Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anna!

Sweet Little Anna turns one today. Simply put, we just really enjoy her :) She has added more sweetness, laughter and amazement at God's gifts than we could have imagined. Her love for her family is gentle and innocent. She has an intense love for her sister that we're guessing will grow stronger and stronger.

Things we love about her on her 1st birthday: her throaty laugh, the way her voice sounds (like Blue on Blues Clues), her pretty hair, the way she comes quickly crawling when she hears the dishwasher open, the way she's the messiest eater we've ever known, the way she always sits sideways in her highchair, the way she sways when she hears music, her cuddles in bed in the middle of the night, the way she smiles when we say "no," her gappy teeth, her love for my water bottle, her love of car rides and being out, the way her birthday will seem to usher in the holidays every year, how she tries to put bows in her hair, how she always pulls her socks off, and the way she points at things and makes sounds.

Here's a picture for each month of her life this far. We love you Anna!

Newborn Baby Anna.

Sweet little Christmas Baby Anna.

2 month old Baby Anna.

3 month old Baby Anna.

March: 4 month old Baby Anna.

April: 5 month old Baby Anna.

6 month old Baby Anna: first solids.

7 month old Baby Anna: sitting up like a big girl.

8 month old Baby Anna.

9 month old Baby Anna: silly scrunchy face.

10 month old Baby Anna: she likes to lift things over her head with her feet.

11 month old Baby Anna: playing in the leaves.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Family Trip to Wisconsin

A few weeks ago, we went on a trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin for Mark's fall break from school. It was a good family time. Some friends of ours from Louisville have a cabin there and very generously let us stay there for a few days. I didn't know this area existed before going there, but I am now a fan. The trees were at their peak in color change for the Fall, there are a bizillion lakes in the area, its not very populated, and its just beautiful! Here are a bunch of pictures :)

The cabin is right on a lake and here is the sunset one evening.

Mark and the girls on the porch.

The girls outside of the cabin. This looks like a really artistic picture - don't be too fooled by it, Anna was crying :)

The cabin.

We went and visited some nearby waterfalls.

Me and my girls!

Did you know that white deer exist? I think they are kind of creepy looking. They exist in large numbers in northern Wisconsin (and probably elsewhere). We also saw a bald eagle! But we didn't get a good picture. It was eating a dead deer and then flew up to a tree.

At the breakfast table.

We went to a nearby zoo. It was fun. We were there on a dress-up for Halloween day with extra activities. It was perfect and they let you get REALLY close to the animals.

They also let you get this close to black bears and feed them out of a glass bottle. We thought this was kind of crazy. Notice the person in the background feeding the bear.

The girls playing in the cabin.

The girls playing - Hope is reading to Anna :)

Playing at a nearby park.

We spent a LOT of time in the car. The girls did relatively well. Hope had a cold and is somewhat dramatic when she has "boogies in her nose." She has yet to figure out how to blow her nose. We'll be glad when she copes with colds better :)

We saw lots of this!

The sissies cuddling.

The lake in front of the cabin.

Mark did a LOT of this. So, I thought I would take a picture to remember :)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Introducing Anna Banana and her Monkey!

Here's Hopey giving her best monkey face.

Sweet little BanAnna.


We went trick or treating with our friends the Nasellis, got free Chipotle, and then had carmel apples and apple cider. It was a fun night.

I just threw this in because its cute :)

Picking out our pumpkin - Hope actually picked a good one!

Our goofy pumpkin.

Redeeming Orphans

Some friends of ours from Louisville adopted a sweet little boy from Ethiopia this year. It was a special joy to meet him in August. They decided to start the process of adopting while we were still in Louisville, and after many months and prayers later, he is with his parents. I don't know if there's anything much sweeter and powerful than that.

Rocky and Suzanne have recently began a new blog called Redeeming Orphans. I've only looked at it briefly, but it looks like an amazing resource. If you or anyone you know is considering adoption, or if you've never thought about it, it would be well worth your time to check it out. They include a list of helpful books to read, sites to visit for financial assistance, and advice for how to get started in the adoption process.

Thank you, Clark family, for creating this wonderful resource!