Monday, January 29, 2007

Sunny Day!!!

YAY!! We finally saw the sun today after many, many, MANY long days without a peek!! We took advantage of the day and spent some time outside in the yard. The twins didn't quite know what to do with all of the open space and fresh air :) It was very refreshing to be able to take them outside and do something different!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ooka Doo!

Last week, Evan came up with a new word "ooka doo". Of course as most parents know, trying to translate toddler talk into the English language can sometimes be a challenge. Finally after much pointing on Evans part and much frustration on ours we figured out "Ooka Doo" is Uncle Dave!!
David has been called a number of things over the years, "Da" "D" "Uncle D" and finally Jaden & Adam settled on plain old "Uncle Dave". I have to say that Evan definitely wins the prize for most original pronunciation of Uncle Dave.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Young Adults

Over the last four years Jasen & I have had the privilege of being involved in leading the young adults group at our church. When we took over leadership, the majority were single, and there were no babies in the picture other than Jaden. My, have things changed!! It has been such a joy for us to be involved with these people, they have been so much fun, and have all grown so much. As a group we have fund raised, retreated, had fellowship over meals, traveled to Mexico on a missions trip, had lots of laughs, seen some tears (mostly on the girls side!) and made lasting friendships.

So, now we reach a point of "we are not young adults anymore"!! We figured once babies started appearing in bulk, it was time for us to move on. Jasen & I prayed over this decision and sought council from leadership. Many of the young adults were also beginning to feel the need to really get plugged into the church body, commit to bible studies and prayer meetings, essentially "grow up". Jasen & I will always be available to this group, and they all know that. We are praying the the older people in our congregation would step up and encourage these ones in their walks, and give them the support and encouragement they need. There are so many that already do that and we are very thankful for them.

Tonight we all got together for dinner at our house, and formally "disbanded" the current young adult group. Unfortunately, the Cookes were not with us, but they have been such a big part of things, they can;t go unmentioned!! We pray that one of these young couples may feel the burden to take on the "real" young adults of our congregation, those without spouses and children!!

Friday, January 19, 2007



Thursday, January 11, 2007

It's Official!

Well, effective February 2nd Jasen will no longer be a State of Alaska employee. He officially handed in his notice today. This step is a huge one for us, but one we know is right and will be good for our family. Please pray for us through the transition, I'm sure there will be some "moments"!

Jasen has been on leave for the past month working on an extensive project for my parents. It will take him through the end of February first part of March. We are getting everything lined up for his business, there is alot to think about, but it is coming together :)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy Birthday Adam!

Four years ago today, I was laying in a hospital bed totally shocked that we had another little boy....we all thought Adam was going to be a girl! He has been such a joy for us to watch grow, he is such a sweet boy, with a tender personality, and quite the character too!!
Party pics to follow tomorrow!!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Tennessee (just for Ted!)

Two weeks before Christmas, Jasen headed down to Nashville Tennessee for his friend Ted's wedding. The breeder we bought Macy from was also in the area, so he picked her (the dog, not the breeder!) up the same weekend.

It was Jasens first visit to Nashville. There is such a huge emphasis on music which he enjoyed, and the people there were very warm and friendly. I think it is definitely a place we will put on our "places to consider moving to" list when the time comes!

He got to do a little sightseeing, he toured The Gaylord Opry Hotel, which was incredible. He also took a couple of hours to walk around downtown Nashville at night and listen to the different live bands play. Next time, I get to go!!