Sunday, August 30, 2009


Tonight as I was singing Kayden to sleep, she pulled out her binkie and tried to put it in my mouth. Twice!! I can take a hint. I know I am off key, but isnt she too young to tell :) The whole time she did this, she had the biggest smile on her face, pretty proud of herself for "inventing" such a fantastic game. Actually, she was probably just happy to be prolonging bedtime. What a silly peanut!

Friday, August 14, 2009

For the Grandparents

Here are just a few video clips of the Peanut. Consider it a tiny glimpse into everyday life. She is too funny and getting to be such a good crawler!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


We were able to spend 3 weeks in the wonderful USA this summer. While traveling between New York, Idaho, and Connecticut, we saw many family and friends. It was so fantastic being back on American soil, surrounded by nice English speaking people and to be back in a familiar culture. We will see you at Christmas! 4 more months!

Favorite ice cream in the world!!!
The Watertown crew- they just keep growing!
Ice Cream break with the cousins
On the boat after a "rough" day on the water

Hanging out with cousin Sydney and her diapers :)
4 beautiful generations
Kayden and Owie feed the ducks, cows and goats- or just hitch a free wagon ride
Baby shower for Turch and baby Lucas
Congrats to Jaman and Cristen!

Monday, August 10, 2009

One Year

A year ago today we moved to France for Shane to work with NATO. As I reflect back over our year, so much has happened!

The biggest event was the birth of Kayden, the joy of our lives. Neither of us could have ever imagined how amazing parenthood would be. Though there are many stressful days where we want to ship her overseas to grandparents, a morning smile or an evening cuddle erase all of those frustrations.... Large doses of coffee help too!

Over the last year we have...

.... learned to somewhat navigate the French health care system and realized that sign language gets you far when trying to communicate.

.... improved on speaking and understanding French. With lessons 2x a week I should hope so! We are making an exciting break through- learning past tense. Woohoo!!!

.... made friends that have helped us adjust to life in Lille, translated for us, listened to our concerns and fears, and laughed with us as we all together struggle to understand French culture.

.... traveled to over 8 European countries and hope to add many more to that list

.... eaten massive amounts of French pastries and baguettes. Yum!

.... realized French cheese and sausage, are, well, interesting. Perhaps they grow on you?

.... been blessed by friends and family visiting.

.... learned to play Mario Cart wirelessly with friends in the USA, making the distance seem like nothing (less at least)

.... learned to appreciate the silence of not having TV and a baby sleeping.

.... found a church to attend (only one English speaking one in Lille)

.... realized that Nutella can go on anything and make it better

.... grown as a couple, weathering the ups and downs of marriage, a new baby and a crosscultural experience.

Over the last year, I realize that Lille has somehow become home. How and when did that happen, I have yet to figure it out. I know God has placed us here for 3 years. I find strength in knowing that He sets a path before me and always is by my side. When Shane first called me to tell me that we were moving to Europe, this song was playing on the radio. It has since become an anthem for my life...

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

Your perfect love is casting out fear

And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life

I won't turn back

I know you are near

And I will fear no evil

For my God is with me

And if my God is with me

Whom then shall I fear?Whom then shall I fear?

(Chorus:)Oh no, You never let go

Through the calm and through the storm

Oh no, You never let go

In every high and every low

Oh no, You never let go

Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on

A glorious light beyond all compare

And there will be an end to these troubles

But until that day comes

We'll live to know You here on the earth

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds onAnd there will be an end to these troublesBut until that day comesStill I will praise You, still I will praise You

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


It has happened- Kayden is mobile! She has been doing a backwards type of crawl for over a month, but not really getting anywhere (obviously). While attempting to reach a toy, she would propel herself backwards, thus being further from her chosen destination. Needless to say, this led to many frustrating moments!
Over the last week, she has started to figure out the whole crawling fiasco. We left her in the living room during our French lesson the other day, only to hear something banging on the floor. She was attempting to lift my weights, which she had CRAWLED over to. It was in that moment we knew our lives had changed once again. Time to baby proof!!!
Her crawling is funny to watch. She has yet to master it- her right leg is still stuck underneath her bum. Too cute.
We are so in awe of God's gift to us in the form of Kayden. The moments of exhaustion fade away with her smile and giggles.
Here is a small taste of her crawling. I apologize for the poor camera work. It sure is hard getting an 8 month old to crawl on command.