Monthly Archives: September 2011

Gabi turns 4!!!


They say time flies when you’re having fun. This is definitely true of us the last 4 yrs! Gabi keeps us on our toes, and keeps us quite entertained in the process. It is difficult to remember life before Gabi was born, but I do know that it wasn’t quite as fun as it is today. I am so thankful that God saw fit to bless our family with her presence 4 yrs ago!

Sweet baby Gabi, 13 days old!

Gabi is our most sensitive child, at this point. It is not at all unusual for her to reduce to a puddle of tears if something/someone scares her, or if one of her sisters is hurt or sad. Nathan and I have wondered a number of times how God is going to use this attribute in her future… I am confident that He has a plan!

At 2 1/2 yrs old!

I love seeing my girls grow and mature. Gabi is technically supposed to be starting pre-school this year, but we did that last yr and she is bored with it! This week she has started “writing messages” to us, sounding out the words and writing them on her own. Sometimes they require translation, but for the most part they make sense! I can’t believe the things that she picks up all on her own.

Gabi at 3 yrs old... such a contagious giggle!

The day before Gabi’s birthday, Nathan and I took her on a special date. We ran a couple errands to get things for her birthday party, went to lunch at the place of her choice (Burger King!), and of course got ice-cream before heading home. We all had a blast!!

Birthday ice-cream date!

Getting birthday supplies... starting with a giant pinata!

We had a REALLY fun birthday party, and I took a bajillion pictures! But I will try to contain myself and just share my favorites.

The pre-party cupcake decorators!


Sisters make the best birthday party mates!


The birthday girl gets the first swing at the pinata!


Sweet little Hillary took a swing, too


Mimi sent gifts (as usual!) months in advance. Gabi loved every one!!


SO tickled at that big "4" on top!


Brennah had multiple cupcakes...

We are thankful beyond words to have Gabriella Joy. She is a constant ray of sunshine in our world!

Happy Birthday, Gabs!

My Mexico list…


I have a running list in my drafts folder that I add to now and then.  I came across it today and after adding a few new things, decided I should just share it on here with you.  I have SO little time to blog these days that I figure if I’ve got something written down, I might as well share it.  😉  So here it is!  Things I love about living in Mexico.

  • When we’re running late, no one minds! We will likely still be the first ones to arrive!
  • My kids are perfectly comfortable in 2 very different cultures.
  • I am learning to speak another language, and so are my girls!
  • Flowers are cheaper than dirt. Literally.
  • Awesome Chiapas coffee, French pastries, Argentinean steak, and Japanese sushi… all in the same block!
  • My kids get to witness God providing for our needs on a regular basis, in miraculous ways!
  • Due to the constant flow of visitors, my children are learning to interact with a lot of different people, and are also turning into great little hostesses.
  • The green!!! I never knew there were so many shades of green until I saw the vegetation here.
  • The coziness of falling asleep or waking up to the sound of rain… for months at a time!
  • Getting to be a part of people experiencing Mexico for the first time. Seeing people’s perspective on missions and the world change before our eyes!
  • Hot, fresh tortillas. And a tortilleria (a store that makes and sells them) just around the corner. Just pennies for a little stack of them.
  • I have a new and fresh appreciation for my beloved United States of America. Everything sparkles a bit brighter when we go back.
  • We are just a couple hours drive from several different beaches/oceans.
  • Produce here tastes different. Mangoes are sweeter, avocados are creamier (and cheaper) and pineapples taste like they’ve been dipped in sugar!
  • Our life here is chalk full of uncertainty, which I prefer to call “ADVENTURE!”
  • Hearing Nathan and myself refer to Casa Hogar as “our orphanage” and knowing that we have a relationship with those kids that we wouldn’t have if we didn’t live here.
  • Cilantro grows in my back yard like a weed!
  • Knowing that we are smack in the center of where God wants us to be right now. That, in and of itself, is worth any sacrifice we have to make to live here. No amount of American comforts can replace the peace and joy that comes with knowing that you are being obedient to His call on your life!