Summer Fun

I realize it is almost the end of November but I thought I would post some pictures from this past summer.  We went on several hikes and spent many days outdoors with friends.  It was wonderful to spend so much time outdoors enjoying God’s creation.  It is so easy to get stuck in the TV/movie rut but we have made a real effort to avoid the TV more often and enjoy each other and the outdoors more.  I find it easier to invest in each other and our children when we aren’t just sitting in front of the TV.  I’m so grateful for a husband who likes to take us on adventures and get us out of the house!  So, here are a few pictures of our summer fun.

Kids at park June 2016

Kids at park June 2016

Elk Meadow, Evergreen August 2016

Denver Zoo July 2016

Camping fun with Uncle Andy and Miss Renee June 2016

Camping fun with Uncle Andy and Miss Renee June 2016

Elk Meadow, Evergreen August 2016

Elk Meadow, Evergreen August 2016

Family hike at Elk Meadow in Evergreen, August 2016

Family hike at Elk Meadow in Evergreen, August 2016

Hiking in Elk Meadow in Evergreen. Katherine fell asleep as daddy was carrying her. August 2016

Hiking in Elk Meadow in Evergreen. Katherine fell asleep as daddy was carrying her. August 2016

Outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 2016

Outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 2016

Bear Creak Lake Park June 2016

Bear Creak Lake Park June 2016

Hudson's Gardens July 2016

Hudson’s Gardens July 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Deer Creek Canyon Park Oct 2016

Another Wedding!

Our family was blessed to attend another beautiful fall wedding this year on October 8th.  This young couple is part of our church and it was such a privilege to watch them go through the process of friendship to courtship to engagement and then to begin their life as a married couple.  You see, these 2 have been going to church together since they were about 11 years old but they never really talked much.  The groom had an innocent crush on the bride since the age of 12 but because of his upbringing it just wasn’t something he acted upon at such a young age.  Instead, he grew up and focused on education and building his career; working towards getting to the point of being able to support a wife.  During this time he began to pray for the young lady that God was preparing for him and as time went on he was still aware of his crush on this sweet young lady in his church.  Rather then jump in and ask her on a date he felt it wiser to talk to her dad about building a friendship with Rachel and see if their 2 personalities were even compatible for a life long relationship.  After a couple of months talking on the phone and visiting at church they decided that yes, indeed, they liked each other and desired to see if their relationship was the Lord’s will.  They prayed together, they asked their families to pray for them and entered into a courtship.

I realize to you romantics out there this all seems rather unromantic but really as I was able to watch it all unfold it was quite enduring how it all worked out.  It wasn’t long after they started courting and spending more time together that the young man knew he wanted to spend his life with Rachel but he didn’t want to rush her into marriage.  So they courted for about 7 months before he asked for her hand in marriage and they were married about 5 weeks later.

It’s so refreshing to watch a young couple go about building a relationship in a honorable, pure and Godly way and not get hung up on things the ‘world’ calls important to a relationship.  Their wedding took place in the groom’s large family backyard filled with beautiful trees with stunning fall colors and changing leaves.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the couple were surrounded by friends and families who loved them, prayed for them and celebrated with them.  When it was time to announce to the groom that he may kiss is bride (and yes this was for the 1st time) he took off his cowboy hat (all the guys in the wedding party wore cowboy hats) and with charm and grace, held up his hat so that he and Rachel could have their first kiss behind the hat.  It was classy and made all of the guests say AWWWW!

Once again, I was blessed to be able to make the wedding cake.  It was a 4 tiered cake with 2 of the tiers being chocolate and 2 being vanilla with a raspberry filling my mom made (thank you mom!) and covered in vanilla bean buttercream.  The cake topper was absolutely adorable with a girl on a horse leaning down to kiss her groom.  So creative!  Just like the topper from the wedding in September with the pine cones!

As a side note… this wedding and the one a couple of weeks earlier are just proof of how creative you can be with a wedding and that you don’t need to spend $10,000 to have a beautiful, meaningful wedding.  Kudos to these 2 sets of bride and grooms for making their special day special without breaking the bank!

I’m thankful that my kids are able to see that there is another way to go about dating and marriage then the way the world presents!

Enjoy a couple pictures!

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Our son is 6!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since our only son entered this world.  I remember waking up very early (like 3am) with a tummy ache and sitting on the couch so I wouldn’t wake Phil.  Eventually he was up and getting ready for work as was his brother Andy.  As Andy was leaving he looked at Phil and said “Well, it looks like you’ll be a dad again today!”  And by mid morning Jonathan was born.  Is it terrible that I cannot remember exactly what time?  I do remember trying to get off the bed at the hospital as in my mind I figured if I got off the bed the pain would go away.  I also remember telling my doctor that I had to get this ‘thing’ out!

Fast forward 6 years and Jonathan is growing and just started kindergarten.  He enjoys school…. as long as I keep his sitting time down to less then an hour and he gets lot of activity in-between his studies.  Which… isn’t much for kindergarten… it really only takes about an hour and a half for his school work.

Anyway, we are so blessed by having Jonathan in our family!  He is fun, loves to laugh and loves one on one time with me and daddy.  He’s growing fast and is only 2 inches shorter then Alex!  Here are some pictures from his recent birthday party and some older pictures I found.

Jonathan with his Uncle Andy and his cousin Jake.

Jonathan with his Uncle Andy and his cousin Jake.

Jonathan about 3 months old I think.

Jonathan about 3 months old I think.

Great grandpa and Jonathan.

Great grandpa and Jonathan.

Jonathan and his favorite cousin... Jake!

Jonathan and his favorite cousin… Jake!

Our sweet Belle and Jonathan.  Love those faces!

Our sweet Belle and Jonathan. Love those faces!

Coming in from the playing out in the cold in Breckenridge.

Coming in from the playing out in the cold in Breckenridge.

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Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

Birthday dinner with mom and dad.

A Wedding!

Wow, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted.  Life has been busy…. crazy busy and I wouldn’t change a thing!

This is just a short post about a wedding we went to in September.  It was a beautiful outdoor wedding tucked away in a quiet valley northwest of Denver.  The weather was sunny, although a bit chilly.  After the ceremony they built a huge fire to stay warm along with lots of good food, good company and I hear there was dancing although we headed back to Denver by the time all that fun started!

I was blessed to be asked to do the wedding cake (thank you Jared and Alyssa!) and it was so much fun!  Vanilla bean cake with vanilla bean buttercream was requested.  The cake topper was super fun with 2 pine cones dressed as bride and groom.  A couple pictures below are of me and my girls and the cake.  I had a picture of the alter set up for the wedding ceremony but I must have deleted it… darn it!  For those wondering, I didn’t include pictures of the handsome groom and beautiful bride as I did not ask for their permission ahead of time!  I try to honor other people’s privacy!

Congratulations to the bride and groom!   I pray for a lifelong beautiful, fun and strong marriage.

Me and the girls getting ready for the wedding.

Me and the girls getting ready for the wedding.

Wedding Cake with Burlap decorations.

Wedding Cake with Burlap decorations.

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