Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We're Blessed in the Busy

Hi All!  

We are soaking up this September.  How is the weather so dreamy and perfect?!  Our walks in the evening are exactly the right temperature.  The doodles think they are in heaven not being too hot and Giddy Lou gets such a kick out of the leaves that blow off the trees into his stroller if the wind picks up.

Here's something totally out of control...

Ryan and my dad drive our 4Runner and whatever we can fit into our 5'X10' trailer out to California in exactly 2 weeks!  Crazy!!  

We have been selling stuff like crazy, giving away even more, and generally developing a refreshed hatred of "stuff".  UGHHH we have so much crap we don't need.  I'm shocked every time I pack a box and realize with a stark embarrassment that I am so materialistic...and most times don't even realize it! 

  I'm mulling over the idea of a "10 Item Wardrobe" I just saw from one of my favorite bloggers so might be starting that up soon... 

Nothing like a move will show you how much you have and how much you don't need!

Anyway, back on topic: my mom and I are flying to CA with Gideon a few days later so we can be in town for my sweet nephew JJ's first birthday party.  Wouldn't miss that for the world! 

I'm absolutely struck by how well loved we are as we prepare to move.  Gid and I are trying to cram in as many playdates as possible and while we aren't seeing nearly as many people as we would like to,  it's a gift all the same.  

We don't have time for a good-bye party because of Ryan's insane work/travel schedule and that feels like a loss for us.  But sometimes you just can't make it all happen.  For the community we are seeing and being loved by, it's very sweet.

Here are some recent pics of what's filling up our last days in Colorado

This little pumpkin is loving to crawl in cupboards, open cabinets, climb boxes, and generally show his mama what a daredevil he is

We met baby Chloe and Amanda at City Park in Denver for a picnic.  We had so much fun chatting and seeing the babies explore everything

One afternoon last week we had a family date to the pool (on of our favorite spots!) and Giddy showed off his cute thighs in his baby speedo.  He even balanced unassisted for about 5-10 seconds in the water!  He's not a walker yet but probably soon

Great Aunt Lou Ann came to visit us here in Colorado to say goodbye before we leave and to meet the boys before they get much bigger.  She loved them both and they adored her.  Also, how out of control is JJ's hair?  He is too much.


Giddy Lou--this kid is going to be the class clown, that is for sure.  He is legitimately funny!  Daddy wanted a picture of us so I went to take one and Gid promptly and perfectly put his chubby foot right under my chin and I took the pic.  

Gid and JJ got a playdate yesterday evening.  They feasted on Chick Fil A, played every toy imaginable, went on a walk, and even got to have a bath together.  These two love each other.

My goodness they look more like little twins than cousins! 

Is there anything yummier than two clean boys in footie jammies??

Ahhh and this is perfection in a picture!!  French press coffee with pumpkin spice creamer.  I love it and will start my morning this way as often as possible.  Bless coffee!!



SQUEEEEAAAALLL!!!  Another one of my favorite bloggers is now an author! I pre-ordered Shannan Martin's new book Falling Free awhile ago and it came last week.  I've been devouring it. Ryan says I'm obsessed with her...no time for haters, yo!  

Her book ranks right next to David Platt's Radical for me.  She challenges me, helps me re-examine my faith, encourages radical steps of faith, and generally makes me want to be her best friend.  Order it if you know what's good for you!

And finally, the best month of the year starts on Saturday tra-la-la-la!  Have a good week :)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Details and Life on Fast Forward

We were asleep by 9:00 pretty much every night this last week and weekend.  We are SO pooped from doing so much to get ready for our move.  Ryan is the hardest worker of all.  He has installed new door locks and deadbolts with his friend Casey, re-wired the lighting on our new trailer with his friend Jacob, built up walls on our trailer, dry-walled several areas in our house, and organized a million other projects.

I pack boxes, make sure Gid is thriving and keep us fed.  And help with some heavy lifting when the time comes!

