Children

The crew.

The boys.

The girls.

Sawyer and Sammy.

Emma

Zayne

Teigen

Hayden

Garrett

Tori and Maddie

Sawyer

Emma and mama.

Emma and Daddy

Sweetness!

Silliness ahead!

egg-cited!

Super hero!

Bulls-eye!

The crew again!

Our Easter was wonderful.  We spent the morning in fellowship and the afternoon we spent with family.  A very needed relaxed day.  🙂

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Zayne’s new do….

Zayne’s sporty new hairdo….

Isn’t it just dashing?  Poor guy ran into a door at church last night before the hymn sing.  Mark and I were out talking and one of the children informed me that Zayne had hit his head pretty hard and was hiding under a pew.   Zayne getting rolled around didn’t concern me too much, being the youngest of 5 boys~it seems some one always has a war wound.  When I coaxed him out from under the pew the side of his head all red and was sporting a nice sized cut.  I took him out to have Mark look at it.  It was decided between Mark and the many onlookers that he definitely needed a stitch or two…

We were very blessed to have the best care in Kalispell and were able to have him stitched up in no-time and even made it back for the end of the hymn sing.

8 little stitches…

Zayne is a  tough little boy and only fussed when his cut was numbed up before the stitching.

Before long he was back to his mischievous ways!

Thanks for your prayers, he kind of had a rough night trying to get  and stay comfy.

We would like to extend an invitation to our friends and family whom might be in town to the Christmas Eve service at Grace Church at 5 pm and Christmas morning service at 10:30 am.   Wonderful fellowship and some of the kids and their very talented friends will be singing…

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grace

Fun-day!

We had a wonderful time today at our little church homeschool group.  I should say our kids always look forward to these school days but today was extra fun!  The kids were able to make candy necklaces and build graham cracker houses….nothing like ~25 kids from 5 families making and creating their little houses!

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Thanks for the fun day P.S. M and K.D!

The Girls Flying…

My girls really surprised me, you see I am deathly afraid of heights and just watching the kids do their acrobatics gives me vertigo.  So they really surprised me when they were waiting anxiously for their turns at the rope course.   Not only were they not afraid but they had a blast and did several of the courses…

Tori climbing the tree...

 

On the rope...

 

Going across...

 

 

Almost there...

Maddie’s turn…

Maddie on the swing...

 

Going up...

 

Way up....

 

On the back swing....

 

Good times!

 

And what was Emmalynn up too?

Yum!

 

Big chocolaty smile!

 

 

The Boys Flying…

This summer we had the opportunity to spend 3 days of pure bliss in fellowship with others in our church at Big Sky Bible Camp.  The setting was beautiful, the messages where inspiring and the time spent together was wonderful.  My camera died mid-way through but I did get some pictures of the ropes course…

Garrett waiting his turn...

Up the tree and trying to let go...

Pretty steady...

A long ways up there...

Getting closer to the other side...

Going down...

Sawyer before...

Going up...

On the back swing!

Hayden’s turn on the swing…

CLICK ON PICTURE to watch Hayden…

From 2011-08-27

Dickey Lake~Labor Day 2011

Tori takes a plunge into Dickey Lake.

Sawyer taking a dive....

Zayne

Zayne taking a dive...

Coolin' off...

Mark and I cooling off...

Chris and Peggy Sue taking the plunge...

Tori trying out one of the Miller's kayaks...

We had an enjoyable time at Dickey Lake, the kids caught crawdads and minnows, the little kids floated around on inner tubes, Mark and I got to try out the Miller’s kayaks (which was a very bad thing to do because now we have the bug to find some!  : ) and  the big boys found an old rope swing (which was rather disappointing 😦  because it didn’t work very well).

We all came home with a terrible bug too…

Jeep ride around the ranch...

We were able to go for a little ride around the ranch and try out the jeep…now we ‘re al thinking we need one …maybe with a couple of kayaks?!     ;D

Of course the guys volunteered to take the little guys on a ride and to run to the store…

The guys going for a ride...

Some other odds and ends of camp life before heading home…

Playing cards...

Rebekah and Teigen

Titus and Garrett

Jackson and Hayden

Billy and Maddie

The holiday seemed too short and before we knew it we were headed back home.  We had a wonderful time and are hoping to be able to do it again real soon.

Mount Marston-Labor Day 2011

On the Braaten Bus

After a restful nights sleep (kind of) and arising early (not really…we ARE on vacation here) we had a wonderful breakfast (truly) with piping hot coffee and hot cocoa.  Why is it that food made outside while camping is sooo good?  And that coffee is always better?  Anyways breakfast was most enjoyable with the cool mountain air, huddled around the fire discussing what we would go do that day.

