Friday, September 1, 2017

August Actions

Highlights of our many August Actions -

Griffen and Rhys had so much fun at our church sponsored JUNIOR CAMP! 
Here they are with their cabinmates.

CBC Choir Fellowship
We had a fabulous time at the choir kick-off party we hosted in our backyard. There was food, music, activities, a devotional, and much sweet fellowship. This will hopefully become an annual tradition!

Griffen got BRACES!

Drake got a BLACK EYE!
The bedroom dresser came crashing down on Drake and Keira one Saturday afternoon.
I'm continually amazed at how God protects my children! Drake was totally better by the next day.

School Started at Sunrise Christian Academy
Griffen - 6th grade
Rhys - 4th grade
Dad & Mom - teaching High School Choir

Rhys' teacher, Mrs. Perkins

Rob and I are very excited to begin the new venture of co-teaching high school choir at SCA this year. Here is the music building where we meet each morning from 8:05 - 8:52 AM.

Rhys' 9th Birthday!
Rhys invited three friends to a Wingnuts baseball game and fireworks show, a sleepover complete with movie and popcorn, Monkey Bread for breakfast, and Saturday morning fun at the park. 

Total Solar Eclipse
Our family took a day trip to Geneva, Nebraska to watch the total solar eclipse with some friends. Pictures and video's can't really do justice to the awe inspiring majesty of Creator God.

Grandpa & Grandma Bjokne came for a weekend visit.

 Rob's 35th Birthday!
He was well remembered by family and friends. The triplets especially enjoyed going to Dollar Tree to pick out gifts for dad. You can only imagine how thrilled he was to receive a Princess balloon, a Nemo balloon, and a Mickey Mouse balloon.

Awana Cubbies Started

My babies continue to amuse!

Video Recap of August

I have been reading through the book of Daniel in my personal Bible study recently and have come to love the following verses (6:3-4). Daniels testimony of excellence and faithfulness have also become my prayer!

"Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him."

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Livin'

Fourth of July -
Festivities included our annual breakfast at the Hartzell's House, the Derby parade, and fireworks in the evening.

We took a short trip to Minnesota to celebrate Rob's grandparents 
70th Wedding Anniversary.
We are SO thankful for the godly heritage they have established for our family and their
 genuine testimonies of Christian love and faithfulness!

(When did we become a family that needed two hotel rooms???)

Our family presented the honored guests with.....fidget spinners.
(Just trying to keep them in touch and relevant with the current culture.)

Gorgeous weather recently in Kansas has provided many opportunities for outside fun.

We have now graduated to the master bathroom for our nightly cleaning ritual.
Getting. So. Big.
(Taerik = 37 lbs., Drake = 34 lbs., Keira = 39 lbs.)

💕 Mother & Daughter twinning for church one Sunday. 💕

Video Recap of July! 😊

"Discipline your son and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart."
(Proverbs 29:17)

Friday, June 30, 2017

June's Jaunt

June's jaunt was an eventful one! There was KidzKamp, Grandma & Grandpa Camp, Vacation Bible School, a "Color Wars" birthday party, a paintball & swimming birthday party, and a variety of shows at the public library. Daily piano practice, math review worksheets, and much reading also filled our days. And Griffen even started his first job, taking on the weekly lawn mowing services for our neighbor. Is summer break over yet???

And even with nothing extra on the calendar, life is always full of excitement! We eagerly await Drake's white balloon making its descent from the church ceiling.

Two older brothers thought this was a good idea.
"Property of Calvary Baptist Church Music Department"

But the highlight of our month was a week-long Grandma & Grandpa Camp in Ankeny, Iowa, with my parents, plus my sister's four kids. Grandpa Bjokne had activities planned from about 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day. The time he spent investing in the lives of his grandchildren was over-the-top fun and deeply appreciated.

We returned home with happy hearts and much laundry! MUCH LAUNDRY. In fact, I counted. Here were the totals from my Tuesday, June 20 haul ---

76 shirts
18 undershirts
48 pants/shorts
13 pajama's
50 underwear
41 pairs of socks
18 towels
+24 miscellaneous items
(blankets, sheets, swimsuits, etc.)

And I iron approximately 80% of all our laundry!!! Yes, I know, it's a personal problem. 

Here are a few final video clips of life behind the laundry basket.

"Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that He has done."
(1Chron. 16:11-12)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May's Moments

Mother's Day
(Plus a sneak peak into the behind the scenes antics. It takes a village to get a group picture.)

Awana Awards Ceremony

The first of surely many summer trips to the zoo.

A New Wagon
(Courtesy of Grandma & Grandpa Bjokne)

One eventful Sunday morning
(Courtesy of Griffen Anthony Fuller)

Sad good-bye's to our SCA carpool buddies
(Yup, Monday-Friday at 7:20 AM, this group of seven energetic boys is how we started each day. 
They will be greatly missed next year!)

An artist emerges
Please humor me for a moment. I have four boys who have shown precious little interest in arts and crafts. One unnamed son scribbled every single Sunday School paper totally black for a whole year!  Yet, the other day, my little GIRL sat at the table, held her crayon correctly, and colored me this picture. There's shape to this page! An attempt at coloring in the lines! A child who actually uses the crayons, rather than just breaking them all into hundreds of tiny pieces!!! 

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord."  (Psalm 127:1,3)