Friday, June 8, 2018

Water Park Fun!

Summer is here. To kick it off, we went to visit some good friends out in mid-Texas. It's a four hour drive to them, but definitely worth it. We spent the day at a water park nearby. We had a blast!

Here we are waiting in line to get into the park. 

 Once inside, the kids went crazy. It wasn't too crowded, and there was plenty to do such as a lazy river, water slide, obstacle course, and diving board. 

 I spent a lot of time with Oliver there. He definitely impressed me. He is fearless in the water, and is a great swimmer, even in the deep end. 

 The diving board was a favorite. Here's Jonny doing a back flip. 

 Oliver even jumped off the diving board several times. He was a little bummed because he wasn't tall enough for the water slide though. 

 Here comes Sveta! Today also happened to be her 21st birthday. The girls went out last Sunday to get pedicures to celebrate. I can't believe she is 21! She is such a beautiful, caring young lady. 

My mom and Tina stayed at the house, and we got to come home to homemade lasagna. Yum!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day!

Mother's Day was such a beautiful day. The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed family time. We went to the Mother's Day service at our church, and afterwards Thomas and I brought Sveta, Oliver, and Dennis to our house. We spent the afternoon getting it ready for the family to come over, and making a special dinner.  It turned out great, and we had a lot of fun!

Dennis made Mom this nice poster. 
Happy Mother's Day to my amazing, loving, forgiving, fun, incredible Mom! You are my best friend, and I don't know what I'd do without you. You really are the Master of Mothering!


Even though today was a great day, it was also a really hard day for me. During the church service, I was brought to tears many times during the worship, baby dedications, and message. At the end of last November, Thomas and I had a miscarriage. It was hard at first, but I thought I was doing okay after awhile. Now that months have passed it's really hard. I think about it all the time, and that's not an exaggeration.  I think, "Now I would be X amount of months along. The room would be ready. I'd know the gender. I could feel it kick, only if I didn't miscarry." I've blamed myself and struggled a lot with anger, depression, and confusion. I wonder when the pain from it will go away, but right now it's hard to think it ever will. It's easier said then done to trust in God, His perfect timing and that He has it all in control. I know all that deep down, but it doesn't mean I struggle at times, and I feel guilty for being angry at God, when I know He loves me and is hurting when I am. I don't understand why Thomas and I are going through this, and I most likely won't on this earth. Right now, I just keep praying that if it's His will, He'll bless us with another baby someday.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Weekend

After the Good Friday service, Annalyn and I went out to Subway for dinner. Thomas has been out of town for over 2 weeks, and Annalyn's husband was working. She ended up coming over afterwards and spending the night. We stayed up until almost 2am catching up on life, and enjoying each other's company. 

On Saturday, I took my siblings to Baskin Robbins for the discount ice cream on the 31st.  The server was so friendly and patient. Here's Jonny, Andrew, and Paul chilling with their ice cream. 

 Alex chose cookies and cream. 

 Anastasia, Natalie, Nolan, and Oliver

There are so many beautiful ponds around here. 

Decorating eggs was a lot of fun. 

 Oliver loved dropping the eggs in the mug and watching it change colors. Sometimes he dropped it from a little too high though, and caused the dye to splash. Not fun to clean up. 

My dad teaches the college Sunday school class, but he was out of town this weekend. He asked me to teach it for him, and I really enjoyed sharing the joy that comes with Jesus's resurrection. Afterwards, we spent the afternoon swimming, playing spikeball and four square, eating, and hanging out; 

 I brought Nike over, and he loved all the attention. 

 For dinner, we had salad, green beans, bread, and amazing fall off the bone ribs. 

Happy Easter! I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families. All day I kept thinking of the first verse in the song Happy Day. It is the greatest day in history. 

The greatest day in history, death is beaten, you have rescued me, sing it out, Jesus is ALIVE!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tutsa Tanya and Baseball

Tutsa Tanya is here visiting for a few weeks. We have so enjoyed having her here. It started with Thomas, my mom, and I picking her up from Dallas, and having brunch with Baboonya and Auntie Lena. 

She's been staying with either Thomas and I, or my parents. We've been showing her some of our favorites spots around here. One of them is Synergy Park, where we love to go and feed the ducks, and go for a walk.

Andrew's in baseball right now, and we're enjoying going to his games. 

Oliver gets into it and will clap when we do, and gets excited when the ball gets hit. 

Tutsa Tanya came to one of the games as well, and then treated those that went out to lunch. It was a nice treat.