Monday, October 10, 2011

We love the zoo

Our kids love seeing animals and visiting the zoo. We purchased a membership this year from the local zoo and have enjoyed going six or so times this summer. Last Friday was just a beautiful October day so Anitra and I decided to take the kids. We had a perfect summer like day. We rounded out our trip with a picnic and some playground time.
At the beginning of September Corey and I took the kids to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. I would highly recommend it. It was great! We got to feed the giraffe, watch the sea lions swim and saw lots of monkeys. As you notice in the pictures from the top collage; Ella is starting to take on Ethan's way of smiling...they are so silly!!!

Happy Birthday Ella!

Our sweet little girl turned two! Its hard to believe that it has been two years since we welcomed this adorable girl into our family. On Ella's birthday we tried to make her day as special as possible. She had balloons when she woke up and a banner for her day. One year ago on her first birthday we found out about Elias' condition. The week leading up to diagnosis day and her birthday was extremely hard. It was like we were reliving those moments and days all over again. There were a lot of tears and deep heartache felt. However there was some restoration that happened over these days. I had to let go of some grief I had been holding on to. Let go and allow God to show me His love and mercy over me and this valley. I believe that through the valley the Lord continues to refine my heart and mind so that I am eternally focused instead of the things of this Earth.
Ella is talking SO much. She loves taking care of her baby dolls and her new loving family dollhouse she got for her birthday. Ella also enjoys reading books, cooking in her play kitchen and cars with her big brother. Ella's hair has finally started growing a little and we have enough for two little pigtails (pictures of first pigtails above). Ella still loves to be rocked and held when not playing, she loves her snuggle time. We are so blessed by her!
"Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. " Psalm 62:8