Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Moving through March

You can't buy Thomas jammies for boys only!
(In truth, Keira is still dealing with the fact that she can't do "stand potty.")

We have so many wonderful people in our life who love on our family! Miss Barb brings books to Sunday morning choir practice and spoils our kids as if they were her own.

A large part of our month was given to the Sunrise Christian Academy high school musical. The many hours of practice and late night rehearsals were all worth it, as Rob had a blast playing his cornet in the orchestra for all seven performances at the Crown Uptown theater in downtown Wichita! 

We have had so much rain this past week. One night, I was sitting in the living room watching the rain with my two littlest boys, when all of sudden, Keira appeared in the window with an umbrella.

"I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me."
(Psalm 13:6)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Facing February

There was lots of activity and excitement in our home this past month! For starters, my oldest baby turned 11! How is that even possible? We celebrated with a few friends at a painting class, where they each created a Star Wars BB8 masterpiece. (I don't even know who that is, but I seem to be the only one on the planet who doesn't.) We are so very thankful that God chose to bless our home with Griffen!

Awana Bible Quizzing was another highlight.

The triplets enjoyed helping their friend, Bailey, celebrate her 3rd birthday!

Rob and I were able to get away for a whole week to attend the Biblical Counseling Conference in Lafayette, IN. What a joy to personally thank the man who first introduced us to embryo adoption four years ago at this very same conference! Dr. Wickert is both an OB/GYN and a certified biblical counselor. 

Oh, and the kids must have had a great time with grandma and grandpa while we were away, because the very first thing they said upon our return was, "I yike gamma. I yike gampa." 

In truth, our life doesn't even need any of these extra's to make things exciting. Every day is an adventure! 
Every. Single. Day.

Tip #1 - Purple sharpie does NOT come out of dining chairs no matter how hard you try!

Tip #2 - Cocoa Krispies are the most difficult of all cereals to clean up!

 Tip #3 - I would not recommend having conversations in this position!

No words!

"A joyful heart is good medicine."
(Proverbs 17:22)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January's Journey

With all the Christmas decorations packed neatly away, we eagerly welcome 2017!
While we do not know what lies ahead, we pray that this New Year will draw us closer to our Savior and bring more glory to His name!

"You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes."  
(James 4:14)

Love, love, love these little boys!

Leave it to Keira to find an escape route from the church nursery.

Just hangin' out.

Words cannot express how much Keira just adores her older brother. At bed time, I tuck the triplets all in and give them hugs and kisses. On more than one occasion, Keira has pushed me aside and announced, "No. I kiss Giffen." 

Rob and I enjoyed a rare date night while free babysitters (I mean, grandparents) were in town for a short visit. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, followed by a painting class. Not sure what we're supposed to do with two of the same painting, but it sure was fun!

(I honestly had no idea just how long I could realistically keep creating these monthly videos, but I just love watching them so much and I know how special they will be to our family in the future. So, here's another month for the archives.)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Describing December

There were so many delights that dazzled us this December!
     Our family was involved in SIX different Christmas programs this year, along with two Saturday rehearsals. (While this consumed much of our month, pictures were only taken at programs where mom and dad were simply spectators and not actively involved.)

Griffen played with the 5th grade band at the SCA instrumental concert.

SCA 5th graders performed for the annual car giveaway at Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita. Extra exciting was the fact that a SCA teacher actually won the drawing!!!

Rhys' 3rd grade class performed for two different nursing home Christmas parties.

The triplets were not so dazzled by Santa, though he was certainly the topic of MUCH conversation. While Keira eventually warmed up to the jolly old man, Taerik could often be heard declaring, "I punch Santa. I no like Santa."

Our family enjoyed a quiet Christmas Eve together, complete with Monkey Bread for breakfast, presents, and an exciting drive throughout Wichita to look at lights.

The triplets were pretty excited about the new bikes they got! And once they can actually learn to work the pedals, it will be so much more exciting than simply rolling down our driveway.

Christmas Day was spent in Sunday morning worship, followed by fellowship with this sweet family, who not only recently joined our church, but are also our neighbors.

And then there was my annual attempt at Christmas pics of my kiddos. Though not the Pinterest model I had hoped for, I feel like we have at least made some progress. And since, they are entering the New Year fully potty trained, I am willing to give them some grace.




A few final highlights included dad taking Griffen, Rhys, and a friend to see the new Star Wars movie (whatever it's called), making Star Wars snowflakes, and online Rubix cube tutorials.

And with that another year is in the books. We are praising God for His goodness and looking forward to His leading in 2017.