Sunday, July 31, 2011

18 Months Old

Feels like it was just yesterday I was staring at the pregnancy test in unbelief with a 10 month old Jadyn crawling at my feet and a 6 year old Mj running around the hosue!!!! Can't believe my Gabey Baby is 18 months old. Where has this year and a half gone?! So thankful for our surprise miracle Gabriel Christian! God is so good to give us this happy and clumsy little bundle of joy!!!  By the way, his goose egg is smaller, but still pretty nasty looking.  He's doing just fine and has been his "crazy" self!  We love you Gabey Baby!!!!!  Happy 18 month Birthday!!!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Gabe vs the Tile Floor

Gabe is definitely our clumsy child. If there's an opportunity to get hurt he will. He's had so many bloody lips and bruises in his short life. Unfortunately for Gabe, all the floors in our new house are tile.... 
Tile floor: 1. Gabe: 0.

Fun at a Tropical Park!

We were invited to go with some friends to a tropical park yesterday! It was so much fun and absolutely beautiful!!!! Here are some pictures from our day!

Gabe having fun at the splash park.
Mj bringing me some water to cool my feet off.
The beautiful pond with iguanas, swans, fish and turtles!
Gabe wasn't sure about the sheep at the petting zoo.
Mj & his friend Emma racing down the slides.
Monkey see. Monkey do.
Jadyn pretending to be the huge tree.
Back to the splash park to cool off.
Gabe finally went under the big mushroom!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Off to the Zoo

We were invited to go to the zoo with one of Jadyn's friends and their family.  It was hot, but we were able to cool off at the splash pond.  We had a blast!  I think the monkeys were the favorite.  They were swinging from branch to branch and make a whole lot of noise!  It was a fun way to spend our morning!!!

Mj, Jadyn & her friend Kayleigh
Gabe spotted the monkeys.
Just swinging around.
The lion was resting against the window!!  Jadyn was a little scare, but Mj loved it!
The Asian elephant.
Fun at the petting zoo.
The splash pond! - A nice way to cool off!
Gabe loved running through the water!
Mj loved it, too!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Jadyn playing Memory and studying those pictures to see if she has a match! =)

Monday, July 25, 2011

His Robes for Mine

This song has been on my heart today.  Just thought I'd share it with you.

"His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.

His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.

His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.

His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!

I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone."

Words by Chris Anderson

Saturday at the Beach!

We were able to head down to the beach on Saturday. What a fun family day!=) Gabe loves the water and can't get enough of it. Although he usually ends up face first in the salt water. Jadyn, loves getting her bucket, filling it with water and dumping it in the sand. Mj is a fish and doesn't get out of the water at all. He was boogie boarding all by himself and having a blast! So thankful for a fun day at the beach!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thank Goodness for Skype!

Our move to Florida would've been a whole lot harder if it weren't for skype.  I'm so thankful to be able to see our family and friends when we talk with them.  One of the hardest things for me when we decided to move was that my dad and Mark's parents wouldn't get to see the kids, but with Skype they still get to see them and the kids can still see them.

Although when you get all 5 of us in front of the camera it can be quite chaotic.  Mj & Jadyn both want to talk at the same time.  Gabe wants to climb all over the computer desk.  Total chaos!!=)

On Saturday night we were able to Skype with the Storcks (Uncle Bob & Aunt Sue) from our church in Pa. Harvest Bible Church.  They've kind of adopted our kids as their own.  We skyped for almost 2 hours with them.  It was so fun watching the kids react to seeing Uncle Bob & Aunt Sue on the "puter" as Jadyn calls it. I think one of the funniest things was Jadyn throwing a tissue at the camera and Mr. Storck holding up a tissue in Pennsylvania and Jadyn seriously thought her tissue went through the camera to them.  I wish I had a video of that!

We sure do miss our family and church family back in Pa.!!

Mr. Storck took a picture of us skyping with them.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Jadyn's Room

Over the weekend we were able to add some girly additions to Jadyn's pink bedroom.

Owl decals for the wall and a newly painted dresser.
Flower night light from IKEA and a newly painted hutch.
I'm trying to get my hubby to let me get a flower night light for our room!! LOL

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Trying to Stay Cool....

It was so hot yesterday so we tried to figure out where we put our pool. We cleaned it (after we shooed the lizards hiding in the pool) and let the kids splash around in the pool for awhile. A great way to keep cool!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Star Wars Fanatic

Mj was so excited to see Star Wars Fruit Snacks at Publix and then his happy meal toy was a light saber!  Can a kids day get any better?!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Merciful God

Merciful God, O abounding in love
Faithful to all who draw near You
Hearing the cries of the humble in heart
Showing the cross they may cling to
Helpless I come, broken in sin,
Found at the feet of Your mercy
Father, forgive
May my sin be remembered no more

Merciful God, O abounding in love
Faithful through times we have failed You
Selfish in thought and uncaring in deed
Foolish in word and ungrateful
Spirit of God, conquer our hearts
With love that flows from forgiveness
Cause us to yield
And return to the mercy of God

Merciful God, O abounding in love
Faithful to keep us from falling
Guiding our ways with Your fatherly heart
Growing our faith with each testing
God speed the day struggles will end
Faultless we'll gaze on Your glory
Then we will stand
Overwhelmed by the mercy of God

Words by Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Let's Go to the Park!

The kids needed to get out of the house and so did I so I took them to a park that has a tidal pool off the bay. It was great for the kids!!! They loved it!

Mj & Jadyn enjoying the water!
Gabe checking it all out!
Catching fish.
Gabe loved the water!

Totally worn out!!
Jadyn was too!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There is a Higher Throne

There is a higher throne
Than all this world has known,
Where faithful ones from ev'ry tongue
Will one day come.
Before the Son we'll stand,
Made faultless through the Lamb;
Believing hearts find promised grace—
Salvation comes.

Hear heaven's voices sing;
Their thund'rous anthem rings
Through em'rald courts and sapphire skies.
Their praises rise.
All glory, wisdom, pow'r,
Strength, thanks, and honor are
To God our King, who reigns on high

And there we'll find our home,
Our life before the throne;
We'll honor Him in perfect song
Where we belong.
He'll wipe each tear-stained eye
As thirst and hunger die.
The Lamb becomes our Shepherd King;
We'll reign with Him.

Words by Keith & Kristyn Getty

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gabey Baby!

I just can't get enough of my Gabey Baby!  He's our clown!  He loves to make people laugh and if you don't laugh, he'll laugh for you!  I'm so thankful the Lord surprised us with this sweet boy!!  Hard to believe he's almost 1 and 1/2 years old! Where is the time going?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Best of Camp - Teen Activity

Last night we had our first teen activity here in Miami. It was the best of the church camp. We enjoyed archery, a boat ride in the canal, snow cones, and fun games in the gym. The kids had so much fun and it was great getting to know the teens better! Other than getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, it was a great night!

Mark & Mj try their hand at some archery.

Jadyn & I on the boat ride.

One of the low bridges we had to go under!

Jadyn loves snow cones!

So did Gabey!

Mj had a blue raspberry snow cone!

Knock out!

Mat ball.
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