Life, Kids, Sun

In Florida

Little Leah and a song


Our baby girl is four months old! After we returned from Pennsylvania during Christmas break, Leah decided it was time to roll over from her back to her tummy. She loves to use her strong little legs to stand up while someone is holding her. All our babies have been very happy, but Leah seems to be the happiest of them all! She smiles and giggles at her sisters and brother when they talk to her and say her name.  Leah is sleeping all night long from 8 pm to 8 am. She is even content to lay for a minute in the morning before I feed her while I make myself a cup of coffee.  She is drooling all the time and usually has a finger or two or three in her mouth. We couldn’t be happier to have this sweet bundle of joy in our lives.

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Here is a little video of her giggling at mommy before bedtime…

Also the girls sang with Micah at church…

Leah Hope

Six weeks ago we welcomed the newest member of our family, Leah Hope.

She was born on August 31st at 7:17 in the morning.  She weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.


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The kids are all doing great with baby Leah.  They all love to hold her and they always give her lots of kisses.

This was by far the best hospital experience for giving birth of all of the kids.  The hospital staff was super friendly and made sure everything was being done according to how I wanted it even though I didn’t have specific plans except wanting to have a healthy baby. After having the last two kids in Russia, I definitely felt spoiled.  Understanding exactly every word the nurses and doctors were saying to me this time around was something I was very thankful for.  And the nurses seemed like they genuinely cared.  They weren’t cold and unwilling to show some tenderness.

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We were happy to have Katrina’s parents and sister come down to help out a few weeks after her birth.  They were such a big help with cooking, watching the kids so I could nap, doing odd jobs around the house and probably some other things I don’t remember since I was so sleepy during that time.  🙂

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Thanks Mom, Dad and Rachel!


Leah at five weeks old starting to smile!

Latest Happenings

Hi Friends!

Anyone still checking this blog? It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted an update, yikes.

But, as usual, we are super busy with life and ministry!

Katrina is just a couple weeks away from her due date of August 31. She is doing well, but is definitely ready for this baby to arrive!

Less than a month to go!

Less than a month to go!

Our ministry with the org is busy as well. Micah took recently took a trip up to Boone, NC to attend a contingency conference. It was about safety on the mission field. Micah is the contingency coordinator for the org, so it’s important for him to stay up the with the latest practices.

A simulated military checkpoint. How you get pass when they want a bribe?

A simulated military checkpoint. How you pass when they want a bribe?

The planning for our “Exchange” internship is in full-swing as well. You can check out for more details.

We also had a recent visit from Micah’s dad and step-mom. It was their first visit since Thanksgiving so it was great to have them and show them around the area again. Here’s a couple pics from that weekend.

During the parade, so many beads!

During the parade, so many beads!

We went sailing!

We went sailing!

4th of July parade

4th of July parade

Micah’s mom also just came for a visit, and that allowed us to get away for a night to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It isn’t actually until August 13th, but we took advantage of her babysitting skills, and figured the 13th would be too close to the baby coming.

The happy couple

The happy couple

The obligatory tea party

The obligatory tea party

I’ll wrap it up after that happy note. Thanks for checking out our blog!