Tuesday, January 17, 2017


 Hilkiah and Ranan
 The little lady conked out on Daddy's lap
 Our newest little love... the 18th of this month sees him turning 4 months already.
 Cuteness: Brother styling sister's hair...

And here's more brother and sister sweetness... at the window on a snowy morning...

And here's Clara's start at large family group photography :-)

And here's my very "cool" looking household "help" (Miss Tirzah:

And here's my very helpful Miss Clara taking care of little bro:

Saturday, January 7, 2017


 In October - November we had the great treat of my brother Josh and his wife Monique visiting on their cross country move!  Thanks so much for taking the time, guys!!!  Their stop was followed by a nice long visit from my baby sister Melissa, who helped us out a ton with the busyness of life, home and kiddo duties!
 She was even brave enough to take a trip with us!  The first few picture in this post are from a zoo stop during that trip.

Mad Skills Right There Folks!!! 

And here are some snaps from Uncle Josh and Aunt Monique's visit:

Can't tell, but J and M are all the way at the top with our four "big" kids.  :-)

SUCH a blessing to have family come for visits!!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Looking Back

 Looking back on a year that saw a woefully small number of posts, here are a few snapshot highlights from 2016.

May was a big month for the two people above.  They turned 6 and 8.  Hil's birthday was while we were in Mexico.  We celebrated in Mexico and then also had a joint party with his sister back in the states.  The fun cake was a DQ icecream.   

In July, I got to travel to CA for my brother's wedding to the lovely Monique.  Tirzah got to come with me.  For the first time in five years, all nine of us siblings were together in one place!!!

The Four Sister! I was quite pregnant with Ranan by then.

 The newly weds!

Mr. Ty celebrates a birthday!

One of the biggest events was welcoming our newest blessing to the family, Ranan!  Precious little man.  He brings us so many smiles.

 My Mom was here for his birth and helped out a TON, as usual!  Dad blessed us with a visit too!!!

This precious lady turned 2!

And in December, we traveled to MO to spend Christmas with family!  What a big treat!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mexico Part 3

 I'm finally back with more from our big trip to Mexico and a bunch of photo memories.  This batch is some additional shots of our time in the city of Saltillo.  

The kiddos thought this park was great fun!

Here is a sweet one of Clara and her friend climbing the many stairs leading up to the Dinosaur Museum!

Friends!  On our way to the Museum

At the Museum.  The kids enjoyed this adventure too!

On the zippy outside the museum.

Another park shot!

And oh, what a treat!  Getting to ride in the back of a pick-up.  Vehicle laws are a little different in Mexico.  :-)

Our very gracious hosts helped up celebrate our dear Hilkiah's 6th Birthday, with another get together with the church group.  We had a delicious meal and they baked him a cake! 

A street food treat in the city of Torreon!!!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Mexico Part 2

Ok, starting off this "Part 2" post, we have a picture that was taken on our trip down to Mexico.  This shot should give most of you a clue as to where we had dinner.  Cracker Barrel.  :-)  That evening we also got to enjoy a salt water pool at the hotel we stayed in. 

Ok, on to where I left off on the last post.  Our first stop was in Monterrey, where we stayed with a lovely and very hospitable family!  One of things we got to observe while with them was an annual outreach to children that they do in a park.  The outreach has to do with Mexico's national children's day, which is like our Mother's and Father's day.  The picture below shows a few of us after some initial set up was done and before the kids arrived.  Quite a few children came and were treated to singing and lesson time (about David and Goliath), games, crafts, sandwiches and treats. 

Here's two shots of the home we were staying in.

The four pictures below were from the night we were taken to a historial site high on a hill over looking the massive city of Monterrey, where we were treated an excellent view of the city lights.  After taking in the sites we sat down and had a singing time and a late night picnic.  Hilkiah LOVED the bolillo sandwiches!!!!!!  He wanted the recipe.

From Monterrey, we headed to Saltillo a very historic Mexican city.  This first picture of of a weekly children's outreach that a local church does in a very rough neighborhood.  May the Lord Jesus richly bless them and give great fruit as they faithfully minister in this way!

The next couple shots are of the lovely family (and one of their other guests) that we stayed with in Saltillo. 

A cute though somewhat out of focus smile from Tirzah.

Clara and Hil "helping" with a baking project.  The younger daughter was just barely older then Clara and they had some fun times together.  The older daughter, Elda, was so good to all of us!

The next two shots are from a delicious meal following a church meeting.  The family we stayed with have been faithfully hosting the assembly in their home for over 20 years!

And of course, there is always the need to recharge with some sleep!

More to follow...