Friday, June 1, 2018

She Is One Already!!!

Ruth turned one the other day, so we did a photoshoot while they were at our house.
I want to do another one at her house where we did her newborn pictures, but we will see...

Her protective brother wanted to get pictures, too.
I love seeing my nephews and nieces love their siblings. Sometimes we tease them that we will keep a younger sibling and the older ones will argue with us and sometimes think we are serious and almost cry. (then we kind of feel bad)
Her smile...
Yes, Ruth, I will hold you!

Trying to get pictures with her girl cousins. Rose wasn't cooperating, but it makes for a fun picture. :)

Yes, they love her!

Ruth, aunt Hannah loves you!

Her toes. :)

 Trying to get a picture with her aunts, who have the same birthday, just 9 years apart!

 We do a lot of tree climbing in our family!

 The twins and Ruth were all born on my grandparents' anniversary and this year they celebrated 66 years of marriage!
I am very thankful for them!
(I love you, Grandpa and Grandma!!)

 One of the twins' favorite presents was orange juice. Shows how "deprived" we are. :)

After eating and opening presents it was time for bike rides.
I somehow missed getting a picture with Azalea, but here are the rest.
 Jacob, Grace, and I

 Jonah, Grace, Mercy, and I

 Jonah Man!

 Ruth's first bike ride!

And Rosie!

I love being an Aunt!
Just missing 2 nephews who we haven't seen for a few months.

Have a great weekend! We are watching little and have 2 recitals to go to in the next 2 days. Busy, but fun!

"I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else."
Isaiah 45:5-6

Monday, April 9, 2018

Random Spring Pictures

 I love crocuses! We have a lot of purple ones, but only a few of these ones.

 Daffodils! They are so bright and cheery when they bloom.

Helping Dad/Grandpa
 Rose talking to Aunt Mercy. She didn't know I was taking these pictures until I scared her. ☺

I think some of these need split up and spread out.

 And this beauty...

Her eyes and smile melt my heart.

I am keeping busy with life, especially as we are expanding our business, but I am trying to make sure I stop and "smell the roses." Or in my case, stop and enjoy taking pictures of flowers. (Both the actually flowers and my nieces, Rose and Azalea)

I hope y'all are having a wonderful spring, even if you are still getting snow. ☺

"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised."
Psalm 113:3

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Snow, Cemetery, and Frost

A couple weeks back, while Dad and Mom were visiting Esther in Thailand, most of us went to the cemetery in Ashtabula that has the monument for the Ashtabula Train Disaster.
The hymn writer, Philip P Bliss, and his wife died in that accident.
We have driven past this cemetery for years, but this was the first time we ever went there. We want to go back when we have more time and it is a little warmer. And when the ice is melted so that we can actually read the rest of the memorial. 

Looking for the Bliss' names among those unrecognized.

It was really pretty that day!
Showing everyone the names.

Going to a cemetery reminds me of how short life is. If I want my life to be worth anything, I need to live my life for Christ every single day. I need to be a woman after God's own heart.

Also, have you ever walked through an older cemetery? Some of the names are pretty cool!
(Can I just say that I always liked the name Kezia and there is a lady with that name buried there!)

The other day, everything was covered with ice and frost, so I took a walk to get some pictures and enjoy the beauty.

By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
Job 37:10

While taking these pictures, I found out one of my boots has a hole in it.

"Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen."
Job 38:28-30

On a different note, I just finished reading Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. One of my friends and I tried to read a chapter a week and have a weekly phone call to talk about it. It was really good, and very challenging.
It is easy to read a book, but to applying it to everyday life is hard!
I would highly recommend this book, and recommend you find a friend or two to go through it with you.
Christian fellowship, encouragement, and accountability is so important!

We are reading A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George now.

I hope you have a great week!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sarah- 2018 Senior

Last August (yes, 5 months ago), we were at camp, and Sarah wanted her senior pictures done.
We took them 2 different nights because by the time we started the first night, it was getting dark.
So here they are!

 I think this is a really cool picture, but it was getting too dark, so it is blurry. 

And the second night:

 Sarah was standing in the lifeguard chair and I was on top of the slide.

 When your best friend is there, you have to get pictures together. 😊

 These pictures are very much Katie and Sarah.

We had a lot of fun doing these!
Lots of laughing and crazy faces, sneaking past the Chapel so we didn't interrupt the group that was in there, crazy golf cart rides, and more!

It is hard to believe that Sarah is a Senior this year and is planning to go to college next fall. My little sister is growing up!

Sarah, I love you and am very glad you are my sister!
(even though I don't show it all the time)
Put God first in everything!
I am praying for you!

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."
Proverbs 3:5-7