December 28, 2007


...we are finally on the downhill side of the holidays! Not that I don't enjoy them. We had a very blessed holiday season- God has been very good to us!

We started off in Seattle the weekend before Christmas. We had our "Thorndike Christmas" with all of John's family. Our kids loved the time with their 6 cousins. They played and played and played some more! We stayed at Rod and Elizabeth's (John's sister) and their 4 kids -Thanks Rod & Liz! After our Thorndike Christmas it was back to work for John and Christmas party and events for the week.

Sunday before Christmas we had our traditional Christmas Eve get together at my Grandma's. The kids had fun opening presents and being crazy!

We went to our candlelight service on Christmas Eve and then, since Papa was working, Nana slept over at our house. My mom and dad spent Christmas morning with us- we had so much fun watching the kids open their gifts.

Here's a funny little story about Jeremiah....on Christmas Eve, I asked him if he wanted to leave Santa a snack for when he comes with all the gifts in the night. Jeremiah said that he needed a healthy snack, so we peeled an orange for him and also gave him a glass of milk-ok, and a truffle for his sweet tooth! Then, because the reindeer might be hungry, we set out some muddy-buddies. Earlier that evening he told me that we needed to go to the "shopping store" to buy a chimney and a fireplace so that Santa could get in, I told him he could find a special way to get in and not to be worried! Anyway, we put out his snacks - after I convinced him that they didn't need to go outside....and he was so surprised the next morning when they were nearly gone!

Santa brought Jeremiah his first bike and Alison her first play-kitchen!

If you didn't notice, I didn't send out a Christmas novel this year. I have really taken to heart the importance of simplicity in my life at this time. God has done some amazing things for us over the year, a new job and training for John, new baby, new car and lots of loving relationships. I know that those of you who have kept up on reading our blog know what has been going on with us and have been keeping us in your prayers. Those of you who haven't can always catch-up! If you receive a Christmas card from us this year, you are one of the few-so feel privileged!
Thank you to all of you who sent us cards, gifts, and emails. We are so blessed by all of your friendships and love. We pray that God will continue to bless all of you over this new year and for many, many to come.
Until next and God's grace to you all!

December 25, 2007




More pics and an update on the holiday coming soon!

December 17, 2007


...and now we are home! The kids and I picked John up at the Seattle airport on Friday afternoon and then spent the weekend with his family. The kids loved the airport, by the way. I think Alison smashed her face against the window in the breezeway as hard as she could so she could look at all the cars going underneath it! John had a good trip, but he was ready and happy to be home with our family.
We had a really nice time visiting and having our "Thorndike Christmas". The kids had a blast playing with all their cousins.
Before we left the Seattle area, we were able to have lunch with "Uncle" Adam, John's good friend and his fiance Rippel. It was nice to finally get to see them since we've missed catching up over the last few visits.
Finally before getting on the road, we made one last stop to see the love of Jeremiah's life...Bella. Bella is Dan and Elizabeth's dog and is absolutely in love with "his" Bella. We also did a little shopping...and more shopping!
We are very happy to finally be in our own beds and yelling and screaming and playing in our own comforting.
Now, the next adventure is Christmas. Oh, the fun we'll have!

December 12, 2007

Princess dresses, cake and melt-downs...

Hosanna has been officially dedicated! And, Alison is now 100% Two! We enjoyed having our family and friends join us on Sunday for Hosanna's dedication, followed by Alison's 2nd Birthday party.

The dedication was very nice. Pastor Carney did a great job. We really appreciate he and Maria as our pastors. He had a very good and relevant message. It's always nice to have our family join us in worship with our church-family.

Alison wore her 'princess dress' that was given to us by a good friend. She loved to twirl around in it and of course, it was pink! She enjoyed her pizza and cake and then....crash! All the sudden we were overspent and READY for a nap! She is enjoying all her gifts and is playing and sharing them with Jeremiah.

I've been enjoying the snow. But, now it's just cold an dirty looking so, it can go away for a while! I took Alison over to Walla Walla on Monday for her check-up and we had to drive 40 mph because of the ice! I should have stayed home! Everything went well though, she is a whopping 29lbs! The doctor is very pleased with her growth and development.

Jeremiah has his preschool Christmas program tomorrow night...I can't believe it!

We will be heading to Seattle this weekend for our Thorndike Christmas..actually John will be meeting the kids and I there because he is at some training in Tucson right now....long story. I am excited for the kids to get to play with their cousins and to just see all the family. Pray for our safe travels!

