Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Some Pictures...

Not a ton, but I owe Lisa as I have still yet to get back with her! Hi Lisa...I love you!!!

Pretty huh?

Abbie and Isaac with their Miss Jamie
Sweet Girls...kind of.

Recently, my Grandma came up from Florida. We all went to The Ayres Tea Room for lunch. I remember going with my mom when I was a little girl. It is a VERY special tradition that true Indianapolis lovers MUST experience. Abbie took Samantha with her. And Samantha was treated quite well!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A long awaited update...

My life. It has been a very Busy. Blessed. Beautiful.

Here is a quick...or not so quick update on our little family. Pictures will follow, but currently, I can not find my memory card. Is that really surprising??? So...here we go....

I have been enjoying a super sweet time with the Lord lately. Devotions, Prayer time, and Worship have been truly been the heartbeat of each day. I am thankful for the times like these. They pull you through the times when you are not as close as you should be. Know what I mean?

Also, I am loving my little coupon business! It has been blossoming with opportunities! If things go as planned, we could possibly be booked solid through the first of the year! Amazing Provision!

The school year has begun, and it is turning into my absolute favorite time of the year. Brian and I chuckled that 6 friends told me this week that they think of me and miss me most in the fall. This season has imprinted itself into my being. I love how God can mold one's personality out of a season. I am treasuring these days. Possibly the last fall I will spend watching my Red tree out front.

Brian is still staying busy seeking and searching for God's next place for us. It is amazing to watch the Lord work in your spouse's life as they grow. It is not always a pleasant thing to stand back and watch. With growth, there is toil and heartache. Brian has had to pull through the toil to see the way to grow. But Praise the Lord that He is faithful in growing His children!

Brian is also excited to have some opprotunities to preach!

Mmmmm....Abbie has been the busiest of all of us. (Well except for Brian and I driving her around!) Abs started the 3rd grade this fall. She also started going to a homeschool co-op, which she loves! As you probably read earlier, Abbie was chosen to be an American Girl model. This is such a huge thing to her.

Little Fun Fact about Abbie: She has only lost one of her two front teeth! It has been a year since her first one fell out.

Abbie Funny: One night, (yes night) there was a rainbow in the sky after church. Abbie was outside with Pastor Trey and they were talking about Noah. Abbie told Pastor Trey: "Pastor Trey, I am so glad that Noah built the Ark...so we can have rainbows." lol

Isaac is still the funniest little kid. He is working on his K4, but really is finished with most of the work. He too started Homeschool Co-op! Isaac's life currently consists of GI Joes, Skateboarding, watching UFC with Brian, and Secret Clubs. He is really working on obeying the first time, and calling back to us, "Coming Mom". He is getting so big.

Little Fun Fact about Isaac: Isaac is 2.5 inches taller than Abbie at age 4. We know this b/c Abs started Kindergarten close to Isaac's age. She was 40lbs and 40 inches. Isaac is 35 lbs and 42.5 inches! lol. My string green bean.

Isaac Funny: One day we took him to Olive Garden. As he was looking around at the ambience, he said, "Someday, when I grow up and get married, I am going to bring Claire here. And I am going to kiss her, but only if she wants me to." One year later, Isaac still believes that he will marry Claire, but not kiss her till they get married.

AND....Adding MAGGIE!
We have adopted an adorable little girl. She is half dalmation half lab. 100% CRAZY! It has been so much fun to watch her grow and learn. She is Brian's little sweet girl, and insists on sleeping near him whenever she can. She even runs with him now. Which is his favorite part of owning a dog.

So...there is our family. For this week. Next week...all could change. Isn't that fun?
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Welcome Sweet One...

My dear friend Niki--- Also known as The Snowman Lady---Also known to my munchkins as the McDonalds Lady-- Has some big news!

She is in the process of adopting a beautiful little girl. Little girl was born today, and everything should signed by October 1st! Here is a link to her blog, if you would like to see some pictures:

Mark and Niki's Family Blog

Please be praying with them for a quick next week and a half. It will be very hard for the birthparents over this week, and hard for Niki and Mark as they have to guard their hearts!

We love you Aunt Niki!!!
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Dangerous Woman....

I came across an article on a book that I am interested in reading... and thought I would share it :) .

Here is an excerpt from the book:

A dangerous woman delves deeply into the truth of who she is, grounds herself daily in the healing and empowering love of God and radically engages with the needs of the world. Dangerous women cross lines of age, race and culture raising money, thinking creatively, taking risks, reinventing their lives, following their God-given dreams.

Dangerous women; world changing women. Thats what I want to be (We can be) women who acknowledge our power to change and grow and be radically alive for God... healers of wounds and righters of wrongs. Weeping with those who weep and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. Cherishing children, embracing the elderly and empowering the poor; praying deeply and teaching wisely. Strong and gentle leaders.

May we shine like stars in a darkened generation. May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and
by the power of Jesus. And in that name, and by that power, may we change the world. Dear God, please
make us dangerous women.'
Nice Girls Don't Change the World by Lynne Hybels

Inspiring Huh?
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Way to Go Abbie!!!

Abbie was chosen to be an American Girl model for a Fashion Show/Tea Party. The event is a fundraiser for the Junior League of Indianapolis.

Abbie has decided to make a quilt for her fundraiser. She is "selling" quilt blocks for her friends and family to sponsor. Her quilt will be donated to the local Children's Wing of the Hospital, for a little girl.
She is so excited about writing her adventures...and picked out quite the BOLD background for the blog. lol.

Here is a link to her website if you interested at all:


She will win an American Girl doll for the most amount donated, or the most creative fundraiser! I think this is pretty creative!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wowsers...MIA lately!

We have been so so busy lately. I owe updates. I am sorry. ;) Lisa, pretty please forgive me. I promise that there will be a lengthy update with pictures...within the next few days.

I have thought a lot about the fact that almost 2 months of our lives have now been left off of the blog. How sad. Must fix that!
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