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Sunday, April 29, 2007

It's a Great Day for the Park

The fathers playing many games of horse-shoes

Amy and Charity being swung on the tire swing

Nathan found the perfect place to fish

Jen helping Noah by hooking worms on his pole

The girls taking a hike through the woods

Micheal taking a peaceful rest

Hannah enjoying the river

Never such devoted sisters..

Some people caught larger fish then others :} Hint: Look closer. He is really holding a fish!

Sweet sisters

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A Hymn of Praise

Praise ye the Lord
For His goodness and mercy!
Goodness and mercy unto us He has shown.
His loving eye watches in tenderness over us,
However far from His path we may roam.
Praise ye the Lord!

Praise ye the Lord
That unto the weak He gives strength!
Strength when sorely oppressed by the strong.
The oppressed always conquer, for He always aids them,
'Though their heart may be faint, and the struggle seem long.
Praise ye the Lord!

Praise ye the Lord
That He cares for our troubles!
Troubles that to Him must seem very small.
Tho He sees, understands them, and pitieth His children,
Like as a Father, who comes at their call,
Praise ye the Lord!

Praise ye the Lord.
That He pardons and forgives us!
Pardons all who repent and turn from wrong!
Oh! Praise ye the Lord, for His goodness and mercy
Praise him in heart and praise Him in song.
Praise ye the Lord!
~By Laura Ingalls Wilder~
(The last two pictures were taken by Miss Sarah yesterday in our front yard.)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Home At Last

Yesterday at about four o' clock Mark was coming out of the van!

Mark slept through all the happy greetings and kisses of his six siblings and three of his cousins. He came home with his heart monitor but without his feeding tube- for which we were all very grateful for!

Touching their brother for the first time

Macey was delighted with "baby"

The sister line up- Nellie, Cloe, Macey and Jaime with their mom passing Mark from person to person. Macey held him the most because she would cry if anyone else held "her baby". :)

Amy spending time with Mark under the watchful eyes of his big sister :)

James holding his brother for the very first time.

The finished banner hung down from the 2nd floor

God is good.


Thursday, April 19, 2007

High Anticipation

This past week we have been babysitting the children at home while both Uncle James and Aunt Penel have been at the hospital working to get Mark home. From Monday until today they have been at the Ronald McDonald room at the hospital with Baby Mark feeding him around the clock, getting ready to care for him on their own and learning how his heart monitor works.

Back at home the kids worked on a huge poster saying "Welcome Home Mark!"

Even two year old Macey wanted to help color.

Mark's bed is all ready for him and the house is clean.
We're more then ready for you Mark!! :)


Baby Mark is on his way home!!!!

It has been a long journey of prayers and hope for little Mark since his birth 46 days ago.

These are some our favorite pictures.
Mark and his Mommy


Growing ...
and eating.

Today Mark is expected to be released from the hospital!


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Remembering the Titanic

Friday night Dad and Daniel went to the Men and Boys Titanic Dinner hosted by Vision Forum and
"Once upon a time, not so long ago, boys held the door for girls, husbands spoke with tenderness of their wives, men gave up their seats for women, and sacrifice was the defining quality of bold manhood.
"Today, many have forgotten this culture of Christendom. But because of one remarkable evening in 1912, the entire world can be reminded that nobility transcends avarice, that there can be mercy even in the midst of judgment and that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”..." From the Vision Forum web site

Charlie Zahm, a favorite soloist and singer of Celtic, Maritime and Early American music was a guest at the event.

Mr. Doug Phillips retold the story of the Titanic and of the men who gave up their seats in the life boats for women and children.

Mr. Bill Potter stands in front of the monument erected by the women of America which quotes,
"To the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the ignorant and the learned
all who gave up their lives nobly to save women and children"

Singing "Nearer My God to Thee"

A little boy places a flower on the monument

To see last year's pictures click here.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Baby Mark

Today Mark is five weeks and 3 days old and still in the hospital. Last night mom was able to get these new pictures of him. Here he is responding to his mommy.

Mark still needs prayer. He may have some heart problems and for now he is on total tube feedings until all his testing comes back. The doctor doesn't want Mark to over exert when trying to suck all his feedings if there really is something wrong with his heart.

Mark welcomes his daddy's visit

Until he can come home Mark keeps his six siblings and parents near by with a picture.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Grandmom's Birthday

Yesterday, we celebrated Grandmom's birthday a month early with a surprise party. She was certainly surprised! We are also celebrating that all her cancer tests came back and she is now cancer free!!

Lighting the candle

Cake, ice cream and cupcakes!

Macey and Luke (grandchildren number 16 and 17 :))

Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Birthday Dad!

In Mother's arms

Playing with daddy

Plowing the fields with Uncle Earl

Protecting his little sister

Daddy's helper

Engagement picture

Story time with his little girls

Cousins Danny and Sissy

Father and Son time

A loving Father

May you have many happy returns of the day! You have been a great father to all of us! We love you!