Friday Favorites: Highs and Lows

This week has been all over the place. As I sit down to write this post, I feel like I don’t even know where to begin. So bear with me!

Sunday, we began teaching a youth Sunday school class together and took Clara’s 2nd birthday photos and new family photos! You may have noticed the change on our homepage? If not, here are some of my favorites:

I mean, seriously? How cute?!

And then, right after family pictures, this happened. Not so good. The transmission needs to be rebuilt, but we found a place local (G Force Transmission) to get the work done. Our good friends at MTR towed the van there for us. And Allen ended up having a great conversation with one of the managers about us going to Togo, how his church supports missionaries in Burkina Faso, etc. How encouraging that God led us to a transmission repair shop that is managed by a believer!

Thank You, God.

Monday morning, our little Ruthie bug had an opportunity to go ride a horse! Ruth has loved horses for well over a year now (which is like, half her life) and was so excited about it.

Monday night, Allen and I went on a date… our first time out without kids since our 5th anniversary outing to Alyeska! We snuck in a quick dinner at Red Robin before shopping for Clara’s birthday present and guess what?! Someone paid for our dinner!! It was such a surprise, such a blessing after everything that had transpired the day before. Below is my crazy “I’m so excited!!” face. You’re welcome.

Wednesday, we celebrated Clara’s second birthday as a family! She and Ruth ate biscuits and gravy for breakfast and she opened a few presents to before they took me to work.

Later, Allen sent me this sweet photo of our birthday girl, dressed in her new Anna costume from Aunt Paige and Uncle Brad:

Our big girl is still such a little girl. These naps on daddy are going to be few and far between in the near future… we’ll take them while we can!

After picking me up from work, we went to Cold Stone for a birthday ice cream date!

Ice cream before dinner? Yes please! You only turn two once.

We got home, ate Mexican Casserole for dinner, opened more presents, then it was off to bed. What a fun birthday! We are having a little party on Saturday with a few friends. We love celebrating our little toddler!

Thursday afternoon was filled with playing outside in the sunshine and getting the yard ready for Saturday’s party.

In the midst of all this, my family has been preparing for and mourning the imminent passing of my grandfather. I’ve shared here before that earlier this year, he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While the cancer responded well to treatments, his body did not. The tough decision was made several months ago to stop treatments in order to preserve my grandpa’s quality of life and allow him to spend more time at home. This week, it seems his transition from this life to Life is coming sooner rather than later.

I’m so thankful Hudson and I could go visit last month. But this is a hard time, especially for my grandma and my dad. As you think of my family this week, we ask that you pray for peace, God’s presence to be known, and His plan to be fulfilled.

Have a good weekend, friends. We are thankful for you.

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