Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Today our Pennsylvania house will no longer be ours.  I have so many emotions about it.  I love this house.  It was Mark's and my first house (we bought it on my birthday!).  I was pregnant with Mj when we bought it and we had so much fun planning his nursery!  We put so much time and effort into finishing the basement.  We brought each of our children home to this house.  So many special memories have taken place in this beautiful home.
Yet, I'm so excited!  Seeing God answer prayer!  We thought our house would sell in June, but the day we moved to Miami we found out that the buyers wanted to back out.  We were struggling with the whole move and then that put on top of it.  It brought us to our knees in prayer.  In September we had another buyer.  We were 2 weeks before closing and they backed out.  We knew it would be hard to sell our house once fall came so we just prepared to struggle with bills for some time until spring came and hopefully there would be a buyer then.  But within 1 week of it going back on the market we had a buyer!  God, why do we question You?!  You are Sovereign!!  You knew our house would sell in the perfect time.  You would supply our needs!
So today we say good-bye to our beautiful Pennsylvania home and can now begin to make our Miami home look more homey!=)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Demolition Begins

We knew before we moved to Miami that we would be remodeling the kitchen.  It's just way too small.  We thought we were going to be able to do it as soon as we moved because our house in Pa. was to sell at the end of June. But things happened and the buyers back out.  I was disappointed for many reasons, but decided our new house would be fine not decorated and without a new kitchen for awhile.  Well, tomorrow our house in Pa will be sold and so last weekend we went to IKEA and ordered new cabinets and a counter top (so thankful for an amazing sale IKEA was having!!!)
Last night Mark began the demolition of the kitchen.  Our new cabinets should be here next Friday!  The next couple weeks will be chaotic with our kitchen torn apart, but oh the memories we will make.

Before. Excuse the mess! My sweet hubby says it will make the after pictures even more amazing! LOL
Yep, that's all the counter top I have.  And when you're making a crock pot meal (like I was) the counter top is well.... gone!
Gabe was a big help with the shop vac!=)
Mark took the door off to our storage room (hence all the boxes you see). He will dry wall that to form our "U" shaped kitchen.  He removed the cabinets that were above the refrigerator.  He moved the refrigerator and our pantry so we can still eat in our house!=)
I'm so thankful for a handy husband who enjoys doing this kind of thing.  I cannot even tell you how excited I am to be starting on the kitchen!!!!!=)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fun Evening with Friends

Last night we spent the evening with friends enjoying a picnic supper watching the cruise ships leave port.

 Waiting patiently for the ships.
Fun with Daddy! 
Jadyn waving "bye" to the people.
I love that girl and the palm trees!=) 
Jadyn and her friend Kaylee having a good time.
Gabe loved seeing all the "big boats."
The Carnival Cruise Ship leaving.
Nice view!!!
"Big Boat!!!!"
Mj enjoying a walk along the water. He loved watching the pelicans nose dive for dinner. 
Jadyn & me.
Looking toward Miami.  Beautiful!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Our First Miami Thanksgiving!

Our first Miami Thanksgiving was so much fun! It was a beautiful day (well except for the rain that came right when we sat down to eat LOL) enjoying time with new friends that we have made down here. Here are pictures from our day!

 The tables set up outside. Each plate had 5 corn kernels to represent the Pilgrims rationing of 5 corn kernels a day. Wow! What a great reminder of how blessed we are.
The kids loved the tire swing.
Jadyn & Kaylee - best buddies 
Gabe & I enjoying the sunshine.
Mr. Wishart shooting his potato gun.
Going to catch the potatoes in buckets.
Indian Jadyn
You can't have Thanksgiving without football.
Mj's turkey
Gabe decided to eat his apple instead of making a turkey.
Jadyn's turkey

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Totschool - Thanksgiving

Jadyn is 41 months old & Gabe is 21 months old
Tot School
We enjoyed a break from our "usual" tot school routine and focused on Thanksgiving fun!

"M" is for Mayflower.
Jadyn's turkey she colored, cut, and pasted.
 Getting the pilgrims to the Mayflower by tracing.
Probably the most fun activity of the week. Making turkeys with their feet. 
Jadyn was so proud of her turkey.
Jadyn's turkey - the finished product.
Gabe loved his turkey!
Look at that cute footprint turkey!
Number practice with Thanksgiving things. 
Jadyn loved doing this potato head inspired turkey.
We loved having Mj home from school today so he joined in on the fun, too!=) 
I posted so many Thanksgiving ideas that I couldn't do them all.  You can check out my pinterest board for these ideas I used and more.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tinker Bells

Jadyn was eating lunch and starting singing "Jingle Bells" AKA "Tinker Bells!" Enjoy the video!

Thanksgiving Party

Yesterday, I was able to go to Mj's class's Thanksgiving party.  We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving feast and I had fun watching Mj play with his friends.  It's so hard to believe how close Thanksgiving is (and that I got a little red on my shoulders from the sun - it was hot today!).  I'm so thankful that Mj loves school so much and he is doing such a great job!  I miss him terribly during the day, but I know that this is where God wants both of us.

Playing Knockout with his friends.
So thankful for my 3rd Grader! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness

"My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him Who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace and gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness, and clothed me with His light,
And wrote His law of righteousness with pow'r upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him Who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength and causes fears to fly;
Whose every promise is enough for every step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love and crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness to Him Who reigns above;
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, Whose every thought is love.
For every day I have on earth is given by the King.
So I will give my life, my all, to love and follow Him.

Words by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fall Fling 2011

One of our favorite activities with our youth group in Pennsylvania was our annual Fall Fling.  So we were excited to host a Fall Fling for our youth group in Miami at our house and show them some real Fall fun.  It definitely doesn't feel or look like fall around here, but it was nice not having to be all bundled up for a fall fling!=)  We're excited to make some new memories with our new youth group!=)  Here's some pictures of Fall Fling 2011!

 Playing some football.
Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs.
Making Scarecrows.
The 3rd place scarecrow.
The 2nd place scarecrow
And the girls were our winners with the 1st place scarecrow.
I saw a caramel apple bar on pinterest and had to try it for our Fall Fling.  It was delicious and fun!
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Finding the perfect toppings for the caramel apple.
Don't they look yummy!
MJ and his caramel apple.
Enjoying the caramel apples.
Jadyn loved them!
Gabe enjoyed eating the candy that fell off the apples left on the table.
 Candy hunt in the hay.
Gabe enjoyed rolling around in the hay.
Jadyn & her friend Kaylee having fun in the hay.
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