Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our family blog. This may be your first visit here, or you may be a friend from across the globe, or family that we have just seen. Who ever you may be, thanks for taking the time to read about our little family, and all we are learning on this adventure the Lord has called us to live! Here you will find, the random thoughts, funny stories, prayer requests, and the journey our family and Jack is on with his battle with Leukemia.

8 months

Where has the time gone??? This little angel now has 2 teeth (bottom ones), rolls around EVERYWHERE, is fitting into 9-12 month clothes, and melts my heart more and more everyday.

We're Back!!!

We are back from our trip, and we had such a great time! I am so glad we went, and truly feel like we were so blessed the entire time! We had great weather, mid 80's to low 90's with a constant breeze on the beach. The rain only came at night, and the days were just about perfect for the beach! The boys did GREAT on the beach... not so great at other times... but it wasn't horrible, and there was certainly a ton of grace!

The drive didn't take too long, and we were in bed by midnight... the kids were not the best sleepers... and since we were all in one room, every time Jack woke up, I had to grab him quickly, so that he wouldn't wake up Tyler... so the first night (well almost every night) I was up every few hours.... that part was not pleasant... but I am telling you, the grace God lavished on me me during the days, was amazing... I was hardly tired during the day!

I left my camera at the room the first day, so my pictures jump right into our 4th of July celebrations! We went to the The Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park for the fireworks, and boy was it a beautiful place. Totally picture perfect, we want to go back to this place again!

Oh, and this big boy got his first tooth on the 4th of July too!!!

So.... the fireworks were greatly anticipated... but by the time they began, after some time after 9, our little boy was barely holding it together.... add to that, the extremely LOUD boom of the fireworks, and then, the fact that we were closer to them than I have ever been in my entire life- EVER.... we were under them! They looked like they might fall on us..... so that freaked out Tyler enough that he began screaming in terror, begging to go bye bye.... nice huh???

Ah, so the next day we headed to the beach... for some much needed rest and play... Jack did so awesome!!! He took his morning nap on the beach... like an angel!

Tyler LOVED the ocean. He played in the water and sand all morning long... it was so much fun playing with him. He squealed in delight as the waves came crashing after him! Don't you just love Jordan's tan line!!!

I so enjoyed my beach time with my sister... so fun to be together!

Me and my honey... well our toes anyhow...

The sky was so amazing. I think that because the storms were around us, but never at the beach, we had some amazing views.

"happy face"

the only good shot from a "photo shoot" in our room... the boys were not having it!

Dinner at the diner next door... awesome blueberry pancakes!

And, on our way home.... the most lovely sunset!

We had a great time, even though my kids were both VERY emotional! I was just so aware of the Lord's kindness to us to allow us to go on this trip! Everyone had a great time! Jordan was the amazing, for the few days he was there... staying in the room during naps, so I could relax!! My parents were such servants, helping with all the grand babies, my dad must have walked from the rooms to the beach 100 times, carrying so many bags, umbrellas, children.... Thank you mom and dad for all you did to make sure I actually "had some vacation time" too. I was truly blessed!

I loved being with my family! I am glad to be back home, with our separate bedrooms, but loved every memory made!

Ahhh, the beach...

We are heading south today, well actually tonight.... after Jordan gets home from work, we are hitting the road and heading to the Outer Banks for a vacation with my family! We will be staying in Corolla for the first time, so I am so looking forward to getting to know that part of the OB.

I am so excited to see how Tyler and Jack do at the beach. Last year, Tyler LOVED the sand and the ocean, so I am really looking forward to seeing him be able to run around and play! It will be fun to see how Jack does, if he tries to eat the sand, or if he hates it.... I can't wait!

PLUS, my sister and her husband and new baby girl will be there!!!!! A true family vacation! Hard to believe that this time a year ago we were all in Italy together!!!

These two picts are from Tyler's first trip to the beach... crazy ehh? I was just looking back to when Tyler was a little younger than Jack when we went to the beach, and how much he has changed!!! So, I will make sure to take tons of pictures so that we can look back on these times and remember well the memories made and the good times shared! Back in a week!!

50 months....

I didn't realize until I found the flowers at my door step that today marked 50 wonderful months of life lived with my darling husband... I didn't realize he had been keeping track.... I didn't realize how utterly undeserving of his love I am (or had forgotten yet again!)... I love this man! Do you ever just get so filled with joy and love at the same time, you just have to share it with someone...???? Happy 50 months baby! How wonderfully richly blessed a life we live in the grace and goodness of God! He has made all of this life, this adventure, with its twists and turns and ups and downs, a thing to be treasured and always to give him more Glory for it is all from his hands!

... a little snap shot into a happy Sunday morning before church.... all in our jammies... loving living life together hard to get Tyler to sit still long enough to take a picture!!