We use Gid's naps to coordinate logistical details for SLO like securing CA housing, selling 1 of our cars, planning a 17 hour road trip across the country, getting Ryan vaccines for his upcoming Africa trip, finding renters for our house, getting sprinklers installed, etc

PHEW!!

But we're having fun too in this season.  I kept our favorite little Penny Pie two days last week.  She makes my life easier because she and Gideon play ALL day long.  He passes out at night after a day with his Penny girl.  She is his best friend who is a girl ;)

Besides all that we had dinner with Ryan's parents on Sunday which was a treat and Ryan could proudly show off all his work to the house.  What a stud!  We enjoyed having them up and Gideon enjoyed my spicy tamale with me.

 We are not getting to see nearly as many people as we would like to before we go but as you can see our weeks are very busy and we are in full preparation mode! 

I took both babies out on a walk in the sunshine and we collected fall leaves while we walked.  Then we came home and painted with them.  To the right, Ryan holding sweet Penny after I gave her some snazzy pigtails

Two friends just building a plane

This little boy is ALL BOY!  He likes to crawl, explore, push buttons, play with light switches, dig in the dirt, eat grass, and pick up bugs.  I adore him

Grandpa and Grandma Decker with their Giddy Lou!  Is Gideon not 1/2 the size of his Grandma?  Tall boy in the 88% percentile for height.

Here he is exploring the rocks outside in the evening sun and helping Daddy with some little project on the ground.  I love that their heads are touching.

We have such a full week of community ahead of us.  A playdate to the museum with Ali and her boys, the zoo with Grammy and Gramps, and our favorite--MOPS!  Plus a Denver Lifewater event on Saturday afternoon.  If you're free and in the Denver area 9/17 @ 3:00 pm come to a cool micro-brewery and learn all about the work LW does.  Comment or message me for details

For no word from God will ever fail.”
Luke 1:37




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gideon's 1 Year Photo Shoot

Let these photos just bless you, oh my word!  Gideon had a 1 year old photo shoot with Thunell Photography in Arvada and I LOVE how the photos turned out!!

There are a lot more than these but I just picked these few for the blog.  Gid was feeling pretty grumpy on the actual photo shoot day so I was going to be surprised if our photographer, Samantha, got very many but she was very patient with him and captured some real gems.

I'm the worst but any picture where that lip was out or he was crying were my favorite.  Ryan and I were ROLLING looking at these pics.  Oh my gosh he is just so cute.

I can't wait to get to California and find a place to frame some of these.  Our boy is such a doll and has the sweetest personality to go with it






Monday, September 5, 2016

Ryan's New Job at Lifewater

Oh hey guess what?  This week Ryan starts his new job!

SAY WHAT?!

We have officially accepted a new job for Ryan with an organization called Lifewater.  WAHOO!!!

Wednesday is his first day working remote at this new job (remote is temporary...keep reading).  It was definitely hard saying goodbye to those he has worked with at Healing Waters but the last 5.5 years there gave him a pretty incredible foundation  for what he's stepping into now.

Lifewater is a Christian non-profit working to end the global water and sanitation crisis. Since 1977 they have served over 2.5 million children with life-saving clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.  Truly incredible work!  They are based in San Luis Obispo (SLO), California so Ryan is working in our home office for now.

His new title with LW is WATSAN Specialist which stands for a "water and sanitation" specialist.  His new role will utilize both his Engineering and Programs background. 

Besides a new job title, one of the biggest pieces to our new adventure is a move. Two moves, actually.  

First, we move to to SLO mid-October so that Ryan can train at headquarters for about 9-12 months.  After that we have the enormous privilege and task to move to Awassa, Ethiopia for a 2 year contract working in field. 

It's totally wild and absolutely what we should be doing!

San Luis Obispo, CA details:

SLO is a gorgeous costal town home to Cal Poly, right on the ocean, and is an incredible mild micro-climate that doesn't get a whole lot colder than 65 degrees at any point.  We have heard over and over that this is "the happiest city in the USA" and a wonderful place to live.

