Monthly Archives: April 2014

Texas – GES Confrence

Every April Titus goes down to Texas for a GES Conference. GES is Grace Evangelical Society, which teaches that salvation is completely by belief in Jesus. Titus loves this conference and finds it very encouraging every year. I went the first year, 2011. But the next year Gideon was born just a few weeks before. The year after that a friend was having a baby and wanted me there so I didn’t go last year either. This year Titus, myself, our three children and my cousin Jerrard made the trip down. Happily the conference is very close to the Wehrli’s home, childhood friends of mine (Chantal), and seeing them every year is great fun!

Basically it was a week of talking and eating! 😀

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Titus went to the conference all day and the kids and I hung out with the Wehrli’s. The Wehrli’s are fabulous hosts, and are wonderful with little children. In a culture and society that doesn’t really embrace children, it was a breath of fresh air to this mommy to be with a family that liked my children, and weren’t bothered by them at all.  It was a stress free visit with them, even with three little children. All the Wehrli children are teenagers, or in their twenties but that didn’t stop them from loving on my kids, holding my kids, and taking us fun places. Even their 18 year old son helped put Faith to sleep in the car one day!

Uncle Lincoln and James watching something on one of the Wehrli’s smartphones.

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James and Gideon loved this dog. And he was so great with the kids too.  They played for hours together.

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Honestly all these pictures look alike when I take them this way. Some day I might be glad I did.

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Aunt Alaina and baby Faith.

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Jerrard giving Emma advice on how to handle parents. 😉

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We have all been friends for so long! It’s so fun to see these beautiful Wehrli girls again!

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Both on the way to Texas and on the way home we stayed at my Uncle Mark’s house. It was a bit out of the way, but almost right in the middle of the trip. For various reasons my Uncle Mark has two bath tubs over on the side of his yard. I have at least two different family members on my mom’s side that have taken pictures in them. Since it is becoming a tradition to take ‘bath tub’ pictures at his house, I really wanted one too!! 🙂 It was a lot of fun, ha ha. And Gideon would stay out of the way, so he is actually in the tub with me, and I’m holding him down. Mark and Nancy have a beautiful farm place now! Going outside and hearing the birds instead of cars was so nice, and made me kinda jealous!

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We had a great trip this year! Already looking forward to next year! 🙂

Bluebonnets! Mother/Daughter pictures!

We just spent almost a week in Texas! It was beautiful and sunny the whole week! More on why we were there later, this post is about the Bluebonnet flowers that fill the ditches! Faith and I got some fun pictures taken together!

First of all these are Bluebonnets:

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There are also a few of these orange flowers sprinkled through the Bluebonnets. I’m not sure what they are.

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Faith really just wanted to eat them all.

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Notice my hat!! 😀

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I have a beautiful daughter!

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Sunshine and smiles:

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Faith is 4 months old in these pictures. Mommy is well, 28!

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A big thanks to my sister Alaina, for taking the pictures. And a big thanks to the Wehrli’s for suggesting we go to take the pictures. 🙂

Easter 2014 – It’s all about Jesus!

Coming soon!

For the love of a straw hat

I have a clear and distinct memory from when I was an early teenager that involves a hat. We were at a picnic for a family that was moving away and one of my mom’s friends came walking down the hill. I clearly remember her wearing a long dress (maybe denim, not sure) her kids were running down the hill next to her (she had maybe 5 back then), and she was wearing a straw hat. She. looked. beautiful! I fell in love with straw hats right then and there. Ironically even though I love them, I’ve never had one that I really like.

About two years ago my cousin ruined my life by posting a picture of this hat on her facebook wall.

I love this hat. I’ve loved it for 2 years. I’ve lusted after this hat, and I think about it every single spring and summer. When I showed it to my hubby 2 years ago he gaped at the price, and I don’t blame him. It was about $100 then. I found it a bit cheaper now, around $60, but it’s still not something I’m going to pay. I’m just too cheap to spend that kind of money on just a hat.

So last week I was thinking about this hat yet again and got the brilliant idea to make my own. It won’t look perfect, but it just might be good enough for me.

I got a hat, yellow ribbon and printed off a picture of the original. I was seriously tempted to get the ribbon with polka dots but decided to make it as close to the original as possible.

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I used a hot glue gun to attached the ribbon. I really thought about sewing the ribbon on and I am soooo glad I didn’t do that! At this point in my life I need EASY, FAST, and FUN crafts. I’m not sure how long the glue will hold up, but it looks great right now.

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It only took me about 2 hours to do. The hat and ribbon together was about $5 at Wal-Mart. I figured if I messed up on the first hat I wasn’t out much money to try again. I do think getting a hat with out the small holes would make the words stand out more.

