Friday, August 26, 2011

Thanking God for Michael!!

Yesterday we celebrated Michael's 8th birthday. Here are some memories of him as well as pics from his 8th birthday party.

Michael was born overseas in our country #1. He was a very sweet and easy going baby. Big sister Anna was 19 months old when he was born.

Michael turned one in our country #1. We had a big party for him with some of our local friends.

The month before Michael turned 2, we unexpectedly returned to the States because of complications with my pregnancy with Katie. So, he turned 2 in St. Louis MO.

Looking forward to Katie's arrival!

On birthday # 3 and #4 we celebrated by roasting hot dogs in our home in overseas country #2. Since we were basically with the same people doing the same thing, I'm not even sure if I got these pictures in the right order!!

Birthday #5 we were in Boston, MA having just arrived for Aunt Heather and Uncle Mike's wedding. Unfortunately, we lost those pictures when Scott's hard drive was wiped out. Maybe some of you Spence family members have some????

Birthday #6 we spent in Thailand. We were there for a conference and a vacation. Instead of cake, we had ice cream at Swenson's at the mall!

Birthday #7 we were in Illinois and we went to Chucky Cheese with the Pittman clan.

And then came yesterday, birthday #8. We let Michael open presents for us after breakfast so that he could enjoy them all day while I prepared for his birthday party.

Another birthday with a pregnant Mommy, this one six years later!

At the birthday party, Scott (with the help of our guests) giving Michael a birthday blessing.

Michael had a great party eating pizza and cupcakes and playing with friends.

There was quite a crowd for opening presents!

Michael really wanted me to make donuts for him. He remembered me making them in country #2.

Happy birthday Michael! We love you so much and are so thankful that God gave you to us. You are an energetic yet thoughtful and kind boy and we pray that you will learn to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten!!

We sent our first child off to school today! Katie has been asking for the past year about going to school, so we decided to send her to kindergarten half-day for the next couple of months (when we will be moving!) She was supposed to start last week but go sick. She was excited to get her doctor's permission and was off to school today. She wasn't scared or sad at all and had a great time. I am glad she comes home at lunch so we still have her around for a lot of the day.

Our home school started on August 1st. I wanted to start early so that we could get a few good weeks in before our new baby is born. It is a great privilege to school our kids at home. I am a thankful mommy.