Monday, November 14, 2016

11 Years

My baby is 11.....11.....how can that even be possible? 
She had quite the birthday week.......
Her and I made treats for school the night before her birthday.  Most of you know I am not great at anything involving food-cooking/baking, etc, so I wasn't sure how this would turn out, thankfully Reanna was there to help me :)

We did chocolate dipped oreos with sprinkles....Mega stuffed oreos!!

 Finished Product
 The next morning (the day of her bday) her dad brought her chocolate sprinkled donuts for breakfast! 
 My beautiful sweet 11 year old.  She has such a kind heart and a love for Jesus.  Praying she always stays that way.  We love you to the Moon and back Reanna!!!!
 That night we went to church (and they sang to her) and then we went to eat with our new additions to our family.  We are hosting 3 College Softball Girls this season--  Taylor, Jessi and Christie.  Excited to get to know them!!  
 For her bday, the girls brought her a signed softball from the Softball team. What an awesome idea!
 Just a random little brother pic :)
 To round out her bday, she chose Daimaru to go and eat with all the family.  



The chef made this for her!  11......11.....still wrapping my head around that.

Happy Birthday baby girl!

Happy Halloween

Another Halloween has rolled around.  Seems like it was just here.  Normally I am very organized and have their costumes ready to go and they have picked out what they want to do for their pumpkins long in advance.  But for some reason I wasn't quite that organized this year :) However we got it done, just in time.

 Hunter's finished product

 Reanna's finished product
 Little man was Elf on the Shelf....he was a pretty cute elf if I say so myself
 Sissy was McDonalds French Fries. It worked so well considering that is all I ate when I was pregnant with her :) 

 Trick or Treating
 Cade was in his Superman Pose
 We were finishing up for the night and standing outside talking when one of our local police officers drove down the street, saw the kids, stopped and gave them some candy.  The kids thought that was so cool that the officer stopped to give them candy.  Love our community and thankful for those protecting it!
 Later in the week, we had our Church family night, it was actually an ugly sweater contest, so the kids wore their elf costumes.  I have some pretty cute elves!  :)

 The next few pictures are from the downtown costume contest and carnival.  They enjoyed some time playing games at the carnival and then went on to the contest.  Hunter didn't place but Reanna won 1st place in her age group!!


Another year down, maybe as fast as it is going, we should get started thinking for next year :) 

"Cashy" Bears Bday

Yep you read the title right...Cashy Bears Bday. His name is Cashton and his mom (My Cousin) calls him Cashy Bear-What a cutie.  He just turned 1, so just a few pictures from the trip but I missed pics at the party.





'Tis the Season for Giving

For a service project at church, our 5th grade kiddos worked with Numana to fill food bags for our community, our state, our country and other countries.  It was a great experience for the kids.  AND myself.  Sitting there filling a tiny bag of food and finding out that the small bags makes 5 meals was a real eye opener.  Sometimes it is things like this that make you sit back and realize what we have and how good we have it.  We can be so spoiled and self consumed, I pray for those people that we made bags for and I pray that I can be a better, more appreciative person!  And that my child (and all the others) can realize what we can do to help!! Thankful for reality checks like this!!



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

National Baby Loss Day

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Mothers, fathers, and families across the country take a few extra moments to reflect and remember the lives gone too early.
On October 25, 1988 it was President Reagan who first declared October to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Currently all 50 states have annual proclamations, with Kansas, among others, holding permanent proclamations declaring the day (October 15th) of Remembrance. (Taken from birthwaves.org)

Recently I had been asked to be on the board of an organization that provides services for pregnancy and infant loss.  After speaking with one of the founders, I accepted.  They are still working on getting everything setup.  They just had their first event in October for the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day.  It was held on October 15th in the park.  Candles were set around the path and it was so peaceful.

 We lit a candle for our babies (of course ours was for Kooper).  And we shared our stories.  It was so helpful to be around others who have experienced the same thing and understand the emotions.  One couple had lost their baby almost 30 years ago and to this day it still hurts and she still cries.  Makes me know that I am human and that it is ok. 








It was a small turnout but I know as the organization grows so will this event.  I hope to encourage anyone out there that has experienced a miscarriage, a loss of a baby or child to attend an event.  It is so helpful!  
I am so incredibly grateful to be asked to serve on this.  I feel maybe this is something I was called to do after what I had experienced!  

Field Trip to the Farm

Hunter's class went on a field trip a few weeks ago.  It worked out well that their (and other schools) field trip was being sponsored by my work place so I was invited by the owners to attend one of the days, so I went the day his class was going.  So glad I was able to go.  They did class lessons on agriculture in Kansas.  I actually learned so much even with my family being farmers.


Only captured a few pictures.....