Every good and perfect gift is from above.
~James 1:17

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Not braces...yet

Grantie recently got a retainer that he has to wear as much as possible for the next six weeks. He is only supposed to take it out for meals and playing sports. After six weeks, he won't have to wear it quite as often, but will have to wear it some for a few months. He has really been a trooper about it so far. And he is learning to speak pretty well with it in his mouth, which isn't all that surprising because he always finds a way to talk! :-)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Happy Easter!
April 8, 2007

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. ~ 1 Peter 1:3

Where does the time go? Easter was over a week ago, already. The days have been sunny and warmer and the kids spend every moment possible playing outside with their friends. It is a relief to see the sun and feel its warmth. Spring has really come!

I could not resist buying a bunch of tulips at the grocery store today. Such a simple thing, but they make me smile every time I look at them. They are beautiful and seem to be bursting with joy. I love tulips! :-)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Birthday, Grant!

It was early morning and the house was quiet. Everyone was sleeping. Well, almost everyone. All of a sudden, we heard a happy voice shouting, "Wake up, everyone! It's my birthday! Wake up!" And that is how Grant's 9th birthday began.

After a breakfast of cereal and jelly beans, Grant opened presents from Katie, Dave and I. Then we loaded up and headed out to...Chuck E. Cheese's. Yep, we did it. We had a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's. Wow. There is so much stimuli there...lights, bells, whistles, games, prizes, videos, music, dancing, cake and pizza. Grant and the other boys at his party could barely manage to sit at the table long enough to eat and watch the opening of presents before launching themselves back to all those games, just showing their faces when they needed more tokens. :-)

This is the first time one of the kids has had a party that we have not hosted in our home and I have to admit it was rather nice not to have all the prep and clean-up. It was definitely a different kind of party than we've had before, but I think everyone had a good time.

Happy Birthday, Grant! You bring so much life and joy to our lives. We are so thankful that God has blessed us with such a wonderful son as you!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Construction Zone

We have finally begun to finish the lower levels of the house! Dave and the kids started with the area that will become Grant's room. These pictures were taken the first day Dave started working and he has gotten a lot done since then. It is so exciting to see walls going up and closets and doorways taking shape. It sure makes it easier to imagine how it will all look now! :-)