A whole lotta love

365 Project: Days 80-81

On Saturday, February 18th, all the kids and my father-in-law, Royce, came over for lasagna and root beer floats for Jon’s final birthday celebration (a week late). Birthdays are a good reason to make time on the calendar to get everyone together, so we don’t care if it’s on the actual day–or even a month late. It’s just nice to have all our kids home and together.

Almost everyone grabbed a chair and crowded around the card table to do this puzzle while we waited for Anders to get here. It’s amazing how much bonding takes place doing a jigsaw puzzle. Seriously, you should try it. Puzzles have become a permanent fixture in this room at our house.

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Allison sat in the opposite corner, devouring The Hunger Games on her Kindle, while everyone else puzzled. She’s not much of a puzzle gal anyway, so this gave her a reason to lose herself in a book for a bit. (She LOVES this Star Wars t-shirt Nathan gave her. I guess this is more proof that Jon was successful in having the girls grow up to be well-rounded and not too girly. :)) 

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After dinner and root beer floats, I got my laptop out so Hannah could show Grandpa how to add a contact in his email. 🙂

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Back row: Amy, Hans, Allison, Nathan, Anders, Jon, Royce | Front row: Hannah, Me

Anders has been out of the hospital for a week in this photo, and we continue to lift him up to the Lord and plead the blood of Jesus over his whole being… spirit, soul, and body. We are so thankful that God continues to heal his body, and we know the He has a bright and wonderful future and good things planned for Anders. (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you can read about it here.) 

After a rousing game of Citadels and Jon opening his presents, everyone had to get going. It’s so unfortunate that the kids have lives outside of us… and that they have to leave home to live them. 😉 

I love my family so, so much… and am so thankful for every time we get to be together. God is good. 

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