Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Four going on Fourteen...

So...Sarah started preschool last week. She is going three days a week and needless to say is loving it! On the first day of school I walked her to her class and she hardly said good bye. She just went right in and came home all smiles telling me all about her teachers and new friends. The next day she said "can you just drop me off and not walk me to my class"! Little Miss Independence! She is really growing up! We are so proud of you Sarah...you are our special girl!

On a side note. Silas is missing his big brother and sister. He almost does not know what to do. He wants to know when he is going to school. So I said we would have "mommy school" which usually means going to the store, or helping with wash or playing trains or whatever we decide to to do that day! Silas especially misses Sarah. Twice in the past two days I heard him calling "mama" so I answered him only to have him reply "Not you my other mama"...meaning Sarah. I just cracked up laughing. She really is like a mother hen sometimes. Got to love big sisters.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Silas Mark

I got this hat for Silas the other day and thought he looked so cute in it I had to take some pictures of him! Here are a few shots from our photo shoot. My little boy is growing up!

Hope Ireland

Monday, September 14, 2009

To the love of my life...

Happy Anniversary...we have come a long way baby!
These pictures were taken seven years ago... back in the day when we only knew one person who had a digital camera! We look so young...my how times have changed.

I love you more today than ever and I hope and pray our love only continues to grow stronger!

You are my best friend and I love you.

Looks like we've made it...
Here's to many more awesome years together!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Silas Builds

We have had fun taking the kids to Home Depot's Kids workshop the past few months. Here are a few shots of Silas at work.

Sunrises with My Little Girl

Sarah loves to wake up early. This is a shot from one of her early mornings with Daddy. Like me she loves to watch the sun rise and set.

Strasburg Railroad

All Aboard! We spent one of the last free days of the summer riding the rails.
Moses and Sarah had earned their tickets through a reading contest at the Library.
We had a great time rolling through the countryside. Here are some pics.

Silas and Daddy enjoying the ride.

Moses, Hope and Mommy-all smiles

Sarah getting a great view of Lancaster County

Hopey having a blast on the railroad car

Thoughts of a different era.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This is What Brothers Are For

Matt and I with our bikes on a recent ride on Skyline Drive in VA.

A Season of Change...

This past week has been one of milestones for Moses. Last Thursday he turned six years old and then yesterday he began first grade. We had a great birthday day for Mo. We went back to school shopping with some birthday money he had gotten. He LOVED picking out his own clothes and I LOVED watching him! We had a small family birthday on Thursday and then he had a few friends over for a kids party on Saturday....a first for us but we had fun.
Yesterday was another step of letting go and it was harder than I thought. The night before school started I was tucking Moses into bed and he whispered "Mom can you pray for me?" I knew he was referring to school and as Mark and I prayed tears were rolling down my cheeks. Why does this feel so hard? He will be gone all day now under someone else's care and it is a deeper step in truly trusting and releasing him to the Lord. It is awesome though that we know his teacher and that he will be riding the same bus with the same bus driver as last year and hopefully know some of the same kids from kindergarten.
Yesterday morning Moses was so nervous and as much as I was trying to ease his fears I was nervous myself so much so that I forgot to take any pictures and forgot his lunch! What a mom! Then he came home looking awful. He had been complaining of not feeling good that morning but I just thought it was his nerves but by the time he came off the bus he had a fever and was looking pretty ill. He ended up falling asleep on the couch before 6:30. Talk about a first day of school! He is home sick today but will hopefully be back in the groove tommorow.
Moses, we are proud of the big six year old and first grader that you are!

Quality Stone

For those who don't know Mark started a new job working for Quality Stone about 6 weeks ago. He is enjoying gaining a new skill and learning all about the stone business. It has been a huge blessing to see this career opportunity come forth after several months of waiting. It has been a transition but we are excited for the new season that is upon us!

Beach Trip

Two weeks ago we headed to Ocean City New Jersey for an extended weekend with my (Heather's) family at my grandparent's beach house. We had a fun time walking the boards, biking, riding the ferris wheel, going to the park and eating good food. Here are a few snapshots of our time together.
Early morning bike ride with Daddy

Eating donuts at Browns

Hope waiting in line for the Ferris Wheel

Riding bikes on the board walk...I might add Sarah screamed and cried the whole way back to the house while strangers looked at my cross-eyed....though the first half of our ride was fun. We stopped at the arcade and pretended to ride the rides! Cheap fun!

My mom used to collect Mr. Peanut memorabilia so we took her picture with him!

My grandfather giving Sarah a ride on his scooter!

The ferris wheel. See how high we are and no seat belts or bar to hold us in!
I used to love rides as a kid but I honestly was freaked out by the ferris wheel. We got stopped at the very top and were just swinging in the air and my palms got sweaty and my heart started racing! They were all laughing at me but I was so relieved when the ride was over!

Hopey at the park

Little Hope

I can't believe my little Hope will be 6 months in one week. She rolled over for the first time last week and has started to scoot on her belly on the floor. Where does time go? We are enjoying her at this stage though as she giggles and likes to be played with. She really likes to be right in on the action and hates when we leave her to play on her own. She loves to be held and is enjoying her new bumbo seat. We love you little Hopey!