Saturday, February 3, 2018

Dear Abby~

You are amazing!
Our little miracle girl!
Which one is she?
The one in the purple, of course!

Yes, yes, yes, that one!

Happy 12th Birthday to our dear Abigail!

We were all set to name her Mia Elizabeth
but God intervened and told me that was not her name.
I prayed about it and opened my bible...

Right to 1 Samuel 25 where it speaks about Abigail.
It's the only place in the bible that mentions her.
I knew that is what HE wanted us to name her!

So she became Abigail Elizabeth 
(and our Mia adopted 14 months later, is Mia Christine).

She came to us in December of 2011
with a diagnosis of pre cancer (MDS) 
and so very very sickly.
She was over the moon happy to have a family 
but then it all set in and the tears flowed.

The before and after pics of Abby are mind boggling...
She is so healthy and vibrant now!
Praise God for leading us to her!

These two LOVE to read!
I never thought Sam would become a reader but he has!
The Michel Vey books got him going and 
the Harry Potter books keep him going!

I know they aren't exactly what I prefer for him to read but,
 Hey, at least he is reading, interested in reading and he's comprehending!

Abby got some fun gifts!
Colored hair markers, a watch, legos and

 light up gloves!

On the review for the gloves, 
a grandmother said that they were too big for her granddaughter 
but she didn't care because they were so much fun!

We knew they's be too big for our petite 12 yr old 
and we didn't care either!

Abby has spent her last two birthdays... moving...
she is easy going, joyful and flexible!

Because on her actually day 
a truck arrived and we unpacked it.
(We did go out to dinner and gave her plenty of happy birthday wishes, too 
but that was it... 
too much happening at once.)

Make a great birthday wish sweetheart!

On the plus side, she got to celebrate over many days!

We are blessed to be your Mommy and Daddy!

We did have an unexpected guest for her birthday!
Someone forgot to shut the lid tight to the dog food!

On her actual B-day we went out to eat after a long day of unpacking!

She got to pick the place!
Cheesecake factory!

We went nice and early on a weekday
to avoid the crowds and a long wait!

It was delicious!

One of the days we celebrated with a Viking game day-
 hence, all the purple the kids were wearing!
This boy gets particularly excited for game days!

At this point we had no TV's...
Thank you Kim for inviting our large crew over!
Kim is Kelly's Mom- Billy's fiancee and soon to be mother in law!

The Viking fans watched the game 
while the other kiddos watched Disney downstairs!

This was so amazingly exciting!

And such a shocking WIN!

So much energy and excitement!

as it was happening, we were in disbelief...

We have to keep reliving it here in Minnesota
after the game that followed it...

Even though we are not in the Super Bowl 
we plan to have our own little party!

It was a great season to be a Viking Fan!


Jill Funkhouser said...

hey there,
I am a long time follower of your blog. I was wondering if you could email me how you do it all financially with so many kiddos. We have 6 and struggle. If you could give me any tips that would be great. My email and our blog is
blessings and welcome back to MN.

Jenny Leong said...

ALWAYS enjoy reading your posts. I personally like the color purple.

The kiddos are growing up too fast!

K said...

I'm glad you are all home and that everyone with two legs and four legs made it safely.

I know that Jill, above, asked for your advice, but I'd like to offer her some, though she's probably already doing what I suggest:

Go back to basics and by that I mean essentials. There is a Canadian TV program called Til Debt Do Us Part that I highly recommend because the women who hosts the show goes into many, many families and situations and helps them set a budget within their means and it shows various families' reactions to doing so. What I most liked about the program was how the couples ended up with a better relationship (those who were successful with the challenges) and how they worked together and were happier for doing it.

There is also a website,

Having a large family can be financially daunting and it's usually the small hidden daily expenses that kills us. Last November, I kept every single receipt of every single penny I spent so I could see how those tiny things add up.

Find out where all your money goes first, then see what's truly necessary. Find ways to make more money, too, if possible. Eating healthy and fresh is less expensive than eating processed, too, by far. Educate yourself on real nutrition, if you haven't already so you can see how fooled we are about our food. I highly recommend Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, In Defense of Food, and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Parts 1 and 2.

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