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Be JOYFUL always, PRAY without ceasing, give THANKS in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Welcome SPRING!

YAY Spring is officially here, and OH how we have missed warm weather! We had such a cold couple of months that about a month ago it was 46 degrees and we had the windows down in the car because it felt so great! Over the past 2 weeks we have really enjoyed some beautiful weather and have taken full advantage of it after being cooped up all winter! Madeline and Rivers have LOVED it. We have been to the zoo, out for numerous walks, to parks, everything enjoyable about the temp being above 50 degrees again! We literally have to force Maddie to come back inside. Right now we are in Mississippi, missing Mike, but having a good time with Marmie, Papa, Erica and Alan. Here are some pics of our recent adventures!

Zoo time!

Cuddlin with Papa

Lunch out with Marmie... first Japanese food (unsure about the chef)

Swingin for the first time Unsure...... Lovin it!

Couldn't get her off of the slide!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sweet Nights

Sorry I haven't been posting a lot lately. My camera has been out of batteries, and we have been adjusting to a new life of another family coming to live with us... (yes, you read that right, but that's another post for another time for those of you who are wondering what I am talking about). Anyway, I really hope to be posting more regularly!

One of my favorite times of the day is when we put the kids to bed, and no its really not because they are going to sleep. They are sharing a room now so when Michael is home we put both kids down to bed together. Our routine usually goes something like this. He reads the kids a book while I get Madeline some milk and Rivers a bottle. Then we read a story out of the Big Picture Storybook Bible (aka... the "B-I-" as Madeline calls it from the little childrens' song that spells out BIBLE). We have found that using this book has helped us start teaching Madeline some basic truths about the Bible. Even at such a young age she loves reading it and loves to point out new things she is learning like "the temple." We then pray and rock the kids as we sing a hymn. One of Maddie's favorites has become "Jesus Loves Me". I caught it on film tonight and thought y'all might enjoy hearing her sweet voice sing it (ignore mine in the background). It brings joy to our hearts hearing our little girl learning and singing such a sweet truth!

Here are some of my favorite pictures that I haven't posted yet since my batteries ran out!

Snoozing after a hard day of play!

Baby boy... 8 month old... where has time gone?

Bathtime together... double fun!

Maddie's "cheese" face