"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

To Tell of His Grace

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Looking Back

Having 3 kids all so close in age has been such a joy and blessing! They truly are each others best friends!!! Brodie and I have had to think of creative ways to have special one-on-one time with each of our kids. We do "dates" with them every once and a while, which is so much fun! One thing we did for each of them was take them on a special Kindergarten trip just before they started school. We still remember each trip like it was yesterday...

Here is Kennady (5 1/2  years old) with a gigantic ice cream cone at Gilroy Gardens

Kennady and Daddy 

Kennady and Mommy

Here we are a couple of years later with Keeg (6 years old) at Gilroy Gardens again  :)

By the time Kols got to go on his trip he was ready! He had heard stories from the other two about their special time and he couldn't wait! However, he wanted to go to Great America instead!

Here we are getting ready to head off to some rides!

Fun Memories :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

First Day of School!

WOW! Time flies!!! I can't believe that Sis is in 6th grade, Keeg is in 4th grade and Kols is starting 2nd grade! How did they grow up so fast!!??!!

Kennady -11, Keegan - 10, Kolson - 8

First Day of School Picture with Mrs. Ribera!!!

Sissy is ready for a great 6th Grade year!

Keegan is excited about all of his friends in his class this year!

Kolson is thrilled that he got Mrs. Peters for  2nd Grade!

Mommy is going to miss her buddies while they are at school!

Daddy never misses a chance to take his favorite kids to school on the 1st Day!

Keegan has a great teacher that will get them started right away on classwork!

Sissy couldn't wait to see her friends, Mia and Haley!

Sis was SO happy to have Mrs. Arruda again!

Kols can't wait to dig into 2nd grade work! (If only we could get a shot with his eyes open  ;)

Here is Sissy today as she heads off to 6th Grade:
And here she is 6 years ago as she headed off to her 1st day of Kindergarten:
Here is Keegan heading off to 4th Grade:
And here he is 6 years ago as he went to his 1st day of Pre-School:
Here is Kols going to 2nd Grade:
And here is a peak at some of the type of things that he would get into 6 years ago while the kids were gone for 1/2 of the day:
Kolson found Sissy's bow while she was at school and decided to try it on  :)

Fun Memories  :)  Each stage is such a blessing! We are having more fun than ever with our kids and we are more aware than ever that this time is precious...every day is a gift!!!

Happy First Day of School, Sis, Keeg and Kols! We love you and we are so blessed by each one of you!!! Love, Mom and Dad

More Summer Memories...

Summer went by WAY too fast! We LOVE our time as a family - it is about this time every year that we consider Home Schooling so that we can have our kids home with us full-time! But God has led us to be salt and light on our school campus...so we will head back to school and try our best to SHINE His Light! Imperfect as we are, we pray that He will use us to reach others for Him!!! So as we were getting ready to head back, we were reflecting on some of our favorite summer memories and I realized that we didn't even have some of them posted for us to look back on  :)

We LOVED our time with Ben and Alese in Palo Alto!

At Stanford

Keegan hiding  :)

The kids helped Alese make breakfast

Ben and Alese have a park next to their apartment where we played soccer and did obstacle races!

Watching a movie before bed 

It was a quick trip but one of our kids' very favorites of the summer!!!


Here are some more of our memories from Avila:

Sissy took a picture of her feet in the sand  :)

Daddy and Sis on our early morning crab hunt

Trying to find some crabs

There's one!!!

The Crab Hunters

We found a crab claw!

We are already missing our beach time!

Thank You, Jesus, for such a sweet summer! We feel refueled and refreshed to head back. Please cover us and help us to be BOLD for You. Help us to live like You are coming back today!!! We want to share Your love with others but we know that without Your Spirit we have nothing. So please fill us every day and help us to LOVE as You Love!