Saturday, November 29, 2008

What We're Thankful For...

1. Aunt Laur-Laur to be crazy and have fun with!



2. Sweet babies that are so kissable and lovable!



3. A wonderful daddy to break the wishbone with on Thanksgiving!



4. The greatest husband in the world!

5. An Uncle Brad whose just as much a kid as you are :-) and his sweet wife, Aunt Nova!



6. A brother to be your friend for life, and that one day you might actually look kind of like!


7. The sweetest 4 year old in the whole world!

8. And of course, silly putty.

9. We'll add grandparents to that list, who are always BEHIND the camera.
10. And my poor family, who without my mother-in-law there, I fail to get pictures of.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family this year! Now it's time for this guy...

HO HO HO

or AAAARGH
However you prefer bearded guys at Christmas time!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Updated: Happy Thanksgiving!!!

From our little Pilgrims

or Indian and PilgrimWe are so blessed and therefore have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Elijah's memory verse from school this month sticks out in my mind right now:
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever."

and
Judah is 7 months old today!!!

Want to teach your children to be thankful for their shoes during this time of Thanksgiving? Click on the button below and buy 2 children in need a pair of shoes for $5! I think tonight I'll be sitting Elijah down and explaining to him how blessed he is to have one or two or three pairs of shoes when some children have none!

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Double Trouble

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And the big one...look out world, here he comes!
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I can't believe he's doing this at SIX MONTHS OLD!!! I'm used to my little laid back Elijah who crawled at around 9 months and was 14 1/2 months before he walked. Judah may be walking by 9 months old - yikes!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

How You Know It's Starting to Get Cold...


I just LOVE little winter hats!!!

Just for fun, here's Elijah at about the same age with his winter hat on:


Monday, November 10, 2008

More Cute Pictures





Feeding the ducks with friends:


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

Jason here. This blog is about to get slightly political, so if you’re here today for a healthy dose of pictures of the cutest kids in the world and fun stories and anecdotes you may want to skip this post and read the new one immediately following. That being said…

I am a Christian and I voted for Barack Obama. I know, I know…I’m asking for it. I recently saw on another blog where a good friend of ours made an even lesser confession than this. She made the audacious assertion that perhaps we as Christians should have concerns beyond the issue of abortion. Maybe we should also be concerned about which candidate will better care for the poor and marginalized. Maybe being pro life extends beyond the unborn child to those suffering from extreme poverty and those dying as a result of war. This person made very clear that they were an undecided voter at this point and they were merely asking questions, yet from that point on she was vilified by the other people leaving comments. Her character and intelligence were called in to question as people espoused the most radical viewpoints about Obama and the infamous “liberals” (accurate or not). All while invoking the name of God.

Now before folks get all hot & bothered let me be clear about a couple of things. I am pro life. I am fundamentally opposed to the practice of abortion. I appreciate the Republican view on the issue and I was glad to see the Democratic party add to their platform their desire to reduce the number of abortions taking place in America. I do however, like our friend, favor an expanded definition of pro-life. I believe a person has to seriously question the death penalty, particularly with the number of convictions of death row inmates that have been overturned based upon DNA evidence. I believe that no one should lose their life due to lack of food or proper health care. My heart breaks for the unborn child and those losing their lives in an unjust war. That goes for our troops, the Iraqi Christians that are being killed and persecuted due to our presence and all the Iraqi people regardless of religious beliefs. (**Note: A person can support the troops and honor their sacrifice without approving of a war that was entered into under false pretenses**). I also believe God has called us to care for the poor and oppressed, to seek justice and be good stewards of His creation. I also believe that there is an EXTREME issue when being a Christ follower automatically means you must vote for a particular party, regardless of which party that is.

I know that there are people who disagree with me on some of these issues. There are people who disagree with me that are intelligent and have a high degree of character and integrity. If someone claims they are a follower of Christ who am I to question this because we have differing political opinions? This extends to the candidates as well. I’ve heard it suggested that Barack Obama would lead this country while being led by something other than the Holy Spirit. Contrary to what your e-mails may say, Barack Obama is a Christian. While I’m sure that president-elect Obama and myself have some different viewpoints when it comes to religion, my understanding is if you are a Christ follower you have the gift of the Holy Spirit. If Obama claims to be a Christ follower then he is my brother and I will not judge his relationship with God.

Also, we all need to realize that neither Obama nor McCain (who I have a great deal of respect for) were ever going to solve all of our problems. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that no president has ever lived up to everything they’ve promised in their campaign. You can have hope in candidates but we need to take a step back & realize that God is in control regardless of who is in the white house or what political party is in power.

I could go on for a while but let me sum it up like this. “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” If people listen to our comments in regards to politics will they see love or will they see hatred & judgment? This goes for both sides of the political spectrum. Maybe it’s time we turned off Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher, Sean Hannity & Michael Moore and their ilk and talk to each other rather than yell at each other. If you want to have a respectful discussion over the issues by all means do so, but let’s do so with GRACE & PEACE.

This blog will now resume it’s regularly scheduled programming.

Mmmm Mmmm Good



Judah's been eating solid foods for over almost 2 weeks now. We started with cereal, then bananas, and just yesterday carrots. He is loving it...and sleeping better too. The little guy was only 15 lbs at his 6 month check-up (in the 10th percentile), so hopefully this will help him gain a little weight too. So far, he hasn't had any jar food - I'm trying to make my baby food this time. It's going really well, so if you need some pointers on trying it yourself, just let me know!






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And these are just precious pictures that my mother-in-law took. Aren't they adorable of his sweet little face???






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Looks like we carved a winner! What a historic election yesterday! I feel privileged to have been a part of it. For a great post on perspective in light of the new president, please click here.



I have more pictures to post, but this post is already long enough, so more later...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Vader & The Frog


Darth Vader was surprisingly protective of the little Frog, and since it was the Frog's 1st Halloween, we of course got plenty of pictures! In no particular order, here is our Halloween experience this year...









This is pretty sweet, right? Jason was very proud of it. If you'll remember from last year, he carved Arnold Schwarzenegger. If only we'd had enough pumpkins to carve McCain, Palin and Biden...now THAT would've been REALLY cool!


Lots more pictures to come soon of many other events!