Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cali Trip

We just got back from a week long trip to Cali. This certainly is the time of year to visit! It was in the 80's, the sun was shining and it was beautiful! We had many highlights on this trip with seeing family, friends, and going fun places. It was good to remember that all good gifts come down from our heavenly Father who loves to give His children good things. In the midst of enjoying these good things, we were also walking through the loss of our Aunt Dottie. She passed away at 103 years old day before we left. The Lord gives and takes away- blessed be the name of the Lord. We trust in His timing in taking Aunt Dottie and are thankful that she is no longer in pain here on earth. This was such good opportunity to remind ourselves and teach the kids that life is full of joys and sorrows, but our contentment must stay rooted in Him. We can feel sadness and joy, and in that we trust God's goodness, sovereignty, and love for us. 
I'm thankful to be on this journey of learning knowing that my home is really in heaven.
 These sweet friends were so excited to see each other! 
Abby and Maddie have been dear friends since they were about 3 years old.
 Hey- we have the same teeth missing!
 Mimi and Savannah and Grace :)
 These girls were so fun to take out to the American Girl Store for lunch!
 Still silly (and poor Grace)!
 Crystal is a dear friend- so like minded and encourages me in my thinking. 
We had a fun girls date at the Grove.
 And the little ones on the trolley.
 Another day we went to Griffith Park to ride the horses. Geneva loves the "neighs".

All aboard- Mimi rode the train with us!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

We had a rare sighting this week...a blue heron by the creek in the snow!
 Not such a rare sighting- my girls at the creek!
 I love her personality!

Sweet ballerinas!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lots of fun with friends...

These snow days sure are full of fun! We've had a great time with friends lately.
The Boadys and Standridges came over Monday for sledding, games, and dinner. 
They helped us unload the trampoline- it was sagging down from all the snow!
These 3 have been sleeping well at night!
Geneva has no fear!
 The Goods and Edwards came over today for fun on the hill.

 Savannah caught a free ride up!
 How many can fit in one saucer?!

  This is Olaf, and he likes warm hugs :)
 Last night we went to the Pinkleys for Grill and Chill- it was a great time of fellowship. 
Dale grilled in the snow!
 Love this table of cute kids.
We're thankful for this crew- all people who attend IBC and live near each other. We get together once month for dinner.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


 Jesse shoveled us out this morning and we headed over to the Pinkstons for brunch. 
We had a great time of fellowship!
 Savannah was super thrilled to bring Cubbie Bear.
 Geneva loves the snow!
 The roads were pretty clear, but the snow banks were pretty high.
 Here we are :)
Later in the afternoon we sledded with the Pinkleys and Charles. We had a blast!





Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Snow Keeps Coming...

 It was a little challenging for Geneva to walk in the snow- in some places it was higher than her!
 Cold baby.
 The girls had a blast playing outside!
 Jesse stuck the Walk for Life posters in front of our house in the snow drifts!
(Yesterday was Walk for Life in D.C.)
 Snowball fights, snowmen, eating snow, and snow forts!

 Our street has been plowed thankfully, but my car is behind the huge bank of snow!
 It tastes so good!
Fun times!
Now for hot chocolate with marshmallows and popcorn!
Our little inches ruler says about 20 inches!
Can you see Jesse blowing the neighbors driveway? He was excited to borrow the gas blower.
This afternoon we played games and the kids watched a movie.
A serious game of Backgammon. 
Here's what the back porch looks like, and it's still snowing!