a new president...

So as of last Friday, we have a new president:
I have to say that I love our country and I love that the inauguration began with prayer and the name of Jesus was said and that the Sermon on the Mount was referenced.  THIS IS NOT THE CASE IN MANY COUNTRIES and I am so thankful for this gift that I take so lightly.  We pray for our country's leaders daily for wisdom, strength, and discernment as they lead this nation. 
God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above
From the mountains to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home
God bless America, my home sweet home
~Irving Berlin


Playdates at the Discovery Cube!

We met up with some friends at the Discovery Cube on Tuesday, and we had so much fun!
 Wind tunnels...
 Time with this girl is just the best!
(We missed Ryder though...❤︎)


tiny dancer...

We recently signed Eden up for dance classes.  We have been talking about it since the summer and we found one that her little preschool friend goes to and it is so close to our house.  Last week, we were able to do a trial class to see if would be a good fit...  
Eden can not contain her excitement! 
After we had her officially signed up, we got to get her dance clothes and I think that she almost passed out when she put her outfit on for her class.
Yesterday was her first official class:
First tap:
 Ballet is her favorite
 Elise is our friend from preschool that Eden LOVES!
She makes the class even more fun!
She has a recital in June... Want to guess how many times she has asked me "Is it time for my recital yet, Mom?"


Gnocchi and some sunshine!

On Monday, the kids and I headed out to Redlands to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
The big thing on the schedule: Make gnocchi together!
My Dad BBQed steak... Oh so good!
 We then headed outside to enjoy the sunshine!
 We really missed Kit but we loved that we got to spend the day together!


A special weekend...

On Saturday, Ryder was invited to go to Legoland for the first time with our friends!  It was to celebrate their son Daniel's birthday and they had the BEST time!
So while these guys had an amazing day of Lego adventure, I worked which created a full day for Kit and Eden to have a date day!
Among going to Target, Home Depot for plants, planting trees, going out for lunch for tacos, crafting and playing Go Fish, Eden really wanted to make a cake with Kit, so that is what they did:
 She then made asked Kit to sing happy birthday to her... Just for practice for her upcoming party...
They had so much fun together!  Their connection is so precious to me and I loved that they had an entire day to be together!❤︎
And just so I wouldn't feel left out on all the festivities, I got this email from Eden and I walked into the hospital:


Israel snapshots...

Kit has continued to unpack his trip in Israel and the images each seem to tell such a unique story, and though it was not my trip or story to share, I can tell that our family will forever be changed by it...
Looking over Jerusalem...
 The garden of Gethsemane :
 Said to be the birth place of Jesus in Bethlehem...
 On a boat in the Sea of Galilee.  Kit had the opportunity to share from the passage in Luke 4:35-5:20 where Jesus calms the storm, on this very lake.
As we reflect on our recent trips and specifically Kit's trip to Israel, so many emotions have come to the surface.  And in light of today, as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr, these images have been so powerful for me that I don't want to forget...
Tear gas cans that are now being used to grow strawberries on a roof top garden in the West Bank:
A Palestinian farmer's land:
 Banksy in Israel...
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr~