Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Go West Young....Family."

Well, we had the exciting privilege of visiting with some very special family this year at Christmas. This trip is always a pleasant one. However, this year, the occasion was particularly noteworthy. Alvin, Gwen, and Sage were able to come in from Colorado and join the festivities. This would mean that Jordyn would meet her Aunt Sage "Pi", "Papa" Alvin, and Gwen for the first time. She would also get to see her Auntie Kerry, Barbara, and "H" again. You can imagine our excitement in the prospect of getting these two little girls together, Jordyn and Sage. The results were not disappointing. Here are some of those moments.

Bon Appetit!
Puzzle Mania!
Can't start em' too young.
1 down, 3 to go.
So many gifts, so little time.
Merry Christmas, Jordyn!
A quick break to enjoy the lute.
Gotta love the blocks.
Sage tries to teach Jordyn.
Instant pals.
There is no celebration without books.

In the end, the trip was thoroughly filled with safety, love, and family. The mercies that we receive on a daily basis are beyond our ability to fully perceive. However, the special mercies that we receive in the form of family, though perceived well, are simply too wonderful to be fully understood or appreciated. We have much to be thankful for, and we have felt its weight this Christmas.

Soli Deo Gloria


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Top Left: Keven, Eric, Aaron. Middle Left: Ron, Crystal, Jordyn, Alvin, Wes, Holly, Charley. Lower Left: Chris, Joy, Cindy. Bottom: Mamaw.
Photographer: Angela.

...and a Happy New Year from all of us!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Well, winter finally decided to act like winter, in a big way. State-wide power outages, inches of snow and ice, impossible traveling conditions, and four days of isolation will make for some wonderful family time. The Lord is so very kind to His children. Not only did He sustain us, but also gave us deep, lasting joy and allowed us to selflessly serve others. How good He truly is! Here are some of those moments.

Pre-Storm Jordyn.

A slightly more bundled, post-storm Jordyn.
Fun with Dada!
You laughing at my hat??

Caught ya!

Since becoming a parent, it has not ceased to amaze me how much more clearly I understand the gospel than before. Without children you can only theorize the love of a parent for their child. However, afterwards, the gospel is preached in your own living room more effectually than the words of any preacher.
"God thank you for the blessing that is parenthood, for I see its effect in drawing me unto Yourself."

Saturday, December 7, 2013

And It Was All Yellow...

Our new theme is Yellow! With everything from hair bows to magnetic letters, there is tons of yellow fun in this Tot Shelf. On the plus side, she loves the corn kernels and the yellow spheres from a geometric shape set. However, she thinks everything is Blue and she found out the hard way that the shelf has some sharp edges. Altogether, we look forward to playing with our "Yellow toys".

Tot Shelf

Instant Favorites!
Happy Face!
Working on her sticker book.

Who doesn't love a good sticker book?
Where is it?
There it is!
Jordyn in action!
Early reader, haha.

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