Sauntina happily singing from her picture hymnal one morning this past week! Our sweet little music lover!
Praise the Lord! After fitting in our trips and preparing for the arrival of our little Tweeter, we are ready to slow down and enjoy the next days/weeks together until he/she is ready to make their arrival. My parents arrived late last night so let the fun begin!!!
37 1/2 weeks…and counting! Sweet Sauntina, your world will soon change!
My sister, Aleita, and our friend, Corrie, with her four children drove the 16 hours from Texas to visit me for an entire week! It was sooo wonderful to see them again and enjoy conversations face-t0-face!
We read books and Sauntina loved having other kids around to play with! The first day was a little overwhelming for her, but she quickly adjusted and learned the finer points of sharing toys with Kristyn who was 5 months older than she. This is a much needed skill as she will have a little sibling, Lord willing, in about 4-5 weeks!
We went to the zoo and saw the dolphin show, bears, camels, and so many different animals!
We toured the fire station…
And enjoyed many evenings outside playing in the beautiful summer air and using energy in baseball games, football games, and creative imaginations…
Thank you so much for coming!!!
And the adventure continues! Here’s the second part of our incredible trip to Wyoming and all the amazing sights we saw!
We toured Fort Laramie with Mama & Dona, reading all the history of how this fort played its role in the Oregon Trail days. What an experience to walk up the steps where hundreds of others had walked up before and left worn marks in their place!
Our host, Tom, gave us a tour of his workplace…the beautiful state capitol of Wyoming!
Mama treated us to an art lesson, and for those of us who either hadn’t painted in a very long time, or never at all, it was quite the experience!
We traveled to the Oregon Trail ruts where they cut out trails in the rock to get the wagons through, then visited Registered Cliff on our way out. Registered Cliff had names and dates carved in the rock everywhere, creating little memos for family and friends traveling after them that they had made it this far. Talk about history!
One of our favorite days was touring the Colorado mountains in Estes Park! Although very different from the Canadian Rocky Mountains, they were beautiful and we saw some incredible scenery and wildlife! Thank you, Father, for making such beautiful landscape for us to enjoy!
It was an amazing trip and we are so blessed to have been able to go. Thank you, Mama, for everything you did to make it special, and thank you, Tom & Dona, for hosting us for the week and your incredible hospitality!
Nana & Dido gave Sauntina an adorable nautical outfit and she dressed in it for church this morning! What a cutie! Thank you, Mom & Dad!
This is long overdue, but at last pictures and a brief synopsis are about to go on the blog! Sharon, Brittany, Sauntina and I embarked on a road trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 7th and stayed the week with my Mama and friends. What a trip!
Before we left, we enjoyed my Grandma’s visit from Three Hills, Alberta for three whole weeks! My dear Grandma helped me tame my wild flowerbeds all over our property, watched Sauntina a couple times so I could run errands, and we gave her a completed Chicago tour and experience!
It was wonderful to see Mama and Dad again (who came down to visit Mama for the weekend before heading back to work…and that’s a 17 hour drive for my Dad! What love and devotion!). I haven’t seen them since Christmas!
We went on many different outings to “experience Wyoming” and see the sights, tried new restaurant, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! I missed Robert so much, but was also grateful for the chance to get to spend some special time with my Mama and girlfriends!
Nathan Corduan took us out to Graue Mills for a photoshoot to capture Sauntina’s first year and he did a wonderful job! Poor Sauntina was so tired from missing her morning nap, but you’d never know it from the beautiful pictures he took! Thank you so much, Nathan!
This pregnancy has been so different than Sauntina’s! I feel so much better, more energy (most of the time), and just now starting to feel more of the discomforts that comes as the little one grows bigger. What a blessing! Especially since it takes a bit of work to keep up with Sauntina and her ability to get places quickly. “Lil’ Tweeter” has now had almost 27 weeks to develop…with just 13 more to go! Yay!
With a family reunion scheduled last weekend, we took a quick weekend trip down to Salem, West Virginia to join in the fun! My Grandma flew in from Alberta, Canada just in time to join us, too! I didn’t know many people, but I did meet some new faces and friends. Ernestine turned 90-years-old and was a delight to meet!
Robert, Sauntina and I had the opportunity of going to the Northwoods Conference center, located just 2 miles from Watersmeet in the upper peninsula of Michigan last week with the ladies Journey to the Heart group. Both Robert and I have spent quite a bit of time up here for different events and staffing so it was almost like coming back to a well-known home. Northwoods has always been a place of rest and peace for me, enjoying the outdoors, and finding some extra time to spend with the Lord. This week was so exception!
Robert and I walked around part of the lake on our anniversary, Sauntina and I took a walk down the mile-long runway, and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon kayaking on lake. We were also able to meet and fellowship with the Toll family who run the Northwoods and keep everyone fed well and things maintained. What a blessing to meet them and spend the week laughing, telling stories and sharing meals!
We were also able to visit Rantamaki family and the Hackers! Yay!
Another unexpected blessing was getting to meet Roy Daniels, Keith Daniels’ son! Roy and his wife and son were up taking a much needed break and getting some R&R’s. We ran into Roy and Glenn during a couple meals and Robert and Roy hit it off well! Sauntina loved having yet another little person her age to play with! Ah, what shall we do at home when it’s only mommy to play with???
Sauntina traveled so well on the 9 hour drive both up and back and Abby did a marvelous job keeping her occupied while I drove. A few naps along the way helped to pass the time and keep her the happy, little girl she is!