Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lake Placid...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


lots of bubbles in the tub :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Milka turns 2!

We love to it is probably no surprise that we threw a little party for Milka's 2nd Birthday!
This is one happy dog who loves to hang out on a boogie board!
 Once the kiddos got out of the pool, they decorated some "bones"...with cookies and cream sprinkles to match Milka's spots

Ethan and Coleman 

Mackenzie and Abby    

Rowan looking cute as always!
Levi saying cheese
 Luke flaring his nostrils because he knows it totally annoys me :)
and 2 of my bestest buddies...Kim and Shannon
and Milka even got some homemade dog treats shaped like cats from the Smith family!
She certainly is well loved!  Happy Birthday Milka Joy Chili Pepper Hunter :)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Celebrating in Heaven...

On the 15th, Neena would have celebrated her 70th birthday.  Fortunately, as a family we celebrated a few weeks ago when she was still able to. 

This morning her battle with cancer ended and now she is celebrating in Heaven.

For those who are in the area, here are the funeral arrangements:
  Friday evening, September 10, 6-8pm   Visitation
  Saturday morning, September 11, 10:30am  Funeral

Both the visitation and the funeral will be held at--
  St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
  500 North Park Road
  Hollywood, FL 33021
  church phone #954.989.2655

Thank you all for your love and prayers,
Brad, for the family

Sunday, September 05, 2010

From Vienna with love...

Yesterday we received a package in the mail from our teammate Lindsay, and our friend Whitney.  It was filled with goodies from Austria and notes of encouragement!  The kiddos were so excited, and can't wait to pack some of the treats in their lunches on Tuesday so they can show their friends here.

I also got a special comfy, over-sized sweatshirt that I have had since I was pregnant with Luke! Anyone who comes over to our house after 7pm, knows that this is usually what I have on! Everyone in our family makes fun of me when I wear it, but I love it!  I think the girls knew I needed a little taste of home :)  How sweet and thoughtful!

We are settling into a routine now, but the gravity of Neena's cancer still lingers like a heavy, dark cloud.  She grows weaker by the day, but continues to amaze us with her sweet spirit.

The stress has been tangibly felt...with tempers that have been short with one another, kiddos that are sometimes in tears after saying goodnight, and Brad even found himself in the ER earlier this week, struggling with chest pain.  Nothing serious was found, and now he is taking medicine for acid reflux, most likely brought on guessed it...stress.  Often we find ourselves emotionally drained and physically tired as we watch Neena suffer.  Still, we are grateful for the ways we can serve her and spend time with our extended family.

So that is the latest on us.  We are waiting, trusting and hoping in Him to get us all through this trying time...

and a little love from Vienna doesn't hurt either :)