Shells of Isla Reta

I realized today I'd never posted pictures of the shells we found on the beach at Isla Reta.

When I look at the intricate detail God put into the shells and coral I am amazed and awed at His creativity!

Psalm 92: 1-5 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,.....
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!

Psalm 86:8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

An Update From James

James is happy to announce that he and his brother both have their two bottom front teeth in!

He also says he really likes the Green Bay Packer outfit that he and his brother take turns wearing!!!!

He would also like you to pray for his brother, Jerard, who has caught a cold, has a cough, and has spent a large part of today sleeping! Thanks!

Mikayla and Kirsten

Kirsten and Mikayla are enjoying school.

Mikayla was recently elected secretary/treasurer for the Student Council. She is in band and will be playing soccer starting next week.

Kirsten is enjoying 5th grade. She is learning to play percussion instruments in band and enjoying art class. She's been doing very well in her studies.

Both girls have been enjoying making recipes from the "Redwall Cookbook" Kirsten received as a birthday gift. We are learning the art of substituting ingredients since some of the items called for in recipes we haven't found here (yet...)

Mikayla has become the resident popcorn maker for the family. She has perfected the art of stove top kettle popping, unlike her Mom who tends to burn it every time!!!

I thank God for the daughters He has given me!

Baby Gates


Kurt and Ben working on baby gates.

James loves to crawl around so we have found it necessary to put up baby gates for his safety and our sanity!

We had two baby gates built for two stairwells, and now Ben and Kurt are doing a father-son project of building a baby gate to keep our little crawler out of the kitchen.

Jerard's Smile 2


This little guy's smile just warms my heart so much!!!!