Over the last few weeks, we have had a lot of things to celebrate. Our son, Caleb, turned 1, and Bryan and I celebrated 2 years of marriage. These celebrations came a the perfect time, as we have been grieving the loss of our sweet children Arden & Nasa. The Lord knows what we need and when we need it, and the Lord gives good gifts. I strongly believe that. And, he has given us 2 great gifts these last few weeks.

It’s hard to believe that it has been over a year since Caleb was born. What joy he has brought into our lives. He is one of God’s gracious mercies to me in my life. I learn so much from him. He teaches me about my walk with the Lord and the Lord’s love for me daily. Although, Caleb was not in our 3 year plan, the Lord had a better plan and I cannot imagine our lives without the little guy.

We celebrated his birthday on Monday October 19. Our community group put together a surprise party for Caleb. We came home from counseling and Bryan began knocking on our front door, which I thought was really odd. But, I also thought, well maybe there is a babysitter in there and we are going on a surprise date, since the night before we had a disagreement. I was wrong. The door opened and there stood our community group and fully decorated house, all for Caleb. It was the perfect blessing in the middle of mourning. There were decorations and present and dinner and cake. CAKE! I was so shocked there was cake because Bryan and I had talked about not getting Caleb a cake because he doesn’t need all that sugar. But our sweet friend Amy got him a gluten free, vegan cake, and it was delicious in every way. It was the perfect birthday celebration, and I am so thankful for our community who will go out of their way to love us and our son.

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This past weekend, Bryan and I celebrated 2 years of marriage. November 9 is our anniversary, which is 364 days after our first date on November 10, 2012. The last 2 years have been a complete whirlwind. My dad jokes that marriage is like a roller coaster, and you can’t ever get off. I would agree with that. There are ups and downs and loops and turns, and you just have to buckle up and hang on. But what fun marriage is. I absolutely love being Mrs. Bryan Robert. God knew that B was the very man I needed to do life with. He sharpens me, encourages me, challenges me, loves me so well, makes me laugh, holds me when I cry, and always speaks the truth to me. I strive to be a better woman, wife, friend, daughter, and mother because of how he leads our family. I am thankful the Lord allowed me to marry such a godly man.

Since we are living on a tight budget these days, we decided a great way to celebrate our anniversary would be camping, and boy was that a blast. We went up to Lake Murray in Oklahoma for 2 nights. We hiked, relaxed by the lake, explored, rested, read, and ate lots of s’mores. It was good for us to get away and disconnect with the world and reconnect with one another. We are now hooked on camping. We’ve only been twice since we’ve been married-in Colorado this summer and then this past weekend, but we’ve decided we are going to be going camping a lot more…time to invest in some camping equipment. Here are some pictures from our camping trip.

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11