Posted by: Lauren | February 11, 2010

meeting our nephew

Wow-it’s been kind of crazy the past couple of days! We had to cut our time short in Dallas as a snow storm was on the way and we had jobs to get back to on Wednesday. So we left Monday at 11:30 and got back home at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning. 18 hours in the van: rain in the beginning, and snow for hours and hours. Whew, it was pretty tense guys. God was looking out for us there is no doubt about it. At one time, we were on a bridge in St. Louis and a mustang spun out in front of us. I thought for sure we were going to hit it. We weren’t going fast at all, but the roads were just a mess. Well Joe was blessed with major skills and avoided the ‘stang and the guardrail of the bridge, put on the hazard lights, and carefully maneuvered us forward, even as the Mustang spun out again in front of us (poor girl, we felt so bad for her). Can I repeat just how protected we were?! Semi trucks were still barreling through at 65 mph and easily could have rammed into us if one had been right behind us. God is good. Seriously. You’re probably thinking we were crazy to keep going, but the worst part of the snow storm hadn’t even come yet, and we just had to get home or we’d be stuck.

Ok, now Wednesday morning, 4 a.m. we wake up to an earthquake!  It was pretty surreal and kind of awesome. We live right near the epicenter of the quake and I woke up to our house shaking and things rattling. I knew it was an earthquake right away because we had a mild one last year too (which I slept through, apparently). Who would’ve thought Illinois would have earthquakes?! It definitely got me praying for Haiti right then.

Still with me? Ok, now onto the good stuff: meeting little baby Samuel! He was so incredibly precious and I basically started to cry saying goodbye to the little guy. Emily and Steve are such good parents; Sam is one blessed little dude!




He loves to move his hands a lot and sleep on them!




Resting with his Pap


Since we left early, I didn’t get the family portrait I wanted to do 😦 but I thought this was so precious: Momma getting a well deserved little nap with Daddy.


Gwen was able to stay with them for 3 weeks-such a great Mom and Marmy 🙂

IMG_0998 Bearded Uncle Joe!


I took this right before we left (Steve was working).

When we got home, it was so great to see this little peanut too! We missed our niece, Madelyn!


Let me just say, being an aunt is FUN!!


When I was holding baby Sam I thought of the verse from Psalm 139 “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.” Ps. 139:13-16.

Guys, I love Psalm 139. If you need some encouragement, need to be reminded of how great God is, how much he unconditionally loves you and cares about every detail of your life, then read this. You can even go here which is a link to Psalm 139 if you don’t have a Bible near you.

Oh and one more important thing: Thank you so so much for reading my little blog. It really means SOOOO MUCH every kind word you share, comment on here, facebook message, text, etc. My prayer is that this place could just be a blessing to whoever stumbles across it. We need God’s great love, he offers it so freely and loves you incredibly, I hope you are reminded of that whenever you stop by here. Recipes and food are nice, but they don’t give me LIFE. I’ll say it forever-I’m utterly lost without Christ’s love and forgiveness and am filled with joy to be called God’s child.

I love you all so much!





  1. HOW CUTE!!!! I’m glad you guys made it home safe! Driving in snow is so horrible. Good thing Joe’s got skills…:)

    Samuel is so precious. And of course Madelyn is absolutely adorable too! I agree, being an aunt is SUPER fun! I sure can’t wait to be a mom some day!

    • I know, right?! 😉

  2. I’ve never ever experienced an earthquake–I’m pretty sure I would freak out like crazy! I’m so glad you are safe and sound.

    You’re little nephew is ADORBS!!! I want to give him a big fat kiss on the cheek 🙂 ….just like that last photo of yours with Madelyn. Well, her too!! I’m in baby withdrawal when I’m at school, hehe.

  3. Earthquakes, snow, blizzards, babies born. Love I Samuel 3:10 ” Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, Samuel, Samuel!” Sanuel answered, “Speak, I’m your servant, ready to listen.”
    This is one blessed baby!!!!

  4. Wow, you’ve had some eventful days…..glad you arrived home safely. Kudos to Joe re: his driving skills. Whoa… earthquake. YIKES….glad you’re all okay. Thanks for all of your inspiration re; God’s love! We’re enjoying the wonder of God’s beautiful world today……3-4 inches of dry, fluffy snow that fell last night and the backdrop is a bright, beautiful blue sky with the sun shimmering on everything. God is so great! We stood outside for a couple minutes and noted the silence…..we love how the world slows down a bit when the weather is CARAZY! Love you tons!

    • I know I can’t believe you guys got so much! How fun! I’m so glad you and Uncle Ri Ri were able to enjoy it together! I agree, it makes it so cozy, peaceful and slow. Love and miss you guys!

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