Kale had his first haircut on Friday. My good friend, Tomi, has been trying her hardest to teach me how to cut the boys' hair. I did go ahead and cut Kade's hair myself, but I did not trust my technique with a squirmy one year old - so Tomi graciously gave him his first little haircut. Yes, I did keep his curls that she cut off - I am one of "those moms." Tomi did an amazing job considering that Kale was trying to get up from the chair the whole time.
Kamden is so proud of the hairstyle he gave his brother.
We gave in and bought Kamden and Kade a pair of crocs this past Friday night because I couldn't take anymore putting Kamden's shoes on and taking them off 20 times a day. I wanted him to have a comfy pair of shoes that he could totally manage himself. Well, they were a huge hit, so much so that Kamden will not part with them...even to sleep. I think he has worn his crocs every night to bed since we got them.
I was cleaning out the playroom yesterday and Kade and Kamden were quick to find a cool new hiding spot for "hide-and-seek." I have so much fun everyday with our three boys. They keep life entertaining, that's for sure!
Well, has it ever been a busy month! We launched the church last week on the 9th. Can I just say that I am a very blessed woman indeed to get to serve in ministry alongside my husband? It has been such an amazing ride to see how God has grown him over the past 12 years since he trusted Christ as his Savior. I remember when he preached at our home church for the youth-led service at the end of our junior year. I just had a feeling then that God was going to lead him into the ministry. And I'm so thankful that God began preparing me way back then for what I was going to need to be a help-mate to Keith. Not that I have it down, because I know I fail at this whole help-mate thing a lot! But that makes me all the more thankful for grace. And Keith is wonderful to show me that grace A LOT, just like God does. I think we had somewhere in the range of 130 new visitors - awesome! With the visitors, charter members, precious family and Ovilla family that came to celebrate with us, we had around 330 adults between the two services. It was neat to see a lot of those visitors return this morning. I so desire to see our church filled with unbelievers getting to come face to face with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ and then getting to see their lives truly changed. Keith is preaching a series that would be so good for every unbeliever to hear because he is addressing eight questions that unbelievers typically wrestle with. I am pretty sure that you can listen to the podcast somewhere on our website: http://www.hillcountrybible.org. If you are ever in the Round Rock area on a Sunday, come visit us at the YMCA or if you have any friends in the area that do have a church home - send them our way. You wouldn't believe how a gym can be transformed into a church sanctuary. We even got to take communion today as a church body. Our core team for the church plant is full of servants - people who have poured countless amounts of time, energy and money to see this church get up and going. Keith and I are just extremely blessed by the people we get to serve in ministry with. And most of you know that Nick and Jada Shock and Douglas and Darin Hallam have moved to Round Rock with us to be a part of the plant. Most of you know them because they have been a part of our lives long before we even knew about the Hill Country Bible Church Association. Nick is the Family Pastor and Douglas is the Worship Pastor. These two couples have sacrificed so much to see people in Round Rock touched by the gospel. They are couples whom Keith and I are challenged by everyday. Changing the subject, I just got back from a Children's Ministry Vision Meeting and we have about 55 Children's Ministry workers - for those of you who have never been a part of a church plant - that is simply amazing! We might have more than that now because we had some new people come to the meeting to get plugged in. I'll quit being wordy for now and just post some pics of the special people who came to see the church launched last weekend. I didn't get pics of everyone though - including my mom who came in last Thursday to help watch the boys while we ran around like crazy. She really is such an awesome granny. We are definitely spoiled in having really great parents/grandparents. You'll notice the first pic is of Keith's mimi and nanny. Both traveled to get to be here for the first service. We were so honored to have them here. Also, Keith's sister worked a night shift on Friday, then jumped on a plane and then rode in a car for 3 hours in order to be here.
The next 5 pics are of Kale getting to have his cupcake. Let's just say he enjoyed every bite and then some!
Here is Kale with his buddy, Leif Shock. They are only 3 months apart and I pray they will be the best of friends as they grow up together.
I know this is crazy, but I have never put a pair of shoes on Kale. So our good friends, Douglas and Darin, thought it would be good to give him a pair of shoes so that he didn't have to go thru life barefoot. He loved them! I took them off after a little while so that he could go swim and he crawled right to the bag I put them in, took one out and tried to put it on his foot again.
opening presents with mommy...
Kale only swam a little at his party. Most of the time he stood right here by his little table and ate off of all his friends' plates as they would come to eat a snack. Have I ever mentioned that Kale loves to eat? He does - all the time!
Bret, Tomi, Henry (shown in pic) and Eli Ostendorf
mommy, daddy, Kade (shown swimming to daddy) and Kamden
Adam, Kendall, Ainsley and Cori Brunson
Douglas, Darin, and Kinsey
Kurt, Dionne, Jacob and Emma
For Keith and I, he's a great source of wisdom when it comes to life, especially in the area of finances. And he's a great role model for Keith when it comes to loving his wife and family. Not having had an engaged father growing up, I appreciate that my husband did have an engaged dad who taught him faithfulness, integrity and also inspired him to be the best he could be.
Now I'll stop and just leave you with some fun papa pics (in no particular order).
We love you Papa!!