Monday, April 24, 2017

Our Brenna's Graduation

 Saturday was the day for our Brenna's graduation!  It was such a wonderful day!

 Months ago, while visiting the beautiful O'Leno State Park, Brenna found the Rec Hall and wanted to have her graduation there.  It was very booked up, but the date, April 22nd was open, so we snagged it!  It's such a beautiful log cabin.  Very rustic, with lots of character.  Very Brenna!

Brenna set up her memory table with her favorites.  Green, turtles, piano music, coke, hershey's chocolate and her Bible.  

She also set up a memory jar for people to fill with memories.  She also had a B for them to write one word that describes Brenna. Then, we had a table with tortilla chips and lots of different salsas.  It was delicious!

Brenna decorated her hat with The Game of Life!

We are so thankful for many special people coming to share in Brenna's special day.  She sure does love her cousins Kaylie and Kiara.  So glad they could come!

So happy Denise (Grammy) could come too!

And, of course, my parents!

As it was almost time to start, Brenna had a surprise guest come.  Brenna has been friends with Joshua Hamby for many years.  They have been writing letters for about 2 1/2 years.  She had no idea he was coming all the way from Canada!

The room filled with so many family and friends.  Thank you to all who came to share in our special day!

We started by playing a game called "Guess Brenna's Age"  We had pictures from 1-17 on the board.  They had to guess how old Brenna was in each picture.  It was harder than I thought it would be!  My sister Taylin and Joshua Hamby won with getting only 10 right!  The prize?  A Hershey's Bar!  Very Brenna! :o)

Brenna really didn't want to give a speech.  So, we changed it up a bit.  We played a little game called Brenna's Game of Life.  We had a powerpoint of about 10 questions with 3 possible answers.  Everyone voted for the answer that they believed to be true, then Brenna revealed the correct answer.  We asked things like, "What is Brenna's worst fear?", "Where was Brenna saved?" and "What are Brenna's plans after graduation?"  So, even though she didn't give a speech, she talked plenty!

Then, Dr. Dean Hamby gave the "Charge" to the graduate.  What a blessing he has been to our family!  When we asked Brenna who she would like to have come for giving the charge, she said she would like to ask Bro. Hamby.  So thankful that he and Mrs. Karen could come!

After the charge, it was time to play Pomp and Circumstance (why does that song make me teary-eyed?), give Brenna her diploma, and turn her tassel!

So glad my parents, and two of my sisters, Keela and Taylin, could make it for the day!

Dr. Dean and Mrs. Karen Hamby

Sweet Emma painted her nails many colors because she wasn't sure which one Brenna would like the best.  How sweet!  Brenna has such a heart for children and sure does love the kiddos of VSIBC!

So glad Aunt Florence and Uncle Chuck could make it in, too!

Sweet friends Cynthia and Liz,

And Tricia, too!

So thankful for our girl and so proud of her!  We love you Brenna!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Festivities

We love Easter!  It's a blessed time as we reflect on what Jesus did for us!  And there are so many tools to use to point my kiddos to the Savior and remind them of the resurrection.  They look at this time as a celebration that our God is not dead!  He is alive!

 My thoughtful Mom and Dad sent an egg hunt to my kiddos as well as Patrick and I.  I hid for the younger 3, and the younger 3 hid for all the older ones.  It was great!

 And my kiddos loved that there was money hidden in each egg!  Thanks Grandpa and Grandma!

 For dyeing our eggs this year, we decided to use our fresh eggs that our hens are laying.  We had so many!  They gave us a more jewel, earthy tone and turned out very pretty! (although next year I think we'll go back to using white eggs.  I like the pastel color better)

 We had a great day at church on Sunday!  I love how my Sunday School kids (ages 7-12) are enjoying hearing all of the details of our resurrected Lord!  They know details like who is Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea and how they play into the story. They felt compassion as they heard how Jesus suffered. And they felt such an "awe" as they heard that He could have called angels to come and rescue Him, but He chose to die.  Because He loves each one of them.  I enjoyed going around the room and telling each one, "Jesus did this because He loves Silas."  "Jesus did this because He loves Nyela"...and I put in each person's name.  It's still so amazing!  God loves ME!

This is these sweet boys 3rd egg hunt in a row.  Oh, My how they are growing!

Happy Easter everyone!!

Brenna's Senior Photos

My beautiful Brenna.  What a joy this girl is!  Her graduation is just days away and we are all so excited for her!  I took her senior photos and they turned out beautiful, just like my baby girl.  There's a bunch!  But, I couldn't pick just one to post!