Wednesday, April 15, 2015

little hams.

These two were just too much for words after baths tonight.  I love them.  Forever singing praises that God gave me these twins.




Friday, April 10, 2015

easter 2015 // tradition

I love all things nostalgia/family/holidays and this year we established some sweet traditions for our crew.  Joseph and I used an idea found on the Desiring God website to create a Holy Week devotional/candle lighting tradition for our kids.  We adapted the idea and created the following tradition.  For the 7 nights (5 for us since we were out of town this year) leading up to good Friday we lit candles (1 for each night, so 7 by Friday) and read scripture.  Joseph followed scripture from the catholic Holy Week litergy and it was awesome.  Of course much went over the heads of our babes but they got some concepts, asked questions and loved it.  We said prayers and sang hymns following each reading.  We also gave the kids a sweet easter treat each night.  On good Friday we lit all the candles one last time but afterwards and until Sunday morning there were no treats or candles to signify Christ's death on the cross.  On Sunday we lit all the candles and gave our kids a larger prize to celebrate our RISEN SAVIOR!  It was sweet, simple and meaningful for all of us.
JD planned a simple backyard Easter egg hunt and our good friends the O's did the same thing for a group of our friends kids so we have been eating too much candy.  It was sweet to see our kids get excited about the meaning of easter and also shower them with fun and treats.  Our babies are only young once and I plan to soak it all up, even the nutty sugar highs that I once didn't believe in (SO real).
Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Monday, February 23, 2015

two years old.

Our sweet little double batch turned TWO.  I can't hardly believe it and I don't have the time to say what I want in words.  So here are three pictures I adore.  I love you to the moon and back my dearest Elle and James.
First and last photos taken by Emily Vennerstrom.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

child-like faith

Last night we turned on some tunes around 7.  Kids were ready for bed, JD was working late and I was ready for happy hour (8pm).  God stopped me in my tracks with that thought pattern when Reagan jumped on the couch and proclaimed "I want to sing and jump because God is here.  He is my friend.  He will never leave me, EVER!"  I want to soak up every single moment with these blessings.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

the wedding.

If it wasn't for Rabeka and Eric getting maui'd in Maui JD and I may have never ventured to gorgeous Kaanapali Beach, HI.  Eric and Beeka: we are FOREVER grateful and indebted to you. This wedding was one of my favorites ever.  And I have been to a lot of weddings.  Surrounded by God's INCREDIBLE creation, amazing food, great drinks, awesome DJ and people we adore.  It was perfect.  
Early morning wannabe florist selfie 
My hot date.
Reception was at a gorgeous home on a coffee plantation overlooking the mountains and ocean.
The BEST sushi, poke and ceviche.
Are we surprised that EO had an octopus ice sculpture?
We love you, Mr. and Mrs. O! 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

the road to LAHANA

Techinically it's the road to Hana but for some reason BZ and JD latched on to LAHANA and when they latch on, it never ends.  
We started off the morning in our sweet rental jeep that BZ picked up the night before.
Left at 7 with a full cooler and another jeep behind us full of 4 friends.  We all grabbed McDonald's breakfast and then started an unforgettable road trip.  BZ drove us through the windiest, narrowest roads dug out of mountains.  We stopped at a roadside stand for warm homemade banana bread.  Jose preferred standing up in the passenger seat to sitting.  The waves crashing against the beaches, rocks and mountain were huge and glorious.  The beauty was a testament to God's glorious handiwork.  It was an awesome day.  



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sunday best // January

I try to take photos for my mama before church each Sunday so I thought I would post them in little chunks.  These little people are pure joy.