SLO, California source

Awassa details:

It is a gorgeous city set right on beautiful Lake Awassa with mountains towering on all sides.  There are medical facilities, a small airport, running water and electricity where we will live.  80% of Ethiopians live rurally so Ryan will be traveling frequently to very rural communities to work.  It's an adventure for sure and we will post frequently while we are out there (again, moving to Africa ~Summer/Fall 2017).

Awassa, Ethiopia source

Ultimately I would say we are feeling enthusiastic, eager, nervous, stressed, honored, thankful and confirmed about this decision.

PLEASE be praying for us as we have so much ahead of us the next few weeks and months.  We need prayers for our move, living in new places with a little one, organization, calm, fruit of the spirit in the midst of stress, ease of transition, and bravery.

This is a really unique, exciting time in our lives and we are eager to keep sharing here on the blog.

 Check back in for more updates!

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sick September

Poor Gideon has spent every. single. day. of September so far either growing, teething or just sick.  Poor baby!!  I have to say that I expected him to be a little less sick in his lifetime considering he is breastfed and we are not gross people who don't wash hands or have a filthy house.

He is around lots of friends every week and in social places so that's obviously the culprit.  Fevers and baby sickness are the devil.

His Grammy came to watch him last week so Ryan and I could go on a morning day date and he slept over 2.5 hours!!  Poor Grammy was probably so bored but they had fun once he was up.  They played driver, played in the tunnel, and distracted him from feeling crummy for awhile.

We hope our Sweet Gid feels so much better, more energized and less grumpy starting right after his nap today!!  Pray for his little baby heart.  

OH!  Also not pictured is our first meeting at MOPS this year.  We are attending a different group than last year for a variety of reasons and I have to say I LOVE this one!!  The table leader is so warm and welcoming, the group is so well run and organized, breakfast is seriously a banquet and my favorite part are the beefy security guards who patrols the halls to protect the littles in childcare.  I don't know why I love that so much but it just feels like an extra ministry to mamas.

It's going to be a really special time with these ladies and I feel particularly full-hearted after our time together.  Plus Linny and I get to be at the same table!  Woot woot!

Anyway, here are a few pics from our week and I hope you have a particularly fall-ish, cozy second week of September...

On our day date, Ryan and I went to our favorite Golden coffee shop, Windy Saddle, for breakfast and then walked around downtown for a bit.  It was a cloudy day and perfect for walking the creek

There is a large community garden that was in a full bloom and it made me REALLY wish I planted a garden

This sweet boy has suffered a fever, runny nose, and just all over achey-ness. lately. We watched a movie together Friday evening to help a little

Before I really knew he was sick and I just thought it was teething we invited cousin JJ and Auntie Linny over for dinner.  We had rainbow tunnel time and brownies to help Gid perk up!

Look at these sweet boys!!  BFF's for life.

One day when he was feeling a little more energy we went to the library to pick out new books and play with friends

This morning we went to church because he had been fever free for over 24 hours.  But he only lasted 40 minutes in child care (very unusual since he really likes it in there) so we headed home early

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
2 Timothy 1:13-14

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall Decorations & A Berry Farm

SEPTEMBER!!!  I just texted my mom that I was wondering when Pumpkin Spice Lattes (aka the meaning of life) would be available again.  I hope it's NOW!

I live for the fall!!!  I am praying for anyone who thinks it's too early for pumpkin...help them, Jesus.

 In years past for my "annual autumn decorating day" I would buy a PSL, turn on Ella Fitzgerald Pandora and clean/decorate for a few hours.  

Alas, I have a tiny human now to keep alive.

So on Gideon's nap I seriously speed decorated.  Like maybe 15 minutes.  I didn't even clean before or after...blech!

But I think what autumn touches I did add to the house are inviting and warm.  A soft orange throw on the couch, the mantel is complete, a fall runner on the table and apples filling my three-tiered serving platter.

Its simple and accented with cheerios on the floor and baby toys strewn about. 

