Saturday, August 29

More Jumping Pics

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This is something fun we have at one of our malls. Paeton really wanted to do it for her birthday, so this morning we packed in the car and went up there... they did the trampoline/Bunji thing for a bit, then we went to Red Robin for her birthday burger! They sang to her, gave her a free Ice Cream Sunday and let her pick a gift from a goody bag. :)
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Paeton's Birthday Cake!

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Wednesday, August 26

Can you believe she's 9?!?!?

Happy Birthday to the sweetest little girl in the world. You are a beautiful girl with a matching heart. We love you like crazy,
Mom, Dad & Judah
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Happy B-day Paeton

We made up snack bags with the chocolate donuts she picked out, and also a multi-colored pen, a napkin and a chocolate yoohoo.
The kids in her class loved the treat and the pen.
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Tuesday, August 25

New Brown Neno

I love the way Judah says "piano"... Neno. He was very very excited (literallly jumping up and down) when it got here a few minutes ago.
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Monday, August 24

4th Grade!

Today is Paeton's first day in the 4th grade... I can't believe it!
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Hungry Hungry Hippo!

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Captain America!!!

Judah loves his captain America Shirt... it's cute to hear him say it.... Cat-in Merca!

Paeton ready for church yesterday
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Saturday, August 22

This is a necklace that Paeton made today from a Bella Sara Card :) She's very excited to wear it to church tomorrow.

Judah, being extremely adorable! But, then, when isn't he?
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Goofy faces.

Paeton won't make a normal face when I try to take pictures, but there's never a shortage of goofy faces.
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The Piano

We were able to sell our piano on criagslist this weekend - the guy came to pick it up a few hours ago. For those of you who haven't heard, we were given a beautiful Baldwin piano that's about 4 years newer than the one above. It's in beautiful condition and I've always wanted a baldwin, so it was quite the anniversary gift (especially since it was free!!!!). I'm hoping Josh is able to pick it up tomorrow afternoon. I'll send in a picture when it arrives. We sold this one for the exact price we bought it for last fall. :)
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Thursday, August 20

Please Pray!!!

This is baby Mary Alice - my cousins daughter who is having heart surgery for the second time today. Please pray for her little heart to heal.
(Ben Writes...)
So, we've heard back from the "Cath Conference" (all the surgeons and doctors) and they want to go in again tomorrow and have another go at a repair. Reflecting on it, this is probably the answer we wanted to hear (vs. more waiting--that has proven more difficult as the days on full support continue). So, she will have another open heart surgery tomorrow around noon. The doctor's priorities remain the same: 1) no more surgeries (scratch that), 2) attempt a repair (to make the annulus smaller so the leaflets will touch), before 3) having to do a replacement (if they find that they have to replace the valve, it will likely be a metal one that will need replacement multiple times as she grows and throughout her life).

We are still praying for healing tomorrow, that Mary Alice will come out of surgery well and that she will require no further surgeries. We remain confident that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion in His timing, for His glory and honor. He knows our hurts and will not give us more than we can handle... but it felt like He came awfully close last night and we at times wish He did not have as much apparant confidence in us! Please continue to pray with us knowing that God has been faithful and will be again! Off to bed... long day tomorrow!

Ben & Katie