I got to wear it yesterday to the park for the first time and I love it!!

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Gideon got in the way of this picture to tell me about the fire truck he could hear. He has cute legs.

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Then he looked at the camera. Please move!

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Thank you! ha ha

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It isn’t perfect. I don’t have great ribbon writing skills, but for $5 and two hours I am MORE than pleased with the end result! I’ve also figured out that most people probably can’t read it while I’m wearing it. And I can’t read it while wearing it either. I am so glad I didn’t pay $60+ for it!!

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Gideon’s 2nd birthday….and miracles still happen!

Our sweet Gideon turned 2 last Friday! It is amazing and fun to watch these little boys of mine grow up. Our first year with Gideon was, well hard! Little to no sleep = grumpy mama! But we got through it and this second year of his life has been much better!

We were very happy and excited that Grandpa and Grandma Penner were here over Gideon’s b-day. Gideon shares a b-day with his Grandpa Jonathon and it was very special that he was here.  The day started off with lunch at the Olive Garden. I got a yummy seafood pasta that was extremely hot! Wow! It never bothered Faith though, which is amazing!

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And can I just say thank you to my wonderful sister-in-law for making this for my boys! It has helped so much in situations were we needed to wait.

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We opened presents at home after naps.

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James had a hard time remembering that it was Gideon’s b-day and not his. 🙂

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What makes more sense than to put cows in the fire truck?

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Superman!

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They each got one of these.  It wouldn’t have been very fun to just have one in the house. They have played with these so much in the stores before we bought them. They like to load them up with play animals and push them around!

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The birthday boys:

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Gideon blowing:

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We had two very exciting things happen in about 18 hours of each other, over Gideon’s b-day. First the night before his birthday I read to the boys  and Titus took them to their room and left them there. By. themselves! Most of you know that we have had some bad sleep problems in these few short years as parents. This is due mostly to the fact that our boys can not put themselves to sleep on their own. The biggest reason this happened was because our boys were both pretty grumpy babies and I felt as a mom that I had to do whatever I could to help them not cry so much. I also have a pretty soft heart and couldn’t stand letting them cry in their cribs. In the last month we have taught James to go to sleep on his own in his own bed.  It has been great! But Gideon still needed one of us to lie down with him, and it takes him at least an hour to go to sleep. It was getting so bad that neither Titus nor I wanted to put him to bed.  Well on the eve of his b-day Titus put both boys in their room, closed the door and we never saw them until morning (or possibly once during the night, I can’t remember)! When we went in there both little boys were sleeping in their own beds. This, my friends, is nothing short of a miracle!!  We have continued to put them to bed together. Some nights it works, some nights it doesn’t.  They play back there for at least an hour, sometimes two. I don’t understand how they can play for only 5 or 10 minutes before they fight during the day, but for an hour at night with no fighting! Last night I think James went to sleep but Gideon played by himself for a while. We put them to bed at 8:15 and at 10 we could still hear Gideon.  But when we went in there to check on them before going to sleep ourselves this is what we found:

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I’m pretty sure Gideon crawled up next to James in James’ bed and went to sleep next to him.  (and as a side note, yes they had pants on when they went to bed. I don’t know what they did with them!) All I can say is, “THANK YOU GOD!!” And I don’t know how parents of only children do it!! Having a sibling helps tremendously!

The second amazing thing that happened was that we had two people tell us how good our kids where while eating at the Olive Garden. This also has never happened to us, and we very rarely eat at sit down restaurants because our boys just are too active for them. Amazing!

In light of all this, I felt strangely sad. As happy as I am that they boys seem to be making a turn for the better with sleep, I felt sad at the same time. I told Titus, “They don’t need me anymore!” Watching your children grow up is all about being a parent and one that I try to embrace. And, we need more children, 3 isn’t enough yet!! 😀 😀

Ethiopian Food!

This past week Titus’ parents were here and we got to go on a date. I made a deal with Titus, if I got to pick the restaurant he could pick the movie! I’ve been wanting to Ethiopian food for quite a while!

This restaurant was on the top 5 list for Denver! The number one place to go was over an hour away, so we went here instead.

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I’m soooo happy! (And the mango juice in the corner was super yummy)

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What Ethiopian food looks like. The bread is kind of spongy and is made from the smallest grain. We got a chicken side, beef side, yellow split pea side, and a cabbage side.  We both liked the split pea side the best! The chicken was pretty good too!

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My brave hubby!  Despite the picture he did like it!!

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Titus and his Ethiopian coffee.

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Thanks honey for taking me there!  It was sooo yummy!!