Wednesday, September 19, 2012


We have officially welcomed Fall into the picture, here in West Michigan. A new season is exciting. Although I would consider myself a Spring/Summer kind of girl, there is still something refreshing about this cool weather. It makes me desire Pumpkin Spice coffee, camp fires, hoodies, and cool walks :).  We have also started a new semester in youth group. Mark leads worship, and will be teaching every other week. You can be praying for him as he spends time preparing messages, and works his job too! We are excited about this new semester in youth group, and being able to influence the teens God brings into our group.

Mark has recently started his new job at Hackley Hospital as a PCA (Personal Care Assistant). This is very similar to his other job as a CNA, but the hospitals call it another name. It has been a desire of Mark's for a while to work in the hospital. It seems like a great place to work,and it is 2 blocks from home! Also, there are great benefits, it's a good work environment, and a little bit of a pay increase. Mark will be working in the rehab unit, on third shift. We are not excited about the shift change, but feel like this new job is a move in the right direction. So you can pray for all of us as we adjust. He has finished his week of orientation filled with meetings, and computer testing. His first day on the rehab floor he shadowed a physical therapist. Since then, he has followed other PCAs on day shift. This will be his schedule for another week and a half. It was definitely a nice surprise for mark to have 2 extra weeks on day shift :). He will then transition to night shift and continue orienting till the end of October. Please pray that he would catch on quickly to his new job. They do some things differently in the rehab unit. Also, pray that Mark would be able to pick up shifts on top of his normal schedule; This is vital to our budget.

So if you missed our announcement a few weeks back, our family is growing yet again! Eden will have a sibling this coming March. We are thrilled for our newest addition. Life will be hectic for sure, but we are thankful for this blessing from the Lord. Mark and I have thoroughly enjoyed parenting Eden thus far, and look forward to growing in this as we take on 2 children :). The Lord will give us His grace for sure!

There ya have it folks! "NEW" is our word for this month! What's yours? 

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10 on 10

Wow it's September already!? This means I must face the realization that Summer is over, and embrace the beautiful Fall weather and all the changes it brings. I must say it is refreshing and gets me excited to wear hoodies again, and drink warm apple cider :). The Fall usually brings back a sense of normalcy to our lives too. Most church programs start up again, which is very exciting, and also what I chose to capture in my photos this month. Our youth group Back 2 School Bash was Friday evening. We all had tons of fun! However, before a new year could begin, there was much cleaning and organizing that needed to be done in the YOUTH INC. room. So Last Wednesday youth group was not scheduled, and all the youth leaders gathered to spruce up and rearrange the youth room. Here are some pics from our fun night together, plus some of my adorable Eden :). She of course has to sneak into my pics!

Eden watching her Veggietales!

Dad starting her early. Look how focused she is!

Youth Group Logo.

By the end of the night all these rectangular tables were 2 floors above us,the foosball table moved to the back game room, the air hockey table was torn down, and all circular tables were moved to the game room :).

Love these words!

What a face Eden Grace! :)...She is leaning against the youth stage.

Taking down, and rearranging the tiles.  This was challenging at times. In the end we only  broke 1 I think :).

It's coming together...

New location for the stage, couches and chairs. The stage used to be up against the blue wall to the left.

You'd better believe we devoured our dinner!

Hope you enjoyed seeing our youth room through my eyes. Now head on over to Arlee's blog to see what she captured this month!