If you all know anything about me, you know that I love winter and I love to go sledding.  I have fond memories growing up of sledding and I want to pass that love along to my own kiddos.
When we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family, we were very excited that they had snow in Cherokee and we could go sledding!  An added bonus is that Jess and Mitch’s house is on top of a hill, so we could sled literally in their front yard. 
We went Friday when it was snowing and Saturday when it was considerably colder and we could only stay outside for about 30 minutes.  Sunday was the day that it was -22 below and the feels like was -39.  Yikes.
Anyway, sledding…  So much family fun!
 The worst part is always the hike back up the hill, am I right?!
 Maddox is fearless, as always.

 Everybody decided to have a race down the hill.  On your mark, get set,  GO….!

 My favorite part of this photo are everybody’s expressions AND the fact that Blake willingly jumped on Uncle Justin’s back. 

 Jenna’s ride down the hill didn’t go so hot….

 The uncles, Justin and Mitch, got the kids involved in a competition to see who could stay upright the entire way down the hill. 

 Guess what?  Justin was the winner!
 Jess and Mitch had to race. 
 Jess didn’t win…
 Blake’s attempt at going down upright.

 My bearded brother.  He was all frozen and I asked him to take his picture.  I LOVE IT!

 Bowen’s attempt at staying upright.  He did pretty well and made it halfway down the hill before…

…. he wiped out.
 McCoy.  Seriously.  The cuteness.

The view from their house.  So pretty, especially while the snow fell. Our snow is all melted here at home, so we’re hoping for some snow soon so we can go out and go sledding again!

A Wedding

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Brett and Jaclyn got married!!!!!!!  Yay.  So fun.  We had a great time celebrating them and their new life.  Enjoy the pictures 🙂

Easter 2014

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Reese was discharged from the hospital just in time for Good Friday.  Reese and I have been having a lot of conversations about pain and suffering and disease and God.  I loved this article on Talking with Your Kids About Hard Things. God created a perfect world.  With no pain or suffering or hospitals or owies.  But because He gave us free will, one man sinned and sin entered the world.  Death, disease, pokes, yucky things. And sin in our own hearts. Hate, selfishness, anger. But, He has a plan for REDEMPTION! Through our faith in Him and His death on the cross, our penalty has been paid and we are a new creation that is free from the bondage that is sin.  And through Jesus we can look forward to a world with no death or pain or suffering or sin.  Because one day Jesus will return and make all things good for those who walk with Him.  
As a mom, it is so great to relay a message of hope even when things hurt.  I love how faithful God has been to show us He is good in the middle of this, and specifically show Reese that He is good.  Sometimes we cry together.  Sometimes I don’t always have a graceful answer to the “why me” I hear almost daily.  But, I love watching her eyes light up when we talk about heaven and new bodies and no owies.   We are thankful for this journey and the blessing of Easter and redemption.
We spent this Easter with Oma and Papa, hunting eggs, opening Easter baskets, and enjoying food and family.  We ended the night with a glow in the dark egg hunt with our neighbors.  I hope it become tradition.  

I am a little behind.  So here is a picture dump…
We visited with a couple special people in March.  GG came to visit us at our house.  We loved it!!  Thanks for coming to visit, GG and Neva!

And then we went to Muscatine to visit Mollie and meet Claire.  Love!! The girls had fun doing nails and hair 🙂

In April we took our annual girl’s trip to Kansas City with Oma.  Reese talks about going to Kansas City all the time.  I think this will be something she will remember as a highlight of her childhood.

Reese got to participate in the ISU Fashion Show thanks to Dance Marathon.  A Dancer created these dresses for the girls based on what they liked.  The theme was teal 🙂  Reese really enjoyed dressing up with the big girls.

Dress Rehearsal…

Hair…

All of the models hair looked like this.  I guess they do all the hair the same to focus on the clothes.

Practice…

Showtime…

Reese spent a couple days inpatient at MGMC for an infection. Thankfully, she was in good spirits.

Because your IV pole should always be decorated.  Always.

We love our Corrine!!

I’ve got more.  It’s coming.
It’s March.  I can’t believe I didn’t blog in February….since it went on, and on, and on.  I need spring.  I NEED spring!!!!
Adoption update, or lack of adoption update.  Not much is happening in regards to the process.   We are still waiting for things to start moving again.  
We did celebrate both kid’s birthdays in January.  First up was Ms. Mo.  We know she likes Care Bears, so she got a Care Bear cake.  We celebrated with another family who is also adopting from the same country.  So thankful for good friends and support in this process.  And of course, there were party hats and noise makers!

