Friday, July 25, 2014

camping trip photos.... part 2

Gabe loves the bike rides and especially the bike helmet
he wore it all the time...he didn't even need a bike

mornings around the favorite.

we had some serious ladder ball competitions going on.

Jonah snapping pictures of us

second wound on the trip
     Miah decided to run and jump into the hammock and come flying out the other end.

Mornings with this guy were fun. 

Mini golfing with our cousins from CA

to be continued....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Camping trip photos.... part 1

 We love camping at State Parks
it's such a special gift to go camping as a family
and cheap too
We do easy meals, lots of hiking, biking swimming and laying a round just chatting with each other, going for lots of night walks, sitting by the fire and making smores.

Thank you auntie Sarah for the awesome hammock!

Catching toads for fun..wishing we could take some home with us.

grocery trip to Walmart...of course we have to try on a few hats!

thank you for the floatie Auntie Annie

We love swimming at Sister Bay
Peninsula State Park in Door County is one of our favorite's..

can you feel his excitement?

one trip to the Er ......which usually happens.....and it's usually Jonah
just a few stitches this year...last he broke something on his foot or ankle.
I can't keep up with this stuff

to be continued....

Monday, July 21, 2014

Father's day contest

So on a whim I got an email about entering this fathers day contest.  You just had to write under 500 words about your dad.  I just randomly started writing about what the kiddos said about Dave, their dad and low and behold we won.  Can I tell you ...we have never won a thing in our lives. This was awesome. Dave knew nothing about it and was totally surprised to find out we won the contest.

 This is what the kids and I sent in...
My dad is awesome because he loves his kids unconditionally
My dad is cool because he is on fire for the Lord
My dad is a hero because he is a police chief and helps people
He stands by us and protects us
My dad has so much honor and strength
I want to be like him some day
My dad is fabulous because he wrestles with us
He patiently teaches us
My dad gently corrects and speaks truth
My dad shows grace and love
My dad takes brokenness and embraces it
You have shown us how to have compassion and courage
My dad’s heart is full of hope and faith.
My Dad beat stage 4 cancer  through his faith in God
                                     We are so thankful to the Lord for my dad's life
We as a family chose not to waste his cancer
we chose joy because
                                                                         Love Wins

this is what we won
a 2 night stay at the American Club in Kohler, a round of golf for 2 with a cart at Whistling Straits, a bottle of Johnny Walker, 4 fresh cut New York Strip steaks...AND a Weber grill!
Thank you so much Woodlake Market you rock!

Friday, July 18, 2014

in gratitude..

thank you for all of you that have prayed for Dave and our family on this journey
we are still in the recovery stage

thank you to all of you who have walked this journey with us
you have helped us in so many ways

thank you for bringing such delicious meals to our family
sharing your gift of serving

thank you for all the gas cards, grocery cards and more.
such generous hearts

cards from little ones with such awesome drawings 
I love how they share their hearts

this is Dave's wall of encouragement in our bedroom and
all of your awesomeness in cards

thank you for helping our kiddos have Christmas gifts
from your loving and giving hearts

thank you mom and dad for watching the kids, continually helping wherever we need it

thank you Grandma Mimi for visiting, watching the kids and for the memories 

thank you Marylynn for coming and lending a helping hand
and taking the kiddos on adventures

thank you Annie for all of your support 

thank you Sarah for your health support and goodies to keep us going

thank you neighbors for shoveling and snow blowing

thank you Jen for always giving the kiddos a ride 

thanks for the endless number of emails, calls and texts from so many of you who cared for us and Dave.

thank you for your continued love and support