The teens put on another great banquet this year. It had a western theme and everyone seemed to really enjoy it!The adult leaders, Rushes, Blains and Andrews:) are quite involved too.

here are some pictures:









Kelly got the “Build and Grow” projects from Lowes and made them at home with the boys. Lowes has these kids workshops every other week. They are planning on going in a week to do the project at the store.

They had a lot of fun working with daddy especially Ethan. Caleb had a hard time staying on task 🙂 !

They made a garage for a little wooden car.

Our Van

We have a new van that we have been driving since late August. We bought it in April, but it had been in an accident and Kelly fixed it up. His brother Darren was a big help and Paul Williams from church helped paint it.

I currently have only before pictures, but I will take after pictures so you can see how nice it turned out!

We had been wanting to get a van and then our car was hit in the WalMart parking lot last January. I will look for a picture of our poor broken car. We are so thankful God provided us with a nice van.


Here is Ethan’s new love: ice skating! 

He loves to go with Grampa and when the ice was good, he went nearly M-F for a couple weeks! 

With all the rain (which got rid of all our snow) yesterday, we are hoping for some nice ice again in the next day or two. 

Ethan was not happy about the rain yesterday and was asking why God sent it. I told him that it might fix the ice if the weather got cold again, then he was thankful!  He prayed, “Thank you Jesus for sending this rain!” immediately. 

Heading out for the first time. Why so somber?


Grampa teaching Ethan


A very happy boy!

There were plenty of falls

But you have to get up

and get up again!

my dad took time out of clearing off the ice to teach Ethan, you can see he was in the process of shoveling....

Grampa clearing ice in background

he's having fun!

Where are the fish?

He's getting the hang of it

And he’s off!


Winter stuff 2

Here is some pictures from Christmas (which for us ended up being celebrated in New Year’s Day!)

Winter stuff

Here are some pictures from making a gingerbread house with Ethan:

Ethan loves to cook and really enjoyed making this. He couldn’t wait to surprise Daddy. We hid it in the microwave so Daddy and Caleb would see it in the morning.

summer stuff

DSC_0123Caleb’s birthday cake






We celebrated his first birthday in MaineDSC_0143DSC_0158









Ethan loved playing with his cousins Joy and Lydia

(as well as Kristin, Ruth, and baby Melody)














Enjoying Poppa’s new Kubota tractor











Fun at the 4th of July paradeDSC_0234








Ethan’s baseball pitch was 14 mph