Sunday, August 08, 2010

Papa and Nannie's Visit!

Last month Papa and Nannie came to visit! It was a GREAT 9 day visit! We saw and did lots, and just enjoyed a lot of fun times together. Papa helped us weed... a lot!! It turns out that Papa enjoys weeding, so he helped us to fully weed 2 plots and then we were also able to plant tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, watermelon, peppers, and pumpkin. It was so great to get it all done and we certainly wouldn't have been able to do it without their help! Papa, Nannie, Mark and Hope got to go out and see fireworks on the 4th and they had a great time. Mark and I also got to go downtown, just the 2 of us, for about 36 hours and we had so much fun! But, that's for another post. Thank you so much for coming, Nannie and Papa! We love you, and we made many great memories with you. Here are some of our favorite pictures with Nannie and Papa:

Nannie and the girls at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Nannie loves flowers.

In Target with Nannie after Hope's first ballet class. Daddy and Papa went to a Giants/Brewers game in Milwaukee.

Hopey playing outside with Papa and Nannie.

Apparently we really love Cracker Barrel! Actually, it is one of Nannie's favorite restaurants. We went there twice while they were here!

Mark and his dad are two peas in a pod. In the evenings, if there was a Giants game on, they had it on the computer. And I'm so glad they had each other to talk over the ins and outs of the Giants :)

Decorating the Rogers Family Apple Pie with Nannie.

Nannie brought several crafts to do with the girls. They made some 4th of July themed necklaces that were a hit.

This picture is funny because it is often how Anna looks. Thankfully she is figuring out how to push the hair out of her face, but most of the time she just won't keep a bow (or hair tie) in. So sad for her bow-making Mom. :) And, I'm not about to cut it, yet.

Reading with Nannie.

We took a trip downtown one day to Navy Pier.

The girls got to ride on the Thomas train on the pier.

Papa and Anna at Ghiradelli's for ice cream.

Nannie and Hope at the American Girl store. She had fun showing Nannie and Papa around.

We took a little boat ride off the pier along the Chicago skyline. It was a beautiful day!


Getting the plants ready.

Nannie and Hopey :)

Papa and Hopey.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Anna Eating Watermelon

Here's a cute little video of Anna eating and dipping watermelon. She is super-cute these days!


Shortly after we lost sweet baby Paul, we received a letter in the mail from Pastor Roger Spradlin in Bakersfield. One of the sentences he wrote has stayed with us over these past 5 years, and has encouraged us deeply. Making his letter even more meaningful is knowing that he had suffered greatly. He wrote,

"Now you must believe in the dark what you knew to be true of God in the light."

We've been able to (hopefully) encourage a couple of others this week using this thought. Because sometimes life is hard. It gets really hard. But we know that God is with us, and that when we are weak, He is strong. We know that life is short and eternity is long. We know that He is close to the broken-hearted. We know that we live in a very fallen, sin-filled world, and that we are not immune to its affects. We know that God works all things together for our good. We know that "this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison." 2 Corinthians 4:17

So, "let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday, Hopey!

We had a great 4th birthday with Hopey today. She was excited about everything. I love watching her grow up! Here are some pictures of our day:

Daddy and Hope at Cracker Barrel - Hope's choice for dinner.

We had a little play-date party this morning. Hope's choice for lunch was grilled cheese and tomato soup. Strange for a summer party, but she was sure that's what she wanted.

Playing at the park 2 doors down with her friends.

The girls decorated flip-flops and had a fun time.

Hope's quite creative flip flops. Who says they have to match?

The flip flop cake. I had fun making them. They never quite turn out like instructions show, but that's okay. Hope didn't care. Someday I should take a cake decorating class.

Sisters on birthday morning.

Outside Cracker Barrel on the rocking chairs.

Daddy comforting Hopey after she started crying because the waitresses were singing happy birthday to her. So sweet and sad.

Me and my little Anna Banana. She loves to drink like a big girl. In fact these days she loves to do EVERYTHING her sister does. Good thing she has a great big sister to look up to.