The day I got married, one of my closest friends looked me in the eye and said "God has many wild and wonderful things ahead for you and Jeremy."

Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.

Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Glance at 2010--Pictures!

Jeremy finishing the marathon-go baby go!

Emily has a Camp Out B-day party
complete with s'mores

First warm days of Spring
Happy Hour at Sonic--yes!

Emily goes to camp for the first time
She loved it!
(I missed her and prayed alot!)

 I have a Garage Sale about once a year.
This year we had it in early June and it was our first fundraiser for the Rwanda Mission Trip 
We raised over $1600 for the mission trip!

Decided to combine our home and office
(hopefully it's the last move for a LONG while)

Love the view from my bedroom


One of the neighbors

Wesley had a Star Wars B-day party

Jeremy's parents parked their camper in the backyard and hung with us 4 weeks this summer ~
Thank the Lord for grandparents!

Savannah had a Tea Party B-day when she turned 3!
(with swimming, of course!)

 Helping Daddy drive the truck at the lake

  Wes loves his cousin!

Indian Princess

Visits with Savannah's birthfamily
Just met this birthsister for the first time
Very happy!

School Days

(emily was sick on picture day so no school pic)

Down time

FUN RUN for Greater Things


Thanksgiving in Rwanda
(click here to read more about that trip)

Welcome December!
love the mild temps!
December is when we get pretty trees!
 Fun times with our Cousin!

Wes plays King Herod in the school play

Christmas at the ranch
 Lots of laughs
Hot tub on Christmas Day!

Our family so far....

Much to be thankful for in 2010!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things I take for granted

After going to Rwanda, I have a new appreciation for....

eating and drinking without worrying about getting sick

my washer and dryer

Sunday school curriculum

the PERSON in charge of Sunday school curriculum who also gets all the supplies together needed for the

a STOCKED "resource" room for all the activities we do with kids at church

the PERSON who checks and stocks the resource room

good walking shoes

clean water

electricity (that doesn't go out intermittently)

skype (free calls to Savannah while we were gone was a HUGE blessing!)

hot showers

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Coming Home 11.28.10 Glitter

We enjoyed the paradise temps of 60-80 degrees in Rwanda, and kinda forgot it was getting close to Christmas.  So when we landed in Brussels where it was 28 degrees and Christmas decorations were in the airport, we were a little


We had a 5 hour layover in Brussels.

Larry and Jeanne have friends in Brussels and they got up super early to meet us for breakfast downtown.  We were at the city center around 6 am!

It was still dark so we got to see the Christmas lights.
This is GLITTER!

 Roger, Elza, Larry & Jeanne

We enjoyed an absolutely YUMMY breakfast including hot chocolate, Belgian waffles, breads and jams.  We were in a quaint little restaurant sitting next to a warm fire.

And then 30 hours from the time we left Kigali, we finally see Savannah!
We all missed her terribly, but Wesley missed her the most.  He talked about her a lot the last 2-3 days of the trip.  He was the first to run to her and they hugged for about 30 seconds.
No kidding!
We all had to wait in line to get our hugs.
10 days is a L-O-N-G time to be away from my baby girl!
This is life's best glitter!

Welcome Home.