Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I have had a bunch of this and that pictures hanging around I am just going to put into one post. Hang in there...there's no rhyme or reason to this post. :)
I have been feeling bad that I didn't post any pictures of Karaline playing soccer because I posted some of Kollin. Here is Karaline - my sweet goalie girl. :)

I love this picture! John is coaching both Karaline's team and Kollin's team. John has Karaline's team all in a huddle for a pep talk. Look at the only 2 kids that aren't not paying attention! HIS TWO! lol Karaline is playing with a caterpillar on the ground behind him and Karson off in lala land (who isn't on the team but it was just too funny that he was also caught in the picture checking out a bug or some other sort of nature). Luckily Kollin doesn't do this or John would have a complex. lol
And it's official...we can get all of Kemry's hair into piggies now!!!!! I was just about to have her hair cut short in a cute little bob when we discovered we were able to pull this off.

More soccer park randomness...my father-in-law and Karson

My nephew, Alex, was over the other night and I had to get some pictures to show you all how cute he is! :)

Kemry LOOOVES her Aunt Kasey.
I also wanted to address this issue. Is it just my kids? They get SO dirty SO fast! I am starting to cringe when they ask if they can go outside and play because I know I'm going to have to throw away an outfit (because it won't even be worthy of being called "play clothes" after they're finished) and scrub them with brillo pads when they come in. Can I send them outside naked to play?? lol If you zoom in, you can see a tiny portion of how dirty Karson's shirt was.
And here are his hands

Even Kemry goes straight for the dirties places to play. Our back yard is a kid haven but noooo the dirt patches are much more fun!
Look at Karaline's face! LOL AND hair! I promise she had just had a bath just a few hours before this picture.

Alex came over and wasn't here no time before he looked the same way! lol This would be the sweetest picture if his mouth was clean. :) Well, it's still the sweetest picture of the two of them even with a dirty mouth.

AND we got a kitten! I'm not really a cat person, but Peyton (who is a she but was named after Peyton Manning anyway) is very sweet.
And apparently she also realizes our kids need more help in the bath department than I can keep up with because she is constantly "bathing" Karson like he's one of her kittens. lol

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Monday, April 28, 2008


It's my sister's 21st birthday today!!! This really makes me feel so OOOOLD! She was only 6 years old when John and I started dating! She was more like a niece to me for most of my life, but in the past few years she has grown into such a wonderful adult and has become one of my best friends. She's an amazing athlete who doesn't let her competitive spirit prevent her from being a warrior for God. If you ask my kids, they'll tell you she's an AWESOME aunt! She has just the right balance of "fun" and "safety". She's one of the few people I trust caring for my kids & being a role model for them!

Helping Karaline in the batting cages
Hanging out with Karson

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Friday, April 25, 2008


Favorite Friday Foto
Spring Has Sprung!!!

Sarah chose SPRING HAS SPRUNG as this week's theme which is such a good theme! I just did a bit of a spring post a couple of weeks ago, so this week I'm just going to add a few more pictures I took the other day when we were playing outside. I am going to get a lot of my big kids today because they're home from school. I can rarely get any of them because they're always at school when I get pics of Karson and Kemry and when they get home and I'm ready to take pictures, they want to play with all the neighborhood kids. ahhhhh

Karson's idea of a good picture - my goofy guy! LOL

Another photo idea from Karson! You can see how crazy and fun this kid is to be around! :)

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Orphans..who cares?

My friend Carla posted a very powerful post on her blog I would like to share. Carla is an amazing Christian with such a huge heart for children and orphans. She's a beautiful person inside and out (and her children are too!). I cannot even put into words how much my faith grew throughout our adoption process. When you feel a million miles away from your child and know that something as slight as a punctuation mistake can keep you from your child weeks/months longer and ever seeing your child again rests in the hands of people with political agendas, you know only God fully understands and can help get you through.

"Orphans... Who Cares?"

"Pure and undefiled religion … "

God's concern for the orphan, the widow, and the alien is so central to His plan for us here on earth that He gives us a startling and profound statement in James 1:27. "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."

Why would God tell us that caring for orphans is "pure and undefiled religion"? Perhaps because caring for an orphan teaches you about loving a person who may be slow to love you back. Perhaps because you receive just a glimpse of how God may feel when we fail to return His love for us ... when we rebel against Him. Perhaps because the world sees God's heart when He works through His people to help the helpless.

And perhaps it's because caring for orphans is such a perfect picture of our relationship with God. In our inability to please God in our own efforts, in our utter helplessness to initiate a relationship with Him, we are very much like orphans and strangers than we like to admit.

When you talk with parents who have adopted, you often see taht they understand something deep about the heart of God.

Taken from the article entitled, "Orphans... Who Cares" written by David Boehi at Familylife.com _______________________________________________________

Adoption is a legal transaction that redeems another. God did that for us through His son. We have the wonderful opportunity to do that in the life of a child.

Caring for the fatherless is not simply a compassionate and kind act, and adoption is not merely an additional means of growing our families to the desired size. Caring for the fatherless and adoption are at the very heart of God. Caring for orphans is about obedience. . . It is about knowing the God whom we serve.

Taken from "Hope for Orphans" at Familylife.com (http://www.familylife.com/atf/cf/%7B8e975f2e-4c1c-4315-aaff-34a97eb367b5%7D/AdoptionGuide.pdf)

- Every DAY 5,760 children become orphans

- Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but… every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans.

- Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to belong to and no place to call home

-For every child that is adopted, 600 orphans will die.

- If 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world.

Do you have room at your table for one orphan?

"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me..." Mark 9:37

This is am AMAZING video!!! Very blunt and to the point. The numbers and statistics are mind boggling and shouldn't be ignored. This is 9 minutes long, but the last 2 minutes are the most important, IMHO. :)

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Friday, April 18, 2008


FFF - Siblings

This week Sarah chose "Siblings" as the theme for Favorite Friday Foto. It couldn't have came at a better time for us because Karson and Kemry morphed to a new sibling level this week. Until now, Kemry has been the "baby that gets into all my toys". He always gave her lots of hugs and kisses, but she was still "just a baby" that hangs out with mom. This week I saw a new relationship starting to form with them as they started playing TOGETHER a lot. I have enjoyed watching this transition with each of my kids because it's almost like a right of passage into the "siblingship". The rivalry, pestering, bickering, and everything else that goes along with siblings is still there, but something new has been added. There's a mutual respect and understanding for one another that didn't exist before and a deeper love and admiration for one another.

Here's hoping John sees these pictures, sees how high the grass is getting, and mows the yard today! ha ha

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

spring fever

With the exception on Sunday and Monday when it was icy and cold, we have had gorgeous weather. It's definitely spring and we're loving it! We have spent as many sunny seconds outside as possible. The trees and plants are all full of beautiful flowers, the grass is waking up (and the mowing has already started ughhh lol but looking on the bright side it smells sooo good), the butterflies are out, but best of all our neighborhood is once again buzzing with kids playing and laughing. Kollin and Karaline have started soccer too (which we love). Here are a few pictures from the last couple of weeks. I had so many more but they're on the computer that crashed (which we're still praying can be saved). Hopefully I'll get to upload those soon.

Kollin's prettiest cheerleaders


Kollin heading the ball...that's gotta do something to the brain I keep worrying.

Yeaaa Daddy's home!

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