Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Christmas with the Williams

Christmas Eve morning we woke up and went back to Nana and Papas house to grab our oldest two.  Then headed to the Williams to celebrate!  Love this picture of Soren shooting Santa with a bow and arrow!  There are 7 active kids on this side too so lots of commotion with us all tending to little one's needs and trying to socialize as much as possible!!!  We loved our time and continue to feel so blessed by family!






Christmas with the Opsahl's

We started this year like other years with our first Christmas on the 23rd with the Opsahls.  My mom likes us all to be fresh at Christmas so she chooses to have it early!  It snowed right in time for a beautiful mid day White Christmas walk.  The kids sledded, we played, took care of many kids, ate, had a Christmas show, opened presents, got into Christmas jimmies, and had a wonderful time!  The older kids slept over but we took Selah and Silas home with us to sleep.  It was a beautiful night and we are so thankful for a family who celebrates our Savior with us.  Blessed.











Bentlyville

Nana and Papa took the whole Opsahl gang to Bentlyville this December.  We had a hotel right downtown and had such a wonderful time!!!  The kids loved swimming, exploring, going to see all the Christmas lights, and running the halls with their cousins!













Sunday, July 24, 2016

1 Year with Silas Thomas!!!

Silas,
You are ONE!  You are brave.  You have had to be tough this first year of life.  You have had to go through things I never wanted you to have to go through.  You have had moments of suffering this year.  There has been much hard.  BUT, the Lord is using all of this for His glory and your good sweet boy.  You have been prayed for by hundreds maybe even thousands.  I think about your name, Silas, going up to our Father as sweet smelling incense.  You are sooooooo loved and I believe the Lord will use all of this to create in you a fight for HIM.  Even before you were born I prayed you would be an Oak of Righteousness.  The Lord laid the verse of Isaiah 61:3 on my heart as I was pregnant with you.
"to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."  

Silas, may you trust your Father who loves you all your days.  Through times of mourning and gladness.  We love how the Lord has used your life to draw us closer to Him and many others.  We love you and we are so thankful the Lord blessed us with a year with you!  Glory be to HIM!

This is as I rocked you the night before your birthday!
 After dropping the kids off at school, you, Selah and mommy met the Saari's at Orchestra Hall.
 You weren't feeling very good on your birthday so we did a lot of cuddling in our big brown chair!





Beginning of December has us...

Finger pricking...
 Advent Reading and Christmas pajama wearing,m...
 Pancreas lasering...
 School pick uping...
 Kitty holding...

 Hot chocolate drinking...
 Snow Glob making...


Happy Thanksgiving 2015

We have so much to be thankful for this year.  I have been teary and emotional this Thanksgiving as I reflect on the emotions of this year and how the Lord met us and used others to care for and bless us.  People loved us well this year.  Through prayer, tears, food, cards, encouragement, etc...  The Lord gave us more of Himself this year and that is such a gift.  I'm thankful that we were able to be with family and laugh this Thanksgiving.