Well, it’s been far too long since our last post. I (Erin) will try to keep things more current, but apologize in advance for too much time slipping by between posts. To sum things up, we all are well and feel so blessed by the life God has given us. Jackson and Abbie continue to fall more in love with one another, though there is, of course, a healthy dose of “sibling rivalry” present each and every day. Our extended families are well, too. We welcome the arrival of a new niece: Aspen Bennet Ahrenholz, born 8-12-05. We anticipate meeting her when we travel to Iowa later this month! We grieve the death of Reed’s step-sister, Laurie VanWinkle, who lost a well-fought battle with a brain tumor on 8-8-05. She won the victory in her relationship with Christ though, and we all take comfort in knowing that she is now face-to-face with Him. Our many jobs are good. Again, we feel blessed by the work we do each and every day. Below are some favorite photos that pick up where we left off on our last post. Enjoy!
[LEFT] Our big boy has learned to ride his bike, with training wheels, of course. Not only that, but he can ride it on our not-so-level paving! Way to go, Jackson…we are proud of you! [RIGHT] Here Jackson is enjoying a local playground. His previously held fear of adventure has worn off and he is more than willing to climb to the highest places!
[LEFT] Reed is building Jackson a tree house, and both boys are loving it! Here they are preparing to spend their first night camping in the tree house. [RIGHT] A particularly funny face by Jackson (our dog, Moab, is the inspiration for the grimmace!).
[LEFT] Abbie is really coming out of her shell and enjoying the world around her. A few months back, I took Abbie to this park and she didn’t care for the toys. But, as you can see, now she loves them! [RIGHT] She also loves to swing at home! “More please!” is often heard!
[LEFT] In this photo, Abbie is happily showing off her new headband. If you’ve ever wondered why Abbie always has her hair in piggy-tails, well, it drives her crazy to have her hair in her face! The headband sounded like a good solution, but it is far too easy for Abbie to remove. Therefore, it is used sparingly! [RIGHT] Another option, though not lasting, is the ponytail!
[LEFT] These last shots are a couple of my favorites. The first one is at the beach this past weekend. Though it was cold (who ever heard of 59 degrees on an August afternoon?!), our hearts were warm. Here Reed looks on as Jackson flies his kite and Abbie plays in the sand. [RIGHT] Here are our beautiful children…Jackson so handsome and Abbie so beautiful. Like I was saying above, blessings from God are present in our midst each and every day.