Hey Everyone! I have been such a blog slacker! I haven't posted in three months! That is simply ridiculous!
We have been very busy the last few months and I started a new position August 1 and it is really keeping me busy!! Not that I feel like I need to share an excuse for why I haven't posted, but I seriously can't believe it has been that long! Hopefully I will do a better job over the next couple of months!
Here are a few pictures that we have from the last couple of months. Unfortunately, they are in reverse order. Blogger is sometimes a real nuisance when it comes to uploading pictures! I haven't done a very good job of taking pictures lately. It was so much easier to take pictures when Rease was smaller and wasn't up and about non-stop. I am also planning on getting the camera out more often and getting some good pictures again!
Rease is nearly 18 months old and changing a lot. She is starting to talk a little more now, even though she still doesn't say a whole lot that you can clearly understand. She talks a lot of about Elmo (Momo), Mickey Mouse (Me mou), and likes to try to repeat what you say to her.
We get to go spend the afternoon this Tuesday at the pediatric GI to try and figure out why Rease's alkaline phosphatase (I think??) level is so high. Hopefully we can get an answer to that soon and be done visiting the doctor's office :)
Chris and I were able to spend the day today with some leaders and students from Great Oaks' senior high group. We went up to Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks (thanks to Grandma & Grandpa Corwin for watching Rease so we could go!). We were initially supposed to camp for the weekend, but due to a low turnout decided to turn it into a day trip. I can honestly say that I was very thankful for that. I was really not looking forward to sleeping in a tent in the 20's. Burr!!! We had a great day and the hikes were wonderful (I was only feeling moderately sore and out of shape by the end of the day!). It was breath taking to watch the sunrise while driving and watch the sun filter in through the trees and rock formations. God blessed us with some wonderful views today!
Chris and I are so thankful for Great Oaks and the staff and people there. We have built some great friendships there and are so thankful that God is working in and through the people of the church. Some of the first friends we made when we moved to Peoria recently started coming with us to church and I am so thankful for the blessing Great Oaks has been to them over the last month or so. Throughout that whole process I have been so blessed by learning that the timeline that I think is right isn't always what God has planned. And great things happen on His timeline, not mine.
Rease was a cow for Halloween. At first she was not too excited about the costume, but by the end she was loving it! She also loved the jump house and corn hole!
Chris ran his first (and last??) marathon at the end of September. He did a great job and finished just under 4 hours. I apparently play a terrible paparazzi because I didn't hardly take any pictures of him. He ran with one of our good friends, Chris, and they both did a great job. Karen (Chris' wife) and I drove around with the kids trying to find them at different points along the way and cheer nice and loud for them! They did great!
Have a great night everyone! I know this post was a little random and all over the place, but I will try to do a better job!!