Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Easter and Travels

Ah...finally I can type on my blog! It's been so long since we've had connection! Right now I'm on my new laptop that has wireless and we are connected to the neighbors internet. I've missed my blog and facebook so much. There's too much to tell.
From Illinois we went down to Alabama and stayed with my SIL's Uncle Jay. It was nice to stay and have a mini vacation for a week and half. We had some interesting days with severe weather and tornadoes coming through the hills of northern Alabama. Thank goodness there was nothing serious!
From Alabama we traveled up to Wiedman, MI (near Mt. Pleasant) to Wiedman Baptist. It's a small church, be we had a wonderful week of meetings.
This week our meetings in Hope, MI at Hope Baptist. It's so nice to be here because we are parked in our hometown, Midland. :) On Friday we had Easter with Grandma Ortega and got to see Joe's parents. Here's a picture of Grandma's yard. We had an Easter Egg Hunt. Look at all those eggs!

Lincoln with his Easter Basket

Lincoln with his cousins showing off their Easter Eggs!

More recent pics

Lincoln watching a DVD

He's such a good traveler. Here though, he's ready to get out!

He's also a good eater!
I can't wait to get my packages from our secretary! My prizes are here and I can't wait to see what I got!
It's getting late now. We've been SO busy this week. Hope to be back soon!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I had so much fun with the Ultimate Blog Party! I'm still blog hopping through the list! But look at some of my winnings! (Their not directly from the UBP...I found their sites by blog hopping)
First, I won a lovely hat for Lincoln at Flower baby hats. Thanks dr_bristow. I just LOVE the flower hats for girls...But since I don't have a girl, the earflap hat will be adorable on Lincoln!
Through A Giveaway a Day I won a custom initial block from SoLovelyCreations.
I don't consider myself lucky. I guess I ran into a little bit this past week...Thanks for the wonderful gifts! When we stop traveling for the summer in Wisconsin, I plan on having some of my own giveaways. Looking forward to that! :)

The view from our front door

This week we are in Pekin, Illinois at Faith Baptist Church. We got here Saturday night and have meetings through Friday. It's been a good week and we are enjoying our time here!
Sunday morning though...We woke up to this...Our 'house' is parked in the driveway between the church and preschool.

I guess we got a little spoiled with the spring like weather down in South Carolina. It was pretty though.

At least it all melted!
Joe's been putting his teaching/art skills to good use! He's been teaching an art block class this week at the high school! He's having a blast with that! Check out his website and blog. The kids love him!
Today being April Fool's an all...(never really celebrated that holiday with my family) I'm remembering this day a year ago. My family came to Midland and surprised me for my birthday. (They thought they could surprise me...but I KNEW...)
(Me and my sister, Brooke)
They stayed for a couple days with us. On March 31, we told them that we were expecting. (Wish I had my camera then...)
So on April 1, we had to call other family members about the good news. I couldn't understand why some of Joe's family members wern't taking us seriously. "Haha...very funny. APRIL FOOLS!" Is what his sister said to me. "No really...I'm serious."
She said that she wasn't going to believe me. I was going to have to call her the next day...THEN she'll believe me. Whatever...I don't like this April Fool's thing...
Anyways. Good memories of having my parents there, celebrating my birthday and the good news of Lincoln!
And here he is!Just finished with his bath. He's a happy boy! Not a shy one. (Guess that's a good thing for traveling!) He'll be 5 months old on the third! I can't believe it! He's getting so big! He's a lot of fun.
Well, gotta make sure Joe's ready for school! :)

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