Friday, June 22, 2007

The Rich Rugrats!!!

Well, The apartment is most of the way packed up now and we head for Bluefield next Friday morning. Its hard to believe our year here is up. We arrived here last summer with just a 2 year old boy and a baby boy, now look what we're leaving here with! Its just amazing how fast a family can grow. Daniel is taking me on a date tomorrow to Busch Gardens and then out to eat! It will be our first full day away without all 3 children. Daniel decided to invest in a Medela Pump which is wonderful as it enables us to leave Grace with a babysitter if needed. I probably won't post again until we move but I thought you all might enjoy this new picture of the Rich Rugrats!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

400th Anniversary of Jamestown

We had the privilege of attending Vision Forums Quadricentennial event this weekend at Ft. Pocahontas. It was so much fun and a beautiful celebration. We learned alot about the history of our nation and heard some very moving speeches by Jonathan Falwell and Doug Phillips. Jerry Falwell was scheduled to speak on Friday night but I'm sure you all know he died of a heart attack about a month ago. However, his son Jonathan wanted to honor his Fathers commitment to speak at this event and he gave the same message his Father was going to give. Doug Phillips gave the most powerful speech of all about our nations history and about how we need to stand up and be leaders and make a difference so that our nation can return to that. He talked about how it all begins at home in our families. We have to raise children that love the Lord with all their hearts and raise them up to be leaders so they can make a difference in our nation.
It was so encouraging for Daniel and I to be at this event and be surrounded by others who share our vision for our family and understand why we want to have so many children. Doug said there are only 2 groups of people in the whole world who are turning out large numbers of children, one of them is a certain group in France the other one is the Homeschoolers of America! We thought that was pretty neat! The night ended with a play titled the "Marriage of Pocahontas" and a very impressive Fireworks display by the James River.
We witnessed the laying of this Childrens Memorial. You could put a letter to your great-great grandchildren inside this memorial to be unearthed at the 500th Anniversary of Jamestown
We met so many wonderful families at this event including the Boyer Family. Marilyn Boyer is the the mother of 14 kids and author of one of my favorite parenting books that Nana gave me for Christmas called " Parenting from the Heart". They were so happy to meet our children !

Daniel and kids in front of the Big Tent. There was even a tent for nursing mothers where I met several new friends!

One of the big attractions for this event was Hot Air balloon rides! The boys were too young to ride but they hardley took their eyes off the Big Balloon.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sissy's Kitchen

I know you all think I have been a little bit ridiculous since my little princess was born with all the bows and dresses. Well, Saturday morning I did the most ridiculous thing yet. I went out to some yard sales and bought Sissy this wonderful little tikes kitchen for $10. This picture sums it all up, she almost fits in the sink! I will have to show it to it to her one day so she can see just how ridiculous I have been!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weekend Fun

Well, we are busy here lately trying to pack and run around to all the area attractions before we leave. We have been doing alot of picnics. Here are a few pics taken over the weekend at Water Country USA. We had so much fun! The boys were even allowed to ride one of the big slides with Daniel and I and Grace never complained at all. She has turned into such a content little girl! I am so glad. I finally feel that family life is getting back to normal since her birth. We can finally go out to eat and enjoy doing things as a family without causing a ruckus!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Another Life Change

Some time ago we let you all know that Daniel would be going into business with a really good friend of his and that it would enable us to come back to Christiansburg and live in our home there that we remodeled. Up until about 3 weeks ago that was still the plan and we were very eagerly anticipating the time when everything would transpire with that plan. It appears that God now has other plans for our family. A few weeks ago a well respected Christian business man in Bluefield (Daniels hometown) approached Daniels grandfather and said he had heard about Daniel getting his masters at VT and learned that he was working in construction. He said he was getting older and was wanting a respectable young man to come and work with him and slowly over the next few years sell his prosperous construction business to him so that he could retire. Daniels grandfather called and relayed this message to us and also gave Daniel his phone number. Daniel decided not to call since he felt he had already committed himself to his friend.
A week or so later Daniels parents ran into this mans son in law and and he told them that his father in law was hoping that Daniel would call. Daniels parents encouraged him to call so a week or so later he did and they agreed to get together and talk since we were already coming in for Isaacs birthday in mid May. The man gave Daniel a great offer and a plan to slowly buyout his business over the next few years. While the company mainly only builds commercial building such as banks and doctors offices all of the jobs they take are within a 30 mile radius of the company office. They work only 8 hrs per day and Daniel would be home with us for supper every evening (A huge plus considering the hours most scheduling engineers have to put in).
This offer put Daniel in a very hard place. He prayed much about whether or not he could even accept this offer after already making plans with his friend. His friend is a very Godly man whom he thinks the world of. After seeking much prayer and advice he decided that he must do what he felt was better for his family and go back to his hometown where he would have less traveling, more time with us, and more help with our rapidly growing family. It upset Daniel very much to have to tell his friend that he could not go into business with him. His friend being the Godly man that he is though was very understanding and hopefully he and Daniel will still work together some in the future on various projects. As for me, How do I feel about all of this? I have mixed feelings. I loved Christiansburg, I loved my house there and most of all, my friends. I was so excited about going back there to live. However, I am also relieved that He won't have to do any traveling. All 3 of our children are currently 3 and under and no one is completely potty trained, I feel I would have really struggled at home alone during the times he would have to go visit a project he was scheduling. I have also always wanted the support of grandparents who live close by to help me raise the children and be a part of their lives. This life change is bittersweet for me. You can be praying for us that this move will be blessed and that the Lord would provide the right house for us. God has already provided me with a close friend in Bluefield and I am so very thankful! I am still stressed about our housing situation since Daniel must start to work in July but I know that God will take care of that too.
I had better close since I am flying into Atlanta early in the morning with Grace. We had a really fun day with our family at the beach today. Here are a few pictures. Our children love the beach and so do we!!! Grace even did well. She napped and nursed and did everything she would normally do out on the beach.