Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy 3 Years Venture!

We celebrated 3 years of being a church family last Sunday. It was a great day! Can't believe it's been 3 years. It seems like 25 in some ways and in some ways it feels like we just started. Words cannot describe how I feel about my church family there. It is unlike any church we have ever been a part of. There is something so very unique about a church plant vs being at a traditional church. You become so close to ALL of the people there and every one is on this indescribable journey together. We are all so close and it's wonderful to do life with these people. It's hard for Luke and I but it's such a blessing at the same time. We are blessed to have such a wonderful "mother church" like The Hills in NRH who encourages and supports us on this journey. Love this little church family SO much and so thankful for the sweet memories of the last 3 years!

 We put together a little memory book with some pictures of the kids from the first three years of Venture. It's so sweet! There are quotes from the kids about what they love most about Venture. Some are so hilarious and all of them are super sweet. Avery's is
"I love Venture because all my friends go there and we get to sing fun songs. My Daddy also likes to preach there."
Can't wait to celebrate 30 more years and then some!

"Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. Nothing in life worth having is easy."  -Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

17 months

Sweet little sister is 17 months old! Can't believe she is almost 1.5 years. Time is flying! Adalyn has changed a lot the last few months. These are some of the new things she is doing:

Talking a lot more. Saying, Mama, Dada, Sis, no, bye, hi, hey, dog, shoes, socks, Santa. She asks for "sis" the second she wakes up. So precious!!
Points to anything related to Christmas and exclaims, "Santa!"
Waves to strangers a lot
Points to body parts when named 
Likes to look at books
Loves her "lovies" (blankets)
Likes to dance and shrug one shoulder. Hilarious!
Loves to be held and loves to cuddle
Sleeps through the night wakes up later and later like sister :)
Loves milk and still signs for it
Signs for "all done" when she is done eating or tired of doing anything 
Says "no" and shakes head when she doesn't want something. (Most things:))
Likes to wear bracelets and carry a purse
Plays with baby dolls
Obsessed with her shoes:)
Follows Avery all around the house
Loves bed time and tries to get into her crib herself when she's ready
Likes to try to put bows in her hair
Loves to sing and hum along to songs
Loves Minnie and Mickey
Steals my heart Every.Single.Day. But that's not new:)

Love you Adalyn! Happy 17 months precious girl!

Monday, January 14, 2013


It snowed in Dallas on Christmas! We were lucky enough to come home the day after and there was still plenty left to play in. The girls had so much fun, mostly Avery but Adalyn humored us. Fun memories!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas in Austin

We pretty much take the tour of Texas at Christmas time:) It's a little hard with two little ones but oh so worth it! Last stop was in Austin with my family. So much fun! We had Christmas at my parents and then Christmas at my grandparents. Loved every minute with people I love so much.

We visited a little trail of lights and it was so much fun.  The girls really loved it! This pic of them walking around holding hands melts me!

 Nini and Papa with their little girls
Christmas at Nini and Papa's! Such a fun morning of yummy food, presents and time together.

Can I serve you some tea? 
 Girl loves a purse and minnie mouse. Two in one= bliss
 She couldn't wait to try out her new ride
 My little Christmas cuties in front of Nini and Papa's tree
 Family pic at my grandparents where we had our last Christmas celebration. Sweet memories
She loves to feed her big sis. So sweet
Present time! It's a shame after 5 family Christmases, the poor girls hardly have any presents. ;)
 So spoiled!
 Fun with cousin Rhyder! The girls love him. He and Avery had a blast playing together. So precious!

 Cousin bath fun!!!
All ready for bed with McKenna after a fun day.

That wraps up the 2012 Christmas highlights. Can hardly wait to do it again! So thankful for the best gift of all, Jesus.