Monday, August 1, 2011

We Have News!!!

Our family is at the beginning of something exciting in our life journey. We have created a new blog, and hope you'll check it out. We'd love to have you travel the journey with us, if you so desire.

See you there!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Remembering When....

Remember this post:

It must be something about the time of the year. That post was on January 31st, and today it is January 28....and we are having a similar kind of day - with the SYMBOLS AGAIN! BANG BANG BANG BANG - over and over and over. This year though - they have electric guitars too!

I feel myself starting to twitch.....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

Another amazing Christmas - celebrating with family!

The festivities began with some construction.

Each unique creation, contained reflections of its individual builder. They were masterpieces.

A Ginger-Village

Cousin time, is precious time

Great Grandpa Helmer

My sweet babies (don't tell them I called them babies)

Cousin time at the Kuntz's! A great end to a great Christmas celebration!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Outside the Box

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus...And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:4-7,19

Fall! Fall is a time of the year that I once treasured: the beauty in God's creation, the fun that comes along with fall activites, and the joy of eating "fall food". Over the past 6 years, it turned into a season that I have learned to dread.

BUT this fall, I am undeniably thankful and in awe of God's great provision and care. This fall marks the first year in Tyler's life that we have been free from asthmatic symptoms - symptoms that have held him back from being an everyday, carefree kid! THIS FALL Tyler is running outside playing just like every other kid, with no symptoms, during his biggest trigger season of the year. Not only is he symptom free, but we have kicked his inhaler to the curb - no inhaler since mid-spring.

And in my exuberant joy (and I truly mean EXUBERANT JOY), I stand in complete awe of God's intricate provision and care for us. In our complete lack of medical knowledge or exposure, God has led us down a path that is far outside our previous exposure and certainly outside of our "box". Certainly in our medical naivety, we could have, and some would say should have, followed the path in which we were directed by doctor #1, or doctor #2, maybe doctor and ENT specialist #3, and certainly with asthma specialist and doctor #4. All of these doctors offered reasonable treatment plans with excellent medical care. But we did not follow any of their treatment plans. At times, choosing to walk away from their plans prompted feelings of carelessness and disapproval (which I don't do so well with). But, we were reminded continusouly, that following God's lead doesn't always bring us down the path that is within our way of thinking because He holds a much bigger view of the full picture!

God knew the answer, to which I stand in thanksgiving and awe. Though doctor 1, 2,3, and 4 were extremely knowledgable in their areas of expertise, God continued to prompt our hearts that these were not the answers He had for His child, Tyler (and later Makenna as well). And each time God prompted us with a spirit of unease, He very intricately placed someone in our path that opened our eyes to a new direction - a direction much outside our knowledge base or way of thinking. A way of thinking that is outside the box, outside our previous exposure - and became the ANSWER TO A HEALTHY TYLER!

On this amazingly gorgeous fall day, I stand grateful for the way that God leads us, as we seek and follow Him. I am so grateful that He is a God that does not work inside a box, but is a HUGE God who sees the FULL picture. I am continuously humbled by the details He works together to unfold His plan for each of His children seeking Him - in which I certainly could not piece together on my own.

With my own way of thinking along this medical journey, we would certainly not be where we are now - LOVING THE BEAUTY OF FALL!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Baby Grew Up

My baby girl isn't a baby anymore!!! Saturday was her big debut - into the big girl world.

Her first dance recital wowed us. She was glowing and beautiful, and danced like there was nothing to lose. A beautiful day for a beautiful girl.

Kenna, Hannah and Adelyn are ready to take the stage

After the recital, Emerson and Kenna were ready to head home!

Kenna and Hannah joyfully greet one another before the recital

Baby or big girl - we sure do love her!!! Watch out world - here she comes!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

God's Mighty Warrior

There is truly nothing more exciting, than to watch our kids desire to know God in deeper ways. They have a desire to understand the Bible, and what it means for them. In their desire, we go there. We read and discuss. His word is just as real in their lives as it is in ours! How cool is that?!

And then....when they bring it full circle - into their play - it makes me smile! Childlike faith. It is pure and special - it could melt my heart.

A couple days ago, Tyler was in quest of the understanding of the Armor of God. Okey doke - to Ephesians 6:13-17 we did go.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -Ephesians 6:13-17

Then - he got an idea....
Why not WEAR the armor?! From the helmet, all the way to the sandals.

And here is where he rescued God's little princess. It doesn't get much better than this!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Beautiful Spunky Ballerina

Sparkles and glitter. Tutus and bows. It is approaching Dance Recital time!
These 3/4 year old ballerina girls have been practicing for their moments in the limelight for months and months. Their time is finally arriving.
Though, the recital is yet to come, they already had the chance to shine like stars in a performance at the Mitchell Pancake Feed.
They shined!
She Looks Beautiful and Ready to Perform
Get Their Boogy On

This is Where Her Spunk Really Came Out - She the Tongue Sticking Out? That's Our Girl - A Beautiful Spunky Ballerina!