Aug 14

Camping with the Camp Family!

I have never been camping before…I haven’t even slept in a tent in the backyard! But that was about to change when the Camp family invited us to join them and their three children for a weekend of camping in the White Pines State Park!

Those three days out in nature were wonderful and although I didn’t sleep that well the first night due to hearing a leaf falling on the tent, a raccoon waddling by, my girls stirring in their beds, and campers talking late into the night, the second night way better and I slept deeply! Marilee had just learned how to crawl so she kept venturing off her blanket to taste new rocks, leaves, and sticks – it was a constant job to keep up with her! And dear Sauntina…my sweet Sauntina was dirty from head to toe after playing in dirt, rocks, leaves, water, and even cooled off ashes. But oh! Was she ever happy! I think she really enjoyed the camping trip with little people around her age to enjoy and endless hours to play outside!

It was a great first experience and I hope it won’t be the last!

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Jul 14

Happy Birthday, Robert!

Robert’s birthday always falls on a fun week – the 4th of July celebrations! For the 4th, Daniel, Robert, Sauntina, Marilee and I went to Cantigny Park to enjoy the beautiful, family-friendly grounds and listen to the grand Navy band play patriotic songs. Sauntina loved climbing all over the display tanks with Daniel!

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And today, just a couple days later, we celebrate the birthday of a wonderful man of God, the fearless leader in our family, our spiritual guide, and creative inventor of many exciting adventures! May your new year be blessed, Robert! Thank you for your leadership, love, and direction in our lives…your girls love you VERY much!

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May 14

Everywhere is a playground!

Robert, Sauntina, Marilee and I were able to take a trip back to Canada in February to visit my parents in lieu of the missed Christmas plans because of the hospital stay. Sauntina loved playing with the new toys, reading with Nana & Dido…and hiding under the couch!


We love you, Nana & Dido!


May 14

Sauntina Turned 2!!!

Sauntina celebrated her second birthday last Friday with her little sister, uncles, aunt, and grandparents who had driven all the way from West Virginia! I’ll post pictures from her party soon, but for now, here’s a few pictures from a photo shoot we did with Nathan Corduan last week. Esther and Jonathan came along to help make Sauntina smile…her skill at smiling for the camera are completely  undeveloped so far. :) Our little princess is growing so quickly!




And what would a toddler photoshoot be without tears??? We love you, girls!


May 14

From chilly Chicago to sunny Big Sandy…

Yes, the opportunity came for us to attend the Big Sandy regional family conference last week! Robert live streamed the evening sessions while I visited friends from all over and introduced them to Marilee and an ever growing/changing Sauntina. The Pendergasts hosted us during our stay and Sauntina went to sleep each evening quite worn out from playing with their four children. :)


My sister, Aleita, works down there at the International ALERT Academy so we squeezed in as many opportunities to visit as we possible could!


We also celebrated a lovely and restful Easter Sunday with the Pendergast Family and friends ~ Aleita, Corrie and I all wore the same colors without knowing it!


On the way home, Robert, James, Jonathan, Sauntina, Marilee and I stopped in St. Louis for the night and toured the St. Louis arch the next morning. This was my first time up there and it was quite the feeling to be over 600 feet in the air with nothing between you and the ground!


Now we are home sweet home and ready to settle back into routines again…


Apr 14

A Little Catch-up Time…

Due to three surgeries over the Christmas season, and wonderful help from my sister, Aleita, and Robert’s parents for a couple months following, we fell behind in post updates, but are blessed with good health once again and back to tackling the tasks of life. For awhile there, I wasn’t sure I’d ever have enough energy to take care of my little girls by myself, but the Lord was so kind and we are back to normal running errands, cooking, cleaning, and hosting guests! Praise the Lord for the wonderful gift of health! Here’s a little glimpse of the past few months…

Aleita, who came for an 11 day visit in early December, ended up staying 5 weeks and was mother to my two girls while I spent a week in the hospital for gallbladder surgery, then two more surgeries in the following weeks due to complications.


Discharged Christmas Eve and celebrated a quiet Christmas together. Robert managed to make a stocking for Sauntina to open!


Mom, Dad and David Staddon came to help with the girls for two weeks in January while I continued recovering. Esther often watched the girls so I could grab a nap or rest on the couch. We are so blessed to be surrounded by family and I do not take this for granted!


Jan 14

Exhort One Another

While we were home for Thanksgiving, we enjoyed spending a little time with Josh & Lisa Wilkes and their son Josiah Bradford. Josh has been a good friend for many years and I appreciate him consistently encouraging me to grow in my love for the Lord. This is important for all of us to do on a regular basis, as it says in Hebrews 3:13: “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”


Nov 13

The Musical Snow Globe

Nov 13

Getting ready for Christmas!

With Canadian Thanksgiving behind us, and some vacation plans in the near future, we decided to decorate early so we could enjoy the wonderful Christmas traditions and joys… and watch our little girl experience these delights here at home. So up went the tree this weekend while Marilee watched from the couch! It was so much fun to see the awe and wonder on Sauntina’s face as she saw the Christmas lights on the tree and snowflakes on windows and mirrors!

Katherine came to visit for the week, bearing delicious apples from Michigan to freeze for pies and crisps during the winter!






Nov 13

Sisterly love!

Sauntina loves her new sister!