “Very soon the shadow will give way to Reality. The partial will pass into the Perfect. The foretaste will lead to the Banquet. The troubled path will end in Paradise. A hundred candle-lit evenings will come to their consummation in the marriage supper of the Lamb. And this momentary marriage will be swallowed up by Life. Christ will be all and in all. And the purpose of marriage will be complete.” He makes the point in the book that marriage is the picture of Christ and the church and the way He keeps His covenant with His bride the church, is the way we should keep our covenant in our marriage here on earth. So the “shadow” is our marriage now and we will experience life fully when we reach heaven. I love that picture. Thank you for sharing this role with me, Rob!

Friday, October 30, 2009

So Far in Oregon...

The sweetest boy ever...

A great lunch at Bread and Ocean on the Coast...

Graeme and Brynne meet...true love forever...

Enjoyin' life...

Fun times with my Brynnie...

Great food and chillin' times with my friend...

Beautiful fall sights...

I love it!

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Wonderful visit with Brynne's "Tata"

Rob's mom is a missionary in Uganda, East Africa and so we were overjoyed that she was able to come back for a visit and meet Brynnie. We call her "Tata" because that's the name for grandma in Africa. We had such a sweet time together. Above are pictures of her with her two sisters. We were able to meet up in Williamsburg at Pierce's Pitt Barbeque (which is awesome, btw).

We were able to take a trip out to the Oceanfront with Rob's mom before we left. They had their sand-sculpture contest, which I think is so incredible. We also ate at Waterman's - our favorite beach restaurant!

"Tata" lovin' on Brynne.

We are so thankful for a great visit and for such a wonderful mom that is willing to serve Christ where she has been called!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Are You Serious?

Okay - I hope I don't step on anybody's toes with this one - but check out this Halloween Candy I found at Walmart. It says "gummy candy foot with crunchy candy bones". Does this appeal to anyone? Especially with the blood spots, and I don't even want to know what that white part is. I think I'll just stick with good old chocolate or candy corn!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Brynne's first toy (and a Cade update)

We are so thankful - yesterday was Cade's best day in weeks. It turned out that she does have whooping cough, but is making some progress at recovery. We appreciate your prayers. Jennie has basically been quarantined in the hospital room with her - so it takes a lot of patience, but she has a great attitude!

The prize goes to Aunt Gayle for getting Brynne her first toy (that she took interest in) - we call it Spike - can you imagine why? She loves to suck or chew on its little antennae :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pray for Baby Cade

It has been so fun to have a baby at the same time as my sister. We have been having a blast together. The last month Cade has been sick, and we have been trying to figure out what is wrong. She has had an awful cough and has these fits of coughing where she chokes. It is so heart-breaking. Well - today we finally found out that she may have whooping cough. We are waiting for final results - but I would love your prayers. It is so hard to see your sweet baby sick. Thank you!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

One of our Favorite Places

We recently took our first road trip since Brynne was born. Granted, it was only three hours, but hey - that's a big deal to first-time parents :) We took off for Charlottesville to visit Rob's Aunt Gayle and Aunt Lynn. They live on the side of a mountain with the most gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge. Here are a few pics of our stay...

Brynnie hanging with Aunt Gayle
Our visit to the Green Valley Book Fair - Brynne wanted to check her height
Lynn's incredible sunflower!
Aunt Sharon came for a visit and taught us kumihimo weaving - so we made bracelets

Brynne soon learned how to kick back and relax

And last but not least - she received her first pair of crocs :)

Thanks for a great weekend!