First day of school

So here we are on the first day of school. If you keep up with facebook you will have noticed we posted early this morning saying Thad woke us up fully dressed and ready to walk out the door. It was pretty much killing him having to wait around. We will see how quickly that changes. Here are a few shots from the morning. I’m sure Sarah will want to add some more thoughts later.


4 weeks tomorrow

Can’t believe that it’s already been 4 weeks since Sophie came into this world. Actually my sleepy eyes are telling me it’s been more like 12.

We have not been very faithful to post lately, partly because we have had sickness run rampant in our house. A week and a half ago both Thad and Gwen came down with pretty bad fevers. It took them each about 3 days to get over that. After that came the summer colds. Both of them got that and now mommy, daddy, and Sophie are suffering through a turn. Not been fun with a 3 week old.

Sarah took some good shots of the kids today, so I thought I would carve out a few moments to get those posted.

You can click on the photos to make them larger.

T-ball All star

Here is Thad warming up for his T-Ball game. He is a real sports man!

Fall re-cap

Well, between evening sickness and just the normal busyness of life, it’s been pretty much forever since we updated the site so here’s a fall recap.  

Gwennie is 2 and a half tomorrow (11/24) and actively potty training.  She’s 35 inches tall and 32 pounds and wears a size 8 shoe!  She loves to talk (absolutely non-stop!) and wrestle with her “Bubba” but is especially talented at being a little mommy to her countless baby dolls.  She’s convinced that she’s having a baby too and can’t wait for her little sister (she agrees with me that it’s just got to be a girl) to be here.  She’s already looking forward to holding the baby on her shoulder and rocking it in her rocker and singing to it.  That’s what she told me Thursday.  Too sweet!  Too fun!

Thad is 4 and a half and so close to reading!  He’s 42.5 inches tall and 42 pounds and wears a size 12 shoe!  He’s already in a size 6 clothing! He is such a big boy now and proves it on a daily basis.  He can write his name in all caps or lower case and knows all his letters and can count to 50.  He can see his face in our bathroom mirror he’s so tall and can help himself to many snacks without any spills at all.  He’s still “all boy” and his favorite thing to do is wrestle with Daddy.  He also loves to pretend like he’s different animals all day long.  Sometimes I feel like I live at the zoo!  He’s like a sponge when it comes to animals wanting to know their proper names (it’s not just a monkey it’s a spider monkey or howler monkey – that one was especially great, thanks a lot Uncle Jeff! – or a bonobo, etc.) and what sound they make and what they eat and how they move and sleep and drink and the list goes on and on.  I’ve learned more about mammals, reptiles, fish, etc than I ever thought possible!  He’s also doing great at Awana Cubbies and is in the Jumper track this year.  He’s excited about starting preschool in the spring.  His school is called the “Panther Preschool” because the school meets at the high school and they are the panthers.  Thad seriously thought he was going to learn how to be a panther and was just stoked for days.  I finally had to burst his bubble but he’s still excited about learning.  🙂

Sarah is 15.5 weeks along today and feeling awesome again!  I’m so thankful that I never threw up once (haven’t yet with all 3 pregnancies, fingers crossed) and life is great.  I still teach the toddler class at a church nearby on Wednesday mornings and Nick and I are teaching our kid’s church class for the next few weeks.  The really big news is that come January 1st I will officially be a stay-at-home mommy and I could not be more excited about it!  I can’t wait to be able to focus on my job as a mommy and devote myself to them entirely.  YEA!!!!!  

Nick is doing very well and looking forward to the holidays.  His colonoscopy went well Friday and we’re glad that’s over for another 3 years.  The doctor didn’t see any cancer but could only get about a third of the way through when he had to stop because a stricture that was caused by Nick’s Crohn’s prevented him from going further.  We’ll have to wait to see if further tests are needed in order to view the remaining two thirds of colon.  Hopefully not!  Nick is preaching on 12/14 and leading two small groups in church (a Financial Peace University class Sun nights and a Nooma class during Sunday school) and produces our weekly church bulletin and has just rejoined the Elder board so needless to say, he’s pretty involved in church!  That’s just the way he likes it!

Here are some recent fall photos of the kids playing in the leaves in our front yard one day after church, their Christmas portraits, and also our Christmas photo that we took this past week.  We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!  We are truly blessed and have so much for which to be thankful!!!!!

God bless you, 





WOW! 7 weeks along today and we are SUPER excited…

Sarah’s input – I’m feeling worse than I did with Thad but better than I did with Gwennie.  Mornings are great but evenings are pretty crummy.  We REALLY wanted this baby though so we’re excited and very ready.  We’re due on May 9, 2009 which will be our 11th wedding anniversary!  HA!  We aren’t going to find out what we’re having (unless it’s twins but it’s too early to tell and very unlikely) and we’re keeping the names a secret too.  The boy’s name is all picked but we’re open to suggestions for girl names.  Praise the Lord for the gift of life!

