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Friday, October 24, 2014

Antics of a Little One in 10 Pictures or Less

Even though it seems that our girls are often the ones going here and there with school and church events, birthday parties, and weddings, Nolan finds plenty to keep him busy as well.  Here are just a few of the things you might see Nolan doing on any given day ... all in 10 pictures or less:

1.  We had our first tea party together last week.  His favorite part was pretending to spill hot drink all over me.  

2.  We might have even used some real cookies.

3.  This boy loves to get on the phone and then say "Hewwooo" followed by a lot of giggling.  I am not sure who he is talking to, but he always enjoys his chat!!

4.  Some days we pretend we are fire fighting farmers...

5.  Library days are always fun, especially as Nolan has taken an interest in puzzles.

6.  One day recently, we went to Shipshewana with friends.  We were able to spend a good amount of time just playing in the toy store.  Two little boys at a train track.  Not too many things can top that!

7.  Except maybe the carousel!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Weekend Wedding

Our family met Nate and Jillian over 6 years ago when we hosted "Souper Sunday" for the college class from our church.  Right away we hit it off with this super fun couple.  They were always joking and laughing with each other.  Nate likes fast motorcycles and the Chicago Bears.  Jillian was a business major and loves professional baseball.  We instantly struck up a friendship that has continued and grown stronger over the years.  Through Reds vs Cardinals games and a roadtrip to St Louis, running 5K's, walks on the trails, late night talks, coffee house meetings, even having Jillian babysit all four of our kids last year while Noel and I went to a wedding... We have gotten to know both Nate and Jillian as individuals...and as an amazing couple.  They've had some rough patches.  Time apart.  Time back together.  But through it all, God had a plan and we have been so blessed to be witness to it all.
This past Saturday, they started their new life together as husband and wife and Melayna had the honor of being their flower girl!  And what a beautiful flower girl she was!!
She wore her hair down long to the wedding, but once we got there, she decided that she would love ot have her hair put up.  So thankful for Emma (the maid-of-honor) for taking time to do Laynie's hair.  The little ringlets were adorable, but Laynie wanted a "Frozen" hairstyle so badly...

...so an "Elsa" braid it was!!

Here she is, anxiously awaiting the start of the wedding!!

Morgan and Marissa were also able to take part as they passed out programs and birdseed and asked guests to sign the guest book. 

I didn't look near as cute as the girls, but I was also honored to play for the wedding.  (No matter how many weddings I play for, it never gets less nerve-wracking for me!!)

I LOVE these wedding guests!!

Congratulations to Nate and Jillian.  Have a great week away!!
Now it's time to head over to the reception and grab up some of the delicious cotton candy we keep hearing about!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Congratulations to Nathan and Jillian Kreamer!! 
We are SO excited for you today!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Oh. My. Goodness!!  I am so excited about "Throwback Thursday" today.  It would probably be better if I saved these for Veteran's Day, but I just couldn't wait that long.  These pictures of my dear father-in-law are just too good!!
My girls invited their grandparents to the Veteran's Day program that their school is putting on this year.  Part of the program is going to be a slideshow using pictures of the veterans who are related to any of the students at the school.  I asked Charlotte if she had any pictures of Dave that were lying around that we could use for the slideshow.  And voila!!  She found these from his days in the United States Air Force...

When Morgan saw the picture below, she said, "This looks just like Daddy!"
I agree with her.  I can see quite the resemblance, for sure!!
These are my favorite throwbacks!  I may just have to dig around for some more keepsakes just like these!!