Sunday, June 17, 2012


       The babies and I just returned home from a 10 day stay in Lansing. We got to visit with so many family members, and it was really wonderful! In fact, that was the best part about the whole trip: being around our loved ones. Now that I'm older, I think I'm starting to value family more and more. I love seeing how our family really enjoys our kids and vice versa. It's really neat to see relationships start to form, or continue to grow. To see Isabelle recognize family and even lift her arms to be held by them really is a beautiful sight. This week she learned to say "Jo Jo, Becky, and Hezzie." Those are her aunts and uncle. (She also learned to say "elbow". Cute!)

On Monday evening, several ESL students from Turkey (studying at MSU) came out to my inlaws house for dinner. They were absolutely head over heels for Bellie. They even wanted a group picture with her! Pretty funny.

Bobby turned a month old while we were away. I tell ya, it really seems like he changed before my eyes this week! For one, he's HUGE, and for two, he's losing his hair and is becoming a blondie! His skin is clearing up and he's been smiling alot! He did great while we were away, and he's just my little man! Love this boy!
His cousin made the sign!

We got lots of ice cream this week! Bellie not only would eat hers, but finished up others as well!

I'm so thankful to God that He's placed us in the Carpenter/Crandall family. It really was a rough week at times, this past week. Every day we were met with some sort of disappointing news or problem. It just seemed like everything was going wrong, and on top of it, I only spoke to my husband for two minutes this week, and I just had a hard time dealing with life in general. But, I'm so thankful that I was surrounded by these folks who made it a great week in spite of everything else that seemed to be going wrong. I really am blessed.

I love you, family. You are exactly what I need.

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