On the Court...

Malakai has been enjoying a new sport this winter. For the last four weeks, he's had basketball practice at a local rec center. Today he had his first game. And wow, did he ever love it! We watched him get one break away after another and go sprinting down the court towards his team's basket. He is a fierce defender. I'm talking hands up in your face, quick feet and eyes on the ball to steal it away. He told us after the game that he really enjoys playing point guard and his team had a very successful first game of the season. A few shots from his game...


Celebrating With Friends & Family

We wrapped up another great Christmas celebration with my side of the family on Thursday evening into Friday. Paper was flying. Cousins played together happily inside and then went across the street to our house for an afternoon of street hockey. The cold and wind didn't seem to bother those boys in the least. It is so fun to see them building memories together as the traditions of years past are reminisced about. Hadassah made her first of many hot pads for Grandma this year. I remember as a little girl making countless hot pads for my Grandma. This tradition MUST be passed on to the next generation! Speaking of passing things on...my mom gave Hadassah her doll house that she received almost 60 years ago as a Christmas gift. As you can see, both girls are pretty happy about i!

And New Year's Eve has been a long standing (almost 10 years now) tradition of gathering with our dear friends, Marvin & Dori who now reside in Kansas City. Treats, games, story telling...another one for the books. 2017...my word is BE FEARLESS! Ready to dive in...



Isaac is Six

I remember Christmas Day well...six years ago I laid on my parents' couch all day feeling really uncomfortable as I waited for my first pregnancy to come to an end. My due date was January 3 but by then, my baby was already 8 days old! I came home that night and woke up at midnight feeling restless. I came downstairs and decided to edit some of the pictures I had captured that day of our family get together. By 4 am I called upstairs to Eric to ask him to "start timing". Things were progressing. So we spent the next few hours at home as the laboring process began and continued. Around lunchtime we decided it was time to head to Women and Babies. And by 7:55 that night, Isaac Ray took his first breath and we rejoiced in this Christmas miracle for our family. Today, there are six candles on his cake. He is our passionate lion heart. Tender animal lover. Hard worker. Lego builder. NEVER STOPS MOVING second born son and we know that the LORD will use him to advance God's Kingdom all over the earth. Happy birthday, Isaac!


Boys' First Sleepover

In honor of their birthdays, we gave the boys' the privilege of having their first sleepover with friends. Filled with pizza, cupcakes, cutting out paper snowflakes, making homemade soft pretzels, lots of wrestling, pj's and a movie, and a small amount of energy! Testosterone levels were at an all time high in our house! WHEW...mommy and daddy were exhausted but the boys truly enjoyed this special treat. We are so thankful for great friendships that our children are forming.

On The Fourth Day of Christmas...

...my true love gave me to me, four little Martin's by the tree! Count your many blessings name them one by one. Merry Christmas! May your coming days be filled with joy, hope, and love as we reflect on the One who came to bring us LIFE and LIFE ABUNDANTLY!


Happy 9th Birthday, Malakai!

Our oldest turns 9 today and we couldn't be more thankful for him. Currently, all is calm in the house but in about an hour there will be four happy little boys rising from their sleeping bags. We had our first sleepover last night with a friend for Malakai and a friend for Isaac. Lots of energy. Lots of eating. Lots of tussling. Lots of...well, just LOUD. We are thankful for great friends for our children.

Malakai is becoming more aware of who he is and who he wants to become. He is a true tender warrior and God has given us a great gift with this arrow. His life is a miracle and we never take that for granted. We pray that in the coming year, the LORD would give us wisdom as we continue to train him up to be a man of integrity, humility, and honor.

We love you, Malakai. Enjoy this whole day with lots of celebrating over your life!


Sweet Little Helpers

This year we had four sets of hands ready to "help" with Christmas cookies. So thankful for my dear momma who helps to keep me calm in the midst of sugary chaos. They did great in all seriousness and we now have dessert for the month of December :)