Saturday, February 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Marika!!

Today our sweet Marika turns Twelve!  Mika has really matured this past year, I would say.  She's dependable, a peace maker, a hard and thorough worker (generally), loves to have conversations with all ages, and enjoys socializing.  She is communicating very well in Spanish now, and understands most of what is being said, which has broadened her friendship spectrum and learning curve this past year.  She has an excellent memory, and really soaks in and remembers what she reads especially.  I have enjoyed connecting with her on a different level recently, and love our talks we share together!
She loves her tea parties!
Full of sunshine!
Happy Birthday, my sweet girl - I love you to the moon and back!  XO

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mark!!

Today is Tim's brother Mark's birthday!  Mark, we hope you have a great day, today, and wish we could be with you to celebrate!  Looking forward to crashing your house in a few short months when we come to visit!!  =)  Happy Birthday - we love you!

Mark & Rebekah - Formal (Bekah's brother's wedding in Jan)

Mark & Rebekah - Casual (On the beach in Florida in Jan)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Birthday, Shaelyn and Philip!

Today is both our Shaelynnie's 9th birthday, and Tim's sister Joia's husband Philip's birthday!!

Ah, Shaelyn!  When this little girl was born, I thought, "Another girl!  I know what to do with girls, I already have one!"  Silly me!  Little did I know that no one is quite like Shaelyn, and she isn't quite like anybody else, either!  I'm so thankful for the Shaelyn-flavour that she adds to our family.  We had a super-fun birthday party yesterday, and she said she had a great birthday today, too.

Shaelyn, you are a joy to our family, and we love you so much!  We pray the Lord will bless your life, and that you follow the plans He has for you!  Thank you for your uniqueness and creativity, for your energy and great ideas, for the kindness you show to your siblings, to your parents, and to others.  You are so loved, little girl!!
My heart does flip-flops looking at this girl - love her! 
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All seven of our sweeties

 Happy Birthday, Philip!  We hope you had a wonderful day with your family, and look forward to seeing you again this summer, Lord willing!
What a great-looking couple!


Love this sweet family!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sad news

Hello friends, would you please join with us in praying for the Alves family here in Mexico.  David and Penelope are fellow missionaries, and their baby boy, Damian, not even 2 months old, just died.  Feels like the world just stopped turning - I can't imagine the pain!  Please pray!
Precious boy

Big sister, Felicity, and big brother, Matthias with Damian just after he was born 
David and Penny