On Mr. Bo’s birthday we went out to dinner as a family and celebrated at home with cupcakes (made by Oma) and balloons.  Reese picked out the balloons and thought he would like trucks and balls.  I bet she is right.

It was a little sad celebrating birthdays for kids who aren’t home.  I would give anything to know if they were celebrated on their special day.  But, our kids at home need something tangible to do and this was a great excuse to do something fun as a family in honor of their brother and sister.  We took a lot of pictures and videos to share with the kids once they come home.

Jan/Feb also marked one year since we saw their photos and accepted their referrals.  We didn’t enter this process thinking we would have referrals for over a year and counting with no end in sight.  We thank God for the strength to continue trusting, continue fighting, and continue loving two sets of brown eyes that we have only met through pictures.  Kids deserve forever families.  We will keep fighting until they are home.

We recently sent our second care package.  My favorite part was the stuffed bear in the back.  When you squeeze the bear, he repeats a recording of our voices.  Ms. Mo got a couple dresses and lots of girly things.  Every picture we have of her, she is wearing a dress and it is usually pink.  Her ears are pierced and she is always wearing bracelets.  She will fit right in with Reese 🙂 Baby Bo got toys, books  and a little brother onsie.  We also wrote a letter to Mama M and sent her a couple gifts too.

I wish we could send more, but this barely fit into the backpack!!

Cade sent his love with the backpack.

“Cade, open your eyes.”

We get new pictures of our kids every couple months.  We just got new pictures.  Oh.My.WORD!!! Bo is flashing the CUTEST grin I have ever seen.  Our kids rarely smile in the pictures we receive, but this time Bo is absolutely cheesin out.  I love it!!  It is a treat to receive pictures with Mama M in them. She is gorgeous and you can tell she adores the kids.  Her eyes tell a story of love and care that I am so thankful for.

On Friday we got word that Mo came down with Malaria.  This is fairly common over there and Mama M caught it fast so she wasn’t hospitalized and is on medicine at home.  Reality is, kids in orphanages die of this ever day.  Kids like Mo who, if she wasn’t under the care of Mama M, would have probably suffered and died alone.  Please pray for our kids….that their health would be restored and they would come HOME!

And here are pictures of our trip to the Science Center with Oma, because it is one of the only times we left the house in February.  Seriously.

Christmas Pictures

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Christmas 2013 in pictures.  Enjoy!
Please note: our two year old CAN NOT TO SAVE HIS LIFE smile and/or keep his eyes open in pictures.
Cade is not sneezing.  Nope, he did that on purpose STINKER.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Here is the progression when you ask Cade to take a picture.
1. He refuses.

2. He decides mid-picture to back into the frame.

3. He decides to be a goof.

4. The best I could do.

Mo and Bo were not forgotten.  We got all the kids one big gift this year.

We headed to Quasky for the Wulfekuhle Christmas and some family time.

How did Aunt Allison get Cade to smile?!

Merry Christmas!  Yay for 2014!

Fall

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It snowed last week, so I guess that means fall has come and gone.  We fought hard to unearth our sweet Reese from the stress and trauma of her hospital stay. And…she’s back!!! And feeling great.

We had a great time soaking up the leaves, colors and fun fall brings.  Here is a fall update, thanks to camera phone pictures.  Enjoy!

We took Oma to the orchard, our favorite fall place…

We went home to the farm to get in some harvest time…

Reese worked hard in the kitchen with Grandma to prepare lunch to take to the fields.

First for everything.  Picnic in the hog building 🙂

We had some great football weekends, complete with great friends who came to stay…

Our besties Katie and Mollie stayed for a week.  So, naturally, we took them to a paint pumpkins at a fraternity house…

Reese charmed some frat members who were making cupcakes in the kitchen.

And, naturally, we took then to the orchard!!

We had a two cute mice for Halloween…

And Reese had a big first this past weekend.  She went to her first drop-off birthday party!!  This would have never been possible if it weren’t for her recent surgery..

Saying good-bye to fall, and the gazillion leaves in our front yard…

Good- bye fall!  Bring on Thanksgiving, family, peppermint, snow, blankets, fires in the fireplace, football and Christmas!!