Marlin had the honors of pulling a tobaggon with the tractor over the snowy roads and lanes, up and down road ditches, and wherever else he felt like going. The goal was to see how many riders he could displace! His partner in crime was Hudson. He loved riding on the buddy seat in the tractor when he wasn't on the tobaggon.
(written by Chelsy)
I know that a highlight for my mother has been holding Rebecca, while my father has been playing some challenging checker games with the children.
- We are thankful that we have our dear baby Rebecca, even though we lost her baby pictures.
- We are so grateful for many wonderful friends although we no longer have your e-mail addresses! (If you would send us an e-mail, that would help us to rebuild our address book.)
- We are thankful (most of the time!!) for our computer and its abilities in helping us to organize, communicate with friends, research through the internet, and store photographs.
- We rejoice for the opportunity to learn the devasting affects of procrastination and being too busy (we know we should have downloaded the photos a long time ago).
- We give thanks for the talents God has given Chelsy in the area of photography although we mourn the loss of over 1,000 photographs.
- And most of all, we are thankful for God's faithfulness and for the lessons He is teaching us through this trial. We are learning not to get too attached to the things of this world.
May all of you find joy today in what God has given to you. When you start to count your blessings, you will find that you are indeed blessed.
Here, Carson is diligently working and Mitchell is, well......diligently being funny??!! :)
Wow, my little brother is already 12!!! How in the world did he grow up so fast? It seems like just yesterday that he spent his days playing with duplos, looking at books, and being goofy. :) Now, he is Dad's right hand man (along with Mitchell), deer hunter, one of our best eaters (we currently have several vying for first place :)), and as you can tell by the photo, he still enjoys making us laugh. Actually, I believe it was one of his sisters that put that hat on backwards....:) but he just laughed and was a good sport! His curiosity and interest in everything and anything gets him into some unusual scrapes, and we siblings have had many a chuckle over some of his escapades!
His love for God and for his family have made him a delight and a joy to our family. We are so thankful for this "beaver brother" (ask him about that sometime!) that God has given to us and for all he does to add fun and laughter to our days!!
May God continue to raise you up to be a man of His Word who is willing to go wherever He calls!!
WE LOVE YOU MUCHLY!!! :)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.....My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck." Proverbs 1:7a;8;9
(written by Chelsy)
Joshua has a special touch with Rebecca. Today she fell asleep within minutes of being in his arms.
Just before lunch we stopped to stretch our legs at a park. Hudson thoroughly enjoyed the pushes from Elizabeth on the swing.
Our friend, Nicole Chmelar, went along to take care of Rebecca while we sang. She was also a help in so many other ways and in addition gave us the gift of laughter!
This little guy is 2 today!!! I wonder how we ever did without him. What in the world did we have to laugh at??:) Just before I came to post this, Mom was putting him to bed & I jokingly said to him "Goodnight, Plumpy." He grinned as I gave him a kiss and replied "I not pumpy!!! I a feetie pie!!!" (sweetie pie, for those of you who need interpretation:)) That is his newest comeback to all the nicknames we have for him. His chosen and favorite one is "Feetie Pie!" :) His smile and enthusiasm are very contagious and his giggle is one of a kind! He is a great helper and loves to wash "egglins" (eggs) with Allison "feed titties" (kitties) with Denver, "pay pano" (piano), "pet it" (touch Rebecca), and his latest hobby is listening to lots of "mooskic" (music) :)
His vocabulary grows every day as he is with older siblings who like to try out their new spelling words on everyone. As he is an extreme copycat, all those big words the "big kids" say are often heard not long after by the little repeater. Hudson's favorite activity is anything farm-related. He loves playing farm and riding with Daddy in the combine, tractor, and skid loader. His brothers are always willing and eager to take him along with them while they chore and he really loves when he can do that!
Truly God has blessed us with this loving and dear little man who is so full of life and love!
Happy Birthday, Hudson!! We love you!
(written by Chelsy)