Let’s go to the park

This weather has been so crazy this winter. I can’t believe that we are having 40 and 50 degree days in February! I love seeing the sun . . . and the ground. No Snow! So, to celebrate, we took Ash to the park today. This guy enjoyed the slide and running around like all the other kids. I’m sure this is becoming a weekly event.

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Wishing you a Joyful Christmas

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We can’t believe another year has past. Asher is already one-year-old! He has changed so much over the last year. Each day we see new traits to his personality, new likes, new dislikes, and more of that wonderful smile! We have been truly blessed this year.

Zach graduated with his Masters this spring and has completed all the requirements and will be ordained in May. Bri is over half-way done with her Masters and will be graduating in May as well (What a busy month that will be!). Bri is enjoying teaching 4th and 5th grade students in the Learning Center, while Zach continues to work with and shape the youth in our church.

This year has been full of travel, as well. We had the wonderful experience of going on a cruise to the Caribbean with Bri’s family in June. We travelled to the Bahamas, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Marteen. Asher was able to swim in his first ocean at one of the top five most beautiful beaches in the world: Trunk Bay. We also travelled to Yellowstone National Park for a week of camping with Zach’s family. We saw (and smelled) many geysers, hiked many trails, and saw much of the beautiful countryside. We are fortunate to be able to see so much of God’s beautiful creation and raise Asher in an environment where he can grow up appreciating and experiencing so much of it as well.

This time of year reminds us of the hope we have in Christ. Our hope of the future and present rely fully in this little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. So, we wait in anticipation of his arrival, but continue to fully love like he loves and share our joy with everyone we know. What joy we find in him!

We wish you all a joyful Christmas!

month twelve

I can’t believe we have reached the final installment of his monthly photos. When I look back at the pictures of him, it is crazy to see how much he has grown, and to see how chunky he was this summer. He has really begun to thin and lengthen out. I loved hanging all his pictures out at his birthday party so everyone could see his growth. I am so glad that I took the time each month to get these shots. I know I will really appreciate having them in the future.

Here are a couple of the pictures from his last monthly shots and a few more of him when we took our Christmas pictures. He looks like a little boy in his Christmas pics. I am still in disbelief!

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Happy Birthday!

birthday1Happy Birthday to the greatest little man we know!

You are so full of joy, happiness, laughter, and love! We can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. Happy Birthday little man. We love you so!

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We only have a few more days until this little man is one. The baby phase is quickly moving away, and the toddler phase is ready to take over. I have cherished every moment of this time with our little man. Each stage has been a joy. Now that he is beginning to walk, I know this phase will only be around for a little while longer. I want to make sure and capture as much as I can of him right now. So, I spent some time capturing him in his crib, catching these precious memories of him standing up, smiling at us, as we come in to get him after nap time. These are the moments I will look back on when he is throwing a tantrum or bringing home his first girlfriend. I know I will be glad I have these pictures then!

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month eleven

This little guy is all personality!

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