Friday, June 7, 2013

Preschool Graduation

Carissa is forever done with preschool. We had a great experience with the First Methodist Preschool. Carissa has learned and developed so much in the past two years. We will miss them dearly and can't wait until Noah is three and can attend.


Carissa with her teachers this past year, Ms. Tammy and Mr. Ben.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Noah Turns One

Noah's first birthday was a blast. Of course, we can't believe he's one already but that is how it goes.


He started slow on the cake...


But quickly dug right in.


A few more photos can be found HERE.

Monday, June 3, 2013

2013 Dance Recital

Carissa wrapped up her third year in dance class with a recital last month. Here are a few shots:



You can view more photos from the night HERE.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rend Collective

Early on in March we had the opportunity to see Rend Collective Experiment at New Harmony Church in Salem, MO. They are a really great group of writers and worshippers from Northern Ireland and I was excited to see they were playing a show in Salem!

They had some technical difficulties with their guitars and they ended up doing a few songs sans-sound system. Best songs of the night.



Sunday, April 7, 2013

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Back in February, I had the opportunity to take Carissa to a daddy/daughter dance. She was so excited to dress up and have some time with just me.



Being silly for the camera :)


She loved her roses, too.


Friday, April 5, 2013

2013 St. Pat's

This year Carissa was in the St. Pat's Parade with here dance studio. She was so excited to actually be in the parade this year.

She had some fun while we waited in line for the parade to start...



The parade was long and crowed. 


Thursday, April 4, 2013

March Snow

Trying to do a little catch-up here...

Our best snow this winter happened in late March.



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Easter Recap

Here are a few shots from Easter. The kids a getting bigger and growing up so fast.





The incredible, disappearing egg trick (two different instances). 



Friday, January 11, 2013

Noah's Crawling

Noah's been crawling for a bit but we finally recorded it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Reading List

Happy New Year! I had a goal for 2012 to read two books a month; one around following Jesus and another just for fun. Here's the list I completed (not in order though):
  • The Pastor, Eugene Peterson
  • Saving God's Green Earth, Tri Robinson
  • UnChristian, Kinnaman & Lyons
  • The Power of Ugly, Jamie Stilson
  • Empowered Evangelicals, Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson
  • Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders
  • Speaking of Jesus, Carl Medearis
  • Simply Christian, N.T. Wright
  • The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Buck Naked Faith, Eric Sandras
  • Discerning the Spirits, Plantinga and Rozeboom
  • The Millennials, Rainer and Rainer
  • Revolutionary Leadership, Tri Robinson
  • Power Healing, John Wimber
  • Winning on Purpose, John Kaiser
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership, John C. Maxwell
  • The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson
  • The Art of Neighboring, Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon 
  • The Good and Beautiful Life, James Bryan Smith
  • Sustainable Youth Ministry, Mark DeVries
  • The Good and Beautiful God, James Bryan Smith
  • Posers, Fakers & Wannabes, Brennan Manning
  • Destiny of the Republic, Candice Millard
  • The River of Doubt, Candice Millard
  • The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter and the Scorcers Stone, J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding
*bolded denotes my favorites