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…
(Little Miss Mylin) (Sullivan’s first birthday party)
(Meeting baby Olson)
And she will be greatly missed…
My two favorite girls in the whole world:
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!
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.
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!
No, it’s not another post about FROZEN (well, except for the title…) but celebrating that Spring is FINALLY here!
(p.s. I’m totally writing this post like 2 weeks in advance of this date – declaring in faith that the snow and winter will be over!)
But here’s the last recap of winter and fun outside and with daddy…
Remember my post about A Glimpse of Heaven?! Well, not even 20 hours later the deck looked like this:
Winter wonderland 🙂
So instead of playing on the deck, Mylin created a fort under our dining room table:
She gets her creativity from this guy:
Who does cool things like build snowmen in the dark… And leave surprise elaborate pictures for them at the breakfast table:
Hopefully our outdoor pictures will NOW be of strollers and walks, mud puddles and rainboots, sunshine and swings 🙂
Our sweet Virginia got to meet Mr. Olson several weeks ago:
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 🙂