"Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me."

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer pictures

Christian with his Auntie at the park. My children just adore her. 

Jonathan spending time with books, of course. This appears a bit ambitious--was he really planning to read all of those books???

Christian just turned one! My mom made them matching vests. So cute!

This picture was while I was at work.

My sister took this picture of Christian while she was visiting.

Cuddling with my kids and their teddy bears after work, because I'm exhausted and I missed them. I still really like my job, but it is not easy and I am arrantly tired when I get home. It can be crazy and stressful, and my feet and legs get sore from standing and walking the whole time. 

I love summer, Tes, our family, and our new home. Not necessarily in that exact order. :)


In June we went to Wisconsin for family camp. 

It was definitely worth the drive to see all of the relatives and connect and just have a good time. The drive itself, while long, was mostly fun as well.

Tes went fishing with my cousins and uncles and caught a number of fish including this nice catfish. I did make him a huge catfish stew when we got home with tomatoes and onions and spices. Just the Ethiopian way. Actually, I put way too much tomato in it. 

Cousin Kate

The kids were either in the water or the sand the whole time. 
I'm already looking forward to next summer! We actually went back to Wisconsin in the end of July to visit our relatives again :) I'm so glad we live closer now than where we did the last couple of years. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


A family photo

Graduate :)

Happy birthday Jonathan! He is 3 now.

Jonathan did a pretty good job pushing Christian at the park

Tes took all the pictures that he is not in. He does a good job capturing the moments. Christian adores his Ababa and you can see that in his smile here. He's not smiling for the swing as much as he's smiling for Tes. 

It was kind of cold and rainy when we finally got pictures. Good thing Tes was keeping me warm ;)

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's spring

It's spring. I like spring. I have been taking my kids for walks to the park quite frequently. Jonathan turned 3 and I love the developments he is making. He builds more with Duplos and car tracks, and his attention span is a lot longer. His vocabulary is amazing, and he speaks in complete paragraphs. He can't always answer my questions, and can get frustrated pretty quickly, but at the same time he can take the initiative to tell me all about something that happened or a situation and I'm amazed at how much he can actually tell me about things that are happening. Right now he is playing with his new Duplos from Grandma. He loves them!

Christian has been growing as well. He is no longer bald, and he is crawling and standing now. He has also started crying after me lately. I will be walking around trying to get things done and he watches me walk away and starts crying. Little stinker. I love his personality. He is a cuddle bug, he is confident, he is demanding, but at the same time he is more quiet and mild than Jonathan. He can actually sit still and be content, and that is something I don't recall happening with Jonathan.

I've been working again, starting in January. I am really enjoying my new job. I think I learn something new every time I work. I can't say very many days have gone "smoothly," or exactly according to plan, but I'm looking at the things that go "wrong" as semi-positive events to help shape my nursing judgment and experience. It has been a big part of my life these last few months.

 Last weekend, my mother and sister came to visit.

I love Christian's eyes. His little face is just too cute.