Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Cardio in the Family


I like having the little boys do crafts that we can use as decorations in like the bathroom during different seasons or holidays.  With February coming tomorrow- I told them to draw hearts, color them, and we will cut them out to tape on the wall...

Looking over their shoulders, I said: "Don't you boys know how to draw hearts??"

Judah answered: "Yes, see I'm making a real one". 

 Duh....  ;-)

Judah never forgets to include a full on heart in all of his drawings. 


Monday, January 28, 2013

Our "New" Van

After much prayer, searching, and thought, we finally bought a van!  God provided a 1998 Ford 15 passenger that only has 15K miles on it!  We took a day trip to upper Washington to buy it.  Alright, so the van has a history...  The van was used for transportation of prisoners and is outfitted with bars on the windows, metal dividers, and no handles on the inside!  Jordan is working on transforming it to a family van.  (Oh, and for a little hint... before we took all the bars off, we filmed a short movie.  Stayed tuned for that!)

 On the drive up, one rarely has a quiet moment!

There is our van!

 I can't tell... is that a prisoner or a brother?

 Prisoner-proof... child-proof.  How about that?!

 Okay, so if you need a snack, there is a little door to hand something back.  Other than that, you're on your own!

 On the way back, we made a quick stop at Cabela's to look around a bit.

 There are lots of neat animals to look at.

Judah and the moose.

 While Shiloh and Daddy went to look at something, the rest of us did some laser shooting.  That was fun!

 Judah is gonna hit that target!

 Jordan tried to pull the sword from the stone, but didn't have much success.
 Ben learning how to shoot!

This talking bear was hilarious!

Somehow we ended up taking a sleeping prisoner home with us...

 It was a long day and everyone was pretty tired when we got home.

 Cute Boy was the sleepiest.

We are very thankful for what the Lord blessed us with!

And remember... keep an eye on here for our movie!

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Friday, January 25, 2013


The weather has been lovely over here!  Okay, we are not really used to 20's, but the frost on the trees is a delightful treat to the eyes!

Here are some pictures from our property:

It reminds me of that verse in Job 37:10 "By the breath of God frost is given..."

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Havilah's Guessing Contest

Ta-da!!  Two days later....  probably somewhere around 2 hours in all (all depending on speed).....  I finished Havilah's hair! :D  Whew!  I'm so glad to be done and hope it lasts forever.  :)

So, for the ladies who read this blog...  and like to do their sisters' hair~ here's a guessing contest.  How many individual twists does Havilah have in her hair?  Here's a hint- she has more then 20 and less then 90.  Leave your guess in the comment section.

Side view:
Back view:
Like hair? 


Monday, January 21, 2013

Family Chimes

After church at WPC we went over to the VanGelder's house for a time of fellowship. Towards the end of the evening, we learned how to play the chimes. They are a very interesting sort of instrument, but perfect for a large family that all want to play music together!! Here are some pictures that Mommy took on her iPhone of everyone playing. I can't remember everyone's names- so..... enjoy the pictures without any words. :)
Thank you VanGelder family for having our family over and for your generous hospitality!  

Friday, January 18, 2013

Banjo Shoot'n Boy

One super cute dude!  :)  He was so excited that he hit the banjo all by himself!!


Sale @ Lilla Rose

 Lilla Rose makes some lovely clips for ladies!  

Enjoy! :)



Lilla Rose is having a sale today!!!  And that's not all...  they have released several new clips and a few have come back. :)

Here is one of the first releases.  Perfect for musicians, teachers, or music lovers.  I love this one!  What do you think?

It's a Flexi Line- up today with selected clips (several new ones and two Flexis of the Month) on 15% off for one day only- TODAY!!

These clips will be 15% off for today only!  What are you waiting for? :)

These items will also be included in the sale!!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013


This is Jordan and I after a local music competition:

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Friday, January 4, 2013

O Come All Ye Faithful

Okay, so Christmas is over, but I'm still calling all the faithful!  Each year we ask all our blog followers, looker-at-ers, and stalkers to comment and tell us who they are and how they found our blog.  We enjoy hearing from each one of you!  This is our 4th annual blog post dedicated to this tradition.  Come participate and let us know who you are!


Yes, there is more than one reason I titled this blog post "O Come All Ye Faithful".  Last December, we were asked to sing this number at a Christmas gospel sing.  We had a lot of fun putting it together and performing it.  Plus, it was great to see our vocal coach Mr. C again!

 Hitting the road!

Mic check.
We had fun popping in to sing one of the songs with the choir.  
(It was so "spur of the moment" that he had to learn it in about four days!)

 Our amazing vocal coach.  He is super fun to work with!

 We went out to dinner with some friends afterwards...

The expressions are hilarious!

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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