So I have long been absent from the blogging world due to a very busy last couple months as well as a sick computer for half of that time... but it's time to get back on the bandwagon and update you on our lives.
First off, Eliana's 3rd birthday party! We decided this year since she wanted to have a party and her birthday is so close to Halloween (and since we have never done any kind of trick or treat with our team kids), to have a costume birthday party. It was a lot of fun. We invited her close friends, played games (which were kind of a bomb except for the bag race... I need some ideas of good games to play with toddlers), had her favorite finger foods, and her cake of choice... cars! Eliana dressed up like a bunny in a costume my mom made for me and my sister, Michaela was a princess (of course) and Jana wore fairy wings for about 5 minutes :) It was a hoot watching the kids learn about trick or treat (since they had never done it before). I hope you enjoy the pictures!
Eliana, you are such a joy... you definitely live up to your middle name! I have loved watching you grow; I have suffered with you with your frequent illnesses; I have enjoyed your precious and distinct conversation; I have rejoiced over your sweet and loving spirit; I have thrived on your hugs and kisses. Most of all I have loved being your mommy. I pray every day for the grace and wisdom and patience to nurture you and your sisters. I love you!
Isaiah 43:1-3, 7, 10-13
But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior... Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.... “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”
Isaiah 43:1-3, 7, 10-13