Perfect.

Everything is re-purposed or pulled out of storage.  The picture came from Ryan's office at work which caught my eye for the gold frame and orange tree.  It was a gift from a friend in the Dominican Republic.

Orange mums and a book wreath are the touches on the front door

As soon as back-to-school starts I embrace fall. Tis the season!!  My mom and I already went on our annual autumn Yankee Candle shopping trip.  I picked out Spiced Pumpkin and Caramel Apple Cake candles (smells like the cake we make, Katie!!).

Every evening after Gideon goes to bed I light one of those yummy candles, open up a window to let the cool breeze in and pop our dessert for the evening into the oven.  Heaven!

We also went to a Berry Farm recently which felt very seasonal.  We came home with a carton of raspberries that we handpicked ourselves, the sweetest heirloom cherry tomatoes, and a little bouquet of zinnias.

Gideon ate the raspberries as fast as we picked them!  We had so much fun together trying to spot the berries and picking out the best produce.  I love my little family and am so thankful for the upcoming season.



He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.

Psalm 104:19

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gideon's 1st Birthday Party!

Gideon had his very first birthday party last weekend!  How is this child 1 years old?!?  I love it.

 We threw him the coolest dinosaur party and invited his best baby friends, all his cousins and family members and partied hard!  Gideon was incredibly well loved and spent a good chunk of the party observing everyone from the carrier on Dad. 

The party was S.I.M.P.L.E and stress-free.  The most work I did was putting frozen chicken nuggets in the oven and tidying up pre-guest arrival.  I enjoyed the party with everyone else and I think the whole thing was a hit.

Gideon's smash cake was made to match a shirt from Etsy my mom bought him.  And as you can see I utilized the amazing chalkboard fridge for some free decor

It's hard to see with the lighting but my mom made the CUTEST dino decorations from outdoor lanterns marked down at Target.  The circular lantern was the body and she added dinosaur heads/tails/feet plus pics of Gideon as a baby.  The rest of the decorations were dollar store crate paper and balloons.

We ate ritz crackers, cheese, three kinds of berries, "dino eggs" (aka boiled eggs), and chicken nuggets

Here was the big cake we cut for everyone at the party.  It matched Gideon's little shirt :)  It was a triple white cake from Das Meyer's in Arvada (it's so good you would probably commit crimes and murder to have more of it) 

Gideon's grandparents showed up a little early to give them their presents--he was a very happy boy and received some perfect gifts for his curious 1 year old mind.

  We placed all other gifts and cards to the side to open after Gid's nap after the party.  This was a huge win for us  #1 Because I feel like it's mass chaos and wrangling of sugar-upped children at parties to stay away from the present opener #2  Gideon tends to shut down in huge crowds so a more controlled quiet environment would be a happier one for him (which it was post-nap)

Daddy and Gideon reading birthday cards!

Gid and Auntie Linny opening up more presents

A colorful tunnel?  A red bow?  Life is complete!  And JJ clearly wants that bow.

Those dimples on this birthday boy = everyone melting from his sweetness

This boy loves to explore textures, movement, animals, and figure out how anything works.  He adored everything he received

Rocking in his chair with a new book and his Grammy

He tired a bite of the cake but was kind enough to leave most of it for his mama, auntie and Grammy for leftovers-woo hoo!

Cousin Rilyn and Gid

 Not pictured were the party activities.  After lunch and cake, we had a "dino egg hunt" which was just Easter eggs filled with small dino toys hidden all over the yard.  And pterodactyl rides which was swinging in blankets.  All simple and crowd pleasers for the littles.

We didn't go take home gifts because all the kids kept the dino toys in the eggs or went home filled with chicken nuggets and cake...you're welcome parents!

We are so thankful for everyone who came to celebrate and love our boy.  I would have this kind of party again and again.  It was a gift to us and I hope a blessing to our guests to celebrate 1 year of life for Gideon!

Happy Birthday you sweet boy!  I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for you!

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