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Oh man, I’ve let a lot of time slide on here.  Here’s a quick summary of the past half a year:

-Simon turned one (and what a cute christmas cookie/hot chocolate themed party he had)

-Michael started to shave his head.

-The tooth fairy came to visit (and sometimes forgot to come to visit) several times in one month.

-my sweet nephew, little Cayden, (if that isn’t an oxymoron I don’t know what is.  The kid is 6 months old and 25 lbs) was born.  My sister Christina and I have very realistic hopes of him forming a band with my boys somewhat along the lines of The Jonas Brothers.  Or at the very least their own super Glee club.

-we hosted our 4th annual Birkeneder Brunch on Christmas Eve

-the boys helped Grandma Lanie tell her traditional story of the 3 kings and their gifts to Jesus

-the boys obsession with building forts started

-I lost 20 lbs.  Albeit, most of it was due to having meningitis.  But if I can put any positive spin on that wretched disease I will, so therefore I’m thankful for the weight-loss plan.  And that having it may have saved my close friend’s mom’s life.  (Her story: http://copelandcraziness.blogspot.com/2012/03/hope.html )

-our good friends from Texas came to visit and our boys were smitten

-Grandpa Bob came to visit

-the boys got all spiffed out for Easter

-we regularly practiced for our own glee club. (see reference above)

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-we were given an awesome Bible book.    If you’re looking for a good Bible summary book for children look no further.  The Jesus Storybook Bible is awesome. A friend of ours gave this to us a while back and we started reading it to the boys every so often.  I love it! Each story is a part of God’s rescue plan- each character pointing towards the Great Rescuer.  I’m not kidding, I don’t think I ended a single chapter without my eyes (and heart) welling up with tears of joy as we imparted these truths of God’s love for them into our children’s hearts. The stories came to life to me (the adult!) through this children’s version.  And the boys love reading it!  Each story is a piece of the Great Rescue- and being so into good guys/bad guys, sword fights and battles-the setup is very appealing to them.

Tonight we finished the final chapter, and this page struck me:

(from Revelation)  “I see a sparkling city shimmering in the sky: glittering, glowing- coming down!

From heaven.  And from the sky.  Heaven is coming down to earth!

God’s city is beautiful.  Walls of topaz, jasper, sapphire.  Wide streets paved with gold. Gleaming pearl gates that are never locked shut. 

Where is the sun?  Where is the moon?  They aren’t needed anymore.  God is all the Light people need.  No more darkness!  No more night!

And the King says, “Look!  God and his children are together again.  No more running away.  Or hiding.  No more crying or being lonely or afraid.  No more being sick or dying.  Because all those things are gone.  Yes, they’re gone forever.  Everything sad has come unture.  And see- I have wiped away every tear from every eye!’

And then a deep, beautiful voice that sounded like thunder in the sky says, “Look, I am making everything new!”

You know the part in movies where there’s a big crescendo of music and the good guy wins and everyone celebrates and your whole soul just cheers while watching it?  I told Michael recently that I think that is what heaven is like all the time.  Always that sense of victory, that everything is finally as it should be.

When I read this to my children my heart swelled and tears filled my eyes and hope engulfed me.  Whenever I have those moments, they’re my God moments.  Its like the Lord is washing over me and I sense His presence and I trust Him.  I don’t really understand heaven and I certainly don’t understand the mysteries of God, the infinite Creator.  But I do trust Him and believe Him to be faithful to do what He says He will do.  And each time I have one of these “moments”- where my while body gets goosebumps and my soul feels inexplicably overwhelmed- its a tangible reminder to me of His presence.

I love how this book ends.

“And he knew then that the ending of The Story was going to be so great, it would make all the sadness and tears and everything seem like just a shadow that is chased away by the morning sun.

‘I’m on my way’, said Jesus. ‘I’ll be there soon!’

John came to the end of his book.  But he didn’t write ‘The End’. Because, of course, that’s how stories finish. (and this one’s not over yet.)

So instead , he wrote: ‘Come quickly, Jesus!’

Which, perhaps, is really just another way of saying…




Our little Christmas bundle is going to be one!  I can’t believe it- time sure flies!

I found a picture I liked on pinterest with a baby holding Christmas lights, and I wanted to try it.  -Try- is the key word!  It wasn’t easy and my picture isn’t nearly as good as the original, but I sure do think my subject is cute. :)

Sweet Pea is Three!

We did a joint birthday party at a bounce place for the boys’ birthdays.  Best idea ever! :)

Tonight marks the eve of Elliott’s birthday. Three years ago tomorrow our second little love joined our lives! We have been so blessed with Elliott and for him we are incredibly thankful!

I can’t believe it but I actually have a video montage made for him BEFORE his birthday. I shocked myself! :)

I chose this song because I love it and know God makes all things new.  But I also chose this song because I feel like He has especially been making me new and using my children as tools in His craftsmanship.

Instead of worrying so much about what current quadruple digit size I fit into, I look at my silver stretch marks as battle scars on a body that grew and gave my children life. Rather then sleeping in (what’s that?) I wake 300 times a night if needed to each child’s squeal or cry. I know with out a doubt I would give my life for my children.

My heart physically aches when their hearts are broken. They humble me because I DON’T know it all. They inspire me when I feel like giving up. I am filled with indescribable joy when they ask me questions about God or hear them talk to Jesus.

Through them God is shaping me and making me patient, kind, selfless, humble, and hopeful. He is making me new!

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Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

On Tuesday, August 9th, 2005 at 2:06 a.m. Trevor made his grand entrance into the world!  Our lives have been forever changed. :)

We like to call him our Puzzle King, or Puzzle Genius, because he does puzzles right and left all day long- like 100 piece puzzles!  He really is amazing! But he absolutely loves it.  I go on a garage sale date every Friday morning with my Grandma Sharon and I seriously think I have brought home about 100 puzzles.

To celebrate Trevor we had a “Puzzles, Pizza, Pool” party with family.  Since we’re still homeless, my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Jim hosted it at their house.  Everything was wonderful!  To check out all the pictures (thank you Aunt Susie and Emily for taking all of them!!):


(Email/Message me for the password if you don’t have it!!)

and pictures our friends Jay and Michelle took at the party:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157621807520041/

Happy Birthday Brother! :)
Happy Birthday Brother! :)
Puzzle Cakes done by my chef husband
Puzzle Cakes done by my chef husband


Thanks for the water gun Jay and Michelle :)
Thanks for the water gun Jay and Michelle :)

My sweet baby *sniff *sniff

is turning one!


And ya'll are invited! (I love my faithful bloggers!)

But here is the sneaky part…you have to login to my phanfare media group (http://www.phanfare.com/group/2068218) to see the back of this invitation containing the details of the party!  That way we won't have just any old joe (and we know how we feel about joe's, right Dad and Elli?!) coming to our home for Elliott's party.  Also, then I can see the names of people who may be coming.  (Please do R.S.V.P. though!)

 The other reason I posted his invitation on Zielkehut was to showcase my sister in law's amazing work.  I know I've said this 100 times, but you really must contact her with all your card/invitation/whatever needs.  She can do anything and everything you can imagine and I've loved all the cards she has made for me. Email her! (Christmas card season is right around the corner!)

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