Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4 Sacraments in 1 day!

This Easter was so special to our family! We were looking forward to the rise of Christ, our annaul family Easter dinner and egg hunt, mostly we were looking forward to the big day at church. You see our family participated in 4 sacraments. Jeremey was baptized, confirmed into the Church and made his First Holy Communion. Abbey also made her First Communion.
I think that with our wedding day and the baptism of our children this day ranks right up there with them. I don't think that I can fully express the joy, grace, pride and love that I felt for Jeremey and Abbey that day. And for the GUSTO OF LOVE that I have for our Church and the Catholic Faith. It took everything that I had not to just jump out of my seat and say "Are you seeing this? Do you know how important this day is? HALLELUJAH!" I just about BURST!

Abbey receiving the body of Christ for the first time. I am so unbelieveable proud of this little girl! She is growing up so fast. I pray that it was as big of moment for her that it was for me, when I was a girl and now as a mother! (thanks mom and dad)

Jeremey and Abbey. One of my favorite all time pics!

Jeremey and the kids

Our theme this year was black and white! Z man is in a 5 pc suit. (Ebay $35)

Sometimes the horse girl does'nt mind being in a dress!

On the way home from church E and Z fell asleep!

So that I can ramble some more....When Jeremey and I first started talking about getting married I made it clear to him that he did not have to join the Church. It was something that I had desired for him and myself, but never pushed him to do it. I told him that joining the Catholic faith was a call from God that he needed to answer for himself. Although we discussed that he would need to attend church with me when we had children and he did. Abbey was born and he was there in church with us because together we would raise our children in the Catholic faith. If he wasn't working he came to church with us. I'm sure it was weird in a way for a non Catholic to attend Mass and really get much out of it. He didn't really ask a lot of questions early on and really I didn't try to educate him on the faith that much. I always wanted him to join and become the "faith leader of our household" but it was a prayer I kept to myself. On Sunday that prayer was answered. Almost 11 years after we were married and almost 8 years after the birth of our child he has joined the Church. I am so proud of this man that God has chosen for me. And our entire family blessed everyday to be loved and protected by God. My parents gifted with me with such a special gift of the Catholic faith. I am so overwhelmed and overjoyed that Jeremey and I get to pass that gift onto our children. Its like a circle of giving! I am so thankful for my faith, my God and my Church! Love and Prayers to you all!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Random Picture Challenge

APRIL 2008
13th folder
42nd picture or 4th if you don't have that many

I found this post challenge from a blog I stumbled upon called 4 little men and girly twins.
I hope that I am doing this right. But who knows.
Anyway this picture was taken at mom and dad's house. The wheat was growing taller everyday. And Z-man looked so darn cute!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A mom takes her kids to the zoo

I took the kids to the zoo on St. Patty's day...along with most of the rest of Wichita. It was very spur of the moment for me. I didn't pack snacks, lunch or drinks or even a stroller. But we survived and I vowed to do it again by myself!

Abbey, Emalie and Natalie in the playground at the zoo. I think this was their favorite part.

I even chased after Emalie up there. It is really made for 5-12 yr olds, not so much moms.

Natalie and Abbey took some time to pose with the resident gorilla.

This is about the only picture I got of Z-man. He RAN everywhere that he could!
Emalie got up close and personal with a giraffe, just as the zoo keeper says, please stay away from the fence.

Aldridges visit Danville

For spring Break the 3/4ths of the Aldridge family came to Danville for a visit. We enjoyed them tremendously before they made the trek back home.
Aunt Julie came in for a pose with Miss Natalie Rose.
I just love the Forsythia bushes that bloom 1st thing in spring! Look how long Nat's hair is: we cut it soon after this was taken. She would buzz it if I let her. She wants short hair...like Mimi's. Sorry mom, but it is not going to happen.
Our resident actress and her brother (posing and stomping) on the cow tank. Ready for summer.
Abbey playing in the dirt. Aren't you surprised?
Zachery is surveying his farm acres below.
Mimi and Emalie cooking.
Miss Trinity and her blanket.
Mr. Eli..just love those big blue eyes!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Nana brought suckers out the the kids. They were so funny! Enjoy!

Emalie's was so big she could hardly keep it in her mouth.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Odds and Ends

Emalie is learning to do things all by herself. The other day she climbed on the slipper slide. Thankfully is was the small one!

Zachery is teaching his little sister all about tractors! Maybe he is training a future farm hand!

This is NOT pudding, NOT chocolate. My daughter ate MUD!