Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Red Blessing & Baby Discoveries

We said goodbye to our old BMW this week. We’ve had this vehicle for six years and I can remember standing in the driveway of my in-law’s neighbor’s house looking it over. Dustin and I had only been married a month and while Dustin had a vehicle, I was in need of one. I had quite a bit of money saved up from a job I had had since I was fifteen years old and we knew we had enough to pay cash if the price was right. And though we were very interested in this white ‘97 BMW it was a little more than what we were looking to spend. Long story short, the amount Dustin and I decided was the max we could afford was the exact amount the neighbor dropped the price down to. Considering it was $1,500 below the asking price we were shocked and very excited. I’m a little sentimental about these things but that is because it is a reminder of where Dustin and I were when we first started our life together. The BMW and the story that comes along with it is a just another testimony of how God orchestrated every thing for us. We knew that we wanted to spend our lives together but the doors that opened for both of our jobs and the vehicles we drove, among other things, proved that God was on our side, helping and blessing us as we started our journey together. We now live in another home, Dustin works another job, even I have another occupation, and now we have another vehicle and every single thing mentioned is just another added item to our testimony list of God’s many blessings in our lives. We haven’t always been faithful to Him but He has always, always been so incredibly faithful and good to us. In the material blessings yes, but also in the many spiritual and emotional blessings as well. God is so very good.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Sunday 2015

With all of the secular traditions of Easter it is easy to forget the reason why this holiday even exists but we must take the time to stop and remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. I love Easter because of this; it’s hard to believe that God himself would willingly give himself over to be beaten and crucified for my mistakes, failures and mess-ups and not just mine but for all of humanity. We often dwell on the physical aspect of his sacrifice but I cannot imagine the spiritual and emotional burden that hung on his shoulders that day as He died a horrible death all for the people He so loves. But of course the most amazing part of this story is that while he took on the world’s sin He defeated death, hell and the grave three days later when He was resurrected. He is a powerful God and He proved to those who followed then and now and to His enemy that nothing can overcome Him but rather He overcame it all. I am so thankful for a Savior, my Savior, and His love and mercy.

Everett, Dustin, Karissa & Reid

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Eggs & Bunnies

Easter weekend started out with an egg hunt at Hollabaugh Brothers apple orchard. Before the egg hunt started we had a chance to meet the Easter bunny. Everett was very unsure of him and as expected would only go near if his Dad held him and even then he still wasn’t much of a fan! Can’t really blame him though, those huge ears are a little strange.

Dustin & Everett

Thursday, April 2, 2015

19 Months & 7 Months

It’s time for another milestone post. Everett reached the milestone age of eighteen months and Reid reached six months but since I am so great at keeping up with my blog they are now a month older so we’ll just go with the milestones of nineteen months and seven. These baby boys are growing and learning so fast it’s hard to keep up. They both take everything in and are inquisitive little things, they are also both very active and keep us very busy. We are also receiving a wonderful lesson on patience. Ha!

Everett & Reid


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