Category Archives: olson

The 1 year old

Another baby is 1. So, I guess, not a baby anymore.


Well, he still can act like a baby. 🙂

Have him turn 1 is so exciting, but a little bittersweet.  It is all going so quickly.  The growing, the milestones, the accomplishments, the days, and now the entire year.

I’m going to tag the post from his birth story so I can relive that glorious, God-ordained day, and you can too if you’re interested 🙂

Olson Emmanuel’s birth story

At least it’s not 40 degrees below 0 today. 🙂


Ms Virginia

Our sweet Virginia left this earth earlier this week

Breaking the news to Mylin was surprisingly heartbreaking as she burst into tears on daddy’s lap.  A parent can never be fully prepared for the honest emotions and faith of a child.

We are so thankful to have enjoyed the gift of her friendship for 2 years.  Her presence in our lives provided many opportunities to teach our children about service, respect, love, humility, and lastly, the importance of eternal life

She was a part of our family…

Virginia 001(Baby Sullivan)

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February and airplane 005 (Meeting baby Olson)February and airplane 004

And she will be greatly missed…

Celebrating Motherhood

My two favorite girls in the whole world:

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And the ones that made me a mom:


Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is and has a mama – thanks, God, for this precious relationship!

100 Happy Days

Joel and I are officially grown-up. Or officially cool. Or just officially not cave-men with flip phones any more. Anyway you slice it, we have ARRIVED.

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As any of you with smartphones know, this is a blessing and a curse.  It’s so fun to have ‘everything’ literally at our fingertips, yet we struggle to actually focus on what is important (also literally at our fingertips – because they just never go away)


Anyways, with all this new technology comes many opportunities to connect with friends – insert INSTAGRAM OBSESSION (follow us @joelandrachel)

Today, I am beginning a 100 day challenge to document and reflect on Being Happy (100 Happy Days).  Thanks to my friend over at Bee in a Barn for asking me to do it with her!  Basically, each day I’ll instagram (is that a verb, like ‘googled’?!) a picture with a quick description of what makes me happy/thankful….

Bigger picture: God is SO GOOD all the time!!! Whether it makes us ‘happy’ or not, He gets the glory for all of creation and everything that comes from it…I’m so excited to see how He’ll use this 100 day challenge to work on my heart!

Want to join in?!  Go to this website, sign up, and join in!



Olson and his girls

Every afternoon Mylin and I get to have some alonetime with Olson after Sully is down for his nap and before the 3 of us lay down for ours.  We get to do fun things like ‘read’ to him (Mylin’s job while I do some computer work), give him eye contact or make faces while looking at him in the mirror, and give him some tummy time and time to kick around.  Also, some days we just play around and take pictures of each other:

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Meet Virginia…

Our sweet Virginia got to meet Mr. Olson several weeks ago:

February and airplane 005 February and airplane 004

She loves spending time with our kids when we get a chance to go next door and visit – and we love to visit with her and learn so much from her amazing life of 93 years!

Thankful for neighbors and friendships and God planting us down right where we are 🙂

Smiles and Faces

A little update on life at home with 3 babes, 3 and under:

Snow and March 002When dad is home alone with the kids…I find pictures like the above when I upload my camera…

Snow and March 005 Snow and March 008 Snow and March 009Trying to catch a smile from Mr. off-the-charts-in-weight (he switched into 9 month clothes last week at 10 WEEKS OLD)

Snow and March 010 Snow and March 011 Snow and March 012Family ‘selfies’ are difficult with all the silliness and energy!

Snow and March 013 Snow and March 014 Snow and March 015Siblings!? YES Twins?! LOOKS LIKE IT!

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He usually likes to smear syrup like this on Saturday mornings promptly following a bath (sigh)…but this day it was blue frosting

Thankful for a happy and joyful family (most of the time – well, at least enough of the time that I can document it!)