Philip, under the direction of his big brother Ted, created this version of the Christmas Nativity. They are both so proud of their creation!
Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are inside the stable. (Jesus is played by Thomas the Train - Philip's most favorite character!)
The wise men are the puppy and the cootie characters outside the stable. Do you see the angels above (played by cars)!! The shepherds, sheep, and other barnyard animals are played by the remaining trains. So cute!
Ted is home from Ball State after 4 1/2 years at college. He begins his student teaching at an area high school in January and will live at home with us! We are so happy to have him back with us. (Probably much happier than he is to be home! LOL)
When Ted first got home today, Philip ran outside without his coat on to leap into his brother's arms. So very sweet. :)
We just returned from Ball State after seeing Ted's show he directed for his senior project. It was a collection of Cole Porter songs - beautiful! We are so proud of Ted and the young man of Christ that he is. We love you Teddy!
Well, after seeing Dad decline rapidly at home, we had to make the difficult decision to put him into inpatient hospice. Such a sad time, but we know God will never leave us or forsake us. We know that no matter our present struggle, Christ has overcome this world. He has overcome death. Such comfort in the midst of sorrow.
I am thankful on this Thanksgiving weekend for the time spent with family over this holiday. My dad is still home under the tender-loving care of his family, and we were able to spend time with Mom and Dad, my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew on Thanksgiving Day. It was a gentle and sweet time, and we thank God for the opportunity of the day. Mom and Dad's brothers, sisters, and a few of their nieces and nephews also have come to see him over the last couple of weeks. He is so loved, and what a beautiful thing for them to make time in their busy schedules to visit with Mom and Dad. Some have come from as far away as Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia, and some have come from right here in Indiana!
Singing "Happy Birthday"
Loving being with family
Dad, Doug, Mom, and me celebrating our November birthdays this year
My brother and I also had the privilege of celebrating our birthday with Dad. Dad's birthday is November 10th (coinciding with the Marine birthday - that's always pleased Dad because he served our country as a Marine), my brother's birthday is November 15th, and mine is November 30th. For years we have celebrated our birthdays together. What a gift to be able to do so this year.
My dad needs prayers as his diseases (lung cancer and congestive heart failure) progress. Please pray for God's presence and comfort for Dad and Mom in this difficult time, for sweet time with his family, and that he gets to remain in the comfort of his own home.
We continue to thank God for all of our parents who have given so much love, support, and guidance to us along the way.
Dad is home now with hospice services, and everyone is helping him as they can. It is so sweet to see the different ways our family helps. Some people come and sit with Dad, some bring food, some send well wishes and prayers, and some people make things (like Philip)!
(Philip keeps making pictures for his grandpa! Below is his newest creation. He began to draw this morning and stated that he was drawing a church with a cross on top of it. The drawing even has parking lots and sidewalks. Too cute! I am glad he explained what it was because his drawings tend to all look the same! LOL!)
What does an artist do when he has finished a creation? Go for a wagon ride with some friends - of course! -
When we first talked about adopting Eli, we realized we could not put two little boys in Philip's "tiny" room. We gave Ted (who is still away at college but coming home in December to begin his student teaching) the option of staying in the "bigger" room and "sharing" it with a little brother . . . or moving to the "tiny" room and having it ALL to himself.
He picked the "tiny" room. Who can blame him?? Wouldn't you pick the "tiny" room, too??
Hee, hee! He even asked if we could put a lock on his door for him. Now why would he want that?
Here are a couple of pictures of the newly redone "bigger" room that really isn't so very big!!
Notice the lighthouse bird houses. We put this border up years ago when this room became a den. Then Philip came, and we moved Ted back in here. He was stuck with the border. Now Philip and Eli have it! Oh well, it works - so it stays!The walls are really a tan and not the pink they appear in these pictures.
Philip had great fun dressing up as a fireman and getting lots of treats from family and friends. That is about the only part of Halloween I like. Here are a few pictures from his candy gathering adventures!
First a stop at Gram's house
Then on to Aunt Nancy and Uncle Fred's house
Also a stop at Aunt Jo and Uncle Doug's house
Ending the evening at Grandma and Grandpa's house for cider and doughnuts!
What a sweet evening!
(Missing Aunt Susie and Uncle Dan and wishing they lived closer!)
Today is Eli's 2nd birthday! It will be the last birthday he spends separated from his forever family. We celebrated this afternoon in honor of him! Hope he will enjoy his presents once home. We certainly enjoyed his cake and ice cream!
First, we enjoyed a homemade pizza by Chef Kevin!
Then we had yummy carrot cake.
Oh boy, this is good!
Eli's birthday presents - A toddler sling, some bright colored loud toys, and two curtain rods from the four of us and even a snowsuit and backpack from Grammy.
Your family wishes you a "Happy Birthday" and wants you to know that you will be home celebrating your third birthday with all of your family and friends next year! We love you and can hardly wait to hold you in our arms.