Wednesday, December 31, 2014


The new change in our family is quite bittersweet.....

This is Carly
the precious daughter
of my friends Carl and Cathy

This sweet girl has endured much loss in her life at such a young age
she was 11 years old when her dear mom passed away after a short battle with uterine cancer
she is now 16 and lost her sweet dad due to a massive heart attack earlier this month

There are really no words for her losses....

This past week Carly moved in with us
that is the sweet of bittersweet.....

We are extremely thankful to have her with our family
her brothers are on their own now
so the decision was made by her oldest brother and Carly...
that our home is the best place for her
I'm thinking some days she may not agree due to the crazy;)
but we will try to make this as smooth a transition as possible for her
she will be able to stay in her high school, play lacrosse
have friends over etc etc etc

we have a big ole network of friends 
 (I shared about them here)
who will all be jumping in to help
along with her grandparents, aunt and uncle

we've got lacrosse games
 winter fest court (working on that dress now:)
senior year
graduation, college
and many more things to celebrate with her

She is surrounded by many who love her
many who are struggling with her losses as well
life does not make sense during such times....
but we know God is watching over her
He tells us
"There is an appointed time for everything,
and there is a time for every event under the sun"
Ecclesiastes 31:1
"a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance"
Ecclesiastes 31:4

I have faith that God will bless her with many days of laughter and dancing
in the future despite the many losses she has experienced...
She is busy with friends who love her
and has such a sweet spirit
I am so thankful to have her in our family!! 

Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014!!

Ok so we have had a bunch going with our family lately.....of course. Therefore I've been a slacker getting our Christmas festivities posted! We will have some big ole changes this year but I'll get to that later......

Christmas Eve held the usual chaos for us......lots of loud crazy and fun:)

the Wells joined us as usual
Courtney made the kids fun Christmas drinks!

a glimpse of the crew

this is the best I could get of this crew
the rest are hilarious!


they were told they could act silly so they could get it out of their system

they didn't lol

can you tell that Jacob just did something to his brother
he has that "who me?" look haha

after dinner
the smart ones that stayed at the table!

these two make me laugh out loud!!!
I think Jacob was ready to go to bed
and Tyler....the circus???

this was the best they could do lol

twins home to bed
the rest of us playing scribblish
with a box of cupcakes in the middle!

goofy mom/son!

lastly we opened pj's

John David read The Night Before Christmas

Janie was a beautician during the story

Julianne read the true Christmas story of our Christ's birth

the next morning they waited

and waited....
waiting is so hard:)

LOVE Madeline's excitment!

Anna and Elsa for Janie

a new hoodie for JD

Madeline got her long awaited ipad!

next up was a big ole breakfast
I got my creative on (thanks to Courtney)

and lastly opening gifts from each other....

the aftermath...
We had such a great Christmas
lots of family, games and eating!
This is the first year in a bit that I have relaxed and enjoyed it all
instead of being rushed and anxious!!
I shopped early and did not try to make everything perfect!
Amen is all I can say!
It was not perfect...
it was fabulous and enjoyed:)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Some Before Christmas Festivities.....

Before I post our Christmas
I'd better cover the before first!

Goldbug just chillin!

Chris always humors Janie and will play!

                                                             Gotta make Christmas cookies

John David and Julianne made cookies with us too...
where are pictures of them????
Geez I stink keeping up these days!!

                                           Chris's Uncle decorates his house and has a radio station that plays music
                                          synchronized with the lights.....super cool....the kids have loved this for years!

Hank and John David are so interested.....

the girls" first selfie:)

before church on Christmas Eve:)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Wait.....

is so hard!:)