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…

A preview :0)

Sorry you have to click to an external web page to listen.

grace

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.

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!

Sunday Serenity…

Mark and Zayne feeding Emmalynn while I was still in surgery.

 

(Psa 127:1 ESV) – A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 

(Psa 127:2 ESV) – It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. 

(Psa 127:3 ESV) – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord , the fruit of the womb a reward. 

(Psa 127:4 ESV) – Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. 

(Psa 127:5 ESV) – Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
 

  

Thanks to the Rickel Family for visiting and in sharing this verse and the prayer.  It has meant so much!

Bison…

On Saturday we had the privilege of going to Browning to help some friends of ours from church in sorting yearling bison.  Let me say this place is incredibly beautiful, located just outside the park with stunning views.  They have a wonderful little  business selling all natural bison meat~the meat is incredible, rivaling the best beef I have ever tasted…and I’m not one for anything gamey tasting-at all!  We had a wonderful day in fellowship, the men separated out all the yearlings while we women stayed back at the cabin.  I was hoping to get up to the chutes, but I have not been feeling well lately so Mrs. Dunham kept me company all day.  I just sort of  hung out for the  day and she prepared some wonderful meals.  Sawyer and Mark had a great time sorting.  Sawyer was so excited to be able to help out, as was Mark.  Mark said that they definitely do not sort or work like cows and that it is quite a feeling when they would all be running and turn around and face you…yikes!  Tori was able to take some pictures from inside a pickup…the windows were a bit fogged up but you can see what is going on…

Sorting bison...

 

Running by...

 

More bison...

 

Arnold...

Arnold...

 

The kids were impressed with Arnold~ a bison who bottle raised and somewhat curious…

Another one of Arnold...

Another one of Arnold...

 

My dream, especially around lambing time!

My dream, especially around lambing time!

 

Thanks for the wonderful day Dunham Family!

Labor Day Fun and Fellowship!

Yesterday we spent a gorgous day in chilly Glacier Park.  We spent the morning with another family, so we had a total of four adults and 13 kids! No need to worry about bears with this crew.  ;0)  We had a wonderful time hiking and in fellowship.  Later in the afternoon we met up with a couple more families and had over 20 kids…there was a lot of activity too say the least!  The weather was nicely cool and very fall like, perfect for hiking.  Here are a couple of pictures from the day…

kids hiking...

 

group

 

The wonderful thing about teenage boys with lots of extra energy....

The wonderful thing about teenage boys with lots of extra energy....

Sleeping baby boys….

zzz...

zzz...

 

 

Through the trees...

 

downhill...

 

A bridge...

 

Checking out the water...

 

Some of the kids...

Some of the kids...

 

 

Another bridge...

 

Snuggled close...

Snuggled close...

 

 

Nice leg warmers, huh?

Nice leg warmers, huh?

 

Poor Zayne he had a terrible diaper blow out and of course in the rush to get out of the house in the morning I forgot to pack him some extra clothes, luckily I had an extra pair of socks that worked as great little leg warmers and he also had his snow suit to keep him warm on the hike.

After a long day of hiking and hanging out with friends we headed home where Mark cooked a wonderful steak dinner for my birthday.   This morning when I woke up I definitely felt a year older, and a bit stiff and sore!  The kids even made a happy birthday banner for me and made the cutest little cards today. (This is definitely the most wonderful thing about being a mom!)  Hayden must have made me about 20 bracelets out of paper and stickers or out of sparkly ribbon and jewels he borrowed from his sisters-they’re too sweet and I have quite the collection now!

Thanks to the Miller family for such a wonderful day and to the Dunham’s for braving the wild west and taking the kids on a great hike! ( That’s all they’ve talked about today.)  Thanks for the wonderful fellowship too as Mark and I both enjoyed spending the day with your families.  More pictures later!