Thursday, March 26, 2009

All in a Day's Work...

As promised, here are pictures of Isaiah's time with Steve at work, today.

He was picked up from my mom's around 11:00 am this morning and got a Cousin's sub for lunch.

They then proceeded to spend the day ordering parts, pulling parts, writing estimates and, of course, working on Penelope:).

Delicious club sub

Very interesting car. Where's the rest of it?

Ordering parts

The new boss. Listen up guys!

More work on Penelope

Two very special young men:)

Isaiah even chose to dress like Dad for the day. I'm so happy they enjoyed their time together.

Hard at Work...

On Wednesday, Ben had the privilege to spend an afternoon with Dad at work. He chose to wear his Saturn shirt and baseball cap for the day.

Steve picked him up from my mom's house at around 11:00 am. They grabbed some Subway subs and headed back to the shop.

They enjoyed lunch together, receiving phone calls and working on the Impala.

Ben enjoying a rare treat - soda!

Talking on the phone with a very important customer - Mom:)

Doctoring Penelope

Both of our boys (as well as me) are so proud of their dad and the work he does at his job.

Pictures of Isaiah and his time with Dad will follow shortly.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One of those guys...

I just don't get it. Guys and their cars.

My honey, is one of those guys.

A couple of years ago, he purchased a 1968 Chevy Impala convertible. For me, a car gets you from point A to point B, but for guys, it's different. Even my boys are enthralled with the car.

I have to say, since it has been getting fixed up, it looks a lot nicer. Some of the gentlemen that work for Steve at the body shop have been incredibly generous in sharing their time and talents on the car and they haven't charged one cent in labor.

When they let me, I will post pictures of these wonderful people:). Pictures where you can actually see their faces.

Fixing quarter panels

Thanks Mike or Bob or whoever you are:)

Prepping for a paint job

Isn't she beautiful?

I call her "Penelope," but Steve doesn't like that:)

The interior is already being redone, so the next step is the convertible top. Then it will be finished (for the most part).


A brand new, 41 year-old car.

I just don't get it, but I love you anyway, Honey:).

Monday, March 16, 2009

Good Times with Friends:)

This past Saturday, we spent a glorious day with our best friends from church, the Tiedtke's. Steve and Drew began the day with the Saturday morning Bible Study through church. We then went bowling in the afternoon to celebrate their youngest son, Simon's, 9th birthday party. We continued by going to church for a showing of Madagascar 2 with juice and popcorn. We then went to the play Get Smart at Lake Country Lutheran High School. We ended the day with dinner at Chili's at 9:30 pm. It was an exhausting, but incredibly fun day:). We then saw them the next morning at church:).
Mr. Tiedkte, you can't have any of my pizza!

Isaiah & Ben bumper bowling

My door prize for the highest score (of the adults)

What is he drinking?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Play Dough, with less mess:)

Joining the Army?

I think Ben and Elsi are planning to join the army:)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Happy 11th Birthday, Isaiah!

My eldest son (on earth:)) celebrated his 11th birthday this past Friday. I cannot believe that he is already 11! He is such a wonderful young man. He is very considerate of other people's feelings, super intelligent and most definitely a man of God. He knows passages in the Bible better than me!

When I found out I was pregnant with Isaiah, I had been through a tragic car accident only months prior in which I lost my first son, Noah, at 5 months into my pregnancy. I was on a blood thinner for a blood clot in my leg and I had to undergo major abdominal surgery. It was after that I found out I was pregnant with Isaiah. My OBGYN told me that there was a plethora of things that could be wrong with him--dwarfism, mental retardation, birth defects, just to name a few. I underwent numerous ultrasounds while I was pregnant with him. Each of them were promising, but yet I was told by my doctor that we wouldn't know until he was born and years later, if everything was truly okay. Steve and I put our trust in God and put Isaiah in His hands. He was born 6 1/2 months later, absolutely perfect. As time went on, we realized just how perfect he was and continues to be:). He is such a wonderful blessing and we are thankful to God for giving us the precious gift of Isaiah. Happy birthday, Sonny:)!

National Lutheran School's Week

Our family is so incredibly blessed to have the ability to send our children to a Lutheran school. St. Paul's is filled with wonderful faculty and staff. I am so grateful to have my children surrounded by teachers whose love for their Savior is evident in all they do and say. I am also thankful to work there myself:).

This past week St. Paul's celebrated Lutheran School's Week. If our school raised $800.00 or more in a Penny Challenge for A Place of Refuge, the Principal, 5th grade teacher and 6th grade teacher would all shave their heads. Well, guess what:)? We made our goal. The students were ecstatic to see some of their favorite gentlemen BALD! It was great!

Mr. Hoeppner (Isaiah's homeroom teacher)

Principal Nelson

Mr. Mueller

Love the new spring haircuts!

Mr. Mueller being "uplifted" by his 7th/8th grade boys' basketball team

Happy Birthdays!

Isaiah blowing out his birthday candles

Benny getting ready to blow out his birthday candles

Cousins Stephanie and Elsi

Cousin Circle:)

Febraury and March mark busy months for my family. We have 7 birthdays that we celebrate (8 including Mom's cat:)). We always try to get everyone together one Saturday and have a nice gathering. This year it took place on February 28th at my mom's house. Uncle Bill & Aunt Sandy, Uncle Tony & Aunt Charlene, Cousin Stephanie, Dave & Rosa, Grandma Dorothy and our family attended. It was great to see everyone and spend time together. We praise God for the gift of family.