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. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Natalie's 7th Birthday

The weather is slowing starting to warm up. We spent a lot of time outside the other day. 

 I love these two people so much! My brother Adam and my best friend Rebecka. I enjoy facetiming them whenever I get the chance. 

Thomas was sadly gone on Valentine's Day, but we made sure to celebrate on Saturday. He got me flowers, and I got us these shirts. In the morning we went to our favorite coffee shop. It was a lot of fun. 

Natalie had her birthday last week, and to celebrate, we all went to Pizza Hut. We had a good time, and ate lots of pizza. My mom also made a delicious coconut cake. I love Natalie's facial expression in this picture. 

Happy Birthday to our sweet little princess Nattles! May God bless you this upcoming year. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fish Fry

On Friday night, Annalyn, JJ, Thomas, and I went to the gym. Afterwards we got frozen yogurt which probably wasn't the best thing to eat after a workout. Then we went to our house and watched the movie Wild Hogs. It was pretty good, and a great way to spend a Friday night. Here we are sitting in the bed of the truck enjoying our treat.

On Saturday Thomas and I were going to go shooting with our neighbor. However, it was raining so we had to change our plans. He offered us two tickets for a local fundraising fish fry that he wasn't planning on going to.  Thomas isn't a fish fan, so I invited my mom to go with me. The food was good, and we saw some people from our church. 

Today we are celebrating Andrew's 16th birthday. He is turning into such a fine young man. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018


Sunday was a beautiful day. We went over to my parent's house and spent the day there. A friend from church came over as well, and we had a great lunch and played games. Thomas also brought out his guns, and a couple of the kids took turns shooting.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Blanket Burritos

 Nolan and Natalie play so well together. Here they are ringing bells together.

Oliver loves dressing up, and put on this spiderman mask. He went around shooting webs at everybody. 

 I love having the kids over. Here they are eating cereal and drinking a strawberry smoothie. 

 The kids love it when I wrap them up in blanket burritos. Dennis especially loves the challenge. I'll set a timer and see how long it takes him to get out of it. 

 Natalie can be so sweet sometimes. I love cuddle time with her. 

A couple weeks ago Thomas and I got a new dog. He is a husky, and we named him Nike. He is about five months old, and so full of energy. 

 It snowed here, and we absolutely loved it. We had two snow days, and the extra time off was great. 

Of course Nike loved playing in the snow. 

These past weeks have been crazy. I started my last semester of school. I will graduate with an Associate Degree in June. I'm taking five classes all online, as it allows me to still work and have a lot of flexibility. It's a lot, but I'm able to handle it.