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Fall in the air

It’s finally starting to cool off a little here. No fall colors, but at least it’s not in the 90s today. The windows are open and there’s a nice breeze. Judah and I are decorating for a little belated-birthday celebration for Kevin this evening. Listening to Pandora and this song is on. The kids and I had a phase where we were listening to Lennon & Maisy nonstop, their voices are so beautiful together. This is a good Fall song.

Happenings and Rivendell videos

Nice to read a post on the blog, thanks Hannah 🙂 I got on here to see if anyone had written or if Dad had gotten to write a sunday post, so it was nice to see something.

So glad to hear about Isaac’s new job seeming to be a much less stressful and more contained where he can be truly home when he’s done and with you and Elsa. That’s great. I’m sure it will have it’s demands and bumps but hope it continues to be a good fit and balance for you guys. And also nice to hear you’ve been able to do some more improvements to your home like a new linen closet, besides the recent shower install! All these things we take for granted, that are hard to get along without when you don’t have them! It is neat to see a house transform and take shape as you work on it. I remember the condition of our house in Philly, really a dilapidated shell of a house, and how Kevin was able to tackle each task, floor by floor, inside and out, until it was completely and beautifully renovated. Speaking of which, I hope the Poortengas are soon able to be past this septic trouble and on to purchasing and renovating the home! It would be so wonderful to think of them living on that property 2 doors down…

Also nice to hear of your new friendship and upcoming retreat.

We are still looking for a church. This morning we went to the Emslie’s church (the Acts 29 one 😉 and afterwards the Emslies invited us over for lunch. That was nice because even though I see Lisa and their family everyday because school is at their house, we haven’t gotten a chance to visit together as families lately. We offered to pick up pizza, and Kevin wanted to get it from this popular place here in town, Big Lou’s. They make good pizza and HUGE pizzas as well as regular-size ones. The largest they make is 62″! Kevin has been there a few times with his co-workers and had the big pizzas. Anyway, we ordered the biggest size we could for take-out which was 37″! Needless to say, our kids and theirs were all very impressed by the size of the pizza box, which Kevin had to turn sideways to get in the door 🙂 Besides pizza, the rest of the afternoon was very enjoyable visiting and talking with them.
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Kevin’s Latin class starts tomorrow. I’m sure he’d appreciate any thoughts or prayers :). And I have little preschool time for the younger crowd I’ll be “teaching” :). Sienna is super excited to have a class to go to, she always wishes to be old enough to go to school like Judah. But this is just a once-a-week thing on Mondays. As little as it is, I hope I can do a good job with this little story-time/learning hour. I don’t see myself naturally doing this kind of thing, or as my personality – “teaching” kids – as I don’t have a whole lot of patience or creativity.

The Ford Expedition/SUV we bought in Alabama on the way home from PA, is now our car. Kevin put the wagon up for sale on Ebay yesterday. Pray someone buys it. It does make even me nostalgic to think of letting it go, and I really appreciate Kevin’s sacrifice because this is a hit for him, a hard thing to let go. At least our “new” car is not a minivan (he would never do a minivan anyway 🙂

Hope everyone is doing well. I was taking pictures/videos off my phone yesterday because it was backed up with months of stuff, and came across some videos from the family reunion. Here are a few:

Noel turned 1 yesterday. I can’t believe just a year ago she looked like this:

For her birthday dinner she enjoyed her first real 3 course finger-food meal. She seemed to like her dinner more than her cupcake!


Yummy dinner

Yummy dinner














Noel took a few tentative steps some weeks ago, but her main mode of transportation was rapid crawling. However, these past few days she was suddenly inspired and began trying to walk more and more with such progress that we officially have a little toddler on our hands 🙂 She is 11 months old, the youngest of my kids to start walking. Some videos below of her toddling ventures. Also, she’s pretty good on the monkey bars too! 😉

Wow! It’s the month of birthdays!

Happy Birthday Liesl Faye!! 🙂 You are a splendid Aunt and sister! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day at home, maybe? Somehow thinking of you being 20 seems too old and too young, simultaneously.

A happy belated birthday, Jessica! You also are a splendid Aunt and sister 😉


Happy 10 years, Talia!!! What change a decade can bring – from a sweet little pea to the wonderful and responsible oldest sister of five! We hope you had a wonderful day.

….And happy Mother’s day to all you mothers in the family 🙂

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Tobin and Nessa, that was a fun video. Great camera work, and what a beautiful gecko and fun tree frog!

My children when they’re happy and some Judah drawings.  IMG_1838IMG_1851IMG_1977CollageIMG_1948

Wow, just checking the eagle cam in Hanover and saw this. Is it still alive? I will never feel cold again in my life! It’s an amazing thing that God made birds able to live in such wintry conditions, but this is something else.


The following photo is from a few weeks ago.


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