Friday, December 28, 2012


How do you take a Christmas family photo when God has called one of your children home...

how do you go on?  I can tell you that thru Christ alone are we able to go on.  He is our rock and fortress to Him will we run.  Do I want to curl up under a rock and not "deal" with life, absolutely, but that is not what God has called me to do.  My life looks different this year then last year, our family photo looks different this year.  All I can say is God is good all the time, and I do believe that His purpose is mightier and bigger then mine. 

Christmas 2011
Tyler, Trevor, Ava, Andrew and Austin
Christmas morning 2012
Trevor, Andrew, Ava and Tyler
We rejoice in the beauty that God sent His son, as a baby, perfect and sinless that one day we WILL be reuited with Austin in heaven.  Do you know Jesus as your personal savior?  I do, and so did Austin....

that is the only way to get to Heaven.  Know that Jesus died on the cross for you, for me.  His perfect blood shed for us to be cleaned whiter than snow.  You cannot be "good enough" for God, you have to accept the free gift that God gives to all people, you just have to accept that gift.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Annual Christmas photo with Santa

Bass Pro has been the best place for us to see Santa.

1. Its FREE

2.  He is an awesome Santa

3.  They have lots of activities for the kids to do while waiting.

telling Santa what she wants
A dolly 

hugging Santa good bye 

free rides

We had so much fun
that on another night we went back
to ride the carousel 

and the boys went all silly
with the bears

Friday, December 7, 2012

What we did for Thanksgiving and following week

Our Thanksgiving:

Consisted of Trevors football team going to state.  It was a much needed break in our traditional routine.  We traveled to University of Illinois and watched football in the bitter cold and very windy day.

Trevor played great

He tapes his wrists
one purple
one orange

It is a great thing he is doing, in rememberance of Austin he wears purple
in remeberance of a football player on a competing team he wears orange.
Johnny Weiger passed away in Novemeber, he was Trevors age and he had lukemia.
Our school supported Johnny in prayers and fundraising.
What great sportsmanship!

Final score of State 3A football
crazy win

our celebration at the hotel 

at the pep rally
Coach Don Beebe
what an amazing coach
proclaiming Jesus as His Savior all thru out his pro NFL days
and instilling that love into the boys.

the week after football ended
Trevor had a Showcase soccer Tourny in
Germantown, TN
what a crazy life we lead!

Trevor played great, especially after not touching the soccer ball since June.  Its amazing its like he never left the sport.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, its off to State we go....

So proud of the boys on Trevors football team...All week the other team was telling newspapers that we were a "finess" team, that we were weak, and slow, how they were going to run the ball up our noses....
well guess what we showed them Gods Finess and quitely took it to them in their house!

Can you see that score
We did it 4HIM

Monday, November 12, 2012


Trevor and the football team are still in playoffs, Tyler came up from school to see his little bro participate.  There will be another game this weekend and if they win that game, then it is on to State Championship.  It is very exciting to watch.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Fun

Ava at her school:

Carving her pumpkin and taking out the guts
She thought it was sooooooo gooey :)

Trick -O- Treating at Meemas house

all the girls
We had a nice evening

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Picking

We had a beautiful day on Sunday.  Perfect for going to the pumpkin farm to get Ava Grace her pumkin and to eat hot apple cider donuts.  We went friends from church.

Can you read Trevors shirt?
It says:
IHSA State Playoffs (football)
Yes! Trevors team starts this week playoffs
1st Round!  Go Eagles!

Yum, this is a good donut mom.
She had 2 more after this picture even

Her hands are up because she is telling me how sticky her hands are from the donuts!
I love the shirt she is wearing, we got a lot of compliments on it!

Love my girl, even tho she has a hard time looking at the camera

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Trevor and Sara

Our best friends:  David and Kelly

Tom and David grew up together thru chruch.  They have done many, many things together.  When I started to date Tom, I got to meet Kelly...can I just say our first meeting was NOT that great.  It turns out tho in the end, that we became best friends...

We do a lot together as families...

Well this past weekend Kelly and I got to experience something else together....

HOMECOMING for Sara...

1. let me say that I can't believe Sara is a freshmen

2. how happy I was that Sara and Trevor went together

I can't believe how old the kids are getting Kelly...glad to go thru this journey with you.