Wednesday, July 29, 2015

called by name

On July 18th, Ellis was surrounded by family and friends as he was baptized into the Church. Baptism is a sacrament, a visible sign of grace. Sacraments point us to what is sacred. I cannot imagine a more beautiful picture of God's sacred grace than our sweet boy's baptism. The grace of family and community. The grace of new life entrusted to us. The grace of receiving what we could never deserve. The grace of love overflowing, giving us a tiny taste of the love our Father has for us.

Baptism is intended to be the first step in a lifelong journey of faith. May it be so for Ellis, and by God's grace may we be helpful stewards along the way.

our third son to wear this gown

not so sure about this....


listening intently

surrounded by love

the littles helping bless the water (including my own sweet Goddaughter)

child of God

so much joy

the baptismal "tools"
 "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you." Isaiah 43: 1-2

Friday, July 17, 2015

an urban vacay

At the end of June, Andrew was scheduled to spend a couple of nights in Chicago. I was a bit nervous about my first night at home with four kids, with one of them being only one month old, so I jokingly suggested that we go with him. Then the joke sounded like a good idea, and the next thing we knew we were on a road trip with four under four to one of our favorite cities.

I think people thought we were crazy, but it was actually amazingly fun. We did a three-day highlight tour, and the kids loved it. They directed traffic from their stroller, yelling "stop, car, stop" each time we went across a crosswalk. They loved the horse drawn carriages and shouted "clip clop" at all the horses. From the American Girl store to the Children's Museum, they jumped right into each activity and soaked in every second.

first stop= hershey store

father's day brunch at american girl cafe

building with dad at the lego store


while dad went to his conference, we spent the morning at lake michigan. the kids LOVED playing on the beach and even ventured into the freezing water in their clothes. we ended up in underwear...not sure that is technically allowed.

chicago children's museum

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th, Friends!

our whole crew

some sibling love

Frances Katherine, 3.5

Barnes Howard, 3.5

Shepherd Louis, 1.5

Ellis Andrew, 7 weeks