What’s been up with us lately

Sorry we haven’t written and posts lately!  It’s been surprisingly (pleasantly) busy these past couple of weeks!  On August 9th, Thad and Gwennie were the flower girl and flower girl escort in our friend Jennifer’s wedding.  They did AWESOME!  I’ll have Nick post pictures very soon.  They smiled (giant, ear to ear, all teeth smiles!) for the pictures and loved their fancy outfits and walked down the isle smiling the whole way straight to their spots and waited patiently for the bride to be given away and then joined me on the front pew.  It was a very long wedding so we three snuck out during a song so the kids wouldn’t disrupt anything.  After the wedding was a gorgeous reception and Thad nursed a bottle of root beer but it looked kinda funny so people were taking his picture all night long.  Of course he’s NOT camera-shy so he lived it up!  Gwennie flirted with all the guys and we danced the night away!  All it all – it was a HUGE success and a total BLAST!  

The next week (last week I guess – everything’s kind of a blur) was ultra crazy!  On Tuesday I left for a work retreat and spent that night over by Beaver lake.  It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that in 5 years!  I’ve always been either pregnant or nursing – for 5 years!  Anyway, it was a great time but when I got home Wednesday afternoon I only had a couple of hours with the kids before I had to go over to Rogers (about an hour away) for graduate new student orientation and didn’t get home until late.  It was a LOT of work stuff for me in two days but lots of nice (paid!) hours.  Then on Thursday night I babysat for our candidate-at-the-time pastor.  It was a very enjoyable time but missed the kid’s bedtime for the 3rd night in a row.  On Friday the pastor’s kids came to play at our house and Thad and Gwennie made hopefully lifelong friends.  It was fun to see them make new friends that they may have forever.  I took lots of pictures for them to look back at.  Saturday was busy with more church activities with the pastoral candidate and their family.  Sunday was potluck and then we just came home and sat.  Ahh, some quality Olympics-watching time.  That night we got the word that the pastor had been invited and accepted and we are SO excited!  It’s been a long 18 months of searching and lots of search committee meetings for Nick.  Praise the Lord for such a happy ending!  

Now we’re gearing up for another crazy few weeks.  JBU is hopping, new undergrads arrive tomorrow, registration is Saturday!  DaySpring is busier than ever for Nick and on Monday he leaves for Kansas City for a 4 day trip.  Since he works at Quizno’s on weekends and will be on the business trip next week it will be 10 days in a row that he won’t be home to tuck the kids in.  I’m starting to feel like a single parent.  😦  I’m convinced that if we didn’t have the medical expenses that we have, then we wouldn’t still have all this student loan debt.  If only we could win the lottery without having to put the money in to play it!  Okay, pity party over.

Thad started “school” this week here at home.  I’m home-preschooling this fall and he’ll go to a preschool through the high school in the spring.  Gwennie has enjoyed the “school” too. September starts super crazy time for us.  I’ll be back working Wednesday mornings at CCF.  Every other Friday is my mommy Bible study.  Awana will be Sunday nights.  Thad might do soccer on Saturday mornings but that’s still up in the air.  It’s busy but we are very blessed to all be healthy and happy!  Praise the Lord for family, friends, and fun!

In a funk

So all day today I’ve just been in a FUNK!  It’s the first cloudy/rainy day in weeks (maybe months) and you’d think I’d be excited to not have to water the plants for once and have a break from the oppressive heat but that’s not the case.  My mood has been just funky.  And it took a MAJOR turn for the worse when one of my grad students complained about me.  I avoid confrontation at all costs but this was unavoidable.  In one fell swoop I felt thoroughly inadequate, picked-on, belittled, angry, heart-racing, shaky, accused, etc.  I go years without any complaints, rather thankfulness galore, and then three grad complaints (not all about me) in two weeks.  It was just more than I could handle and it broke this camel’s back.  My funky mood just got funkier!  Despite that mood life goes on and it was time for our usual Thursday morning Wal-Mart run.  I tried to stay as pleasant as possible for the kids and not take any of my frustration out on them.  It’s funny how when you’re in a funk it seems like all you get, everywhere you go, are evil eyes.  I let the kids walk instead of forcing them to ride in the cart and being the sweet little urchins they are, they hopped and pranced around the cart as I walked.  Nobody but me smiled.  In fact I had several people make rude comments about them being out of control and me having my hands full.  UGH!  I thought they were precious – everyone else thought they were awful.  I DON’T CARE!  But it does make me wonder if I can handle any more kids.  I’d love to have up to 4 kids and comments like that sure don’t give me any confidence.  All that to say – well, leaving Wal-Mart my funkier mood just got funkiest!  

And then it happened.  As we drove home from the store I played on my ipod/radio the instrumental version of Hush Little Baby which I’ve changed the words to and made it Gwennie’s song.  She relaxed so much she almost fell asleep.  Then I played the instrumental version of Rock a Bye Baby and sang Thad’s song (no I won’t sing for you, just the kids).  HE STARTED CRYING!!!!  I’ve sung this song to him at least once a day for 4 and a half years!  Today he heard it with the background music and just lost it!  I had to crack up and ask him what was wrong.  He said that it was just such a special song and he loved it when I sang it to him.  My heart melted!  Funk gone.