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February 23, 2010

What is She Looking At?

Well the Penner family got it right!
Mikaya is excited about an Icicle. A very BIG icicle.
I find it very amusing how Mikaya has a fascination with Icicles. Most kids do, but hers is over the top!
When we come in from skating in the afternoons we have to search her and make sure she is not trying to sneak in icicles. She will have one in each hand, and if you don't catch her, she will try to hide one on her mitt shelf for later and then keep one to suck on!!!!
So you can imagine how excited she was yesterday when Caleb brought in this "icicle of her dreams" to her. Of course she wasn't able to keep it long as it was quickly making a puddle on the floor.
But she was able to have a keepsake, and made the most of it!
Sometimes it just doesn't take much to make a toddler happy!

February 22, 2010

Who Knows.....

What is Mikaya so excited about? Hint: It is something that came from outside and is very wet and cold.

Can you guess what it is?

February 20, 2010

Hair Tales

Here is Mikaya all pleased about her new hair style.
What did she call her fancy doo ?
of course :-)

February 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Rebecca!

When Rebecca joined our family, she blessed us with another February birthday! And even though we are still getting to know her, I am going to attempt to tell you some things about Rebecca that you may not know.

1. Rebecca has a servant's heart. She is often the one found asking if she can help and often is the one serving at our meals. This is a quality that reflects Jesus in her.

2. She has the most beautiful, contagious smile. And you see it OFTEN on her face.

3. Working with cattle is not one of her most favorite things to do on the farm :)

4. She loves babies, and loves on babies. And on that note, she is an amazing mother to their son, Andrew. She loves him to bits and cares for his every need.

5. She is very creative. She can make almost anything into a work of art. For example, one day Rebecca was pulling the dill out of her garden and from it formed a love note to Josh and put it in the middle of the driveway.

6. She likes to doodle. If there is are markers and paper near by she is sure to be found doodling.

7. She is a terrific help meet to our son Josh. Since they have been married there has hardly been a moment that she has not been by his side helping him on the farm. Even since Andy has been born she has been out there with Josh when possible. An amazing example to her sister-in-laws and yes, even to her mother-in-law :)

8. She loves and values her family very much and when Josh, Andrew and her are not here on the farm you will often find them with Rebecca's family.

9. She likes to bake.

10. When she was younger she wanted a horse......now she doesn't!

11. She likes to ride on the snowmobile.

12. Dishes are one of her favorite household chores :)

13. She plays piano

14. She likes to play football and is a great quarterback

15. She is an amazing daughter-in-law and sister-in-law

16. She likes her lawn to be short :) and her creativity shines when planting flowerbeds.

17. She is good at hockey and scoring against her father-in-law :)

18. Again as part of her creativity, she likes to scrapbook and does a beautiful job.

19. She likes to take pictures, especially of JOSH :) and Andy of course!

20. She likes music and will often be found listening to it.

21. She has A LOT of patience.

22. She lives to love the Lord Jesus, with all her heart, soul, mind and strength.


February 15, 2010

Let it Snow and Snow and Snow and Snow......

This winter has brought quite a bit of snow in our area. Our first snowfall that stuck around was then and we have been experiencing more and more of the fluffy white stuff ever since. And it will most likely stick around for another couple of months. So even though we are dreaming of spring.....(minus all the mud :) and are looking forward to the days when we can go outside again without having to put on all the winter gear....as the saying goes...IF YOU CAN'T BEAT EM....JOIN EM! So here's to winter and snow and cold weather.....a photo journal of winter here.

Every year Mark pushes a big hill while he is cleaning out the yard with the tractor. It's a big highlight and the kids love to play on it.
The more snow we have the bigger the hill gets.
Caleb trying his feet at snowboarding

Zachary trying to stay up on skis


The more the merrier

Nate's going to play it safe and ride the GT down.

And Jesse would just rather push the GT!

Jumping is always fun!

They look so teeny!

We have rows of hay and straw bales that we baled in the summer to feed and bed the cattle in the winter.

There are usually some pretty fun snow drifts that blow in around the bales. Another favorite place to play.

More Jumping Fun!

Sometimes you sink up to your waist :)

Josiah just likes to lay back and enjoy the ride

And over the winter the trail needs to be broken over and over again. Not always an easy task for those little legs!

Sometimes you just need a rest!

Even Teddy likes to play in the snow

Do you remember these pictures from the summer?

Here's what the old truck and tractor look like now. Guess the boys won't be playing on them for awhile!!!

We have cleaned off this deck several times....

The trees and branches are heavy with snow.

I think the horses are waiting for spring when their owners will be able to spend more time with them and ride them again.

The whiteness of the snow is breathtaking. It really is a beautiful time of the year. God's creation is amazing.

And here's a picture of one of our calves....just for fun!

February 12, 2010

Happy 15th Kerri

Yesterday was our 4th child and 3rd daughters birthday. To keep with the tradition of the last few months, here is 15 things about Kerri that you may not know!

1. She is a beautiful singer, and not just a singer, but a worshipper. I love to watch and listen to her sing. It is so much more than words, it's pure worship to God.

2. She loves potatoes in any form, chips especially.

3. For the first three months of her life Kerri would cry, actually scream, from 7-11 pm every day. Then one day she stopped and after that she was one of the most content babies we have had.

4. Kerri is very funny. Not the kind of funny that is cracking jokes all the time, but the funny that catches you off guard with a hilarious comment or statement :)

5. Kerri has a very sensitive heart. Ever since a little girls she has been quick to ask for forgiveness when a relationship has been hurt.

6. When she was little she refused to eat fruit, she eats a bit more of it now but it is still not her favorite thing!

7. She writes left handed, but does many other things with her right.

8. She is an amazing hockey player and has this uncanny ability to pick the corners and score.

9. Kerri and her oldest sister Jennifer look a lot alike and I often get them mixed up when looking out of the corner of my eye.

10. When Kerri was 2 years old she knew when her birthday was. When asked she would say in the cutest little 2 year old voice....Febuary 11. To this day we can still hear her answer that question.

11. Kerri is a very selfLESS person. She is ALWAYS looking to the interest of others. So much so that when it is her birthday and she is asked what she wants to do, eat, where she wants to go, she has a hard time picking, cause she want everyone else to pick what they would like.

12. Kerri is very good with little kids and they love to be around her. I think her patience is what draws them to her. She always seems to have time for them.

13. Kerri is very thorough in the jobs she does.

14. She is taller than all the other ladies in this household.

15. Her love for the Lord shines through her, she is a beautiful person inside and out. We are so glad that God gave her to all of as and that she is part of our family.


O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. PSALM 51:15-17