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Monday, April 30, 2012

Kylie-awesome hit and RBI Kylie-hit on the leg Kylie-out at first Kylie-2RBI's Kristen-out at first
Kristen-fowl balls/strike out
Kristen-fowl balls/strike out Kylie-walk
It was 40 something degrees this night!  We beat the team we tied w/ previously! That means their team is still undefeated! :-) woohoo!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Homeschool P.E.----Jump Rope Activities

Last Friday we met our local homeschool group out at Creekside for jump rope activities. It was a fun, beautiful day!
Kayla's in the dark blue and Kylie's in the lime green

S-T-R-E-T-C-H Kylie!!

Way to jump, Kristen!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Softball 4/17/12


Kristen makes it home and is so excited!


Kylie's team was losing 5 to 2.  In the last inning they came back and tied it 6 to 6 and the game ended in a tie!!! I hate it when that happens!  There should be a rule against it! :-)  Kylie's other up to bat was a walk.  She scored both times by stealing when she could.  She also had a great slide into 2nd base that I missed with the video camera!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Softball 2012 Opening Day 4/14/12

I can't believe we never got around to blogging about softball last year, but I just could never keep up w/ it. I definitely want to do a highlights from last year post. But for now, we are starting fresh w/ this year.

On the videos:  they will play best (without skipping) if you let them load all the way first.  And, you can watch them in full screen as well.

Kristen coming out for opening ceremonies

Kylie coming out for opening ceremonies

The girls were asked to sing the National Anthem again for opening ceremonies.

the guy had to hold the mic for them because the sound system was going berserk!

Kristen played 2 games on Saturday. This hit she got a double!

Kristen's hit

My baby got a "triple"!!!!!!!!!  ;-)

Kylie's RBI

It was 5 to 2 for the longest time. Kylie kept us in the game w/ this hit.  It was 2 outs and we ended up winning 6 to 5.

It was a gorgeous day!  We were on the field off and on for 10 hours!  Whew! It was a long day, but a fun one! :-)

Friday, April 13, 2012

No More Braces!! Woo Hoo!!

Kayla's Braces Journey:
eating at Baker's Square w/ Nana & the Paynes the morning before she got her braces
Oct.26, 2010
getting ready to have them put on

poor baby!

1st picture w/ braces

seeing herself for the first time


APRIL 3rd, 2012
last picture w/ braces


Beautiful Smile!
Kayla was so excited she was able to get her braces off!  She only had to wear them 1 year, 5 months & 8 days!  She did so well with them and thankfully, she didn't have to undergo much treatment like her mother and father!  That meant no head gear, appliances, etc.  She only had to wear rubber bands for a couple months or so. Dr. Rankin's office is top-notch!  He and his staff were wonderful and we'd definitely recommend them to anyone!   We are thankful the process is over and love her beautiful smile!  So, no more braces! 
(At least for now anyway...........until it's Kylie's turn! :-/

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 8--Our first date, 18 years ago

If you'd like to read about our first date and see some of our dating pics, you can do that here.

Last night Jenny was kind enough to watch our girls while we enjoyed a dinner together.  Even though it was a short time, it was far from eventful!  We weren't sure where we wanted to eat, so I pulled out my trusty stack of coupons and started flipping through them.  I was surprised and pleased to find a "buy one entree, get a free entree" for Captain Rattys!  So, we go in and show the coupon to the waitress.  She looks at it and says ok and we place our order.  While Gary was eating his salad she comes back and informs me that the coupon was for "Crabby Pattys", NOT "Captain Rattys"!!  We just busted out laughing and have laughed many times since then! :-)  I was quite embarrassed! Thank goodness we didn't both order lobster or something!!  Then a bit later, after finishing my meal, I put my elbows on the table and Gary notices I have ketchup all down the sleeve of my lime green sweater!  How I did that I have no idea! Then when we got ready to leave,  I noticed even more ketchup on the front of my sweater!  Whew!  It was a fun night to say the least.  So glad I could provide entertainment! I guess that's just what happens to me when I don't get a Sunday afternoon nap!  Hope you enjoy reading our story.  It really seems like just yesterday!

Happy Ressurrection Sunday!

A lot of our Easter memories can be seen here and here.

Here are our 2012 photos:

more torture from the goodfellow girls!  poor baby!

dying eggs w/ Friedlein boys

the kids hunted almost 50 eggs

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Afterwards, we had a devotion and praise time concerning the Resurrection.  We filled 12 plastic eggs with the following:
1. silver coins (Matt. 26:14-15) 2. small crackers (Matt. 26:26) 3. small bottle of red water (Matt. 26:27-28) 4. rope (Matt. 27:2) 5. small toy soldier (Matt. 27:27) 6. twig w/ thorns (Matt. 27:29) 7. peice of purple cloth (John 19:2) 8. small wooden cross (Phil. 2:8) 9. nails (John 20:25) 10. sponge (Matt. 27:48) 11. samll spear or knife (John 19:34) 12. smooth, roundish stone (Matt 27:60).  They were revealed in order and the verses were read. 
So thankful we serve a RISEN Savior!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

What a Testimony For Our RISEN Savior!

This is the homeschool family that had the fire where they lost 3 children back in February.  They had a press conference last week that, in some respects, breaks your heart.  However the theme is praise and glory to their Lord and Savior.  We often tell the girls that what sets our "religion" (and i use that term loosely) apart from all others, is that our God is NOT dead.  We are so thankful for a Savior that died for our sins, but had the power to not stay in that grave.  He defeated death and His power and love is shown in this dear family.  He is GOD when we are on the mountain or in the valley!  Take time to watch!  Your heart will be blessed at their admiration for the Savior.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

And yet we wonder...........

....why people who are placed under a godless education system filled w/ humanism and evolutionary teachings for 26,000 hours of their life turn out like this?!.  In reality, we shouldn't expect anything less. It's what is being pumped into them.

 Be sure to notice what the rapper had to say and the chant that followed.

The following is an atheist website. However, the two videos of what this man had to say were unbelievable. They are a little lengthy, but they need to be watched.  We are so sheltered sometimes.  We think because we live in the "Bible-belt" that no one really believes like this.  This is right here in NC (@ Ft. Bragg no less)!  Honestly, it can make you very angry at first, until you step back w/ a concern for their souls.  Then it becomes heartbreaking.  One has to wonder if there would have been the same number of attendees had all of their parents taught them God's Word using God's methods.  Yes, they still have that free will, but the number that was represented could've, without a doubt, been greatly diminished. Or, better yet, perhaps the event would have never taken place.?.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. It is our responsibility to teach that to our children.  This is what can happen when we leave that up to someone else.  This is very dear to our hearts.  We have a concern for our town, state, country, and world.  We urge anyone making these educational decisions to think seriously about the potential repercussions....for the sake of you, them, and for the sake of future generations.