Friday, July 25, 2014

Growing Up

Eliana is growing up so fast...she is even washing dishes these days!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Charis is Here!

My sweet niece, Charis Agape, was born yesterday! Yay! I am so thankful she and my sister-in-law, Melissa, are doing well. I am so sad to not be there to hold her and give her kisses. We only missed her arrival by 11 days and there really was nothing we could do about it. Missing family events like this are really hard for us. I am just so thankful that our families are so understanding and supportive and for great technology that allows us to "meet" Charis even from so far away.

Congratulations Blake and Melissa! We love you and we love Charis and can't wait to meet her in person sometime in the future! Welcome to parenthood!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Somehow the tiny mandarin orange Eliana left in her purse inside a box for six months while we were gone didn't rot and attract simply fossilized....weird! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

We are Back!!!

We made it back to our Central Asia home this week! We have been getting over jet lag and getting our stuff back into our apartment. Things are going well and we made our first purchase for upgrading the apartment...a new oven! Our previous one was quite awful so this was a priority to us. Here's to another three years of life in Central Asia!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Last Family Party

We had one last party with the family on Friday. We hung out at Aunt Laura's pool, had yummy food and even celebrated Pop's and Drew's birthday (a little early). It was fun to see everyone one last time and of course fun to go swimming and enjoy another fun day in the sun. We love you all and are thankful for our time with you! Thanks for everything!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Santa's Land

Eliana ended her time in Murphy with a trip to Santa's Land with Grandma, Grandpa, Jillian and Jordan. She had a blast! I have lots of fun memories from this theme park from when I was a child so I was excited Eliana was able to go and experience it for herself. They were gone the whole day and she came back one tired and happy little girl!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for a fun day!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Just a Little Hometown Fun

We have been in Murphy with my family this week and have been having so much fun! We've been to the pool, eaten at the Sweet Tooth, hung out with lots of people and enjoyed a fun day of July 4th festivities. We are so thankful to have this time together before we leave again. Thank you family and Murphy friends!

Pool time with Felicity, Caed and Celeste

 Waiting for the parade to start

 Uncle Edwin with his nieces Jillian and Jordan

 Waiting for the much anticipated peanut drop

 There goes the plane!

 Eliana and Caed enjoying their peanuts

 Celeste won a dollar!

 Family cookout

Wave Your Flag favorite 4th of July dessert that I can't make in Central Asia!

Lots of fun going on around here!