Since the Millers had not been to the fire lookout on Mount Marston before we decided to head that direction and hopefully…possibly find some huckleberries.

The treacherous road…just like Going to the Sun but without the guard rails!

Near the top of the mountain there is a very small parking lot that we stopped at and enjoyed the view…

Almost to the top…
Mark and Ed taking in the view…
Mark (with Em) and Chris…
The kids taking a look…

From there we took a short hike up the road to the lookout…

Our destination…

View of the ranch….

The kidlets…

Another view…
Solar…

Viewing…
Inside the lookout
Can you imagine staying here? Fun!

We ❤ Smokey Bear!
View from the lookout…

Sawyer and Sissy…

The main attraction with the kiddos…
The kids looking at their Smokey Bear loot…

The lookout commander gave out little goody bags to all the kids filled with all sorts of fun stuff…

Getting a story…
Can ya hear me now?
The air was full of ladybugs…our lucky day!
The group…

Some very ambitious bike riders pedaled to the top and graciously took a group photo for us.

4 adults and 14 kids!

What a group, eh?

Another shot…
Our group…
Back to the vehicles…
Getting passed on the way back down…

We even found huckleberries to pick until a couple of vehicles informed us of a mama mountain lion with cubs was around the corner and she didn’t seem to afraid of people or gun shot.  With the large group of littles we had, we decided to play it safe and go swimming instead.

A little R&R ~ Labor Day 2011

Day 1~

 We are very thankful to Ed (my father-in-law)  for being such a wonderful, generous host.  It was great to spend the holiday and your birthday there!

Ed moving the trailer to the “campsite”.  Sawyer making a fire.

After church on Sunday we were able to sneak away to the ranch with our wonderful friends and their family.  The Miller’s are a local family that we have only been friends with for the past couple of years, they are fellow homeschoolers and have children that are about the same age as ours.   Mr. Miller is the  pastor for Grace Church and we are thankful for their Godly influence in our lives.  We had a wonderful weekend relaxing and the kids had a blast playing.

Fun on the hay bales.

Good old-fashioned fun playing on the hay bales!

Sawyer making supper.

Kids eating...

Tents set up...

We were able to catch-up with some long-lost relatives from Canada that dropped in to visit with Ed.  We enjoyed listening to their amusing stories and Canadian accents.  I think half of us were saying “eh!”  by the time they left!  They also taught our kids some pretty fun games that they busily played until it was too dark to see.

The kids running...

We also had a surprise fly by at dusk, the kids took off running to see what it was…

What is it?

I am not sure what it's even called but it sure looks fun!

Ok so Sawyer informed me that it’s called an Ultra Lite Aircraft!

Flying over the barn...

The man and the moon...

After getting the kids decided on where they were going to sleep and getting them settled, it didn’t take too long for us tired mommies and daddies to hit the hay too!

Meeting Emma…

It is so hard to believe that a whole year has already passed us by and Emma is now a year old.  It is just amazing how quickly it passes!  Most of these pictures I have not shared before, it is with mixed emotions that I share them now.  The first couple of weeks after Emma’s birth is such a blur due to the complications that arose right after her birth, leaving me in surgery for eight hours and weeks to recover.

Looking back to this time we are most thankful for:

  • The prayers of our friends and family through months of bed rest through today.   🙂
  • Wonder children (and husband) who were just so helpful and thoughtful.
  • Pastor Chris and Peggy Sue visiting us right before surgery to pray with us.
  • The prayers and peace that I felt during surgery.
  • Wonderful doctors and nurses.
  • A healthy and beautiful baby GIRL!
  • The Rickel Family for visiting us and praying with us at the hospital.
  • Our parents and family.
  • Our wonderful church family that pampered us for many weeks after coming home from the hospital.
  • God’s sovereignty over it all.
Emma was (and still is) a pretty easy going baby.  She was rarely fussy and one of my easiest babies, it was God giving me what I really needed at that time.  We all have enjoyed her so much this past year, she makes the crankiest of us smile and laugh!

Before surgery.

She's here!

Meeting...on the outside.

Talking to dad.

The littles...

With Hayden.

Meeting Sawyer...

Victoria and Emma...

Madeline and Emmalynn...

Garrett and Em...

Teigen and Emma...

Zayne meeting Emma...

With Daddy and Zayne...

With Auntie Abigail...

With Uncle Jason...

With Papa Ed...

Happy FIRST  Birthday Little Girl!