Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

We loaded up and headed to Papa Joe's house for Memorial Day camping. It was a great time to be outside and enjoy some baseball, cooking over the campfire and lots of good family time. I didn't take many pictures, but here are a few...

Joseph requested that Papa Joe teach him how to play the guitar for when "he and Evan start their band". Papa Joe was very patient.

Of course, Lynnea wanted some help strumming out to "You Aint Nothing but a Hound Dog"

We visited a Memorial Day service. It was so good to be reminded of the price paid for freedom in our country. It was a blessing to share this with our children.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Doing Life Together

The longer we are married, Jason and I become more convinced about the importance of friends walking alongside each other to sharpen, encourage and enjoy one another. One of our favorites is the Gates family. We met them several years ago in a church small group. Our values are so much the same and we live life very similar. The Gates have 6 boys, 5 that are the same age as our boys. We understand the challenges of having a larger family together and celebrate the joys of marriage, parenting and even greater, our walks with Christ. It's always a blessing to spend time together! (One of their boys and Lynnea were gone on this night together.)
Joseph and Jake have been the best of friends. They are so much fun to enjoy!

Their twins are #4 & #5 too and are the same age as Isaac.

Caleb & Benjamin are the oldest and we always compare to see who has gotten taller.