Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ally's Dedication

This past mother's day we had the opportunity to dedicate Ally at our church. It worked out so well that Jason's parents were able to be with us. There were a lot of babies dedicated that morning, what a perfect way to celebrate the gift that God has given us. 

Our Ally girl, we are so thankful for you; our precious gift from the Lord. We praise God that He allowed us to be your parents and continually pray for wisdom and guidance and that we would be the parents that we are called to be for you. We know that you are from God, and each day we have with you is a gift. We treasure you; your smiles and giggles, your independence, excitement for life, your silliness and your sweet hugs and wet kisses. We could not imagine life without you and love watching you grow and develop. 

The verse that we chose for our Allyson Grace is Luke 10:27 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and Love your neighbor as yourself." This is our biggest prayer for you; that you will grow to love God in a personal way with everything you have and that you will love others unconditionally and be full of grace and mercy. We are so excited about who God is growing you to be and the blessing that you are to the world.

I love how she was reaching for Daddy as he was reading her verse :) 

Pastor Forrest praying for her. 

Love my little family! 

What a gift it was to dedicate our Ally girl on Mother's Day 2013!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Visit with Grandma and Grandpa

We were able to have Grandma and Grandpa Ekk in the states for about two weeks. Our time was short, but definitely treasured. We all were able to get quality time with them, including celebrating Mother's Day, Ally's dedication and Heidi's birthday together. I am so thankful that even though we don't get very much time with them, when we do, they are very intentional with us and the kids. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. Here are some memories that we will treasure:

There was a pile of gifts for each kid when we walked in...gotta love Grandparents! 

puzzles with Grandpa 

one of my favorite things is cooking with these two amazing cooks/bakers! 

out on the boat with Papa 

Ryan's happy place :) 

hanging out 

chasing the farm kittens

Watching Pride and Prejudice while the kiddos nap 

no rest for Grandpa!

3 generations :) 

helping Grandpa do yard's their favorite thing to do 

little climber 

love my little girl! 

yup...I have the cutest kids ever....and of course I'm not biased :) 

Playing on the tractors at Bravo Farms 

these guys solving all the world's problems 

celebrated Mother's Day with the whole Enns' family 

cousin love 

loving the pool 

Looking forward to the next time we can be together! :)