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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Novembers News

While every month is busy, November was in hyper-drive. We added to our daily routine of church, school, and family several extra special events.  

Rhys was baptized on Sunday, November 6.
While Rhys professed salvation almost three years ago, we had some doubts about his true understanding and faith. Our prayers remained fervent that God would begin to develop genuine fruit in his life. In the more recent months, Rhys began asking when he could be baptized and begin taking communion. Despite our many questions, he remained firm that he WAS trusting in Jesus Christ to save him and that he really wanted to take this next step of obedience. Dad got the special privilege of baptizing his second son. We continue to pray that God would sanctify and use Rhys in a mighty way!

Annual Family Tour with Forever Be Sure
There was much packing and preparation as we memorized a 70 minute concert, including music and testimonies. Griffen and Rhys also had to work ahead in their studies, since they were missing a week of school. Then, on Monday, November 14, we hit the road for 12 days, covering more than 2800 miles. We dropped the triplets off with family in Ohio in order to have a more focused ministry. What an immense blessing to travel with my side of the family, including my parents, my sister and her husband, plus her their two oldest children. Our band of ten ministered in six different churches throughout Indiana and Illinois!!!  There truly is JOY in serving Jesus!

Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY
After the tour was over, we spent a day at the newly opened Ark Encounter. There was lots of walking as we toured the built-to-scale Noah's Ark. 

Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY
After all our family headed home, we stayed an extra day to also take Griffen and Rhys to the Creation Museum. Awesome reminders of God's beautiful creation and that despite its immensity, He cares for us each individually! Also special was our focused time alone with our two oldest children. Man was that EASY!!!

Thanksgiving in Marysville, OH
After all the pressures of daily travel were past, we spent two relaxing days with Rob's family in Ohio. While the men spent an entire day at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH, the ladies just sat around. It was a glorious change of pace! All this was followed by a day of feasting, football, and fellowship.

Potty Training Begins
As if we didn't have enough excitement already, potty training began a short three days after returning home to Kansas. There must be a lot of people praying, because the triplets are doing AMAZING!!! We just transitioned straightway to underwear and decided not to look back (minus bedtime). With less than a week under our belt so far, they are all consistently going on the toilet with very few accidents. Of course, they are going about 60 times a day and all toilet paper is sitting in heaps on the floor, but they are going. Praise the Lord for this major milestone!

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