"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy 80th!

Happy 80th birthday to Momma Pat!!!  I LOVE surprise parties.  LOVE them! 
I can honestly say, she was completely surprised.
I love this sweet picture of the two of them.
She had tears coming down her face.  So sweet.
We had a sing-along with Joey and Megan leading.  We sang "Que Sera" which is a song that she used to sing to us when we were little and my mom used to sing also.  My Dad made this awesome video of her and her past 80 years.  God has truly blessed us with her.
Look at the amazing family they have made!!!!\
Happy birthday, Momma Pat!!  You are so precious to me!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monarch Experiment-Part One

My SIL, Rachel, has done this for the past several years.  This year, she helped us out and searched for some Monarch eggs for us to raise into butterflies.  So far, this has been incredible to see.  First, it starts out as a teeny tiny egg on the milkweed and then one day, it pops out and it is a teeny tiny caterpillar that you can barely even see.
They eat sooo much.  I don't think they even sleep.  They eat and eat and eat and eat.  And within a week, they are huge caterpillars.

Look at those giant bite marks on the leaf.

Then, one day, this guy climbed to the top of the jar and hung upside down.  When we got home, he was no longer a caterpillar.  He had shed his skin and it was now a beautiful chrysalis with gold sparkles all over it.
A few days after that, these two were ready for their tranformation.
I think Joel and I are more amazed with it than the boys. 
We can't wait to see what happens next!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Coolin' Off

Sunday, May 23, 2010

An Abnormal Morning

A picture was taken because these two boys never sit and play quietly together for more than a few minutes.  This lasted for quite some time.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Eleven Months

One more month and you will be the big one year!!  How could that be possible?  You are such a funny boy!  You love to be chased and love to chase the boys.  You have the funniest little laugh and giggle.  You are always watching your brothers and wishing you were as big as they are.  You stand outside their playroom gate and squeel and babble as if you were a part of what they are doing. 
You are a crawling machine.  So FAST!!  You hardly want to be held anymore.  You want to explore and be on the go.  Your favorite thing to do is pick up a ball, roll it and chase it around the house.  You love playing peek-a-boo.  You hide in the curtains and POP your head and and laugh so hard.
Bath time has become much easier.  No more screaming and climbing out.  You are splashing and loving it!!  You LOVE to eat.  Any time you know I am getting your food ready, you sit right by my feet and cry until it is time.  You LOVE yogurt.  You get so mad when you take the last bite.  You are starting to test out some real food and doing pretty well.  You now have 5 teeth with two more about to come in.

I LOVE these curls that are popping out all over your head!  So CUTE!! 
It is so hard to take pictures of you now because you are so fast and never still.  They are all blurry. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways aknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."  Proverbs 3:5-6

"Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him." Psalm 37:7

My MIL sent me this devotional last week when I was so discouraged.  The scripture and these few words really touched me. 

Surrendering your life means:

•Following God's lead without knowing where he's sending you;

•Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come;

•Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;

•Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances.
Was this written for me?  I am thinking so.  I read this over and over and it is so powerful.
God does provide, He will provide, He is in control, His timing is perfect.
I am so humbled by the love and support that so many of you have shown me.  Today, I recieved two BIG donations.  I could not believe what I was seeing.  One was from the family that did the garage sale for us.  They made $700.  Then I recieved another donation of $500.  All in one day.  We now have $2000 in our Annie fund.  Everytime I think of it, tears just start flowing.  Just when I thought it was impossible, God showed me how possible it is.  He showed me to just surrender and trust Him and He would do the rest.
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Jesus, I surrender
I surrender ALL


We are having a cinco de mayo party tonight.  Joel and I have been working hard on our out of control backyard.  The patio is clean, the yard looks good.  The house is getting there.  The boys are outside eating Popsicles.  Ummm, what was that noise!  I come to the backdoor to find this. 

Oliver had placed his popcicle on the hot glass table and the table just shattered into millions of tiny pieces.

Huge bummer!!  There is a science lesson to be learned in this.  Don't place anything really cold on a hot glass patio table....it will shatter.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spontaneous Afternoon

I am so in love with this weather.  We can just hang out outside all day long.  Joel decided to take the boys fishing this afternoon and it ended up being a super fun get together with the other Halpin fam and the Alcorn fam.  Joel dug up some worms in the backyard and the fish at the pond went crazy for them.  Clayton caught a fish right off the bat.
Jacob had no problem touching these guys.
Owen caught a fish too.
Elliot just chilled in his stroller.
Look at Noah's fish.
Brian caught this teeny tiny Bass.
All the boys heading back home.  They thought this was the best part of the day.  Don't worry, we had a cop on board.  He was keeping them contained.
We spent the rest of the evening chatting (the girls), shooting hoops (the guys), running through the sprinkler, and eating some pizza.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Proud Moment

I taught Clayton how to tie his shoes.  His right of passage into kidhood.  I know he should've learned last year, but he's never needed to know how and never wanted to know how.  He finally picked out a pair of shoes with laces, so it was the perfect time.  It only took a couple of times and....

...Voila!  He is a pro.  He could not wait to wear them the next day and tie them all by himself. I am proud of even the little things.