Saturday, October 31, 2009

Come, O Great Pumpkin....

Happy Fall Everyone! As you know from previous posts, this is definitely my favorite time of year. In following the traditions of last year and making some new ones (thank goodness the hubby is home!) we ended up where everyone goes around this time: to a pumpkin patch, on a mission to find the most beautiful and perfect pumpkins. When we arrived, we eagerly awaited a wheelbarrow or radio flyer wagon to collect our pumpkins. Little did we know that Ethan would through a huge fit because he, yes, you guessed it....he spotted a red wagon that looked exactly like his! It didn't even dawn on us to bring his :( It didn't bother him that others were using it, he wanted to help push the wagon to wherever they were going. After explaining to him (like you can explain anything to a determined 14 month old!) that the red wagon wasn't his, we got him interested in a wheelbarrow, but he really couldn't push it as well. That lasted only a few moments. As a mother and her kids were leaving they gave us the wagon that they were using. Ah, my hero! Another mother came to my rescue! Rule of thumb: Next year, we are bringing the wagon =)

After our dilemma with the wagon, it was awesome! We had such a great time and it was even a little chilly out =) Ethan could have cared less if we even bought a pumpkin, he just loved being able to push a wagon around and to be outside. It was definitely worth the fussing that Ethan did at the beginning! To be honest, I think Jeremiah and I had much more fun watching and taking pics of Ethan. After all, isn't that why you have children? To love on them and get to do stuff with them that you loved when you were little?! Our outing ended with lunch at none other than, Chick-Fil-A! It's the BEST!

Mr. Ethan McMuscles~loved pushing the wagon =)

Taking a time out to pose with Mommy! He's pretty much oblivious to the camera these days (that's probably why we only get a few with him actually looking at the camera!) Such a boy!

I wonder if this counts as child labor?!

Ethan, testing out the hay. Someone should have told him, that Hay is for Horses!

Our Little Pumpkin~2009
14 months

Our Little Pumpkin~2008
2 months

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good-bye Colorado.....

I can't say enough about Colorado. From the Rockies, to the changing of seasons, to the many precious people that have come along my way, I have found it a privilege to live here for 4 1/2 years. Totally being wrapped up in God's majestic nature has been humbling. I often thing to myself, 'How can someone look at these gorgeous mountains and see the seasons change and not believe in the God who created all this for us to enjoy??' I have lots of history here: I came to Colorado with one husband and am leaving with another husband and son, I came here only knowing a hand full of people and am leaving with prayer warriors and friends that I love.Even though I experienced my great tragedy here, I am overjoyed with the plans that the Lord has set forth for my family and the precious, precious women, sisters who I have met and will know and hold dear to for the rest of my life. Thank you, Jesus, for the everlasting love that you show us through friends that You draw near to us.
** Disclaimer: this next part might be sad for some, just warning you!**
One of the families that God has blessed my with is the Rue Family. Charlie and I met Keri and Micah 5 years ago at Fort Knox, while they were hosting OCF at their home. It seems like we were just little girls back then, biding the time while our husbands were at OBC, not sure how we were going to make it for 10 days while our husbands were in the field, and wondering how we could even fathom a year without them but trying to make the best of it. It was as if God was already drawing us together to be best friends....little did I know how much I would need her in the coming months. Then over night, things changed. Charlie had died....just like that. No warning, no knowledge about how to become a widow.....I was one. I had gotten shoved into a group that I did not want to belong to. Thank goodness I had a great group of girl friends there for me, one of them being Keri. From this moment on Keri has given me lots of funny laughs, lots of thought provoking questions, lots of great food and mojitos :), lots of good advice ( I love our conversations, girl!) and lots of love for me, Charlie, Jeremiah and Ethan. She stood right beside me when I married Jeremiah. She has seen me at my worst and at my best and everything in between. She is my Keri and I just love her and praise the Lord for giving my her as a best friend! Ok, so these are our 'See ya later' pictures because we are going to see each other again!

Pikes Peak

Our little munchkins- it took me three or four trys before this cute picture was achieved!

I love this photo of Skylar! Doesn't see look like Keri?!

The Kline and Rue Families! I just had to post this photo just to show you what taking photos with kids entails. Keri has the better copy :) I think Ethan did NOT want to move to Texas :)

My BFF :)

Skylar and Ethan <3>
(They are totally going to get married one day :)

We miss you guys already!! Ethan sends Skylar hugs and kisses! We love you!