Monday, April 27, 2009

Makayla's Dedication

Yesterday we had Makayla's baby dedication at church. My parents, brother and sister-in-law, their son Luke, Kreg's parents, his brother Kyle, Kreg's grandparents, Kreg's cousins, and Kreg's Aunts and Uncles were all there to witness it too! Wow such a blessing to have so much family in attendance. The point of the dedication was for Kreg and I to publicly proclaim to our Church body that we will do all that we can to raise Makayla (and of course Aiden) to know, serve, love, adore, obey, and glorify our Savior Jesus Christ. We will strive as individuals and as one to make Christ the number 1 priority in our home. And we will strive to show our kids what a godly marriage looks like.
It is wonderful to have the support of so much family as we make these strides. And we are so thankful for the church family we have gotten to know over the past year (since moving to Kokomo).
Below is Kreg, Makayla, and I standing up front at church. And to the left of us is Kreg's cousin Eric, his wife Allison, and their son Thomas. So fun that there were two Salsbery baby's dedicated on the same day!

After church we had a party at Eric and Allison's home with some yum yummy Salsbery pork (pork bbq to be exact). Below are a few family pics:
Finally a picture of the 4 of us! However you can't see Makayla very well so I shall continue my quest for the perfect family photo. :)

And a picture of us with the proud grandparents!

Friday, April 24, 2009

New Shoes, New Hat

Aiden has new shoes! Well he has had these for a little while but he has finally grown into them.

Please take note: They are converse shoes. That's right folks. Aiden has his very own pair of converse shoes, thanks to our good friend Josh.
And I want to explain this picture a bit more because if you will notice I am multi-tasking. I was changing Makayla's diaper listening to Kreg chase Aiden around the house trying to get a picture of him in his new shoes. Aiden was not cooperating so when they made their way into Makayla's room I quickly scooped down, got very excited about Aiden's shoes, thus he smiled (and I posed), and *walla* we got our picture. With the picture taken I finished my prior business at hand.
Multi-tasking is the name of the game just about every hour of the day now.

Makayla was happy that her brother got to wear his new shoes but she was even happier that she had a new hat!

Isn't this picture just scrumptious!(sp?)

And I do not think her smile could get any bigger than this:

This is what she does when you simply look at her and acknowledge her presence. She LOVES being looked at...or shall we say adored (but I guess that's a woman for ya, no matter what the age). Its quite funny and absolutely adorable all at the same time.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Two Peas in a Pod

Like father....like son.....



Aiden followed Kreg all over the yard! He takes his mowing very seriously. And I thought good help was hard to find. :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Praise!

First off I just want to glorify God for bringing Andy through a successful surgery and allowing him to go home last night (visit previous post for details or visit Cari's blog). We serve an amazing God! Praise be to the LORD God Almighty!

Secondly I praise God for sending His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. The gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ is the most precious and wonderful gift you and I could ever receive. I am thankful (in a world headed in the opposite direction) to still have a holiday in which to celebrate Christ's resurrection and victory over death. He is Risen!
So for Easter weekend we had lots of fun to celebrate the Risen Lord. My college roommate, Heather, came to spend the weekend with us and I absolutely loved having her here. With two kiddos in the house it was much busier than the last time she was here but she got to see first hand our crazy yet beautiful life now. Saturday Heather and I took Aiden to his first Easter egg hunt at church. He came home with a bag full of candy I probably won't let him eat but I think he enjoyed his first hunt nonetheless. And on Saturday two more friends from Taylor came to visit, Dustin and Jess and there beautiful baby girl Brooke.
Aiden and Heather waiting at the start line for the Easter Egg Hunt. At our church it is more of an Easter egg race than a hunt. There are sooooo many little ones it is probably a lot easier this way.

Heather explaining to Aiden that he is supposed to run and pick up as many eggs as he can and put them in his bag. It was a slow start...took him a minute or so to figure out what was going on. Poor Heather...haha...it took every ounce of will power to hold back her competitive nature and not pick up all the eggs for Aiden.

Aiden's loot:

And during the Easter egg hunt Makayla snuggled with me in her moby wrap. Isn't she sweet! She couldn't help but take a little snooze.

And lastly a picture of Makayla, Aiden, and Brooke Saturday afternoon. I think Aiden was very proud to be sitting between these two lovely ladies. I'm not sure Makayla was so excited about it however.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Please Pray!

Most of you who read my blog know my dearest and precious friend since Kindergarten, Cari Chastain. However some of you do not and thus I share this story and ask for your fervent prayers. In September Cari and her husband Andy lost their precious baby girl, Caden Joelle, at only 8 months old. This is a tragedy no one should ever ever have to deal with. The loss of a child, I just cannot fathom. Andy and Cari have remained more than faithful to the Lord through these past months and were pillars of God's strength and grace during the time of Caden's passing. The awesome power of God was displayed and is still being displayed through their godly hearts and attitudes today. Even while their heart continues to break for their baby girl.

God has blessed them too. They are expecting a baby boy in June! We all cannot wait to meet him and shower him with love, as we did Caden.

Then yesterday their world turned upside down again. Cari awoke in the morning to Andy having a seizure. She called 911 and got him to the ER. After some tests it was determined that Andy has a brain tumor. This just can't be happening to them! Not to them Lord no! It is not right. But I know God is in control and He is good, compassionate, merciful, gracious, and shall be praised in all our days! Andy and Cari saw the doctor last evening and received some good news too. The doctor was positive and said if you are going to have a brain tumor this is the kind to have. Very rarely is it malignant. And it is in a location (outside of the brain) where they should be able to remove it. The hope is that Andy will go home with only a scar on his head to show for it. The surgery has been scheduled for Friday morning.

Please pray with us. Cari is asking for prayer and if you are a believer then we are all apart of the body of Christ together and this part of the body needs our prayers. Pray they will remove all of the tumor. Pray the biopsy will show no cancer. Pray for peace of mind for them and their families. Pray for Cari as she continues to carry their unborn child. No stress is good on a pregnant lady, but especially not this.

This family has already been through so much these past months. From an earthly perspective it just doesn't seem right that they would now have to go through this. So we cling to the only thing we can: God is good all the time. And all the time God is good. Thank you for your prayers. Cari would love to know you are praying for them. It helps! If you join us in prayer please feel free to leave a comment on her blog.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Studyin Up

This weekend Aiden took some time out to study up on the latest farming trends and techniques.

Such a little man!

And all that studying made him hungry. So he decided to "eat daddy's milk" as he put it.

Poor Kreg...just minding his own business and eating a bowl of cereal for Sunday dinner when he was ambushed by a two year old :)
ps...I don't cook Sunday nights, hence the cereal. A big thank you to my mother-in-law for making that a "tradition" Kreg grew up with! I sure do like it!