December 4, 2007

Extra long... has been a very long weekend. We switched internet providers and had some major issues with our pc, internet until today. I finally feel like I am back in touch with the world!

Our big excitement for the week was all the snow that we got. In total, I think about 4 inches fell. It was here for a couple of days and then rain showers washed it all away overnight! It's 65 and windy now.....
The kids had so much fun playing in the white stuff. Alison loved to eat it...ewe. Jeremiah was a pro at building snow castles and snow men. Mommy took them for a few red-wagon rides thru the snow, until my arm was ready to fall off(we didn't have a sled)!

Alison has been spending lots of time helping me in the kitchen. She loves to get out all my measuring cups and utensils and "bake" with me. The other day I was making noodles and she decided to 'help' with the flour....

Jeremiah has been doing great in school. He loves it! He has been learning to write his name and other letters. He informed me the other day that his birthday was in if I didn't know. :)

Hosanna is so busy growing. I can't believe the pounds that girl has been packing on! She is also talking up a storm with her cooing and smiling lots too!

John and I have been keeping busy with the usual...he has work, which he still loves and I have the kids...YAY! We have lots of fun things coming up these next couple of weeks so stay tuned....same time, same bat channel....hahaha....!

November 26, 2007

Trimming the tree....

...oh you bet we did!
I started a day later than last year, but we got the tree up and decorated on Saturday! I officially started my season of watching White Christmas on Thursday, though.....I watched it a few times over the summer to try and trick my prego body into thinking "cool". So far, we've only lost two ornaments to the wrath of Alison. I think she actually likes the 'pop' and shattering sound they make when they hit the floor. Her eyes get really big and she says "oooohhhhh"!

Today they where extra cute when I caught Jeremiah and Alison singing while they worked...helping me fold laundry, or not.

On a different note, in just two weeks, Miss Alison will be turning two. Close your mouth..I know it's shocking, but oh so true. The time has officially flown by! Sunday the nineth is her day and we will also be dedicating Miss Hosanna. Below is a copy of the invite for those of you close enough to attend. A dedicationceremony is so important to John and I. It keeps us accountable in our parenting and says..."Hey, we want to raise our kids to serve the Most High God!" We need all the prayer and encouragement we can get in this battle to raise godly kids in such and ungodly world. Thankfully, we have awesome family and friends who we know love our kids as much as they love us!

Please join us!
Hosanna’s Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Pendleton First Assembly of God
1911 SE Court Street
Service starts at 10:30 a.m.
{Please arrive early if you would like to sit with our family.}


Alison’s 2nd Birthday Party
Abby’s Pizza Parlor
828 Southgate
Following the church service.
{We will be providing dessert only.}

November 22, 2007

turkey, turkey, turkey....

...We had a great turkey day! It was nice to see family and spend time with them. the kids were SO tired by the time we left mom and dad's that they fell asleep as soon as we hit the road! John had to work, but his working allowed another family time with their daddy...
We miss our Aaron, so here is some pics with a message just for him...

November 19, 2007

"You ruined my life..."

Today, I nicely asked Jeremiah to head up to his room for naptime. He didn’t like that idea so much and decided to throw a toy car at me….which was already kinda broke. Throwing it made it fall apart and I promptly had him pick up the pieces and marched him to the trash can to throw it away…meanwhile he was crying and throwing a fit(shocking, I know). When I finally got him upstairs, we prayed for naptime and with a frown and tears in his eyes, he said “But Mom, you just ruined my life!” I tried not to laugh and as I was leaving told him not to worry, I didn’t ruin his life…..yet.

November 17, 2007

For our friend.....

...this is a special post just for my friend Genevieve.....we love the shoes!

November 5, 2007

silly tigers....

It's been a crazy busy week and it's only Monday! the kids had fun at our Fall Carnival at church. They were both tigers (Hosanna went as a newborn, fitting, I know!). They came home with candy and fun toys. Afterwards we went out to the ol' homestead in Adams to see all the old folk...(hahaha...I love you mom and dad!) They were quite entertaining, if you like that kinda thing, you know, children screaming and running around on a sugar and carb high. :) They both slept quite well that nite! Tomorrow Ms. Hosanna has a check-up and we'll get to see how chunky she really is. Later this week I get to head off to Wallawa and leave the older children with daddy while I enjoy a weekend of scrapbooking-yay! Other than the usual daily entertainment of three children, we've just been enjoying life and FALL!