Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tinkerbell

I'd like to introduce you to the latest member of the Kicklighter family farm, Tinkerbell.  Alana was thrilled when we found out that was her name!  Tinkerbell came last week when her owners needed to find a new farm for her.  She's so cute!  But not used to people.  We are slowly getting her to come to us using food so we can pet her head for a minute.  We'll keep working on it.

Easter Guests

Every Easter we host family members for lunch after church.  This year we had family members plus extra friends.  Our motto is, "The more, the merrier".  Instead of 3 children hunting eggs, there were 9.  What fun for the kids!  The morning started with an inspiring, worshipful church service.


After church the 34 guests began arriving.  We ate a lot of food (as always).  Then my nieces and nephew who are now grown (BOO!) hid eggs for the kids.  It's tradition.  Here are some scenes from the hunt:

This is Jayde looking around the golf cart.


Our friends' daughter, Stella, showing off her loot.


Little Levi, who came with his mom and dad, was excited every time he found an egg. 


After the kids hunted, the tables were turned.  Every year after my kids finish finding their eggs and emptying the contents into their bags, they proceed to hide the now empty plastic eggs for their older cousins.  I don't know if it thrills the cousins (we love you, Courtney, Kelley, and John), but it sure thrills my kids.  My nieces and nephew and their corresponding husband, boyfriend, and fiance are always good sports.  This year the kids had a new egg seeker.  Her name is Jen and she came with Courtney. This is Easton "helping" Jen find her eggs.



While the kids are hunting eggs, the boys, young and old, go out to the barn to play washers.  What?  You've never heard of washers?  You must be from the city.  Haha. (This is not me busting on city dwellers.  This is only a joke.  If you are a city dweller please excuse me and do not take offense :)  ).

Here's Courtney participating in the washer game.  Yes, I do realize she is not a man.  However, her boyfriend was one of those washer playing men, so she gets a pass to attend.  The house behind her is our neighbor's.  The woman to the side is Alan's sister, Cassie, also not a man.  Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that the men are the ones who usually play washers?


These two men are Alan's brothers, Joe and Rhett, getting in on the action. 



There were some newcomers to the Kicklighter Easter celebration.  This is Kevin and Shelley.  They fit right in!  Thoughtfully, they came bearing gifts of toys for the kids to play with.  Of course everyone loved them.  


They brought water rockets.

And a kite.  Can you see the kite in the sky above the barn? 

Alan's brothers, sister, and parents posed for a picture.  It is a very rare occasion where they can all be together at once, being spread out from here to Alabama.
We had a great time!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter

Happy Easter!  He is Risen!!

Two of our friends are spending Easter in Ethiopia right now as they pick up their daughter.  They posted 7 minutes ago that they just got her to the room where they are staying.  What a precious way to spend the day rejoicing for a risen Saviour.  Now their new daughter will have a chance to spend her growing up years hearing what God did for her, how He sent His Son, Jesus, to be the "propitiation for our sins".  Thank you, Lord, for new beginnings. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April Happenings

We have been busy this month.  I can't believe April is almost over!  A lot of time has been spent wrapping up this school year - 4 more weeks to go after tomorrow until our testing date.  We took a field trip to Animal Kingdom.  Lots of science to do and observe there. I took a few pictures (though none of them had anything to do with science).

Here are the kids with Pocahontas.  Easton refused to have his picture taken with a "princess" but if you look closely to the left you will see a little head sticking out of the tree behind them.  Yup.  You guessed it.  He inserted himself into the shot at the last second.



They loved the goats at the petting zoo.  We are still trying to talk Alan into letting us have a goat.  Come on, honey!  Look at that face!


Our baby chicks aren't so little anymore.  They are officially out of their cage and walking around with all the big chickens.  They are still much easier to catch than the full grown ones.  And they don't peck yet when you hold them!  Easton had two friends over to play last weekend and this is how they spent a lot of their time:



Easton has a favorite chick.


Currently it's soccer season for Jayde and Easton.  Alana chose not to play this year.  She goes to every game and cheers for them.  In this picture Easton's the one with the white socks.  What was I thinking buying white socks?  Apparently I wasn't thinking of laundry.  Or boys.  Or stains.  Or the fact that their games are played while the grass is still wet in the mornings.  Oh well!



Our kids love Awanas.  Alana and Easton are still in it. Jayde's too old.  Boo!  Easton practices his verses every day. When he wakes up and realized it's Wednesday, he puts on his Awana vest and wears it all day in anticipation.



We dyed eggs yesterday. The kids were supposed to bring a decorated egg to Awanas last night.  They all love to color eggs.  Even the oldest.



The finished works of art:





Monday, April 18, 2011

Home Study

Today was our second visit from our social worker.  Her name is Vickie.  She is an answer to prayer because she has been so nice!  From the moment I opened the door last week to her first visit, I could tell she had a sweet countenance.  What a blessing!  Tonight she interviewed Alan and I separately.  That was nerve wracking.  She comes back next Monday night to finish our home study.  We will talk about our marriage, Jayde will be interviewed, and she will do our home walk through.  Please pray that all is satisfactory.  I have also been reading some of the posts from other AWAA families who's social workers have taken a long time to finalize their reports, so pray that she will be speedy! 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Chicago


"Take me out to the ballgame, Take me out to the crowd......."

Alan and I returned last week from a trip to Chicago.  He had always wanted to see Wrigley Field.  I saved up money in the fall and surprised him with a hotel and game tickets for opening weekend of the Cubs.  It was his Christmas present. 

Our friends, Pete and Amy, were our traveling buddies.  Aren't they cute?



"The windy city"


Here we are in front of the famous Wrigley Field sign:


The view from our seats:


Alan and I during the game: see our team spirit?

I must say that a large portion of our trip revolved around the food!  We did a taste test between the two most famous pizza places in Chicago: Giordano's and Gino's East.  Giordano's won by a landslide.


Here's a picture of their famous pizza pie - it was delicious!


Is your mouth watering yet? 


Pillowcases Needed

A fellow AWAA mom, Erin, is collecting used pillowcases and dresses made from those pillowcases to bring with her when she goes to Africa to meet her child.  I am gathering a box to send to her so she can donate them.  If you have any pillowcases at your house that you would be willing to donate, please get them to me and I'll make sure they get to Erin.  If you have basic sewing skills and would be able to make any of the dresses from the pillowcases (it's a very simple pattern), that is also needed.  You can view the website and pattern here: http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pray for Brandy!

Today a fellow AWAA mom-to-be, Brandy Wade, is having surgery to remove a brain tumor.  The doctors think the tumor is benign, but because of the location of the tumor, there can be side effects that last forever.  Some of those include loss of hearing and paralysis of her facial nerves.  Brandy is only 29 and would rather not live the rest of her life with the loss of facial expression!  Please pray that there would be no side effects, for a fast recovery, for total peace, for the hands of the surgeon, and comfort for her husband, Logan, and their son, River.  If you'd like to visit Brandy's blog, here's the link: http://ourethiopiandaughter.weebly.com/

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ethiopian Church Burnings

There is a post from Jason and Liz Polk that I'd like you to read.  I had heard about the church burnings in Ethiopia a few hours away from the capital.  Here is the link to what Jason writes about the activity there: http://jasonandlizpolk.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/update-on-recent-church-burnings-in-ethiopia/  You can check out their blog on the right hand side of mine. It's called "Living on the Ground".  
I'm sharing this with you because there is a lot a spiritual warfare going on in Ethiopia right now.  I'll share some more information tomorrow.  Please pray for the people living there, especially the Christians and missionary workers who are being targeted.

Easton's 7!!

My baby turned 7 two weeks ago.  Whaaaaa!! (That's me, crying).  Easton wanted to have his birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese.  You can imagine our happiness when he announced this fact.  We had never planned a birthday party at that location before and I must say that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  A party helper was assigned to us and he was very good at his job.  That made things easy.  I will not go on and on about the party, but I will show pictures!

This is the racecar cake my mom made (it's actually cupcakes).  She is so talented and creative.  Mom, couldn't you have passed a little more of that on to me?  Anyway, see the number 7 on the front and the driver?  No detail was overlooked.


These were the extra cupcakes Mom made. She used a candy mold to make the race cars on top.


The birthday boy with his crown:


Easton in the "Ticketblaster".  Dude, this was the highlight of the party for my son.  I mean, you have no idea how much this excited him.  He stood in this contraption for about 30 seconds and grabbed as many tickets as his little hands would hold. Don't you love the soccer socks?  We had just come from his soccer game.



No party would be complete without a picture with the Head Mouse himself, Chuck:



With friends:



The other friends (and one sister):



The games were not only a hit with the little kids, but also the big kids, evident by the smile on Alan's face:


Oh, wait, who do we have here?  That girl hiding behind her Papa who was helping her bowl?  Could it be Jayde?  I think so.  She's in the "I'm too old for this-don't you dare take my picture at Chuck E. Cheese-stage".  I took it anyway.  What are moms for?



And, finally, we have one of the many, and I do mean MANY, weapons that my son received as a gift.  The boy is soooo into destruction.  Pretending to destroy, that is, let me clarify.  I predict when he grows up he will be (1) a police officer, (2) an FBI agent, (3) an army/navy/airforce man.  Or all 3.  I think he takes after his Uncle Ryan. They aren't related by blood, but that doesn't matter.